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14 Day - Adventure & Indulgence Tour

14 Day - Adventure & Indulgence Tour

New Zealand offers adventure experiences that are as varied as the landscape whether that’s on land, in the sky above, underground, or in the sea.

On this epic adventure tour, you will embrace the awesome challenges that New Zealand has to offer and experience the trip of a lifetime. After a day full of action you can relax in one of our most prestige lodges and boutique stays and enjoy gourmet dinners with some local wine.

Plan Your Tour

Highlights

Private, exclusive tour - 13 nights 5* luxury lodges (Domestic flights, Private chauffeured transfers or private driver-guide)

Day 1: Auckland City – Domestic flight to Bay of Islands (Airport concierge service and private transfer, afternoon to your own leisure)
Day 2: Bay of Islands (Fishing adventure)
Day 3: Bay of Islands (Quad-biking or horse-trekking along beaches)
Day 4: Bay of Islands – Domestic flight to Rotorua (Private airport transfers, afternoon to your own leisure)
Day 5: Rotorua (Mountain bike and Eco Zip lining adventure)
Day 6: Rotorua – Day trip to Waitomo Caves (Blackwater rafting/Black Abbys)
Day 7: Rotorua – Domestic flight to Nelson/SOUTH ISLAND (Private transfer, afternoon to your own leisure)
Day 8: Nelson/Abel Tasman (Full day water taxi and kayaking experience)
Day 9: Nelson/Abel Tasman (Canyoning adventure at Torrent River)
Day 10: Nelson – Domestic flight to Queenstown (Private transfer/ & area tour Shotover jet boating and Kawarau Bungy Jumping)
Day 11: Queenstown – Half day trip to Fiordland National Park (Scenic flight/cruise/flight to Milford Sound, afternoon for relaxing)
Day 12/13: Queenstown (Day to your own leisure, chose from a variety of adventure activities)
Day 14: Queenstown departure (Private airport transfer)

Prices: We recommend the following guidelines for customized tour packages, excluding international flights:
◦5* and 5*Plus from NZ$ $750 - $1650+ per person per day. The customized package will include accommodation, airport transfers and other transportation within New Zealand, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip. Please enquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.

Day 1: Auckland arrival - Domestic flight to Bay of Islands (Private transfer, afternoon to your own leisure)

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A 35-minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. Relax in one of our luxury boutique lodges set within beautiful grounds and offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. A mild climate, good fishing, beautiful beaches & the laid-back nature of picturesque small townships make the Bay of Islands a popular holiday destination.

Accommodation: Bay of Island – Huntaway lodge, Flagstaff Lodge (Luxury) or Kauri Cliffs, Eagles Nest (Deluxe)

Day 2: Bay of Islands (Fishing adventure)

With more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand promises saltwater fishing challenges of every kind. Just north of Russell - you’ll enter a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more. According to local legend, the North Island is the result of a spectacularly successful game fishing expedition. In Maori, it is known as Te Ika a Maui - the fish of Maui. The Bay of Islands offers many fishing options from land-based saltwater fly to charter boat sports fishing. The local charter boats have been fishing the Bay of Islands and the North East coast of New Zealand for many years. All vessels are provided with professional skippers. The local vessels target Marlin, Tuna, Yellowtail Kingfish, Hapuku and Snapper. All boats are comfortable, with plenty of shelter from the elements and offer toilet facilities. Most offer cooking facilities, a fridge, and tea and coffee is complimentary.

Accommodation: Bay of Island – Huntaway lodge, Flagstaff Lodge (Luxury) or Kauri Cliffs, Eagles Nest (Deluxe)

Day 3: Bay of Islands (Quad-biking or horse-trekking along our beaches)

For the more experienced, horse trekking offers the opportunity to explore the Bay of Islands and surrounding areas. You may embark on a ride to the volcano, where you’ll enjoy breath-taking 360 views of the Pacific Ocean, the islands and the pine forest. Custom tailored rides are also available including swimming with your horse and treks up to ridge line of the local volcano to take in the spectacular views. Or: You can enjoy an adventurous day over on the West Coast of New Zealand, quad biking on the endless coastline of Ninety Mile Beach. We recommend you stop at the top of the panoramic mountains of sand to photograph the Pacific Ocean and the coast below. When heading back to the Lodge after your fun-filled day, a stop at the famous Mangonui Fish and Chip restaurant is a highlight.

Accommodation: Bay of Island – Huntaway lodge, Flagstaff Lodge (Luxury) or Kauri Cliffs, Eagles Nest (Deluxe)

Day 4: Bay of Island – Domestic flight to Rotorua (Private airport transfers, afternoon to your own leisure)

This morning you will be taken by a private driver back to Kerikeri airport, where you take a connecting domestic flight, over Auckland to Lake Rotorua. Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. Explore on a short hike one of the geothermal wonderlands that have been shaped and coloured by volcanic and geothermal forces for thousands of years. From crystal-clear streams and magical forests to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

Accommodation: Rotorua – Black Swan Hotel, Hamurana Lodge (Luxury) or Treetops Lodge, Solitaire Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 5: Rotorua (Mountain bike and Eco Zip lining adventure)

Rotorua has the world's best mountain bike trails. That's not our own boast. That's what Australian Mountain Bike (AMB) magazine said when they recently visited. Rotorua City has become a mecca for mountain bikers from all over the world. With over 130km of purpose-built mountain biking trails all a short 5-minute drive from the city centre, you would struggle to find anywhere better in the world. Allow 3-4 hours round trip with 2-3 hours riding depending on your skill and fitness levels. In the afternoon enjoy a canopy zip lining tour: This is the ONLY native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand and it is incredible - it’s high, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s peaceful and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life!! And it’s suitable for almost everyone!! Embark on a magical journey through untouched native New Zealand forest from an unexplored perspective.

Accommodation: Rotorua – Black Swan Hotel, Hamurana Lodge (Luxury) or Treetops Lodge, Solitaire Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 6: Rotorua – Day trip to Waitomo Caves (Blackwater rafting/Black Abbys)

Driving distance 4hr return  
As you depart Rotorua your tour will take you through the Waikato region, one of New Zealand's greenest places, and richest agricultural regions. You will pass land with lush grass for raising cattle, thoroughbred horses and vast stands of exotic timber. One of the major attractions of the Waikato/King Country region is the famous Waitomo Caves (translation: 'where the water disappears into a hole in the ground'). There we have organised “Black Abyss” the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five-hour expedition combines abseiling the 35-metre tomo, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glow worms into one unforgettable journey. At every stage, you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment. After y our cave experience you make the return drive to Rotorua.

Accommodation: Rotorua – Black Swan Hotel, Hamurana Lodge (Luxury) or Treetops Lodge, Solitaire Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 7: Rotorua – Domestic flight to Nelson/SOUTH ISLAND (Private transfer, afternoon to your own leisure)

Following breakfast, you will transfer in a private vehicle to Rotorua airport in time to catch your flight to Nelson via Wellington. When you arrive at Nelson's small airport, you will be met & transfer in a private vehicle to your deluxe accommodation. Sunny Nelson lives up to its name with the highest amount of sunshine in the country. Nelson is the commercial centre & seaport for a fertile, highly productive & extremely beautiful district noted for fruit, hops & tobacco growing as well as general agricultural & pastoral production. There is a vibrant art community with numerous galleries for art lovers to explore. The remainder of today can be spent relaxing at your luxurious accommodation. In the evening enjoy a sumptuous evening meal with local Marlborough wine.

Accommodation: Nelson – Resurgence Lodge, Stonefly Lodge (Luxury) and Eden House, Split Apple Retreat (Deluxe)

Day 8: Nelson/Abel Tasman (Full day water taxi and kayaking experience)

Your day begins at 0830am at the beautiful seaside enclave of Marahau, the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park. Here you board a water taxi with your guide and boat to Split Apple Rock to view one of our local wonders. You then travel into the Abel Tasman National Park to Appletree Bay where your walk begins through lush native bush with amazing sea views. Learn about New Zealand’s flora and fauna, and local stories about the characters of the Abel Tasman. If the tides are right you will visit our ‘kiwi’ bach on the beachfront where time has stood still. At midday you will walk down to Watering Cove, a golden beach with clear blue water and lunch waiting. Here your guide for the morning will hand your group into the care of your kayak guide and the next stage of your adventure will begin. You will paddle south, back to Marahau, travelling past beautiful beaches, islands, sea caves, reefs, and tidal lagoons. Your friendly and experienced kayak guide sharing their knowledge and tales of the Abel Tasman. After a full day of sightseeing, you can once again retreat to your luxury lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Nelson – Resurgence Lodge, Stonefly Lodge (Luxury) and Eden House, Split Apple Retreat (Deluxe)

Day 9: Nelson/Abel Tasman (Canyoning adventure at Torrent River)

Canyoning is a combination of lots of fun stuff all bunched into one exciting activity. Trips normally start with a walk up through beautiful scenery. Then it’s time to get the rubber suits on and start making our way down the canyon. You jump off cliffs into deep pools below, slide down water polished chutes and abseil besides or sometimes even through showering waterfalls. Most of the time you’ll be surrounded by steep walls, escaping is impossible. And of course, your guides will make sure you know exactly what to do. Going on a canyoning trip is the only way anyone can get to see these stunning places and experience all the fun stuff Mother Nature throws at you. Torrent River is a popular canyoning trip, simply because it has it all. Jumps, slides, floats, abseils, you name it……Torrent’s got it. All this exciting stuff takes place in a gorgeous granite canyon filled with some of the purest water you can find and wrapped in mind-blowing, unspoiled rain forest. This is a great place to start your canyoning adventures. On the way we’ll introduce you to the rich history of the area and the giant trees of the forest, some are many centuries old.

Accommodation: Nelson – Resurgence Lodge, Stonefly Lodge (Luxury) and Eden House, Split Apple Retreat (Deluxe)

Day 10: Nelson – Domestic flight to Queenstown (Private transfer/ & area tour Shotover jet boating and Kawarau Bungy Jumping)

Following breakfast, you take a private transfer to Nelson airport where you will join a scheduled flight to Queenstown via Christchurch. Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown is rated internationally as one of the world’s top holiday destinations and in 2014 was named New Zealand’s number one destination in the Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor as well as the second best destination in the South Pacific. Central Otago is New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region and also it’s most scenic. Take the time to explore these incredible vineyards set in small micro-climates in a landscape dominated by high snow-capped mountains, and tussock clad slopes. At some stage of the wine tour, we suggest a stop for relaxing lunch at one of the wineries. Drive through the famous Kawarau valley and gorge. Stop at, what is widely regarded as a safe spectator attraction the famous Kawarau Gorge Bungy Jumping exhibition (this is free for spectators, however, if you desire to make a jump the charge is additional to your tour package). On the way back to Queenstown stop at the Shotover River. Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River canyons. It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'big red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360-degree spins.

Accommodation: Queenstown – Queenstown Park Hotel, or The Dairy Hotel (Luxury) or Eichardt’s Hotel, Matakauri Lodge or Blanket Bay Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 11 Queenstown – Half day trip to Fiordland National Park (Scenic flight/cruise/flight to Milford Sound, afternoon for relaxing)

In the morning you are taking a flight/cruise excursion into the Milford Sound. You are heading for the spectacular Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world” which was carved out during successive ice ages and, at its deepest point off Mitre Peak, plunges to a depth of 265 meters. The awesome splendour of this region is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world, a daring claim in a country which offers extraordinary beauty around every corner. You will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, lakes and fiords of the Fiordland National Park. At Milford Sound, your launch cruise travels the full length of Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown via the famous Sutherland Falls and glaciers of the Fiordland National Park. Late afternoon settle into your small boutique stay and enjoy the spectacular views of the area.

Accommodation: Queenstown – Queenstown Park Hotel, or The Dairy Hotel (Luxury) or Eichardt’s Hotel, Matakauri Lodge or Blanket Bay Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 12/13: Queenstown (Day to your own leisure, chose from a variety of adventure activities)

With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving, para-sailing, canyon swinging, white water rafting and jet boating all year round. It has also become a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to back-country trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking. You will have some free time available in Queenstown for extra adventure add-ons such as aerobatic stunt flights, river surfing, hang gliding and much more; your guide will be on hand to organise these for you and make recommendations.

Accommodation: Queenstown – Queenstown Park Hotel, or The Dairy Hotel (Luxury) or Eichardt’s Hotel, Matakauri Lodge or Blanket Bay Lodge (Deluxe)

Day 14: Queenstown departure (Private airport transfer)

From Queenstown you can get flights to Australia or connect easily back to Christchurch or Auckland, to connect to other international flights.

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