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Auckland
Te Puia, Rotorua
Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand
Vineyard, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Napier City Scenes Market
Lighthouse, Cape Palliser
Winery, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Dining on the waterfront, Wellington, New Zealand
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait
Marlborough Sounds
Coastal Pacific Gliding through the vineyards of Blenheim
Christchurch, New Zealand
Oamaru, New Zealand
Blue Penguin Oamaru
Marlborough Wine Tasting, New Zealand

Luxury New Zealand & Cook Islands

22 day Holiday Idea – from £5285

With flights from £6635

Embark on a 16 night luxury food and wine self drive around New Zealand, followed by an idyllic stay in the tropical paradise of the Cook Islands.

Highlights:
  • Experience a traditional Maori Hangi feast
  • Sample fine wine and gourmet food in Napier
  • Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds
  • Boutique hotel accommodation throughout
  • Relax on the coral-fringed Cook Islands

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Auckland

Day 1 to 3 – Auckland

Depart London or your local airport for your journey to the North Island of New Zealand….

Depart London or your local airport for your journey to the North Island of New Zealand. Arrive into Auckland and spend the next couple of days at leisure.

Auckland
Te Puia, Rotorua

Day 4 – Rotorua

Collect your rental car to begin your self drive adventure. Enjoy the drive through farmland, lakeland…

Collect your rental car to begin your self drive adventure. Enjoy the drive through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional way on hot stones underground at a Maori hangi feast and concert.

    Auckland > Rotorua | 235 kms

    Distinction Hotel Rotorua

    Dinner
Te Puia, Rotorua
Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand

Day 5 – Rotorua

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Rotorua to enjoy the many sights and activities on…

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Rotorua to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer.

    Distinction Hotel Rotorua

Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand
Vineyard, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Day 6 – Napier

Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to…

Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards as you continue on to Hawke’s Bay, known for its Art Deco architecture, gourmet food and world-class wineries.

    Rotorua > Napier | 220 kms

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Vineyard, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Napier City Scenes Market

Day 7 – Napier

Today is free to enjoy the local sights and activities. Recommended Optional Extra: Visit Elephant Hill,…

Today is free to enjoy the local sights and activities. Recommended Optional Extra: Visit Elephant Hill, a stunning and innovative winery estate and restaurant located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast, 30 minutes’ drive away.

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Napier City Scenes Market
Lighthouse, Cape Palliser

Day 8 – Martinborough

Enjoy the clean, green Wairarapa scenery as you drive south through to Martinborough, home to over…

Enjoy the clean, green Wairarapa scenery as you drive south through to Martinborough, home to over 25 boutique vineyards. Take your time and stop to enjoy the various cellar door experiences available.

    Napier > Martinborough | 334 kms

    Martinborough Hotel
Lighthouse, Cape Palliser
Winery, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Day 9 – Martinborough

Today’s half day gourmet food and wine tour takes you to viisit 3 boutique, family owned…

Today’s half day gourmet food and wine tour takes you to viisit 3 boutique, family owned wineries where you will taste a wide range of wines from Martinborough’s famous Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. A platter lunch is also included.

    Martinborough Hotel

    Lunch
Winery, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Dining on the waterfront, Wellington, New Zealand

Day 10 – Wellington

Travel to Wellington where cafe culture and fine dining city restaurants await. Enjoy an overnight stay…

Travel to Wellington where cafe culture and fine dining city restaurants await. Enjoy an overnight stay in the nation’s capital.

    Martinborough > Wellington | 80 km

    Rydges Wellington
Dining on the waterfront, Wellington, New Zealand
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Day 11 – Marlborough Sounds

Board the Interislander ferry and travel across the Cook Strait to the South Island. On arrival into…

Board the Interislander ferry and travel across the Cook Strait to the South Island.

On arrival into Picton you will board a water taxi through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to your beautiful accommodation in the heart of the Sounds. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Queen Charlotte Track with seemingly endless bays and coves to explore.

    Furneaux Lodge, Marlborough Sounds

Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait
Marlborough Sounds

Day 12 – Marlborough Sounds

Enjoy a full day at your leisure on the Marlborough Sounds.

Enjoy a full day at your leisure on the Marlborough Sounds.

    Furneaux Lodge, Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds
Coastal Pacific Gliding through the vineyards of Blenheim

Day 13 – Kaikoura

Take the water taxi back through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. On arrival collect your rental…

Take the water taxi back through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. On arrival collect your rental car and travel down the East Coast to Kaikoura. You may wish to travel via Blenheim – well known as a centre of New Zealand’s wine industry. Follow the ruggedly beautiful coastline between the surging Pacific Ocean and the steeply rising Kaikoura ranges. Kaikoura is renowned for its seafood dishes.

Local specialties include grouper, cod, mussels, paua (abalone) and the town’s namesake – Crayfish (lobster). Other delights such as oysters, scallops and whitebait are available when in season.

    Picton > Kaikoura | 160 kms

    White Morph Motel

Coastal Pacific Gliding through the vineyards of Blenheim
Christchurch, New Zealand

Day 14 – Christchurch

Continue down the coast, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the…

Continue down the coast, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

    Kaikoura > Christchurch | 160 kms

    Crown Plaza Hotel, Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand
Oamaru, New Zealand

Day 15 – Oamaru

Travel south along the coast to the historical town of Oamaru. The rest of your day…

Travel south along the coast to the historical town of Oamaru. The rest of your day is at your leisure to explore this delightful township.

    Christchurch > Oamaru | 249 kms

    Poshtel, Oamaru

    Light breakfast
Oamaru, New Zealand
Blue Penguin Oamaru

Day 16 – Oamaru

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Be sure to visit the Oamaru Penguin Colony which…

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Be sure to visit the Oamaru Penguin Colony which make an appearance every night.

    Poshtel, Oamaru

    Light Breakfast
Blue Penguin Oamaru
Marlborough Wine Tasting, New Zealand

Day 17 – Cromwell

Journey in-land today to the beautiful gold-mining town of Cromwell. The rest of your day is…

Journey in-land today to the beautiful gold-mining town of Cromwell. The rest of your day is at your leisure.

    Oamaru > Cromwell | 274 kms

    Marsden Lake Resort

Marlborough Wine Tasting, New Zealand
Cook Islands

Day 18 to 22 – Cook Islands

Make your way to the airport for your flight to the tropical paradise of the South…

Make your way to the airport for your flight to the tropical paradise of the South Pacific on our 5 day Cook Island Explorer. Arrive into picturesque Rarotonga to spend four nights with a memorable visit to neighbouring Aitutaki.

Spend the last days of your holiday taking in the warm Polynesian hospitality and palm fringed beach views.

Cook Islands

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1 to 3

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Auckland

Depart London or your local airport for your journey to the North Island of New Zealand. Arrive into Auckland and spend the next couple of days at leisure.

Auckland

Day 4

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Rotorua

Collect your rental car to begin your self drive adventure. Enjoy the drive through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional way on hot stones underground at a Maori hangi feast and concert.

    Auckland > Rotorua | 235 kms

    Distinction Hotel Rotorua

    Dinner
Te Puia, Rotorua

Day 5

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Rotorua

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Rotorua to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer.

    Distinction Hotel Rotorua

Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand

Day 6

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Napier

Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards as you continue on to Hawke’s Bay, known for its Art Deco architecture, gourmet food and world-class wineries.

    Rotorua > Napier | 220 kms

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Vineyard, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Day 7

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Napier

Today is free to enjoy the local sights and activities. Recommended Optional Extra: Visit Elephant Hill, a stunning and innovative winery estate and restaurant located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast, 30 minutes’ drive away.

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Napier City Scenes Market

Day 8

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Martinborough

Enjoy the clean, green Wairarapa scenery as you drive south through to Martinborough, home to over 25 boutique vineyards. Take your time and stop to enjoy the various cellar door experiences available.

    Napier > Martinborough | 334 kms

    Martinborough Hotel
Lighthouse, Cape Palliser

Day 9

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Martinborough

Today’s half day gourmet food and wine tour takes you to viisit 3 boutique, family owned wineries where you will taste a wide range of wines from Martinborough’s famous Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. A platter lunch is also included.

    Martinborough Hotel

    Lunch
Winery, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Day 10

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Wellington

Travel to Wellington where cafe culture and fine dining city restaurants await. Enjoy an overnight stay in the nation’s capital.

    Martinborough > Wellington | 80 km

    Rydges Wellington
Dining on the waterfront, Wellington, New Zealand

Day 11

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Marlborough Sounds

Board the Interislander ferry and travel across the Cook Strait to the South Island.

On arrival into Picton you will board a water taxi through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to your beautiful accommodation in the heart of the Sounds. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Queen Charlotte Track with seemingly endless bays and coves to explore.

    Furneaux Lodge, Marlborough Sounds

Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Day 12

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Marlborough Sounds

Enjoy a full day at your leisure on the Marlborough Sounds.

    Furneaux Lodge, Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds

Day 13

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Kaikoura

Take the water taxi back through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. On arrival collect your rental car and travel down the East Coast to Kaikoura. You may wish to travel via Blenheim – well known as a centre of New Zealand’s wine industry. Follow the ruggedly beautiful coastline between the surging Pacific Ocean and the steeply rising Kaikoura ranges. Kaikoura is renowned for its seafood dishes.

Local specialties include grouper, cod, mussels, paua (abalone) and the town’s namesake – Crayfish (lobster). Other delights such as oysters, scallops and whitebait are available when in season.

    Picton > Kaikoura | 160 kms

    White Morph Motel

Coastal Pacific Gliding through the vineyards of Blenheim

Day 14

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Christchurch

Continue down the coast, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

    Kaikoura > Christchurch | 160 kms

    Crown Plaza Hotel, Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand

Day 15

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Oamaru

Travel south along the coast to the historical town of Oamaru. The rest of your day is at your leisure to explore this delightful township.

    Christchurch > Oamaru | 249 kms

    Poshtel, Oamaru

    Light breakfast
Oamaru, New Zealand

Day 16

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Oamaru

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Be sure to visit the Oamaru Penguin Colony which make an appearance every night.

    Poshtel, Oamaru

    Light Breakfast
Blue Penguin Oamaru

Day 17

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Cromwell

Journey in-land today to the beautiful gold-mining town of Cromwell. The rest of your day is at your leisure.

    Oamaru > Cromwell | 274 kms

    Marsden Lake Resort

Marlborough Wine Tasting, New Zealand

Day 18 to 22

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Cook Islands

Make your way to the airport for your flight to the tropical paradise of the South Pacific on our 5 day Cook Island Explorer. Arrive into picturesque Rarotonga to spend four nights with a memorable visit to neighbouring Aitutaki.

Spend the last days of your holiday taking in the warm Polynesian hospitality and palm fringed beach views.

Cook Islands

This Holiday Includes

21 nights accommodation
14 nights car hire, with unlimited kilometres
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • A deluxe Bay of Islands self drive extension
  • Extra nights in New Zealand or the Cook Islands
  • A stopover to New Zealand in Dubai, Singapore or another destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Luxury New Zealand & Cook Islands

22 day Holiday Idea – from £5285

With flights from £6635

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Flights, hotels and tours are subject to availability and seasonal variations may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations for details.

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