Wellington, New Zealand

Itineraries

The Best of New Zealand

  • Ideal Length:
    21 Days
  • Best Time To Go:
    December - May
  • Flight Time:
    LAX 13 Hours 57 Minutes, CHI 17 Hours 14 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 18 Hours 27 Minutes
  • AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):
    $20,500

Itinerary

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand
Matauri Bay3 Days
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  • Take a private sailing boat across scenic Matauri Bay.
  • Enjoy beachcombing across an intimate sheltered cove.
  • Break for a gourmet lunch on the beach.
  • Overnight at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.
Lake Taupo
Taupo2 Days
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  • Take a scenic flight to White Island.
  • Land on the lunar-like surface and explore the active crater floor.
  • View Mt. Tarawera’s summit and craters formed by an 1886 eruption.
Napier Beach in Hawke
Hawke's BayDay 3
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  • Go near the cliffs of Cape Kidnappers.
  • Sample wines at Clearview Estate and Elephant Hill.
  • Visit the Origin Earth Cheese Factory and Tasting Room.
  • Tour the Te Mata Estate Winery.
Wharekauhau Country Estate
Wairarapa2 Days
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  • Overnight stay at the luxurious Wharekauhau Country Estate.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and seal colony.
  • Get your heart pumping with adventurous outdoor activities.
Abel Tasman National Park in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson3 Days
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  • Stay at the Luxurious Edenhouse Luxury Lodge.
  • Take a Boat Tour of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Embark on an Amazing Culinary Tour in Wellington.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch2 Days
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  • Take a boat tour to see the world’s smallest dolphins.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
  • Go kayaking in the Pohatu Marine Preserve.
Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka2 Days
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  • Take a private helicopter tour see glaciers, fjords and waterfalls.
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch atop a mountain peak.
  • Go horseback riding or take a 4x4 excursion in Cardrona Valley.
Panoramic view of Queenstown
Queenstown4 Days
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  • Experience a thrilling jet-boat ride through Shotover Canyon.
  • Embark on a full-day tour exploring Milford Sound.
  • Take a Helicopter Tour of Mt. Aspiring National Park.
 
Matauri Bay Day 1-3
Taupo Day 4-5
Hawke's Bay Day 6-8
Wairarapa Day 9-10
Nelson Day 11-13
Christchurch Day 14-15
Lake Wanaka Day 16-17
Queenstown Day 18-21
Matauri Bay Day 1-3
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand
Explore Matauri Bay from aboard a private sailing boat as balmy breezes drift across the covered deck. With a professional and knowledgeable crew, guests will visit an intimate sheltered cove, where you will enjoy panoramic views, beachcombing and a refreshing lunch.

Matauri Bay

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Private sailboat with couple snorkeling
Explore Matauri Bay by Private Sailboat
This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy an up-close perspective on Matauri Bay via an exclusive sailboat. Take a stroll along the serene beach and enjoy a sumptuous lunch served in a beautiful sheltered cove.
beachside lunch
Enjoy a Gourmet Beachside Lunch
Matauri Bay’s soft white sands and brilliantly clear waters are the ideal setting for a delicious beachside lunch or just guests can relax with a tropical drink, while enjoying the balmy breeze. For more active pursuits, adventurous guests can consult a travel agent to arrange surfing, diving or fishing excursions.
Waterfall in New Zealand
Go Hiking Along the Bay's Cliffs
The high ridge encircling Matauri Bay offers hikers panoramic views of the picturesque cove and its beautiful blue waters. Visit the charming nearby towns of Kerikeri and Paihia for ideal locations for diving and snorkeling as well as places to sample the delicious local cuisine.
Taupo Day 4-5
Lake Taupo
A scenic flight to White Island provides you with exciting aerial views of an active volcano, followed by a landing on the lunar-like surface. Explore the island’s active crater floor and observe active steam vents. And then head to Mount Tarawera’s summit for spectacular views of craters and domes formed by an 1886 eruption.

Taupo

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Aerial of White Island Volcano
Scenic Flight to White Island
Adventure-driven travelers can work with a travel agent to arrange a scenic flight to White Island for an excursion exploring the island’s active crater floor. On land, visitors can view active steam vents, fumaroles, hot streams and sulfur formations.
Lake Tarawera at Sunrise
Explore Mt. Tarawera
Mt. Tarawera’s historic 1886 eruption forever altered the region’s landscape, creating high domes, ridges and several lakes. Travelers can enjoy a rare opportunity to traverse the amazing natural landscape, including a visit to the buried village of Te Wairoa.
Hawke's Bay Day 6-8
Napier Beach in Hawke
Located about 66 miles southeast of Taupo, Hawke’s Bay is pure paradise, known for its award-winning food and wine, outstanding architecture and balmy days surrounded by magnificent landscapes waiting to be explored.

Hawke's Bay

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Cycling in Hawke
Clifton Cycling Excursion
Cycle the base of the cliffs at Cape Kidnappers, followed by a 4-mile journey to the Clearview Estate and Elephant Hill, where you will sample distinct wine vintages.
Matukituki River in Havelock North
Visit Havelock North
After arriving in Haumoana, cyclists journey past stunning views and towering waterfalls along the Tuki Tuki River Trail to Havelock North. This bustling, picturesque village – with its bucolic surroundings featuring numerous orchards and vineyards – is known for its thriving fruit and wine production.
Wine tasting at Te Mata Estate Winery
Clifton Culinary Tour
Gourmands will appreciate the unique stops on the Clifton Cycling Excursion. Cyclists venture to the Origin Earth Cheese Factory and Tasting Room before visiting the Te Mata Estate Winery.
Wairarapa Day 9-10
Wharekauhau Country Estate
Travelers enjoy an overnight stay at Wharekauhau Country Estate, a charming beachfront property. Guests can select from numerous local activities, including lighthouse and winery tours, quad biking, target shooting, cooking classes and scenic hikes.

Wairarapa

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Wharekauhau Country Estate
Stay at the Luxurious Wharekauhau Country Estate
This luxury beachfront property features accommodations equipped with double spa baths, cozy fireplaces and antique furniture.
Hiking
Engage in Fun Adventurous Activities
Wharekauhau Country Estate features 3,000 acres of private land including forests, lakes, rivers, and a rugged coast. Guests engage in a variety outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, hiking up Mt. Wharekauhau, an ATV excursion or a relaxing tour of the Martinborough Winery.
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
Visit Seal Colony and a Historic Lighthouse
The cast iron Cape Palliser Lighthouse has stood on a Wharekauhau cliff since 1897. Adventurous travelers can climb the 253 steps to the top for jaw-dropping panoramic views. The Cape is also home to the region’s largest fur seal colony, and you can see baby seals or pups when visiting the area between November and January.
Nelson Day 11-13
Abel Tasman National Park in Nelson, New Zealand
View New Zealand’s magnificent coastline at Abel Tasman National Park, a naturally resplendent home to native birds, seals and dolphins. Hop on a 5-hour transfer east of Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, to explore its diverse cuisine and historic landmarks, including World War II bunkers.

Nelson

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Abel Tasman National Park
Journey through Abel Tasman National Park
An experienced travel agent can arrange an exclusive boat tour through Abel Tasman National Park, which offers amazing views of the New Zealand’s beautiful coast line. Experience close encounters with the local wildlife and enjoy a relaxing stroll near secluded beach hideaways.
Pencarrow Head
Historic Bike Tour through Wellington
Hop on a bike for a tour of Wellington. Explore Pencarrow Head and its lighthouse (New Zealand’s first manned lighthouse), the beautiful Porangarahu Lakes and Baring Head's World War II bunkers.
New Zealand Lamb
Wellington Culinary Tour
Arrive in the seaside town of Akaroa, which features a rich mix of French, Maori and English cultures. Take a 2-hour cruise around the peninsula near Christchurch, and explore the area’s diverse wildlife at a reserve and marine life at a preserve. For these 2 days, stay at the luxurious Otahuna Lodge.
Christchurch Day 14-15
Christchurch, New Zealand
Arrive in the seaside town of Akaroa, which features a rich mix of French, Maori and English cultures. Take a 2-hour cruise around the peninsula near Christchurch, and explore the area’s diverse wildlife at a reserve and marine life at a preserve. For these 2 days, stay at the luxurious Otahuna Lodge.

Christchurch

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Hector
Boat Tour to See the World’s Smallest Dolphins
Visitors can work with an experienced travel agent to arrange a boat tour of the peninsula. The tour should include a visit to see a Hector’s dolphin pod – the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins.
Colorful kayaks
Take a Sea Kayaking Tour
Adventurous travelers can embark on a thrilling sea kayak tour to visit the Pohatu Marine Preserve. Paddle with the seals swimming alongside your kayak while you explore sea caves.
gibbons
Scenic Drive to a Wildlife Reserve
Take a scenic tour of Christchurch by driving through beautiful Banks Peninsula. Visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve to observe the elusive kiwi (New Zealand’s national bird) and other exotic animals, such as wallabies, gibbons and lemurs.
Lake Wanaka Day 16-17
Lake Wanaka
Explore pristine, remote Lake Wanaka Bay via a private helicopter tour. Travelers experience an unparalleled views of picturesque waterfalls and majestic fjords while observing indigenous wildlife, such as fur seals. Your trip is complete with an overnight stay at the Minaret Station Alpine Lodge.

Lake Wanaka

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Mountain top gourmet meal
Helicopter Tour & Gourmet Lunch
Arrange a customized, private helicopter tour of Lake Wanaka to see cascading waterfalls, stunning fiords and massive glaciers. Skilled pilots will touch down in the snow, providing guests with Instagram-worthy photo opts with the majestic mountains as their backdrop. Later, vacationers enjoy a gourmet BBQ picnic lunch atop a mountain plateau.
Horseback riding in New Zealand
Horseback-Riding Tour in the Cardrona Valley
Go horseback riding in the Cardrona Valley for sweeping views of beautiful Lake Wanaka and the Crown Mountain Range. Your experienced guide will provide you with amazing tales of the 19th-century Gold Rush that dominated this region of New Zealand.
4x4 in snow
4x4 Guided Tour in the Cardrona Valley
Go off the beaten path on a 4x4 vehicle excursion in the stunning Cardrona Valley. Your local guide will provide inside tips for traversing the snowy landscape, and the small-group format ensures travelers enjoy a high level of personal service.
Queenstown Day 18-21
Panoramic view of Queenstown
Welcome to Queenstown, where visitors can embark on a thrilling 30-minute jet-boat ride through Shotover Canyon. The adventure whips passengers through jagged outcrops and rocky passages at the hands of an expert driver, who skillfully skims past crags and boulders. Spend the remaining 4 days at the Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown.

Queenstown

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Hight speed boat in Shotover Canyon, located in Queenstown, New Zealand
High-Speed Boat Ride Through Shotover Canyon
A 30-minute high-speed boat ride through Shotover Canyon is for adrenaline-loving adventurers. An expert driver skillfully whips guests through jagged outcrops and rocky passages.
Milford Sound in Queenstown, New Zealand
Explore Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park
With help from an expert travel agent, visitors to Queenstown can arrange for a day tour of Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour, which includes a boat cruise of Milford Sound plus a delicious BBQ lunch.
Hiker on mountain in Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand.
Helicopter Tour of Mt. Aspiring National Park
Travelers can view the amazing scenery of Mt. Aspiring National Park via a private helicopter flight and glacier landing. An experienced travel agent can arrange a spectacular airborne voyage above turquoise ice formations, hidden alpine lakes and towering mountains before guests land atop a glacier.
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