New Zealand Vacation Itinerary - The Ultimate New Zealand Escape - by New Zealand Encounters and Travel
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New Zealand Vacation Itinerary - The Ultimate New Zealand Escape

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The Ultimate New Zealand Escape

Unique, upmarket accommodations set amongst spectacular scenery, the opportunity to relax in privacy or indulge in adventure, not too much moving around but enough destinations for a variety of landscapes – simply the ultimate. Enjoy day trips from these hub locations.

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Day 1 - Arrival Queenstown
Arrival into New Zealand is at either Auckland or Christchurch where you immediately transfer to a connecting flight to Queenstown.

The balance of the day is yours to relax at your accommodation, enjoying the views and indulging in the surrounding beauty.
Your Lodge provides luxury accommodation overlooking the magnificent Lake Wakatipu and offers guests a standard of service and care that is second to none.

Four night stay.


Day 2 - Queenstown No travel
You have one full day to relax and enjoy the spectacular views or perhaps indulge in one or some of the adventures the Queenstown area has to offer.

The Queenstown Activity list provided in your daily planner provided will assist with your decision.
Same as previous night.


Day 3 - Queenstown No travel
Today you will jetboat the Dart River and then take an easy 1-1 hour walk through the forest.

You will retrace the stops of our pioneer miners and farmers in a 4WD vehicle and enjoy a picnic in the wilderness.

This is Lord of the Rings country!
Same as the previous night.


Day 4 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown 8 hour trip
A day trip to remember for a lifetime!

You will be taken in a luxury glass roofed coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu through to Te Anau and onto Milford.

At Milford you will board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely cruise of the fiord. Have your camera ready!

At the completion of your cruise you will then experience the beauty of the Sounds by air!
Same as previous night


Day 5 - Queenstown - Mt Cook 4 hour drive
Today you bid your lakeside retreat goodbye - and head for the hills - the Southern Alps to be exact. Your journey takes you over the Lindis Pass with its smooth velvety brown rolling mountains. You will then continue on to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps with Mt Cook dominating the skyline.

There is time to enjoy a scenic flight to see the mighty Mt Cook up close and the many glaciers that surround the mountain,like a skirt of ice. The turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and Tekapo offer the perfect picnic spot for lunch.
Your Hotel is a renowned accommodation residing in the alpine village of Mt Cook, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Southern Alps. A spectacular alpine view of this World Heritage Park can be enjoyed from your superior room.

One night stay.

Central Otago

Day 6 - Mt Cook - Christchurch 2 hour drive
Today's drive is only two hours, so you may choose to relax amongst the spendour of your remote Hotel or you may want to dash to indulge in some shopping, arts and gardens in Christchurch city before heading to your luxurious accommodation.
Your accommodation is a treasure from Christchurch's gracious colonial past. Fringed by towering trees, manicured lawns and park-like gardens, set within a tranquil haven in the city.

Two night stay.


Day 7 - Christchurch No travel
A full day to enjoy your surroundings.

If city action beckons, Christchurch city is only 10 minutes away.

You may also enjoy a day trip to Akaroa, Kaikoura or Arthur's Pass National Park.
Same as previous night.


Day 8 - Christchurch - Auckland 2 hour flight
Today you say goodbye to the South Island and head north.

Upon arrival at the "City of Sails" you pick up your last rental car and head over the Harbour Bridge to your accommodation.

The rest of the afternoon is free to relax at your accommodation or venture out and explore this vibrant city.
Your accomodation is a gracious historic double bay villa luxuriously renovated and decorated.

Two night stay.


Day 9 - Auckland No travel
Take a stroll along the Viaduct, visit Kelly Tarlton's Undersea World and Auckland National Museum.

Take the ferry to Waiheke Island with its vineyards and boutique cafes for the day.
Same as previous night.


Day 10 - Auckland - Bay of Islands 4 hour drive
Today you head north to your final New Zealand destination. We have chosen a location and accommodation that is sure to leave a lasting impression!

This region offers thick native bush to walk through and endless water sports from sailing to dolphin swimming to fishing.

Do it all or do nothing.
You will enjoy the stunning views and serenity from your hillside retreat!

Three night stay.


Day 11 - Bay of Islands No travel
A full day to relax on a beach or explore the Bay of Islands and Far North Region.

Sailing amongst the islands is glorious - whether on a self skippered bareboat or a grand Tall Ship.

A journey up Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga to see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean offers a great day trip.

See the Bay of Islands Activity List in your daily planner for options in the region.
Same as previous night


Day 12 - Bay of Islands No travel
Your second day at the Bay of islands.

A wonderful option is to kayak up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary to spend time exploring the mysterious mangrove forest. Spend time paddling at leisure amongst the trees and view fish and bird life along the way.

Perhaps the arts, crafts and vineyards of Kerikeri beckon you?

Or maybe a day of relaxing in the sun on a beach is your wish for your last day in paradise.
Same as previous night


Day 13 - Bay of Islands - Auckland - Departure 4 hour drive
Last day in paradise!

Depending on your international departure flight, you may or may not have time today to further enjoy your glorious accommodation and setting.

At the appropriate time you will need to head back to Auckland and the International Airport for your international departure.


Pricing and Inclusions

From $5,950 NZD per person (Based on Share Twin )


    • Upmarket Luxury Accommodations Listed
    • 12 Breakfasts
    • 3 Dinners
    • Milford Sound - Coach Cruise & Fly
    • Luxury 4wd Toyota Prado or Ford Explorer Rental
    • Dart River Jetboat Adventure
    • Exclusive travel pack with highlighted map(s) with your route, area guides for each region you visit and your comprehensive daily planner with sightseeing & activity options and suggestions.


    • Any required Domestic Flights
    • International Flights
    • Meals not specified
    • Optional activities not specified


There are no set dates for departure on this itinerary. Please contact us to check availability for your required travel dates.

Accommodation and Meals

Unique upmarket lodges, country estates and boutique B&Bs are included in this special itinerary. 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

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