Redefining Adventure and Luxury in New Zealand
Redefining Adventure and Luxury in New Zealand
A hand-crafted itinerary designed for the daring families that want adventure to take center stage.
from $17,755 pp 16 Days/15 Nights $1109/Day
REDEFINING ADVENTURE AND LUXURY IN NEW ZEALAND
BAY OF ISLANDS | TAHARUA VALLEY | MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS | KAIKOURA | QUEENSTOWN
We can talk all day about New Zealand's wild coastlines and endless sandy beaches, its snow-capped mountains and breathtaking fjords, but these two islands have to be experienced to be believed.
No hi-rez digital photography or billionaire-making Hollywood blockbusters can compare with the sheer awe that comes from playing in this place. Its natural beauty is, in a word, mind-blowing. New Zealanders unlike their Australian neighbors inhabit a land where there is absolutely nothing dangerous whatsoever (on the land that is). In order to compete with the Australians who boast the most dangerous of just about everything, they have become world class custodians of ultimate adventure pursuits from the absurd to the extreme and everything in between! So, you see, there is a really good explanation as to why New Zealand is considered the Adventure Capital of the World!
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Days 1, 2, 3
BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
New Zealanders definitely take advantage of their wild and woolly playground, and so does our itinerary. Your first drop point is a secluded hideaway in the Bay of Islands. This tropical wonderland is ultimate perfection for a spot of rest and relaxation after an international flight. You won’t want to stay down for long though. Eagle’s Nest, your home on the bay, offers up a menu chock full of water-based excitement. You’ll sail on a catamaran to explore the myriad islands popping out of the aquamarine water. Get up close and personal with marine wildlife as you snorkel, swim, and kayak. Or, paddle to the nearest island and trek the footpaths, enjoying the untouched nature. For a truly unforgettable experience, soak in the immense views of Ninety Mile Beach from the back of a quad as you explore the mighty expanse of sand.
Days 4, 5, 6
TAHARUA VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND
Your next destination leaves the seaside behind for wilderness exploration. Lucky for you, the adventure starts even before you arrive! On your way to Poronui, you can choose to stop off at the Waitomo Caves for some black water rafting. Tube through these famous caves while peering at glowworms, jump off a waterfall, and zoom down a hydro-slide. Or, if your family boasts a few movie buffs, visit the iconic Hobbiton Farm Set and step into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. Once settled in the lodge, peer out your windows into the vast wilderness and rest easy, knowing that you have three glorious days to explore this incredible landscape. Fly fishing (for beginners and experts) is a crowd favorite, along with biking, hiking, horseback riding, and four-wheeling. From your base in the Taharua Valley is also where you’ll have privileged access to our charismatic guide as he takes you deep into Maori country, foraging for local eats, and teaches you how to prepare a traditional hangi, an extravagant pit-cooked barbecue feast.
Days 7, 8, 9
MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS, NEW ZEALAND
BAY OF MANY COVES
Next up is Bay of Many Coves for a chance to see how the South Island does aquatic adventure. Every adventure and pursuit of pleasure in New Zealand involves a spectacular backdrop. There is no shortage of jaw dropping scenery, and one of our favorites has to be Marlborough Sounds! Here you'll spend three nights right on the water's edge. This private lodge is accessible only by helicopter or floatplane, creating a separation from the rest of the world that you will quickly fall in love with. The ultimate way to experience the sheltered coves and bays of the area is up close. Round up the family for a kayak tour of the gorgeous coastline. The clear cool waters and secluded inlets provide a spectacular setting to watch for dolphins, whales, and fur seals. For a walk in the footsteps of those who have come before, set out with a Maori skipper for lunch in Ship Cove. Surrounded by uncharted wilderness it will be easy to understand why this was Captain Cook’s favorite anchorage in the South Pacific.
Days 10, 11, 12
KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND
HAPUKU LODGE AND TREEHOUSES
Set above a native Kanuka grove and below the majestic Kaikoura mountains lies your next lodge, Hapuku. This stunning eco-retreat is your jumping point for an experience that is always a crowd pleaser. Set sail into the ocean for a marine wildlife encounter with the largest pods of dolphins around New Zealand. Pods of the friendly dusky dolphins range from 100-1000, and once you find them…dive right in! The nearby Clarence (Waiau Toa) River provides another day’s worth of excitement as you set out on a white water rafting trip through the valley the river has created. Rising up on either side of you will be the mighty Inland and Seaward Kaikoura ranges, boasting peaks of over 2800 meters.
Days 13, 14, 15, 16
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
EICHARDT'S PRIVATE HOTEL
All too soon, you'll arrive in the humming city of Queenstown for the final three nights of your stay in New Zealand. Built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown has come to be defined internationally by adventure, and that's exactly what you're here to do. Take a tour of Milford Sound by helicopter for astounding views of mountainous peaks, waterfalls, and glaciers. You might even touch down if conditions allow. Queenstown is a thrill seeker’s dream come true. Bungee jumping, zip lining, sky diving, rafting, mountain biking. You name it, Queenstown has it. Soak up all the excitement you can over these four days. A trip up to the Skyline Gondola has to be on the itinerary, for a look at the best views of this alpine city. The best part? The trip down is via luge! Chances are you'll find yourself wishing for a few more days to explore this otherworldly place before boarding the plane home.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- Nonstop adventure: blackwater rafting (cave tubing), cycling, canoeing, hiking, sailing, jet boating, & heli-hiking
- Small, boutique hotels, lodges, and hideaways
- Active, engaged, and always outside
- A traditional Maori hangi, or pit-cooked barbecue
- Four distinct destinations, two breathtaking islands
- Fresh farm-to-table food expertly paired with delicious local wines
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