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The logical starting point or conclusion to a holiday in New Zealand, Auckland has the cosmopolitan vibe that you would expect from any country's largest city but this is a city with a difference - it's all about the water. Set between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours and a previous host to sailing's blue riband event The America's Cup, the sobriquet of 'City of Sails' is apt.

Aucklanders are passionate about getting out on the water and there are many ways to join them; ranging from a short ferry ride over to the quaint artists' haunt of devonport to a day's cruise on a fully crewed, luxurious motor launch. You can enjoy calm seas and white sand beaches on the islands of the Hauraki Gulf including idyllic Waiheke Island which is becoming increasingly famed for its excellent wines and cuisine as well as its stunning natural beauty. In addition for something a little more unusual, drive an hour west to discover thundering surf and black sand.

The bigger of the two islands, the North Island is also home to the country’s largest city; Auckland. Known as the ‘City of the Sails’ due to its location between the waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, you’ll find that Aucklanders are passionate about getting out on the water and there are many ways to join them; from a short ferry ride over to the quaint artists’ haunt of Devonport to a day’s cruise on a fully crewed, luxurious motor launch.

You can enjoy calm seas and white sandy beaches on the islands of the Hauraki Gulf including idyllic Waiheke island, famed for its stunning natural beauty. The Bay of Islands boasts gorgeous coastal scenery too but is also home to some of the country’s most important history. Rotorua lays claim to being at both the thermal and Maori heart of the country, a fascinating combination of geysers, boiling mud pools and cultural experiences, while nearby Lake Taupo is ideal for those wishing to indulge in a spot of trout fishing. The Hawke’s Bay region’s boutique vineyards and abundant local produce combine to create a gastronome’s delight. At the foot of the North Island lies Wellington, where you’ll find an array of fascinating galleries and museums, with superb dining to boot.

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Wharekauhau Country Estate, Palliser Bay
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New Zealand North Island Wairarapa
    Wharekauhau Country Estate strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and contemporary luxury, celebrating its 19th-century heritage while provi...
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Treetops Lodge & Estate
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New Zealand North Island Rotorua
    A sanctuary and haven with scenic views set in 2,500 acres of secluded, 800-year old virgin forest and game reserve, Treetops offers a ‘sophisticated ...
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Greenhill Lodge
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New Zealand North Island Hawke’s Bay
    Set within acres of vineyards, farmland and countryside, the view is what makes this luxury lodge so very special. As you can well imagine, it proves...
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Solitaire Lodge
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New Zealand North Island Rotorua
    An intimate property set on the edge of Lake Tarawera in a quiet secluded location, Solitaire Lodge is ideally situated for exploring nearby Rotorua a...
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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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New Zealand North Island Auckland
    With an ideal location in between the stylish Wynyard Quarter and Auckland’s famous Viaduct Harbour, this hotel offers chic accommodation, incredibly ...
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Hilton Auckland
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New Zealand North Island Auckland
    The Hilton Auckland is a stylish hotel ideally located right on the harbour. This waterfront location and the city’s sailing heritage – Auckland is k...
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SkyCity Grand Hotel
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New Zealand North Island Auckland
    The SkyCity Grand Hotel is part of Auckland’s SkyCity complex, which means guests have an array of top-class dining and entertainment options on their...
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Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel
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New Zealand North Island Rotorua
    This boutique hotel offers a range of high-quality facilities in the heart of Rotorua, conveniently located for exploring the city’s attractions. Alo...
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Hilton Lake Taupo
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New Zealand North Island Taupo
    Hilton Lake Taupo provides great views over the lake and Tongariro National Park, as well as a range of onsite amenities including an outdoor heated p...
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QT Wellington
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New Zealand North Island Wellington
    One of the most stylish hotels in New Zealand, the QT Wellington features chic accommodation, a magnificent art collection and an award-winning restau...
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