Itinerary Highlights

  • Tickets to entire 2023 two-Test series
  • Return transfers to the stadiums
  • Comprehensive tour of New Zealand
  • Stay in luxury accommodations
  • Includes Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flights in economy
  • Luxury accommodation with breakfast
  • Luxury airport & stadium transfers
  • Tickets for both Test Matches
  • Celebrity Hosted

Overview

Be there from the first to the final run with tickets to the entire Two-test series, hosted by Mike Gatting OBE and John Lever MBE. Then you'll embark on whirlwind seven-day tour of New Zealand’s South Island.

Watch the first Test match at Bay Oval Stadium on the stunning peninsula of Mount Maunganui, before heading to New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington for the second Test at the Basin Reserve. In between the series, enjoy a tour of the North Island, taking in the geothermal springs of Rotorua and fly fishing on Lake Taupo.

After the final Test, fly to Christchurch where you’ll be whisked away on a complimentary sightseeing tour of the ‘Garden City’, celebrated for its lush botanic gardens and unique architecture. Stay in a luxury boutique hotel overlooking Hagley Park and the Avon River.

All destinations on this South Island tour of Christchurch, Mount Cook, and Queenstown, feature an incredible range of supplementary activities, from helicopter rides to wine-tasting.

Spend the middle of your trip amidst snow-flecked mountains and gliding across placid lakes in Mount Cook, where you’ll stay in a beautiful alpine hotel offering panoramic views of the highest mountain in New Zealand. Enjoy everything this incredible landscape has to offer before making your way to your final stop in Queenstown.

Situated on the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is known for its thrilling bungee-jumping experiences and exceptional Pinot Noir. Discover its many restaurants, charming boutiques and vibrant bars during your three-night stay in a sophisticated lakefront hotel.

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Accommodation

Park Hyatt Auckland

Situated on the water’s edge, the luxurious Park Hyatt hotel in Auckland comprises 195 stylish guest rooms. Offering expansive views across Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin and Waitemata Harbour, these contemporary suites are adorned with Maori accents, from custom designed tukutuku panels to rugs made from New Zealand Wool. The hotel has four restaurants and bars, a day spa, a 25-metre infinity pool and a full fitness centre.

Trinity Wharf Hotel

A unique Tauranga hotel with a relaxed ambience, Trinity Wharf is an over-water hotel located on Tauranga Harbour. Accommodation options range from superior guest rooms to a three-bedroom penthouse, and the hotel boasts an outdoor infinity edge swimming pool, as well as a fully equipped gym. Diners are guaranteed magnificent views over the water at the hotel’s restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and seasonally inspired menu.

Kinloch Manor

Set in rolling 254-hectare grounds on the shores of Lake Taupo, this ultra-modern luxury lodge with corresponding villas was designed by multi-award-winning architect, Andrew Patterson. The main lodge is realised in local schist stone and provides dramatic views of the surrounding landscape. With a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course on-site, a rejuvenating spa and fine-dining restaurant, guests can indulge in both passive and active leisure.

Sofitel Wellington

Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington’s business and government hub, this refined hotel blends French ‘art de vivre’ principals with New Zealand culture. With a selection of elegant suites, each adhering to a calming vintage gold and bronze palette, the rooms are perfect for unwinding in after a day exploring the city. Dine at Jardin Grill to experience Sofitel chefs’ modern take on local flavours and specialities.

The George Hotel

This property brings luxury boutique hotel hospitality to the heart of Christchurch. With its chic aesthetic and passionate attention to detail, the hotel offers exceptional personalised service. With just 55 rooms available, all boasting picturesque views over the expansive Hagley Park and the Avon River, The George Hotel is perfect for discerning travellers seeking a truly unique, small hotel experience in the Garden City.

The Hermitage Hotel

From intrepid journeys through glacial valleys to mouth-watering culinary experiences, this alpine hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure in the Aoraki Mount Cook region. With exceptional panoramic views and comfy spaces for explorers to recuperate, all guest rooms featuring an ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, satellite television and wireless internet.

The Rees Apartment Hotel

This sophisticated property is just a short lakeside walk from Queenstown’s centre. Boasting outstanding views of the lake and surrounding mountains, The Rees Apartment Hotel offers a range of luxury accommodations, from hotel rooms to apartments and lakefront residences. Highlights of this property include a fine-dining restaurant, an extensive wine cellar, a spa, a gym, a library, and a private jetty.

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Itinerary

Day 1 | 13 Feb

Arrive in Auckland where a private car will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel and base for the next two nights: Park Hyatt. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, stroll around Auckland’s impressive Waitemata Harbour. A melting pot of 190 different ethnicities, Auckland is the world’s biggest Polynesian city. This diversity is reflected in the lively arts and culture scene, a wide range of food and craft markets, vineyards, a hip cafe culture and outstanding restaurants. The dozens of islands of the Hauraki Gulf form a distinctive aspect of the Auckland landscape and provide a magnet for boaties, fishing enthusiasts and hikers.

Day 2 | 14 Feb

Set sail on a 90-minute cruise over to Waiheke Island on a luxury private launch. Sample the island’s produce on a Waiheke Island Wine & Lunch Tour, showcasing Rangihoua’s award-winning olive oil, as well as Mudbrick Vineyard’s Chardonnay and Viognier wines.

Day 3 | 15 Feb

Drive the two and half hours from Auckland to Tauranga, across the Hauraki Plains. Arrive in the sunny seaside city of Tauranga and visit the beautiful stretches of surf beach at Mount Maunganui, which have long attracted Kiwi holiday makers.

Day 4 – 8 l 16 – 20 Feb

Spend the next five days watching the first Test match at Bay Oval Stadium in Mount Maunganui. Return transfers to the stadium are provided, as well as a daily breakfast at your hotel: Trinity Wharf Hotel. Enjoy an informal cocktail party on the second evening of the Test match, where our Celebrity Hosts, Mike Gatting and John Lever, along with other guests, will provide an entertaining and lively debate about the test so far. This will be the first day-night Test to take place in New Zealand since the two sides met at Eden Park in 2018

Day 9 | 21 Feb

Journey from Tauranga to magical Middle-earth and embark on a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Travel across the Kaimai Ranges, that separates Waikato in the west from the Bay of Plenty in the east. There are plenty of lookout points and places to stop along this drive with views from the summit of the fertile Waikato Plains. As you make your way out of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park and into the farmlands, you will start to approach the green rolling hills and lush green pastures of Alexander Farm, or most famously known, Hobbiton. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed. After the tour, enjoy a lavish feast, Lord of the Rings style, in The Millhouse. You will then say goodbye to The Shire and be transferred to nearby Taupo; a town of extraordinary natural beauty, Taupo boasts a vast sparkling lake, an ancient forest and steaming geothermal zones.

Day 10 | 22 Feb

From your base at Kinloch Manor, enjoy a day of leisure in Taupo. Play 18-holes at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, unwind with a treatment at the Solar Spa, or go fly fishing in this world-class lake fishing region.

Day 11 | 23 Feb

Today, make the one-hour drive from Taupo to Rotorua, passing the awe-inspiring Huka Falls as you go. In Rotorua, you will be greeted by your Maori guide for a guided walk through the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. There will be stops on the way where points of interest such as bubbling mud pools, mineral springs, silica formations and shooting geysers will be shown to you. You will have the opportunity to visit the Kiwi Conservation Centre where you may see the nocturnal Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. On returning to the model village it's various features will be explained to you before taking a look through NZMACI, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, which gives an insight into Maori carving, weaving, customs and history. You will then be transferred Rotorua Airport for your onward flight to Wellington. This evening, enjoy a black tie event hosted by Cricket Wellington, a formal event with a host of Cricketing legends (TBC).

Day 12 – 16 l 24 – 28 Feb

Spend the next five days watching the second Test match at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. Return transfers to the stadium are provided, as well as a daily breakfast at your hotel: Sofitel Wellington. Enjoy an informal cocktail party on the second evening of the Test match, where our Celebrity Hosts, Mike Gatting and John Lever, along with other guests, will provide an entertaining and lively debate about the test so far. On the final night of the Test, we shall enjoy our Farewell Dinner at the exclusive Bellamys by Logan Brown, a truly unique setting on the third floor of one of the New Zealand Parliament buildings, known locally as the Beehive. The premium New Zealand cuisine is brought to you by Head Chef Joshua Ross, formerly of Logan Brown.

Day 17 | 01 March

After the final Test match, board your flight from Wellington to Christchurch where a private car will be waiting to take you on a guided tour of the city before escorting you to your luxury boutique hotel and base for the next two nights: The George Hotel.

Day 18 | 02 March

Often referred to as the ‘Garden City’, Christchurch is renowned for its lush parks and tree-lined streets. Enjoy a full day exploring its landmarks or embark on a supplementary tour; set sail on a dolphin cruise to Akaroa or traverse Arthur’s Pass on the TranzAlpine train.

Day 19 | 03 March

Drive across the stunning Canterbury Plains to Mount Cook village, best known for its glacial valleys and snow-peaked mountains. Admire the scenery from your luxury alpine hotel and discover an exciting range of supplementary activities, from stargazing to ski-plane tours.

Day 20 l 04 March

Follow the Tasman River to Lake Dunstan, where you’ll stop off for a handcrafted lunch showcasing the region’s exceptional wines and fresh produce. Continue onto Queenstown – a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, dotted with bars and quaint boutiques.

Day 21 | 05 March

During your stay at The Rees Apartment Hotel, enjoy panoramic views of the lake from this sophisticated property and take advantage of the many supplementary activities on offer, from whiskey tours and helicopter rides to nature cruises and so much more!

Day 22 | 06 March

Today, explore Queenstown at your leisure. Head to Kawarau Bridge for an unforgettable bungee-jumping experience or whizz across the lake on a high-speed jet ski. For a slower pace activity, head to nearby Gibbston Valley to sample some of its world-class Pinot Noir.

Day 23 | 07 March

You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport to board your departure flight back to the UK.
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Optional Activities

Experts in tailoring live sport experiences to discerning fans, Spectate is here to curate your itinerary exactly to your specifications. With a wide range of supplementary activities on offer, let the team create your perfect tour to the 2023 two-Test series in New Zealand.

During your stay in Taupo (21-23 Feb), guests have the option of adding a wide range of activities onto their itinerary: 18 Holes at Kinloch Golf Club, Half Day Private Guided Walk, Full Day Private Guided Tama Lakes Hike with Lunch, Full Day Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing with Lunch, Half Day Lake Fishing & Cruise, and Half or Full Day Guided Fly Fishing.

Make the most of your two-night stay in Christchurch (01-03 March) by adding any of the following activities onto your itinerary: Full Day Wine and City Tour with Lunch, Full Day Arthur’s Pass Train, Full Day Akaroa & Swim with Dolphins, and Full Day Akaroa & Harbour Cruise.

While in Mount Cook (03-04 March), take advantage of a wide range of optional extras, including a Glacier Highlights Flight (ski-plane or helicopter), Grand Circle Flight (ski-plane or helicopter), Half Day Hooker Valley Guided Walk, Indoor Guided Star Show – ‘Galactic Journeys’, or Evening Big Sky Stargazing.

And finally, in Queenstown (04-07 March), enjoy the region’s amazing landscape by embarking on any of the following adventures: Milford Sound Fly Tour/Nature Cruise, Milford Heli Cruise Tour, Private Helicopter & Wine Experience, Full Day Private Whiskey & Wine Tour, and a Half Day Queenstown Heli Gin Tour.

Speak to a member of the Spectate team to add any of these thrilling activities onto your booking. 

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