Relaxation and Adventure in Bora Bora and New Zealand
Start by relaxing on the picture-perfect island of Bora Bora before heading to New Zealand for ten nights of adventure and culture
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- Four nights in Bora Bora and ten nights in New Zealand
At a glance
For those looking for a trip that combines total adventure with complete relaxation, this 14-night exploration of French Polynesia and New Zealand is ideal.
You’ll start with four nights in Bora Bora – a tropical paradise of white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. You can choose exactly how much you want to pack in – perhaps you’ll spend your mornings snorkelling with schools of colourful fish before relaxing by the pool with a drink. Or, you might like to grab a bike and explore the island’s lush interior. However you choose to spend your time, you’ll enjoy first-class accommodation and incredible facilities in one of our hand-picked resorts.
From Bora Bora you will fly to Auckland for the New Zealand leg of your adventure. Explore the bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers of Rotorua, and take an epic helicopter ride to White Island, New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. From here, you’ll travel to the country’s adrenaline capital, Queenstown. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat ride and see one of the South Island’s most beautiful natural wonders, Milford Sound.
You’ll then spend two days exploring Mount Cook National Park and take to the skies once more on a Grand Traverse scenic flight that circles the park’s towering peaks. One final night in Christchurch marks the end of your incredible trip.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Bora Bora airport
Boat transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Bora Bora
- 89 villas
- Two swimming pools
- Four restaurants
- Private Lagoonarium
- Fitness centre
- Tennis court
Located on the picture-perfect island of Bora Bora, the St. Regis sits withing 44 acros of lush, tropical grounds in the shadow of the iconic Mount Otemanu. The resort consists of 89 villas, some of which are nestled in the gardens or along the beach, and others which are perched over the sparkling waters of the South Pacific. Some of the garden and beach villas have their own private pools while the overwater villas feature separate dining gazebos so you can enjoy views of the lagoon while you eat. There is also a two-bedroom villa perfect for families and an estate that sleeps nine. The Lagoon Restaurant is St. Regis’ signature restaurant, offering a fusion of French and Asian cuisine with lots of fresh seafood and creative flavour combinations. Mount Otemanu is framed by the large windows, and there are long glass panels on the floor through which you can see the black-tip sharks who live beneath the restaurant. The overwater terrace is the perfect place for a sunset drink. There is also a sushi and sake restaurant, Far Niente Ristorante offering Italian cuisine and fine wines, and Te Pahu restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Polynesian dancing and music. The resot has its own Lagoonarium, a protected underwater sanctuary filled with marine life. Sat on its own island in the middle of the Lagoonarium is the spa, a tranquil haven where guests can relax and unwind with a treatment. There are two swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis court and bikes for hire for those that wish to explore the island.
- 107 suites and villas
- Four restaurants
- Infinity pool
- Tennis courts
Perched on an outer coral reef and surrounded by sandy islets, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is an idyllic island retreat surrounded by the turquoise waters of the South Pacific. There are 107 suites and villas scattered along the outer beaches and over the water. The beachfront villas are draped along a stretch of semi-private beach, with private gardens filled with coconut palms and colourful bougainvillea and a private swimming pool. There are a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas making them perfect for honeymooners, families and groups of friends. The overwater bungalows sit on stilts over the ocean, some with their own private plunge pools. Teak wood and thatched roofs give them plenty of traditional charm while the high ceilings and spacious interiors ensure they offer guests the most comfortable of stays. When it comes to dining, guests are spoiled for choice with four restaurants serving a cuisine inspired by Polynesian and French traditions, as well as light salads and freshly grilled seafood. There are also pleny of spots to enjoy a cocktail as the as the sun sets. There is also the option to enjoy dinner on the beach with Polynesian singing and a fire dance performance, and have your breakfast delivered to your suite in a ceremonial Polynesian canoe. With the inviting waters of the South Pacific on your doorstep, you’ll want to dive straight in and explore the fascinating underwater world. Enjoy snorkelling adventures in the Ruanhatu Lagoon Sanctuary, home to over 100 marine species including octopus, eagle rays and unicorn fish, then explore the coves by sea kayak, stand up paddleboard or water bike. There is also an infinity pool, spa, fitness centre and tennis courts.
- 115 rooms
- Six restaurants and bars
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
White sandy beaches, breathtaking sunset views and rooms right on the water – Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a luxurious retreat set in a private cove on Motu To’opua. With Mount Otemanu as an impressive backdrop, the renovated resort offers panoramic lagoon views, cultural activities, luxury dining and personalised service. The 115 rooms include overwater, garden and beach villas with Polynesian décor and an emphasis on the resort’s lagoon-side location. Enjoy the views from your private terrace, or relax in a comfy net over the water. With six restaurants and bars covering a variety of cuisines, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Dine at Iriatai French Restaurant, Banyan Chinese Restaurant or Tamure Beach Grill. Choose between Upa Upa Lounge Bar and Iriatai Wine Bar for sundowners or make a splash at the swim up Tarava Pool Bar. The resort also features a hilltop spa with stunning views, a pool, fitness centre, miniature golf and various water activities.
Enjoy your time relaxing on one of the world's most beautiful islands. The pristine waters of the South Pacific Ocean beckon, where a colourful and fascinating world awaits beneath the surface. Choose to swim, snorkel or scuba dive and admire the schools of fish and coral reef formations, or explore hidden coves by paddleboard or kayak. Of course, the white sands of Bora Bora's beaches make for a rather splendid place to set up camp, as does your luxury hotel where you can enjoy incredible food, spa treatments, and top-end service.
Boat transfer to Bora Bora airport
Flight from Bora Bora to Auckland
Meet and greet at Auckland airport
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Auckland
- 172 Rooms
- Two Restaurants
- Swimming pool
Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant restaurant and entertainment precinct, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, blends French ‘art de vivre’ with the natural beauty of New Zealand’s largest city. The elegance of old-world values meets new-world energy at this luxury hotel, where service and style are always in sync. Guests are surrounded by water and light and treated to panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour. The 172 bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized bath tubs and Juliet balconies that open into the fresh air. Natural tones in the décor are reminiscent of the sea and sky. One of the most striking features of the hotel is the water wall in the lobby. It descends into a pool where a Maori water god sculpture watches over guests. You’ll also find Maori and Pacific art exhibited on the walls, paying homage to New Zealand’s rich culture. Expect flavour and flair at Lava Dining, where the menu blends the best local produce with a refined French touch. The amber glow of its back-lit marble wall is inspired by Auckland’s volcanic origins. For something lighter, pop into 21 Viaduct Café, the silvery water reflecting city buildings, as you sip on an espresso. Or celebrate life like an emperor at the Sabrage champagne bar. Guests can restore some balance at So Spa and then take advantage of the gym, sauna, steam room and lap pool.
- 411 rooms
- Spa and fitness centre
At the Cordis, Auckland is a modern hotel in the city’s lively uptown area, with its fashionable boutiques, galleries and museums within easy reach. There are 411 rooms and suites offer views of the lush green Auckland Domain and the city skyline. Colour palettes are neutral pastels, with hardwood furniture offset by rich textiles and luxurious fittings. Large windows let in the light and showcase the hotel’s prime location. Expand your culinary horizons at Eight, where you get to sample classic and contemporary Asian and Western cuisine from eight interactive cooking stations. From American grills to sushi and Indian curries, it’s a gastronomic adventure. The stylish lobby lounge bar the dazzling heart of the hotel. Enjoy a light meal, or indulge in the exquisite afternoon tea served. Recharge at the fitness centre, with access to state-of-the-art gtym equipment and free weights and an award-winning spa. The hotel’s heated outdoor pool is ideal for brisk early morning laps, as well as energising night swims beneath the stars.
- 312 Rooms
- Three restaurants
- Lap pool
- Sauna and spa pool
Live the high life at SKYCITY Grand Hotel in the heart of bright and bustling Auckland, just a stone’s throw from the SKYCITY entertainment complex and casino. Five-star facilities coupled with stunning views of the cityscape make for a memorable and superbly comfortable stay. The rooms are light and spacious with views across the Waitemata Harbour. Minimalist in style, but big on comfort. For a truly VIP experience, choose the Grand Presidential Suite – the ultimate in style and space with breath-taking panoramic views. For a relaxed dining experience take a table at The Grill by Sean Connolly. MASU by Nic Watt brings atmosphere, passion and a contemporary twist to the traditional Japanese robata style of cooking over an open charcoal grill. And for something a little more rustic, Gusto at the Grand specialises in simple food, classic flavours, fresh seasonal ingredients and Italian values. Take time out to pamper your body, mind and soul at East Day Spa, a luxury health and beauty spa. Cocooned among flickering candles and the healing aromas of faraway lands, the spa is a haven of calm where East meets West.
New Zealand’s largest cosmopolitan centre is a lively mix of culture, cuisine, music and art with ample green spaces and easily accessible beaches. It is the modern melting pot of the Pacific with influences from Asia, the Pacific islands and Europe along with traditional Maori culture. A fresh and vibrant city, Auckland boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, and the harbour, which underwent a revamp before hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011, is now a wonderful place to soak up the buzz of this exciting city.
Enjoy a scenic drive from Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo for very special glow worm experience. The drive passes through a region riddled with limestone caves formed over 30 million years ago. Your tour will take you to two spectacular caves, one filled with twinkling glow worms and the other with stalactites and stalagmites.
Rotorua and Taupo
Accommodation in Rotorua and Taupo
- 18 rooms
- Massage services
Since 1924, Huka Lodge has maintained the spirit of generous hospitality as was espoused by its charming founder, Irishman Alan Pye. Originally harbouring a reputation primarily as a trout fishing paradise, it is now known as an exceptional luxury retreat, and regarded among the best in the world. The lodge sits upon the banks of the exceedingly picturesque Waikato River, its rushing waters on the literal doorsteps of 20 spacious junior suites. The Owner’s Cottage enjoys a muted woodland palette and is upmarket and refined, white wooden beams arching over comfortable living spaces which are warm and rustic. Constructed with strong cedar, heart timbers, stone and brick, The Alan Pye Cottage is a nod to early 20th-century architecture with a reinterpretation of contemporary design. The kitchen at Huka Lodge upholds a tradition of generous cuisine, changing daily to accommodate all palates and preferences. Raw honey is collected from the numerous bee hives from the local breeding programme on the property, ideal for deserts as it’s not too sweet. Outside the lodge, activities abound. Enjoy anything from white water rafting to the lodge’s gorgeous namesake of nearby Huka Falls. Traverse the horse riding trails or similarly embark along hiking trails through this volcanic region.
- 12 rooms
- The Kinloch Golf Club
The Treetops Lodge is hidden away in 2,500 acres of ancient forest typical of New Zealand’s abundant natural beauty. The 12 residences are varied yet all retain an exceptional level of award-winning hospitality, meaning your stay at this acclaimed eco-lodge will be both memorable and leisurely. Settle down in the lavish interiors of a secluded villa or perhaps you are in a large group, in which case the incredibly spacious Pheasant Cottage or Lodge Rooms are ideal. Dining is a treat at the Treetops Lodge. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast, sit down to a delicious lunch of locally-sourced trout or game and, as night falls, savour dishes exploding in spectacular flavours, colours and smells. Of course, there is a comprehensive wine list of local vintages as well as a selection of fine coffees, teas and cocktails. Maori healing rituals can be found at the spa, an environmentally-sensitive and sustainable wellness centre designed to best integrate into the wilderness around you. Ease aching muscles under the expert hands of a professional masseuse or enjoy the healing powers of a Manuka honey body scrub.
- 10 suites
- Spa treatments
Solitaire Lodge is located in a lush environment upon the fringes of Lake Tarawera, with a spectacular backdrop of volcanoes and forest, a vista which each of the ten stylish suites makes the most of through vast glass walls. Fine dining at the restaurant is a particular highlight here, with Solitaire’s talented chefs creating daily changing contemporary New Zealand fare prepared with fresh local ingredients, complemented by a variety of superb wines from selected regional vineyards, enjoyed in the communal dining room or somewhere more private. Head down to the lake to explore its waters aboard the lodge’s motorised dinghies and kayaks, fish from the jetty or simply swim from the private beach. There’s a spa menu to indulge in, self-guided hikes to nearby Tarawera Falls and cycle trails past some stunning geothermal sites. Scenic helicopter flights, Maori guided tours of Rotorua and more challenging hikes can also be arranged, along with a full roster of adventure sports nearby or perhaps a visit to the Hobbiton village movie set from The Lord of the Rings.
- 11 rooms
- Fitness centre
A charming mansion built in the 1930s, Peppers on the Point retains its old-world elegance and unique luxury in this, the heartland of Maori culture. With brilliant views over Lake Rotorua and Makoioa Island, your stay is one of tranquility and uninterrupted serenity. The 11 rooms have the warm comforts and necessities of home, built originally as a large family house. Décor has about it a sense of relaxation and countryside simplicity, with various options such as villas, apartments and suites to suit all discerning tastes. Dine in absolute contentment when seated amongst guests in the rustic hall or order food to be delivered straight to your suite. Indeed, if you wish for a more intimate setting, you can always request the private dining chamber. Allow the stress and tension of travelling to wash away under the soothing hands of professional masseuses. Gym facilities mean you can keep yourself fit and slim while you can meet some friendly donkeys, alpaca, sheep and miniature ponies who wonder the grounds. Of course, one cannot forget to visit the geothermal pools and geysers, a highlight of a trip to Rotorua.
- Main Lodge and seven cabins
- Exclusive use Blake House
- Safari Camp
- Gourmet cuisine
- Archery and shooting range
Poronui is a magical wilderness retreat, a 16,000-acre private estate in the breathtaking Taharua Valley in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. The collection of luxurious lodgings make it the ideal getaway for hikers, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Dotted across the reserve, places to stay include the main lodge and seven individually appointed guest cabins that have transformed a rustic fishing camp into one of the world’s finest sporting lodges, with a kitchen serving up gourmet seasonal cuisine – much of it sourced on the estate – and a convivial feel to be found around the crackling fires. There’s also the private use Blake House, sat overlooking the Taharua River, with two grand suites as well as two bunkrooms making it ideal for families and small groups. The kitchen here is well equipped for either guest use or with your own personal chef. Finally, the two canvas and wooden huts of the rustic Safari Camp provides an authentic wilderness experience without foregoing creature comforts like crisp cotton sheets, hot running water, flushing toilets, gourmet food and fine wine. For the use of all the guests at Poronui, the stables contain modern gym and health club facilities – including steam, sauna, and massage treatment rooms. Also located in this complex is a full-sized antique English billiard table and two additional dining venues – the cabana (outdoor barbeque) and the atmospheric underground wine cellar. Activities at Poronui are suitably outdoorsy, and range from incredible fly fishing to horse riding, guided walks, hikes, cultural experiences with the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe of the Maori, mountain biking, archery and shooting. Poronui is also close to various attractions such as the geothermal lands of Central North Island, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and adventure sport enthusiast favourite Taupo.
- Four suites
- Spa treatments
- Mountain bike hire
On the shores of Lake Taupo sits the Acacia Cliffs Lodge, in an enviable position overlooking this most scenic of waters. The four boutique suites are stylish and modern, without compromising on the charm of a holiday retreat. Each room is large and spacious, coming with either a large private deck with breath-taking lake views or a private garden courtyard. The communal areas drink in the landscape through vast glass walls, with the dining area particularly spectacular, a fitting setting for wonderful meals complimented by local wines. Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a great base from which to explore everything Taupo has to offer, whether a scenic flight over the lake and nearby active volcanoes, fly fishing, golf, hiking and more. The nearby town of Taupo has a great selection of cafes, galleries and restaurants, easily reachable by bike, and you can look forward to returning to a selection of in room spa treatments.
- 10 rooms
- Spa and fitness centre
- Tennis court
A charming old-fashioned villa lost amongst the beautiful hills, trees and freshwater springs Rotorua, Hamurana Lodge is a boutique haven of luxury in the Maori heartland. Ten rooms are found in two buildings found upon the hillside. Living quarters are spacious and interiors enjoy plenty of air and natural light, boasting views of the valley, surrounding mountains, Lake Rotorua and the sacred Mokoia Island. Décor is bright, stylish and contemporary, complemented well by stone and wood finishes. Elegant yet casual in style, the kitchen at Hamurana Lodge is one committed to the tastes and flavours of local produce. Ingredients and dishes are sourced from organic farmers and regional producers to come together in delicious dinner platters and there are some excellent fine dining establishments nearby in the City of Rotorua. Indulge at the Sanctuary Spa which focuses on traditional Maori healing techniques. Drawing on sacred knowledge and principles that date back some 4000 years, the therapists specialise in a combination of Romiromi and Mirimiri. In essence, these consist of deep massages, body alignment and pressure on key body points. All bodywork is meant to reinvigorate the body and the soul, bringing it closer to a natural balance.
Steaming mud pools, erupting geysers and Maori traditions all make Rotorua and Taupo a special area to visit and one that is distinctively unique to the rest of New Zealand. Explore geothermal parks before heading into nearby native forests for hiking or mountain biking the numerous world-class trails. Lake Taupo is actually a volcano crater, the lake’s deep blue waters draw visitors with its idyllic swimming holes, reputable fishing and adventure sports. On a clear day the views stretch out over the glassy water to the snowcapped volcanoes of Tongariro National Park in the distance.
Fly to, and land, on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano, White Island. Leaving Rotorua, you fly past the northern lakes district before crossing the coast. As you approach you will enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on the lunar-like surface. Here you will embark on a leisurely guided tour of the island's crater floor to view active steam vents, hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. The landscape is constantly changing as the activity forms new features and removes old ones. The Crater Lake changes in depth and temperature so that from one day to the next, the landscape is different.
Part of the tour includes a walk through crumbling mining ruins to view the weathered remains of what was a working factory abandoned in 1933. On the flight back enjoy wonderful aerial views of the wider Bay of Plenty.
Private transfer to Rotorua airport
Flight from Rotorua to Queenstown
Private transfer to your hotel in or around Queenstown
Accommodation in Queenstown
- 16 rooms
- Dining options
Sat on the shores of the deep Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is a tranquil haven of serene blue waters and sweeping mountain landscapes. Snow-capped peaks reach towards the sky, providing a backdrop like no other to this incredible luxury establishment. Modern, bright and with plenty of room, the 16 suites have been styled by the highly celebrated designer Virginia Fisher. Four suites are found in the main lodge section while others have been built in a native forest with alpine panoramas. All have their own private balcony, lounge area and decadent bathroom, not to mention the cosy fireplace. The sizeable Owner’s Cottage is an idyllic getaway for larger groups or families. Boasting a menu that changes constantly with the availability of seasonal produce, the kitchen at Matakauri Lodge focuses on a clean and fresh experience for the palate. There are a number of settings in which to savour this modern New Zealand cuisine, from the privacy of your own patio to the property’s spacious courtyards. Located near great pine thickets, the spa provides an exclusive space where you can rejuvenate and reinvigorate your body with completely personalised treatments. Fall in love with the heated pool, let off some steam in the sauna or enjoy a leisurely time in the hot tub. Whether you arrive to the long, warm days of summer or to a winter wonderland of snow, there is always so much to do during your stay at Matakauri. Walks and hikes dominate the area, as do scenic horse riding trails and wine tours. Avid golfers will rejoice to know a PGA-rated course is nearby; The Hills is surely one of the most stunning and gorgeously isolated round of 18 you can play anywhere in the world.
- 82 rooms
- Restaurant options
Embracing Parisian flair and continental decadence, the Sofitel in Queenstown is an elegant execution of modern design. Its grandeur is reflected in the 82 rooms and suites with antique interiors that exude a certain European finesse. Each spacious room is complemented with classic furnishings and truly exquisite lake and mountain views. They offer all the comforts of home without skimping on any of the modern necessities such as the en suite bathrooms and under floor heating. Discover a welcoming atmosphere for breakfast and lunch at the hotel’s Left Bank Café, inspired by the great philosophers, writers and artists who enjoyed spending time in Paris’s Latin Quarter. The 1789 Wine and Jazz Lounge takes its cue from various cultural eras, blending jazz and blues with a Prohibition-style atmosphere and vintage cocktails. Lastly, The Cellar is a private dining space which entertains interactive wine tastings on top of a delicious menu. Having been considered one of the best world’s best hotel spas, So Spa presents exceptionally balanced and rejuvenating treatments. Professional therapists are on hand to tailor an individual experience to suit your requirements. Additionally, the So Fit gym exercise space is a great spot to keep up with your routine, with mats and equipment for a convenient workout. The hotel is in the heart of the city, just steps away from picturesque Lake Wakatipu and some of Queenstown’s best restaurants and shops.
- 10 rooms
- Bar with tapas menu
- In-house spa treatments
With a history intertwined with the region’s gold rush, the building of Eichardt’s Private Hotel carries with it the understated and classic elegance of a bygone era. With sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu’s emerald blue waters and eminent mountain peaks, it is a gateway to Queenstown and the untouched wilderness beyond. Choose from Eichardt’s lake view or mountain view suites, or the one- or two-bedroom apartments. For more privacy, or for those looking for a group getaway or family foray, there is the stand-alone three-bed Eichardt’s Residence which has a spacious kitchen, private dining area and sweeping balconies. The hotel bar has been considered a town favourite since 1867, providing the perfect environment in which friends and colleagues can sit down for a refreshing cocktail or a refined vintage from the famed Otago wine region. For those feeling peckish, there are comprehensive tapas menus to suit every palate, with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The bar also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cosy dining area with a fireplace. From the hotel you can treat yourself to an extensive range of in-room spa treatments provided by a local spa, wander down to the lake edge or head into the heart of the action in bustling Queenstown.
- 10 Suites
- Restaurant and Bar
- Gym Access
Nestled in the heart of Queenstown, The Spire Hotel offers award-winning luxury combining genuine hospitality, serenity and style. Ten spacious suites boast fine contemporary furnishings and design elements, large balconies and roomy bathrooms. Enjoy outstanding local produce prepared with a Mediterranean twist at the in-house bar and restaurant No5 Church Lane. Choose from a variety of Otago and international wines, and signature cocktails. Featuring work by local artists and contemporary furnishings, the restaurant offers a chic yet casual place to relax. The five-star hotel is located within walking distance of the city’s vibrant cultural scene. There are plenty of shops and cafes to explore, as well as an active nightlife and a variety of lake and mountain activities to make your stay a memorable one.
- 6 rooms
- Kitchen garden
- Designed by acclaimed designer Neil McLachlan
A relic of stately Victorian elegance, Hulbert House is a luxury villa that operates as one of Queenstown’s oldest residences. Built in 1888, this boutique hotel offers historic charm with contemporary comforts and modern amenities. Transformed by an award-winning designer, the interiors are vibrant while paying tribute to the antiquity of the property. The six luxury suites are all individually designed, carrying through a feeling of old-world opulence with extravagant, bold and fresh furnishing. Each has views over either Lake Wakatipu, Skyline Hill or the well-kept gardens. A scrumptious breakfast of fresh and delicious ingredients waits those early morning risers, while the kitchen can provide tasty snacks throughout the day. Ideally placed, Hulbert House is found in close proximity to many of the attractions of Queenstown, with popular cafes, restaurants and shops all within walking distance. It is also only 450m from the banks of the large Lake Wakatipu and just a little further from the Skyline Gondola and Luge.
- 6 rooms
- Incredible sculptures
- Grass tennis court
A picture of modernity in supreme wilderness, The Hills is set on 500 acres of tranquil grounds, dotted with contemporary and wondrous sculptures and stretching out to white-capped peaks that frame the horizon. The six individual cutting-edge suites take luxury to the next level. Vast windows allow for plenty of views out to the gorgeous glacial valley, in return bathing the spacious interiors with plenty of natural light. Fireplaces and decadent en suite bathrooms ensure sophistication and comfort beyond all expectations. Dining at the lodge is a joy, with a locally-sourced and seasonal gourmet menu. You can even join the chef in the kitchen to learn a thing or two if you like. The underground wine cellar is a unique way to enjoy your meal while sampling some of the region’s best. After admiring the hotel’s comprehensive collection of ancient Maori art, you may want to stretch your legs around the stunning grounds or in the state-of-the-art fitness centre. Additionally, you can enjoy a set or two on the picturesque grass tennis court. Perhaps one of the most popular attractions during your stay is the serene Hills Golf Course. Waterways and wetland can be found alongside breath-taking fairways and distinct artworks which populate the 18 holes. A recent creation, it is a championship course which hosted the New Zealand Open in 2007. The hotel itself also has its own private par 3.
From the towering alpine ranges that envelop Queenstown, to its laidback lakeside sister Wanaka and the incredible Milford Sound, this is easily one of the most spectacular regions of the country. Seek out one of the endless thrills on offer here from skiing, white water rafting, canyon swinging, jet boating, mountain biking and bungy jumping, or slow down to the cosmopolitan pace of life in Queenstown and cool Wanaka and you’ll discover its flourishing arts scene, excellent vineyards, fine dining and quiet lakeside shores where you can take in the incredible scenery. And, of course, Milford Sound with its spectacular 1692m-high Mitre Peak (Rahotu in Maori) is unmissable.
Explore Milford Sound's stunning fjord from both the air and the water. Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter flight past spectacular rivers, valleys and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and land on Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Upon landing in Milford, you'll enjoy an unforgettable cruise past sheer cliffs and waterfalls - keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and penguins.
See the best that Queenstown has to offer, including a one hour walk out to Bob's Cove, a look around colonial Arrowtown, three local wineries and lunch at the best restaurant in Queenstown, Amisfield, where the Prince William and Kate asked to dine, as well as a visit to the famous bungy jump bridge and many other scenic highlights.
The Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1965. Take a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for exhilarating full 360° spins.
The picturesque drive from Queenstown to Tekapo takes around three hours. On this journey you will see dramatic changes in landscape and will be awed by the beautiful wine valleys of Central Otago, the fruit trees of Cromwell and the barren hills of the Lindis Pass. See the manmade canals which feed the upper Waitaki Hydro system which produces 40% of New Zealand’s power and marvel at the high-country tussocks, with the Southern Alps as their backdrop.
The Glaciers and Mount Cook
Accommodation in The Glaciers and Mount Cook
- 4 Rooms
- Private Spa
- On-site Observatory
- Wine Cellar
- Tennis Court
On the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the exclusive Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness by the azure waters of Lake Pukaki, with spectacular, uninterrupted views towards the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook itself, New Zealand’s highest mountain. There is a range of accommodation options, from the private two-bedroom Ashley Mackenzie Villa and the Moraine Villas that overlook the magnificent Ben Ohau ranges, to the two-bedroom Pukaki Homestead, located just 350 metres from the villa. Breakfast provisions and a three-course evening meal are included. Visit the garden and choose your favourite vegetables for dinner. The garden is bursting with berries, herbs and vegetables – for everything else, pureness and authenticity are paramount when it comes to suppliers. The retreat is located in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. In the company of your hosts, enjoy a superb stargazing experience. Guests also have access to a tennis court, pétanque, croquet, and curling rink (winter).
- Two suites
- Dining room
Located near the shores of Lake Tekapo and just a short walk from the Church of the Good Shepherd, are Alpine Suites on Tekapo. With just two suites, guests will feel right at home here. Bright and airy, rooms feature private outdoor decks from where you will enjoy views of Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb Mountain Range. Owner Kevin Bowie is a fine art landscape photographer and beautiful images of New Zealand’s stunning scenery are displayed on the walls. Breakfast is served in the dining room which enjoys views of the lake and the Southern Alps and guests will also enjoy complimentary New Zealand wines and craft beers along with local smoked salmon, cheeses and chutneys. You’re ideally located to explore Lake Tekapo as well as Lake Pukaki which is less than a hour away.
New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook or Aroaki in Maori, is an arresting sight jarring out from the 700 square kilometre Aoraki National Park of tussock hills and ice fields. With 19 peaks over 3000m, the national park is home to most of New Zealand’s highest mountains, all formed of a unique grey rock that accumulates as gravel in the valley floors. The park offers great walks with spectacular alpine viewpoints but the weather is extremely temperamental and prone to turn to rain. At its heart is the mighty Mount Cook, looming at 3754m, its peak often piercing into the clouds.
Descending almost to sea level from this epic alpine range are New Zealand’s two largest and most stunning glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef. These ancient valleys of ice that have crushed their way down through rainforest are truly spectacular to behold. Both Fox and Franz Josef are within easy walking distance and their temperate environment allows visitors the rare opportunity to experience dynamic glacial valleys in ease and comfort. But if you’re looking for a closer encounter, there are guided ice treks and heli-hikes where you can explore the crevasses of these ancient ice beds, which are sadly rapidly retreating year on year.
Take a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mt Cook and Westland National Parks and shows you the region from a privileged perspective. You will see beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, the braided river system of the Mackenzie basin, remote high country sheep stations, and New Zealand’s highest mountain Mount Cook, as well as Franz Joseph, Fox and Tasman glaciers.
Private transfer to Christchurch
Accommodation in Christchurch
- Seven suites
- Dining room
- Landscaped gardens
- Outdoor swimming pool
Otahuna is a Maori word that translates as little hill among the hills. This beautifully restored Victorian house enjoys an idyllic location between the rocky outcrops of the Banks Peninsular, looking out towards the Southern Alps. The house was built in 1895 for Sir Henry Rhodes, a long-term parliamentarian and military officer and served as his private home for many years. The lodge is influenced by English country estates, the dark wood, large fireplaces and antique furniture giving it a classical elegance. There are seven suites, all with ornate fireplaces, and carved inglenooks and deep, oversized bath tubs. There are two master suites, one featuring four bedrooms and the other a 14m verandah with sweeping views across the Canterbury Plains. Dinner at Otahuna is a five-course tasting menu served in the dining room. The menu celebrates the best of seasonal New Zealand produce, some of which is grown on the estate. Dinner is a sociable affair enjoyed with other guests, but if you’re after something a little more private then there is the option to dine in the library or the drawing room. You can be sure of the perfect accompaniment to your food with fine wines from the lodge’s own cellar. The grounds surrounding Otahuna are as beautiful as the lodge itself. Guests can wander through the daffodil field, through the woods and the Dutch garden and down to the lake, stopping off for a game of petanque or a dip in the outdoor pool.
- 53 Rooms
- Two restaurants
- Private Garden
- Mountain bikes to borrow
The George is renowned for offering guests personalised stays and supreme comfort. Located in the heart of Christchurch close to the cultural precinct and key attractions, the hotel overlooks the picturesque Hagley Park and Avon River. The 53 rooms are designed with a stylish eye for detail, complete with luxury amenities and captivating views through picture windows. Impeccable service and an intimate ambience are assured, thanks to the hotel’s one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, the George is all about opulence and elegance. Enjoy bistro food with modern flavours in the relaxed 50 Bistro. A stylish interior flows out to a generous outdoor area, complete with fire tables that reflect the warm hues of the onyx wall inside. The menu offers classics updated with 50 Bistro’s particular flair. Pescatore is seafood-focused restaurant offers an exciting conceptual dining experience, designed to engage the senses. The space is luxurious and modern, offering a minimalist and uncluttered approach to formal dining. Guests have complimentary access to mountain bikes, a gym, private garden and a library.
Enjoy an evening at leisure in Christchurch, once known as the most English city of New Zealand with its manicured gardens, quaint trams, stately houses and a vast central park. Since the earthquakes on 2010 and 2011, the city has reemerged as a cultural and creative hub with some wonderful restaurants, boutiques and friendly locals.
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