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Take this ultimate luxury lifestyle tour and you’ll certainly experience the best – from exclusive boutique hotels to stunning lodges in inspirational settings. You’ll also sample some of the world’s most appreciated wines – Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region, for example – complemented by exquisite food.

And then there are the sights. The Art Deco town of Napier, and the City of Sails. The mighty Southern Alps. The frozen immensity of the Tasman Glacier, the astonishing flights over Cook Strait, the old whaling town of Kaikouri, the thermal energy of Rotorua…

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DESIGNED BY SPECIALISTS

Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

Auckland & Waiheke, New Zealand | The Ultimate Travel Company
Day 1-2

AUCKLAND

Fly to Auckland, where you’ll be met and taken, by helicopter to your hotel on Waiheke Island.

Waiheke Island | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 3-4

WAIHEKE ISLAND

On Waiheke you’ll enjoy a world of peace and gentle recreation – the perfect antidote to flying across the world. Far out in the twinkling Hauraki Gulf, the island is fringed with wonderful beaches and luxurious resorts.
Its hinterland features deep green forests, rolling farmland and boutique vineyards – giving you ample opportunities to take touring trips; provided you can tear yourself away from the beach!

Stay: Two nights in the nautically-themed Boatshed Hotel or exclusive Delamore Lodge.

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Day 5

AUCKLAND

A ferry takes you back to Auckland, refreshed and ready to enjoy this charming little city. You’ll soon understand why it is known as the City of Sails. The waterfront area is alive with sailing craft – as well as chic waterfront restaurants and bars.
From here you could take a scenic mini-cruise around the harbour, or simply content yourself with exploring the city itself.

Stay: One night in the Debrett Hotel.

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Day 6-7

ROTORUA

A morning’s drive along the wonderful Thermal Explorer Highway takes you to the bubbling cauldrons of hot mud and the spouting geysers of Rotorua. This town is also the heartland of traditional Maori culture.
You may well be welcomed with a fearsome haka and indulge in a sumptuous hangi feast, but you can also opt for a heli-tour to a dormant volcano of or a cruise across Lake Tawarera.

Stay: Two nights at Koura Lodge, Rotorua.

Marlborough Sounds | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 8-9

WINE REGION

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway until you reach the Pacific Coast Highway and stop for a drink. Now you really can combine luxury with lifestyle, because you’re in the country’s pre-eminent wine producing regions with over 50 distinctive vineyards.
You can take a connoisseur’s guided tour of the region, play golf and indulge in a pampering spa.

Stay: Two nights at either Greenhill Lodge or The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

Te Koi | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 10-11

NAPIER – NELSON

Drive to the Art Deco town of Napier, and take the luxury of a small plane to Nelson. By flying you’ll save a long drive and a time-consuming sea journey, but you’ll still have eye-opening views of the countryside passing beneath you, as well as fantastic seascape views over the Cook Strait and the awe-inspiring Marlborough Sounds.

In Nelson you’ll be able to take a leisurely browse around the many arts and craft studios and tour the region’s most prominent wineries. You’ll also take heli-tours along the coast and over Lord of the Rings landscapes, go sea kayaking or sail in the Abel Tasman National Park on a private trip.

Stay: Two nights at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte overlooking the beautiful Waimea Estuary.

Bay of Many Coves | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 12-13

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough is a mecca for wine lovers and gourmets alike. Hunters, Cloudy Bay, St Clair and Villa Maria are just some of the Sauvignon Blancs produced in this region – the perfect accompaniments to locally-grazed lamb, greenshell mussels and scallops straight from the Sounds.
Away from the table, you can cruise the Sounds, watch dolphins or tour the Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary.

Stay: Two nights at Bay of Many Coves.

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Day 14-15

KAIKOURA

Today you drive off to the acclaimed Otahuna Lodge, a three storey, listed Queen Anne house. But on the way you’ll stop at the old whaling town of Kaikoura, where you can go whale watching or swimming with dolphins.

You can also immerse yourself in Maori culture or take part in adventure activities – including quad biking through the surrounding countryside.

Stay: Two nights in Hapuku Lodge.

River Avon Christchurch | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 16

CHRISTCHURCH

Your next stop is Christchurch, known for its English heritage, where you’ll be spending one night. Your hotel lies in the heart of the city overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon

Stay: One night at The George Hotel.

Southern Alps | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 17-18

SOUTHERN ALPS

Now your Luxury and Lifestyle Tour caters to your taste for astonishing visual treats. The mighty Southern Alps are an unforgettable procession of sensational panoramic views. Even your hotel will look out on the awesome Mount Cook.
And as if that wasn’t enough, you can take scenic flights over the region, landing on the spectacular Tasman Glacier or take a six hour cruise around the base of New Zealand’s largest glacier.

Stay: Two nights in the Aoraki Wing of the Hermitage Hotel.

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Day 19-21

QUEENSTOWN

Drive away from the snow-capped Southern Alps and you’ll arrive at Queenstown – the adventure sports capital of New Zealand, situated on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. As well as thrilling activities like knuckle-blanching jet boat rides on the Dart River, exhilarating adventures and bungee-jump watching from Kawarau Bridge, you’ll also have some adrenalin-calming opportunities.
Like lunch in an historic Glenorchy pub, tastings in local wineries and visits to Coronet Peak and historic Arrowtown. From Queenstown you can also enter the mountainous world of the Lord of the Rings.

Stay: Three nights in a Matakauri Lodge beside Lake Wakatipu.

London | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 22-23

LONDON

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THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
21 days from $15,525 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Private transfers
  • Car hire
  • Accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Based on two people sharing

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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