19 Day - In Style New Zealand

Hawkes Bay Vineyard Tour

No matter where you travel in New Zealand, however remote a spot you find yourself, you won’t have to compromise on either comfort or cuisine with our Luxury Tours. Even when you travel to places completely off the beaten track, in the giddy heights of the Alpine peaks or the ragged shores of remote peninsulas, there are plenty of excellent accommodation options and excellent eateries.

On this luxury self drive tour, you will visit some of New Zealand’s most popular destinations, and after a busy day you can relax and unwind in a selection of  Lodges, a unique collection of NZ properties, usually owner-run, many with a historic pedigree and often located in secluded, off-the-beaten-track locations.

Days 1 and 2 - Waiheke Island

Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand

After the long flight from home we would recommend that you catch your breath and ease into the gentle pace of New Zealand on Waiheke Island, just a ten minute hop by helicopter from Auckland’s international airport, across the island dotted Hauraki Gulf.

Waiheke Island is an eclectic mix of cultures, activities, vineyards, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, beautiful beaches, scenic walking tracks and much, much more. It’s a perfect relaxing, romantic escape; family holiday at the beach or weekend away. There are many outdoor activities and plenty to see and do, no matter what your interests or energy levels.

Two Nights Accommodation at the Boatshed on Waiheke Island. This nautically-themed property has five designer suites. The owners will meet you on arrival and can arrange a number of touring options, including visits to the local vineyards and picnics, or you can explore the island independently by hired car. The Boatshed also offers a ‘jetlag package’ which includes rejuvenating massages.

Day 3 - Auckland

Ferry back to the mainland, with renewed energy to tackle some of Auckland’s urban highlights. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a mild climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland

Sightseeing and activity options available:

One Nights Accommodation at Mollies in Auckland. Overlooking Auckland Harbour Bridge, Mollies boutique hotel offers spacious accommodation, a stroll from fashionable Ponsonby Road and 5 minutes to Auckland City CBD. This Victorian haven of nostalgia with harbour views, interesting artefacts from around the world and a strong musical resonance from the owners (Frances is a concert pianist, Steven was an opera set designer).

Days 4 and 5 - Rotorua

Your journey to Rotorua will take you through a mixture of farmland, lakeland and forest. You’ll know you’ve arrived in the city of Rotorua when you see (and smell!) the geothermal steam plumes.

Geysers, mud pools and thermal springs have been attracting visitors to Rotorua since the 1800s and the living, breathing landscape never fails to amaze. Perched on the edge of a large lake, in the crater of an ancient volcano, this picturesque city is also the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture. With 16 sparkling lakes within 20 minutes drive of the city, as well as magnificent forests surrounding, Rotorua has earned the reputation as the North Islands outdoors adventure centre offering an exciting array of experiences.

Sightseeing and activity options include:

Two Nights Accommodation at Peppers on the Point in Rotorua. Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an intimate luxury retreat featuring spectacular views to the historic Mokoia Island.

Days 6 and 7 - Hawkes Bay

The Hawkes Bay region is situated on the east coast of the North Island and is one of our sunniest, regions. Commonly referred to as the 'Fruit Bowl of New Zealand' it is one of the most acclaimed wine producing regions in New Zealand also recognised on the world stage for its award-winning wines.

Hawkes Bay is known for its wines, fruit and gourmet foods, Art Deco architecture and glorious beaches, dramatic terrain and offers a range of interesting excursions to match.

Some alternative sightseeing and activity options are:

Two Nights Accommodation at Greenhill Lodge near Napier. Greenhill is an opulent and tranquil private retreat steeped in local history. Set amongst 30 acres of park-like grounds, the lodge enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Days 8, 9 and 10 - Nelson

Cut out some laborious driving and sea time by flying from Napier to Nelson in the north of South Island.

During your stay there’ll be lots of time to visit the several art and craft studios in Nelson. You can take a 5hr guided tour for example tour the area’s best known wineries, hike, sea kayak or sail in the Abel Tasman National Park on an organised, full-day private sailing trip or enjoy a sightseeing adventure by helicopter along one of the country’s most magnificent stretches of coast and over Lord Of The Rings landscapes.

Sightseeing and activity options in Abel Tasman National Park:

Three Nights Accommodation at Bronte Lodge in Nelson. Also known as the Country Estate has been at the heart of a family for five generations. The estate lies on the headland of Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula, overlooking Waimea Estuary and cradled between ocean and mountains.

Days 11 and 12 - Marlborough

Home to some of the world’s best sauvignon blancs - Hunter’s, Cloudy Bay, St Clair and Villa Maria among them - Marlborough is also a culinary Mecca where locally-grazed lamb and Greenshell mussels and scallops straight from the Sounds complement the award-winning crispy whites from the Wairau Valley.

Two Nights Accommodation at Old St Mary’s Convent in Blenheim. In the heart of the Marlborough’s wine region and Built in 1903 for the Sisters of Mercy, the Convent has been lovingly restored and transformed into a guest house with five rooms, including a honeymoon suite housed in the original chapel, overlooking the gardens and across to the surrounding hills. There’s a billiards room, a library with ornate kauri fireplace, and bicycles available to explore the surrounding vineyards.

Days 13 and 14 - Canterbury

With time en route for a whale watching trip from Kaikoura.  4WD adventure tours of the area’s striking natural features are included; you’ll also be close to Hanmer Springs spa and thermal pools as well as some of the world’s most renowned trout and salmon fishing rivers.

Christchurch is a city of contrasts, a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for. It really is the 'city that shines'.

Some sightseeing and activity options available are:

Two Nights Accommodation at Claremont Country Estate near Christchurch. You’ll spend two nights at this restored 1866 limestone heritage homestead, a 2,400 acre working sheep, deer and cattle station with 10km of Waipara River frontage.

Days 15 and 16 - Mount Cook

We would recommend a 40min scenic flight, including a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier or a 6hr boat tour along the base of NZ’s largest glacier or a take one of the many fantastic day hike’s. Just click on activities to see a whole range of things to see and do.

Some sightseeing and activity options available are:

Two Nights Accommodation at the Hermitage Hotel at Mt Cook. As the house motto goes, you’ll “go to sleep in luxury, wake to pure majesty” Ringed by magnificent snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps, the Hermitage Hotel is a world renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Days 17, 18 and 19 - Queenstown

In the heart of picture postcard scenery, beside a lake and encased by jagged mountain peaks, Queenstown not only offers access to a full slew of high-octane action - it was here that AJ Hackett introduced the world to bungee jumping - but the town is also a launch pad for exploring the magnificent Lord Of The Rings mountainscapes.

Here is a selection of the many options available:

Two Nights Accommodation at the Sofitel in Queenstown. Providing exceptional personal service, the hotel truly embodies the Sofitel concept ‘art de vivre’ - the art of living. Designed to take your breath away, Queenstown’s most exquisite guest rooms feature Sofitel “MyBed”, separate rain shower and spa bath for two and the luxury of a personal espresso machine, under floor heating, broadband and Wi-Fi connection and DVD player with surround sound to name a few.

VIRTUAL TOUR & DOSSIER

Please take the time to view our “Virtual Tour” for the 19 Day In Style New Zealand 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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