Travel to New Zealand on this 21-day journey which covers both the North and South islands. It pairs adventures like helicopter flights and 4WD tours with days spent enjoying geothermal pools and taking in the majestic beauty of the country.
Travel to New Zealand
Suggested journey at a glance: 21 days/20 nights in Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Palliser Bay, Ahuriri Valley, Glenorchy, Taupo, and Bay of Islands
This suggested itinerary is just one way to travel to New Zealand on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a handcrafted trip.
Your travels in New Zealand begin in Auckland with an America’s Cup sailing experience on Waitematā Harbor. Participate in sailing the vessel, or rather sit back and watch the action. The following day you head to Hawke’s Bay where you’ll have two days to explore the area. Guided walks, scenic helicopter flights, mountain biking, and sheep farm experiences are all available.
Head to Palliser Bay next. Your lodge sits at the base of the Remutaka Mountain Range and is regarded as one of the finest luxury lodges in the world. Over two days, explore 3,000 acres of private land including forests, lakes, rivers, and 10 miles of Pacific coastline. Take it in from the sky in a scenic helicopter flight, or over land on an ATV quad bike. There’s also wine tastings and the opportunity to join the chef for a progressive wild picnic.
Travel to New Zealand’s Ahuriri Valley
Next travel to a small lodge set on 6,000 acres in the South Island’s Ahuriri Valley. The contemporary lodge blends seamlessly into the landscape and is ideal for stargazing. Moreover, there’s a wealth of opportunity here to explore New Zealand’s incredible landscapes and beauty.
After your stay in the Ahuriri Valley, you are met via helicopter and transferred to a mountain-top lake for a morning of standup paddle-boarding. Continue onto Glenorchy and your accommodations, which Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic, and renowned actor Sir Ian McKellan touted as one of the best places from which to explore the beauty of New Zealand.
Your time in Glenorchy is full of adventure. Take a 22-mile jet boat trip up the Dart River. Also explore Mount Aspiring National Park. Fly from Blanket Bay over the Southern Alps to Milford Sound. Additionally, spend time hiking, horseback riding, golfing, and even bungee jumping.
Explore the Maori culture while in Taupo. Visit rock carvings, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and even enjoy a geothermal-cooked Maori-inspired feast. You also can’t leave Taupo without indulging in a visit to the geothermal pools that Taupo is famous for.
Bay of Islands
Your travels in New Zealand conclude in the Bay of Islands. While here, explore the Waitomo Caves and the glow worms that made the site famous. Tour Cape Regina and the rugged West Coast by helicopter. There’s also mountain biking, walking trails, golf, fishing, and private beaches for your to explore.
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