Recharge your batteries from your work stressed environment and indulge in the luxuries of New Zealand. On this vacation, the itinerary takes you to some of the most luxurious retreats in our country and you find yourself enjoying the finer things in life.
Spectacular helicopter rides, private charter cruises, relaxing spa treatments and a choice of world-class activities. Immerse yourself in luxury in the stunning surroundings as you relax and unwind in the most exclusive settings.Plan Your Tour
Exclusive chauffeured tour 9 nights
Category: Culture, Relaxing
Location: North and South Island
Departing/Finishing: Auckland – Queenstown (Itinerary can be reversed)
Accommodation: Luxury Villas, Premium Lodges
Next Departure: Daily
LOCATION AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: Auckland Arrival - Ferry to Waiheke Island
(Exclusive Wine and food tour on Waiheke Island)
Day 2: Auckland – Domestic flight to Bay of Islands
(A day for your own leisure)
Day 3: Bay of Islands/Northland
(Heli-cruise-island-escapes, Or: Private sailing charter)
Day 4: Bay of Islands – Domestic flight to Rotorua or Lake Taupo
(Walk-in geothermal areas, Spa treatment at Resort)
Day 5: Rotorua or Lake Taupo
Cultural greeting on Mokoia Island, Or: a boat cruise to geothermal hot pools
Day 6: Rotorua – Domestic flight to Queenstown/SOUTH ISLAND
(A day for your own leisure)
Day 7: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka
(Area tour, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Kawarau Gorge, Onsen Hot Pools)
Day 8: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka
(Scenic flight and cruise to Milford Sound, Or: High Country Heli picnic Experience)
Day 9: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka
(Dart River wilderness jet boat safari Or: Wanaka River Journeys)
Day 10: Queenstown departure
Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge: Built cliffside with commanding views overlooking Owhanake Bay, you’ll find boutique luxury. With stunning views over the Hauraki Golf. Delamore Lodge is inspired by the Mediterranean with a unique New Zealand flavour. The four guest suites and the two bedroom apartments are cocoons of luxurious simplicity. Each room provides an intimate courtyard where you can relax in uninterrupted privacy. Or soak in your bath tub and take in the breathtaking views.
Waiheke Island - The Boatshed: Chic luxury Waiheke accommodation, sitting just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa, a hip small luxury hotel in the true sense Its casual and elegant atmosphere working in perfect harmony with its seaside location. The hotel comprises 5 guest suites and 2 bungalows. Private all day dining for hotel guests. Spa treatments can be organised in your suite. Walk on the beach, read a book in the sun, relax and be pampered.
Bay of Islands - Te Koha Lodge: The five ensuite rooms cater to a maximum of 10 guests and are fully serviced. All rooms are fully equipped with flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, WIFI and music system. The wide balcony-decks offer breath-taking views overlooking a panorama of golden beaches, rocky promontories and the blue Pacific Ocean as far as the Cavalli Islands and beyond.
Bay of Islands - Eagles Nest: This multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat is set within a 75-acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, where gardens and lodgings blend into the natural topography and foliage. Four of the five world-class villas offers its own private heated horizon edged lap pool, all offering private Jacuzzis, air conditioning, original artworks, home theatre system, Ecostore amenities and fully equipped gourmet kitchen.
Rotorua - Solitaire Lodge: Spectacular lakeside location with panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. Lodge amenities include the complimentary use of the Lodge’s motorised dinghies and kayaks, lake walks along the shoreline of the Lodge grounds, trout fishing from the Lodge jetty and lake swimming from Solitaire’s private beach. Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire lodge serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your suite.
Rotorua - Peppers on the Point: This restored 2 storey mansion has a relaxed and tranquil ambience, with lavish features and amazing views over Mokoia Island. Each suite has an inviting lounge area, ensuite bathroom and spa bath. Part of its charm is a large communal lounge with open fireplace, a timber-panelled dining room and elegant billiard room. You may choose to join guests in the main dining room for a four-course d’hôte dinner. Reserve an elegant private dining room, or perhaps dine in your suite or on the terrace overlooking the lake on a warm evening.
Lake Taupo - The Point Villas: Located in an exclusive private estate, guests enjoy peace, privacy and all the spoils of a first class stay in our luxury accommodation. Each self-catering villa features classic oak furniture, leather lounge suites and original local artwork. Their spacious living rooms open out to large private terraces, each with its own Magna solar heated pool, barbecue and outdoor furniture. For winter, open gas fireplaces and heat pumps ensure warmth and comfort indoors. The beautifully appointed kitchens are equipped with the finest European appliances.
Queenstown - Azur Lodge: Azur Lodge is located 20 minutes from Queenstown airport and just 5 minutes from the downtown area, upon a hilltop with spectacular, unobstructed views of the mountain ranges and Lake Wakatipu. Each identical villa is 79sqm of open plan living in the midst of New Zealand's natural environment. Incorporating a lounge, dining area, a private sun deck with a choice of either a king or twin beds dressed in luxury linen to promise an exceptional sleep experience. Soak up the spectacular unobstructed views from the bathtub, which has been set into a bay window to give you a feeling of being outdoors.
Queenstown/Glenorchy - Blanket Bay: Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. Here we celebrate the art of pure relaxation. This is one of New Zealand's Ultimate Alpine Escapes and voted as one of the worlds best luxury lodges. Wyuna Station is a sheep, cattle and deer farm, historically a part of the original Rees station that occupied the entire eastern side of Lake Wakatipu and beyond.
Lake Wanaka - Mahu Whenua Lodge: As a 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. the Ridgeline Homestead and Cottages at Mahu Whenua are easily accessible while giving you the feeling of seclusion and privacy on what is virtually your own private national park. Mahu Whenua has four individual Ridgeline Suites.
Lake Hawea - Silverpine Lodge: Spacious, elegant, hosted wilderness retreat. Poised on a mountain bluff overlooking Lake Hawea. Back-country New Zealand hospitality with acclaimed cuisine and 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. The guest rooms all enjoy exclusive stunning views overlooking Lake Hawea.
Rated as the third most liveable city in the world, Auckland is a place where a vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand.
Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Come for a visit and you’ll find beautiful galleries and craft boutiques in this homeland of artists. There are plenty of places to enjoy a good coffee or a taste of New Zealand's fresh Pacific Rim cuisine. The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf. They are perfect for swimming, kayaking, strolling along or having a picnic in the sun. The island also boasts more than a dozen high-quality vineyards, many with relaxed restaurants onsite. Enjoy local wine while looking out over vine-covered valleys to the blue sea beyond.
Accommodation: Waiheke Island
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. Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise, charter a yacht or hire a sea kayak. Once you’re around Tapeka Point - just north of Russell - you’ll enter a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more.
Accommodation: Bay of Islands
Depart Paihia on the Sea Shuttle boat for a relaxing cruise taking you on an informative tour of the Islands, stopping at Roberton Island along the way. Disembark on to an island beach to enjoy at your leisure and island activities such as walking tracks, swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing. After 2-3 hours on the island, you get picked up again on the Sea Shuttle for the transfer to a custom built Helicopter Barge in the heart of the Islands. Depart on a stunning 15-minute scenic helicopter flight to the Hole in the Rock and back over the islands before landing in Paihia.
Or: With its rich marine wildlife, clear blue water and secluded beaches, the area can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Enjoy the private use of a day charter sailing adventure you will never forget. Trips are generally 6 hours duration, but extra time can be arranged. A two-hour stopover allows plenty of time to enjoy a delicious lunch and to participate in your preferred activities such as kayaking, swimming or exploring our local islands and beaches. The Stand Up Paddleboard (or SUP) is very popular too!
Accommodation: Bay of Islands
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. Get up close to spectacular geysers and colourful crater lakes, relax in a mud bath or enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream. The region has one of the world’s most active geothermal fields. The unforgettable smell of sulphur, clouds of steam and volcanic activity are a natural part of life in Rotorua.
Visit Wai-O-Tapu New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction. An area in which the landscape has been sculpted by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well-defined tracks. Unique features include the world famous Champagne Pool naturally coloured springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.
Relax at your accommodation and indulge in some of the various spa treatments on offer.
Alternative: With some of the North Island’s most impressive landscapes right on its doorstep, the Great Lake Taupo region is perfect for outdoor adventures. The beautiful Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore – more of an inland sea really. Lake Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China.
Accommodation: Rotorua or Lake Taupo
Experience one of New Zealand’s most prestigious cultural and heritage sites. Be captivated by a welcome Powhiri, cultural performance and tour. Walk amongst the flora and fauna on this pest-free bird sanctuary. Mokoia Island is governed by four local hapu of Ngati Whakaue. This island is special to the owners and is a significant historical site to Rotorua, and is where the famous love story of Hinemoa and Tutanekai took place. Landing at the world famous Mokoia Island, clients will hear the sound of the Putatara (conch). Descendants of the Island will then greet clients with an authentic Powhiri followed by a real, raw, earthy cultural performance full of emotion and power, going back to a time when the ancient Maori customs and traditions were part of everyday life.
Or: Take a unique eco-sailing experience on Lake Rotoiti designed so that anyone can enjoy the luxurious eco-sailing experience. Enjoy a restful, relaxing Lake Rotoiti cruise with an array of activities on offer such as trout fishing, sailing the vessel, bush walks, photography opportunities or visiting Lake Rotoiti’s hidden treasure the mineral-rich natural outdoor thermal hot spas.
Accommodation: Rotorua or Lake Taupo
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. With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list There’s skiing in winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.
Alternative: 45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect for jetboaters, sailors and kayakers to explore. Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes. It is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. 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.
Accommodation: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka
Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites. One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. A special highlight is a Chinese settlement at the edge of the river. Built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times. In April and May Arrowtown ignites with colour as deciduous trees prepare for winter.
Central Otago is New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region and also it's most scenic. The Gibbston Valley is the coolest and highest of the Central Otago regions with the majority of land gently sloping to the north. This northerly aspect greatly assists vineyards to grow grapes because of increased sunlight and with a reduced possibility of frost, although this still poses a significant threat. Today you will visit a number of vineyards and wineries in the area.
The towering cliffs and rugged hillsides of the Kawarau Gorge take you through the heart of one of New Zealand’s most historic gold mining regions.
Or: Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu & is the gateway to hiking trails and Middle‑earth magic. This rustic town is a true outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, Glenorchy’s surrounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Glenorchy’s spectacular landscapes have become a prime location for film scouts, depicting many scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as featuring in the Narnia movies.
Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over the breathtaking alpine scenery and the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover Jet jetboats on the river below. Onsen Hot Pools are hot and steamy on snowy days, warm and sheltered on rainy days, cool and shady on sunny days, and simply magical in the evenings!
Accommodation: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka
View spectacular mountains and the dramatic landscape of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. This area is known to Maori as Te Wahipounamu, meaning ‘the place of greenstone’. The scenic flight includes two world heritage national parks the impressive Mount Aspiring, pristine glaciers, the Olivine Ice Plateau, rainforest, alpine lakes, rivers and cascading waterfalls. Fly the full length of Milford Sound before landing and boarding your cruise boat. You cruise the length of the Sound and if you are lucky you might see seals, penguins or even dolphins.
Or: Come fly with us for a Heli picnic in Paradise, perfect for any celebration, anniversary or proposal! We fly over beautiful clear lakes, native beech forest, historic gold mining remains, braided rivers and remote high country farms/ranches. Enjoy a picnic in a private location and breathe in the fresh clean mountain air.
Accommodation: Queenstown or Wanaka
An unmissable journey into the Dart River Valley, where myth, heritage and fantasy come to life. The Dart River Wilderness Jet is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. We are the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. This rich and diverse landscape offers a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, exhilarating experiences and New Zealand’s most exciting jet boating along glacier-fed rivers. Our professional and highly trained staff will guide you along your journey, sharing stories of the area’s amazing history, great Maori legends and Greenstone trail. Stroll through ancient beech forest, unchanged in over 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes.
Or: Wanaka Jet Boat, Come with us on a scenic and exciting jet boating adventure full of action and spins in new Zealand's most spectacular ice carved landscape. Jet Boat the Matukituki River past Rocky Mountain and Treble Cone, an area of stunningly unique mountain formations where scenes from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were filmed. This is shallow, braided river jet boating, the most exciting of all jet boating experiences and pure New Zealand adventure at its best.
Accommodation: Queenstown or Wanaka
Your private chauffeur will take you to your departing flight at Queenstown airport.