This 17-day New Zealand and Bora Bora twin centre honeymoon combines the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island with the luxury and romance of a 4-night stay in an overwater villa in Bora Bora. From Christchurch, self-drive to the wineries of Marlborough, Abel Tasman National Park & Kaikoura for whale watching with stays in luxury lodges, before heading to the South Pacific paradise of Tahiti to finish your trip in style!
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream Bora Bora trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Christchurch, you will be taken to your hotel, The Hotel Montreal, for the next 2 nights.
The next day is yours to explore Christchurch and see history in the making, as a new vision for this city unfolds after the devastating 2011 earthquake which hit the city. Visit the famous Cardboard Cathedral or browse the farmers market for a delicious lunch to eat in Hagley Park. Alternatively, we can arrange a guided tour for you here.
Today, you will pick up your rental car and take a 4-hour scenic drive across Arthur's Pass which brings you to the wild West Coast. Stop at Punakaiki and meander up to Charleston. You’ll stay at Birds Ferry Lodge for the next 2 nights.
Spend the next day relaxing and exploring the grounds and organic gardens at Birds Ferry and go for a short walk amongst seals.
Today's drive is very scenic, winding north through the Buller Gorge and Motueka Valley to your home for the next 2 nights at The Resurgence. You can dine with other guests or book a romantic candle-lit table for two.
The next day, we’ve included something very special - a day in Abel Tasman National Park aboard a luxury catamaran. This is likely to be a highlight of your time in New Zealand: kayak, hike, fish, swim or just enjoy the passing marine life that comes to visit.
Back at The Resurgence, you can enjoy your very private deck and enjoy a drink after dinner listening to the sounds of nature under the canopy of stars.
Say farewell to the Abel Tasman and drive across to the east coast via Nelson and Blenheim, enjoying great views of the Pacific Ocean as you head south, and watch out for seals on the rocks. Why not stop off for a vineyard tour at one of the award-winning wineries en-route?
You’ll be staying at The Factory for the next 3 nights. It’s a lovingly restored 100-year-old dairy site a few minutes north of Kaikoura; a self-contained hideaway between mountains and the sea.
A stay in Kaikoura is not complete without seeing the whales. A 30-minute scenic flight leaves you plenty of time to relax and take lunch at the 'kai carts' where freshly caught Koura (lobster) is sold by the sea – we’ve included this. A swim with the dolphins is also one of those must-do experiences and is also included.
From Kaikoura, drive south back to Christchurch – the journey takes around 2.5 hours so you have plenty of time. Spend your last night back at the Montreal Hotel.
Today you’ll drop your rental car back at the airport and fly to Tahiti via Auckland. Crossing the dateline means you actually arrive the day before, connect with your domestic flight to Bora Bora, the jewel in the crown of French Polynesia.
On arrival you will be transferred to the stunning St Regis Bora Bora Resort, your idyllic home for the next 4 nights, staying in an overwater villa.
You have 4 days here now to relax in absolute luxury on one of the most iconic islands in the world.
Experience world-class snorkelling in the private lagoon at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort before returning to enjoy the romantic, adults-only oasis Pool with secluded private cabanas.
Beyond The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort you can enjoy jet skiing, jeep safaris, shark & ray feeding, sailing, diving, hiking & sunset cocktail cruises. If you're looking for something a bit more relaxing then try out Miri Miri Spa; set on its own island in a turquoise lagoon, the 13,000 square-foot spa offers guests a sensory experience inspired by the magic of its natural surroundings.
Sadly it’s time to leave paradise, and you’ll be transferred back to the airport to fly back to Papeete to connect with your onward international flight.
Why not add in a stopover in Los Angeles or San Francisco?
Your flights will generally return via West Coast USA, so this is easy to arrange. Speak to your consultant for further details.
New Zealand is a year-round destination and there is always something to see and enjoy whatever time you decide to travel. High season runs from December to February (summer), prices will be at a premium at these times and availability limited so it is advisable to book in advance. March to April and September to November can be a great time to travel as the weather is fine and the crowds fewer. Low season is May to August (winter) for most of New Zealand, this is, however, the best time for skiing and so ski towns such as Queenstown will be at their busiest.
The best time to visit French Polynesia is the dry winter period between May and October, the weather is cooler and rainfall is much less. From November to April temperatures rise as the summer rainy season begins bringing humid, cloudy weather and lots of rain. Peak season is July and August, Christmas and Easter school holidays meaning prices at this time will be at a premium.
We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury New Zealand holiday, ideas for a road trip or multi-stop flights to New Zealand with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for – this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.