Scenic Escape

Want to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s finest? This 16-day escape has you exploring Waiheke Island, Lake Taupo, Christchurch, Arthur’s Pass, Franz Josef, and Queenstown.

Waiheke Island: Day 1 to 4

Stepping off the plane in Auckland, you’ll be whisked away to the nearby Waiheke Island, beginning your stay at the Delamore Lodge. A true island retreat, perched high above the Owhanaka Bay, take in these stunning views from the legendary infinity pool sipping on a glass of New Zealand’s finest. At the same latitude as southern Italy, Waiheke is the perfect location to begin any escape! Your guide will showcase the most reputable vineyards, local galleries, and sculpture gardens, along with an award-winning olive oil mill. If your heart desires, consider wandering into the city by helicopter, yacht or ferry where you can explore the many sights of Auckland, or just kick back taking in the slow-paced island life.

Waitomo to Taupo: Day 4 to 7

Grab your rental car, head south stopping at Waitomo Caves for your exhilarating Black Labyrinth tubing adventure through Ruakuri Cave. Float down an underground river as the glowworms sparkle above. Drive on, to Lake Taupo, settling in at the lakeside Acacia Cliffs Lodge with striking panoramic and mountain views. Explore the beautiful nature trails by foot or bike while listening to the native songbirds. Being the largest lake in the country, the surrounding thermal pools and geysers are renowned. Take your pick of activities from a volcanic safari by helicopter, flying along the fault line before stepping foot on White Island’s crater floor, kayaking on the lake, or getting your dose of Maori culture.

Canterbury: Day 7 to 9

Fly to Christchurch, traveling back in time to the 19th century celebrating the finer things in life at Otahuna Lodge. This exclusive 1895 Victorian mansion combines romance from the past with the pleasures and luxuries of the present. Stroll around the 118-year-old lush gardens or get a hands-on cooking class from famed chef Jimmy McIntyre. The surrounding area is great for exploring! Swim with the rarest and smallest Hector Dolphins in the Akaroa or enjoy riding English saddle alongside the banks of the nearby Waimakariri River. Your time here will be a magical one, take our word.

Arthur’s Pass: Day 9 to 11

Board one the world’s greatest train journeys enjoying the change in scenery while winding through the Southern Alps. Each turn will take your breath away before disembarking at the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass. Set on 6,000 acres, you’ll have your very own nature reserve to explore from spectacular mountains, alpine flowers and moss carpeted beech forest. As a working country farm, be sure to catch the sheepdogs herding sheep, a true Kiwi experience.

Franz Josef: Day 11 to 13

Hop back on board the TranzAlpine ending up in Greymouth, where you will pick up your rental car and drive south to Franz Josef. Nestled amongst the native West Coast rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate luxury wilderness escape. With easy access to Franz Josef Glacier, no stay is complete unless you get up close to these magical ice formations either by Heli-hike or a scenic flight. After a day of adventure, soak it all in at the thermal pools.

Queenstown: Day 13 to 16

For your last stop, make your way to Queenstown, named the adventure capital of the world! Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the peaks of The Remarkables provide an alluring backdrop for adventure and relaxation. Just outside the bustling town of Queenstown, Azur Lodge is the total experience for privacy and serenity. Ever dreamt about hitting golf balls from a mountaintop, jet boating 85mph through canyons, jumping off the tallest bridge, or enjoying a romantic picnic on a high summit? Queenstown will be sure to leave you full of astonishing memories.

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