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Rahimoana Villa, Infinity Pool, Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

New Zealand – Luxury Honeymoon



16 Days

Prices Start from

£13,000pp (ex. flights)

This is the perfect honeymoon for intrepid newlyweds. With a theme of pure indulgence throughout, this holiday to New Zealand achieves the perfect balance of adventure and pampering. Discover both North and South Islands in style on this holiday of a lifetime.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand 1

Bay of Islands

Explore the secluded beaches, turquoise waters and 18th-century explorer past of the Bay of Islands.

Pure Cruise, Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua, New Zealand 2

Cruise Lake Rotoiti

Sail, swim and paddle board on Lake Rotoiti, searching for sandy coves and thermal hot springs on its shores.

Helicopter Flight, Fiordlands, New Zealand 3

Milford Sound by Air

Soak up spectacular aerial views of Fiordland National Park before descending through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound.

Seascape, Annandale, Akaroa, New Zealand 4

Escape the World

Stay at Seascape in Akaroa – where the world can’t find you.

Why we like it

We put this itinerary together based on what we would love to do for our honeymoon or an extra special holiday. It includes a fabulous combination of adventure and down time within a variety of landscapes, from picture perfect beaches to volcanic islands, towering mountains and lush wilderness. This combined with some truly breath-taking and unique accommodation make it an exceptional holiday.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Auckland - Russell

  • Day 3 - 4


  • Day 5

    Russell - Matakana

  • Day 6

    Matakana - Rotorua

  • Day 7 - 8


  • Day 9

    Rotorua - Queenstown

  • Day 10 - 11


  • Day 12

    Queenstown - Twizel

  • Day 13

    Twizel - Akaroa

  • Day 14 - 15


  • Day 16

    Akaroa - Christchurch

Day 1


Day 2

Auckland - Russell

Day 3 - 4


Urapukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Explore the secluded beaches, turquoise waters and 18th-century explorer past of the Bay of Islands.

Day 5

Russell - Matakana

Day 6

Matakana - Rotorua

Day 7 - 8


Champagne Pool, Wai O Tapu, New Zealand

Experience a geothermal landscape of bubbling geysers, immense lakes and towering volcanoes.

Day 9

Rotorua - Queenstown

Day 10 - 11


Helicopter Flight, Fiordlands, New Zealand

Soak up spectacular aerial views of Fiordland National Park before descending through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound.

Day 12

Queenstown - Twizel

Day 13

Twizel - Akaroa

Day 14 - 15


Seascape, Annandale, Akaroa, New Zealand

Stay at Seascape in Akaroa – where the world can’t find you.

Day 16

Akaroa - Christchurch

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Rahimoana Villa, Infinity Pool, Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Eagles Nest

Panoramic Vistas and Contemporary Living

This holiday begins in style, perched high above the spectacular Bay of Islands, at the multi-award-winning Eagles Nest. Sweeping panoramic vistas and contemporary villa interiors will transport you to a world of bond-esque glamour with a feel of being a million miles from anywhere. Surprisingly though, the charming and historic town of Russell is just a short walk away.

Spend days relaxing in your infinity pool soaking up the views or beach combing and swimming on one of the properties private beaches. Alternatively, cruise among some the 144 islands, swim with dolphins, go kayaking, mountain biking or bush walking .

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Pure Cruise, Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua, New Zealand
Lake Rotoiti cruise

Cruise Lake Rotoiti

Set sail on Lake Rotoiti for a private cruise aboard Tiua, a 53-foot sailing catamaran. Explore the sparkling waters of this picturesque lake, located in the heart of the North Island. Discover beautiful sandy coves, lake edge thermal hot springs and cultural sites rich in history and legend. Try your hand at sailing the yacht, jump in for a swim or a spot of paddle boarding and enjoy a delicious barbecue meal, accompanied by a selection of fine New Zealand wines.

Seascape, Annandale Homestead, Akaroa, Christchurch, New Zealand
Seascape, Annandale Homestead

Off Grid at Annandale Homestead

An hour’s drive east of Christchurch are the rolling green hills, colonial history, golden sand beaches and small settlements of the Banks Peninsula. Tucked away amidst this scenery is Annandale Homestead, a 4,000 acre working sheep farm which is home to four completely different properties. All secluded and utterly hidden from the rest of the world, in our opinion the perfect way to end your special holiday to New Zealand.

We have chosen to include a stay at the ultra contemporary Seascape, located in your own private bay far from anywhere it truly is a magical and romantic experience. Spend your day’s beachcombing, watching seals and dolphins and soaking up the utter peace and solitude.

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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Eagles Nest £££££

  • New Zealand

Eagles Nest occupies an enviable location atop its own private ridgeline, overlooking the Bay of Islands. Set within 75 acres this award-winning property offers five world-class villas, accommodating between two and eight people.

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Annandale Homestead £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Annandale is a 4,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm with 10 kilometres of remote coastline, housing four distinctive luxury villas. This wild and secluded corner of New Zealand is a true escape from the modern world with each of the four properties reached via 4WD, helicopter or boat. Meals are delivered to your villa with a strong farm to table ethos, using the freshest ingredients. Alternatively, hire a personal chef for the duration of your stay.

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Solitaire Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Wilderness

Solitaire Lodge sits amidst native bush, overlooking the serene waters of Lake Tarawera, with the volcanic slopes of Mount Tarawera beyond. The nine suites have a homely feel, all with private balcony and the huge picture windows throughout the hotel ensure all areas, from the free-standing baths to the acclaimed restaurant make the most of the spectacular views. There is no pool or gym, but the lakeside location provides plenty of opportunities, from lake swimming to kayaking and hiking.

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Eichardt’s Private Hotel £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique

Eichardt’s Private Hotel occupies a magnificent location on the shores of Lake Whakatipu. A historic building dating back to 1859, this boutique hotel combines original features, open fires and antique furniture with chic interior design and contemporary touches. Each of the five lodge suites have balconies making the most of the lake and mountain views. Alternatively, stay in one of the lakefront apartment suites or the penthouse with large terrace areas and sweeping panoramic views. Take a stroll to the lakeside beach, visit the award-winning bar for evening cocktails or organise a spa treatment in your suite.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £13,000 Per person

When to travel

New Zealand in January

The long warm sunny days make this a wonderful time to visit, but accommodation fills up quickly. Locals have their summer holidays so add to visitor numbers.

New Zealand in February

The warmest month for much of the country. Locals return to work, easing some pressure on accommodation. A great time to enjoy South Island summer.

New Zealand in March

The best month to visit, as summer crowds disperse but beautiful warm weather generally prevails. An ideal time for a more spontaneous trip.

New Zealand in April

Temperatures fall, especially in the South Island. The autumn colours can be spectacular, and you may still get away with shorts in Auckland.

New Zealand in May

Autumn sweeps through the North Island, reinvigorating the green rolling hills. A quiet time of year to travel, after summer and before ski season.

New Zealand in June

The start of the ski season in the North Island, with the first snow showers beginning to fall. Crisp clear sunny days can still be found on the South Island.

New Zealand in July

The snow begins to settle and international snow sports teams can be spotted doing their off-season training.

New Zealand in August

The coldest month, but still plenty to see and do. Ski season is in full swing, and humpback whales can be spotted near Kaikoura on their way north.

New Zealand in September

Spring is in sight, but there is still plenty of snow on the mountains. Newborn lambs can be spotted in the vibrant green fields.

New Zealand in October

The snow melts and the rivers are at their peak, making for an exciting time to do white water sports. Longer days allow for more time to enjoy the outdoors.

New Zealand in November

A beautiful time of year, with wild gorse and vibrant lupins dotting the fields, making the countryside particularly colourful. Snow can still be seen on the tops of the mountains.

New Zealand in December

Temperatures heat up, but early in the month it is still relatively quiet. Christmas and New Year’s celebrations can be enjoyed in true Kiwi style – on a beach or in the expansive wilderness.

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