Are you ready for sublime scenery, vast open spaces, world class food & wine, local Maori culture, friendly people, outdoor adventures and much more ?
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands. Start your adventure in Auckland on the north island and travel south to the capital, Wellington, via Rotorua. Cross to the south island by ferry and explore Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and the vast, beautiful, open spaces in between.
Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
New Zealand's most populous city boasts some of the country's best museums and cultural institutions, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Family-friendly attractions range from animal-centric spots like the Auckland Zoo and the Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary. Nature lovers will appreciate the breathtaking landscapes found at Waiheke Island, Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island. Travellers will also find iconic Kiwi attractions, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set, just a few hours from the city.
SLEEP AT SOFITEL AUCKLAND VIADUCT HARBOUR
Discover Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, a seamless blend of French elegance and the vibrant soul of New Zealand’s largest city. Each Sofitel draws inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de vivre to offer a one-of-a-kind, luxurious hotel experience. From design details to exhibitions and events, discover what makes this hotel so unique.
SLEEP AT AVANI METROPOLIS AUCKLAND RESIDENCES
Once climbed by legendary French Spiderman Alain Robert, this towering hotel takes the meaning of ‘home away from home’ to new heights. Above it all, slide into a contemporary vibe and discover Auckland from the city centre. You’ve got culture, entertainment and the great outdoors on your doorstep!
EAT AT EURO
Every great city has a restaurant which is synonymous with it. For Auckland, that restaurant is Euro. The very essence of a modern classic, Euro’s waterside location alludes to the exclusive use of the freshest and finest local seafood, produce and ingredients.
EAT AT AZABU
Azabu combines Peruvian Japanese Nikkei flavours with more Tokyo-style dishes in a dining room that’s just as lively. Hidden away out the back, off Maidstone Lane is Roji, Azabu’s stealthy saké and cocktail bar.
EAT AT EL SIZZLING CHORIZO
They hail from Argentina, the land of the Pampas, The Pumas, Che Guevara, Evita, Maradona and Messi. But most importantly, the land of the gauchos. Where a barbeque (or asado) is not only about ‘eating meat’ but more of a cult of enjoying a nice conversation with friends, drinking a good ‘red’ to only then savour the delicious meat that has been grilled patiently over slow-burning coals. All done with the time that good things take.
PLAY AT VECTOR WERO WHITEWATER PARK
Vector Wero Whitewater Park is a world class tourism destination that engages communities and youth. It is New Zealand's first facility to offer an artificial river and water course for recreation, sports, and emergency services training, school programmes and youth development. The white water park is developed and operated on behalf of the community by Second Nature Charitable Trust which reinvests the corporate dollars into educational and community programmes – building a stronger community and everybody wins.
ROTORUA (228 KM FROM AUCKLAND)
Rotorua, a town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand's North Island, is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. In Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley, there are bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. It’s also home to a living Maori village (photo above) and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools. Rotorua is an adventure playground with a great range of activities to enjoy for any age: rafting, canopy tours, cycling, mountain biking, eco-tours and fishing are just some of the adventures to experience.
SLEEP AT PRINCE'S GATE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Prince’s Gate Hotel in Rotorua are proud to offer the very best in New Zealand hospitality and comfort. Located in the heart of the geothermal city and Maori Cultural centre and just a stone’s throw away from the famous government gardens, the lakeside and the city centre this stunning 4.5 star hotel offers a perfect retreat from which to explore and enjoy this wonderland of adventure and indigenous activities.
WELLINGTON (453 KM FROM ROTORUA)
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Visit the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Space Place, Nairn Street Cottage and the Cable Car Museum.
Just over an hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington city will take you to Wairarapa, one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions. Once here, hire a bike from Green Jersey Cycles in Martinborough to cycle your way around the boutique vineyards.
SLEEP AT SOFITEL WELLINGTON
Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington’s business and government hub, Sofitel Wellington blends the French ‘art de vivre’ with the pure beauty of New Zealand’s capital. Sofitel Wellington is in close proximity to Wellington’s exciting attractions: The Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Te Papa Museum, Wellington Botanical Gardens, Cable Car, Westpac Stadium, Mount Victoria, Wellington Zoo, the Zealandia Sanctuary, Weta Cave museum and Cuba Street.
EAT AT JARDIN GRILL
The sophisticated interior, infused with botanical themes and enhanced by a dominant Copper kitchen which creates a rich, bold design statement yet is intimate in ambience. The upmarket, relaxed setting is ideal for elegant dining, or if you prefer, bask around the fire pit and unwind with friends, clients or colleagues in the alfresco courtyard.
PLAY AT MUSEUMS WELLINGTON
Museums Wellington comprises four of the city’s leading visitor attractions – Wellington Museum, Space Place, Cable Car Museum and Nairn Street Cottage. Collectively the museums attract nearly 400,000 visitors every year. The collections are diverse, including everything from a piece of moon rock to Rusty the last taxidermy Lion from the Zoo.
CHRISTCHURCH (439 KM FROM WELLINGTON)
Christchurch is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.
SLEEP AT NOVOTEL CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL SQUARE
Make yourself at home at city-centre hotel Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square. Your bright, modern room gives you the space you need to work or relax - executive rooms have stunning views of the Southern Alps. With a stylish restaurant offering buffet breakfasts and à la carte meals, you can enjoy fresh local produce at Novotel.
EAT AT POT STICKER DUMPLING BAR
It all started with a mad obsession... They started with researching what it took to make the world’s best dumplings by travelling to Michelin Star restaurant Din Tai Fung and Shanghai, and then found their very own “dumpling master” to join their team after having run his own dumpling bar in Shanghai for 30 years.
EAT AT ARMADILLO'S AT THE BRIDGE
Armadillo's at the Bridge is a family restaurant where they pride themselves on providing a fun, family friendly safe environment for their customers and serving great food in a great atmosphere. Dining for all occasions, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Join them for their specials - Wednesdays for Rib night, Thursdays for Schnitzel and Sundays for Rump.
EAT AT B LOUNGE
B lounge restaurant & bar has a superb selection of traditional hyderabadi cuisine (specialising in mouthwatering biryani) and also offers a fusion of bollywood music experience in the restaurant. Experience the best of Indian culture at B Lounge - eat, drink, dance, socialise and have FUN! You and your taste buds will dance to the flavours of India.
PLAY AT AKAROA ADVENTURE CENTRE
Akaroa Adventure Centre has a passion for their area, their landscapes and their wildlife. To share that with their visitors is a pleasurable goal. Established in 2003 Akaroa Adventure Centre is committed to providing visitors with quality experiences and memories. Experience Akaroa's dramatic volcanic landscape and unique wildlife, up close, intimate and safe. Wildlife Kayaking, Paddle Boarding (SUP), Volcano Summit Biking, Pedal Boats, Mini Golf, etc. Your one stop shop for fun, for everyone.
DUNEDIN (362 KM FROM CHRISTCHURCH)
Dunedin is a city in New Zealand, at the head of Otago Harbour on the South Island’s southeast coast. It's known for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and a large student population. Hiking and cycling trails crisscross the dramatic landscape of the adjoining Otago Peninsula, home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins.
SLEEP AT MERCURE DUNEDIN LEISURE LODGE
Nestled in landscaped gardens, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is located adjacent to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, within walking distance of Otago University. A short drive from Dunedin shopping and attractions and easily accessible from State Highway 1, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is the perfect destination for your next escape.
PLAY AT DUNEDIN BOTANIC GARDEN
The Dunedin Botanic Garden is New Zealand's first botanic garden and holds the status of six star Garden of International Significance. ArbNet, the global network for tree-focussed professionals, has accredited the Botanic Garden as level III. The Camellia Collection is rated as a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.
QUEENSTOWN (278 KM FROM DUNEDIN)
Queenstown sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There's bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there's skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
SLEEP AT HOTEL ST. MORITZ
Offering unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain ranges, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown is perfectly positioned for sightseeing and adventure. Take a stroll down the Esplanade for spectacular waterfront views, and into the town centre for wine, dining and a spot of shopping. You'll be just a short drive to all four of Queenstown's ski fields and popular attractions including the Shotover Jet.
PLAY AT CORONET PEAK TANDEM PARAGLIDING & HANG GLIDING
Coronet Peak Tandems is the most experienced dual tandem paragliding and hang gliding company at Coronet Peak, Queenstown – in fact within New Zealand. Coronet Peak Tandems flies from the highest of the flying sites in Queenstown, off the Coronet Peak skifield, which is about a 20 mins drive from the centre of town. They pick you up from their central pick up point, the Cardrona Shop on 37 Camp Street.
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