If I could spend a day going all over New Zealand, here is where I’d go and what I’d do providing I had instant transport from one place to another and an unlimited budget.

 

Morning

Wake up at:

» The Rose Room at the zany Giant’s House in Akaroa, or

» The Sea Room at Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, or

»  In an eco suite at Punakaiki Resort near the spectacular Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes on the South Island’s West Coast, or

» The Dolphin Suite at The Hay Paddock in Waiheke Island

 

Spend the morning:

» on the vintage steamship TSS Ernshaw cruising around Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown or

» wandering around Te Papa museum, Wellington or

» walking the glaciers at Franz Joseph on the South Island’s West Coast or

» Going airborne in a hot-air ballooning over Wairarapa

 

Lunch:

» at the Brew Moon Café & Brewery just north of Christchurch or

» at the waterfront café & bar at the Voyager maritime museum in Auckland or

» wine, dine, and play petanque or archery at Wild on Waiheke in Waiheke Island

 

 

Afternoon

 

Spend the afternoon:

» sampling whiskey and learning about prohibition at the Moonshine Museum in Gore or

» putting on a hard hat and going underground at the glowworm caves in Waitomo or

» restocking the wine rack while biking around the vines in Hawkes Bay or

» climbing the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland

 

Mid-afternoon snack:

» high tea at the Langham in Auckland

» coffee at the newly created container city in Christchurch

 

Evening

Sunset at:

» a beach anywhere in New Zealand

 

Dinner:

»  on the terrace at The Bathhouse in Queenstown or

»  with a moving view at the Orbit Revolving Resaurant at Sky tower, Auckland

»  fine dining at Logan Brown in Wellington

 

Wrap it up with:

» star gazing at Mount John Observatory, Tekapo