15 Days: Spectacular New Zealand Vacation [LL-LUX13]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Kauri Cliffs (3 Nights), Wellington (2), Bay of Many Coves (4), Stonefly Lodge (3), Auckland (1)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
  • US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Kerikeri (Return), Auckland to Wellington, Nelson to Auckland
  • Day Tours - Wellington: Scenic Ferry to Picton; Picton: Greenshell Mussel Cruise & Transfer to Nelson
  • Car Transfers - Kerikeri Airport to Kauri Cliffs (Return), Wellington Airport to Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal, Nelson City to Stonefly Lodge, Stonefly Lodge to Nelson Airport, Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Ferry Transfers - Picton to Bay of Many Coves (Return)
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airline at check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record (if applicable).

(Day 2) - Domestic Flight, Auckland to Bay of Islands

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Bay of Islands (North Island).

(Day 2) - Transfer, Kerikeri Airport to Kauri Cliffs

Upon arrival into Kerikeri meet with your driver who will transfer you to the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.

(Days 2 to 5) - 3 Nights of Luxury Accommodation at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is located in the Bay of Islands, on the North Island of New Zealand.

This luxury lodge is one of the most awarded luxury boutique golf & spa resort hotels in New Zealand. Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, the main lodge, which overlooks the golf course, Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama which can be viewed from the verandas, living room, card room and the guest cottages. Gourmet a la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandas. Kauri Cliffs is also home to a par 72 PGA championship golf course designed and built by David Harman. This awarded golf course has been home to The Kiwi Challenge PGA Golf Event.

Additional facilities include two Astroturf tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool with spa and a fully equipped fitness centre. Kauri Cliffs has three secluded swimming beaches, which are also available for picnics and barbeques.

Kauri Cliffs accommodation has 22 guest suites, and a Two Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Every suite offers its own private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The cottages are nestled in a native forest overlooking the golf course and the Pacific Ocean.

(Day 5) - Transfer, Kauri Cliffs to Kerikeri Airport

Transfer from the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs to Kerikeri, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 5) - Domestic Flight, Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) to Auckland

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Bay of Islands to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 5) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Wellington

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to the nation’s captital, Wellington.

(Day 5) - Private Transfer, Wellingon Airport to Hotel

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

Luggage: 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person

(Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Wellington

Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 5 Star luxury hotel is located adjacent to the harbour waterfront, within close walking distance to popular attractions and is at the centre of the capital’s political, commercial and corporate worlds, only a short walk from history, culture and shopping. Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington’s iconic Cablecar, Westpac Trust Stadium and a host of art galleries are nearby.

Your accommodation offers the following services: Valet Service, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, In Room Movies – Pay Per View/Premium Cable, Coffee Maker, Mini Bar, Refrigerator, Tea Maker, Electrical Adapters Available, Power Converters Available, spare Electrical Outlet at Desk, Phone with Voice Mail, Bathrobe, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, and all rooms are non-smoking.

*Room type upgrade available upon request

(Day 6) - Free Day to Explore Wellington

Wellington, voted the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ offers the visitor heaps of cool things to do that just happen to be free.

New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, sits nestled in a natural amphitheatre around the harbour. It is easy to explore on foot and there are heaps of great things to see and do that don’t cost a cent.

Visit the dynamic and interactive National Museum of NZ – Te Papa on the waterfront. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout. Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to the Botanic Garden. Four Wellington restaurants have won NZ’s Best Restaurant in the last five years. It’s safe to say you’ll be eating very well while in Wellington! Hear the birdsong and spot a tuatara as you walk through ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience. Get an inside peek into Wellywood at The Weta Cave in Miramar. Go stargazing and check out the amazing planetarium show at Carter Observatory. Seeking hidden treasures? Many of Wellington’s best night spots are tucked away for your finding, such as Motel, Library or Duke Carvell’s Swan Lane Emporium. Head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Insider's Tip - Zealandia

Zealandia: The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Experience is a protected natural area where the bio-diversity of a square mile of forest is being restored.

Zealandia is a world-first conservation attraction where a unique protected natural area is being patiently restored. Some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered wildlife has been released inside the sanctuary like the little spotted kiwi, tuatara, saddleback, stitchbird and kaka.

Stroll leisurely around natural bush, lakes and historical buildings at your own pace or book a guided tour during the day or night. You can walk across a unique historic dam, see a 19th century goldmine carved deep into the hillside, take a scenic ride on an electric boat or picnic on the lawns by the wetlands. All only 2.5 kilometres from Parliament Buildings.

The Visitor Centre is at the end of Waiapu Road, Karori (first left after the Karori tunnel).
Open Daily 10am – 5pm

Tours Are Not Included (Pay As You Go).

Insiders Tip: Visit the Weta Workshop

Take a trip to the Weta Cave, a mini-museum, a shop and a theaterette that you can visit.

On the corner of the Weta premises in Miramar, Wellington. The museum contains props from films and projects such as Lord of the Rings! In the theaterette we show a 20 minute behind-the-scenes DVD about the work that goes on at Weta. Be sure to visit the shop, which offers everything from souvenirs and Weta merchandise to collectible sculptures.

Entry: Free: Hours: Seven Days a Week, 9:00am – 5:30pm; Phone: 64 (04) 380 9361
Address: Corner of Camperdown Road and Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington
Bus Route 2: Get off at Camperdown Road

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Seal Coast Safari Adventure

Enjoy New Zealand wilderness within minutes of downtown Wellington and immerse yourself in the native bird and wild life with stunning views of the city, sea and South Island snow-capped mountains.

Your excursion will have you experience a 4 Wheel-Driving on the beach in our Sealmobiles Off the beaten track. You will have exclusive access through private land driving right to the seals – no walking involved. Seals are guaranteed every trip.

Right from the start, you will be impressed by the friendly Kiwi “Gidday!” at the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre pick-up point when you are met by a Safari representative.

Your guide for the day will introduce you to the other guests, check he has enough gourmet muffins to satisfy your hunger pangs, and set off, pointing the powerful Landcruiser in the direction of the ocean.

Within minutes you have left the city behind and your 4WD adventure has begun! We traverse a local’s private land to access the sea, enjoying spectacular views and scenery along the way. This journey through our friend Steve’s ranch is a feature in itself that literally everyone comments on and loves.

Includes- Tea, coffee and fine muffins with the seals Laughing with knowledgeable and friendly guides

Insider's Tip - Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions.

The cars run from Lambton Quay in the heart of the central business district and within 5 minutes whisk you from under the corporate towers of The Terrace past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with its magnificent lookout over the City and harbour – Te Whanganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara).

Other attractions immediately accessible from the top station are the award winning Cable Car museum situated in the old cable car winding room and the newly opened Carter Observatory. For those wishing to explore further, Kelburn village with its shops and Cafes is a short walk and an ideal stopping off point on your way to Zealandia. There are also easy downhill walks through the Botanic Gardens to Thorndon or back to Lambton Quay via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive.

A fully escorted tour of Wellington’s Cable Car and Museums is available. First stop the Museum of Wellington for the inside story on Wellington’s intruiging past. A short escorted walk along Grey Street then all aboard the Wellington Cable Car…to the top for the best views in Wellington. Learn more about these ‘Relentless red rattlers’ at the Cable Car Museum. The tour ends with tea/coffee and a homemade muffin at the Skyline Restaurant with its commanding views of the city. Take time to explore Kelburn Village or the Botanic Gardens before returning to Lambton Quay on the Cable Car.

Includes return trip on the Cable Car, guided tours and refreshments.

Departs from the Museum of Wellington at 10:00am. (Other times by arrangement) duration up to 2 1/2 hours. Bookings by 5:00pm the day before. Please make your bookings at the Museum of Wellington or at Wellington I-Site corner Victoria & Wakefield Streets Civic Square.

The Cable Cars run every 10-minutes; 7:00am to 9:00pm on Monday; 7:00am to 10:00pm on Tuesday through Friday; 8:30am to 10:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday & Public Holidays (Closed Christmas Day)

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Insider's Tip - Carter Observatory

See the Southern skies & celebrate the culture, heritage and science of the Southern Skies at Carter Observatory – New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory.

The Carter Observatory is located in Wellington’s beautiful Botanic Gardens at the top of the Cable Car. It is 2 minutes from the top of the Cable Car, 5 minutes walk from the Botanic Garden’s Playground, 8 minutes for the Treehouse Visitor Centre and an easy walk along Upland Road, Kelburn. The easiest way to reach Carter is via Wellington’s iconic Cable Car.

Take a virtual journey through space in Carter’s new planetarium – a state-of-the-art full-dome digital theatre, then take your own steps through space as you walk through the world-class interactive multimedia space experience.

Discover our Universe, along with some of New Zealand’s most prestigious telescopes and astronomical artefacts. Before and after you visit we encourage you to download the latest sky chart to spot the stars.

Open Daily 10am – 5pm Tours Are Not Included (Pay As You Go).

(Day 7) - Private Transfer, Wellington Hotel to Ferry Terminal

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand to the Ferry Terminal.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

Luggage: 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person

(Day 7) - Scenic Ferry, Wellington to Picton

The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as `one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world`.

Make your way from Wellington to Picton aboard one of 3 amazing ferries and take in the spectacular views along the way. See the South Island’s Kaikoura ranges and have the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

Departs multiple times beginning at 2:00am.

– Tranport from the North Island to the South Island
– Beautiful views
– Complimentary internet, newspapers, magazines, beer, wine, tea, coffee, & snacks

Need to Know
Food court, bar, Movie Theatre, and shops are at your own expense.

(Day 7) - Ferry Transfers, Picton to Bay of Many Coves & Return

As you would expect with a secluded luxury hideaway, getting here is an exciting adventure all in itself. It begins the moment you enter the magical Marlborough Sounds.

As you travel through native bush-clad bays, uninhabited golden sand beaches and breathtaking vistas, your worries simply fade away. You know you are in a very special place. The Resort is just a 30-minute ferry ride from the township of Picton. There are no roads in or out. The only ‘vehicle’ will be the golf cart taking care of your luggage!

(Days 7 to 11) - 4 Nights at the Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough

Bay of Many Coves Resort staff will make you feel right at home in the tranquil Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. The resort has so many wonderful features, you may simply want to relax and soak up the surroundings. There is also a world of adventure waiting right at the end of the jetty and in the bush-clad hills all around you.

Luxury has never been so pure, so natural, or so full of new experiences. And they’re all right here, waiting for you.

The Marlborough Sounds is an adventurer’s paradise where you can indulge your passions, challenge your senses, and try new things you’ve always dreamed of doing. Do it all in your own time, away from the crowds, with the support of our experienced staff and guides. And when each day is over, come home to Bay of Many Coves and experience true bliss. Get out and about with sea kayaking, relax in and around the water at the heated swimming pool, hot tub, or private beaches. Maybe you would like to soothe your soul and relax your body at the Day Spa. The choice is yours at Bay of Many Coves.

(Day 11) - Day Tour, Marlborough Icons Tour with a Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Marlborough is known worldwide for stunning Sauvignon Blanc, and your tour will reinforce how perfect it is with two of Marlborough’s other gems – Greenshell Mussels and amazing scenery.

Embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure through Marlborough Sounds. Sail through breathtaking scenery, indulge in delectable Greenshell mussels, and learn about sustainable aquaculture. Expert guides will share insights into mussel farming while you witness the meticulous cultivation process. Skilled chefs will perform live cooking demonstrations, treating you to mouthwatering mussel dishes paired with local wines. Immerse yourself in the region’s history, ecology, and cultural significance as the crew shares captivating stories. This exceptional cruise combines natural beauty, tantalizing cuisine, and educational insights for a unique and memorable experience in Marlborough’s maritime paradise.

Departs Picton Town Wharf at 1:15pm, Returns 4:30pm (approx.) October – April
Departs Picton Town Wharf at 12:15pm, Returns 4:00pm (approx.) May – September On Request

– 3-hour cruise
– Seafood sampling
– Complimentary glass of sauvignon blanc

Need to Know
Minimum of 4 participants to operate. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form. This cruise returns to Picton Wharf.

(Day 11) - Transfer, Nelson to Stonefly Lodge

Upon arrival into Nelson meet with your driver who will transfer you to the Stonefly Lodge.

(Days 11 to 14) - 3 Nights at the Stonefly Lodge, Abel Tasman Region

Stonefly Lodge luxury accommodation is perfect for that weekend vacation in the Abel Tasman Region, New Zealand.

Being within 50 minutes of the Abel Tasman National Park our luxury accommodation lodge is well positioned for exploring the park which is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.

We provide private luxury lodge accommodation located above the Motueka River and expert guided fly fishing from the top Nelson fly fishing guides. The wide choice of rivers available from Stonefly Fishing Lodge enables guests to experience relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers to more adventurous back country streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness.

If you would like to visit the Abel Tasman Region but are not a fisherman, be sure to ask about these different activities upon arrival to Stonefly Lodge: Abel Tasman – Cruise, Abel Tasman – Kayak, Guided Walks, Heli Tours, Horseback Riding, White Water Rafting, Wine/Art Tours or Cycling. No matter what activities you decide on, your visit to Stonefly Lodge will be an unforgettable one.

(Day 14) - Transfer, Stonefly Lodge to Nelson

Transfer from Stonefly Lodge to Nelson, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 14) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Nelson to Auckland

Travel by air today from Nelson to Auckland, New Zealand.

(Day 14) - Private Transfer, Auckland Airport to Hotel

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

Luggage: 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person

(Days 14 to 15) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland

The Crowne Plaza Auckland is located right in the middle of `The City of Sails` and is the first choice for vacationers, as well as sports teams and business conferences.

Your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, is located on the city’s spectacular Waitemata Harbour and features stunning water views, conference facilities, and a rooftop restaurant. Auckland’s centre of entertainment, dining, and nightlife, the Viaduct Harbour precinct, is just a short walk away. Experience the rich New Zealand culture as you travel to Rotorua and its geothermal springs. Or maybe travel to New Zealand’s Waitakere and Hunua Ranges, to the west and south of the city centre respectively, to take you deep into cool, peaceful rainforests.

Insider's Tip: Auckland City Explorer Bus

Take a unique, fun and informative tour of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city on the Hop on Hop Off Auckland City Explorer Bus!

Nestled between two harbours, this beautiful and vibrant city has a diverse mix of culture and landscapes. Something for everyone – attractions and activities, shopping and eateries, events and adventure – you can explore it all this 24 hour Hop on Hop off bus pass.

Unique Vehicles with Fantastic Views: Discover the true magic of city sightseeing onboard our unique, classic and new, double decker buses. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.

Entertaining ‘Live’ Commentary: Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are also available on the central tour.

Hop-on Hop-off and Visit Auckland’s Best Attractions: As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Devonport Ferry Trip Visit this historic suburb and browse boutiques for unique gifts, indulge at a restaurant or cafe, go to the beach or climb North Head for harbour views. Tickets are valid for sailings between 9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, and all weekend sailings.

-Red and Blue Tour Routes
-Devonport Ferry

(Day 15) - Private Transfer, Auckland Hotel to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand to the Airport.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

Luggage: 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person

(Day 15) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.