Private luxury tours in New Zealand

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Luxury New Zealand Tours

New Zealand in a Week
(7 Days)
Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Introduction to New Zealand
(8 Days)
Taupo & Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Best of New Zealand
(9 Days)
Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Christchurch & Arthur's Pass, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Essence of New Zealand
(11 Days)
Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Christchurch & Arthur's Pass, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Highlights of New Zealand
(10 Days)
Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Journey Through New Zealand
(13 Days)
Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Hawke's Bay, Christchurch & Arthur's Pass, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Exclusive New Zealand
(13 Days)
Bay of Islands, Taupo & Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Luxury Family Tour of New Zealand
(11 Days)
Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Adventure Tour of New Zealand
(9 Days)
Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Multi-country Tours

Best of Australia & New Zealand
(16 Days)
Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Queenstown & Milford Sound

Best of New Zealand

(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Christchurch & Arthur's Pass, Queenstown & Milford Sound

This private New Zealand tour combines the charms of two of the country's largest cities—Auckland and Christchurch—with the spectacular landscapes of the North and South islands, including the vineyards and beaches of Waiheke Island, the volcanoes and lakes around Taupo and Rotorua, and the high peaks and fjords of the Southern Alps. It also features private touring, a scenic train journey, a private helicopter flight through Milford Sound, fine food and wine, and accommodation at the best luxury lodges in New Zealand.

Begin on the North Island in Auckland, a cosmopolitan city built on volcanic hills overlooking scenic Waitemata Harbour. Stay at the city's best luxury hotel, which is on the waterfront and within walking distance of interesting neighborhoods and top restaurants. Also enjoy an excursion to beautiful Waiheke Island for an introduction to its relaxing lifestyle and unique blend of vineyards, villages and beaches.

Next, you will be transferred through the bucolic countryside to Rotorua. During touring in the area, experience highlights such as learning about Maori culture and the active geothermal landscape of the region at the Rotorua Museum, and seeing steam vents, colorful hot pools and mineral-encrusted terraces at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Continue to Taupo and Huka Lodge, an acclaimed luxury lodge in a park-like setting along the Waikato River. During a private cruise on beautiful Lake Taupo, take in views of the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park and perhaps try fishing for the lake's abundant trout. Also enjoy time at leisure to relax at your lodge or walk along the river to Huka Falls. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities in the region, such as excursions to Hobbiton and other filming locations from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, visiting the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a traditional Maori hangi lunch, kayaking or sailing on local lakes, fly fishing on local streams, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking in Tongariro National Park and an exclusive helicopter excursion to White Island, an active marine volcano.

Next, fly to Christchurch, the South Island's Garden City. Enjoy introductory touring in the city, and then transfer to Otahuna Lodge, a luxurious boutique hotel set in a historic mansion on expansive grounds. One day, enjoy a scenic ride aboard the renowned TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass National Park high in the Southern Alps. Alternatively, opt for a private excursion out the beautiful Banks Peninsula to the quaint waterfront village of Akaroa, and enjoy a private cruise in Akaroa Harbour, where you might see Hector's dolphins, fur seals and little blue penguins. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities around Christchurch such as visiting the Botanic Gardens, exploring local museums, punting on the Avon River and browsing boutiques in a local shopping emporium.

Next, fly to Queenstown, a lakeside resort town that's the gateway to some of the most exciting and dramatic attractions in New Zealand. Enjoy private touring of the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, as well as the region's highly regarded wine country. Take in panoramas of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range en route to Blanket Bay, a legendary luxury lodge with outstanding views of the lake and the majestic Southern Alps. One 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. Another day, take a thrilling Dart River jet boat safari into the magnificent landscapes of Mount Aspiring National Park. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities in the region such as horseback riding, bungy (bungee) jumping, visiting filming locations used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, hiking in the backcountry, visiting a sheep station and fly fishing on local streams.

This tour can easily be customized with additional days, activities or destinations.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon excursion to Waiheke Island
Day 2 Auckland – Rotorua – Taupo
Private tour of Rotorua and geothermal highlights en route to luxury lodge for 2 nights
Day 3 Taupo
Half-day private cruise on Lake Taupo with fishing
Day 4 Taupo – Christchurch
Private transfer to airport. Flight to Christchurch. Private city tour on arrival, then transfer to luxury lodge near Christchurch for 2 nights
Day 5 Christchurch & Arthur's Pass or Akaroa
Full-day excursion on TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass or to Banks Peninsula and Akaroa
Day 6 Christchurch – Queenstown
Private transfer to airport. Flight to Queenstown. Private transfer to lodge for 3 nights with touring of Queenstown and Arrowtown en route
Day 7 Queenstown & Milford Sound
Private helicopter excursion to Milford Sound including glacier landing
Day 8 Queenstown
Morning jet boat safari on the Dart River
Day 9 Depart Queenstown
Private transfer to airport

Hotels
Auckland:

Sofitel Auckland

Taupo: Huka Lodge
Christchurch: Otahuna Lodge
Queenstown: Blanket Bay or Matakauri Lodge

Cost
$19,080 Per person (double occupancy)