10 Day Ultimate North & South Island Combination

Eagles Nest luxury accommodation, Bay of Islands

Three of New Zealand’s premiere lodges; Eagles Nest Lodge in Bay of Islands, Treetops Lodge & Estate in Rotorua and Blanket Bay in Queenstown have created an alliance offering visitors a flexible accommodation choice whilst sampling the best the country is famed for. Stay for nine magical nights at three of New Zealand’s finest Lodges and enjoy benefits worth NZ$1400.

Day 1 - Welcome to Aotearoa 'Land of the Long White Cloud'

Arrive into Auckland, check through customs before boarding a short flight to KeriKeri. On arrival you will be met and transferred by helicopter to Eagles Nest Lodge situated in the historic village of Russell.

Eagles Nest: Check into this multi-award winning retreat is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage. Four of the five villas offers its own private heated horizon edged lap pool, private Jacuzzis, original artworks, and fully equipped gourmet kitchen.

Day 2 and 3 - Explore the Spectacular Bay of Islands

This sub-tropical region has the finest maritime park in New Zealand with 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life including marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. It is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand. It combines great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites.

Some alternative sightseeing and activity options available are:

Day 4 - Travel to Treetops Lodge and Estate in Rotorua

Rotorua geysers

Travel by car, be chauffeur driven or fly by helicopter to the heart of New Zealand's therapeutically thermal & culturally rich region to your next destination. Treetops Lodge and Estate  in Rotorua.

Treetops Lodge and Estate: This Estate is set in 2500 acres of pristine native forest, this world awarded eco-tourist retreat is a distinctive New Zealand owned experience for those with love of nature and concern for the preservation of such ancient beauty. The Lodge with its’ elegant architectural style derived from this country's pioneering past. Timber and stone finishes echo the beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors at Treetops Lodge. A sanctuary and retreat of breathtaking terrain in 2,500 acres of secluded native forest and game reserve, seven trout streams, four lakes, over 70 kilometers of hiking trails, mountain bike riding, horse riding and the ultimate in tranquility and splendour.

Day 5 & 6 - Discover the Geothermal Wonderland of Rotorua

Rotorua, the heartland of New Zealand is the host to some of the world’s most incredible earth forces. Surrounded by the unmistakable smell of bubbling sulphuric geysers, clouds of steam magically appear around the city giving it an incredible 'other worldly' feel. Here lives wonders like the Pohutu geyser, which erupts 20 times a day and can spout up to 100 feet. All around this geothermal hotspot there are spouting geysers, acrid-smelling mud pools that bubble and belch, and warm geothermal pools and ponds and hot spring bath’s that create a kaleidoscope of colour.

Sightseeing and activity options include:

Day 7 – Journey South to Queenstown

Begin your journey south by internal flight to Queenstown and Blanket Bay.  The Lodge at Blanket Bay is acknowledged as one of New Zealand's finest, but it is the experience that sets it apart. There is nowhere on earth where there are so many activities available so close by. From fly-fishing to hiking, jet boating to horseback riding, from heli-skiing to canyoning, art trails to vineyards, from hiking The Milford and Routeburn Tracks to flightseeing over The World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. All of these options and many more are at our doorstep. It is no wonder such publications and organisations like Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, constantly rate Blanket Bay as one of the best luxury lodges in the world.

Blanket Bay Lodge: This stunning thirteen bedroom backcountry lakeside retreat is 45 minutes from the World’s Adventure Capital Queenstown in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone and timber building which is consistently rated as one of the country’s premiere lodges.

Day 8 & 9 – Explore the Adventure Capital of New Zealand

Dart River jetboat safari

We've all heard the endless hype about it being the adventure capital of the world, and there are certainly enough crazy activities here to challenge the strongest, but Queenstown offers much more. Famed for its international winter ski profile, Queenstown is also a brilliant spring, summer, and fall destination. This is when you get the best of its scenic beauty, easy walks, and endless opportunities to relax. Thrill seeking may be touted as the major attraction, but you can just as easily go fishing, golfing, gold panning, wine tasting, or boating. One thing is certain: You won't run out of things to do.

Here is a selection of the many options available:

Day 10 - Depart or Extend your journey?

Wanting to extend your journey;  perhaps an overnight cruise in Fiordland or up the wild west coast to the glaciers? Just ask - we can custom build the itinerary to suit you - after all it is your holiday and we want it to be an experience you won't forget.

VIRTUAL TOUR & DOSSIER

Please take the time to view our “Virtual Tour” for the 10 Day Ultimate North & South tour or download/print the detailed “Tour Dossier”. Both can be found on the right hand column of this page. Alternatively you can simply contact us. For a comprehensive list of all activities available in each location featured in this tour, please refer to the "Destination Guide" found at the top of this page.

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