|Suggested Trip Length
|13 days/ 12 nights – A shorter version can be arranged. Suggested minimum stay 9 nights
|Our quote will include all accommodations, private tours and guides, self drive or driver, meals where indicated, our personal enthusiasm for planning, and our personal knowledge of the destination.
|Luxury to Amazing. Some private villas.
|Self Drive Itinerary – can be modified if a driver is desired.
Your New Zealand food, wine, natural beauty adventure begins in Auckland.
Half Day Auckland City Sightseeing Excursion *4hrs
Suggested accommodations: In town Sofitel. Slightly off the beaten path with stunning views Azure Lodge
The Bay of Islands is an excellent option for nature lovers. Your visit will include wildlife and heritage reserved that can be comfortably explored on foot. Known for beaches and quiet blue waters for kayaking, bike tracks, and heritage trails, the Bay of Islands is a perfect escape into a serene world of the southern hemisphere. Also available are private sailing excursions that you will never forget through the many islands in this region.
Suggested accommodations: The Landings
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Suggested accommodations: Solitaire Lodge
Enjoy a personalized tour with delicious food, wine, art and culture set in beautiful rural Hawke’s Bay. Start your day taking in the breathtaking panoramic views from Te Mata Peak, looking over the Pacific Ocean, and back over the rolling hills of Central Hawke’s Bay. Wander through the expansive gardens of Birdwoods Gallery & Cafe and admire the art while enjoying Devonshire Tea. Take a private walking tour of Napier City. Since the Art Deco Trust began showing the city’s Art Deco treasures to tourists in 1985, thousands of people each year have experienced Napier’s fascinating heritage and have been captivated by the dramatic story of this city’s rebirth in the vibrant 1930s. Experience the amazing views from Napier Hill, Napier, stop for a photo opportunity of the famous National Tobacco Company Building, the most photographed Art Deco facade in New Zealand, and drive through the picturesque port of Ahuriri.
Suggested accommodations: Craggy Lodge
Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve gives you an opportunity to explore the dark sky. Here you’ll see the Milky Way Galaxy, stars and planets through the telescope or using astrophotography skills.
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Suggested accommodations: Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat: Breakfast and Dinner
Queenstown has so much to offer that we could suggest anywhere from 2 to 5 days to really experience it all. For true Lord of the Rings fans, this trip really does take you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable filming locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints.
Recommended: Private wine and art tour of Gibson Valley with lunch stop and wine pairing. The Gibbston Valley burgeoning wine region is the Southern most wine producing region in the world. Here extreme conditions have led to pioneering wine making, consistently superb wines, and worldwide recognition. Today your guide will share wonderful insights into the history of the industry and the challenges facing local winemakers and some of the most famous wineries in the region such as Gibbston Valley, Peregrine Winery, Chard Farm Winery, Mount Edward Winery, Mount Difficulty Wines and many others.
Or if you want something more active with breath taking views, hike up beneath the Gondola on the Remarkables Mountain range. More sedentary, take the Gondola up the mountain, enjoy the views, and return by Gondola.
For adrenaline junkies try the uniquely breathtaking white-water ride on the Shotover River. You’ll skim along the river at high speed, fishtailing into 360-degree spins. Winds permitting, I highly recommend the paragliding over the city of Queenstown. It’s a thrill.
Best way to see Milford Sound – weather permitting, is to fly over the sound. However, the wind conditions vary and flights get clearance only travel 35% of the time.
Homeward bound or extend your trip to other areas of New Zealand or onto Australia.
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