(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
This ultimate adventure tour of New Zealand includes private touring, exclusive luxury lodges, incredible food and wine, Maori culture, scenic landscapes, and soft-adventure activities such as white-water rafting, biking, hiking, jet boat rides and helicopter excursions.
Begin in Rotorua, a highlight of the North Island, and Treetops Lodge & Resort, a luxury lodge on a secluded hilltop surrounded by native bush. One day, take a private four-wheel drive tour of the lodge grounds. Another day, enjoy and exciting white-water rafting excursion, as well as private touring of the region’s top attractions, such as active geothermal areas, Maori culture and a New Zealand sheep show. During ample leisure time, enjoy mountain biking or hiking on the lodge property, venturing to panoramic viewpoints or a local waterfall.
Continue to Hawke's Bay, a beautiful region of vineyards, orchards, rolling hills and beaches. Stay at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, an exclusive lodge perched high above the sea. During private touring with your expert local guide, visit artisanal food shops, cultural sites and Napier, a seaside town filled with Art Deco architecture. One day, enjoy a private, guided bicycle tour of local vineyards, some of the best in New Zealand.
Next, fly to Christchurch on the South Island. Following an introductory private tour of the Garden City, transfer through the Canterbury countryside to Grasmere Lodge, a country retreat on a historic homestead in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Enjoy a four-wheel drive tour of the property, as well as a private tour of beautiful Arthur's Pass National Park to take short hikes with views of the mountains, native forest and indigenous birds such as the kea, an alpine parrot.
Then, fly to Queenstown, a lakeside resort and the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most exciting and dramatic attractions. Enjoy a private tour of a historic gold mining town, wine country and other regional attractions en route to Blanket Bay, a legendary luxury lodge in Glenorchy that has outstanding views of Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Southern Alps. One day, take a thrilling Dart River jet boat safari into the magnificent landscapes of Mount Aspiring National Park. Another day, take a spectacular private helicopter flight over the Alps to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most iconic sights, and land on a glacier high in the mountains. Also, enjoy a private half-day hike with a local guide into lesser-known but stunning landscapes. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in the region such as horseback riding, wine tasting, bungee jumping and more.
Arrive Auckland – Rotorua
Private arrival assistance to domestic terminal. Flight to Rotorua. Private arrival transfer to lodge for 3 nights. Afternoon four-wheel drive tour
Full day of activities, including mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking (small group)
At leisure to enjoy the lodge and grounds
Rotorua – Hawke’s Bay
Private transfer to luxury lodge for 3 nights with touring of Napier en route
Full-day private food, wine and culture tour of region
Private bike tour through vineyards to local wineries
Hawke’s Bay – Christchurch – Canterbury
Private transfer to airport. Flight to Christchurch. Private city tour then transfer to country retreat for 2 nights
Morning four-wheel drive tour. Afternoon private tour of Arthur's Pass National Park
Canterbury – Christchurch – Queenstown (Glenorchy)
Private transfer to airport. Flight to Queenstown. Private transfer to luxury lodge for 3 nights with touring of Queenstown and Arrowtown en route
Queenstown (Glenorchy) & Milford Sound
Private helicopter excursion to Milford Sound including glacier landing. Afternoon private hiking
Morning jetboat safari on the Dart River (small group)
Private transfer to airport
Treetops Lodge & Resort
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Per person (double occupancy)
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