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Ultimate luxury tour of New Zealand

20 days from £40,055pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Experience the vibrant Maori culture on the Kauri Coast.

  • Cook with a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef.

  • Cruise on Lake Rotoiti on a private catamaran.

  • Explore the Fiordland National Park by helicopter.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Auckland
  • Kerikeri
  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Auckland
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Akaroa & Banks Peninsula
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Auckland.

Day 2 International outbound flight

Day 2 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

On-board your international outbound flight to Auckland.

Day 3 Helena Bay

Day 3 Helena Bay

Auckland , Helena Bay

Arrive into Auckland International airport where you will be met by a representative who will transport you by private car to your helicopter. Board your helicopter and fly from Auckland airport to Helena Bay in the Bay of Islands. Stay here for three nights.

Accommodation

Day 4 Helena Bay

Day 4 Helena Bay

Helena Bay

Spend the day exploring the stunning coastline of the Bay of Islands to see the deepest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy fish and chips in a small fishing village and see Mangonui Harbour.

Accommodation

Day 5 Helena Bay

Day 5 Helena Bay

Helena Bay

Explore the western coast of the Bay of Island with your private guide to see the massive kauri trees and learn about the local Maori culture. You will spend time with a Maori guide who will lead you through the historic forest to teach you about Maori traditions and the significance of the trees to their culture.

Accommodation

Day 6 Waiheke Island

Day 6 Waiheke Island

Helena Bay , Kerikeri , Auckland , Waiheke Island

This morning you will be collected from your accommodation by helicopter and transported by private helicopter to the Kerikeri airport in time for your onwards flight. Fly from Kerikeri to Auckland, where you will be collected and transported by helicopter to your accommodation on Waiheke Island. Stay two evenings on Waiheke Island.

Day 7 Waiheke Island

Day 7 Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

Today you will have the day to explore the stunning island of Waiheke Island with your guide. You will get to stop at stunning bays and coastlines, enjoy local wines, and participate in a cooking class.

Day 8 Coromandel Peninsula

Day 8 Coromandel Peninsula

Waiheke Island , Auckland , Coromandel Peninsula

You will be collected from your island accommodation and helicopter from Waiheke Island to Auckland city where your private guide will be waiting for you. Spend the day making your way from Auckland city to the scenic coastal region of the Coromandel Peninsula. Stay two nights in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Day 9 Coromandel Peninsula

Day 9 Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

Spend the day exploring the Coromandel Peninsula with your driver-guide. You will take a half day guided walk along the stunning coastlines to enjoy lunch on the beach, before heading to a local bistro to learn about the local produce of the region. Finish the day with a tour of a blueberry farm that produces its own ice cream.

Day 10 Taupo

Day 10 Taupo

Coromandel Peninsula , Rotorua , Taupo

Continue south with your private guide-driver from the Coromandel Peninsula to Lake Taupo. Make a stop in Rotorua to get a behind the scenes tour of the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Sanctuary before continuing onto Lake Taupo. Stay three nights in the picturesque town of Lake Taupo.

Day 11 Taupo

Day 11 Taupo

Taupo

Today fly from Lake Taupo to a small island in Lake Rotoiti to meet your private yacht. Spend part of the day sailing around to different highlights in the lake including hot pools and local fishing spots. In the afternoon you will be collected by your private helicopter that will transfer you back to your Lake Taupo accommodation.

Day 12 Taupo

Day 12 Taupo

Taupo

Head out on a half day fishing cruise on Lake Taupo today to try and catch local trout that average around four pounds. If you catch any, you are welcome to take your catch and have a local restaurant cook it for you this evening.

Day 13 Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Day 13 Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Taupo , Rotorua , Christchurch , Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

You will be collected from your Lake Taupo accommodation and transported by private vehicle to the Rotorua airport in time for your flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival into Christchurch, you will be collected and transported to your private helicopter for your flight to Annandale. Stay three nights in Annandale.

Day 14 Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Day 14 Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Take a full day tour by helicopter to see the stunning Southern Alps, massive glacier flows, and filming scenes from the 'Lord of the Rings.'

Day 15 Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Day 15 Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

This morning is at leisure. In the afternoon spend time with the on-site chef to learn cooking techniques and develop delicious meals with fresh New Zealand produce.

Day 16 Queenstown

Day 16 Queenstown

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula , Christchurch , Queenstown

This morning you will be collected from Annandale and transferred by helicopter to the Christchurch airport in time for your onward flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival into Queenstown, you will be collected and transported to the Matakauri Lodge, where you will stay for three nights. Please see the main itinerary for suggestions for your free time.

Day 17 Queenstown

Day 17 Queenstown

Queenstown

Take a full day exploring the main highlights of the South Island by helicopter. You will spend the day flying from Queenstown to Fiordland National Park to explore the Dusky, Doubtful, and the Milford Sound and take in the unforgettable scenery.

Day 18 Queenstown

Day 18 Queenstown

Queenstown

Spend the day exploring the Central Otago wine region with your private guide, who will choose the vineyards based off of your wine preferences.

Day 19 International return flight

Day 19 International return flight

Queenstown , International return flight

Today you will be collected from your Queenstown accommodation and transported by private driver to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 20 International return flight

Day 20 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Barbara
Audley Travel specialist Esther

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Kerikeri
 
 
 
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Coromandel Peninsula
 
 
 
Rotorua
 
 
 
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Christchurch
 
 
 
Akaroa & Banks Peninsula
 
 
 
Queenstown
 
 
 

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