Day 1: Depart UK
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Included: International flights
Day 2: Arrive Queenstown
On arrival in Queenstown, you’ll be met at the airport and assisted in collecting your rental car, before driving to your hotel in the small lakeside town, checking in for three nights. Your honeymoon has begun!
Included: Car hire, 4* hotel
Day 3: Queenstown
Today is yours to explore beautiful Queenstown. We’ve added a jet boat on the Shotover River. This is a rite of passage in New Zealand - it’s the ultimate tour that every traveller needs to try. The 360-degree spins are exhilarating, and the white-knuckle journey down the river is so much fun - skimming down the canyon trying not to get sprayed by the water as you crisscross the surface of the water. Afterwards, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the town, the mountains and the lake.
Included: 4* hotel, breakfast, Shotover jet boat, car hire
Day 4: Milford Sound
We’ve included a full-day excursion to Milford Sounds today – it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. You’ll fly from Queenstown around 11am and spend the whole afternoon in the sounds, a scenic Fiordland rich in dense rainforest with glacier-carved valleys and cascading waterfalls.
You’ll journey through the Southern Alps past Eglinton Valley’s ancient alpine forest before boarding a nature cruise to see the wonders of Mitre Peak. After the magical cruise, you’ll head back again by light aircraft and be back in Queenstown by the early evening.
Included: Breakfast, Milford Sound Nature Cruise, car hire, 4* hotel
Day 5: Drive to Wanaka
Today, you’ll drive north to the small town of Wanaka, perched on the shore of a vast lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You can spend the afternoon as you please. Go kayaking on the lake to spot the famous Wanaka tree, take a hike in the hills, or relax in these beautiful surroundings.
Included: Breakfast, 4* hotel, car hire
Day 6: Wanaka
To get the most out of your time in Wanaka, we’ve included a brilliant 4WD tour into the mountains. You’ll head uphill through an alpine farm, whose views over sparkling Lake Wanaka is nothing short of magnificent.
The guides are locals who know the land like the backs of their hands, so they’ll be full of knowledge. Ridgeline is the only company with access to the farm, so you’re unlikely to see any other tourist vehicles or people during the trip. In the afternoon, you can explore the little town or drive to a nearby vineyard to taste the local wine.
Included: 4* hotel, car hire, half-day 4WD tour
Day 7: Drive to Franz Josef
You’ll get back on the road today and make your way to the glaciers of the west coast. The drive will be one to remember, as you’ll pass some of the most magnificent scenery in New Zealand. This remote region is home to a range of breath-taking landscapes, from vast rainforests and snow-capped mountains. On arrival at Franz Josef, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights. We’ve also included dinner at the hotel for your first night, so no need to worry about finding somewhere to eat.
Included: 4* hotel, car hire, dinner
Day 8: Glacier region
This morning is going to be one that you’ll never forget, combining an exhilarating helicopter ride with a hike over bright blue glacial ice. You’ll be whisked away high over the frozen landscape by helicopter, landing on the glacier itself before pulling on your crampons. Your guides will be highly skilled in step-cutting, so they’ll find you the safest and most spectacular route on the glacier.
The glacier is very fast-moving, so its features are constantly changing. You might find yourself sliding through a narrow chasm, squeezing between towering walls of ice, crawling through blue ice tunnels, hanging out in ice caves or witnessing glacial calving. You’ll come away from your trip not only with a sense of awe but a whole new understanding of why these natural wonders are so unique.
After the tour, you’ll have a chance to relax in the glacier hot pools. It’s a haven of natural tranquillity, and a perfect way to unwind after your valley walk.
Included: Breakfast, 4* hotel, car hire, heli-hike tour
Day 9: Drive to Greymouth, train to Christchurch
Today, you’ll drive up to Greymouth in time to catch the TranzAlpine train around lunchtime. Why not take a short detour on the way to see the gushing blue waters of Hokitika Gorge? You’ll drop off your car in Greymouth and hop on board the train.
The TranzAlpine will carry you over vast plains and through miles of native forest before crossing the Southern Alps, where glacier-fed rivers shimmer under the snow-capped mountains. On arrival at Christchurch station, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel, where you’ll check in for one night.
Included: Breakfast, car hire, TranzAlpine train, transfers
Day 10: Drive to Rural Canterbury
You can spend the morning exploring Christchurch. Go punting down the river, do a street art tour or explore the botanic gardens. Around lunchtime, you’ll be driven to the rental car depot, where you’ll pick up your hire car and set off for your final spot in New Zealand.
You’ll be staying in the Korimako PurePod, just 90 minutes north-east from Christchurch. Nestled in the native bush along the Greta Valley coastline, with beautiful views out to the bay and across to Motunau Island, there’s nowhere like it. On a clear day, you can see right down to the Banks Peninsula. There’s an abundance of birdlife surrounding the PurePod, so you’ll be treated to a gentle chorus of birdsong throughout your stay.
Included: PurePod Korimako, dinner, car hire
Day 11: Rural Canterbury
For the next couple of days, you can relax and enjoy the romantic seclusion of rural Canterbury from the comfort of your PurePod. At the PurePod, you can sit back, soak up the scenery and enjoy a complete absence of people. It’s a beautiful area, so set aside time to check out the wineries in Waipara or walk along the Motunau Beach.
The PurePod has all the facilities you may require, including a great shower, crisp bed linen, cooking equipment and a barbecue for eating al fresco on warm evenings. You can bring your own supplies, but we’ve included a dinner and breakfast food package. This means that you’ll be treated to a variety from fresh local ingredients ready for you to cook on either the hob or barbecue, such as locally produced meat accompanied with seasonal salads or vegetables and potatoes, plus something delightfully sweet to finish. Breakfast will be either homemade muesli, coconut or chia and cranberry bircher, served with fresh yoghurt and berries.
Above all, the PurePod is all about getting some romantic alone time against a stunning backdrop. At night, you’ll sleep under millions of stars, and by day you’ll be surrounded by dramatic natural landscapes. Here, you can relax and let nature refuel your soul. The privacy, the isolation of a tiny glass hut completely surrounded by nature – the sky, the hills, the sea, the birds, the bush – takes you to another world.
Included: PurePod Korimako, car hire, breakfast, dinner
Day 12: Fly to New Caledonia
After a peaceful sleep under the twinkling Southern Cross, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast in your PurePod before driving back to Christchurch, dropping off the car at the airport and catching your flight to New Caledonia. On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and be driven to your hotel, where you’ll check in for two nights.
Included: International flights, breakfast, car hire, transfers
Day 13: Amedee Island
Today, you’ll set off on a full-day tour to Amedee Island, a tiny paradise where palm trees sway and colourful fish flit through the water. The sand here is sugar-white and the coral beneath the crystalline water is healthy and plentiful, thanks to the island’s status as a protected marine park.
During the trip, you can go stand up paddleboarding, snorkel with the local turtles and learn how to climb a coconut tree. You’ll also visit the Amedee Island Lighthouse. Built in France, it stood in Paris for two years before beginning its journey to Noumea, where it was finally erected in 1865. You can also send a postcard home from the island’s post office, officially the smallest in the world, and enjoy a delicious exotic lunch whilst watching the famous dance show.
On Amedee Island, you’ll have access to a “bio suncream” distributor, a 100% natural sunblock that doesn’t hurt the coral. Read our blog post for more about visiting coral reefs responsibly.
Included: Breakfast, Amedee Island day tour
Day 14: Fly to Ile des Pins
After breakfast, you’ll be collected and taken to the airport for your flight to beautiful Ile des Pins. As soon as you arrive you will understand why this island is nicknamed “the nearest place to paradise” – it’s white beaches and turquoise waters are breath-taking. You’re also sure to get a warm welcome from the 2,000 friendly locals called the Kunie people.
The eponymous pine trees on Ile des Pins resemble the masts of sailing ships, making the landscape here truly unique. At the end of the 19th century, the island became a prison for 3,000 political prisoners deported from France and you can visit the remains of the convict prison in the island’s wooded interior.
Included: Flights, transfers
Days 15 - 17: Ile des Pins
On your first day in Ile des Pins, you’ll enjoy a full-day boat excursion to look out for dolphins and turtles in the water. In the morning, you’ll visit Ilot Brosse, a tiny island covered in trademark pine trees, where you can snorkel and swim in the perfect water. Next, you’ll head to another small island, Moro, for lunch. Here, you’ll enjoy grilled lobster, fresh coconut and crunchy papaya salad – delicious!
The rest of your time on Ile des Pins is free for you to breathe in the beauty of the island, walk on the beach, and toast a cocktail each night at sunset. Your hotel is situated on spectacular Oro Bay, a famous natural swimming pool in New Caledonia. Oro Bay truly is paradise. Swim, snorkel, relax and soak in the incredible turquoise and blue colours of Ile des Pins.
Included: 4* hotel, breakfast, day tour to Ilot Brosse/Moro
Day 18: Fly to Noumea
Spend one last morning enjoying paradise before heading back to the airport for your flight to Noumea. On arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel, where you’ll spend one night before setting off on the journey home.
Included: Flights, transfers, breakfast, 4* hotel
Day 19: Depart New Caledonia
This morning you’ll be driven back to the airport in time for your flight home.
Included: International flights, transfers, breakfast
Day 20: Arrive UK