Discover the Wonders of New Zealand on this 16-day luxury New Zealand tour through the famed island nation. Experience the beautiful outdoors through a variety of activities and exciting flights over Milford Sound.
Wonders of New Zealand Luxury Tour with Ker & Downey
Suggested journey at a glance: 16 days/15 nights in Auckland, Taupo, Nelson, Kaikōura, Christchurch, Ahuriri Valley, and Queenstown.
This suggested Wonders of New Zealand luxury tour is just one way to see this famed island nation on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. As always, 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.
Our luxury New Zealand tour begins in the country’s largest city, Auckland, for some relaxation. Indeed, your stay offers splendid views over the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland city. Set out on an entertaining guided walk around the center of the city, embark on an America’s Cup sailing experience down the Auckland Harbour, and tour the vineyards and sculpture parks of beautiful Waiheke Island.
You will then transfer to Taupo. Taupo is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest recreational playgrounds and reputed as being one of the best trout fishing areas in the world. There, your suite faces the hypnotic turquoise waters of the trout-filled Waikato River, and the scene is yours to enjoy for two nights prior to venturing to the South Island for the remainder of your luxury New Zealand tour.
Begin your time on the South Island in Nelson amid an exclusive-use villa with spectacular 360-degree views of the mountains and Motueka River. It’s surround by national park and offers easy access to walking and hiking trails, kayaking, and fly-fishing. While in Nelson, spend a day wine-tasting in this renowned wine region and taking in the diversity of the northwestern tip of South Island by private helicopter. It will no doubt prove a highlight on your luxury New Zealand tour.
Continue your luxury New Zealand tour in Kaikōura. Stay in a unique tree house, nested above the ground in a canopy of a native New Zealand trees. In Kaikōura experience a safari from above, viewing whale pods and jumping dolphins from the luxury of a fixed-wing plane. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world for whale watching.
Then, spend two evenings in historic Christchurch, often described as ‘the most English city outside of England’. Explore the “Garden City” via bicycle and enjoy a punting experience down the Avon River.
Travel to the Ahuriri Valley where you’ll spend two days exploring the outdoors through a variety of experiences. Helicopter tours of Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, and Dusky Sound are available. Additionally, you can explore ground level via mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. Raft the Hawea River before heading onto your next destination.
And finally, conclude your luxury New Zealand tour in Queenstown in your hotel which overlooks Lake Wakatipu. Your final day is spent on a jet boat excursion up the Dart River into the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park. Explore the area on foot with a guide before returning to Queenstown for your final night of your luxury New Zealand tour.
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