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This is one extravagant leisure escape to experience the best of New Zealand’s sights, smells, and tastes! Enjoy world-class golf, tour award-winning vineyards and taste the finest wine in the region. Get this chance of a lifetime to explore the spectacular scenery from a thrilling helicopter ride to an exciting boat cruise. Connect with locals and experience the rich New Zealand culture. Along the way, you will taste New Zealand’s best cuisine!
You will spend one night at a five-star hotel accommodation. Your accommodation in Auckland is centrally located, within walking distance of restaurants, the waterfront, and viaduct basin.
You will spend three nights at a five-star lodge accommodation, including dinner on first night. This luxury lodge accommodation boasts stunning views of the pristine Bay of Islands.
You will spend two nights at a five-star boutique accommodation.
You will spend three nights at a five-star hotel accommodation.
You will spend three nights at a five-star hotel or lodge-style accommodation. Your accommodation in Queenstown will be a hotel or high-end bed and breakfast.
Today you will arrive in Bay of Islands. After collecting your rental car, you'll have a short drive to your accommodation and the afternoon at leisure. Enjoyment of food, wine, and congenial company are an integral part of your stay. You will enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge tonight.
Enjoy a free day to explore this stunning region. You can charter a boat for a sail around the islands, explore the arts, crafts, lifestyle, and food stores in Kerikeri, find a secluded beach for a picnic, swim with dolphins, tour the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, visit the romantic and charming township of Russell, or walk in the gorgeous Puketi Forest.
You can opt to spend the day playing golf at one the world’s top 100 golf courses. Kauri Cliffs’ 18 holes provide stunning views in all directions. Set against a stunning backdrop of the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett, 15 holes boast breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, while six play alongside cliffs that plunge down to the sea. The course was designed by David Harman. Golf at Kauri Cliffs is at an additional cost.
Today you'll experience a spectacular cruise escape in the Bay of Islands, departing Paihia on a scenic helicopter ride, then boarding a sea shuttle to an island of your choice for a day of hiking, fishing, snorkeling, or just relaxing.
Departing the Bay of Islands, it’s a scenic three and a half hour drive to Auckland, where you will spend the night. Time permitting, there are a range of activities:
Today you’ll journey through the center of the North Island on the Thermal Explorer Highway. The Thermal Explorer Highway is part of the Great New Zealand Touring Route. Time permitting, you may make several stops along the way. You’ll pass through:
Hawke’s Bay is the country’s oldest winemaking region and is New Zealand’s leading producer of award winning red wines, including Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon and blends. Hawke’s Bay is also home to a world-class concentration of Art Deco architecture, fresh local produce, and artisan food producers, complemented by a vibrant arts scene and a rich Maori culture. With over 40 wineries and wonderful weekend farmers' markets to visit, discover why Hawke's Bay Wine Country is the leading food and wine destination in New Zealand.
Spend some time today enjoying the architecture of Napier, which was redesigned in Art Deco style after the devastating Hawke’s Bay earthquake in 1931. Nowhere else can you see such a variety and concentration of buildings in Art Deco style.
Tonight, it is recommended to dine at Terroir Restaurant, set in a unique circular building, with breathtaking views of Te Mata Peak. Terroir has a rustic and casual approach, specializing in rotisserie and wood-fired cuisine. Fine glassware, cutlery, and crockery set the scene for an exciting country experience.
You may decide to take a day of leisure and explore the wineries, or golf Cape Kidnappers. Cape Kidnappers is an 18-hole course designed by world-renowned architect Tom Doak. The course sits atop dramatic cliffs, boasting stunning sea views. This layout has been hailed as one of golf’s modern marvels. The course has received numerous accolades and awards, including a Top 50 World ranking. Cost to golf at Cape Kidnappers is at an additional cost.
Today you will fly from Napier to Blenheim, where you will relax for two nights in the Marlborough Wine Region. Upon arrival in Blenheim, you will pick up a fresh rental car and make the short drive to your boutique luxury accommodation. You may decide to explore the stunning Marlborough Sounds, popular for walking and kayaking.
The three icons of Marlborough are Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds, and Marlborough Greenshell Mussels. Experience all three in a single day with the fine wines of Marlborough in the morning and the stunning Marlborough Sounds in the afternoon.
Departing by coach each day over the summer season from Picton and from Blenheim, this icons tour takes in the very best that Marlborough has to offer with a visit to some superb Marlborough wineries in the morning then through to the Havelock Marina for lunch, and boarding the Greenshell Mussel Cruise in the afternoon.
Today you'll fly from Blenheim to Queenstown. So much beauty, so many opportunities for adventure. Queenstown’s fabled alpine scenery is absolutely for real. Your accommodation in Queenstown will be a hotel or high-end bed and breakfast.
Queenstown offers a range of activities. Time permitting, you may like to:
Today’s guided tour will have you fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound by plane, enjoying the spectacular views of mountains, lakes, and fiords of Fiordland National Park. You’ll connect with Mitre Peak Cruises for your relaxing cruise before returning to Queenstown by helicopter with an alpine landing for the ultimate experience.
Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and Central Otago with your local guides today. The day starts with nine holes of golf at one of Queenstown's idyllic country golf courses followed by wine touring through the boutique vineyards of Central Otago. One of the most scenic golf courses in the world, Millbrook is simply an unforgettable Queenstown golfing experience.
Your afternoon is spent discovering some of Active Downunder's favorite boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region's fine wines, and enjoying a gourmet platter-style lunch in a vineyard. Non-golfers may decide to have a spa treatment, instead of golfing.
This holiday will take place in New Zealand.
Meals, except where noted, are included in this holiday package. Breakfast is served daily. On your first day at Bay Islands, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge and will taste the best of New Zealand's cuisine along the way of the tour during this holiday. You will also enjoy a gourmet platter-style lunch in a vineyard during the golf and wine tour in Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and Central Otago.
From the sea:
With more than 14,000 kilometers of coastline, New Zealand is home to some amazing seafood.
From the land:
For the sweet tooth:
New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy, and intensity. The long ripening period, a result of cool temperatures, allows flavor development while retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned.
Craft beer makers in New Zealand are leading the way for new and innovative flavors that can be paired with food just like a fine wine! With over one hundred craft breweries and specialty craft bars from the far north to the deep south, no matter what part of this amazing country you find yourself travelling through, there is a craft beer somewhere just for you.
Non-golfers may decide to have a spa treatment, instead of golfing.
Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland International Airport (AKL). Transfer from this airport to a domestic flight that will take you to Bay of Islands Airport (KKE).