Luxury Across New Zealand is a 15-day discovery of the country’s most memorable sights and cities. Traveling to the best of both the North and South Islands, this fully custom journey features an America’s Cup sailing experience, wine tastings, Māori culture, a dramatic flightseeing excursions over the marvels of Milford Sound, and endless opportunities for adventure in New Zealand’s premium adventure tourism region.
Luxury Across New Zealand with Ker & Downey
Suggested journey at a glance: 15 days/14 nights in Auckland, Taupō, Marlborough Sounds, Lake Hāwea, Wanaka, and Queenstown.
This suggested trip is just one way to discover the country’s most memorable sights and cities on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; so contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a handcrafted trip.
Luxury Across New Zealand begins with harbor-front accommodations that offers splendid views over the Viaduct basin and Auckland city. Enjoy an America’s Cup sailing experience and a fabulous wine and sculpture tour of Waiheke Island before transferring to New Zealand’s geothermal hot spot, Rotorua, for a unique immersion into Māori culture. Your private retreat is surrounded by one of the country’s prime recreational playgrounds and one of the best trout fishing regions in the world.
Your Luxury Across New Zealand experience then journeys to Marlborough Sound. Board a private helicopter for a flight to Kapiti Island, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most important nature reserves. While there, enjoy a walking experience of the island, a bird sanctuary, and home to numerous rare plant species. Many of these plants aren’t even found on the mainland. Continue onto your accommodations in the heart of Queen Charlotte Sound. While in the Sounds, you’ll also enjoy a private charter cruising through the beautiful Sounds.
Christchurch and Lake Hāwea
Travel next to historic Christchurch for a leisurely private cycling tour and punting experience in the Garden City. The following day you’ll travel to a sole-use villa in New Zealand’s premium adventure tourism region. Indeed, skiing, kayaking, jet-boating, rock climbing, mountain biking, horse trekking, and ski diving are all at your doorstep. Additionally, world-class fly-fishing and back country hiking are also available. Finish off your luxury travel to New Zealand experience here with a private scenic flight over the incredible Tasman glacier on Mount Cook. This is New Zealand’s highest mountain, and you will land at Lake Wanaka.
An eco-luxury homestead with total privacy and exquisite food and wine is your next destination. Experience true luxury travel to New Zealand as you embark on a private farm tour and discover their sustainable farming practices, plant regeneration efforts, and native bird breeding programs. A heli-hike on Franz Josef takes you into superb scenery and deep into the heart of the glacier.
Luxury Across New Zealand concludes south in Queenstown, the aptly named adventure capital of New Zealand, in Australia and New Zealand’s No. 1 resort. Set out on a scenic helicopter flight and cruise through Milford Sound. Spend your last day on a jet boat trip up the Dart River for a nature walk through Mount Aspiring National Park. Indeed, what an unforgettable end to the adventure of a lifetime.
Luxury Travel to New Zealand with Ker & Downey
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