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New Zealand: Land of the Long White Cloud

North & South Islands by Rail & Road Trip

Best time to travel
Sep – May
Ideal length
16 nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€5,499 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Auckland and home from Queenstown.
  • Meet & greet on arrival, all private transfers, your domestic flight and 10 days’ pre-arranged car rental in a Toyota Camry, or similar.
  • 16 nights’ accommodation in Auckland, Bay of Islands, Nelson, Marlborough, Christchurch, Mount Cook and Queenstown.
  • Explore New Zealand’s marine world as you sail the Bay of Islands, kayak the inlets of Abel Tasman National Park and jetboat through the rivers of Queenstown.
  • Discover the viticulture of Marlborough on a winery tour and the stunning landscapes of Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific Train.
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Introduction

Known to the Maori as Aotearoa, or land of the long white cloud, New Zealand’s spectacular nature has shaped the country since its foundations. Its scarcely populated landscapes are filled with magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fjords. Colossal national parks house glacial peaks and idyllic inlets. Journey across the North and South Island, exploring the breathtaking coasts, vineyards and waters of New Zealand.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Auckland.

Upon arrival, be greeted by an OROKO representative and privately transferred to your luxury accommodation in the heart of the city, your home for the next two nights. Explore the city, home to a myriad of fascinating museums and colourful parks.

Journey to the Bay of Islands.

Collect your rental car and drive to your cliffside accommodation for a three night stay. Enjoy a day atop the bay’s waters, cruising past amazing scenery and wildlife. Watch wild dolphins in their natural ocean habitat and snorkel off one of the bay’s islands.

Bay of Islands
Discover the landscapes of Abel Tasman National Park.

Following a short domestic flight to Nelson, drive to your luxury lodge by Abel Tasman National Park. Spend three nights exploring the park. Sea kayak past islands, caves and golden beaches, and sail to a fur seal colony on Pinnacle Island.

Abel Tasman National Park
Explore New Zealand’s Wine Country.

Drive to Marlborough for a two night stay. Get to know the region’s viticulture on a guided driving wine tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit award-winning wineries and sample some of the best products of the region.

Marlborough
All aboard the Coastal Pacific.

Drive to Christchurch for an overnight stay. Discover one of the most beautiful stretches of New Zealand rail aboard the Coastal Pacific Train. This is a timeless journey that will take you along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches and between mountains and sea.

Coastal Pacific scenery
Hike the trails of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Drive to your luxury hotel in the park for a two night stay. The glacial ice and soaring mountains of the park beckon with thrilling adventures. Many of New Zealand’s highest peaks can be found here including the country’s highest, Mount Cook.

AorakiMount Cook National Park
End your adventure in Queenstown.

Drop off your rental car and settle into your luxury hotel for a three night stay. Explore the waterways of the city on an exciting jetboat ride, zooming across the crystalline waters of Lake Wakatipu, Kawarau Dam and River and the Shotover River.

Queenstown
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour combines the spirit of the Viaduct Harbour with French Art de Vivre.

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The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands

The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands

Set cliffside and hidden within a private native bush reserve lies The Sanctuary, a luxury Bay of Islands retreat. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed on the Bay of Islands.

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Abel Tasman Lodge

Abel Tasman Lodge

A stone’s throw from Abel Tasman National Park, this luxury lodge boasts a collection of private modern chalets set amongst the stunning native landscape of Marahau.

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The Peppertree Luxury Accommodation

The Peppertree Luxury Accommodation

The Peppertree is situated in the centre of Blenheim, the beating heart of Marlborough’s winelands. Explore the Peppertree’s vineyard accompanied by the hotel’s owner.

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The George

The George

Overlooking the picturesque River Avon and Hagley Park, the George is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch.

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The Hermitage Mount Cook

The Hermitage Mount Cook

With unique activities and genuine Kiwi hospitality, the Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base to explore the natural wonders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

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Hotel St Moritz

Hotel St Moritz

Ideally located in Queenstown, Hotel St Moritz overlooks Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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What people are saying

“The OROKO experience was genuinely special. Hotels and experiences were very carefully chosen to match our expectations and tastes. Ten out of ten to all concerned.”

Aidan and Eileen – Puglia, May 2018

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