New Zealand Highlights and Hot Spots

Contact Us January 15 - January 27, 2018, Women's Tour
March 26th - April 7th, 2018, Men's Tour 13 days


Welcome to your New Zealand luxury vacation! This 13 day trip includes the higlights and iconic locations of New Zealand and introduces you to our trusted local partners. You’ll enjoy gorgeous Waiheke Island with a local Maori guide who offers an in-depth perspective into Maori culture, cruise a pristine lake on a private luxury catamaran, taste gourmet cuisine in a private garden, learn about our farming heritage on a private farm, and taste the fruits of labour in a private vineyard tour, to name just a few. Spending time with the locals offers a unique and authentic taste of life in New Zealand. You'll also experience the other worldly geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and be in awe of the wild and stunning natural beauty of the South Island’s mountains, lakes, and wilderness. This trip is designed to be the perfect blend of relaxation, gourmet food and wine, and soft and thrilling adventure, all in the company of other like-minded, fun loving travellers. No minimum level of fitness is required for this trip.

Day 1: Auckland – Waiheke Island

Welcome to New Zealand!

  • Relax on Waiheke Island, with its gorgeous vineyards, ocean vistas, boutique shops and cafes, and white sand beaches.
  • Gather with your travel mates for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Waiheke Island

  • Experience an exclusive visit to a community marae, an ancestral Maori meeting house with your local Maori guide.
  • Walk through native bush learning about traditional and medicinal Maori uses for native plants.
  • Play with Maori musical instruments and weave a souvenir from harakeke (native flax).
  • Choose to stay overnight in the marae for a truly immersive cultural experience.

Day 3: Waiheke Island - Rotorua

  • Journey through the rolling hills of the North Island’s farming heartland.
  • Look for hobbits in the lush green hills of the Shire on the Hobbiton Movie Set, maintained exactly as it was for the filming of The Hobbit.
  • View the clearest waters with a short walk to a natural spring set in lush native bush.
    • Total Drive time: : 3 hr 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua, 4+ Star

Day 4: Rotorua

  • Explore the shops or choose to zipline through the forest canopy, or take a flight over an active volcano.
  • Sail on a crystal clear lake on an exclusively chartered luxury catamaran, enjoying paddle boarding, bush walks, and a soak in the lake’s hidden treasure, a mineral rich natural outdoor thermal hot spa.
  • Breathe deeply as you watch the sun go down in this pristine environment.
    • Total Drive time: 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua, 4+ Star

Day 5: Rotorua – Christchurch

  • Explore a geothermal wonderland with its bubbling geysers, steaming fumaroles, and plopping mudpools.
  • Fly to Christchurch, and join your local guide for an insider’s view of this resilient city, rebuilding itself after the devastating earthquakes of 2011.
    • Total Drive time: 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Accommodation: The Classic Villa, 5 Star

Day 6: Christchurch

  • Appreciate the creations of talented New Zealand artists in a lovely art gallery on your journey toward Akaroa Penninsula.
  • Travel along the summit of an ancient volcano with spectacular ocean views.
  • Delight in a visit to the home and garden of local chefs, meeting their small farm animals and savouring their delicious lunch prepared from local, seasonal produce.
  • Be awed by the years of dedication evident at the Giant’s House in Akaroa, a stunning collection of giant whimsical, flamboyant and eccentric mosaic sculptures.
    • Total Drive time: 3 hr
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: The Classic Villa, 5 Star

Day 7: Christchurch – Mt. Cook

  • Journey towards the spectacular Southern Alps and Mt. Cook enjoying turquoise lake views along the way.
  • Marvel at the stars this evening, appreciating your lodging in the middle of an international dark sky reserve.
    • Total Drive time: 4 hrs 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Aoraki Court, 4 Star

Day 8: Mt. Cook - Wanaka

  • Join your local guide for an easy 3 hour hike along the Hooker Valley trail, surrounded by mountain and glacier views, experiencing New Zealand’s epic swing bridges.
  • Relax in your lake-side lodging, wondering how the scenery just keeps getting better!
    • Total Drive time: 2 hr 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: Edgewater, 4+ Star

Day 9: Wanaka

  • Pinch yourself as you fly over glaciers into the iconic Milford Sound.
  • Feel the spray of a thundering waterfall as you cruise up close to the walls of the sound.
  • Add a wine tour or paragliding for your afternoon, or wander Wanaka’s boutique shops and enjoy the town’s funky vibe.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Edgewater, 4+ Star

Day 10: Wanaka

  • Learn from a local about our farming heritage in an exclusive visit to a private high country station (large farm/ranch) watching how sheep are shorn.
  • Revel in the thrill of a jet boat ride on the glacier fed waters of a braided river into a wilderness environment. Appreciate the remoteness while walking through ancient forests.
  • Add a heli-glacier flight and landing for a once in a lifetime experience.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr (driving on 4WD tour)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: Edgewater, 4+ Star

Day 11: Wanaka – Arrowtown – Queenstown

  • Cross the highest main road in New Zealand on your way to Queenstown.
  • Wander through the quaint historic gold mining town of Arrowtown, filled with cafes, restaurants, galleries, and boutique shops.
  • Visit a private vineyard with a local winemaker, tasting the wines and enjoying a vineyard dinner.
    • Total Drive time: 1 hr 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Accommodation: The Rees Hotel, 5 Star

Day 12: Queenstown

  • Relax in gorgeous Queenstown, or choose to add an experience from the multiple activities on offer in this adrenaline junkie town.
  • Breathe in the splendid views from the gondola above Queenstown.
  • Enjoy our final dinner with new friends on the lakeshore and share stories and favourite memories of the trip.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Accommodation: The Rees Hotel, 5 Star

Day 13: Queenstown - Farewell

  • Bid farewell to new friends.
  • Start planning your next trip to the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr
    • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included:

  • Private New Zealand Tour Guide, who will be with you throughout your entire tour
  • Private Luxury Coach Transportation
  • 12 Nights Lodging in 4 and 5 Star Accommodation
  • Admission to geothermal area, Giant's House, and Queenstown gondola
  • Domestic Flight - Rotorua to Christchurch
  • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Free time to explore on your own or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings
  • And of course the opportunity to share this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with like-minded travellers

Also included: Meet our trusted local partners who will guide you for the following experiences:

  • Exclusive Maori Culture Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Eco-Sailing Cruise
  • Exclusive Walking Tour of Christchurch
  • Exclusive Gourmet Lunch with Local Chefs
  • Mt. Cook Hooker Valley Walk
  • Milford Sound Flight and Cruise
  • Exclusive High-Country Sheep Station Visit
  • Wilderness Valley Jet-Boat Experience
  • Exclusive Winery Tour and Dinner

Enhance your trip by choosing to add:

  • Ziplining (Rotorua)
  • Volcano Scenic flight (Rotorua)
  • Wine Tour (Wanaka)
  • Paragliding (Wanaka)
  • Heli-glacier flight and landing (Wanaka)
  • Bungy-jumping (Queenstown)
  • Other experiences on request (Queenstown)

There’s still so much more to see and do! Talk to us about extending your stay if you’ve got more time and we’ll plan some extra days for you.

Price:NZ$8,995 based on double occupancy/twin share
Single Supplement: NZ$2,230

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