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Quintessential New Zealand

The Quintessential New Zealand Itinerary

After a short flight from Auckland to Kerikeri, pick up your rental car and drive to Russell in the Bay of Islands where you will receive a warm welcome at Arcadia Lodge; Travel to Cape Reinga on a fixed wing flight and take a 4WD tour on 90 mile beach; back in Russell explore the local islands by boat. Return to Auckland by road and overnight at Hampton Beach House, located on the waterfront in the seaside village of Devonport;

Drive to the Coromandel Peninsula, with accommodation at The Mussel Bed B&B; Relax with a day at leisure and complimenatry boat cruise to Catherdral Cove;

Travel south to Rotorua and your lakeside accommodation at Koura Lodge with a Mt Tarawera Floatplane Tour and evening Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance included;

Continue through to the Hawke’s Bay via Lake Taupo and stay at The Landing on Napier Hill then have a day at leisure before driving through the Wairarapa countryside to Wellington with an overnight stay at Booklovers B&B;

Board the Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton, then drive to Nelson with a stay at Clayridge Cottages. Experience the Abel Tasman with a wonderful small group cruise; Drive to Blenhiem and overnight at French Fields, a beautiful country house in the vineyards of Marlborough before driving the coastal highway to Kaikoura. Staying at Manakau Lodge, join in a Whale Watch Cruise;

Onwards to Christchurch, with an overnight at the historic Eliza’s Manor on Bealey and spend a day at leisure in the garden city. The following morning return your rental car before experiencing the famous Tranzalpine train journey over the Southern Alps to Greymouth, then collect a rental car and drive to Fox Glacier on the West Coast, staying at Misty Peaks;

Explore Fox Glacier & Mt Cook with a helicopter flight before driving to Wanaka via the Haast Pass. Your well appointed and private accommodation at Maple Lodge awaits.

After a day at leisure, drive to Manapouri and experience a stunning overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound. Drive north to Queenstown, with your last stay at the well located and superbly hosted Dairy Private Luxury Hotel. Enjoy a Dart River Jet Boat Safari followed by a day at leisure before returning your rental car to Queenstown Airport prior to your departure.

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