Tailor-Made Holiday

New Zealand - Luxury Honeymoon

From the Bay of Islands to Queenstown in the lap of luxury

16 days

from £12,995pp (excluding 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.   

  • Explore the secluded beaches, turquoise waters and 18th-century explorer past of the Bay of Islands
  • A helicopter landing on the moon like surface of White Islands active volcanic crater 
  • Take a spectacular aerial view of Fiordland National Park before descending through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound
  • Stay at Seascape in Akaroa - where the world can’t find you

Bay of Islands

Arrive into Auckland and travel north to begin this honeymoon to New Zealand perched above the spectacular Bay of Islands, at the multi-award-winning Eagles Nest. Spend days cruising among the 144 islands, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, bushwalking or just relaxing and soaking up the stunning views.

Rotorua

Drive south to Rotorua breaking the journey with a night in the charming town of Matakana, a haven for food and wine lovers. Arrive at the edges of Tarawera Lake for a stay at Solitaire Lodge; secluded accommodation in a gorgeous lakeside setting backed by the dramatic peak of Mount Tarawera.

During your stay take an exhilarating helicopter flight over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley and land inside the crater of the active volcano, White Island. Also take to Lake Rotoiti for a private cruise aboard Tiua, a 53-foot sailing catamaran. Try your hand at sailing the yacht, jump in for a swim or a spot of paddle boarding or just relax and enjoy the view, gourmet cuisine and premium wines.

Queenstown

Board a flight to the South Island and the exciting city of Queenstown. While Queenstown is renowned for adrenaline and thrill-seeking, Azur offers the perfect bolthole in a hillside setting with breath-taking views just minutes from downtown.

Venture to Milford Sound in style. Travel there by helicopter before cruising the rainforest lined waterways and returning to Queenstown by heli, stopping for an alpine landing enroute, amidst pristine wilderness.

Also spend some time at leisure with a wealth of optional activities from bungy jumping to jet boating or time to indulge in long lunches, spa treatments and star gazing.

Mount Cook National Park, Christchurch and Akaroa

Pick up a hire car and journey north through mountain scenery and vineyards to Twizel, on the edge of Mount Cook National Park. The following day continue past the iconic lupin lined shores of Lake Tekapo to the city of Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula beyond. Just one and a half hours east of Christchurch are rolling green hills, colonial history, golden sand beaches and small settlements, including Akaroa Harbour.

In our opinion the perfect way to end your special holiday to New Zealand is with a stay at 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.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 12995 £ 1100
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what is included

  • Accommodation as detailed
  • Meals as detailed
  • Milford Sound Heli Cruise
  • Private cruise on Lake Rotoiti
  • Private transfers where detailed
  • Rental car as detailed
  • White Island helicopter tour

what is excluded

  • Any visa requirements
  • Gratuities
  • International flights

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day at leisure in Auckland


You will be staying at SO Sofitel Auckland, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Drive from Auckland to Paihia


Depart Auckland and pass through the bohemian historical township of Puhoi. Stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and maybe take another break at Kawakawa - home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Note - this route journeys via the Northern Gateway toll road for which there is a small fee to pay.

Driving distance for this journey is approximately 225 kilometres which should take around four hours.


You will be staying at Eagles Nest, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Spend today at leisure relaxing or exploring the Bay of Islands.


You will be staying at Eagles Nest, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Day at leisure.


You will be staying at Eagles Nest, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Bay of Islands to Matakana


Heading west from the Bay of Islands, leave the Pacific Ocean and arrive into the Hokianga and the wilder seas of the Tasman. The small townships of Omapere and Opononi have a great seaside feel and the perfect place to stop for an ice cream. The route now continues south and into the Waipoua Forest, home to the massive Kauri trees. The Matakohe Kauri Museum is an award-winning museum and has extensive displays of the regions logging, farming and social history. A short drive on from Warkworth towards the coast is the small township of Matakana.

Driving distance for this journey is approximately 285 kilometres which should take around four hours.


You will be staying at Takatu Lodge, half board

Day 6

A journey time of approximately three and a half hours


Continuing south through Auckland, State Highway 1 arrives into rolling green farmland and the rich dairy pasture of the Waikato. This is hobbit country and the route leads through the town of Matamata where it is possible to visit the film locations made famous in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Arriving into the city of Rotorua the regions geothermal activity becomes evident with steam rising from the roadside and surrounding hills.

Driving distance for this journey is approximately 285 kilometres which should take around three and a half hours.


Located in the centre of New Zealand's North Island, Rotorua sits within the Pacific Rim of Fire, one of the world's most volcanically active regions. It is home to a wealth of natural wonders including hot springs, bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers. It is also the heartland of Maori culture as well as being an excellent centre for activities such as fishing, hiking, cycling and rafting.


You will be staying at Solitaire Lodge, half board

Day 7

White Island Helicopter Tour
Embark on a helicopter flight to the active volcano, White Island, located 50 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast. The flight travels over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline before landing on the craters rim for a guided walk. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.


You will be staying at Solitaire Lodge, half board

Day 8

Private Cruise on Lake Rotoiti
Join the skipper and crew of Pure Cruise, aboard 53-foot sailing catamaran Tiua for a scenic cruise on lake Rotoiti. Take the opportunity to participate in sailing the yacht and or simply relax and enjoy the pleasure of sailing in pure comfort, with fine cuisine and premium New Zealand beverages from the fully stocked bar.


You will be staying at Solitaire Lodge, half board

Day 9

Drop off your hire car.

Fly Rotorua to Queenstown


You will be staying at Azur Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Descend by helicopter through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound to join an informative cruise on the fiord itself. Cruise the waterways all the way to the wild west coast passing a surreal world of moss, rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. On the return flight to Queenstown experience an alpine landing to step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people.


You will be staying at Azur Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Spend a day at leisure relaxing at Azur or exploring Queenstown.


You will be staying at Azur Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Drive from Queenstown to Twizel


Depart Queenstown via Kawarau Gorge, crossing the historic Kawarau Bridge - a popular bungy jumping location. Continue through the Gibbston Valley, home to many vineyards and onwards to Cromwell, known for its numerous fruit orchards. Cromwell itself sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge and the old historic town is well worth the visit. Completely submerged when the Clyde Dam was built, and Lake Dunstan established in 1992, the remnants of the old Cromwell town provide a unique snapshot into this area's history. Head over the Lindis Pass, one of New Zealand's highest roads, with the summit reaching 971 metres. Its tussock covered hills are a barren but beautiful sight as you descend into the Mackenzie Basin. Travel across the flat Mackenzie basin through the towns of Omarama and onto Twizel ' town of trees'.

Approximate driving distance and time for this journey is: 190 kilometres which should take around two and a half hours.


You will be staying at Matuka Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 13

Drive from Twizel to Akaroa


Your first stop today should be the visitor centre on the southern shores of Lake Pukaki. As well as a great presentation detailing the formation of the region over thousands of years you are also often rewarded with uninterrupted views of over 50 kilometres to the peak of Mt. Cook.

Lake Tekapo, the northern most of the large Southern Lakes is beautiful, with the waters shining a bright turquoise on certain days.

Around one and a half hours drive from the city of Christchurch is the Banks Peninsula. Just on the other side of the Port Hills is Lyttelton, a busy port town that was crucial to the development of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains. Following the road around the beautiful natural harbour the names, such as Magazine Bay, Battery Point, Corsair Point and Governers Bay, remind of the importance the navy placed on this harbour.

Driving distance for this journey is approximately 375 kilometres which should take around four and a half hours.


You will be staying at Annandale Homestead, half board

Day 14

Spend time at leisure relaxing and exploring the area around Seascape.


You will be staying at Annandale Homestead, half board

Day 15

Spend time at leisure relaxing and exploring the area around Seascape.


You will be staying at Annandale Homestead, half board

Day 16

Drive from Akaroa to Christchurch


Drive to Christchurch, crossing the hills with spectacular views of the harbour. A slightly longer but very scenic route takes in Lyttelton Harbour.

Driving distance for this journey is approximately 85 kilometres which should take around one and a half hours.


Leave your hire car at the airport and depart on your onward journey.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest

A 75 acre estate sits atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands....

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Annandale Homestead

Annandale Homestead

Annandale is a 4000 acre sheep and cattle farm with 10 kilometres of coastline....

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