Exploring New Zealand: A Luxury Tour Itinerary for 2018

A suggested itinerary for experiencing the finest of what New Zealand has to offer with your very own luxury tour of some of the most magical places.

Begin your journey in Christchurch. Spend the afternoon enjoying a private tour of Christchurch, or “The Garden City” as it’s known. Then enjoy dinner at the exclusive Pescatore restaurant and relax in your 5-Star hotel.

The next morning head to the train station & board the Trans-Alpine train and journey through the Southern Alps towards Arthur’s Pass on the West Coast. This section of railway was voted one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

In Arthur’s Pass, you can explore the National Park before heading to the luxury Te Waonui Forest Retreat, your accommodation for the night where you can enjoy a 5-course degustation meal.

Begin the next day with a Heli-Hike trip at Franz Josef Glacier. You will experience some of the prettiest, most breathtaking scenery in the country on this journey which combines a helicopter flight and a guided hike.

For the rest of the day, discover some of the most amazing lakes and waterfalls as you drive further south to Wanaka. In the evening take a helicopter to stay at one of the New Zealand’s ultimate luxury properties; premier alpine lodge, Minaret station.

Fly back to Wanaka in the morning where you can enjoy some of the most popular attractions in the area then drive through the scenic Crown Range to Gibbston Valley Winery. Along the way, you will see the historic town of Arrowtown and some magical scenery from Lord of the Rings.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the vineyard and a guided cave tour if you wish. Heading south in the afternoon you will arrive at Te Anau; the gateway to Fiordland National park. Settle into your luxury lodge accommodation that boasts spectacular views and fantastic seasonal cuisine (your accommodation for the next two nights). In the evening you can take a boat trip across the lake to see enchanting glowworm caves lit up by thousands of luminous glow worms.

Spend the next day exploring Milford Sound. The drive takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in New Zealand. Milford Sound is certainly a highlight, taking a boat cruise on the fjords is a great way to experience this stunning landscape.

The last leg of this fantastic luxury adventure takes you to Queenstown, another favourite tourist destination and the adventure capital of New Zealand. Stay in the superb Matakauri Lodge and enjoy the incredible views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.

Queenstown offers a wide assortment of activities from adventurous options like skydiving, paragliding, jet boating, white water rafting and bungy jumping, to tamer options like cruising on the lake aboard the TSS Earnslaw, riding Queenstown Skyline Gondola, scenic hikes, and more spectacular sightseeing. Spend two days based in Queenstown, exploring to your heart’s content, then head to Queenstown International Airport the following day for your onward travel arrangements.

This itinerary is just a snippet of some of the wonders to be explored in New Zealand. You can experience New Zealand in maximum comfort staying in some of the most exquisite lodges, boutique farm stays and hotels in the country. And, sample some of the best cuisine New Zealand has to offer.

Get in touch with The Road Trip to discuss your ideal luxury holiday in New Zealand. We look forward to welcoming you to New Zealand and making your time here special.

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