New Zealand


The South Island of New Zealand is one of the most spectacular and pristine places on earth and with this luxury trip offering unique experiences such as tramping through a newly discovered limestone cave system, visiting a true-blue kiwi sheep farm and hiking in some of the country’s most beautiful National Parks blended with untouched environments from The Routeburn Valley in the high-alpine backcountry of the south to Karamea in the sub-tropical north, it’s all about seeing the REAL New Zealand in all of its majestic glory.

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Sample New Zealand Adventure Tour Itinerary

While all Latitude South vacations are completely customized around your specific ideas and expectations for your trip; we have included a sample New Zealand Luxury Adventure vacation below to showcase our capabilities in planning and managing genuine tailor-made vacations of a lifetime!

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DAY 1 Arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand
Accommodation: Four nights at The Rees or similar

On arrival in Queenstown, you are met by our Latitude South representative and privately driven to your stunning, lakeview accommodation.

DAY 2 in Queenstown
(Breakfast included today)

This morning you will receive your late model, automatic rental vehicle and spend the day acquainting yourselves with this exciting and scenic area prior to the ensuing days of exploration and adventure.

DAY 3 in Queenstown
(Breakfast & lunch included today)

This morning you will travel to Glenorchy, at the head of Lake Wakatipu for your fantastic small group backcountry jetboat trip with half day independent Routeburn Track walk. Lunch today is included at a wonderful little eatery recognized as a noteworthy mention by the acclaimed Saveur magazine.

DAY 4 in Queenstown
(Breakfast, lunch & all tastings included)

Following a leisurely morning in Queenstown, accompanied by your expert guide, you will experience the Central Otago’s wonderful food and wine offering during this afternoon’s trip around some of the region’s top wineries.

Franz Josef

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DAY 5 in Queenstown / Franz Josef
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: Two nights at 58 on Cron or similar

Today you will depart the Southern Lakes District and travel to the West Coast and the magnificent Glacier Region. On arrival, you will check in to your well-located accommodation.

DAY 6 in Franz Josef
(Breakfast included today)

This morning you will commence your full day, expertly guided Glacier Hike on magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.


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DAY 7 in Franz Josef / Karamea
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: Three nights at Somewhere or similar

This morning you will begin the trip up the ruggedly spectacular West Coast to the northern-most town on the Coast Road, the tiny settlement of Karamea. On arrival in this interesting and totally unique location, you will make your way to your delightful accommodation.

DAY 8 in Karamea
(Breakfast & lunch included today)

This morning you will travel to the Oparara Caves in the magnificent Oparara river basin for your remarkable guided caving experience. Following this wonderful trip, you will take your picnic lunch and commence your afternoon hike through original old growth rain forest featuring New Zealand natives, the kahikatea and rimu trees. You’ll also encounter many of New Zealand’s native birds – this is truly an immensely rewarding day in the New Zealand outdoors.

DAY 9 in Karamea / Nelson
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: Three nights at Shelbourne Villa or similar

From Karamea this morning, you will cut across the northern South Island to the gorgeous Nelson region and to your beautiful accommodation.

DAY 10 in Nelson
(Breakfast & lunch included today)

This morning you will drive to the beautiful Golden Bays area and the small beach settlement Kaiteriteri. From this special little area of New Zealand, you will commence your incredible full day of sea kayaking and hiking in the South Island’s awe-inspiring Abel Tasman National Park.

DAY 11 in Nelson
(Breakfast & lunch included today)

Full day, privately guided hiking trip in to some of the Nelson / Tasman region’s most spectacular backcountry spaces. Dominated by sub-tropical bush and teeming with some of New Zealand’s most unique and beautiful native birdlife; your expert local guide will enjoy sharing with you this magical and sublimely beautiful area.

DAY 12 in Nelson
(Breakfast included today)

Today is yours to spend at leisure to explore this spectacular location in the freedom of your rental vehicle.


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DAY 13 in Nelson / Hapuku Lodge
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: One night at Hapuku Lodge

Following a wonderful few days at the top of the South Island, you will commence your drive south via the East Coast Road that travels between the Kaikoura Mountain Range on one side and the South Pacific Ocean on the other – this is one of the most picturesque drives in New Zealand and you’ll definitely want to have the camera handy. Just north of Kaikoura, you will find celebrated Hapuku Lodge whereupon arrival you will be shown to your beautiful room prior to this evening’s dinner at the Lodge.

DAY 14 in Hapuku Lodge / Akaroa
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: Two nights at Wilderness House or similar

From the Lodge, you will continue down the East Coast and along the scenic Banks Peninsula to the delightful little French settled town of Akaroa and your wonderful boutique accommodation.

DAY 15 in Akaroa
(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)

This morning, you will be collected by our guide, the local farmer, for your trip up to the Banks Peninsula hill-country sheep farm where you will learn about the history of the farm, watch farm dogs in action and try your hand at sheep shearing. After morning tea with the farmer, you’ll head into Akaroa for a delectable lunch followed by your small vessel Akaroa Harbor cruise for sightings of such creatures as seabirds, the very cute little New Zealand native, the Hectors dolphin and seals. After some time at your accommodation to refresh, you will enjoy your Latitude South farewell dinner at one of our absolute favourite Akaroa eatery’s. This is a really special day and a great finish to your Latitude South New Zealand adventure.

DAY 16 departure from Akaroa, New Zealand
(Breakfast included today)

Today you will take the short, scenic drive back along the Peninsula to Christchurch Airport. From Christchurch, you will farewell New Zealand and board your flight home.