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13-Day - New Zealand Yoga & Wellness Tour

13-Day - New Zealand Yoga & Wellness Tour

Develop your fitness and well being while practising yoga amidst some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery.

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.

About Your Instructor & Guide

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.

Plan Your Tour

Highlights

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

Day 1: Nelson - Golden Bay - Westhaven Inlet, Westhaven Relaxation Activities, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation (1hr 30min), Westhaven Luxury Lodge (3 nights)
Day 2: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques (1hr 15min), Westhaven Walks
Day 3: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques (1hr 15min), Westhaven Activities 
Day 4: Tasman Helicopter Nelson · Top of The South helicopter tour - Private Charter, Nelson - Marlborough - Kaikoura, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation (1hr 30min), Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses (2 nights)
Day 5: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques (1hr 15min), Seal Swim Kaikoura, Encounter Kaikoura -Dolphin Encounter (Optional), Whale Watch Kaikoura (Optional) · Whale Watch Cruise, Maori Tours Kaikoura
Day 6: Kaikoura - Christchurch - Akaroa, Annadale - Hiking and Biking, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation (1hr 30min), Annandale Villas (2 nights)
Day 7: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques, Akaroa Harbour Cruises & Boat Tours (Optional) · Boat cruise, Pohatu Penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd · Evening penguin tour 
Day 8: Akaroa - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation (1hr), Pukaki Cellar Observatory (Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat) · Private Stargazing, wine tasting, and astrophotography, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat (2 nights)
Day 9: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques, Mt Cook National Park, Mt Cook Tasman Glacier Heli Hike · Tasman Glacier Heli Hike 
Day 10: Mt Cook - Lake Hawea, Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation (1hr 30min), Silverpine Lodge (3 nights), Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead (Optional) (3 nights)
Day 11: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques (1hr 15min), Eco Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk · Lake Cruise and Guided Walks, Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat Tours and Wilderness Walk (optional) · Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk
Day 12: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques (1hr 15min), Alpine Helicopters - Milford Sounds Experience · Private Charter, Spa Treatments
Day 13: Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques (1hr 15min), Wanaka - Queenstown Airport

5-Star Premium Lodges

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.

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.

Lake Hawea/Wanaka - 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.

Day 1:

Nelson - Golden Bay - Westhaven Inlet

Driving distance 3hrs (without stops)

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.

Westhaven Relaxation Activities

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.

Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation

8:00 - 9:30PM (1hr 30min)

Day 2:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM (1hr 15min)

Westhaven Walks

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. If you are lucky you may see a wild pig, which is a common occurrence among guests. This place received its name from a huge leatherback turtle that got washed up here a long time ago. 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.

 

Day 3:

Tasman Helicopter Nelson · Top of the South Helicopter Tour - Private Charter

Flying 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. We then fly south for photo opportunities on Mt Olympus, one of the Lord of the Rings film sites, and head back to Nelson via the Kahurangi National Park. This tour includes a lunch stop at either Westhaven Retreat or Mahana Estate.

Westhaven Activities

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.

Day 4:

Nelson - Marlborough - Kaikoura

Driving distance 4.5 hrs (without stops)

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. The area is abundant with wildlife, from penguins and rare King Shags to dolphins and fur seals, and offers some of the world's best boating, diving, fishing and hiking.

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). An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way to Marlborough. Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape. Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.

In the 1990’s the Kaikoura District Council and the community realised that the growth in visitor numbers was beginning to have effects on the natural environment and the local infrastructure. Together they decided to adopt a sustainable approach to growth in the district. A programme now known as the Earthcheck Sustainable Destinations programme was adopted to help measure the community’s environmental impacts.

Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation

8:00PM - 9:30PM (1hr 30min)

Day 5:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques

7:30AM - 8:45 AM (1hr 15min)

Seal Swim Kaikoura

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 opens 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.

Encounter Kaikoura -Dolphin Encounter (Optional)

We at Dolphin Encounter® are focused on giving those who take our tour a natural experience, not one that is fabricated. Our encounters with the wild dusky dolphins of Kaikoura are completely natural, we do not feed or entice the dolphins in order to get the dolphins to interact with the swimmers. Any interaction between man and mammal is completely on the terms of the dolphins.

Our tours have two options, watching (viewing) or swimming, both these options occur on the same boats. The opportunity to go out and watch the dusky dolphins from our boats gives visitors wonderful views of these spectacular and acrobatic dolphins. As well as this, there is the opportunity to witness any interaction between the dolphins and swimmers, who are also on the same boat. The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day, weather permitting. It is this fact that sets our operation apart and our success rate of swimming with dolphins is second to none.

Whale Watch Kaikoura (Optional) · Whale Watch Cruise

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. They congregate here because the 3km deep Kaikōura Canyon runs right up against the coast creating a rare system of sea currents that sustain an incredibly rich marine food chain. Designed especially for whale watching, the modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea.

Maori Tours Kaikoura

MANAWA: 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 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. Right from the start, you’ll be involved and as you join in customs and traditions you can ask questions about the things you want to know more about.
Throughout the journey there are opportunities to learn Maori ways – a traditional greeting, weave with harakeke (the native flax plant) and much more.
Midway through there’s a shortstop for light refreshments and then it’s a short drive to the forest walk where you’ll be shown a variety of plants and trees – some have stood for hundreds of years. As you wander through the well-defined track, family members will share knowledge about how plants are used for food and medicine. This is a really intimate and personal cultural exchange offering genuine insight into Maori people and way of life.

Day 6:

Kaikoura - Christchurch - Akaroa

Driving distance 3.5hrs (without stops)

Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary.

The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and 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. The peninsula was named for botanist Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour. 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.

Annadale - Hiking and Biking

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. We 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.

Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation

8:00PM - 9:30PM (1hr 30min)

Day 7:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques

 

Akaroa Harbour Cruises & Boat Tours (Optional) · Boat cruise

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. Our vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. There's lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating, for shade and shelter. Inside there's a bar and toilets. And the Black Cat is both stable and safe. Relax, stretch out and discover the harbour with our award-winning Black Cat Cruise team. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour. Also on the trip, you will catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. 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 Penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd · Evening Penguin Tour

This is a wonderful option for people who wish to view our penguins returning to the bay to see them in the wild, viewing them naturally and undisturbed. Camouflage gear and binoculars are provided.
Take part in our monitoring program of nesting boxes during the tour as part of our conservation work. This gives you great insight into the life of a penguin and an opportunity to see the birds up-close.
This option includes pick-up at Akaroa with a spectacular Scenic 4WD van ride to Pohatu with photo stop opportunities. This tour concentrates mostly on the Little penguin but other native and endemic birds may also be seen. e.g the Yellow-Eyed Penguins who breed at the bay.

Day 8:

Akaroa - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook

Driving distance 4.5hrs (without stops)

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.

Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation

7:30PM - 8:30PM (1hr)

Pukaki Cellar Observatory (Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat) · Private Stargazing, Wine Tasting, and Astrophotography

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.

Day 9:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques

 

Driving distance 45min each way (without stops)

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. Longslip Mountain (1494 metres) has one of the most extensive sites of the buttercup ranunculus haastii in the Mackenzie Basin.

Mt Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, helped Sir Edmund Hillary to develop his climbing skills in preparation for the conquest of Everest. 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. At 27 kilometres in length, the mighty Tasman Glacier is a powerful piece of landscaping equipment. While it slowly carves the valley sides, it provides a landing place for small ski planes and helicopters. Surreal, milky lakes are a feature of the park - suspended, glacier-ground rock sediment makes the water opaque.

Mt Cook Tasman Glacier Heli Hike · Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

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. It is as much as 4 kilometres wide and 600 meters thick and lies within the borders of Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. The glacier covers an area of 101 square kilometres and starts at a height of 3,000 metres above sea level. 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. Your crampons bite into the glacier ice as you trek on easy undulating terrain, below Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mount Tasman the highest peaks of the Southern Alps. The snow-covered mountains tower above vast ice-falls that bulldoze and grind down the mountainsides. Your helicopter will fly you close by the 1,000 metre high Hochstetter Icefall as your journey ends and you return to Mt Cook Airport.

Day 10:

Mt Cook - Lake Hawea

Driving distance 2hrs (without stops)

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.

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.

Evening Yin Yoga Class & Meditation

8:00PM - 9:30PM (1hr 30min)

 

Day 11:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques7:30AM - 8:45AM (1hr 15min)

Eco Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk · Lake Cruise and Guided Walks

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.

Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat Tours and Wilderness Walk (optional) · Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk

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. Location: The Matukituki River. Beyond stunning, the Matukituki is the most spectacular jet boating river in New Zealand.

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. Walk in awe beneath Avalanche Glacier when conditions permit or into McGills Creek to explore one of the most beautiful and serene forest walks. Hear the stories of this unique ice carved landscape and see photo opportunities not to miss. The only jet boat company to see Mount Aspiring and Glaciers- make Wanaka River Journeys number one on your list of things to do while visiting Wanaka and Queenstown.

What you should bring: Warm jacket, Sunglasses, Camera

Day 12:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques

7:30AM - 8:45AM (1hr 15min)

Alpine Helicopters - Milford Sounds Experience · Private Charter

Take 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. Includes a snow landing photo opportunity and flight includes one alpine landing and one glacier/snow landing when seasonally available.

Spa Treatments

 

Day 13:

Hatha Yoga and Meditation/Breathing Techniques

7:30AM - 8:45AM (1hr 15min)

Wanaka - Queenstown Airport

Driving distance 1 hr (without stops)

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.

Experiences in this tour