Tailor-Made Holiday

New Zealand Honeymoon - North and South Islands

The Best of Adventurous New Zealand - In The Lap of Luxury

21 days

from £8,895pp (excluding flights)

This is the perfect honeymoon for intrepid newlyweds. With a theme of pure indulgence throughout, after all this is your honeymoon, it acheives the perfect balance of thrill seeking and pampering.  Discover both North and South Islands in style on this holiday of a life time – an adventure to remember.   

  • New Zealand has a well deserved reputation for delicious food and world class wine
  • Immerse yourself in the luxury of the lodges of New Zealand
  • Take a whale watching boat trip in Kaikoura
  • Cruise onboard the Fiordland Navigator on the Doubtful Sound
  • Take an exhilirating private flight over scenic Mount Tarawera

Situated a short ferry ride from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke is a beautiful island rimmed with golden beaches and boasts a cosmopolitan café culture and an artistic, bohemian vibe. This is the first stopping off point after what is undisputedly a long flight. There are many highly regarded boutique wineries dotted around this pretty island and sailing yachts dot the crystal clear waters. Stay at the Boatshed, with its chic coastal vibe and stunning views of the water. During a stay on Waiheke Island take a gourmet food and wine tour, including an award-winning olive oil mill and some local vineyards.

Fly on to Nelson and stay at The Resurgence, a luxury eco lodge in 50 acres. The Resurgence is the closest five star hotel to Abel Tasman National Park. Take a private guided kayaking tour on the sheltered waters and enjoy an aqua taxi ride out past several off shore islands then walk back on the coast path between Bark Bay and Anchorage Bay.

Infamous Queenstown should not be missed. Whilst Queenstown is renowned for adrenaline and thrill seeking, Matakuna Lodge provides a perfect bolthole. Just minutes from Queenstown, this alpine lakeside retreat is nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscape. Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. 

Experience sunrise over the lakes and mountains from the serenity of a hot air balloon. Float gently with the breeze, enjoying incredible panoramic views followed by a champagne style breakfast at the landing spot. Flights are at dawn when the air is cool and calm and in the right conditions you can expect to see views of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas, Mount Aspiring in the Southern Alps and Mount Tutoko in Fiordland National Park. 

Cruise onboard the Fiordland Navigator on the stunning Doubtful Sound. Discover the hidden arms of Doubtful Sound. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen and at times, rare penguins can be observed. There is also time to kayak around the shoreline or go exploring in the tender craft with a nature guide. 

The Otahuna Lodge , near Christchurch, is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery.  New Zealand's largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. Overnight here before travelling to Kaikoura. The drive north from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes you through some fine rolling farmland and North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. Whale watching tours allow exciting  up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Kaikoura is New Zealand's world famous whale watching destination. Sperm Whales can be seen here year-round while depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.  Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's.

Flying onwards to Rotorua stay at the magnificent Solitaire Lodge, secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location offers guests the ideal blend of indulgence and adventure from a picture perfect setting. Whilst in Rotorua , take a spectacular volcanic air safari over Mt Tarawera on a floatplane. Later join the skipper and crew of Pure Cruise, aboard Tiua,  the luxury 53 foot sailing catamaran for a scenic cruise on lake Rotoiti. Rotorua sits right in the centre of the world's most volcanically active region and this is highly evident through the smell of sulphur. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without experiencing one of the many geothermal parks.

Complete your honeymoon with a  stay at the Bay of Islands. Cruise amongst the islands or even swim with the dolphins. Stay in cottages, just a short paddle from the beautiful sandy beaches at Takou Bay.

Returning to Auckland, and bid farewell to New Zealand, returning home via Singapore.

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 
£ 8895 £ 1100

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Singapore overnight

Day 2

Fly Singapore to Auckland overnight

Day 3

Private transfer from Auckland airport to Fuller Ferry Terminal.

Travel from Auckland to Waiheke Island (Boat Journey)


You will be transferred from Tirana airport to Kruja, a journey of around two hours.


Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Beautiful, blissed-out, bohemian: this 20km-long island ures artists, wine-lovers, foodies and free spirits.


Fullers Ferry Auckland to Waiheke Island
A scenic 40 minute (approximate depending on departure time/route) cruise through the Hauraki Gulf between the Auckland down town ferry terminal and Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island. The ferry operates from 6am to 11pm daily and departs on the hour.


You will be staying at The Boat Shed Hotel, Waiheke Island, half board

Day 4

Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour
The Gourmet’s Food and Wine Tour of Waiheke Island is the ultimate indulgence in the artisan produce grown and prepared on Waiheke Island. You’ll be met at the Waiheke Island ferry terminal by your Ananda guide who will take you on a culinary adventure on the island, including a visit to an award-winning olive oil mill and some of the local vineyards. You’ll also enjoy a cheese board accompanies by locally grown oysters and a platter style lunch at one of the vineyards.


You will be staying at The Boat Shed Hotel, Waiheke Island, half board

Day 5

Fly Auckland to Nelson


Time at leisure whilst staying at The Resurgence for three nights.


You will be staying at The Resurgence, half board

Day 6

Beaches and Bays Guided Sea Kayaking Trip
Please report to the Wilsons ticket office in Kaiteriteri by 08:50 to meet your guide.

Combining the best of the Abel Tasman, this trip showcases incredible beaches, coastal walks and native wildlife. First you will meet your guide and join the 09:30 Vista Cruise along the magnificent coastline to Torrent Bay. You will then arrive at Torrent Bay Lodge and complete a full training session and safety briefing before moving on to the water in kayaks to discover beautiful beaches, tidal estuaries and rivers. Stop for a picnic lunch. Arriving back at Torrent Bay Lodge, freshen up with a hot shower and re-join the vista cruise back to Kaiteriteri, arriving at 16:10.

Wilsons Provide: Top quality kayaking equipment. Full instruction and safety briefing. Dry bags for clothing and camera and a picnic lunch.

You Provide: Towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm top (plus polypropylene thermals if you have them), wind jacket, swimsuit, change of clothes, walking shoes, personal water bottle.


You will be staying at The Resurgence, half board

Day 7

Full Day Beaches and Bays Cruise and Walk - Abel Tasman National Park
First take the aqua taxi from Marahau to Bark Bay, along the way pass several off-shore islands which provide a protected habitat for native wildlife. This stretch of water is called the Astrolabe Roadstead named by Dumont Durville. Roadstead was a term early seafarers used to describe safe sheltered waters. The stretch of coastline between Torrent Bay and Bark Bay can only be viewed from the water. You will see lots of interesting rocky outcrops and rock formations. Sandfly Bay and Falls River are beautiful spots. On a high tide (and time dependent) you can go up Falls River and see the people walking across the Swing Bridge.You will be dropped off at Bark Bay, where you then enjoy the walk back to Anchorage Bay, taking around 3.5 hrs (12kms). On your walk you'll see beautiful stands of large trees including Rimu, Totara and Rata. At Anchorage you'll be picked up by your water taxi for the return journey to Marahau.


You will be staying at The Resurgence, half board

Day 8

Fly Nelson to Christchurch

Fly Christchurch to Queenstown


Collect your rental car. Toyota RAV 4 or similar 4WD


You will be staying at Matakauri Lodge, half board

Day 9

Choice of activities and excursions
Time to yourself to soak up the scenery and explore:

Take a trip up the Skyline Gondola to enjoy the views over the lake or ride the luge at the top.

Enjoy a jet boat trip, this can be a scenic trip through the Mount Aspiring National park or adrenaline packed one up and down the Shotover River.

White water rafting or river surfing down the Kawarau or shotover rivers.

Enjoy some fantastic trekking in the surrounding mountains and National Parks.

For a more leisurely adventure, enjoy a trip on the vintage steamship the TSS Earnslaw.


You will be staying at Matakauri Lodge, half board

Day 10

Drive from Queenstown to Te Anau (Road Journey)


You will be transferred from Tirana airport to Kruja, a journey of around two hours.


You will be staying at Fiordland Lodge, half board

Day 11

Transfer this moring to board the Fiordland Navigator for an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound


Overnight in Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound adventure begins with a cruise across Lake Manapouri. Regarded by many as the most beautiful of NZ's lakes, Maori legend says the lake was formed by the tears of two daughters of a local chief, and its name means Lake of the Sorrowing Heart.

Disembark at West Arm, and coach over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland's most dens rainforest and to view the colourful alpine moss gardens.

On reaching Deep Cove, discover the unspoilt and remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound during this unique overnight cruise aboard the 70-passenger purpose-built Fiordland Navigator. The vessel offers spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining saloon and observation lounge. Cruise throughout the fiord with plenty of time to explore at your own pace. Kayak around the shoreline or go for a swim - the choice is yours. Don't forget to keep a look out for wildlife: sightings of dolphins, seals and penguins, are common. As the shadows lengthen anchor at a favourite mooring and share stories of the days adventure.

A delicious 3 course dinner is provided on board. Cruise staff are on hand to point out the highlights: Bottlenose Dolphins which often cavort alongside, Fur Seals basking on the rocks at the mouth of the fiord, and rare penguins.

Day 2: After breakfast, retrace your steps to Te Anau


You will be staying at Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound, full board

Day 12

Self drive back to Queenstown airport.

Fly Queenstown to Christchurch


Collect your rental car from Christchurch airport.


You will be staying at Otahuna Lodge, half board

Day 13

Activities at Otahuna Lodge
Cooking class - A three-hour, hands-on cooking lesson with Executive Chef Jimmy McIntyre provides an overview of the philosophies behind the Lodge’s celebrated food and wine programme. Classes incorporate time in Otahuna’s organic potager garden and offer a chance to learn first-hand cooking techniques in the Lodge kitchen.

Massage treatment - Guests can enjoy a 60 or 90 minute massage in the massage room located in the historic laundry buildings of the Otahuna estate.

Fly fishing - Guests benefit from the knowledge of a local guide who will choose a location to ensure the best chances of making a successful catch. Brown and rainbow trout can be caught in both the high country as well as lowland streams from October through April. It is also possible during these months to catch Chinook salmon.

Horse riding - Near Otahuna Lodge, local guides offer private horseback riding excursions to suit any level of experience.

Hiking and biking - Canterbury’s diverse landscape offers an array of trails for walking and biking. The Lodge offers the complimentary use of 4 bicycles for exploring the immediate area with many guests enjoying the easy 6-kilometre loop in the Otahuna Valley.


You will be staying at Otahuna Lodge, half board

Day 14

Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura


The drive north from Christchurch to Kaikoura traverses the rolling hills of North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. Allow time for a detour and maybe a dip in the mineral hot pools at Hanmer Springs. Continue across the Hawkswood Mountain Range before descending to the spectacular Kaikoura coastline - where the road hugs the ocean for the last leg of the drive. See fur seals on the rocks as you approach the township and if you're lucky, spot whales and dolphins off shore.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg is: 179 km / 111 miles : three hours


The drive north from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes you through some fine rolling farmland


Whale Watching Trip
Kaikoura is New Zealand's world famous whale watching destination. Sperm Whales can be seen here year-round while 7 other whale species visit regularly. Encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. See migrating Humpback, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales, although this will depend on the time of year. Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year.

You should reconfirm your Whale Watch tour the day prior or in the morning if you are taking an afternoon tour. Sailings can be cancelled or postponed if sea conditions are not suitable. Call Whale Watch on 0800 655 121 and quote you.

A full safety briefing is given first and you will spend approximately 2 1/2 hours at sea. If you suffer from motion sickness then please take precautions and please make sure you are dressed for the conditions.


You will be staying at Hapuku Lodge, half board

Day 15

A day at leisure to explore Kaikoura


You will be staying at Hapuku Lodge, half board

Day 16

Drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch


Self Drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch
The drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch continues to follow the spectacular coastline before heading inland and through North Canterbury’s major wine region, the Waipara Valley. You are also introduced you to the South Island’s most numerous inhabitant, the sheep. A great detour to take is the side trip to Hanmer Springs for a relaxing dip in the thermal pools. Christchurch you'll see a new and improved city, steadily rising from the ruins of the 2011 earthquake.

The driving time today is approximately two hours.

Fly Christchurch to Rotorua


Rotorua sits right in the centre of the world's most volcanically active region and this is highly evident through the smell of sulphur. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without visiting one of the many geothermal parks. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is around 30 minutes from Rotorua and here a network of paths will take you past bubbling pools, sulphur ponds, geysers and waterfalls. For a more relaxing thermal experience, you can't go past the Polynesian Spa, either soak in their mineral pools or experience a unique 'mud massage'. White Island sits around 40 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast and is still one the most active volcanoes in the world. Volcanic Air Safaris offer scenic flights to the island and the opportunity to land and explore the original sulphur mines. They also offer scenic flights over Mt. Tarawera and float plane flights to Orakei Korako Hidden Valley. Rotorua is also the heartland of Maori culture in New Zealand and Mitai Maori Village lets you experience the stories, singing and traditional Maori kai (food) cooked in a hangi. For a deeper understanding of Maori arts and crafts, visit Te Puia the premier Maori Arts and Cultural centre. As well as the lake which is teeming with trout for the anglers amongst you, there are opportunities to get up close to our national animal the sheep at Agrodome and the kiwi at Rainbow Springs. For those looking to enjoy some of the adrenalin packed adventures New Zealand is renowned for you'll be pleased to know Rotorua rivals Queenstown for adventure, so whether you are zorbing, rafting or flying through the forest canopy you'll have a blast.


Choice of activities and excursions
Time to yourself to explore:
- Visit Te Whakarewarewa, Rotorua’s best known and largest thermal reserve.
- Experience a Maori cultural show or enjoy a hangi (traditional Maori meal cooked under ground).
- Indulge in the warm thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa. A bathhouse opened here in 1886, the waters are said to have health-giving properties.
- For something more active, try Zorbing, another Kiwi innovation which involves rolling down a hill strapped inside an inflatable sphere.
- Enjoy some trout fishing in one of the nearby lakes.


You will be staying at Solitaire Lodge, half board

Day 17

Time at Leisure


You will be staying at Solitaire Lodge, half board

Day 18

Fly Rotorua to Auckland


Collect the rental car at Kerikeri Airport and drive to Magic Cottages


You will be staying at Magic Cottages at Takou River, room only

Day 19

Choice of activities and excursions
Time to yourself to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands and its wide array of activities:

- Go underwater and enjoying some snorkelling or scuba diving in the clear waters.

- Hire a boat for the day and explore the many coves and islands. This could be a small motor boat, schooner or kayak.

- Enjoy a day's fishing

- Play a round of golf at one of the nearby courses.

- Walks in the native rainforest and along Paihia's scenic foreshore.

- Try 4x4 Dune Riding to Cape Reinga

- Visit the historic site of the signing of Treaty of Waitangi 1840.

- Catch a short ferry to the township of Russell

- Horse riding - the large estate at Kauri Cliffs allows for some fantastic horse riding

A visit to the Bay of Islands wouldn't be complete without a cruise amongst the islands or even a trip to swim with the dolphins. Dolphin Discoveries operate daily Swimming with the Dolphins Tours and also Discover the Bays cruises. Waitangi, just a few kilometres north of Paihia is considered the most important historical site of modern New Zealand. It was here that the Treaty of Waitangi was prepared and signed between the Crown and Maori. The visitor centre tells its ongoing story and is set in beautiful gardens and grounds, where you can also experience a traditional Maori cultural performance. The peaceful village of Russell is located on the other side of the bay and is full of history and stories from its days as the 'hell hole of the Pacific'. If it weren't for the bullet holes in the historic buildings, it would be hard to imagine that this idyllic location was ever the site of battles. From the Bay of Islands you can also venture to the top of New Zealand on a day trip. The Dune Rider will take you along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. Spiritually significant to Maori who believe its the point where their dead enter the underworld.


You will be staying at Magic Cottages at Takou River, room only

Day 20

Return the hire car to Kerikeri airport today.

Fly Bay of Islands to Auckland

Fly Auckland to Singapore overnight

Day 21

Fly Singapore to London

Accommodation

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

Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge

In one of the South Island's most spectacular settings, Hapuku Lodge is a contemporary design of a luxury lodge with the unique offering of Tree Houses, set in the heart of rolling countryside....

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Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Seven minutes from Queenstown and spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers eleven luxurious suites and villas, each with private terraces looking out to a dramatic Queenstown lakeside, with mountain views....

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Fiordland Lodge

Fiordland Lodge

Set on a superb site with commanding views out across Lake Te Anau this is a rural setting with rolling grass lands surrounding the Lodge, Lake Te Anau being a mere ten minute walk away....

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The Boat Shed Hotel, Waiheke Island

The Boat Shed Hotel, Waiheke Island

The Boatshed on Waiheke Island is located overlooking the bay of Oneroa and within walking distance of white sand beaches, offering five private luxurious guest suites and two bungalows all featuring panoramic ocean views....

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Otahuna Lodge

Otahuna Lodge

Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery....

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