Luxury Across New Zealand

Luxury Across New Zealand

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 customizable journey features a private cruise through the Marlborough Sound, wine tastings in Nelson, and dramatic flightseeing excursions over the marvels of Milford Sound and the Franz Josef Glacier.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Auckland / Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

  • Day 2:

    Auckland / Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (B,L)

  • Day 3:

    Taupo / Huka Lodge (B,D)

  • Day 4:

    Taupo / Huka Lodge (B,D)

  • Day 5:

    Nelson / Edenhouse (B,L,D)

  • Day 6:

    Nelson / Edenhouse (B,L,D)

  • Day 7:

    Marlborough Sounds / MV Tarquin (B,L)

  • Day 8:

    Marlborough Sounds / MV Tarquin (B,L,D)

  • Day 9:

    Christchurch / The George Hotel (B)

  • Day 10:

    Franz Josef / Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B,D)

  • Day 11:

    Franz Josef / Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B,D)

  • Day 12:

    Queenstown / Eichart’s Private Hotel (B)

  • Day 13:

    Queenstown / Eichart’s Private Hotel (B)

  • Day 14:

    Queenstown / Eichart’s Private Hotel (B,L)

  • Day 15:

    Queenstown / Departure (B)

Itinerary Description:

Luxury Across New Zealand begins within the romantic harbor-front accommodations of Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. 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 Maori culture. Your private retreat at Huka Lodge is surrounded by one of the country's prime recreational playgrounds and one of the best trout fishing regions in the world.

After trying your hand at angling, continue your Luxury Across New Zealand journey on the South Island in the enchanting atmosphere of Nelson, where you will have the chance to imbibe the never-ending supply of art, culture, wine, and wonder of the region. Settle into the elegant country house accommodations of Edenhouse and let nature take over, flying over the turquoise waters and lush bush of Abel Tasman National Park, pausing en route for a gourmet picnic on the golden sand beaches.

Perhaps the most enticing feature of Luxury Across New Zealand is a two-day cruise aboard a privately-chartered luxury vessel, MV Tarquin, through the Marlborough Sounds. Spoiled with your very own private crew, chef, and walking guide, you have a host of gourmet delicacies and thrilling activities from which to choose as you navigate the endless bays, coves, beaches, hiking trails, and seafood farms found throughout the 930 miles of enclosed coastline.

Travel next to historic Christchurch for a leisurely private cycling tour and punting experience in the Garden City before boarding the famous TranzAlpine train to the Southern Alps. The rainforest setting of Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the perfect base from which to embark on your private heli-hiking excursion to Franz Josef glacier, bringing you up-close to the pristine, brilliantly blue ice.

Luxury Across New Zealand concludes south in Queenstown, the aptly named adventure capital of New Zealand. Wake up to breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu from your luxury apartments at Eichardt's Private Hotel and set out on a scenic helicopter flight over and cruise through Milford Sound. Your last day is spent on a jet boat trip up the Dart River for a nature walk through Mount Aspiring National Park -- an unforgettable end to the adventure of a lifetime.

Customize This Journey

Choose additional countries and destinations, change property selections, add activities, tours, and more. With Ker & Downey, the choice is yours – just ask your travel expert!