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Winelands and wildlife

  • Lines of vineyard vines backed by mountains in New Zealand
Auckland – Rotorua – Hawke's Bay – Nelson – Kaikoura – Christchurch – Queenstown

and wildlife

From geothermal pools and national parks to sandy beaches and mountain ranges, traverse the coasts from north to south exploring the vast and varied landscapes that come together to create New Zealand.

Begin your adventure in Auckland – a city considered to be a foodie’s paradise – before flying to Rotorua to discover some of the rarest native wildlife not found anywhere else on Earth. A short drive south, Hawke’s Bay boasts a wealth of rolling vineyards where exceptional bottles from over 80 wineries are savoured and the Art Deco streets of nearby Napier are cycled.

This is all before flying to Nelson, New Zealand’s second oldest city nestled between three national parks. Up the scenic East Coast, Kaikoura waits with whale watching by air or sea, before heading to Christchurch to soak up the historic architecture and art galleries. Finally, finish up near Queenstown – often referred to as the adrenaline capital with activities ranging from bungee jumping and skydiving to white water rafting and hot air ballooning.

Dolphins jumping in the ocean off New Zealand
Couples hiking in the hills overlooking Christchurch New Zealand
Woman paddleboarding in the ocean off Auckland

Where you’ll be going

Get to know where you'll be exploring in New Zealand, from the lively geysers bubbling beneath the surface of the North Island to the adrenaline capital on the South Island.

  • City skyline across the water in Auckland New Zealand

    Auckland is New Zealand’s largest – and most diverse – city. Set between two magnificent harbours with superyachts moored just metres away, it’s no wonder it is nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’. A sizzling blend of urban sophistication and multicultural style, beautiful beaches, enchanting islands and expansive hiking trails sit alongside thermal springs and impressive vineyards.

    Stay at: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Hot springs at Rotorua in New Zealand

    As well as showcasing New Zealand’s fascinating Māori culture, this gem on the North Island is known for its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal nirvana, but the area is also home to some of the rarest native birds, reptiles and fish – making it ideal for nature lovers.

    Stay at: Huka Lodge
  • Sunset over the Tuki Tuki Valley in the Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand
    Hawke's Bay

    Famously one of New Zealand’s leading producers of vino, Hawke’s Bay is usually the first port of call on any wine trail. Featuring the country’s oldest operating winery (alongside over 30 others), some of the finest cabernet sauvignons, merlots and syrahs ever produced are up for sampling. While by the coast, Napier is an Art Deco marvel rebuilt after the 1930’s earthquake.

    Stay at: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
  • Flat coastal land in Nelson New Zealand

    Nestled between three national parks, sandy beaches, mountain ranges and vineyards, the South Island’s second oldest city really does seem to have it all. Within the city it’s all about the local artisans, while out in nature there are birds and plants that don't exist anywhere else in the world to be found.

  • Seals playing in the water at Kaikoura in New Zealand

    No South Island trip would feel right without stopping off on the protruding peninsula that Kaikoura calls home. Described as 'a maritime Serengeti', this rugged coastline is home to sperm whales, dolphins, seals and albatross all year round. And if Lady Luck is out and about, the odd blue whale and Orca.

    Stay at: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
  • Colourful retro architecture in Christcurch New Zealand

    In the South Island’s centre, Christchurch is New Zealand’s oldest city. Set against an impressive alps-to-ocean backdrop, the streets are alive with a plethora of exciting bars and restaurants, revived from its 2011 earthquake. Being the gateway to Canterbury, Christchurch is also the perfect location from which to explore Arthur’s Pass National Park.

    Stay at: Otahuna Lodge
  • Wooden pier looking across the bay to Queenstown lit up in the evening

    New Zealand’s year-round adrenaline capital lies on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island. Skydiving, white water rafting and jet boating are a must do here, but the gentle hiking trails offer a less white-knuckle side. Off-the-grid afternoons come in the form of private helicopter flights to remote alpine picnics or savouring exquisite wines in ‘Middle-Earth’ – the Central Otago region made famous in Lord of the Rings.

Itinerary essentials
  • 13
  • Nov - May
  • 23hrs
    LHR - AKL
  • Intrepid
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