Water is all about going with the flow, and with our water-themed trip, you’ll be able to get some luxurious down-time in Waiheke Island before taking on the lakes, coves and glorious coastline that always leaves us in awe of New Zealand’s natural beauty. Prepare to be mesmerized by New Zealand’s waters.
WAIHEKE’S WINES & WETLANDS
As soon as you land in New Zealand, we’ll immediately whisk you off to Waiheke Island to begin your immersive water-themed itinerary of New Zealand. With so much to see and discover, there’s really no time to waste…
Waiheke’s native bush farms, beautiful beaches and warm climate will offer a perfect start to your watery adventure, so for three nights, indulge in a little ‘me’ time at the luxurious Marino Ridge and immediately begin sampling some locally grown wines. Whilst on Waiheke, we’ll also organize guided tours of the vineyards, plenty of swimming opportunities at the superb beaches, and even some sea kayaking or wetlands walks to check out the local fauna. It’ll be an idyllic three nights, trust us.Read more
LAKESIDE LUXURY & SECRET COVES
From Waiheke we’ll take you back to the mainland to collect your private car and drive to Taupo for two nights. Taupo is set on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake and your stay at Acacia Cliff’s provides exquisite views of your surroundings. Your first morning here will commence with a luxury sailing cruise to discover the Maori rock carvings around the lake. When you’re not immersing yourself in culture, jump overboard for a swim, or simply soak up the rays on deck.
On day six you’ll head to the airport to fly to Blenheim and be transferred by boat to Marlborough Sounds. Two nights at the stunning Bay of Many Coves will allow you to relax and revitalise, a serene boutique lodge, only accessible by boat or helicopter. Here you can explore the coastline and even take part in some dolphin watching. Make sure you sample some of the delicious local cuisine too; sea-food plays a large part on the menu here, as does the local wine from Marlborough
ROADTRIPS, TREEHOUSES AND DOLPHINS
From the Bay of Many Coves we will transfer you back to Picton to collect vehicle car take the stunning coastal road south to Kaikoura. This rugged seaside settlement has the dramatic mountain backdrop framing it and is ideal for any visitors with an eco-conscience. Two nights at the Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses—yes treehouses, but like you’ve never seen before…will ensure you have the opportunity to explore one of the world’s best spots for whale watching. Words cannot describe how awesome this experience is for first-timers and regulars alike.
Fewer than four hours from Kaikoura is Banks Peninsula where you will continue your adventure. Two nights at the seascape villa at Annandale will blow your mind, your own private bay, just for you. Watch local sheep-dogs at work and discover the history of this fascinating peninsula, named after an eighteenth century botanist or enjoy the coast and get out on the water, home to the world’s smallest dolphins
AN ALPINE ENDING
Day twelve will see you flying to the iconic adventure capital of Queenstown. Queenstown is where your journey will end, but with three nights at the splendid Azur Lodge you will have more than enough time to experience some of this region’s incredible landscape. We’ll arrange a tour of Milford Sound where you can relax or kayak in the serene Harrison’s Cove. We’ll also take you up to the untouched wilderness of the Dart River where you can take an exhilarating jet boat ride through this World Heritage Area. Any time spent not relaxing can be equally enjoyed with white water rafting, horse-rides across the alpine countryside and a breath-taking gondola ride to Bob’s Peak to capture more memorable views of the area. A picture-perfect ending to a truly exhilarating exploration of New Zealand’s wonders.