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10 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary

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Discover the rich & diverse beauty of the North Island.
Choose to be as active as you wish or simply relax in ultimate luxury.
*Includes a complimentary New Zealand gift basket on arrival worth $150

Explore the very best of the North Island with our luxury New Zealand tours. From private beaches to luxury lodges, discover a world of sophisticated splendor.

Our recommended luxury New Zealand tours are designed to serve as a starting point as you begin to plan your travels. From there, we will work with you to customise your chosen itinerary until it suits exactly what you imagined. Alternatively, we can work with you to design a bespoke itinerary if you have an idea of what you wish to include.

For a 10 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary, we recommend the following:

  • Day 1 – Arrive Auckland to Northland
  • Day 2 – Northland
  • Day 3 – Northland
  • Day 4 – Rotorua
  • Day 5 – Rotorua & Pure Cruise & Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour
  • Day 6 – Taupo
  • Day 7 – Taupo
  • Day 8 – Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay
  • Day 9 – Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay
  • Day 10 – Auckland
  • Day 11 – Depart Auckland

Read on for full details of our 10 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary.

10 Day North Island Luxury New Zealand Tours

Day 1 Auckland – Northland

Flight transfer Auckland to Northland – 1 hour

Your exclusive New Zealand experience begins in Auckland, the gateway to the North Island. Get a glimpse of the city before being whisked away to Northland a subtropical wonderland of islands, marine life, kauri forests and Maori myths and legends.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is where you will spend the next three days being immersed in relaxation.  The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is set on 6000 acres and affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, giving access to three private beaches.

Named the number one resort in Australia and New Zealand by Travel + Leisure, Kauri Cliffs is a leisure travellers dream. Activities abound with the David Harman-designed golf course, immersive local heritage tours, bountiful fishing, and bush walks, mountain biking, quad biking and a spa sanctuary hidden within native forest.

Stay 3 nights in the Northland.

Accommodation: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Kauri Cliffs Luxury Lodge

Day 2 Northland

A day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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 Spa is nestled at the edge of a Totara forest, overlooking a verdant fern glen and winding stream. Each treatment room, including the couple’s room, has floor to ceiling views and opens onto a private outdoor patio. The spa has a sauna, jacuzzi spa pool, indoor heated lap pool and fitness centre.

One of the many fine dining options at the lodge will make the perfect end to your day.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course New Zealand

Day 3 Northland

A day of adventure exploring Northland, fish, heritage, surf, fly, picnic, walk…

Fishing is a religion around these parts. Join a local guide at one of the beaches on the property and test your skill at hooking a snapper or kahawai (similar to a blue fish). Bring your catch back to the lodge and the chef will prepare it for your dinner.

The Kauri Cliffs Guided Heritage Discovery tour will give you unparalleled insight into New Zealand’s complex identity. Journey through time as your experienced guide unravels the rich and diverse tapestry of history and culture that all took place at this vast property.

Surf some of New Zealand’s most beautiful untouched scenery including Kauri Cliffs. It is as though nature designed the Northland coastline with surfers in mind. Tiny coves, long sandy beaches, river mouths, point breaks, sandbars and reefs . . . all within a short drive. Enjoy a two-hour beginner’s lesson at Kauri Cliffs or an all-day Surf-safari of Northland beaches.

Discover the rich and diverse beauty of the Bay of Islands from the perspective only possible by air with a Helicopter Bay of Islands Discovery Tour. Fly out to the world famous “Hole in the Rock”and take a bird’s eye view of Russell, Paihia & Waitangi townships.

Northland luxury New Zealand tours

Day 4 Rotorua

Flight transfer Northland to Rotorua 1.5 hours 

Rotorua is known for crystal-clear streams and magical forests, bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture.

Rotorua also offers an adventure scene with an epic network of biking trails, walking trails and adventure activities such as rafting and tree-top zip lining.

Your stay at Treetops Lodge and Estate will indulge your senses and rejuvenate your soul, brining you back to nature. The lodge is nestled in 2,500 acres of private native forest and pristine wilderness. Immerse yourself in the pulse of the land by walking, biking or horseback and explore the lush forest trails, quite woodland glads and rolling grasslands. Wilderness hunting and fishing experiences are also on hand or refresh  and unwind at the wilderness spa offering luxurious wellness treatments.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Accommodation: Treetops Lodge Rotorua

Tree Tops Lodge and Estate Rotorua

Day 5 Rotorua + Pure Cruise + Mt Tarawera by Heli

Sail to secluded alcoves aboard Pure Cruise’s luxury yacht Tiua and bathe in the healing thermal waters of natural hot pools, in secret places known only to locals.

Fly to Mt Tarawera by helicopter with Volcanic Air, stand on the crater’s edge of this sacred mountain with sweeping panoramic views and experience a thrilling walk along the crater’s edge.

Later, discover Rotorua’s captivating geothermal landscapes with colourful sinter terraces, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Or join masterchef Charles Royal on an exclusive Māori food trail and bush tour.

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Featured: Pure Cruise Lake Rotoiti

Day 6 Taupo

Flight transfer Rotorua to Taupo – 30 minutes or Land transfer – 1 hour

Taupo is home to three of New Zealand’s iconic luxury lodges, world-class fly-fishing experiences and two of the country’s top 10 golf courses.

Immerse yourself in style on the shores of the Waikato River at Huka Lodge, long considered one of the top retreats in the world. Relaxation will come easy as you soak up the serenity with a glass of New Zealand wine expertly paired with cuisine by executive chef, Paul Froggatt. There are over 20 private dining options, from an intimate riverside pavilion to the atmospheric underground wine cellar.

For the active relaxer, what better way to experience the vast natural landscape than a stay at Poronui, the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat hidden in the secluded Taharua Valley. Take a scenic helicopter flight deep into the mountains and fine-tune your casting skills with a skilled fly-fishing guide.

If golf is your passion, you will find two premier golf clubs to explore: Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and The Kinloch Club. Stay at The Lodge at Kinloch, an architecturally designed lodge within the tranquil grounds of the golf course, surrounded by rugged farmland and stunning panoramic views of the Lake.

Stay 2 nights in Taupo.

Accommodation: Huka Lodge Taupo or Poronui Lodge or The Lodge at Kinloch

Poronui Lodge Taupo

Featured: Poronui Lodge Taupo

Day 7 Taupo

Today is spent at your leisure, either relaxing at your luxury lodge of choice, or exploring what Taupo has to offer.

Visit the Huka Falls, where you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power with more than 220,000 litres of water per second barreling over an 11 meter high waterfall.  Take a kayak or boat tour around the scenic Western Bays of Lake Taupō to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay. Get active and hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a private guide, often described as New Zealand’s greatest day walk; lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable walking journey. Or fuel your adventurous side by skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating or rafting.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Volcanic Experience New Zealand

Featured: Privately Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

Day 8 Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

Flight transfer Taupo to Cape Kidnappers – 40 minutes or Land transfer – 2.5 hours

Hawke’s Bay is among New Zealand’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – and stunning chardonnays. It is also New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, with the cities of Napier and Hastings rebuilt in the architectural styles of the time following the devastating 1931 earthquake.

Notable landmarks include Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets; Lake Waikaremoana, home to one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks; and Te Mata Peak, with its 360 degree views of Hawke’s Bay and spectacular walking tracks.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, your luxury lodge for the next two nights, is one of the world’s most extraordinary luxury destinations, set on a 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm with breathtaking views over the Pacific.

Honoured by Conde Naste Traveller’s Gold List 2017, The Farm exudes character and comfort. With 24 ultra-cosy and spacious cottage suites and a four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage – all with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean – a stay at the Relais & Chateaux Cape Kidnappers is truly “farm luxe” at its best.

Stay 2 nights in Cape Kidnappers.

Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers Lodge Hawkes Bay Dining

Day 9 Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

Leisure opportunities abound with a par 71 championship golf course designed by Tom Doak, luxurious spa facility, Kiwi Discovery walks where guests can interact with this precious native bird, and adventurous Can Am tours to the outreaches of Cape Kidnappers station.

Cape Kidnappers luxury New Zealand tours

Day 10 Auckland

Flight transfer Hawkes Bay to Auckland – 1.5 hours

Finish your vacation in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the city and sampling the exciting culinary scene. For more adventurous options venture to wild west coast beaches, namely Muriwai Beach or Piha, where the Tasman Sea meets long, vast stretches of black sand. Or visit nearby Rangitoto Island a dormant volcanic cone that sits just off the coast from the central city.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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Day 11 Depart Auckland

As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Auckland at your leisure.

Explore Alternative Luxury New Zealand Tours

We also offer a 7 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary and a 14 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary.

Alternatively, explore our full range of luxury New Zealand tours. We offer special interest tours, South Island holidays, and more.

As we begin to customize your New Zealand vacation package, choose from a range of accommodation that includes luxury lodges on the North and South Island, 5-star hotels, wilderness lodges, luxury holiday homes and villas, and wellness retreats.

In addition, choose whether you prefer to rent a luxury vehicle, travel with a private guide, or use air transfers between each destination.

Finally, you have the option to change the experiences, destinations, and scheduling of our luxury New Zealand tours.

Contact New Zealand Luxury Escapes today to begin planning your North Island luxury holiday.

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