Private transfer by road and boat to Mnemba Island
Cruise out of Picton along the Cook Sound to the Bay of Many Coves.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, the Bay of Many Coves is a tranquil haven where switching off and reconnecting with your natural surroundings has never been easier. This is a place where dolphins, orcas and seals come to splash in the waters; sweeping views of Queen Charlotte Sound greet you at every corner; and where you can meet the local wildlife during the day and relax with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the bay as the day draws to a close. The Bay of Many Coves is reached by boat, cruising across a sheltered bay until you reach the resort perched on the water’s edge. Nestled within the native bush that surrounds, are a selection of one, two or three-bedroom apartments, each with their own balcony that looks out over the bay. The Kereru Suite has its own private entry and features two en-suite bedrooms, making it a perfect option for families. When it comes to eating and drinking, guests are spoiled for choice. Enjoy fine dining in the award-winning Foredeck Restaurant, brunch in the lounge and signature seafood dishes at the cafe on the jetty. Of course wherever you choose to eat, a crisp glass of local Marlborough wine is never far away. With such beautiful surroundings, you’ll want to head out and explore what’s on your doorstep. Grab a kayak or paddleboard and take to the water, go bush walking, visit the cormorant breeding colonies or head out at night to witness the spectacle of hundreds of twinkling glow worms.
- 11 apartments
- Fine dining restaurant and waterfront bistro
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Hot tub
The Marlborough Sounds is an adventurer’s paradise where you can indulge your passions, challenge your senses, and try new things you’ve always dreamed of doing. Take the waters by kayak or motoryacht, arrange a fishing charter, or head out in search of dolphin - including the rare Hector’s dolphin - with the chance of swimming with these incredible marine mammals. You can also explore this beautiful ribbon of coastline by hiking a section of the famed Queen Charlotte Track, go bird watching, bush walking, tour the vineyards of Marlborough or relax on your own personal beach, by the pool or at the spa.
Private transfer to Kaikoura
The work of a family of architects and builders, Hapuku Lodge is an extraordinary ecolodge perfectly placed between the white peaks of the Kaikoura Mountain Range and waves of Mangamaunu Bay. There are four ultra-spacious rooms in the main lodge with wonderful mountain views, Japanese soaking tubs with room for two and immense custom beds – said to be the best on the island. The two suites also have their own fireplaces and a living area. However the real stars of the show are the luxurious treehouses, standing 10m (30 feet) above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, each with a wood-burning fire place, spa bath, open rain showers and large glass windows with a birds eye view to the coast. There are two storey options for families, and the standalone Olive House Suite has room for two adults and up to three children. Dining at Hapuku means an organic and locally-sourced menu, with produce collected from the hotel’s own herb and vegetable gardens, free range chicken populations and meat from nearby hunters and fishermen. Constantly changing and evolving offerings may include venison, wild blackberries, a variety of cheese, crayfish and even homemade plum ice cream. A comprehensive wine list makes sure to incorporate vintages from all over New Zealand, the ideal accompaniment to a wonderful meal. There are adventures to be had in every corner of Kaikoura’s coast, dubbed the ‘Maritime Serengeti’ by the local National Geographic. Head out on the waves in a sea kayak, swim with dolphins and seals or go whale watching to spot the gentle grey giants in the ocean blue. Mountain bikes can be borrowed from the lodge to traverse the surrounding trails while there are also Maori cultural tours, horse riding and the acclaimed surfing of Mangamaunu Bay a short walk away.
- 12 rooms and suites
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Hot tub and sauna
Kaikoura, a quaint village between the snowcapped Kaikoura Range and Pacific Ocean, is a haven for wildlife fanatics and adventure sports enthusiasts alike. For the former, the region has been dubbed the ‘maritime Serengeti’, the sea here one of the best places in New Zealand to go whale and dolphin watching. If you’re here between May and October you may get to witness fur seal pups playing in the water below Ohau Waterfall and the bird watching is another big draw. For the active, there are wonderful hiking and mountain biking trails along the coast, fine surfing, sea kayaking and more.
Whale watching by from the air offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment, experiencing the true magnitude of some of the world’s largest animals, and offering a fabulous view for photographers. This scenic flight lasts for around 30 minutes.
Private transfer to Christchurch Airport
Enjoy an unforgettable helicopter flight from Christchurch to your lodge in the Glaciers and Mt Cook region.
On the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the exclusive Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set in a forest wilderness by the azure waters of Lake Pukaki, with spectacular, uninterrupted views towards the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook itself, New Zealand’s highest mountain. The private Ashley Mackenzie Villa is an inspiring and romantic space. Two large double bedrooms have been designed in the style of a European farmhouse, and decorated in soft Tuscan white with neutral velvet and linens. French doors open onto iconic panoramic vistas. Larger groups can also make use of the two-bedroom Pukaki Homestead just 350 metres from the villa, offering the perfect blend of privacy and proximity. Breakfast provisions and a three-course evening meal are included. Visit the garden and choose your favourite vegetables for dinner. The garden is bursting with berries, herbs and vegetables – for everything else, pureness and authenticity are paramount when it comes to suppliers. Guests have private use of Fantail Spa. Inspired by the landscape, the spa’s design captures a harmonious balance of energy and natural elements. The massage menu draws inspiration from the land and indigenous culture. Based on holistic therapies, guests are encouraged to connect to their Wairua (spirit) and to nature. The retreat is located in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. In the company of your hosts, enjoy a superb stargazing experience. Guests also have access to a tennis court, pétanque, croquet, and curling rink (winter).
- 4 Rooms
- Private Spa
- On-site Observatory
- Wine Cellar
- Tennis Court
Split your time at the wonder Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat between exploring this incredible region and relaxing back at the lodge. You can explore some of New Zealand’s highest peaks within Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, head out on mountain bikes around the lake, walk to see the vast glaciers found here, go fishing, gaze up at one of the darkest night skies in the world from the observatory, spend time at the Fantail Spa, taste wine and unwind.
Private transfer to Queenstown
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.
- 16 rooms
- Dining options
A picture of modernity in supreme wilderness, The Hills is set on 500 acres of tranquil grounds, dotted with contemporary and wondrous sculptures and stretching out to white-capped peaks that frame the horizon. The six individual cutting-edge suites take luxury to the next level. Vast windows allow for plenty of views out to the gorgeous glacial valley, in return bathing the spacious interiors with plenty of natural light. Fireplaces and decadent en suite bathrooms ensure sophistication and comfort beyond all expectations. Dining at the lodge is a joy, with a locally-sourced and seasonal gourmet menu. You can even join the chef in the kitchen to learn a thing or two if you like. The underground wine cellar is a unique way to enjoy your meal while sampling some of the region’s best. After admiring the hotel’s comprehensive collection of ancient Maori art, you may want to stretch your legs around the stunning grounds or in the state-of-the-art fitness centre. Additionally, you can enjoy a set or two on the picturesque grass tennis court. Perhaps one of the most popular attractions during your stay is the serene Hills Golf Course. Waterways and wetland can be found alongside breath-taking fairways and distinct artworks which populate the 18 holes. A recent creation, it is a championship course which hosted the New Zealand Open in 2007. The hotel itself also has its own private par 3.
- 6 rooms
- Incredible sculptures
- Grass tennis court
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.
- 6 rooms
- Kitchen garden
- Designed by acclaimed designer Neil McLachlan
Often adorned with flowers beneath a clear blue New Zealand sky, the rustic yet elegant stone lodge of Blanket Bay sits perched upon the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The establishment is found in an typical South Island alpine setting of vast valleys and great mountains. There is a luxury element found throughout all the the 12 residences, from the separate chalet cottages to the spacious lodge rooms and suites, both enjoying incredible views and plenty of natural light. There is a charming antiquity to the spaces, beautiful timber beams reaching up along the ceiling and refined wooden furnishing adding to the already classic atmosphere. When it comes to wining and dining, there is no letting up of world-class service. The menu is forever changing, making the utmost of the kitchen’s access to locally-sourced ingredients and produce. What you will find are modern, innovative takes on classical dishes incorporating fresh fish, lamb and venison and an array of fruits and vegetables grown in the region. Forget about your troubles at the spa, embracing the unbridled pleasures of the sauna and Jacuzzi. Ease away those aches and pains with a massage by a professional therapist, ideally after a hard workout in the fitness centre or a few laps in the heated pool. There are few other places on earth with so many activities and adventures on offer, from the numerous hiking trails meandering up mountain ranges, fly fishing hotspots in the pools, runs, rivers and smaller mountain lakes, heli-skiing in winter, jet boating and kayaking. Tackle 4WD tours and vineyard and art trails. Horse riding enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the available tracks while golfers of any calibre will surely revel in the splendour and beauty of championship-standard Jack’s Point Golf Course.
- 12 rooms
- Gourmet cuisine
- Fitness equipment
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. The 10 suites at Eichardt’s blend the romance of the past with modern luxuries and amenities. Choose from five rooms in the main lodge, four lakefront 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’s 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.
- 10 rooms
- Bar with tapas menu
- In-house spa treatments
From the towering alpine ranges that envelop Queenstown, to its laidback lakeside sister Wanaka and the incredible Milford Sound, 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. And, of course, Milford Sound with its spectacular 1692m-high Mitre Peak (Rahotu in Maori) is unmissable.
Visit the majestic Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular areas. On the scenic flight you'll see hanging valleys, alpine lakes and cloud-piercing summits. Upon arrival at Milford Sound you will board a specially designed vessel and embark on a cruise along the fiord to the Tasman Sea. Sheer rock walls, waterfalls and the mile-high monolith of Mitre Peak are the backdrop as you enjoy a picnic lunch.
For a wonderful finale to your time on South Island, fly west over the Queenstown basin and Paradise Valley and into Mt Aspiring National Park. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls before landing on one of the many glaciers within the Forbes Mountains. There’s time for photos in the snow before heading back towards Queenstown past hidden alpine lakes and the rich gold mining history of Skippers Canyon.
Private transfer to Queenstown Airport