Tailored Itinerary for Personal Travel Assist

3rd February 2024 - 14th February 2024

Summary Itinerary

Included below is a brief itinerary, upon booking a far more detailed itinerary will be provided.

Day 1 – Saturday 3rd February 2024

Arrive into Auckland International Airport (own arrangements). On arrival you will be privately transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 2 – Sunday 4th February February 2024

11am: A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht – we offer everyone the opportunity to sail these grand-prix racing machines, no experience necessary.

With guidance from the professional crew you will become part of the team sailing this authentic race vessel. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back relax and enjoy the action as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.


  • Opportunity to participate in sailing as part of our crew; take the helm or exert energy on the grinders with guidance from our professional crew
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the city from the water
  • Enjoy an informative commentary from our knowledgeable crew about the harbour, the America’s Cup and its history


1pm: Pick up from Viaduct Harbour for a privately guided city tour (English speaking guide) visiting your choice from the below attractions:

-Harbour bridge crossing
-Muriwai Beach (West Coast)
-Mt Eden
-Queen Street
-Winter gardens
-Domain Park

8pm: Drop off at your accommodation.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 3 – Monday 5th February 2024

9am: This morning you will be privately transferred from your accommodation to Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. 

12pm: Enjoy lunch at the Shires Rest Cafe (lunch not included)

12.30pm: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

2.40pm: Privately transferred from Matamata to Rotorua.

4pm: Collect your hire car & drive to your accommodation.

6.15pm: You will be collected from your accommodation & taken on the Mitai  Maori Cultural Experience & Dinner Buffet (Very limited shuttle availability so self drive may be necessary)

9.30pm: Return to your accommodation.

Day 4 – Tuesday 6th February 2024

11.45am: Take the scenic gondola ride to & enjoy panoramic views of Rotorua and its surroundings.

With stunning panoramic views of Lake Rotorua and the surrounding Rotorua city taking centre stage, enjoy a delicious lunch featuring a buffet of award-winning culinary delights lovingly prepared by talented chefs.

After lunch head to the Skyline Luge area (x5 luge included)

2.30pm: This afternoon drive to Wai-O-Tapu & enjoy a self guided tour of this Thermal Wonderland

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 5 – Wednesday 7th February 2024

Drive from Rotorua to Otorohanga Kiwi Centre (Approximately 1 hour 45 minute drive)

1pm: Arrive & explore at your leisure.

2.30pm: *VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY* Drive a further 15 minutes to Waitomo Caves

2.50pm: Guided tour through Waitomo Caves

3.50pm: Drive to your accommodation in Taupo.

Enjoy this evening at your leisure

Accommodation: Hilton Taupo

Day 6 – Thursday 8th February 2024

08.30am – Maori Carvings Scenic Cruise: Enjoy a Scenic Cruise viewing Maori Carvings on Lake Taupō. Get up close and personal to the Ngātoroirangi Māori carvings, and appreciate the culture and craftsmanship in a relaxed setting. Take a stunning tour of Lake Taupō’s bays as you cruise along the coastline. The journey is 90 minutes with an extended viewing time and educational commentary of the region, history, and cultural significance of the carvings themselves. Enjoy a homemade muffin and a hot beverage of your choice.

10am: Drive from Taupo to Wellington. This drive is approximately 5 hours. There are plenty of small towns to stop along the way.

4pm – 5pm: Arrive at your accommodation. 

Enjoy this evening exploring Wellington City at your leisure.

Accommodation: Museum Apartment Hotel

Day 7 – Friday 9th February 2024

7am: Depart your accommodation & return hire car to Wellington Airport.

8.35am: Flight from Wellington to Blenheim

9am: Arrive in Blenheim, collect hire car & drive to Kaikoura.

11.30am: Arrive in Kaikoura, explore & enjoy lunch at a local cafe.

12.45pm: Check in at Whale Watch Kaikoura

1.30pm: Whale Watching *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*

4.45pm: Return & drive to your accommodation 5 minutes South of Kaikoura.

Enjoy this evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Fyffe Country Lodge

Day 8 – Saturday 10th February 2024
Check out of your accommodation & drive to Christchurch (Drive approximately 2.5 hours)

On arrival enjoy lunch along The Terrace or at the Riverside Market. Walk through the Botanical Gardens & explore the city at your leisure.

Accommodation: The Observatory Hotel

Day 9 – Sunday 11th February 2024

Enjoy the morning at your leisure then return hire car to Christchurch airport.

2.45pm: Flight from Christchurch to Queenstown

3.45pm: Arrive in Queenstown, collect hire car & drive to your accommodation.

Enjoy this evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Kamana Lakehouse

Day 10 – Monday 12th February 2024

9am: The incredible Milford Sound Scenic flight with glacier landing.

On your return make your way into Queenstown for lunch.

This afternoon we can recommend further activities or you may prefer to spend at your leisure.

6.30pm: Original Onsen Experience.

These idyllic cedar-lined hot tubs have long been a highlight for Queenstown visitors and locals alike. A unique kiwi twist on a Japanese tradition, our exclusive use pools are filled with pure water from the surrounding mountains which is heated to approx. 38.3 degrees. Ideal for individuals or groups of up to 4 people, all guests receive towels plus a complimentary drink and snack to enjoy during your rejuvenating soak. 

• Gives you exclusive use of one of our classic cedar tubs for 60 minutes as you kick back & relax.

• Panoramic views of the mountains across the Shotover River.

• These pool rooms have wooden side walls and a retractable roof so you can switch from an indoor to an outdoor experience at the push of a button.

7.30pm: Enjoy dinner in Queenstown before returning to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Kamana Lakehouse

Day 11 – Tuesday 13th February 2024

Drive over to Puzzle World near Wanaka, explore Wanaka then return to Queenstown at your lesiure.

Accommodation: Kamana Lakehouse

Day 12 – Wednesday 14th February 2024 – Departure

Make your way back to Queenstown Airport, return your hire car & take your departure flight (own arrangements).


Includes all accommodation as follows:

Accommodation Inclusions:

  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – Full breakfast
  • Regent of Rotorua, – Full breakfast
  • Hilton Lake Taupo – Full breakfast
  • Museum Apartment Hotel, Wellington – Full breakfast
  • Fyffe Country Lodge, Kaikoura – Full breakfast
  • The Observatory Hotel, Christchurch – Full breakfast
  • Mt Cook Retreat – Breakfast provisions
  • Kamana Lakehouse- Full breakfast


Includes all activities as follows:

  • America’s Cup Sailing Experience (2 hours – shared group experience)
  • Privately guided tour of Auckland City & West Coast Beaches (English guide) *Lunch included*
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Shared group experience)
  • Mitai Maori Cultural Experience & Buffet Dinner (Shared group experience)
  • Skyline Gondola with buffet lunch included at Stratosfare + 5 luge rides
  • Visit Otorohanga Kiwi Centre
  • Guided tour through Waitomo Caves (Shared group experience)
  • Maori Carvings Scenic Cruise on Lake Taupo (Shared group experience)
  • Whale Watching in Kaikoura (Shared group experience)
  • Milford Sound scenic helicopter flight with glacier landing (Shared group booking)
  • Onsen Hot Pools (Private)
  • Puzzle World (Self guided)


  • Auckland airport to Sofitel Auckland Viaduct transfer – private
  • Private transfer from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Private transfer from Hobbiton Movie Set to Rotorua
  • MI PAJERO SPORT (Or similar) Car Hire from 5th February – 9th February North Island
  • Air New Zealand economy flight from Wellington to Blenheim
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse 2WD (Or similar) Car Hire from 9th February – 14th February South Island
  • Air New Zealand economy flight from Christchurch to Queenstown



USD $12,574*

Prices are PER PERSON based on 1 adult
•This quote is valid for 7 days from 23 January 2024 and subject to availability – Please note there is VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY.
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