A compact yet unforgettable journey through some of New Zealand's highlights

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

What's included

  • 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
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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

Days 1 - 3


Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel

Accommodation in Queenstown

Two nights in Queenstown Two nights in Queenstown

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.

Alpine Scenic Flight Alpine Scenic Flight

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.

Mt Nicholas High Country Farm Mt Nicholas High Country Farm

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

Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown wilderness tour Queenstown wilderness tour

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.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Queenstown Airport


Domestic flight via Auckland to Taupo


Rental car pick up

Days 3 - 5


Accommodation in Taupo

Two nights in Taupo Two nights in Taupo

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.

Fly fishing Fly fishing

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.

 Wai-O-Tapu tour Wai-O-Tapu tour

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.

Self drive from Auckland to Waitomo Self drive from Auckland to Waitomo

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.

Flights & transfers


Drop off rental car in Auckland

Days 5 - 7

Waiheke Island

Flights & transfers


Ferry to Waiheke Island

Accommodation on Waiheke Island

Two nights on Waiheke Island Two nights on Waiheke 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.

Waiheke Island gourmet tour Waiheke Island gourmet tour

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.

Flights & transfers


Ferry to Auckland


Private transfer to Auckland airport

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