Beginning in the Bay of Islands, you’ll discover historic sites and explore the native bush, abundant with birdlife. In the South Island, you’ll be enchanted by the Marlborough Sounds, a stunning waterway of inlets, coves and islands, where you can dine on the freshest seafood catch.
Kaikoura is a haven for lovers of marine life - here you can spot whales and swim with both seals and dolphins. On the remote Banks Peninsula, you’ll have the pristine oceanfront all to yourselves, and you can explore the sea by kayak or the farm by bike.
End on a high in Queenstown, where you’ll see the sights of New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ via helicopter, and feel the rush of a jet boat on the beautiful Dart River.
In each location, there are a multitude of optional experiences you may choose to enhance your adventure, from scenic flights to romantic picnics. At each location, you’ll be spoiled with the finest accommodation and dining, making this trip an unforgettable experience for couples.
Three nights at The Boathouse Villa, The Landing
Two nights at Bay of Many Coves
Two nights at Hapuku Lodge
Two nights at Annandale
Three nights at Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Meet and Greet on arrival
Private vehicle and driver transfers throughout
Return private water taxi to Bay of Many Coves
Shared Whale Watch excursion
Private 90 minute Milford Sound excursion
Shared Dart river jet boat excursion
For two adults based on double occupancy, please enquire for a tailored quote based on your travel dates.
Savour the delights of fresh local seafood and other provincial produce in our waterfront café, guest-lounge and fine-dining restaurant. Hosting takes place around 5.30pm on the deck overlooking the bay, or perhaps by the fireplace in cooler months, where you can savour the local Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and enlightening discussion. The accompanying canapés feature seafood from the Sounds or cheeses and other regional specialities. Our cellar offers a broad selection of Marlborough’s finest wines balanced with national and international labels. Executive Chef, Hannes Bareiter has a natural flare for creative gastronomy and a passion for techniques that maintain the integrity of pure ingredients. On offer is an exciting a la carte menu, international breakfast options, vegetarian menus and an exceptional Degustation Menu. You might be lucky to coincide with the trawler delivering your fresh fish! And the views: there are few places with such a luxurious, mouth-watering, sensory combination.
"If you could but be a bird you could more fully appreciate the beauty that is Kaikoura." That was our inspiration – how could we put our guests among the birds?
Our seductive crops of Manuka and Kanuka suggested the solution: station people in the tree tops and they would be closer to the mountains, closer to the ocean, closer to the birds. And that is what we have tried to do – allow our guests to nest in the treetops in a luxurious version of a child’s tree house.
A contemporary country lodge, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is composed of five luxury tree houses set 30 feet (10 metres) above the ground in the canopy of native Kanuka. An additional four luxury lodge suites and the Olive House suite provide additional accommodation.
The idyllic setting adds to the allure, with the wild deer wandering on the resident farm, olive groves and a vineyard – all set up against the picturesque backdrop of the Kaikoura ranges.
In an area of outstanding beauty and off the tourist trail lies Annandale, an iconic sheep and cattle farm offering four distinctive luxury villas with relaxed Kiwi-style informality. Developed in 1843, Annandale was one of the earliest and most renowned farms in New Zealand’s South Island. With 10 kilometers of spectacular and rugged coastline, Annandale today boasts 4,000 acres, 500 cattle and between 7,000 and 14,000 sheep. Our aim is to breed the finest stock through sustainable farming practices for the most delicious meat and best quality wool, while providing world-class luxury accommodation, farm-to-table cuisine and uniquely authentic experiences for our guests.
Boathouse Villa at The Boatshed Bay of Many Coves Hapuku Lodge Annandale Eichardt’s Private Hotel