Indulge in the luxuries of New Zealand and get a taste of our nation, in an all-embracing tour of both islands. Immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings, ease and unwind in some of the most exclusive settings.
Relax surrounded by beautiful vineyards, olive groves and small
white sandy beaches on Waiheke Island. Fly South to Wanaka and Queenstown and marvel in the unique landscapes of rugged snow-capped mountains, clear blue rivers,
deep gorges and tussock-clad hills.
Private, exclusive tour - 6 nights in 5* boutique hotels/lodges (Private transfers or private guided)
Day 1: Auckland - Ferry to Waiheke Island (Airport concierge service and transfer, Day to your own leisure)
Day 2: Waiheke Island (White sand beaches, Private gourmet and wine tour)
Day 3: Auckland - domestic flight to Queenstown - Wanaka (Private area tour, Wineries, Kawarau Gorge, Arrowtown)
Day 5: Wanaka - Queenstown (Private transfer, Scenic helicopter flight to Milford Sound and landing on glacier)
Day 6: Queenstown (Dart River jet-boating, Paradise valley)
Day 7: Queenstown departure (Airport transfer)
Prices: We recommend the following guidelines for customized tour packages, excluding international flights: ◦5* and 5*Plus from NZ$ $750 - $1650+ per person per day. The customized package will include accommodation, airport transfers and other transportation within New Zealand, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip. Please enquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
Day 1: Auckland - Ferry to Waiheke Island (Private Airport concierge service and airport transfer, Day to your own leisure)
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to the harbour, where you will take a ferry to Waiheke Island, once there your host will collect you to take you to your accommodation. Long home to numerous vineyards and lodges and cottages, Waiheke which is just a short ferry ride from down-town Auckland is embracing its bohemian side. The 35-square mile island is now dotted with new shops and galleries that sell sculptures and paintings from the dozens of local artist. Accommodation: Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge or Boatshed (Deluxe), Breakfast on the Beach or Marino Ridge B&B (Luxury)
Day 2: Waiheke Island (Private gourmet food and wine tour)
Today we have organized a private wine-tour to the Island's most respected vineyards. A “small is beautiful” philosophy” yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into internationally award-winning wines. With tastings at our best boutique wineries, the secrets of Waiheke's stunning world-wide success in fine red wines will be revealed to the interested visitor. You'll come away with a deep appreciation of the vintner’s art and an understanding of the terrier, the weather and the tides of tradition which make up this art. You'll learn which are the vintages to look out for and be able to purchase the best for your cellar direct from the vineyards. A natural complement to the fine wines you can taste on your tour is the range of hand-made speciality foods and locally grown produce. As well as the many international award-winning olive oils, you can sample island delights such as succulent oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, freshly roasted island coffee, wild honey and the famous local green herb spread. On Saturdays, your tour could include a visit to the Waiheke Market, where you can purchase sun-ripened local produce, freshly squeezed juices, warm French pastries and crêpes, just-baked artisan breads, organic cheeses and a huge variety of locally made dukkahs, fruit chutneys, jams and pickles. Accommodation: Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge or Boatshed (Deluxe), Breakfast on the Beach or Marino Ridge B&B (Luxury)
Day 3: Auckland - Domestic flight to Queenstown - Wanaka (Private area tour, Wineries, Kawarau Gorge, Arrowtown)
Driving distance 1.5h
You leave Queenstown and head to Arrowtown a historic colonial village that takes you back into the Gold Mining days of the Otago region. Once you have had a look around this quaint town we drive through the famous Kawarau valley and gorge. Stop at, what is widely regarded as a safe spectator attraction the famous Kawarau Gorge Bungy Jumping exhibition (this is free for spectators, however, if you desire to make a jump the charge is additional to your tour package). Central Otago is New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region and also it’s most scenic. Take the time to explore these incredible vineyards set in small microclimates in a landscape dominated by high snow-capped mountains, and tussock clad slopes. Travel to Cromwell and Bannockburn, the heart of Pinot Noir country, and depending on your personal tastes, we will guide you to a selection of boutique wineries. At some stage of the wine tour we suggest a stop for relaxing lunch at one of the wineries. Wanaka is a new and modern Alpine resort and mostly visited by us New Zealanders. A year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxed Kiwi way of life at Lake Wanaka.
Accommodation: Wanaka - Silverpine Lodge, Limetree Lodge or Tin Tub Lodge (Luxury)
Day 4: Wanaka (4WD scenic hills tour on private high country station with spectacular scenery, afternoon for relaxing)
In the morning experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring an historic New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer farm. Maori and European historic sites, pure mountain air and breath-taking scenery. As braided river valleys, native beach forests and lush alpine meadows give way to the dramatic glaciated Southern Alps, the pure beauty of the scenery pushes daily pressures a million miles away. Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, Mt Aspiring National Park is an area of unrivalled natural beauty and host to hundreds of hiking tracks, rock climbing routes and trout fishing rivers, all within easy reach of Lake Wanaka. At its heart is Mt Aspiring, the park’s highest mountain at 3,027m and known to early Maori as ‘Tititea’ or ‘glistening peak’. This journey offers an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich histoWanaka is a new and modern Alpine resort and mostly visited by us New Zealanders. In the afternoon you will have time to explore Wanaka township at your own lesiure or enjoy some of the many local walks. Accommodation: Accommodation: Wanaka - Silverpine Lodge, Limetree Lodge or Tin Tub Lodge (Luxury)
Day 5: Wanaka - Queenstown (Scenic helicopter flight to Milford Sounds and landing on glacier)
Driving distance 1h
In the morning you get taken to Queenstown which is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. The region is renowned for incredible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, with a permanent buzz. where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping. In the afternoon you are taking a helicopter excursion into the Fiordland National Park. The Department of Conservation (In Māori, Te Papa Atawhai), commonly known by its acronym, "DOC", is the state sector organisation which deals with the conservation of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. You are heading for the spectacular Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” which was carved out during successive ice ages and, at its deepest point off Mitre Peak, plunges to a depth of 265 meters. The awesome splendour of this region is unsurpassed anywhere else in the World, a daring claim in a country which offers extraordinary beauty around every corner. Mitre Peak beckons as your helicopter lifts off to begin your journey into Milford Sound. Discover isolated valleys of ancient forests and pristine rivers famous for their fishing as well as mountains sculptured from ice over thousands of years. Upon landing in Milford, enjoy a short nature walk and gain that iconic Mitre Peak photo. Experience an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park. Return to Queenstown via the famous Sutherland Falls and glaciers of the Fiordland National Park. Accommodation: Queenstown - Azur Lodge, Matakauri Lodge, Blanket Bay and Eichardt’s Hotel (Deluxe) or The Dairy, Sofitel Hotel (Luxury)
Day 6: Queenstown (Dart River wilderness jet-boating, Paradise valley)
In the morning you will be visiting the tiny settlement of Glenorchy. This is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand and used for a favourite location in several Hollywood film productions and commercials around the world. In the afternoon we have arranged a jet boat experience through Paradise Valley. Your Wilderness Jet trip is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. The sheer diversity of what’s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier-fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world. Accommodation: Queenstown - Azur Lodge, Matakauri Lodge, Blanket Bay and Eichardt’s Hotel (Deluxe) or The Dairy, Sofitel Hotel(Luxury)
Day 7: Queenstown departure (Private airport transfer)
From Queenstown you can get flights to Australia or connect easily back to Christchurch or Auckland, to connect to other international flights.