12 Days: New Zealand Landscapes & Cuisine [LL-LUX11]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Destinations - Hawkes Bay (4 Nights), Blenheim (3), Wanaka (3)
  • Luxury Accommodation - Cape Kidnappers, Timara Lodge, Tiritiri Lodge
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
  • US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Napier, Napier to Blenheim, Blenheim to Queenstown (via Christchurch), Queenstown to Auckland
  • Car Transfers - Napier Airport to Cape Kidnappers (Return), Blenheim Airport to Timara Lodge (Return)
  • Rental Car - 4 Days, Pick up & Drop off in Queenstown
  • Rental Car (Base rate only) does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • 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) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Napier

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Napier (North Island).

(Day 2) - Transfer, Napier Airport to Hawkes Bay

Upon arrival into Napier meet with your driver who will transfer you to the Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay.

(Days 2 to 6) - Stay 4 Nights at the Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, The Farm, Cape Kidnappers offers 5 star Luxury Lodge Accommodation in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay.

The farm encompasses boutique lodge accommodation, an award-winning Par 71 golf course and indulgent spa treatment facilities. With 180-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a multitude of activities and adventures to be had, Cape Kidnappers is the perfect escape.

Ideal for honeymoons and romantic breakaways, the cluster of luxury lodge buildings at Cape Kidnappers are suggestive of a working farm – a marriage of river stone and weathered wood, the buildings combine rustic and textured materials with comfortable modern furniture.

In addition to a challenging game of Golf, you will also discover brilliant leisure pastimes on The Farm, including farm tours, walking trails, the gannet colony, quad biking, mountain biking and trout fishing, just to name a few. All activities can be booked at reception during your stay. Or if you just want to unwind, relax in 5-star luxury on your private balcony, as you absorb the magnificent 180-degree sweeping views of the farm, golf course and the shimmering Pacific Ocean.

Insiders Tip: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Come and enjoy this legendary golf course at Cape Kidnappers.

Designed by golf architect Tom Doak, the Cape Kidnappers par 71 golf course measures 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) and will challenge golfers of all skill levels.

Completed in 2004, this spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Cape Kidnappers golf course is currently ranked the 41st best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine.

There is also a well equipped Pro Shop located at the Clubhouse, with an attractive selection of golf and casual wear available. You’ll also find Callaway ladies’ and men’s clubs available for rent.

The womens’ and mens’ locker rooms are fully appointed with lockers and showers, and are located next to the Pro Shop. Should you wish to have a small packed lunch between the nines, an order can be placed with the Pro Shop before teeing off. Additionally, a full lunch menu is available in the Clubhouse dining room.

You don’t have to be a resident of the resort to play a round of golf! Be sure to pre-book your tee time and we can’t wait to see you on the green!

(Day 6) - Transfer, Cape Kidnappers to Napier Airport

Transfer from Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay to Napier, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 6) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Napier to Blenheim

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Napier to Blenheim.

(Days 6 to 9) - 3 Nights at the Luxurious Timara Lodge

Timara Lodge, New Zealand owned and operated, is one of the country’s most luxurious and private lodges.

Hidden away in New Zealand’s most prestigious wine region, Marlborough, endowed with magnificent beauty, stunning hills and crystal clear Sounds, Lake Timara Lodge offers a haven of peace, tranquillity and relaxation.

Timara Lodge’s accommodation facilities ensure your stay is private, comfortable and peaceful. With a warm, unobtrusive welcome, delightful company and culinary delights.

The luxury lodge is embedded in 600 acres of pasture, a romantic lake, a beautiful English style park with sweeping lawns, native and exotic trees, a historic arboretum, perfume garden, daffodil lawn, woodland walk and an extensive rose garden featuring more than 350 roses. A true “slice of paradise” where you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of city live. Wine lovers will find our very own winery, the Spy Valley Vineyard only a short stroll away to taste and indulge in award winning wines.

Transfers to/from Blenheim Airport are included.

(Day 9) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Blenheim to Christchurch

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Blenheim to Christchurch.

(Day 9) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Christchurch to Queenstown

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Christchurch to Queenstown (South Island).

(Days 9 to 12) - 4 Day Car Rental, Pick up & Drop off in Queenstown

Discover New Zealand as you travel by rental car for four days.

Take the opportunity to explore parts of New Zealand in and around your vacation town. Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that in New Zealand people drive on the left hand side of the road.

*Upgrade available to include GPS navigation system (additional cost).

Base rate only paid by About Australia. Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

(Day 9) - Self Drive from Queenstown to Lake Wanaka

Drive time: approximately 1 hour.

Depart Queenstown for Wanaka.

The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are amazing and you’ll probably encounter friendly keas (mountain parrots). When you pass through Cardrona, look out for the infamous “Bra Fence”!

Alternatively, drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan, and the Clutha River. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way.

(Days 9 to 12) - 3 Nights at Tiritiri Lodge, Lake Wanaka

Tiritiri Lodge, on the eastern shore of Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand, offers luxury boutique lodge accommodation. Architecturally designed to maximise the views from each guest room of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps the lodge has day long exposure to sun and an ever changing vista.

Wanaka lies in the heart of the world’s most beautiful unspoilt alpine and lakes district located in the South Island of New Zealand. It is a 50 minute scenic drive from Queenstown International Airport. Wanaka has great mountain hiking in summer and superb skiing in winter at Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm.

Take a rod and walk to Lake Wanaka and the Clutha River for world class trout and salmon fishing. Bicycle or walk into Wanaka along the beautiful Wanaka lakeside track. Relax in the cedar hot tub after a day skiing in the mountains around Wanaka. Or just curl up with a book or your laptop in the sun in the window seat and watch the ever changing vista of Lake Wanaka. Pamper yourself with a massage or learn how to cook raspberry shortcake with Chef Tiffany.

Relax by the waterfall or the fire over drinks and appetizers and plan you next day’s activities with expert advice from your hosts – will it be a spectacular flight to Milford Sound, a helicopter to view Mt Aspiring, a cruise on the lake or lunch at a great Bannockburn vineyard?. Dining in? Discuss the menu with the chef. We feature great local produce and our own home grown salads, herbs and vegetables in season. Enjoy one of our fabulous meet the winemaker dinners. Free high speed internet access is available throughout the lodge.

(Day 12) - Self Drive from Lake Wanaka to Queenstown

Drive time: approximately 1 hour.

Depart Wanaka for Queenstown.

The shortest route to Queenstown is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are amazing and you’ll probably encounter friendly keas (mountain parrots). More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Clutha River, Lake Dunstan, and the Shotover River. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way.

(Day 12) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Queenstown to Auckland

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Queenstown to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 12) - 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.