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New Zealand is home to some of the best luxury lodges in the world. Remote lodges with award winning chefs and sommeliers, combined with dramatic landscapes and movie making scenery, this itinerary has literally everything New Zealand has to offer. On the North Island discover the indigenous Maori history, tee off at spectacular cliff drop golf courses, walk on volcanoes or marvel at the sea colonies. Then awe at Mother Nature’s draw dropping views of the Milford Sound, picnic on a glacier, get exhilarated on a speedboat and top off with some local wines on the South Island.

Steaming Mud Geysers

Mud Geyers

Maori Culture

Volcanoes

Milford Sound

Experiences

Culture, adventure and landscapes with beautiful people.

  • Aquatic & Coastal
  • Art & Indigenous Culture
  • Cities
  • Food & Wine
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Wilderness & Wildlife

Wharekauhau Lodge is only a 90 min drive from Wellington City but with a coastal experience you won’t forget. It sits on 5,500 acres of exclusive land surrounded by ancient forests, and tranquil lakes. Beautiful sloping pastures enhance the dramatic and wild, beautiful coastline of the Palliser Bay.

The rugged Rimutaka Ranges are the backdrop to the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean, and the black sandy beaches. Enjoy the nature wonderful with the New Zealand Fur Seals lazing in the beach.

Rotorua is the hub of Maori Culture and what better way of experiencing it than with a local Maori historian who will share with you stories, legends and history of his tribe, "Te Arawa”. Watch the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, at The Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand's most colourful thermal region, where you will discover New Zealand's largest mudpool, the spectacular Artists Palette, and the Champagne Pool.

Visit the original settlement of the Maori, Ohinemutu Village, and the famous meeting house, Tamatekapua. Looking across the lake to Mokoia Island, your guide will tell the enchanting forbidden love story of two of his direct ancestors, Hinemoa and Tutanekai, and sing the world renowned love song, Pokarekare ana.

Meet more of his family at Whakarewarewa and see how his people still utilise the thermal waters for cooking, heating and bathing. You will experience a live cultural performance, comprising the poi dance, stick games, singing, and the mighty Maori war dance, "The Haka".

Auckland, the city of Sails never disappoints. World-class shopping, buzzing waterfront precincts lined with restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene and harbour adventures right on your doorstep. Visit the highlights of the city before heading out on the harbour to wine and dine and you sail around this world famous harbour.

Experience a brief tour of the city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

Up in the mountains, you will find the city of Queenstown. A quaint little town that has so much character and charm. Your guide will take you through the city and it’s magnificent surrounds starting with the superb viewpoint over Lake Wakatipu before visiting the AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge, Gibbston Valley Winery, a Lord of the Rings film location and Arrowtown, all in the comfort and style of a luxury tour vehicle.

Wharekauhau Lodge is the perfect location amongst one of the fastest growing vineyard companies in New Zealand called Foley Family Wines, so you have access to an amazing array of local wines. The premier Pinot Noir region of New Zealand is just 30 minutes away.

When in Queenstown, you will also stop by one of the award winning winery Gibbston Valley Winery to taste the celebrated Pinot Noir.

In Arthur's Pass National Park, you may take walks to see waterfalls, learn about the forests and alpine plants of this area and experience the alpine landscape. Explore the glacial landscape and learn about the features that the Ice Age left behind.

Fly high in a helicopter from Auckland, and across to the volcanic White Island, where you will touch down and see the yellow sulphur pools, then continue your journey and arrive at Huka Lodge in style!

Queenstown is a the hub of adventure, take your second heli experience and fly over the magnificent fiordlands of Milford Sound and land on a glacier for your gourmet champagne picnic. Boost your adrenaline on the Dart River Jet Boat, and an optional Bunjee Jump if your heart can handle it!

Off the coastline of the Paliser Bay near Wellington, witness the native New Zealand Fur Seal in its natural home. Jazzing on the beach and lapping up the sun.

Arthur's Pass, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps. Arthur’s Pass National Park itself is a landscape of two halves; you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest on the East. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers.

Out of Queenstown, a highlight not to be missed, Milford Sound mesmerises people all over the world. Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years the landscape is one where waterfalls cascade hundreds of metres into deep black fiords; where ancient rainforest untouched by man clings to mountains and where shimmering lakes and granite peaks look as they did a thousand years ago.

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This itinerary covers the highlights of New Zealand from the North to the South.

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. 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, New Zealand, our largest and most diverse city.

Taupo

Lake Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.

Wellington

Celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington is nestled between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions. Loved locally for its dining culture, accessible waterfront, city markets, walking and biking trails, and some of the best coffee and craft beer on the planet, Wellington’s compact central city is home to a vibrant street culture.

Christchurch/Canterbury

Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions. Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that?

Queenstown

Queenstown is the ultimate destination. Experience exciting adventure activities amidst some of New Zealand's most spectacular natural scenery. The town sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges; this stunning location will blow you away. Queenstown is suited to all kinds of adventures like paragliding, Zip lining, kayaking, jet boating, river rafting and bungy and of course, hub to the Fiordlands.

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About This Journey

This journey is for those who have limited time, but wish to see the highlights of New Zealand.

Auckland, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown

Starting in the economic hub and the City Of Sails, Auckland, enjoy a cruise on the Auckland Harbour and a full day out to neighbouring Waiheke Island to see local artists and enjoy local wines. Enjoy your accommodation at The Sofitel Auckland.

Continue your journey south in absolute style as you depart Auckland by helicopter, landing at White Island for a tour of the volcano. Continue your flight south towards the centre of the North Island to visit the Maori Cultural Hub of Rotorua and stay in the Taupo. Here you will experience once of New Zealand’s most famous lodges, Huka Lodge, located right next to Lake Taupo and in the heart nature.

Heading south you head to a remote location just outside of Wellington to Wharekauhau Lodge. This remote lodge and working sheep farm is located on the edge of the dramatic coastal scenery with seal colonies and lighthouses.

Across the waters you will then head to Christchurch for a brief tour, and then head inland to the The Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass Discover the Arthurs Pass National Park on your scenic wilderness day trip into the Alps and be amazed at the stunning scenery.

Lastly, you finish off your vacation in the mountains of Queenstown, home to adventure such as Dart River Jet Boating and Bunjee Jumping. Queenstown is the gateway to the Fiordland region and the world famous Milford Sound – which you will discover by helicopter and land on top of a glacier to enjoy a gourmet picnic with champagne.

Prices start from AUxxxxxx,000 per person based on twin share.

Includes all domestic airfare in economy class, all accommodations, touring, transfers and many meals.

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