Our New Zealand itinerary is crafted around glacier-carved fjords, snow-capped volcanoes, fantasy forests and shimmering lakes across the nation’s two islands – both offer a wealth of natural beauty and showcase colourful Māori and European Heritage. Your itinerary starts on the North Island in sophisticated Auckland, home to high-end boutiques, a vibrant restaurant scene and sparking beaches, before heading to Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest lake and an ancient volcanic caldera, and a visit to the Kaimanawa Ranges.READ MORE +
From GBP £13,580 USD $16,160 pp excl. flights
23 hours 45 mins from London
17 hours 30 mins From NYC
New Zealand Dollar
English + Māori
Spend the day with our favourite guide and friend – a multi-talented chef, outdoorsman, tracker, hunting guide and repository of Māori food knowledge, Tom is passionate about sharing the magic of the New Zealand bush and introduces guests to the Kaimanawa Ranges, where they can participate in the traditional food preparation and cooking of the hangi (feast), or just sit back with a drink and preserve energy for the walk through the Orakei Korako Thermal Reserve afterwards.
Take a 30-minute guided stroll through the rain forest of the Hokitika Gorge before boarding a luxury AirBus H 125. Fly through the Whitcombe valley, watching the forests, rivers, waterfalls, wild game mountains and glaciers pass by before landing at Mt Beaumont for a view of the West Coast from the top of the world. Fly amongst the Southern Alps then land for a picnic at Lyal Glacier, before a lakeside walk through the eerily beautiful landscape.
Famously harder than steel, Pounamu is widely considered the ‘soul stone’ of New Zealand and a taonga (treasure) within Māori culture. To see it worked in the hands of a master carver is breathtaking. Join our local master pounamu carver and expert, on a guided walk along the sacred Arahura River as he shares ancient legends and helps you find New Zealand’s most coveted treasure.
Experience the beautiful, sheltered waterways of the Queen Charlotte Sounds on a 75-year-old Kauri classic launch called “Tutanekai”. Be treated to stories of the area and some shellfish gathering to eat with lunch onboard. Your guides are the old school kaitiaki (guardians) of the area and have an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge of the history and ecology of the Sounds.
Join Malcolm from Top Catch Charters for a fun-packed fishing trip on the Kaikōura coastline to catch your kai moana (seafood) ingredients. Then spend the afternoon with ex-Masterchef Fiona Read at Hapuku Kitchen and learn the skilful art of preparing and cooking your own fresh catch, before sitting down with a glass of local wine or beer to enjoy your well-earned feast.
As one of our favourite personal guides, Beau has looked after hundreds of clients from all over the world for nearly forty years. His passion and knowledge of the Southern Lakes area is second to none. Skippers Canyon is an historic and scenic gorge, and your guide has in-depth knowledge as to the history and geology of the river and canyon. The morning and early afternoon are spent in the canyon, finishing with a trip to historic Arrowtown for a relaxing drink.
Nothing but the best. On this suggested New Zealand itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.
A stylish and contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of Auckland, this is NZ’s first 5-star eco-hotel.
Boasting stunning panoramic views of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges, this luxury lodge, designed by New Zealand architect Kelvin Peck, is ideally located for hiking, golfing, or water activities on Lake Taupo, while for those seeking relaxation, the lodge offers a heated infinity pool and a spa where you can unwind while enjoying the incredible views and gourmet cuisine prepared by talented chefs, and superb selection of New Zealand wines.
This secluded paradise offers a unique blend of natural beauty, luxury, and sustainability, making it a true haven for those seeking an immersive and eco-conscious escape.
This enchanting eco-lodge, seamlessly blending luxury, nature, and sustainability, sits on a remote stretch of coastline, with luxurious suites and treehouses perched high in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove.
Sitting on a 4000-acre farm & nature reserve surrounded by spectacular Arthur's Pass National Park, the lodge offers incredible views, excellent food and pristine nature adventures.
Surrounded by lush native forests, towering mountains, and pristine rivers, Rimu Lodge provides a true immersion into the natural wonders of New Zealand.
This unique retreat’s cozy cabins, lodges and treehouses encourage a deep connection to the surrounding environment, while enjoying modern comforts.
Sat in a valley surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Makarora and the Southern Alps, exquisite hideaway is an opportunity to reconnect with nature while enjoying the comforts of a boutique retreat.
A small boutique hotel in the heart of Queenstown built around the original dairy, each features a harmonious blend of antique furnishings and contemporary design, some including magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding Remarkables mountain range.
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