Luxury Holidays, Accommodation and Experiences

New Zealand luxury itineraries

The Journeys are complete itineraries designed to show you the best New Zealand has to offer. Each journey focuses on a particular theme or interest and between them we have covered some spectacular and iconic New Zealand touring routes.

If you find a Journey you like, select Add Trip To My Itinerary and finalise dates and travel plans or customise it to suit you. Once you have loaded a journey amongst your Itineraries you can add or delete accommodations and experiences, reverse the dates of travel, shorten or lengthen your journey or combine it with another (South or North Island) itinerary. The result is a personal itinerary designed specially for you.

Wilderness & Nature

Wilderness & Nature

Wilderness & Nature

Discover the rich variety of New Zealand marine and birdlife...

Oceans to Alps

Whales, KaikouraWekas for morning tea, Mou Waho Island, Wanaka

New Zealand’s natural landscape, raw and dynamic, with rivers, lakes and mountains of epic proportions, is still wild, very unpopulated and refuge for a rich variety of marine and birdlife. Our journey takes you from Nelson to the Kaikoura Coast, up to Blenheim, across to the West Coast, the glaciers and coastal wilderness and through the Southern Alps to the West Coast and on to Lake Wanaka.

We recommend slow travel, if you have time, add extra nights or additional stops on this itinerary.

Wildlife Havens of the South

Seals on Otago PeninsulaDoubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

The far south of New Zealand has some of the most remote and wildlife-rich landscapes in the country. The Otago Peninsula is famous for marine life, penguins, seals and albatross, and for bird lovers.  The drive through the Catlins with a stop at a Curio Bay to see Hectors Dolphins surfing and then to Stewart Island which is a must and will be your best chance to see kiwi in the wild. The Fiordland experiences included here are some of the best with a an overnight cruises on Doubtful Sound and a guided mountain hike. You can add this journey or elements from it to most of our journeys further north.

We recommend slow travel, if you have time, add extra nights or extra stops along the way.

Birds of the North

Gannet Colony, Cape KidnappersKaakaa

This journey is a birders′ epic. A guided walk with legendary conservationist, volcanic island sanctuary, gannet colony, kiwis at the National Birding Centre and finally a trip to Kapiti Island where you encounter Maori culture and stories whilst visiting this very special island reserve...

We recommend slow travel, add extra nights or extra stops along the way if you have more time.

Gourmet Traveller

Gourmet Traveller

Gourmet Traveller

Explore and indulge in New Zealand, food, wine and culture....

North Island Gourmet

The Boatshed, Waiheke IslandWaimarama Maori walk with the elders

Our North Island Gourmet Journey provides an opportunity to explore and indulge in New Zealand?s best food and wine regions, whilst enjoying local fare and a high standard of cuisine at specially chosen accommodations along the way. Several lodges are hosted by professional chefs who will cook for you personally and offer an insider′s guide to their local wine and food providers. Journeys also allow you insights into our history and Maori culture. On this itinerary you start from Auckland, catching the short ferry ride out to the glorious and relaxing haven of Waiheke Island for your first two nights. Visit Taupo, Hawkes Bay wineries and orchards and end your journey in vibrant Wellington.

We recommend slow travel, add extra nights or extra stops along the way if you have more time.

South Island Gourmet

The Peppertree Chardonnay

From Blenheim, home of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, to the seafood of Kaikoura to the high country farm-raised meats and Pinot Noirs of Otago.  Incorporate the unique experience of New Zealand′s Luxury Lodge dining with your own personal chef.

We recommend slow travel, add extra nights or extra stops along the way if you have more time.

Outdoors & Active

Outdoors & Active

Outdoors & Active

The best hikes, kayak trips, bike rides and day long adventures...

Volcanic Heartland

Orakei KorakoPolynesian Spa, Rotorua

This trip includes one of the North Island's beach paradises, the Coromandel, with its Hot Water Beach and distinctive rock formations as well as the dramatic volcanic centre of the North Island that is Rotorua, Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, and finishing beneath the conical Mount Taranaki. These regions all offer a plenitude of outdoor activities, hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting. However their volcanic landscapes are very different. In the Coromandel, White and Mayor Islands lie far out to sea, their activity a distant and occasional plume. In Rotorua sulphur is in the air and in the Tongariro National Park you get close to the active craters of Ngarahoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. In New Plymouth and Whanganui, the volcano is ever-present as a backdrop.

We recommend slow travel, if you have time, add extra nights or additional stops on this itinerary.

Route 6 Adventure

Kayaking with seals, NelsonMountain biking, Wanaka

The best hikes and bike rides and day long adventures in the country. You leave New Zealand fitter, healthier, with unique memories and experiences. On this itinerary you start from Nelson continue down the West Coast and your itinerary ends in Queenstown.

We recommend slow travel, if you have time, add extra nights or additional stops on this itinerary.

Romantic Interludes

Romantic Interludes

Romantic Interludes

For honeymoons, romance or if you want to slow down.  These Romantic Itineraries can be added at the beginning or end of any of our other Itineraries or used as Pampering Short Breaks.

Enchanting North

Warblers RestThe Boatshed, Waiheke Island

Never far from the sea or a lake, and perfect for a romantic short holiday or New Zealand honeymoon. We have tried to include a mixture of activity, relaxation, good food and wine and a slower pace with time to explore and savour.

From Auckland fly to a magical luxury cottage retreat in Northland's Bay of Islands, New Zealand's marine playground for sailing, diving, snorkelling and marine life discovery. Your trip then takes you south to one of New Zealand's best boutique lodges on Auckland's Waiheke Island famous for its gourmet pleasures and on to the Central Plateau with its volcano, rivers and hiking trails for you to explore. 

A Wild Romance

A perfect 2-week active honeymoon through the centre of the South Island. You visit the Southern Lakes and Mount Cook and then venture into the mountains and forests before hitting the coast.

Lights, Camera, Action

Whales, KaikouraFilm locations around Queenstown

This perfect honeymoon itinerary includes the very best of the top of the South Island.  Starting in Christchurch and staying in Kaikours, via the Abel Tasman National Park to the West Coast where the mountains of the Southern Alps meet the crashing waves.  From here you head to Central Otago before flying out of Queenstown, Dunedin or continuing back to Christchurch via Mt Cook.

Fishing & Golf Collection

Fishing & Golf Collection

Fishing & Golf Collection

For a holiday that indulges your passion....

Trout Stalker

Fishing on Rotorua's riversLakefront lodge, Rotorua

New Zealand fly fishing, with its pristine clear waters, is all about spotting and stalking your fish before enticing it with a dry fly or nymph. Experience the famous fisheries of the Rotorua and Tongariro regions. These are destinations with a wide variety of activities for non-fishing companions; everything from thermal spa treatments?to hiking and biking and scenic flights. The guides are some of the best in the country and will make a huge difference to your experience. They are patient, informative about the environment, expert in techniques to suit the fishery and very used to working both with beginners and experienced clients.

Links, Lures & Lunch

Wairakei Golf CourseThe Boatshed, Waiheke Island

For fishing, golf & wine enthusiasts, this itinerary offers a short break in North Island of New Zealand and an opportunity to explore and indulge in New Zealand?s best food and wine at three very special luxury lodges, on Waiheke Island, Lake Taupo and Napier. Play golf at Wairakei and Cape Kidnappers golf courses. Relax on Waiheke Island and then pick up your car in Auckland to drive to Taupo,?drive to Hawkes Bay and fly out from Napier airport at the end of the week.

Fly Fishing Odyssey

Lake WanakaRiverrun Lodge, on the banks of Clutha River

A fly fishing holiday that samples South Island's. Explore Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge is set high in the Southern Alps and offers excellent high country fishing. Drive to Lake Moeraki for lowland rivers fed by alpine streams. Further south, Wanaka gives you access to Otago's great rivers.