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11 Day - Exclusive Luxury Family Holiday

11 Day - Exclusive Luxury Family Holiday

Treat the whole family to an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime and enjoy unparalleled luxury, exceptional service and world-class facilities whilst surrounded by breath-taking scenery.

From luxury hotels and lodges with village-style complexes boasting every activity under the sun, you will truly be spoilt for choice. Enjoy the chance to relish quality time together as a family whilst also having the option to indulge in some precious time to yourself.

Plan Your Tour


Exclusive Chauffeured Tour 10 nights
Category: Relaxing, Active
North & South Island
Departing/Finishing: Auckland
Accommodation: 5* Premium Lodges
Next Departure: Departs Daily

Day 1: Auckland – Matamata - Rotorua
(Private tour at Hobbiton Movie set) 
Day 2: Rotorua 
(Private tour of Mokoia Island with Maori welcome, Eco Zip lining adventure) 
Day 3: Rotorua 
(Private helicopter to volcanos, a private charter at Lake Tarawera to hot springs Or: Trout Fishing)
Day 4: Rotorua – Domestic flight to Nelson
(Afternoon to your own leisure) 
Day 5: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park
(Full day private charter boat in Abel Tasman, Kayaking, swimming) 
Day 6: Nelson or Abel Tasman
(Day to your own leisure, Or: helicopter top of the South Island trip - LOTR scenery)
Day 7: Nelson – Domestic flight to Queenstown
(Exclusive area tour, winery lunch, Dart river safaris) 
Day 8: Queenstown – Half day trip to Fiordland National Park
(Scenic flight or helicopter and cruise to Milford Sound) 
Day 9: Queenstown
(Half day family rafting experience in remote canyon or horse-riding in the high country)
Day 10: Queenstown
(Day to your own leisure, Or: Day day trip to nearby Lake Wanaka, Or: 4WD tour high country station tour, Or: Helicopter to Glacier
Day 11: Queenstown departure 

Selected Luxury Family Retreats

Enjoy exclusive facilities chosen for their premium quality, warm hospitality, and located in a central location, to give you the time to relax in stunning surroundings, but also allow you to select from many fun activities for the whole family. 

Rotorua - Peppers on the Point: Peppers lakeside retreat is a fine example of the Peppers approach to creating unique properties with timeless appeal. The former 1930s mansion retains its distinct charm and design throughout. Serving d’hôte dinner in the restaurant and providing a rare and delightful kind of Rotorua accommodation. Peppers on the Point has a relaxed and tranquil ambiance, with lavish features and amazing views over the beautiful Mokoia Island. Beneath the Lake Villa, a contemporary two-bedroom apartment enjoys views over the tennis court to the lake and Rotorua City

Nelson - Eden House: This enchanting country retreat, set in fifty acres of private grounds and eight acres of internationally acclaimed gardens, may just be the finest boutique lodge you will encounter. All suites are air-conditioned, with pure Irish linen sheets and luxury toiletries. Well stocked refrigerators, Sky televisions, and wireless internet are all included in the tariff. The landscaped gardens are large, so as well as enjoying the sitting room, formal dining room, artists’ studio, den and library, there are several courtyard areas providing additional places to eat, drink and relax. There is a very private 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom garden cottage.

Queenstown - Eichardt's Hotel Apartments: Eichardt's Lakefront Apartments offer guests flexible and luxurious accommodation, each with stunning lake and mountain views. The interior design has been carefully created by 
world-renowned New Zealand designer Virginia Fisher. The apartments are a short walk away from the hotel (approx. 75 meters) and are perfect for families. Majestic vistas over Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains and luxurious amenities give the Lakefront Apartments all the comfort and style of a home-away-from-home, while guests enjoy full use of all Eichardt’s Hotel facilities, including concierge services, literally just a few steps away. 

Day 1: Auckland – Matamata - Rotorua

Two hours south of Auckland lies the lush farmland of the Hamilton - Waikato region. Famous for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it's easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. 

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 steam. 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.

Rotorua's beautiful lakes, rivers and forests offer an abundance of outdoor activities for you to enjoy all year round and the multiple running, mountain biking, and water-based events ensure these natural gems are maintained to a world-class standard. There is an abundance of family-friendly activities available in Rotorua, from light adventure to wildlife encounters and cultural experiences, making this city the perfect holiday destination for everyone.

Accommodation: Rotorua or Lake Taupo

Day 2: Rotorua - Private Boat trip to Mokoia Island

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. All tours to the Island are accompanied by experienced tour guides that walk you through the birdlife, wildlife, cultural events, history and geography of the island. 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. Experience a traditional Maori greeting and dance! 

If you want to see New Zealand like never before and experience an ancient forest up close and personal then this Canopy tour is for you! There are over 200m of thrilling zip lines, swing bridges and treetop platforms all within an expansive forest network of towering ancient trees.

Accommodation: Rotorua or Lake Taupo

Day 3: Rotorua - Flight to White Island

White Island is New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Take a scenic helicopter flight to the island and enjoy views of the crater before landing and taking a hike over the crater floor to view active steam vents. 

Explore the sparkling waters and hidden gems of picturesque Lake Rotoiti with a private charter and discover beautiful sandy coves, lake edge hot springs and cultural sites. Your skipper and host will recite stories of the lake, it’s history and the local indigenous Maori people. Guests can choose to soak in the rejuvenating Manupirua lakeside hot pools. Cruises can be tailored to your requirements and duration, with a usual charter taking 3-4 hours. Only accessible by boat the Manupirua Hot Springs on the edge of the lake provide a beautifully tranquil setting in which to soak in the rejuvenating thermal mineral water. From here you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Rotoiti and picnic on the shore.

Or:  Lake Rotoiti is a deep beautiful lake that consistently produces trophy-sized trout throughout the year providing quality fishing suitable for all methods and skill levels. The northern shoreline is bush clad and features some steep cliffs rising directly from the water. This section is only suited to boat fishing. The southern areas offer a range of angling opportunities for fly-fishing from the shore 

Accommodation: Rotorua or Lake Taupo

Day 4: Lake Taupo – Domestic flight to Nelson

Nelson is a lifestyle; that's the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in the area, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you. Sit in the sun, sip a wine from one of the local vineyards, and dine on the famous Nelson Bay scallops.

Accommodation: Nelson or Abel Tasman

Day 5: Nelson - Private charter in Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park- but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. Get a taste of all the Abel Tasman has to offer from the comfort of an Abel Tasman Charters' boat. You can decide to just stay on board and relax or take one of the kayaks for a paddle. Go for a swim, snorkel over the marine reserve, or be dropped off for a bush walk. Enjoy a delicious lunch and then do it all again.  

If you only have one day to explore the Abel Tasman National Park, then spend it on a private charter vessel. Come and enjoy a scenic cruise, swim, kayak and walk some of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Let knowledgeable skippers show you the unique history, ecology and wildlife of New Zealand's Abel Tasman. Or just relax on board and enjoy the views. Here, inviting sandy beaches fill the spaces between trees and tide line. Crystal clear streams tumble down mossy valleys to join the ocean. Granite and marble formations fringe the headlands, which are cloaked in regenerating native forest. Native wildlife is an essential part of the scenery. Tui and bellbird song fills the forest; shags (cormorants), gannets and little blue penguins dive for their dinner; fur seals lounge on the rocks around the edge of Tonga Island.

Accommodation: Nelson or Abel Tasman

Day 6: Nelson/Abel Tasman (Day to your own leisure)

The Nelson Tasman region is a safe and family-friendly destination. The region is also cycling friendly for mountain-bikers and recreational riders of all ages. Cycle along the Rocks Road and challenge yourself with the new Tasman Cycleways track. Nelson/Tasman is blessed with creative abundance and is home to over 350 working artists. The diverse art forms range from paintings to ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewellery and wearable art. The region is conducive to creativity for many reasons. Its physical charms include turquoise lagoons and golden sand beaches, sun-kissed produce from groves and bays, and a rich light, courtesy of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.

Or: Helicopter to Mt Owen, at the southern end of the Kahurangi National Park, we will view the film sites from The Lord of the Rings and The Fellowship of the Ring, where the depleted Fellowship were filmed escaping from the horrors of Moria. Flying through to Mt Olympus, appropriately named with its rocky outcrops twisted and cracked into unbelievable columnar shapes sprouting from the side of the mountain, we view where the Fellowship hid from Saruman’s Crebain. We then fly to Canaan Downs where the Hobbits are lead by Aragorn into the Chetwood Forest northeast of Bree. 

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

Day 7: Nelson – Domestic flight to Queenstown

Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you'll understand why. The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu amidst dramatic mountain ranges; this stunning location will blow you away. Queenstown is suited to all kinds of adventures – especially throughout summer. Activities like paragliding, Zip lining, 4WD Driving, and kayaking are the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. If adventure isn’t your thing and you just need time to kick back and relax, there are plenty of rejuvenating experiences on offer. Treat yourself to some boutique shopping and be sure to experience the excellent local food and wine.

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. 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.

Accommodation: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka

Day 8: Queenstown – Scenic flight to Fiordland National Park

Today you are taking a flight/cruise excursion into 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 depart from Queenstown airport and enjoy spectacular views as you fly over the Fiordland National Park. You land at Milford Sound where you board your launch cruise which travels the full length of Milford Sound. Your return flight to Queenstown takes you 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 or Lake Wanaka

Day 9: Queenstown - Skippers Canyon Rafting

Family raft the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River, Queenstown. Our trip is suitable for everyone from 3 years old as we raft on gentle grade 1 & 2 rapids only. Water confidence is not necessary. We offer a unique sightseeing trip by bus into the famous Skippers Canyon - quite possibly the most spectacular drive in New Zealand! The views are astounding and the area is jam-packed with history. We get even further into the backcountry as we float by raft on the Upper Shotover River. You may recognise our put-in-point as "The Ford of Bruinen" from the Lord of The Rings movie!  

Or: Take a horse trek with a view! Climb high over the Moonlight Valley passing historical Gold Mining sites (try to spot the old stone cottages among the landscape) Like going back in time to when the main mode of transport was on horseback. Multiple river crossings on the way back down the canyon with ample opportunity to go for a canter.

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

Day 10: Queenstown - Day trip to Lake Wanaka

45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect for jet boaters, sailors and kayakers to explore. Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes and is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. 

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.  

Or: Come experience New Zealand's most authentic 4WD high country adventure. The perfect mix of incredible scenery, history, heritage and farming life. This will be a genuine highlight of your New Zealand holiday. Explore remote and seldom travelled back roads of an authentic New Zealand High Country farm overlooking sparkling Lake Wanaka. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, glaciers and wild river valleys you'll see farm animals including Red Deer, cattle and sheep up close and in their natural environment. Visit historical sites and experience what life was like for Wanaka's first farmers. Enjoy 2 walks through pristine alpine meadows and ancient lakeside forests. This journey offers a unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage, modern-day farming life and breath-taking scenery. 

Accommodation: Queenstown or Lake Wanaka

Day 11: Queenstown departure

Your private chauffeur will take you to your departing flight at Queenstown airport.

Experiences in this tour



One of the most visited attractions in New Zealand. It has been the set of a number of movies but the most well-known and possibly the most-loved is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
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Cultural tourism is at it’s finest in the City of Rotorua. A city alive with music, storytelling, performance and more. Rotorua is the core of all things geothermal and is also known as the adventurer's playground.
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Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track. Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park- but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure.
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Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumored that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown’s natural beauty can rarely be competed with, but there is more to Queenstown than just a pretty face.
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