- Bullets here about locations (cities/reserves)
- Safari game drives
- Cultural visits
- Touring in Cape Town
Kenya + Tanzania + Seychelles
This itinerary makes use of some private houses for a family traveling together but with a few simple property changes, it is also perfect for couples or solo travelers! Private basis – at an extra cost but can also do shared activities throughout
At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to East Africa might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!
Welcome to New Zealand! You will have an early arrival in Auckland and will be met for your private transfer to the Park Hyatt Auckland, where your room will be available for immediate check in. Reservations will be made in a Harbor Suite for two nights, including breakfast daily. Take some time to rest and freshen up after your travel.
Later, you will meet up with your private guide for a two-hour walking tour of the city. This is an entertaining experience around the central city of Auckland and a great way to learn about the city. Your private guide will offer insights into local culture, the city’s heritage and the downtown areas that have been regenerated in recent years. You will discover why Auckland is one the world’s most vibrant cities!
On completion of your tour you will be returned to your hotel and can spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
About Auckland: Auckland is New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan city and you will love this multi-cultural hub of food, wine, music, art and culture. Located between two large harbors, the city has the highest number of boats per capita in the world – hence its nickname, the “City of Sails.”
About Park Hyatt Auckland:Your hotel is perfectly located on the water’s edge and offers expansive views across the Wynyard Quarter’s Lighter Basin and out to the Waitemata Harbour. The hotel has 195 guestrooms, four restaurants/bars, a day spa, a 25-meter infinity pool, and a full fitness center. Enjoy a luxurious, 5-star experience at this lovely new hotel.
Park Hyatt Auckland Meals: Breakfast
Depart by ferry for Waiheke Island, a short 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Waiheke Island is 57 square miles of beautiful sandy beaches, native bush, vineyards, olive groves and laid back seaside villages. Since the late 1970’s Waiheke’s easy Mediterranean climate has seen the growth of a flourishing wine industry, and today it is called “Wine Island!”
On arrival on the island, join your private guide who will introduce you to the big Bordeaux-style reds of Stony Ridge, Mudbrick and other international award-winning wines. You will also visit an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines. Treats may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey and artisan cheeses.
Enjoy lunch at one of Waiheke’s top vineyards before boarding the return ferry to Auckland. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
Park Hyatt Auckland Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
This morning you will met for your private transfer to the Auckland Airport for your flights to Blenheim.
Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to Allan Scott for wine tasting and lunch. As one of the first independent wineries to be established in Marlborough (1990), Allan Scott Family Winemakers have made a name for themselves in this highly competitive industry.
Following lunch, enjoy a private tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which showcases the development of aviation. The stories of the men and women that flew in war are brought to life in two distinctive exhibitions: Knights of the Sky features an extensive collection of World War One aircraft and memorabilia belonging to Sir Peter Jackson, and Dangerous Skies, which takes you on both a geographical journey as well as a historical one.
Upon completion of your tour, you will transferred to The Marlborough Lodge. Accommodations will be reserved in a Premium Suite for two nights, including dinner and breakfast daily.
About Marlborough: The Marlborough region is synonymous with wine (especially Sauvignon Blanc), fresh seafood and incredible landscapes. Located at the top of South Island, beautiful Marlborough Sounds welcome you with winding waterways, just made for incredible boating, kayaking and diving. Marlborough Sounds is made up of four separate sounds and you will find this region to be a coastal paradise surrounded by beaches and quaint restaurants.
About Marlborough Lodge: The Marlborough Lodge has been lovingly restored and grandly presides over the estate’s 16 acres of park-like gardens, expansive vineyards and surrounding olive groves. With elegant, contemporary suites, gourmet cuisine and beautiful surrounds, luxury is second nature at The Marlborough Lodge. Finish each day with a peaceful stroll through the park land or mingle at the bar with tantalizing canapes before dining with fresh local cuisine in the private dining room.
The Marlborough Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
This morning enjoy a leisurely walk through the Marlborough Lodge’s expansive gardens with their head gardener before collecting your rental car. Self-driving is a great way to explore New Zealand and allows you to travel at your own speed, and according to your own interests. Today, you will make your way to Picton, for a cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound.
You will join a small group cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound, one of the main Sounds that makes up the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Cruise past a Marlborough salmon farm, learn about aqua-culture in the Sounds and take in picturesque scenery while sampling fabulous seafood and the superb Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
On completion of your tour you can return to your hotel or spend some time exploring by car.
The Marlborough Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Dinner