Example Trip Itinerary
Flight from Brisbane to Townsville
Accommodation on Orpheus Island
- 17 rooms
- All meals included
- Infinity pool
Orpheus Island is set among the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef and encompasses 11km of pristine coastline and 1,368 hectares of national park. The lodge is nestled within the sheltered Hazard Bay, putting you in the perfect position from which to experience the bounties of this great natural wilderness. The 17 rooms at Orpheus Island are clean, crisp and contemporary. Natural colours, blond timber and large windows create bright and laid-back spaces, complemented by the extraordinary setting outside. They are the ideal place to which to retire and gaze upon gorgeous beachfront views after a day spent exploring. For families or groups of friends, the four-bedroom beachfront villa is perfect. Dine at the lodge’s restaurant, which uses freshly caught and locally grown ingredients to create dishes that reflect the island’s tropical environment. Select from some of Australia’s finest vintages to accompany your food. For something truly unique, the Dining with the Tides experience allows guests to enjoy a private dinner on the pier served under the starry night sky. The Aboriginal name for Orpheus is Goolboddi and the island’s original inhabitants were the Manbarra people. In consultation with the elders of the region, the lodge’s spa was named Gwandalan which means ‘rest and peace’ in the Aboriginal language. Relax, rejuvenate and forget your troubles, with treatments that use Australian native ingredients and traditional therapies.
Spend your time exploring the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of Orpheus Island Lodge. Swim, snorkel, kayak or paddleboard through crystal clear waters; enjoy a morning yoga session; relax with a spa treatment; and enjoy the incredible cuisine on offer at the lodge. The rate is all inclusive so everything is taken care of during your stay.
Helicopter transfer to Townsville airport
Flight from Townsville to Sydney
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Sydney
- 98 rooms and suites
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
The Langham boasts unforgettable views of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and enjoys a quaint location among cobbled streets and the old architecture of the historic Rocks district. Rooms are spacious with high ceilings, large windows flooding them with natural light and letting in the warm Australian sunshine. Some rooms come with a balcony from which you can enjoy views of the iconic Sydney cityscape. Stop by the sophisticated Palm Court bar for an expertly mixed cocktail and vistas of the Western Harbour, before enjoying dinner at Bistrot Remy, boasting a contemporary menu that makes the most of Australia’s finest produce. Guests can also enjoy a decadent afternoon tea served on fine Wedgwood china, along with a glass of champagne. The underground spa is an oasis of calm while the health club, indoor swimming pool and tennis court are great for those who like to stay active while on holiday.
- 155 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Fitness centre
- Rooftop pool
The Park Hyatt is found in the historic district of The Rocks with views of the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Interiors are modern with a contemporary and clean design. Rooms have a neutral colour scheme of chocolate and cream, naturally-textured fabrics and soft lighting ensures rooms are bright and calm. Specially commissioned paintings and artwork from prominent Australian artists adorn the walls. At the Dining Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant, diners are treated to spectacular vistas of the harbour while enjoying a French-inspired menu. The Living Room has a more relaxed atmosphere while The Bar is a stylish location in which to enjoy fine wine, cocktails and live music. For those looking to relax and let go, indulge in a treatment at the spa or take a dip in the waters of the rooftop pool after working out at the fitness centre.
- 189 rooms
Located in the historic district of The Rocks, Pier One is right at the heart of what makes the city so special. Built on, and over, the harbour it allows guests to experience the very best of the bustling waterfront. The 189 rooms at the Pier One carry a contemporary aesthetic, tastefully complemented by early 20th-century Federation elements. Some look out over landmark sites including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while others offer views of Walsh Bay. All rooms and suites are bright and spacious, large windows flooding the spaces with natural light. The Gantry enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular waterside restaurants and here you can relax and enjoy views of Walsh Bay and the harbour while sampling a menu of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. To sooth sore muscles after a day of exploring, Pier One offers spa treatments in the comfort of your room. Massages, scrubs and facials await while the gym lets you carry on with your fitness routine.
The city of Sydney on the east coast of Australia is as idyllic is it appears from its instantly recognisable cityscape. It boasts a rich and intriguing history, famous beaches and iconic landmarks, with a diverse and friendly population, all spread around an elaborate shoreline of Port Jackson’s yacht-filled inlets, bays and rivers.
Pubs, markets, modern restaurants, theatres and galleries old and new add an exciting, sophisticated cultural air, while the fine weather and surrounding natural wonders of New South Wales make it a very outdoorsy place, and a great base from which to explore nearby beaches, mountains and national parks.
Take off from Rose Bay in the heart of Sydney Harbour and fly north, through the heads and along the northern beaches, before turning inland over the Narrabeen Lakes and Pittwater. Your pilot will land in front of the Cottage Point Inn, located right on the water and with a superb view of the Hawkesbury River and surrounding bushland.
Set on the junction of Cowan Waters and the Coal and Candle Creek, the original Cottage Point was a boathouse and general store. It has been operating as a restaurant since the 1970s. The menu changes seasonally but always features fresh fish and other local produce. Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch before flying back to Sydney where your plane will circle over the city for stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Gather at the BridgeClimb office for a safety briefing and get kitted out with safety overalls before setting out on your ascent of this iconic landmark as the sun sets. In groups of up to 14 people, set out along catwalks, up ladders, and steadily to the summit of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134m (440 feet) above Sydney Harbour.
The steady incline leaves you free to focus your attention on the view that encompasses 360° of Sydney, including the ocean to the east, the mountains to the west and the harbour city surrounds. At the summit photographs are taken, a group shot is included in the price and you may purchase others. The classic Bridge Climb will take approximately 3½ hours.
Private transfer to Sydney airport
Flight from Sydney to Queenstown
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Queenstown
- 16 rooms
- Dining options
Sat on the shores of the deep Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is a tranquil haven of serene blue waters and sweeping mountain landscapes. Snow-capped peaks reach towards the sky, providing a backdrop like no other to this incredible luxury establishment. Modern, bright and with plenty of room, the 16 suites have been styled by the highly celebrated designer Virginia Fisher. Four suites are found in the main lodge section while others have been built in a native forest with alpine panoramas. All have their own private balcony, lounge area and decadent bathroom, not to mention the cosy fireplace. The sizeable Owner’s Cottage is an idyllic getaway for larger groups or families. Boasting a menu that changes constantly with the availability of seasonal produce, the kitchen at Matakauri Lodge focuses on a clean and fresh experience for the palate. There are a number of settings in which to savour this modern New Zealand cuisine, from the privacy of your own patio to the property’s spacious courtyards. Located near great pine thickets, the spa provides an exclusive space where you can rejuvenate and reinvigorate your body with completely personalised treatments. Fall in love with the heated pool, let off some steam in the sauna or enjoy a leisurely time in the hot tub. Whether you arrive to the long, warm days of summer or to a winter wonderland of snow, there is always so much to do during your stay at Matakauri. Walks and hikes dominate the area, as do scenic horse riding trails and wine tours. Avid golfers will rejoice to know a PGA-rated course is nearby; The Hills is surely one of the most stunning and gorgeously isolated round of 18 you can play anywhere in the world.
- 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.
- 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.
- 10 rooms
- Bar with tapas menu
- In-house spa treatments
With a history intertwined with the region’s gold rush, the building of Eichardt’s Private Hotel carries with it the understated and classic elegance of a bygone era. With sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu’s emerald blue waters and eminent mountain peaks, it is a gateway to Queenstown and the untouched wilderness beyond. Choose from Eichardt’s lake view or mountain view suites, or the one- or two-bedroom apartments. For more privacy, or for those looking for a group getaway or family foray, there is the stand-alone three-bed Eichardt’s Residence which has a spacious kitchen, private dining area and sweeping balconies. The hotel bar has been considered a town favourite since 1867, providing the perfect environment in which friends and colleagues can sit down for a refreshing cocktail or a refined vintage from the famed Otago wine region. For those feeling peckish, there are comprehensive tapas menus to suit every palate, with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The bar also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cosy dining area with a fireplace. From the hotel you can treat yourself to an extensive range of in-room spa treatments provided by a local spa, wander down to the lake edge or head into the heart of the action in bustling 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.
Depart in a helicopter to Milford Sound for a hike of the track. You will leave the beautiful blue colours of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown and fly west towards Milford Sound over vast areas of native forest and alpine high country farmland. As you fly over Fiordland, you are surrounded by numerous hidden valleys, waterfalls and alpine lakes before landing at Milford Sound were your guide will greet you with a warm smile and brief you on your walk and the environment you are about to encounter. Upon completion of the walk you'll fly you back to Queenstown, stopping for an alpine landing on the way.
Leave at 8:30 am for a relaxed one-hour drive over Queenstown Hill to Bannockburn in historic Central Otago. The first stop is Amisfield Estates for a 90-minute private behind-the-scenes tour with the winemaker, who will personally take you through the vineyard and winery to show you how they craft their award-winning wines from how they grow and harvest the grapes through to bottling. Continue on through Bannockburn’s rugged landscape to the Cellar Door at Mt Difficulty, located on famed Felton Road, to sample some more wines.
Heading back to Queenstown, stop in at a new boutique tasting room, Wet Jacket Cellar Door, which is located in a beautifully converted 150-year-old former wool shed. After enjoying the full range of Wet Jacket wines, which are only available here and in a few of the top restaurants in the country, duck around the corner for a late lunch at the multi-award winning Amisfield Bistro where William and Kate dined during their tour of New Zealand. Finally drive through Arrowtown, a historic gold mining town, before returning to your hotel.
Private transfer to Queenstown Airport
Flight from Queenstown to Auckland
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Auckland
- 172 Rooms
- Two Restaurants
- Swimming pool
Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant restaurant and entertainment precinct, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, blends French ‘art de vivre’ with the natural beauty of New Zealand’s largest city. The elegance of old-world values meets new-world energy at this luxury hotel, where service and style are always in sync. Guests are surrounded by water and light and treated to panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour. The 172 bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized bath tubs and Juliet balconies that open into the fresh air. Natural tones in the décor are reminiscent of the sea and sky. One of the most striking features of the hotel is the water wall in the lobby. It descends into a pool where a Maori water god sculpture watches over guests. You’ll also find Maori and Pacific art exhibited on the walls, paying homage to New Zealand’s rich culture. Expect flavour and flair at Lava Dining, where the menu blends the best local produce with a refined French touch. The amber glow of its back-lit marble wall is inspired by Auckland’s volcanic origins. For something lighter, pop into 21 Viaduct Café, the silvery water reflecting city buildings, as you sip on an espresso. Or celebrate life like an emperor at the Sabrage champagne bar. Guests can restore some balance at So Spa and then take advantage of the gym, sauna, steam room and lap pool.
- 25 rooms
- Two bars
Straddling two unique precincts in downtown Auckland, this iconic building has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. The 25 individually designed rooms and suites feature eclectic furniture, as well as local art and photography. Each room has its own style, and the bespoke carpets throughout the hotel are made from 100% hand- woven New Zealand wool. A focal point of DeBretts Kitchen is the glass-roofed atrium and courtyard where guests can tuck into contemporary New Zealand cuisine. Get the evening off to a great start with local craft beers and boutique wines at the Art Deco-inspired House Bar, or the retro Cornerbar.
New Zealand’s largest cosmopolitan centre is a lively mix of culture, cuisine, music and art with ample green spaces and easily accessible beaches. It is the modern melting pot of the Pacific with influences from Asia, the Pacific islands and Europe along with traditional Maori culture. A fresh and vibrant city, Auckland boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, and the harbour, which underwent a revamp before hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011, is now a wonderful place to soak up the buzz of this exciting city.
Auckland's windswept west coast black sand beaches are a magnet for surfers, photographers and nature lovers. Visit Muriwai Beach to see the impressive clifftop gannet colonies (from August to March), or nearby Te Henga (Bethells Beach) to stroll the sand and explore the
enormous sand dunes at Lake Wainamu.
Down the coast is Piha, a popular surf beach watched over by majestic Lion Rock, and Karekare, made famous as a backdrop for the film The Piano.
Private transfer to Auckland airport
Flight from Auckland to Nadi (Fiji)
Nadi Airport meet and greet
Accommodation in Fiji
- 16 villas with plunge pools
- Dive centre
- Deep sea fishing
Located on Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon, Royal Davui is a idyllic island retreat set against a backdrop of white sandy beaches, turqoise waters and fiery sunsets. 16 vales – the Fijian word for home – are nestled among the tropical gardens, each one looking out across the ocean. Decor is stylish and modern but the vales there is an air of tradition with thatched rooves and wooden frames. Each one features a sun deck with private heated plunge pool from where you can relax and spot dolphins and turtles moving through the lagoon. At the heart of the resort is a magnificent Pacific banyan tree which pushes its way up through the Banyan Restaurant. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood, tropical flavours and relaxed dining – or you can choose to enjoy your meal on your private deck or at a number of secluded spots around the island. All meals are included in your stay. The reef surrounding the island is protected and no fishing is allowed within one mile, resulting in waters incredibly rich in marine life. Exploring this underwater world is a highlight of a stay at Royal Davui and guests can swim, snorkel, dive or kayak through the pristine waters. There is a strong eco focus and the resort was designed to exist in harmony with the natural environment. During construction, vales were built in locations which eliminated the need to cut down ancient trees. All the timber was purchased from sustainable plantation stock and waste water is treated and converted into usable garden water.
Spend your days relaxing on this idyllic private island and exploring at your own pace. The surrounding reef is protected and no fishing is allowed within one mile, resulting in waters incredibly rich in marine life. Exploring this underwater world is a highlight of a stay at Royal Davui and guests can swim, snorkel, dive or kayak through the pristine waters. There’s also a PADI Dive Centre if you want to spend more time underwater.
One of the most popular ways to spend an afternoon here is a private on a sand cay a short boat trip away, plus there’s the spa for further indulgence and a range of cultural activities such as visits to neighbouring villages, cooking classes, touch rugby and more.
A must do at Royal Davui is a sand cay beach picnic. This tidal islet is a short seven-minute boat ride away from the island. Guests are taken to the island in one of the small resort boats so as to allow navigation of the shallow waters and to land on the sand cay. This remote picnic is a unique and stunning way to spend a few hours alone with your loved one. Spend the day soaking up the sun and exploring the reef system and shallow tide pools at this unique location.
Helicopter transfer to Nadi Airport