Itinerary Highlights

  • Tickets to entire 2023 two-Test series
  • Return transfers to the stadiums
  • Comprehensive tour of the South Island, including Blenheim
  • Complimentary wine tour in Marlborough
  • Stay in seven luxury accommodations

Price Includes

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

Overview

Experience every innings of the 2023 New Zealand cricket tour with tickets to both Test matches, hosted by Mike Gatting OBE and John Lever MBE. Then you'll set off on a journey around New Zealand’s wonderous 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.

Next, begin your post-cricket South Island adventure in sunny Blenheim, where you’ll go wine-tasting in the Marlborough region, before setting sail on a nature cruise, spotting orcas and humpback whales off the coast of Kaikoura.

All destinations on this South Island tour of Christchurch, Blenheim, and Queenstown feature an incredible range of supplementary activities, from boarding the TranzApline express to flying over the mountain peaks in a helicopter.

Continue your journey on to Christchurch, otherwise known as the ‘Garden City’, renowned for its botanic gardens and charming tree-lined streets. Stay in a luxurious boutique hotel, The George Hotel, and enjoy expansive views over Hagley Park and the Avon River.

Round off your whirlwind trip with a three-night stay in Queenstown; situated on the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu, this picturesque town is teeming with restaurants, charming boutiques, and vibrant bars. Thrill-seekers will love this final stop for its famous bungee-jumping sights: Kawarau Bridge and Nevis Bungy.

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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 Marlborough

Located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, this grand country estate is set amongst 16 acres of park-like grounds and Marlborough’s famous Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. Stay in one of its stylish suites, with some ground floor accommodations featuring private balconies. The small luxury hotel experience at The Marlborough is enhanced by gourmet dining created by an onsite team of chefs using the finest local ingredients.

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.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in beautiful Queenstown, Eichardt’s Private Hotel presents a variety of plush accommodations, including seven luxurious Hotel Suites, an uber-deluxe Penthouse, and four Lakefront Apartment Suites, which are located approximately 80 metres from the main hotel. Boasting breathtaking mountain views and a prime central location, exploring one of New Zealand’s best loved towns is a breeze!

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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.

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 an exhilarating final Test match, catch the Interisland Ferry from Wellington to Picton, where you’ll be transferred to your country estate hotel in sunny Blenheim. Be sure to take in the sprawling orchards and fertile vineyards of the Wairau Plains as you go.

Day 18 | 02 March

Today is all about wine! Sample Marlborough’s best bottles on a guided food and wine tour lead by a local expert. Enjoy tasting sessions at three renowned vineyards, as well as a private three-course lunch at Cloudy Bay Vineyards overlooking the majestic Lake Dunstan.

Day 19 | 03 March

Depart Blenheim and travel south to Kaikouri where you’ll set sail on a thrilling whale watching cruise. Later, continue down the coastline to Christchurch, crossing the mighty Waimakariri River and whizzing through the farmlands of North Canterbury.

Day 20 l 04 March

Often referred to as the ‘Garden City’, Christchurch is celebrated for its lush parks and pleasant tree-lined streets. Enjoy a full day exploring its landmarks at your leisure or embark on a supplementary tour, traversing Arthur’s Pass on the TranzAlpine train.

Day 21 | 05 March

Board a flight to Queenstown – a picturesque town situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, dotted with bars, restaurants, and quaint boutiques. Tonight, dine at one of Queenstown’s top restaurants, The Botswana Butchery, with spectacular lake views.

Day 22 | 06 March

From your base at the luxurious Eichardt’s Private Hotel, take advantage of the many supplementary activities on offer in Queenstown, from helicopter rides over the Southern Alps to nature cruises along the edge of the fiord, and so much more!

Day 23 | 07 March

Today, explore Queenstown at your leisure. Head to Kawarau Bridge for an unforgettable bungee-jumping experience, take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, or visit the historic gold-rush village of Arrowtown. This evening, enjoy a delicious farewell dinner to your hotel.

Day 24 | 08 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 creating bespoke live sport experience for fans, our team is on standby to organise your perfect cricket adventure. With a wide range of supplementary activities on offer, experience the 2023 New Zealand series in style.

During your stay in Tapo (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.

While in Christchurch (03-05 March), embark on a wide range of optional activities, including a Full Day Arthur’s Pass Train Tour, a Full Day Akaroa & Swim with Dolphins Cruise, and a Full Day Akaroa & Harbour Cruise.

Make the most out of your three-night stay in Queenstown (05-08 March) by adding any of the following activities onto your itinerary: a Milford Sound Fly Tour & Nature Cruise, a Milford Heli Cruise Tour, and a Full Day Milford Sound Road Journey & Cruise.

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

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