Develop your fitness and well being while practising yoga amidst some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery. Promotes your health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, through activities that you do during your trip.
Practise yoga and meditation in stunning New Zealand locations. The focus of this tour will not only be on exploring what New Zealand has to offer but also the fitness and well-being of each guest. Whether it be at the top of a mountain, a sunset beach or in native bush humming with birdsong, there will be a connection of souls to Mother Nature at the deepest level. Every yoga class will be different. The tone of the yoga class will be determined by the time of day and the energy of the person or group as a whole. Emphasis will be on Hatha and Kriya Yoga to re-energize, calm the mind, stretch the muscles, improve strength, focus and balance. Yoga Sessions will be run privately for each travelling group, where you will be actively involved in your own well-being, while the instructor guides and supports your practice to appreciate your own body and breath. The times and frequency of the yoga classes can be adjusted and scheduled to each individual client's preference.
Namaste, I’m Zuzana.
I am a passionate yogi, that endeavours to love life and embrace each day as a new adventure and who thrives to practice yoga on and off the mat, every single moment of life. I was born and bred in Slovakia before I started getting itchy feet and a taste for adventure. And after a few years of nomadic life, I have finally settled here in New Zealand and am very grateful to be living in the beautiful town of Wanaka.
Private guided tour 13 nights
Location: South Island
Departing/Finishing: Nelson to Queenstown (Itinerary can be reversed)
Accommodation: 5* quality Premium Lodges
Next Departure: Departs Daily
LOCATION AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: New Zealand arrival in Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown
Stay the first night in one of our arrival cities.
Day 2: Nelson - Golden Bay - Westhaven Inlet
(Onsite Relaxation Activities, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation)
Day 3: Westhaven Inlet
Hatha Yoga and Wellness, Hikes/walks Kahurangi National Park
Day 4: Westhaven Inlet
Hatha Yoga and Wellness, Multiple onside activities.
Day 5: Westhaven Inlet - Marlborough - Kaikoura
Helicopter tour Abel Tasman Park, Wine tasting, Yin Yoga Class & Meditation
Day 6: Kaikoura
Hatha Yoga and Wellness, Seal Swim Kaikoura and, Maori Tours Kaikoura Or: Dolphin Encounter Or: Whale Watch Kaikoura ·
Day 7: Kaikoura - Christchurch - Akaroa Peninsula
City visit, Hiking and Biking on the lodge grounds, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation
Day 8: Kaikoura
Hatha Yoga and Wellness, Nature Boat cruise and Evening penguin tour Or: Sea kayaking
Day 9: Akaroa - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook
Yin Yoga Class & Meditation, Private Stargazing, wine tasting, and astrophotography
Day 10: Hatha Yoga and Breathing Techniques, Hiking Mt Cook National Park, Or: Tasman Glacier Heli Hike
Day 11: Mt Cook - Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka
Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation, sightseeing
Day 12: Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka
Hatha Yoga and wellness, Eco Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk Or: Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat Tours and Wilderness Walk
Day 13: Lake Hawea or Lake Wanaka
Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques, Helicopter or scenic flight to Fiordland
Day 14: Queenstown departure
If time allows exploring Queenstown before departure
Enjoy exclusive facilities chosen for their premium quality, warm hospitality, and located in the most quaint and stunning scenery that New Zealand can offer. There are five distinctive changes in scenery that showcase the diversity of landscapes, flora, and fauna and offer diverse activities. Tour with a personal driver-guide/wellness instructor throughout and can be done for single travellers as well as small groups.
Golden Bay/Nelson - Westhaven Retreat: The 404.6 hectare (1000 acre) private peninsula is a natural wilderness sanctuary that borders the protected Marine and Wildlife Reserve as well as the Kahurangi National Park. Hiking along one of New Zealand’s most dramatic coastlines, you will find secluded private beaches, incredible rock formations, and the largest Nikau Palm forest.
Or: Abel Tasman - Splitt Apple Retreat: The retreat, located near Nelson, is renown for its gourmet Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine where every ingredient has been selected for its positive contribution to health and wellness. Indulge in the spectacular setting, original art and antiques, and unparalleled service. With the Abel Tasman National Park at your doorstep, pristine nature presents a kaleidoscope of constantly changing colours and patterns.
Kaikoura - Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses: This contemporary country hotel is located on a deer breeding farm 12 kilometres North of the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura. The Lodge’s five Tree Houses are unique, nested 10 meters or more above the ground in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove.
Akaroa/Christchurch - Annandale Retreat: Enjoy luxury 5-star Estate quality. A working coastal farm and four luxury villas are nestled between the rolling hills of the Banks Peninsula and the sparkling water of the Pacific. These private locations feature award-winning architecture and a unique experience we refer to as "gumboot luxury". Enjoy the exclusive use of the property you choose, where privacy, stunning scenery, and the smell of fresh air are guaranteed.
Mt Cook/Lake Pukaki - Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat: Set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park located in the beautiful and unique Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area. From your room, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain.
Or: Mount Cook - Lindis Lodge: The Lindis is in the pristine Ahuriri Valley in the South Island, an architecturally dynamic luxury lodge, featuring 5 eclectically designed Lodge rooms. With over 6000 acres and surrounded on 3 sides by conservation parks, guests have the ability to experience a world class alpine wilderness experience with unmatched fly fishing and horse trekking activities amongst many others available. This paired alongside refined New Zealand service provides the ultimate platform to experience New Zealand at its most beautiful.
Lake Hawea - Silverpine Lodge: This spacious, elegant, hosted wilderness retreat is poised on a mountain bluff overlooking Lake Hawea and features back-country New Zealand hospitality with acclaimed cuisine and an excellent wine list. The lodge is made of earth, stone, and native New Zealand timber. Surrounded by uninterrupted views of stunning New Zealand scenery, Silverpine Lodge offers an elegant luxurious outdoor experience indoors.
Or: Lake Wanaka - Mahu Whenua Lodge: This luxurious high-country homestead is located in the South Island, just 20 minutes drive from Wanaka or 10 minutes by helicopter from Queenstown. As a Mahu Whenua guest, you will enjoy total privacy, unforgettable experiences and exquisite food and wine in a setting which spans over 55,000 hectares (550sq km or 200sq miles) of majestic beauty – towering mountains, lush green valleys, native bush, forests and meandering rivers.
Take an international flight to Auckland, Christchurch or Queenstown and relax the first night in the city.
The Nelson district is known for its irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape at the top northwest corner of the South Island. Apples, cherries and classic wine varietal grapes are well suited to the mild climate around the Nelson areas.
From there we take you over the Takaka Hill and drive to the “Golden Bay” New Zealand's best-kept secret because there is only one road in. On the drive over the Takaka Hill, you catch your first sight of Golden Bay and it takes your breath away. The idyllic charm and lifestyle of Golden Bay attract an interesting variety of artists and crafts-folk. In this hidden corner of New Zealand are the world-class Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks and the famous Farewell Spit and Waikoropupu (Pupu) springs. This unique and remote Lodge is nestled on a large private peninsula at the top of the South Island, located directly at the mouth of Whanganui Inlet, near the Golden Bay.
Use our facilities to invigorate and rejuvenate yourself. Take time to just relax. There’s nothing better at the end of a day after exploring the wilderness at our doorstep, than to give your body a treat.
Spa and Sauna - Relax in the Lodge hydrotherapy spa or detoxify your system with our Infrared Sauna. Feel your tensions and aches dissolve away.
Massage and Reflexology - Take advantage of our qualified holistic massages, reflexology and other wellness therapies. All therapies are customised to the individual, treating the entire body and soul. This develops a balance to equilibrium for better health and well-being.
Indoor Pool - In the Lodge’s central Resort area, is the equally relaxing 24 metre (78.74 foot) long, heated swimming pool, set among a profusion of exotic indoor plants.
Hiking - Explore the peninsula on your own, with easy hiking tracks ranging from 10 min to a few hours or join us for a Guided Native Walk.
Go alone for solitude and discover the natural wonders. In the morning walk the stunning Nikau trek. The Nikau forest track takes you through the 2nd largest Nikau forest in New Zealand and underneath a towering Camel Rock before arriving at a delightful hard sandy beach which faces out onto the Tasman Sea, called Turtle Bay. You'll find fascinating rock pools and even Paua at low tide amongst the rocks which are easy to scramble over. Around one hour each way from the lodge.
In the afternoon take a walk up to the Hill Top Walk. It is an easy 15-minute stroll from the turnoff along the Westhaven main farm access track and gets you right up into the craggy battlements of one of the highest limestone ridges on the property. The magnificent 360-degree views of the surrounding ocean, inlet and mountains make this one lookout not to miss! Allow two hours return if walking to and from the lodge.
Westhaven Retreat is home to New Zealand's most beautiful scenery and hikes. With breath-taking surroundings of wild coastal land formations and tidal bores, dramatic cliffs, huge sea caves, offshore rocks, secluded beaches and abundant wildlife, there is so much to discover. A range of activities are on offer:
Kayaking - Enjoy a peaceful paddle through the Marine reserves and one of New Zealand's most spectacular coastal forests.
Fishing - Fantastic Fishing, close to the Lodge, for the enthusiastic fisherman and learners.
Quad biking - Take the opportunity to see New Zealand Wilderness at it's best. Safe and Enjoyable!
Mountain biking - Hire a mountain bike or take a bike tour through local sights and nearby cafes.
Farm Tour - Come and meet all the farm animals as well as some incredible hidden treasures of Westhaven's history.
In the morning take a helicopter trip and fly north along the coast, you get a bird’s-eye view of the world-famous Abel Tasman National Park with its beautiful golden beaches, lush native bush, and clear blue waters. Our first stop is at Awaroa Lodge for coffee and a beach walk. Leaving Awaroa, we head over Golden Bay and Farewell Spit, taking in the sights of the rugged West Coast with a beach landing.
The Marlborough Sounds encompass 1,500 km of coastline, bays, beaches and native forest. It is a place of incredible natural beauty, a place that needs to be seen to be believed. TThe Marlborough region is about world-famous Sauvignon Blanc, delicious fresh seafood and diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways.
Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Maori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish). Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific Ocean. Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters.
Join us for a totally unique experience seal swimming with New Zealand Fur Seals in their own spectacular marine environment on the beautiful East Coast of the South Island! Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that open your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breathtaking nature activity and recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Marine Encounters' by Lonely Planet.
An enriching and engaging insight into Maori people and way of life…..Small on numbers – big on revelations and fun. You’ll visit several Kaikoura sites for a combination of laughter and be learning through storytelling and activities as well as a forest walk to discover traditional uses of plants. Travel to some of our important places and whilst there hear tales of bygone days and see legends hidden in the landscape today.
Or: Few places on Earth possess the magic of Kaikōura. Many who visit leave transformed. It is a special part of New Zealand, imbued with powerful natural energy. A place where tectonic plates collide, towering peaks fall to the sea and ocean currents converge. Such rare combinations lure an abundance of marine wildlife, the most famous being the Giant Sperm Whale. Kaikōura is one of the few places in the world where Sperm Whales can be seen year-round and close to shore.
Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.
The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and a passion for fine food. An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting volcanic feature. Originally an island formed by two volcanic cones, the peninsula has two dominant craters which form Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours. Located on the south-east side of the deep, sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the charming township of Akaroa has a special point of difference - it was the only French settlement in New Zealand.
There are several spectacular tracks on the Annandale property itself, varying in length and terrain, including the 14km Pigeon Bay Walkway. On arrival, guests will receive a map of the farm, detailing trails and interesting features. They would be happy to provide you with complimentary bikes to use on these trails and can even arrange a picnic along the way of your hiking or biking. Beyond the Annandale farm, the greater Banks Peninsula is renowned for its hiking trails, with expeditions ranging from 10 minutes to several hours. We would be delighted to help you decide which walks would suit you best.
Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award-winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other seabirds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. Your modern catamaran, the 60 foot /20 metre Black Cat, is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. There are many different bird species in the harbour, including five different cormorant (shag) species and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. You'll also see New Zealand Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near Seal Bay.
Pohatu is the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Francis and Shireen Helps have worked over the last three decades protecting White-flippered Penguins, Canterbury's own variant of Australasian Little Penguin, from introduced predators. Because of the sensitive wildlife habitat only guided groups are taken into the breeding colony to view the White-flippered Penguins. The best time for penguin viewing is the breeding season between the end of August to the end of December.
Or: Sea Kayaking in the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve just outside Akaroa is spectacular with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Pohatu Marine Reserve also has divers wildlife with many marine species such as Penguins, several seal colonies and is often visited by Hectors Dolphins and a great range of sea bird species.
Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.
On the shores of the lake, you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district and is still used as a place of worship. The church is a popular photo spot for visitors - please note that when you visit the church, weddings and services may be taking place, respect is needed from visitors.
Mt Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest. Although it encompasses 23 peaks over 3000 metres high, this park is very accessible. State Highway 80 leads to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village which is situated beside scenic Lake Pukaki and provides a comfortable base for alpine activities.
Join us for a Dark Sky Experience at Pukaki Cellar Observatory. This is stargazing in style under the world-class Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve! The observatory is well equipped with a 6" refractor telescope, you can take a closer look at far away objects such as Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, clusters, nebula and constellations. The onsite Observatory is integrated into an underground wine cellar where you can combine telescope viewing and astrophotography with a selection of some of New Zealand's best wines and gourmet nibbles.
For guests of the Retreat only, this is an exclusive and relaxed way to explore the Dark Sky with your hosts.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense - with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snowfields, all set under a star-studded sky. Mountaineers regard the area to be the best climbing region in Australasia, while less skilled adventurers find plenty of satisfaction with the mountain walks that lead to alpine tarns, herb fields and spectacular glacier views. Encounters with cheeky kea (mountain parrots) are part of the fun. Surreal, milky lakes are a feature of the park - suspended, glacier-ground rock sediment makes the water opaque.
Mt Cook Heli Hike takes you on an exploration of the Tasman Glacier, the largest of several glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps. At 27km in length, Tasman Glacier is New Zealand's longest glacier. Your professional guide will lead you into the most spectacular terrain that is usually seen only by experienced mountaineers. Your helicopter will fly you from Mount Cook Airport to around 1,200 metres above sea level where you will spend up to 2 hours in the mountains. Your guide will take you on a journey to explore the white ice with an interpretative trek. The snow-covered mountains tower above vast ice-falls that bulldoze and grind down the mountainsides.
The dramatic Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. The actual pass crosses a saddle between the valleys of the Lindis and Ahuriri Rivers at an altitude of 971 metres above sea level. For many months of the year, you can expect to see snow in this mountainous area - often down to the roadside. Adjacent to the highway is the Lindis Conservation Area. Here snow tussock grassland dominates the landscape.
An easy, scenic 15-minute drive from Wanaka and on the road to Makarora and the West Coast, is Lake Hawea. A place of vivid beauty, mountainous extremes and legendary fishing spots. Lake Hawea is an outdoor adventurers’ paradise and a great place to boat, swim, kite surf, kayak, ride, walk or just laze about on the beach.
Excavated by massive glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, Lakes Wanaka and Hawea lie side by side. At a sliver of land known as The Neck, which is just 1000 metres wide, the glaciers were once joined. Lake Wanaka is the source of New Zealand's largest river, the Clutha. Lake Hawea feeds into the Hawea River, which joins the Clutha at Albert Town. Ringed by pebbly beaches and with magnificent views to the surrounding peaks, both lakes offer a variety of adventures, especially during the long, hot months of summer.
Boat cruise to the remote and magical Mou Waho Island nature reserve, which is predator-free and home to the rare flightless Buff Weka (extinct on the mainland since 1920). A one hour return guided bush walk is included, which takes you up to reveal the island’s secret – a lake right on top of the island! Unique and very photogenic (Optional). Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the birdlife at the beach and shelter at the island base with your own morning or afternoon tea. We have “High Tea” on top of the island overlooking both of these lakes, where you can drink in the vibrant birdsong and the panorama of the Southern Alps spread out before us. Plant a native tree as part of your eco-experience. This is a unique opportunity to give back to this special island and New Zealand’s environment.
Or: Come with us on the most exciting half day Jet Boating adventure in New Zealand beneath the spectacular scenery of Glaciers & Lord of the Rings film locations, into Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. Flowing from Glaciers, the pristine waters of the Matukituki River are perfect to experience river jet boating on the longest and most adventurous jet boat tour in New Zealand. Travel at speed over shallow braids, drift into turns and yes… experience thrilling spins, stopping in deep pools to breathe in the magic of the landscape & hear stories of our land from your local guides. Deep in the mountains & off the beaten track, enjoy a 50-minute remote walk through moss covered forest, waterfalls and glacier-fed streams.
Take a helicopter flight or scenic flight to in the awe-inspiring Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. Your route passes through the contrasting landscapes of the ice-clad Southern Alps and the rainforests and fiords of this world heritage area. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound is always spectacular
One of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand; the power of Fiordland's scenery never fails to enthral travellers. This remarkable natural environment features stunning fiords, spectacular waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. Ancient rainforest clings impossibly to the mountains; waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters into massive fiords; shimmering lakes and granite peaks look the same today as they did a thousand years ago.
Or: At 421 metres, Doubtful Sound is the deepest of New Zealand’s fiords. It’s a haven for nature, with resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
There are two ways to drive between Queenstown and Wanaka, and this one is the most memorable. It's the highest main road in New Zealand. On the Wanaka side of the range, the road crosses a plateau of farmland and descends steadily along Cardrona Valley. On the left is the Crown Range; on the right the Criffle Range. This land around here is old gold mining country - piles of tailings can still be seen. The historic Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand's oldest - there are many interesting local artefacts on display in the bar and restaurant. The Crown Range Road climbs steeply to the summit, where you'll be able to see Frankton, part of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. For another impressive view, leave your car and walk up the track to the lookout.