(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Bay of Islands, Taupo & Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound
The ultimate romantic tour of New Zealand, this is the perfect option for honeymooners or any travelers wanting to experience the finest luxury lodges, incredible food and wine, and a balance of private touring and time at leisure, all in the midst of some of the world's most spectacular landscapes.
Begin in subtropical Northland at Kauri Cliffs, a plantation-style Relais & Chateaux luxury lodge on 6,000 acres of rugged coastline overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands. During flexible private touring, visit historic towns such as Russell and Waitangi, browse shops in local art communities, and learn about the natural history of this beautiful region. During ample leisure time, perhaps enjoy a picnic on a private beach, a game of golf on the lodge’s acclaimed course, or a walk to a hidden waterfall.
Next, fly to the lakeside town of Taupo, and transfer to Huka Lodge, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed lodges. Enjoy flexible private touring of the region’s top attractions, such as active geothermal areas, Maori culture and a New Zealand sheep show. One day, take a private cruise on beautiful Lake Taupo, and perhaps try fishing for the lake’s abundant trout.
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 local vineyards, artisanal food shops and cultural sites. Also tour Napier, a seaside town filled with Art Deco architecture.
Then, fly to Queenstown, a lakeside resort and 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 and dramatic attractions, and land on a glacier high in the mountains.
Arrive Auckland - Bay of Islands
Private arrival assistance to domestic terminal. Flight to Bay of Islands. Private arrival transfer to luxury lodge for 3 nights
Bay of Islands
Private half-day excursion in region
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands - Taupo
Private transfer to airport. Flight to Taupo. Private transfer to luxury lodge for 3 nights
Private tour of region
Private half-day cruise on Lake Taupo
Taupo - Hawke's Bay
Private transfer to luxury lodge for 2 nights with touring of Napier en route
Private full-day food, wine and culture tour of region
Hawke's Bay - 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 & Milford Sound
Private Milford Sound helicopter excursion and glacier landing
Morning Dart River safari
Private transfer to airport
Bay of Islands:
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Blanket Bay Lodge
Per person (double occupancy)
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