A New Zealand Taster
A compact yet unforgettable journey through some of New Zealand's highlights
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private and scenic helicopter tour over the Queenstown basin
- Private transfers in Queenstown and Auckland
- Rental car hire in Taupo
- All tours specified in the itinerary
- Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This is a whirlwind tour of some of New Zealand’s greatest highlights. Yet while compact and fast moving, it still manages to capture the laid-back Kiwi attitude that makes this country such a pleasure to visit.
You’ll start your journey by taking to the skies in a private alpine helicopter flight over the Queenstown basin where you’ll see the entirety of the awe-inspiring Skippers Canyon from above.
After cruising over the beautifully blue Lake Wakatipu, you’ll soak up the tranquility of this country as you immerse yourself in the panoramic views around you at one of New Zealand’s most remote high-country farms. Here you’ll discover how a family-run merino sheep farm produces the highest quality wool for people to enjoy all over the world.
After relaxing at the farm, you’ll be whizzed off on an exhilarating jet boat across the Dart River and journey deeper into the Aspiring National Park.
Heading over to Taupo for two nights, you’ll get to enjoy the serenity of fly fishing and marvel at the fascinating volcanic area of Wai-O-Tapu with its steaming pools and exploding geysers.
Before ending your journey, you’ll first experience the thrill of black water rafting at Waitomo Caves and spend two final nights relaxing on the stunning Waiheke Island. Here you’ll get a taste of New Zealand with a gourmet food and wine tour.
A scenic ferry ride will bring you back to the mainland, before a private transfer to Auckland airport. You’ll leave this country with peace of mind and plenty of fresh memories to cherish.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Queenstown
- 6 rooms
- Kitchen garden
- Designed by acclaimed designer Neil McLachlan
A relic of stately Victorian elegance, Hulbert House is a luxury villa that operates as one of Queenstown’s oldest residences. Built in 1888, this boutique hotel offers historic charm with contemporary comforts and modern amenities. Transformed by an award-winning designer, the interiors are vibrant while paying tribute to the antiquity of the property. The six luxury suites are all individually designed, carrying through a feeling of old-world opulence with extravagant, bold and fresh furnishing. Each has views over either Lake Wakatipu, Skyline Hill or the well-kept gardens. A scrumptious breakfast of fresh and delicious ingredients waits those early morning risers, while the kitchen can provide tasty snacks throughout the day. Ideally placed, Hulbert House is found in close proximity to many of the attractions of Queenstown, with popular cafes, restaurants and shops all within walking distance. It is also only 450m from the banks of the large Lake Wakatipu and just a little further from the Skyline Gondola and Luge.
- 22 rooms
- Dining room
Set against a gorgeous mountain background among lush parkland, the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is an upmarket, eco-friendly hotel. With a fresh and modern aesthetic, all 22 rooms and suites are furnished with a discerning eye. Stylish and modern, the Gondola rooms enjoy a private outdoor area while those in the spacious Remarkable rooms and suites can lounge on balconies, savouring beautiful views of the Remarkables mountain range. The Tower Suite, operating as a private penthouse, is spread across two levels and features a kitchen, lounge and dining area enjoys panoramic views from the verandah and private garden. There is also a two-bedroom tower suite with a kitchen, lounge and dining area which opens onto a balcony. The guest lounge is the perfect place to enjoy complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapes, before sitting down to enjoy a meal made using ingredients grown in the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden.
- Nine private villas
- Dining room
- Private sun deck
Azur Lodge consists of nine private villas set on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges and Lake Wakatipu. The open-plan villas feature a lounge, dining room and a bath tub which has been set into a bay window so you can enjoy the scenic views as you soak. There is also a private sun deck from which to gaze out across the wilderness. Breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapes are included, and there is the option to dine in the main lodge or in the privacy of your villa. You are conveniently located just 20 minutes from the airport and five minutes from downtown Queenstown, so exploring this wonderful part of New Zealand couldn’t be easier.
From the towering alpine ranges that envelop Queenstown, to its laidback lakeside sister Wanaka, this is easily one of the most spectacular regions of the country. Seek out one of the endless thrills on offer here from skiing, white water rafting, canyon swinging, jet boating, mountain biking and bungy jumping, or slow down to the cosmopolitan pace of life in Queenstown and cool Wanaka and you’ll discover its flourishing arts scene, excellent vineyards, fine dining and quiet lakeside shores where you can take in the incredible scenery.
The best way to fully experience the sensational scenery around Queenstown can only truly be from the air via a scenic helicopter flight. The awe-inspiring alpine scenery including Skippers Canyon and the Queenstown basin, as well as the chance to land in the snow on one of the regions stunning peaks, really is a winning combination for making memories to last a lifetime.
Depart from the centre of Queenstown and cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the Spirit of Queenstown, making your way to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm. Soak up the tranquility of this stunning area as you take in panoramic views while visiting one of New Zealand’s most rugged and remote high country farms.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm that produces the highest quality wool for the world-renowned Icebreaker clothing company. Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment with a visit to the sheep yards to watch sheep being moved by the farm guide and dogs. Morning tea is included before returning back to Queenstown
Get up close to the natural beauty of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. On this wilderness tour, your local guide will take you on a thorough exploration of the history-rich gold rush hot spot of Arrowtown, to the vast wilderness of Glenorchy and Paradise. Begin the day meandering through the charming cobblestone streets of Arrowtown. A quaint township with a vivid history, you'll explore an old Chinese settlement and enjoy browsing local boutiques and shops. You'll also enjoy a spectacular scenic drive, in the comfort of your Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van, as you then make your way towards Glenorchy. The road hugs the bright blue waters of Lake Wakatipu as it winds through valleys and around mountain peaks, its not hard to see why it is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
You'll stop at the famous Bennett’s Bluff Lookout for panoramic views across Lake Wakatipu before lunch at a charming local café in the iconic Glenorchy shed. After indulging you'll hop aboard an exhilarating and authentic Dart River Jet Boat, where you'll delve deep into the world-famous Mount Aspiring National Park. Your guide will teach you the region’s rich history before you wander among ancient beech tree forests, a hidden location you might recognize from The Lord of the Rings films. Heading back along the breathtaking Glenorchy Road, enjoy take a leisurely stroll around the picturesque and historic Bob’s Cove, before journeying back to Queenstown.
Private transfer to Queenstown Airport
Domestic flight via Auckland to Taupo
Rental car pick up
Accommodation in Taupo
- Four suites
- Spa treatments
- Mountain bike hire
On the shores of Lake Taupo sits the Acacia Cliffs Lodge, in an enviable position overlooking this most scenic of waters. The four boutique suites are stylish and modern, without compromising on the charm of a holiday retreat. Each room is large and spacious, coming with either a large private deck with breath-taking lake views or a private garden courtyard. The communal areas drink in the landscape through vast glass walls, with the dining area particularly spectacular, a fitting setting for wonderful meals complimented by local wines. Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a great base from which to explore everything Taupo has to offer, whether a scenic flight over the lake and nearby active volcanoes, fly fishing, golf, hiking and more. The nearby town of Taupo has a great selection of cafes, galleries and restaurants, easily reachable by bike, and you can look forward to returning to a selection of in room spa treatments.
- One- and two-bedroom villas and junior suites
- Golf course
Set in the tranquil 254-hectare grounds of the Kinloch Club course on the shores of Lake Taupo, is The Kinloch Club. This modern, luxury lodge was designed to emulate a Scottish castle but with a distict, 21st-century feel. The main lodge with its schist stone exterior looks out over the magnificent golf course and Lake Taupo. On arrival, guests will pass through the central courtyard with outdoor fireplace and reflecting pool. Inside, the great room, dining room, bar and den are cosy and luxurious with splashes of velvet and cowhide and a warm and inviting colour scheme. A short walk from the main lodge are one- and two-bedroom villas as well as suites, each offering magnificent views. Freestanding bath tubs and sumptuous handmade New Zealand rugs ensure a comfortable stay, and those staying in the villas will enjoy use of their own private terrace. The Kinloch Spa is the perfect escape and when hunger strikes, the restaurant offers gourmet cusine to be enjoyed with New Zealand’s world-class wine. You can also choose to dine in the comfort of your own villa or suite.
Steaming mud pools, erupting geysers and Maori traditions all make Taupo a special area to visit and one that is distinctively unique to the rest of New Zealand. Explore geothermal parks before heading into nearby native forests for hiking or mountain biking the numerous world-class trails. Lake Taupo is actually a volcano crater, the lake’s deep blue waters draw visitors with its idyllic swimming holes, reputable fishing and adventure sports. On a clear day the views stretch out over the glassy water to the snow capped volcanoes of Tongariro National Park in the distance.
Enjoy a personalised fly fishing adventure. Each trip is meticulously planned and specifically tailored to suit the experience and abilities of the angler. Your guide has a wealth of knowledge of all the rivers and enjoys the opportunity to share the stunning environment with all his clients.
Enjoy a visit to Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters), New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse active volcanic area with dramatic geysers, mineral terraces, lakes, craters and bubbling mud pools.
This exhilarating Waitomo black water rafting tour will have you exploring and tubing through mysterious Ruakuri Cave. You will float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above. Jump into cascading underground waterfalls, and enjoy a hot shower and hot soup and bagels after your tour. You will be accompanied by experienced trained guides.
Drop off rental car in Auckland
Ferry to Waiheke Island
Accommodation on Waiheke Island
- Seven rooms
- Spa treatments
Sitting just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa, The Boatshed, is a hip, small luxury hotel, its casual and elegant atmosphere in perfect harmony with the seaside location. With five designer luxury suites with panoramic ocean views and two stylish baches (luxury beach cottages), The Boatshed is an exciting mix of unique spaces. Suites have a nostalgic beach hut feel with louvered shutters that open out onto gardens and let the sea breeze in. The Lighthouse is the most unique and romantic suite. Spiral your way to the top of the three-storey tower past the white washed bedroom to the sunny dayroom at the top from which you can watch boats bobbing in the bay. It’s all about al fresco fine dining at The Boatshed. Enjoy some of the finest organic produce that Waiheke has to offer. Succulent seafood and gourmet cuts of meat are complimented by produce fresh from The Boatshed gardens, and New Zealand wines. Treat yourself to a sensory journey with a relaxing massage or treatment in the privacy of your suite. The list of treatments on offer is extensive, but pre-booking is advisable. Fully rejuvenated, take a stroll down to the beach for an ice-cream and a refreshing dip. Oneroa, Waiheke’s eclectic village of cafes, art galleries and gift shops, is only a short walk from the hotel.
- Four suites and a two-bedroom apartment
- Infinity pool, jacuzzi and sauna
- In house chef
- Wine cellar
- Spa treatments
On the beautiful island of Waiheke, just a 35 minute ferry ride or five minute helicopter flight from downtown Auckland, Delamore Lodge sits with fabulous views over Owhanake Bay and the Hauraki Gulf. Shaped to mimic a traditional carved Maori fishhook, the curving lodge is moulded into the cliffside, with expansive terraces, panoramic windows and infinity pool orientated to face the sea. There are four guest suites and a two-bedroom apartment, each with an intimate courtyard where you can relax in uninterrupted privacy, or soak in your bath tub and take in the view. You’ll also find cosy lounges, cave-like Jacuzzi, sauna and a wine cellar filled with award-winning wines here. The resident chef serves up individually tailored three-course dinners inspired daily by what is homegrown and harvested locally and with the abundance of fish from the rich local waters, or you can try one of the many great restaurants and vineyards on the island.
Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. White sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf and are perfect for swimming, kayaking, or having a picnic. If you’re a walker, explore the island’s trails which meander along cliff tops, down to the beaches and into cool enclaves of native forest.
Experience the ultimate indulgence in the artisan produce grown and prepared on Waiheke Island. You'll be met at the Waiheke Island ferry terminal by your Ananda guide who will take you on a culinary adventure on the island, including a visit to an award-winning olive oil mill and two of the local vineyards. A delicious platter style lunch is included at one of the islands top vineyards.
Ferry to Auckland
Private transfer to Auckland airport
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We create fully personalised trips from start to finish, working with you to pick locations, accommodation and guides that suit you.
Each time you travel with us, you preserve an acre of precious rainforest through our partnerships.
From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.