Discover both awe-inspiring yet remote landscapes and unmissable iconic sights

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every detail taken care of

  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Enjoy sailing through the beautiful Sydney Harbour with a day cruise
  • Explore the remote wilderness of the Blue Mountains by 4X4
  • Indulge in Australian wine in the Barossa Valley
  • Discover the the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world with cruise around Akaroa
  • Explore Milford Sound and its stunning fjord from the air by helicopter
  • Enjoy a private catamaran sailing experience in the Bay of Islands
  • Finish your journey with a Cape Reinga helicopter flight

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Private transfers
  • Expert guides in each destination
  • Car hire
  • Our help with restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • Privately guided tours and experiences mentioned on this itinerary
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At a glance

This 26-day luxury discovery of Australia and New Zealand takes you through the most beautiful, off-the-beaten-track locations to ensure you have an unparalleled experience of both countries.

Start your journey in Australia’s vibrant city of Sydney, where you’ll take to the sea in Sydney’s famous harbour with a private cruise, before exploring all the incredible highlights on offer, such as the iconic Opera House.

After relaxing and exploring the beautiful surrounds of Bouddi National Park and the remote wilderness of the Blue Mountains, you’ll head to the Arkaba Conservancy where you’ll explore the ancient landscape as well as get the chance to spot kangaroos and emus on safari.

Wildlife lovers can further rejoice in New Zealand, where you will enjoy a dolphin-spotting cruise in Christchurch before jumping on horseback to explore the beautiful Ahuriri Valley during your stay at the exquisite hotel, The Lindis.

Next you’ll get your adrenaline pumping by taking to the skies over Milford Sound and Mount Tutoko before being brought back down to earth with a nerve-calming wine tour of Central Otago. After heading to Wellington you’ll get stuck into country living with a visit to a country estate sheep station.

To finish your trip in style, you’ll take to the skies once more with a helicopter flight over the majestic and remote scenery of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1 - 3


Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel

Accommodation in Sydney

Sydney Harbour Cruise on the Emma Mei Sydney Harbour Cruise on the Emma Mei

Enjoy sailing through one of the most beautiful harbours in the world aboard the Emma Mei yacht. Your skipper will guide you through Sydney’s intriguing history, explaining all about the city's waters, luxury homes, leafy parks, beaches and iconic landmarks.

Sydney highlights Sydney highlights

The best way to experience a new city is with someone who knows it inside out. This full-day, private guided tour shows you Sydney at its best, from its most famous icons to the hidden gems only a Sydney-sider knows how to find.

See the historic Rocks area, explore the colonial architecture of Macquarie Street, and see spectacular views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. See the glamorous Eastern Suburbs, the famous Bondi Beach and the stunning views from South Head. Travel over the Bridge to the Northern Beaches, the pristine waterways of the Hawkesbury River, and stroll the Corso at Manly. This day is a relaxed way to see Sydney with someone who can adapt the itinerary as you go, to make sure you get the most out of your day as a Sydney-sider.

Flights & transfers


Private sea plane transfer to your hotel

Days 3 - 6

Bouddi Peninsula

Accommodation in Bouddi Peninsula

Days at Pretty Beach House Days at Pretty Beach House

Spend your time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Bouddi National Park from the comfort of Pretty Beach House. You're ideally located to explore the Australian bush and as well as the stunning coastline, and the Beach House itself is the perfect place to unwind by the pool, in your gorgeous room or in the spa.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel

Days 6 - 8

The Blue Mountains

Accommodation in The Blue Mountains

Rocks to Rainforest 4WD Eco Tour Rocks to Rainforest 4WD Eco Tour

Visit some amazing remote wilderness in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, getting away from typical tourist destinations in a luxury 4WD vehicle. You will see fantastic panoramic escarpments, unique rock formations, deep canyons with ancient rainforest and occasionally kangaroo’s in the Megalong Valley, stopping for short walks en route led by your expert eco guide.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to airport


Flight to Adelaide


Pick up car hire

Days 8 - 10

Barossa Valley

Accommodation in Barossa Valley

Discover the Barossa Valley Discover the Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is an internationally renowned wine region. You are invited to the winemaker’s laboratory at Penfolds to try your hand at making your own blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. You will then be taken to the top of Mengler’s Hill where you'll be greeted by a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and vineyards of Barossa Valley and the greater Barossa wine region.

From here, continue to the village of Angaston and join your wine guide for casual lunch at a local cafe. If you wish, you can also visit Barossa Valley Cheese Company, where many award-winning cow and goats’ milk cheeses are made. The next cellar door visited will be the premium winery of Turkey Flat, where you can sample the traditionally made wines. Here you can also compare their own blend to Turkey Flat’s Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. To complete the day you will visit the boutique producers of Torbreck Vintners, artisans of exceptional Barossa wines.

Flights & transfers


Drive to Arkaba


Private transfer to your hotel

Days 10 - 13


Accommodation in Arkaba

Days at Arkaba Days at Arkaba

Arkaba Conservancy is a 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy in the Flinders Ranges. Enjoy safaris through this ancient landscape that kangaroos, emus and other abundant wildlife call home. Arkaba's field guides will bring the geological history and pastoral heritage of this region to life, enabling you to fully immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bush. You can also go fossil hunting and marvel at the ancient rock art from tens of thousands of years ago.

Flights & transfers


Drive to Adelaide


Return car hire


Private transfer to your hotel

Days 13 - 14


Accommodation in Adelaide

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel


Flight to Christchurch


Pick up car hire


Private transfer to your hotel

Days 14 - 16


Accommodation in Christchurch

Akaroa dolphins cruise Akaroa dolphins cruise

Akaroa is home to the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, the Hector's Dolphin, and a cruise out on Akaroa Harbour is the perfect way to view these amazing creatures, along with fascinating bird life and other curious and entertaining sea mammals in their natural habitat.

Flights & transfers


Drive to Ahuriri Valley

Days 16 - 18

Ahuriri Valley

Accommodation in Ahuriri Valley

Days at The Lindis Days at The Lindis

There are a wide range of activities available within the beautiful Ahuriri Valley and beyond, meaning that it's easy to fill your days at The Lindis. Take advantage of one of the top fly fishing locations in the world, or head out into the countryside for some hiking, mountain biking or horse riding. Or perhaps stargazing is more your thing? Capture the Milky Way like you have never seen it before and listen to the sound of silence.

Flights & transfers


Drive to Wanaka

Days 18 - 21


Accommodation in Wanaka

Helicopter Experience: Milford Sound and Mt Tutoko Helicopter Experience: Milford Sound and Mt Tutoko

Explore Milford Sounds stunning fiord from the air. Fly the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls, out to the Tasman Sea where we land on a wild West Coast beach. In Milford, enjoy a short nature walk and gain that iconic Mitre Peak photo. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Appellation Central Otago Wine Tour Appellation Central Otago Wine Tour

For the more discerning wine lover, or simply people who prefer the flexibility of a private tour, join your guide for a wine tasting journey to some of New Zealand's most memorable vineyards, at your own pace. Your guides local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago is at your disposal for an intimate half day experience in a thriving wine region.

The tour includes tastings at four vineyards, typically two in the Gibbston Valley/Queenstown region and two in the Bannockburn/Cromwell region. You'll enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery with a glass of premium matched wine. You'll also explore the history and scenery of the region with a stroll through Old Cromwell Town and a stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge.

Flights & transfers


Drive to Queenstown


Flight to Wellington


Private transfer to your hotel

Days 21 - 23


Accommodation in Wellington

Wharekauhau Country Estate: Farm Tour Wharekauhau Country Estate: Farm Tour

This working sheep station tour - in a comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle - is an absolute must for all Wharekauhau guests. Bordered by the Rimutaka Ranges and Pacific Ocean, this classic Kiwi Romney sheep station features all the activities that have created New Zealand’s legendary farming heritage, including sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dogs in action and daily farm events. The tour departs the lodge at 9.30am each morning and lasts roughly 3 hours.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel


Flight to Bay of Islands

Days 23 - 26

Bay of Islands

Accommodation in Bay of Islands

Private catamaran sailing Private catamaran sailing

Cool Change is a 54-ft sailing catamaran, offering a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world-famous Bay of Islands. Enjoy level sailing, all-round visibility and plenty of space, inside and out. Swim, snorkel, kayak, or enjoy nice walks on the islands, or just relax while lunch is served and enjoy the picturesque surroundings

Cape Reinga helicopter flight and Waipoua Forest walk Cape Reinga helicopter flight and Waipoua Forest walk

Take a 30-minute (approx) helicopter flight across to Omapere, where you will be met by your local Maori guide. Kupe's (New Zealand's first discoverer) descendants will take you on a guided walk of the largest kauri forest in the world and introduce you to their relationship with Mother Nature, both spiritually and culturally. A highlight of your experience will be an introduction to Tane Mahuta, God of the Forest.

From Omapere, continue to the west coast enjoying low-level views of the world-famous 90 mile beach, before landing at a private airfield near the Cape. Here you will enjoy a tour exploring the top of New Zealand, including the Cape Reinga lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. You'll also explore the Te Paki sand dunes where you'll take part in some sand tobogganing fun.

From here, make your way back to the helicopter for a short flight over spectacular and remote scenery such as the white silica sands of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, landing at Henderson Bay on the east coast for a leisurely lunch near the beach. Then fly the final leg of the journey home, passing across the stunning east coast.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to the airport

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