Swim with dolphins & hobbit your way through NZ
A holiday doesn't get much more bucket list worthy than this. Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Māori culture, world-class surfing, canoeing, wine-tasting, beehive touring and more as you and your best mate travel across the globe to the land of the kiwi – New Zealand. 10% larger than the UK with one-fourteenth of the population, New Zealand has nothing but room for the most unforgettable of activities and exhilarating of adventures, and you’ll be experiencing ‘em all on this incredible 2-week road trip. Find Frodo on a movie tour in Hobbiton, take a dip with dolphins in Akaroa, sip the finest Sauvignons in the vineyards of Central Otago and get yo pamper on in the hot springs and mud spas of Hell’s Gate. New Zealand can be as mellow or action-packed as you’d like it to be, but one thing’s for certain – it's going to be EPIC!
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You and your plus one will be treated to return business class flights from London to Auckland, New Zealand.
We can’t exactly spend you halfway across the world and have you slum it, can we? You and your plus 1 will be treated to nothing but luxury here with double or twin rooms (with breakfast) in your choice of the most incredible hotels and resorts in the country! Firstly, we have the incredible 5-star Motueka River Lodge located a scenic 15-minute drive from the stunning township of Motueka. Set amongst 16 hectares of landscaped gardens, lawns and native forest, Motueka River Lodge is a Tuscan-style luxury villa which features a private vineyard, a tennis court and walkways with seasonal flowers to admire. The Lodge also has its own private 0.6 miles of river across the road, where you can go swimming and enjoy a picnic.
Second up to bat is the Sofitel Aukland Located at the Viaduct Basin Entertainment Area. Here guests can dine at the à la carte restaurant, relax with a coffee at the Café, enjoy drinks at the Champagne Bar, break a sweat in the fitness center or dive into the hotel pool after exploring surrounding restaurants and bars of the area. Rooms also come with deep soaking bathtubs btw – just throwing that in there.
Thirdly we have the incredible 5-star Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, perfectly positioned on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Set on 1 acre of manicured gardens, this breathtaking hotel features a private jetty, helicopter pad both a croquet lawn and a petanque court, a solar-heated swimming pool, a sauna and cozy fireplaces in all rooms. There’s also onsite restaurant offering contemporary Pacific fusion cuisine and panoramic views of the lake directly in front.
And finally, we have The Rees Hotel Queenstown, a sophisticated five-star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Here you’ll be treated to your own private balcony overlooking the gorgeous lake, an incredible wine Lounge offering the best local and international tipples, fine dining in the on-site restaurant, fitness center and a range of massage and spa treatments available from the comfort of your room.
Whether it’s a sophisticated day sampling Sauvignon Blanc or a chance to get up close and personal with Flipper you’re after, we got you covered. You’ll get the chance to just about do it all on this trip. See J R R Tolkein’s world come to life with a set tour of Hobbiton where the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed and explore the countless coves and caves of Waiheke island, where artists, wine-lovers, foodies and free spirits find their solace.
Live your best Kelly Slater life and get your adrenaline pumping with a surfing lesson in Manu Bay or cruise out to Akaroa Harbour for a chance to bump noses with the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin (voted the number 1 bucket list adventure in New Zealand 💅).
New Zealand is as famous for its national parks as its kiwis, so we HAD to include a few of them for you. Hit up the Ranbow Springs Nature Park where you’ll get the chance to learn about New Zealand's fascinating natural history on guided tours, meet the interesting creatures calling New Zealand home, and get up close and personal with kiwis at the on-site hatchery. Then fasten your lifebelt and hop aboard a kayak for a day exploring the waterways of Abel Tasman National park, home to an array of native birds, New Zealand fur seals and more.
For even more adventure, head out to Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve and Mud Spa to soak in the nutrient-rich hot springs and mud once used by Maori warriors to heal their battle-scarred bodies or travel through the limestone passages of the 12,000-year-old caves of Te Anau to have your breath taken away by thousands of glittering glow worms lining the ancient walls.
Slightly more subdued, but equally amazing, we’ve included a tour of the Wellington Beehive and Parliament buildings, some of the best knows landmarks in the area, along with a visit to the 328m tall Sky Tower in Aukland, an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breath-taking views.
And lastly, but in no way least, what we’ve all been waiting for – wine. Yep, we’ll be sending you on an unforgettable tour of, not one, but four stunning Central Otago vineyards. From Queenstown you’ll head into the rolling hills and valleys of Central Otago where you’ll visit and sample the locally produced wines of 4 vineyards, learn about the history and terroir of Central Otago wines, and tuck in to a sumptuous lunch served with the most breathtaking of views. We don’t know about you, but we’ll drink to that!
We’ve also included £2,000 in car rental fees and up to £3,000 in spending money (depending on your chosen dates of travel and accommodation) to sweeten the deal!