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07 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary

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Enjoy 7 days of premier golfing and New Zealand's best boutique lodges.
The perfect escape for golfers & non golfing partners.
*Includes a complimentary New Zealand gift basket on arrival worth $100

Our New Zealand vacation packages are carefully designed to take advantage of the best luxury experiences and accommodation the country has to offer.

With our 7 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary, visit boutique wine regions, cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Rotoiti, and explore the geothermal landscape by helicopter.

In addition, stay at a number of New Zealand’s most renowned luxury lodges. The North Island is home to several highly acclaimed lodges, including Huka Lodge and Treetops Lodge. We can also customise our New Zealand vacation packages to include 5-star hotels or luxury holiday homes and villas.

Our 7 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary is as follows:

Read on for more details on this luxury New Zealand North Island itinerary for 7 days.

7 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary: New Zealand Vacation Packages

Day 1 Auckland – Waiheke Island

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 

The Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island

Day 2 Waiheke Island Wine Tour

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.

Waiheke Island Auckland Dining New Zealand vacation packages

Day 3 Rotorua

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


Day 4 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.

Pure Cruises Rotorua New Zealand vacation packages

Featured: Pure Cruise Lake Rotoiti

Day 5 Taupo

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.

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

Huka Lodge Taupo

Featured: Huka Lodge 

Day 6 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 sec barreling over an 11meter 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 vacation packages

Featured: Privately Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

Day 7 Auckland

Driving time Taupo to Auckland 4 hours or flight time 50 minutes

Your exclusive New Zealand experience ends in Auckland City. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the city and sampling the exciting culinary scene, or venture to vast black sand beaches.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Waiheke Island Auckland New Zealand vacation packages

Day 8 Depart Auckland

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

Explore our other New Zealand vacation packages

If you wish to spend more time on the North Island, we also offer a 10 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary and a 14 Day North Island Luxury Itinerary.

Alternatively, browse our full range of holidays, including special interest itineraries.

In addition, every one of our New Zealand vacation packages is fully customisable. Use one of our recommended itineraries as a starting point, or work with our expert team to design a bespoke holiday.

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