(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Glenorchy & Milford Sound
This luxurious introductory tour visits the highlights of New Zealand. Enjoy the most recommended private tours in each location, a variety of stunning landscapes, and several of New Zealand's most acclaimed accommodations, including several elite luxury lodges.
Begin with a night in Auckland, a cosmopolitan city built on volcanic hills overlooking a scenic bay. Enjoy a private tour that explores the city's most interesting neighborhoods, cultural attractions, and beautiful landscapes.
Next, transfer through the bucolic countryside to Rotorua, a highlight of the North Island. Enjoy flexible private touring of the region’s top attractions, such as active geothermal areas, Maori culture and a New Zealand sheep show. Continue to the lakeside town of Taupo and Huka Lodge, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed lodges. One day, take a private cruise on beautiful Lake Taupo, and perhaps try fishing for the lake’s abundant trout.
Next, fly to Christchurch on the South Island. Upon arrival, transfer through the Canterbury countryside to Grasmere Lodge, a luxury lodge on a historic homestead in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Enjoy a four-wheel drive tour of the property, as well as a private tour of beautiful Arthur's Pass National Park.
Then, fly to Queenstown, a lakeside resort and gateway to some of New Zealand’s most exciting and dramatic attractions. Enjoy a private tour of a historic gold mining town, the wine country, and other regional attractions en route to Blanket Bay, a legendary luxury lodge in Glenorchy that has outstanding views of Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Southern Alps. One day, take a thrilling Dart River jet boat safari into the magnificent landscapes of Mount Aspiring National Park. Another day, take a spectacular private helicopter flight over the Alps to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most iconic sights, and land on a glacier high in the mountains.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private city tour
Auckland - Rotorua - Taupo
Private transfer to Taupo with tour of Rotorua en route
Private half-day tour of geothermal highlights or private half-day cruise on Lake Taupo
Taupo - Canterbury
Private transfer to airport for flight to Christchurch. Private transfer to country retreat for 2 nights (in Grasmere)
Morning four-wheel drive tour. Private afternoon tour of Arthur's Pass National Park
Canterbury - Queenstown
Private transfer to airport for flight to Queenstown. Private tour of Queenstown and Arrowtown on arrival. Transfer
to lodge for 3 nights
Queenstown & Milford Sound
Private morning Milford Sound excursion and glacier landing
Morning Dart River safari
Private transfer to airport
Blanket Bay Lodge
Per person (double occupancy)
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