Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo
Enjoy one of New Zealand's most scenic drives towards World Heritage site Aoraki Mt Cook National Park with beautiful mountains and lakes.
Rainforest covers the surrounding hills; dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape as well as renowned wineries and beautiful beaches.
Add to this the vast Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand’s largest marine reserve, scattered with islands and a centre for water activities, from kayaking to island hopping.
Just a few hours’ drive away, on the eastern coast of North Island lies the Coromandel Peninsula, an area renowned for its natural, unspoilt beauty. Native rainforests and pristine golden beaches fringed by a rugged coastline offer excellent opportunities for a host of activities including walking, fishing, diving, sailing, surfing and kayaking. Hot Water Beach lives up to its name when, during certain tide times, you can create your own hot pool by digging into the sands. The hot spring water bubbling up through the sand is the legacy of an exciting volcanic past.
For a spot of history, Coromandel Town also boasts an interesting past of gold mining and logging.
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Stay on Waiheke Island and sample award-winning artisan wines.
Search for brydes whale, dolphin and orca in the Hauraki Gulf, off the coast of Auckland.
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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.
Hotel DeBrett is a quirky city-centre hotel with funky interiors, combining Art Deco and contemporary styles. The 25 rooms are furnished with colourful, modern pieces and the lively restaurant and bar are flooded with light via the glass atrium roof and stained-glass panels.
Situated a short walk from the beach on Waiheke Island, The Boatshed offers quirky and unpretentious accommodation with a welcoming atmosphere and discreet but exemplary service. Each of the seven rooms is unique, enjoy harbour views and follow a fresh, nautical theme; from the spacious bungalow suites to the modern zinc-clad water tower with its own roof garden. Food and wine are a key part of The Boatshed experience, much of which is homegrown, and guests are free to choose where they wish to dine each day.
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Excellent organisation and itinerary, very professionally put together in an attractive package. Plus a great travel app. Amy was efficient, helpful and clearly knowledgeable.
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