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Natural Wonders of New Zealand

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Palliser Bay & Nelson & Abel Tasman National Park

Explore the dramatic terrain of the North and South islands of New Zealand on this unforgettable adventure. From the idyllic island of Waiheke with its wineries and art galleries, head south to the steaming lakes and geysers of Rotorua, the Maori heartland. Farther south lies Palliser Bay and your home at a working sheep farm. Then, cross the water to the lively city of Nelson, which is the perfect gateway to the glorious coastal landscapes of Abel Tasman National Park.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Auckland - To Waiheke Island

    Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to the Auckland Ferry Terminal in time to board the ferry to Waiheke Island and to your hotel. Waiheke Island boasts an enchanting blend of beautiful beaches, lush native bush, farms and vineyards.

    Elite: Delamore Lodge Waiheke Island
    Preferred: The Boatshed Waiheke Island - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Waiheke Island

    Delve into the natural beauty of Waiheke Island today as you embark on a half-day exploration with your private local guide. Visit some of the top vineyards to learn about the art and science of making wine, and taste some of the local varietals. Then, immerse yourself in the thriving artisanal food scene on the island and wander through the galleries of local artists.

    Elite: Delamore Lodge Waiheke Island
    Preferred: The Boatshed Waiheke Island
    (B)
  • Day 3
    To Rotorua

    Bid farewell to Waiheke Island today and return to Auckland via ferry where you will be met on arrival and accompanied to Rotorua. Here you will enjoy the hospitality of your quaint lakefront boutique hotel.

    Elite: Solitaire Lodge Lake Tarawera
    Preferred: The Regent of Rotorua - 2 Nights
    (B, D)
  • Day 4
    Rotorua

    Rotorua - the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture - is surrounded by steaming lakes, bubbling hot pools and erupting geysers. Explore the diverse landscapes of this region by shared helicopter to marvel at amazing views of Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, New Zealand's most colorful volcanic area. Soar across the Waimangu Thermal Valley, which is home to Frying Pan Lake and Infernal Crater, a strikingly beautiful emerald lake. Then fly past Mount Edgecombe before crossing the water to White Island and its lunar landscapes and surreal steaming volcanic vents.

    Elite: Solitaire Lodge Lake Tarawera
    Preferred: The Regent of Rotorua
    (B, D)
  • Day 5
    To Palliser Bay

    Depart Rotorua and fly to Wellington where you will be met and escorted to your hotel in Palliser Bay. Going back to Edwardian times, your stay at the grand lodge in Wairarapa will surround you in rural wonder. Wharekauhau Lodge still keeps its ties to its historical roots as a working sheep station.

    Enjoy your evening strolling the vast garden and surrounds.

    Wharekauhau - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 6
    Palliser Bay

    After breakfast this morning, head out to enjoy the estate at Palliser Bay at leisure. Surrounded by verdant forests, lakes, mountains, bush country and 16 miles of dramatic coastline the estate offers endless opportunities for recreation. Embark on a 4WD safari throughout this remote coastal ranch, try your hand at the ancient art of archery, cast your line into the surf or indulge in some wine tasting.

    Enjoy your evening strolling the vast garden and surrounds.

    Wharekauhau (B, D)
  • Day 7
    To Nelson

    Fly to Nelson, the cultural center of the country. Situated at the top northwest of the South Island, Nelson is undoubtedly the sunniest region in the country and home to long golden beaches, untouched forests and rugged mountains.

    Elite: Edenhouse Orinoco Valley
    Preferred: Bronte Country Estate - 2 Nights
    (B, D)
  • Day 8
    Nelson

    After breakfast this morning, journey to Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand, and embark on a shared cruise tracing the shoreline past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau and Tonga Island's seal colony. Enjoy lunch on board, swim, kayak, go ashore for scenic walks or just relax on the boat.

    Elite: Edenhouse Orinoco Valley
    Preferred: Bronte Country Estate
    (B, L, D)
  • Day 9
    Depart Nelson

    You will be escorted to the airport in time for your onward flight.

    (B)
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