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Essential Golf Journey

16 nights, Auckland to Queenstown

Essential Golf Journey

Not only does New Zealand have stunning scenery, superb lodges and hotels but we are also lucky enough to have nearly 400 golf courses. On this itinerary you get to play some of the country's best courses, stay in some of the finest locations and experience some thrilling activities.

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 17 days / 16 nights from Auckland to Queenstown
  • Accommodation is Boutique lodges & hotels (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Comprehensive tour pack on arrival
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
  • all golf green fees and club hire
  • 8 dinners
  • All breakfasts
  • Private airport transfers
  • Air New Zealand Airfare Napier to Christchurch
  • Huka Falls Jet Boat Tour
  • Mt Cook Ultimate Scenic Flight
  • Exclusive helicopter tour to Milford Sound including cruise
Millbrook Resort and Golf Club, near Queenstown, New Zealand
On the green at one of New Zealand's best golf courses
Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge, Northland, New Zealand
The course at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
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Day 1 - Arrive Auckland City, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure

Personal meet and greet, and private transfer to your accommodation

On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to your Auckland accommodation.

Your tour documentation pack and support

Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support

Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities - along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support - details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

Welcome to Auckland City

Welcome to Auckland City
Welcome to Auckland City
Welcome to Auckland City
Welcome to Auckland City

Auckland, New Zealand’s self-proclaimed ‘City of Sails’ is the country’s largest metro area. Resting between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, this urban paradise has something for everyone. Surrounded by native bush, rainforests and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city savvy and those with an eye for adventure. Explore the central museums and galleries on foot, or take a drive through one of over 800 regional National Parks to see deserted beaches, waterfalls and native forest.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Dinner

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$35-NZ$45 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre

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Day 2 - Collect your rental car this morning and depart to Kauri Cliffs your luxury lodge in Northland

Driving distance and time: 255 kms / 158 miles : 3.2 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Collect your rental car

Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. Insurance is included with a small excess or deductible. All airport fees, additional driver fees and unlimited kilometres are also included. To help you navigate your way around New Zealand all rentals also come with GPS. Our range included small compact cars to mid-size saloons to large 4WD and people movers.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Auckland to Whangaroa and Matauri Bay

Auckland to Whangaroa and Matauri Bay
Auckland to Whangaroa and Matauri Bay
Auckland to Whangaroa and Matauri Bay
Auckland to Whangaroa and Matauri Bay

Heading north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands is a three and a half drive, but be sure to leave in plenty of time for stops and sightseeing. You'll go through Puhoi, a historical township with a bohemian atmosphere. Stop for a breather Whangarei and make sure you stretch your legs in Kawakawa - home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Enjoy the native forest surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into the subtropical Bay of Islands region.

Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs
Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs
Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs
Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Includes dinner
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 3 - Enjoy the Kauri Cliffs experience and their magnificent golf course

Kauri Cliffs Lodge Experience

Kauri Cliffs Lodge Experience
Kauri Cliffs Lodge Experience
Kauri Cliffs Lodge Experience
Kauri Cliffs Lodge Experience

Located on 6,000 spectacular acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a secluded oasis. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands, guests stay in one of 22 cottage suites, each with their own private porch and open fireplace.

While best known for its world-class golf course, Kauri Cliffs has many other activities on offer including horseback riding, cycling, swimming, sailing, a guided farm tour, and access to it's day spa - nestled within native Totara forest. Discover New Zealand's pristine shores on one of three private beaches or fish and dive in the clear blue waters.

Ranked the number one hotel in the world in 2014 by Conde Nast, Kauri Cliffs is also home to two astroturf tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool, spa and fully equipped fitness centre. Five-star gourmet a la carte dining is available both indoors and on the veranda outside, as well as informal barbecues and lunch hampers.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course

Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards / 6,510 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Kauri Cliffs is currently ranked #39 in the world by Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.
Kauri Cliffs recently underwent a renovation from world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. The 5th hole received a complete redesign and was transformed from a long, uphill, forced carry par-3 to a short "drop shot" par-3. Other notable changes were the addition of tees on the 2nd and 9th holes and a bunker renovation on the 4th hole. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, and ladies’ and men’s locker rooms. Premium ladies’ and men’s rental clubs are available.

Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs
Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs
Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs
Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs

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Day 4 - A short drive to the Bay of Islands

Driving distance and time: 38 kms / 24 miles : 0.5 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Matauri Bay to Bay of Islands (Paihia)

Matauri Bay to Bay of Islands (Paihia)
Matauri Bay to Bay of Islands (Paihia)
Matauri Bay to Bay of Islands (Paihia)
Matauri Bay to Bay of Islands (Paihia)

Today return south through Kerikeri - known for its crafts studios, fruit orchards and artisan products. Home to two of the oldest buildings in the country - Mission House and the Stone Store
(both which encompass materials and artifacts from early european settlers) Kerikeri is a delightful place to learn about New Zealand's early history. Continue on to Paihia, your destination for the night - and great a base from which to explore the Bay of Islands.

Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2:30 pm
  • Check out time: 10:30 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 5-10 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Swimming pool

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Day 5 - Explore Bay of islands or perhaps play a round at the scenic Waitangi golf club

Explore the Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands

Made up of over 140 subtropical atolls, New Zealand's Bay of Islands is commonly known as the ‘winterless north.’ Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate this tropical paradise is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Spend some time on a remote stretch of beach, or cool off during a ‘swim with dolphins’ ocean safari. If diving is your thing, take the morning to descend the Rainbow Warrior - The Greenpeace flagship sunk by French saboteurs in 1985. Wander around Russell, a whaling port founded in 1843. Learn about our culture in historic Waitangi, the site where The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the Maori and European settlers dictating the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony. Before you leave take a travel day to Cape Reinga the very top of the North Island.

Waitangi Golf Club

Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Golf Club

The Waitangi Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views over the Bay of Islands and Russell, river and estuary views over Waitangi and Opua and rolling bush and forest views inland over Mount Bledisloe and Puketona.
These views are complemented by well groomed greens and fairways surrounded by areas of flowering native trees which provide sanctuary for many varieties of native birds. As many visiting golfers, particularly those from overseas, claim Waitangi is truly millionaires country for all to enjoy.
In 1932 the then Governor General of New Zealand, Lord Bledisloe and his wife Lady Bledisloe purchased just over one thousand acres of land on the Waitangi Peninsular and donated it to the inhabitants of New Zealand as a place of historic interest and recreational enjoyment for their benefit and use in perpetuity.
This land is known as the Waitangi National Trust and is now administered and managed under the terms of the original gift by the Waitangi National Trust Board. The Waitangi Golf Club leases the land on which the course has been developed from the Trust.
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Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

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Day 6 - Travel back to Auckland taking the route via the Kauri Coast and its magnificent trees

Driving distance and time: 343 kms / 213 miles : 4.4 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland

Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland
Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland
Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland
Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland

Today you will leave the Bay of Islands for a scenic return trip to Auckland. Head west, leaving the Pacific Ocean for the wilder seas of the Tasman and Hokianga. Go through the small townships of Omapere and Opononi, each with a great seaside feel.

Your route now goes south through Waipoua Forest, home to the largest and oldest Kauri trees in the country. Make sure you allow time for several of the signposted short walks as you pass - not to be missed is the five minute loop to view the largest of all the trees -Tane Mahuta.

As you make your way back down the country you’ll pass the Matakohe Kauri Museum with extensive displays on the region’s logging, farming and social history. Continuing on, go through Warkworth and the bohemian settlement of Puhoi before crossing the harbour bridge to arrive in Auckland city.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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Day 7 - A drive into central North Island and New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo

Driving distance and time: 267 kms / 166 miles : 3.1 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Auckland to Taupo

Auckland to Taupo
Auckland to Taupo
Auckland to Taupo
Auckland to Taupo

Heading south from Auckland you'll go through the lush pastures of Waikato king country. Choose to bypass Hamilton or if you've got the time, stop in to visit the renowned Hamilton Gardens - a detour we highly recommend. Continue on, following the Waikato River through the small township of Cambridge to eventually arrive in Taupo, which sits on New Zealand's largest lake - Lake Taupo - and is actually a giant volcanic caldera.

Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride

Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride
Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride
Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride
Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride

The Huka Jet is 30 minutes of pure fun and exhilaration, skimming close to cliffs, sliding past trees, feeling the adrenalin of full 360 degree spins. The excitement continues right up to the base of the foaming Huka Falls, where you get a spectacular water level view to New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. Nothing compares to watching 220,000 litres per second tumbling over the cliff face towards you.
The water from the mighty Huka Falls runs down the Waikato River through a series of Hydro Power Stations. You'll get a view of the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station in the comfort of a powerful Chevrolet V8 jet boat. This unique Geothermal Power Station uses underground geothermal activity to produce hot steamy water. The Waikato Rivers beautiful environment is varied and unique and is New Zealand's longest river flowing north from our largest lake - Lake Taupō.

Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Accommodation type: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 30 mins +
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 8 - Perhaps play a round today at Kinloch, a Jack Nicklaus signature course

Kinloch Golf Course

Kinloch Golf Course
Kinloch Golf Course
Kinloch Golf Course
Kinloch Golf Course

Ranked in 2013 in the Top 100 in the World by Golf Course Architecture Magazine, The Kinloch Club was also rated on opening in 2007 as the top new golf course outside North America by the prestigious US Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine. The Golden Bear visited Kinloch to oversee construction of his signature Championship golf course and returned to The Kinloch Club in February of 2008 to play the course for the first time since completion. Jack was extremely happy with how his vision had come to fruition and was greatly impressed with the maturity of the golf course after it's 'grow in' stage. The Kinloch Club (Nicklaus signature golf course) is the only Nicklaus designed golf course in New Zealand.

Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Accommodation type: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge

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Day 9 - Cross to the east coast and Napier, the art deco city before a short trip to Cape Kidnappers

Driving distance and time: 131 kms / 81 miles : 1.5 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Taupo to Napier

Taupo to Napier
Taupo to Napier
Taupo to Napier
Taupo to Napier

The road from Taupo climbs high onto the plateau crossing the Ahiminawa Range before arriving onto the Pacific Coast just north of the worlds finest art deco city of Napier.
Napier, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, events such as the Art Deco Weekend in February, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries and local fresh produce. Supported by a Mediterranean climate and over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendour of the Art Deco buildings. Around 30 cafes are within walking distance of the central city area, while Ahuriri, just over Bluff Hill, is home to a further cluster of up market establishments. Marine Parade overlooks the Pacific Ocean and out towards Cape Kidnappers, home to the world's largest mainland gannet colony. A full day can be taken visiting Ocean Spa hot pools and swimming complex, the Hawke's Bay Museum and the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

A landmark of Napier is Bluff Hill, which is home for many Napier residents and provides views of the town,  beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand's busiest ports, transporting timber, local fruit and meat products to worldwide destinations.

In 1931, New Zealand's greatest natural disaster struck Hawke's Bay. At 10.47am on Tuesday February 3rd, an earthquake of magnitude Richter 7.8 struck. In a minute and a half, in two separate shocks, the centre of Napier was almost totally destroyed. Fires quickly broke out and reduced to ashes or gutted what the tremors had left standing. Damage in Hastings was also devastating, although the fires were contained. Wairoa and the smaller towns to the south as far as Dannevirke were affected. There were 258 deaths - 162 in Napier, 93 in Hastings and 3 in Wairoa along with many injuries. The reconstruction of Napier and Hastings were costly but the benefit was two modern cities and the Ahuriri Lagoon, or Inner Harbour as it was usually known, was raised over 2 metres, creating the land, which Napier desperately needed to expand.

Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Includes dinner
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 10 - Relax at your wonderful lodge today or take to the green on the spectacular Cape Kidnappers golf course

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

With spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, nestled among 6,000 acres of rugged  coastal farmland, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers a multitude of activities within a five-star luxury setting. Offering many comfortable spaces to relax and unwind, including an intimate snug, stylish lounges, outdoor conservatory areas - there is no better way to take in this picturesque landscape.
Choose from a range of leisure facilities such as: a heated infinity pool and jacuzzi, spa treatments with beautiful forest and ocean views, a world class  golf course and clubhouse and a  fully equipped gym, offering yoga, pilates, golf specific fitness and personal training.
The Farm is also home to some of the best trails in the north island, from independent forest walks to ocean stroll or guided farm tours - pack a picnic and set off on an afternoon of outdoor fun. Also on offer are mountain, bikes, quad bikes and horse treks for the more adventurous traveller.

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Designed by legendary 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, our spectacular New Zealand golf course has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape and with stunning sea views, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course plays high above the ocean atop dramatic cliffs.
With cliff-edge fairways perched 140 metres above sea level and with a surface that remains firm and fast, this course offers holes unlike anything you find elsewhere in the world. While every hole has a spectacular view of the Bay, some play cautiously alongside deep ravines as others intimidate golfers with deep cliff top bunkers and sheer drops off the very edge of the earth. The golf complex includes a world-class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well-stocked golf shop, clubhouse and ladies’ and mens’ locker rooms. Premium ladies’ and mens’ rental clubs are available.

Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Accommodation type: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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Day 11 - Today you fly south to Christchurch, gateway to the South Island

Driving distance and time: 0 kms / 0 miles : 0.0 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Collect your rental car

Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. Insurance is included with a small excess or deductible. All airport fees, additional driver fees and unlimited kilometres are also included. To help you navigate your way around New Zealand all rentals also come with GPS. Our range included small compact cars to mid-size saloons to large 4WD and people movers.

Explore Christchurch City

Explore Christchurch City
Explore Christchurch City
Explore Christchurch City
Explore Christchurch City

Following the 2011 earthquake that razed its centre and much of the outlying suburbs, Christchurch is well into a billion-dollar makeover. In the middle of the Canterbury Plains, bordering the pacific ocean, New Zealand’s newest city is an ideal gateway to exploring the middle of the South.

Go punting on the Avon River, take a historic tram ride, catch the gondola to the rim of an extinct volcano or do all three! See the world's only Cardboard Cathedral and for nature enthusiasts - wander the renowned Christchurch Botanic Gardens. 

Drive an hour in any direction to ski, mountain bike, wine taste, whale-watch, bungy jump or play golf. Visit the International Antarctic Centre or take a day to go on safari at Orana Wildlife Park. Take the winding Port Hills road to the French settlement of Akaroa and tour the vines in Waipara for a authentic New Zealand wine-tasting experience.

Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room paid access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Bar on site
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Room service available

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Day 12 - Play a round today at the Clearwater course

Clearwater Golf Course

Clearwater Golf Course
Clearwater Golf Course
Clearwater Golf Course
Clearwater Golf Course

The par 72 championship course is home to the HSBC NZ PGA Championship. Designed by John Darby in consultation with New Zealand golfing legend, Sir Bob Charles, the course combines elements of links golf inspired by the great Scottish courses with parkland golf, more reminiscent of Florida. Playable year-round, the course meanders around a succession of spring-fed lakes and trout-filled streams, with uninterrupted views of the spectacular Southern Alps. There are five tee positions to suit players of all abilities.

Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

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Day 13 - Cross the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park. Take to the air to see the magnificent Southern Alps

Driving distance and time: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park
Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park
Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park
Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park

Today you’ll cross the vast Canterbury plains into the heart of the South Island. Stretch your legs in Geraldine before continuing into Mackenzie Country. Climbing Burkes pass you'll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo.

Follow the road and see the spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its turquoise blue color. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village.

Choose to view the Mt Cook National Park by a ski plane, or land on one of the glaciers in a helicopter. Find your sense of adventure and Kayak on a glacial lake or test your legs on one of the many walking tracks in and around the village. Before leaving, a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre is a must do.

Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks

Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks
Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks
Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks
Mt. Cook Ultimate Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks

Take this 55 minute flight over one of New Zealand's most spectacular locations. See Aoraki Mount Cook and the incredible scenery surrounding it including hanging glaciers calved icebergs, rivers of ice, the rainforests of the West Coast the renowned Tasman Glacier and Terminal Lake. You’ll also land on the Glacier itself - a huge highlight of the flight.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium Plus

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hairdryer
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 14 - Continue your drive south into Central Otago, through the Gibbston Valley and onto Queenstown

Driving distance and time: 257 kms / 159 miles : 3.0 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown

Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown
Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown
Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown
Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown

Leaving the alpine region of Mount Cook, you'll travel through the lakeside town of Twizel, then a little further to Omarama - the gliding capital of New Zealand. Continue on over the Lindis Pass, one of New Zealand's highest roads with a summit of 971 metres. Arrive in the quaint village of Tarras, then continue on a short way to the historic Bendigo Reserve, one of Otago's original gold mining settlements.

Follow the road to Cromwell, and keep going through the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge towards the Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions. See the historic Kawarau Bridge where you can bungy jump or relax and watch others take the plunge. Approaching Queenstown, the Remarkables mountain range comes into view as you arrive into the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 20-30 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 15 - A day to relax or try one of the many adventures on offer in Queenstown and Arrowton or maybe a round of golf at Millbrook

Millbrook Golf Course

Millbrook Golf Course
Millbrook Golf Course
Millbrook Golf Course
Millbrook Golf Course

Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre, against the backdrop of the Remarkables Mountain Range, the golf course at Millbrook exploits the dramatic terrain fully, delivering world-class golf. Designed by Sir Bob Charles and recently upgraded by Greg Turner, this 18 hole, par-72 championship course features 4 different tee positions for complete enjoyment at all levels of playing expertise. Take a tour of the course here.

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

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Day 16 - Today you venture by private helicopter to Milford Sound

Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise

Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise
Exclusive Milford Sound Heli Cruise

Breathtaking, magnificent and truly spectacular, a Milford Sound Heli Tour is a must do when visiting New Zealand. Descend through carved glacial valleys to Milford Sound where you'll join an informative cruise on the fiord itself. The unique character of Milford Sound is due to the huge volume of rainfall this region receives - resulting in a surreal world of moss, rainforest, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. You'll cruise the waterways carved by glaciers all the way to the wild west coast. On your return flight to Queenstown experience an alpine landing where you can step foot on pristine wilderness rarely seen by people. 

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
Accommodation: Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

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Day 17 - Depart Queenstown today

Driving distance and time: 8 kms / 5 miles : 0.2 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Depart Queenstown today

Explore more of Queenstown before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

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