On this tour, you will experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and you will be able to participate in some of the best activities this country has to offer.
Enjoy the remote scenery on an epic scale with helicopter excursions to active volcanoes and a wilderness jet boat experience like no other. Relax and stay in some of the finest boutique stays/lodges in the country and enjoy our local produce with great wines and warm hospitality.
Category: Active, Adventure
Location: North& South Island
Departing/Finishing: Auckland to Queenstown
Accommodation: 5* Premium Lodges
Next Departure: Departs Daily
Bay of Island - Eagles Nest: This multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat is set within a 75-acre estate atop its private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands and 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 offer their own private heated horizon-edged lap pool, all offering private Jacuzzis, air conditioning, original artworks, a home theatre system, Ecostore amenities and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen.
Rotorua - Solitaire Lodge: Spectacular lakeside location with panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through great picture windows. Lodge amenities include the complimentary use of the Lodge's motorized 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.
Or: Rotorua - Peppers on the Point: This restored two-storey mansion has a relaxed and tranquil ambience, with great features and fantastic 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 an open fireplace, a timber-panelled dining room and an elegant billiard room. You may 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 are open to large private terraces, each with a Magna solar heated pool, barbecue and outdoor furniture. Available gas fireplaces and heat pumps ensure warmth and comfort indoors for winter. The beautifully appointed kitchens are equipped with the finest European appliances.
Or: Lake Taupo - Huka Lodge: Within 17 acres of magnificently manicured grounds, accommodation is available within just 25 suites. All nestling along the banks of the magnificent Waikato River, upstream from the mighty Huka Falls. Enter through Huka Lodge's gates and immediately leave the real world behind. As guests journey the length of the drive and encounter the park-like grounds, a feeling of peace and tranquillity begins to envelop them gently. Offering accommodation within 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite, the four-bedroom Owner's Cottage and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage – guests luxuriate in an exclusive hospitality experience.
Mount Cook - Lindis Lodge: The Lindis is in the pristine Ahuriri Valley in the South Island, an architecturally dynamic luxury lodge featuring five eclectically designed Lodge rooms. With over 6000 acres and surrounded on three sides by conservation parks, guests can experience a world-class alpine wilderness experience with unmatched fly fishing and horse trekking activities, amongst many others available. This, paired with refined New Zealand service, provides the ultimate platform to experience New Zealand at its most beautiful.
Or: Mount Cook - Mount Cook Retreat: Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki. It is right on the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, located in the beautiful and unique Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area. We are within a 2-3 hours scenic drive of Wanaka or Queenstown and just 40 minutes from Lake Tekapo. You can enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Pukaki to the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, from your room. And the night sky is spectacular as we are located within the gold-level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
Lake Hawea - Silverpine Lodge: Spacious, elegant, hosted wilderness retreat. It is 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.
Or: Wanaka - Mahu Whenua: As a guest, you will enjoy total privacy, unforgettable experiences and exquisite food and wine in a setting that spans over 55,000 hectares (550sq km or 200sq miles) of majestic beauty – towering mountains, lush green valleys, native bush, forests and meandering rivers. Located in New Zealand's South Island, just 20 minutes drive from central Wanaka, 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 private national park. Mahu Whenua has four individual Ridgeline Suites, two Homestead Suites and two Cottage Suites.
Fiordland - Cabot Lodge: Located at the centre of Cathedral Peaks Station and bordering the Fiordland National Park, Cabot Lodge provides the luxury of seclusion. The Lodge accommodates ten guests focusing on authentic New Zealand experiences. Guests are provided with full farm-style breakfasts, pre-dinner drinks, and canapes daily. In addition, guests can request lunch hampers designed to be enjoyed while exploring Fiordland and can also arrange for dinner platters to be enjoyed on the property. 4 Suites, all with king-size beds. There are opportunities for guests to participate in daily on-farm activities with tours of our beehives, 4WD tours of the property, whip-cracking classes, and watching our top staff member, Sam the sheepdog, in action.
Or: Fiordland Lodge - The Lodge was constructed in 2002, sat on a superb rural site with rolling grasslands, and has commanding views across Lake Te Anau. Inside, the open architecture of the Lodge reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park, and echoes of the forest are found in the unique natural timber construction. In the lounge, a latticework of huge log trusses soar to over thirty-six feet above and surround a large open fire clad with local river stone.
Queenstown - Matakauri Lodge: Spectacularly located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge looks out to a mesmerizing panorama of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak. With clean lines in glass, stone and timber, Matakauri's take on luxury is understated and welcoming, embracing guests and championing the mountainscape. Four suites are classically located within the main Lodge, with the remaining suites nestled on the banks of Lake Wakatipu overlooking the mountain panorama. Styled by acclaimed interior designer Virginia Fisher, you won't want to leave your sumptuous suite with its awe-inspiring views.
Or: Queenstown/Glenorchy - Blanket Bay: Nestled amidst rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps on Lake Wakatipu's shores, New Zealand's finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. Here we celebrate the art of pure relaxation. This is one of New Zealand Ultimate Alpine Escapes and has been voted one of the world's best luxury lodges. Wyuna Sation 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.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture, and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, our largest and most diverse city. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe, and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.
Take a float plane from Auckland harbour to the beautiful Island of Kawau, which is truly a place apart. Join us on this unforgettable fly and dining experience at the stunning Kawau Beach House, positioned on the edge of the golden sands and serene waters of Vivian Bay. Enjoy a fine 3-course meal perfectly harmonious with the stunning natural surroundings—a genuinely mesmerizing island getaway.
Or: Take a short ferry ride and sit on the jewel of the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves, farmland and golden beaches. Come to Waiheke, and find beautiful galleries and craft boutiques in this homeland of artists. 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. Enjoy succulent fresh oysters, award-winning olive oil and other locally-produced speciality foods, accompanied by wines from some of the Island’s top boutique vineyards. Your guide will provide entertaining and informative commentary along the way.
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. 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. The year-round warm weather makes it a popular destination for big-game fishing and water sports, from kayaking to parasailing. There are many boat tours, and you can even try swimming with the majestic bottlenose dolphin. The Bay of Islands is also home to several historical attractions, such as the Mission House and the Waiting Treaty grounds, the nation's birthplace.
The historic township of Russell, in the Bay of Islands, was the first capital of New Zealand. You can wipe away the hours fossicking along the beachfront, wandering through little streets of some of New Zealand's oldest buildings, enjoy a drink at the waterfront Duke of Marlborough Hotel or dine at The Gables Restaurant, which was built in 1847.
Accommodation: Bay of Island
Your NZ luxury yacht charter begins at Opua Marina, where you board a luxury yacht. From there, you venture out to experience some of the many beautiful islands, beaches and water-based activities the Bay of Islands is famous for. This is a boaties and fisherman's paradise. Escape to a world where your most significant decisions are fishing or sailing, white wine or red, sunbathing or napping.
Enjoy the private use of a sailing boat for a day of charter sailing adventure you will never forget. First, explore some of the local beaches and enjoy a delicious lunch. You can then relax or participate in activities such as kayaking, swimming, or the Stand-Up Paddleboard (or SUP) is very popular too! For your day charter, the skipper will choose a course to best take advantage of the day's weather and the guest's particular interests.
Or: Salt Air's "Cape Reinga Fly/Drive" ½ day tour by aeroplane is the alternative way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience its beauty, history and scenery from the air and on land. The initial stage of the tour consists of a flight up to Cape Reinga via Northlands' spectacular harbours. From Ninety Mile Beach, we fly inland, landing at our airfield. Once on the ground, you take a tour around the top of New Zealand and visit The Cape Reinga Lighthouse. A short drive to Tapotupotu Bay allows some time for a stroll on the beach. Then we move across the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant dunes.
Accommodation: Bay of Island
Lake Taupo, the largest Lake in this country and the world's largest volcanic crater was created in one giant explosion nearly two thousand years ago. It darkened the sky in Europe and China. The mountains in the area are internationally renowned as they form part of the dual World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park. Mt Ngauruhoe has been featured as the ominous Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are numerous art and craft galleries to explore, hot thermal pools for relaxing, scenic cruises, white water rafting, kayaking and endless outdoor adventures to tempt you.
You'll enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard a launch that offers fabulous views, enjoys the beautiful Lake and have an excellent lunch. Relax with a drink while you enjoy the scenery, and if you're here during the warmer months, be sure to take your togs for a dip over the side of the boat. (Fishing option) Trout averages about 4 pounds, and a typical Taupo fishing excursion on Lake Taupo will see your crew prepare your catch for a delicious barbecue or sashimi-style snack.
Or: Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, and showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. You can explore dramatic landscapes, satisfy your adrenaline junkie and visit geothermal wonderlands. Bathe in lake-edge thermal pools, admire magnificent strands of subtropical rainforest and experience the southern hemisphere's best mountain bike trails. Rotorua truly is New Zealand's most relaxed hot spot.
Accommodation: Rotorua or Taupo
This unique experience combines spectacular aerial views of our crater lakes, national parks, and Mount Tarawera with the renowned 4WD and walking tour of this iconic volcano by Kaitiaki Adventures. Share in the region's unique history, culture, and scenery by land and air with well-informed and passionate local guides. The walking portion of this tour can be demanding, and it is recommended for those who are active and relatively fit.
Or: Experience beauty and history like no other on Mokoia Island. Located in the middle of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island is the site of one of our country's most famous love stories and the home of some of our most notorious Maori warriors and tribes. On arrival experience, a traditional Maori greeting and dance! All tours to the Island are accompanied by experienced tour guides that walk you through the island's birdlife, wildlife, cultural events, history and geography. This is one of the area’s most unique experiences, made even more exciting with the addition of the jet boat ride (or boat) to and from the Island.
Or: Fly-fishing experience: Lake Taupo tributaries remain open all year, whereas many of the other rivers & streams around the rest of New Zealand are closed from May through to October, including the region's backcountry rivers, which we head for during the summer months. January & February are the warmest summer months with good dry fly fishing, with options galore around the region.
Accommodation: Lake Taupo or Rotorua
Lake Tekapo is about three hours' drive southwest of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the vast 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) suspended in the water.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to 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.
Scenic flight and picnic amongst the peaks. Indulge in the silent serenity of the Southern Alps with a private exclusive ski plane flight with a glacier landing and a private picnic. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of Mount Cook and the national park surrounding it from take-off to landing. The snow-capped mountains, the bright blue of the glacier lake and the lush greens of the vegetation are just a few of the magnificent sights you will experience as you fly through the Southern Alps.
Or: Experience a private High Country farm, meet the owners/farmers who have lived here for generations and are part of this rugged landscape, and interact with current farming events, issues and history from the early settlers. Muster, feed some sheep, or maybe relax by taking in the views. With extensive knowledge of this environment, your pilot will provide a unique 'Kiwi experience.
Accommodation: Mt Cook National Park
At around 27 km long, the Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand and a relatively recent addition, having started its formation in 1974. One of the most popular walks is in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Pass through Hooker Valley and walk beside the Hooker River.
Or: Tasman Glacier Snowshoeing. Your adventure starts with a scenic flight into the Tasman Glacier, with views of Aoraki Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and the surrounding snow-capped mountains that form the Southern Alps. Years of experience and exploration of the glacier by your guide have resulted in extensive local knowledge allowing you to explore the hidden gems of the Tasman Glacier.
Fly fishing the Ahuriri River is a fishery of national importance, with trophy trout providing sport for the experienced angler in the pristine upper reaches. The scenery in the Ahuriri Valley isn't quite Lord of the Rings, but it comes very close. The valley flanks still have large stands of remnant beech forest. And then, above the beech, there are stands of snow tussock before giving way to alpine fellfields and permanent snowfields higher up.
Accommodation: Mt Cook
As braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine meadows give way to the dramatic glaciated Southern Alps, the pure beauty of the scenery pushes daily pressures a million miles away. Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, Mt Aspiring National Park is an area of unrivalled natural beauty and host to hundreds of hiking tracks, rock climbing routes and trout fishing rivers, all within easy reach of Lake Wanaka.
From around the world, visitors are drawn to the Wanaka region's outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt. Aspiring National Park make it the ultimate base for outdoor activities. Summer is perfect for jet-boating, kayaking, and rafting, and in winter, the snow-covered mountains attract skiers and snowboarders from around the globe to three world-class ski fields. Spring is the time to get out and explore the tracks and trails, while autumn is renowned for being the most colourful of the seasons.
Central Otago is New Zealand's fastest-growing wine region and the most scenic region. 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. Next, travel to Cromwell and Bannockburn, the heart of Pinot Noir country, and depending on your tastes, we will guide you to a selection of boutique wineries.
Accommodation: Lake Wanaka or Lake Hawea
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! Or you can sit back, relax and enjoy the birdlife at the beach and shelter at the island base with your morning or afternoon tea. We have “High Tea” on the island overlooking both 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 unique opportunity to give back to this particular island and New Zealand’s environment.
Or: Your day your way. With so many stunning geographical features, southern New Zealand offers the opportunity to quickly cover a vast range of landscapes. So why not create your itinerary taking in the locations and phenomena you would like to see and experience? Our helpful and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist you in creating a personalised Helicopter flight Charter tailored to suit your needs.
Accommodation: Lake Wanaka or Lake Hawea
Everything about Amisfield Bistro and the winery is of the earth, including the stone building that houses our acclaimed Bistro and Cellar Door. Formed from a local schist, with a sharply-pitched copper roof and recycled timber, the building, cuts a silhouette as sharp as the mountains surrounding it. The scene is dramatic. And while the structure is at first imposing, you'll discover welcoming New Zealand hospitality inside. A gastronomic leap of faith, the Trust the Chef degustation menu has been our signature since opening.
Or: Enjoy a helicopter flight and a picnic at Paradise. A flight over remote alpine lakes, Glaciers and Mt Aspiring National Park before landing on the Humbolt mountains for an Antipasto Platter lunch including local wine, craft beer, and non-alcoholic beverages with views over the headwaters of Lake Wakatipu, Mt Earnslaw and the Caples and Greenstone Valleys.
Or: Queenstown is an all-year-round golf destination and home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in New Zealand, if not the world. Seven golf courses, all within a 45-minute drive, appeal to every level of golfer - whether it's the lush, immaculately groomed greens of a resort course or a simple fairway with rugged mountain peaks as a backdrop.
Accommodation: Te Anau
Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with excellent visual cues around every corner. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
Heli lunch on a luxury charter in Milford Sounds. Relish the majestic fiord and ocean views whilst enjoying a luxurious lunch featuring local seasonal ingredients, highlighting the fresh sea-fare cuisine, such as Blue Cod, Stewart Island Salmon, Green-lipped Mussels, New Zealand Merino Lamb, and wild West Coast Venison (when available).
Or: Explore the rugged West Coast of Fiordland National Park, with its sweeping beaches, lush rainforest and native wildlife. Fly, walk and explore the remote Hollyford and Martins Bay area, then return via the spectacular Milford Sound area for the ultimate wilderness day experience. Here your experienced, local pilot and guide will transport you to another world. One rich in bird and marine life, with towering ancient forests, remote dunes and crystal-clear rivers.
Accommodation: Te Anau
Take the longest, most daring and most exhilarating jet boat trip In New Zealand. Hump Ridge Jet services the South Coast of Fiordland National Park, including Lake Hauroko and the Wairaurahiri River. Lake Hauroko is the deepest lake in New Zealand and is drained by the Wairaurahiri River, which falls 200 meters to sea level and is 27 kilometres from grade 3 white water rapids. The river is commonly described as New Zealand's longest waterfall.
Take a short walk to explore the wild south coastline (a lovely beach walk with views of Stewart Island and the Solander Islands) and a short walk to Waitutu Virgin Podocarp Forest (the Oldest Podocarp Forest in NZ). On this journey, you experience the wonders of the wild south coast and can still hear the call of the Wild (Native Bird Song). For lunch, enjoy a bush-style Venison BBQ Lunch. Late afternoon we will take you to the Catlins. The Catlins is where the native forest meets the sea fostering waterfalls and river valleys. There are rocky coastal bays, inlets and estuaries along the seashore.
Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations; if you come to the region, you'll understand why. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu amidst dramatic mountain ranges; this stunning location will blow you away.
Enjoy a relaxing day in Queenstown! Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising. Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town tucked into a picturesque bay. There's a permanent buzz downtown, where you'll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.
A private driver will transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your departure.