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Plan an unforgettable all inclusive holiday to New Zealand with our 14 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary.
This itinerary samples the very best of the North Island, from private beaches and helicopter tours to luxury lodges and wine tours.
14 days is the perfect length for a relaxing all inclusive holiday to New Zealand, while still allowing time to see the most captivating sights on the North Island.
In addition, our recommended itinerary is fully customizable. We partner with every luxury travel provider in New Zealand, so we can book any luxury hotel or lodge in the country or arrange any tours and excursions that catch your interest.
As a starting point, we recommend the following 14 Day North Island All Inclusive Holiday to New Zealand:
Read on for full details of the 14 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary.
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 Waiheke Island, a haven of beaches, picturesque vineyards and olive groves just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland by boat or 10 minutes by helicopter.
The Boatshed Hotel will be your haven for two nights, a hip small luxury hotel sitting just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa. Look forward to a pre-organised massage on arrival if you so wish, then enjoy fine dining at the onsite restaurant exclusive to in-house hotel guests.
Stay 2 nights in Waiheke Island.
Accommodation: The Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island
Wake up to glistening sea views and gentle bird song. If you are feeling energised take a morning stroll to start your day, exploring the island’s trails which meander along cliff tops, down to beaches and into cool enclaves of native forest.
Spend the day tasting the best of this boutique region on a gourmet wine and food tour with Ananda Tours, the ideal New Zealand holiday experience. Visit award-winning vineyards; sample local specialties such as olive oil, wild honey, and oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay; and indulge in a platter lunch at one of the island’s top vineyard restaurants.
Please enquire for private tour options.
Driving time Auckland to Bay of Islands 3.5 hours or flight time 1 hour
Your next destination is the Bay of Islands, a world renowned holiday destination offering over 144 islands to explore in a sub tropical paradise.
Eagles Nest, your multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat, is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Unlike so many New Zealand luxury hotels, Eagles Nest at Russell in the Bay of Islands also offers the services of its own resident personal trainer and spa therapists ensuring the most indulgent of stays. Four of the five world class villas offers its own private heated horizon edged lap pool.
A team of talented resident personal chefs can spoil you for the evening. They will offer a specially designed menu of your choice featuring freshly caught fish, venison, lamb, crayfish (lobster) and more.
Stay 2 nights in Bay of Islands.
Accommodation: Eagles Nest
A smorgasbord of adventures are at your fingertips. World class big game fishing, scenic cruising, sailing, diving, kayaking, bush walking, mountain biking, helicopter flight seeing, and romantic picnics on your own private island are but some of the many options available from Eagles Nest.
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 3.5 hours or flight time 1 hour
Stop off in Auckland City for an overnight stay. Auckland, a buzzing urban hub nestled between two contrasting coastlines offers an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.
Spend the afternoon relaxing in the city and sampling the exciting culinary scene. Venture to wild west coast beaches, namely Muriwai Beach and 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 – take a short ferry ride from the city to walk or do a guided tour to the summit for spectacular views.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Driving time Auckland to Rotorua 3 hours or flight time 2 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 luxury lodge, Peppers on the Point, is a former 1930s mansion which has retained its distinct charm and design throughout. Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an intimate luxury retreat featuring spectacular views to the historic Mokoia Island.
This stunning retreat offers the perfect base for experiencing New Zealand’s rich culture. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of this stunning location from the comfort of the inviting entertainment rooms with open fireplaces. Without leaving the property, you can indulge in a heavenly massage at the onsite spa, try fly fishing from the private beach, enjoy water sports and tennis or even spend your day boating. Peppers on the Point’s dining room is also renowned for serving fabulous New Zealand cuisine accompanied by the finest local and international wines. It is an experience not to be missed.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Accommodation: Peppers on the Point Rotorua
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, you have the option to 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.
Featured: Pure Cruise Lake Rotoiti
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 1 hour or flight time 20 minutes
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.
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. This is 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.
Driving time Taupo to Cape Kidnappers 3 hours or flight time 1 hour
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
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 to New Zealand, and adventurous Can Am tours to the outreaches of Cape Kidnappers station.
Driving time Cape Kidnappers to Wairarapa 4 hours or flight time 1 hour
A rural area with an off-the-beaten-track charm, Wairarapa offers travellers a wide range of experiences. Martinborough is the centre of the local wine industry, while Greytown has architectural charm.
Cape Palliser is worth a visit; on your way you’ll pass through the tiny fishing village of Ngawi where you’ll see a colourful array of old bulldozers and tractors parked on the beach. The fur seal colony at the cape is the North Island’s largest. Climb the 250 steps to the Cape Palliser lighthouse for rewarding views across the ocean.
Nestled between the foothills of the Rimutaka Mountain range and the clifftops above the dramatic Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Country Estate is located at the heart of one of the most spectacular farms in the world. Built along the lines of an Edwardian country manner, Wharekauhau Country Estate cuts an elegant figure as it presides over 3,000 acres of rolling pastureland.
The main lodge consists of a large country kitchen, wood-burning open fireplaces, formal dining room, wine cellar, games room, intimate library, heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and plenty of winter snugs in which to cosy up with a good book. In keeping with the luxury farm stay New Zealand experience, it wouldn’t be complete without farm to table dining.
Stay 2 nights in Wairarapa.
Accommodation: Wharekauhau Country Estate
With 5,500 acres of private land including ancient forests, peaceful lakes, rivers, and a wild and rugged coast, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to a route for walking, mountain biking, or ATV quad bike adventures.
Clay target shooting is available at Wharekauhau’own clay-target field. A full-size English croquet lawn awaits you on the upper-courtyard lawn. Just opposite the herb and strawberry garden is the all-weather surface tennis court. Or slip into the heated, 24 metre-long swimming pool for a refreshing swim in any season.
The bountiful coastline along Palliser Bay offers a variety of interesting and edible fish. Discover the best spots to fish with professional instruction. Alternatively there is complimentary use of fishing equipment for those wishing to fish without a guide.
Driving time Wairarapa to Wellington 1.5 hours or flight time 30 minutes
Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet. Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer – Wellingtonians are masters of fine dining, with plenty of great restaurants to choose from.
Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene.
Stay 1 night in Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel
As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Wellington at your leisure. Option to catch a domestic flight from Wellington to Auckland to connect to your international flight.
A luxury all inclusive holiday to New Zealand with New Zealand Luxury Escapes includes:
In addition, many luxury lodges include all meals for a truly all-inclusive luxury travel experience.
When planning your all inclusive holiday to New Zealand, you have many options.
Choose 5-star hotels, luxury lodges (North and South Island), wilderness lodges, wellness retreats, or luxury holiday homes and villas. For an affordable luxury holiday, 5-star hotels offer convenience and superb comfort. On the other end, luxury lodges create an unforgettable all-inclusive experience, often nestled within a picturesque natural setting.
You also have the option to choose different levels of accommodation for different destinations. For instance, you may wish to sample one of the country’s top luxury lodges while staying in convenient 5-star hotels elsewhere.
Choose from any of a vast range of activities on offer in New Zealand, or select more exclusive experiences such as helicopter sightseeing and private tours.
For your luxury transportation, choose from the following options:
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