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Sample Private Tour Itinerary
This sample Private Luxury Tour was designed for some clients with wonderfully diverse interests – from food & wine to New Zealand’s heritage and from time on a real New Zealand farm to a good dose of adventure and hiking. We pulled together our guides for a round table and came up with an exclusive and cutting edge private tour that delivered on our promise of truly unique, utterly authentic and always rewarding private touring.
Private, escorted tours can offer a truly individual experience in adventure travel: New Zealand will be yours to explore and enjoy in detail, at your own pace. Contact us to see how we can customize a private, luxury New Zealand tour for you.
DAY 1 arrival in Napier, New Zealand(Dinner included today)
You will this morning arrive in to the beautiful Hawkes Bay region and the city of Napier. On arrival in this beautiful area, you will be met and privately transferred to your superb, chef owned accommodation.
DAY 2 in Napier(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)
After a leisurely start to the day following yesterday’s international arrival; you will be collected at lunchtime for your wonderful history and wine focused tour of this beautiful and interesting region. In the past 30 years, the Art Deco Trust has become the keepers of all things Art Deco in Napier and your tour begins with the opportunity to understand this re-born city.
Gain an insight into both the destruction wrought by the earthquake of 1931, as well as the gift of land it bestowed as it reshaped the City of Napier forever. Marvel at the elegance and compactness of the buildings of the “Newest City in the World”, and enjoy the detail & style of some of the beautiful private gardens in Marewa, the city’s Art Deco suburb.
Then it’s off out into the stunning rural environs for visits to some of Hawkes Bay’s finest and most diverse food and wine producers. The precise wineries you visit comes down to a conversation that your guide with have with you to ensure that they are going to appeal to your tastes completely. We will, however ask him to include two that we feel are particularly worthwhile – Mission Estate for a late lunch and Church Road; contrasting wineries that sit close to each other in the gorgeous little area of Taradale.
DAY 3 in Napier(Breakfast & dinner included today)
This morning, you will be met by your local guide for your inimitable, privately guided introduction to New Zealand’s cherished Maori culture. Today’s tour is a relaxed encounter with ancient history and an excellent introduction to Maori heritage. You’ll traverse archaeological remains of an ancient Maori village, explore the scenic reserve and visit protected wetlands sheltering native eels. Your dedicated Maori guide will acquaint you with Maori myths, legends and customs. The emphasis today is on interaction, spontaneous discussion and the chance to get to know your knowledgeable, friendly guide and his fascinating culture.
DAY 4 in Napier / Nelson(Breakfast included today)
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and privately transferred to the Napier Airport from where you will depart the Hawke’s Bay and travel to the lovely location of Nelson at the ‘Top of the South’. On arrival in Nelson, you will be met by your guide who will privately transfer you to your delightful accommodation located in the beautiful ‘Dress Circle’ of Nelson and within easy walking distance to the town’s wonderful array of restaurants, cafes and interesting stores.
DAY 5 in Nelson(Breakfast & lunch included today)
This morning, following breakfast you will be collected from your accommodation for your wonderful, privately guided morning orientation to Nelson city and the surrounding areas for which this beautiful small New Zealand city is celebrated. Blending fine food, wine and memorable encounters with some of the Nelson districts’ most iconic attractions, this morning’s tour is sure to rank as one of the many highlights of your time in New Zealand.
DAY 6 in Nelson(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)
This morning, following breakfast you will be collected from your accommodation for your excellent, full day, privately guided Nelson tour. The day starts with the enjoyable journey out to the tiny Oceanside settlement of Kaiteriteri for your morning kayaking trip on the perimeter of Abel Tasman National Park. Following your kayaking adventure, your afternoon includes a fantastic array of Nelson’s man-made and natural aspects and has been designed to introduce to you to some of the region’s most compelling and scenic areas.
Early this evening as you travel back towards Nelson, a stop will be made for your wonderful dinner experience in one of the region’s most beautifully relaxing rural environs as you experience a true culinary adventure. Your hostess, a former chef who now runs her own 30 acre farm, draws on the property’s beautifully fresh produce, homemade preserves, handmade cheeses (courtesy of the resident goats) and dishes up a delectable and nourishing dinner making this, one of the most unique dining opportunities anywhere. Following dinner and a day of food, wine, introductions with many interesting locals and the stunning sub-tropical environment unique to the Nelson region, you will return to Nelson with your guide.
DAY 7 in Nelson(Breakfast included today)
Today is yours to spend at leisure in this beautiful New Zealand location with the benefit of your local guide.
Nelson is known for its year-round sun, golden beaches, three national parks, 350 working artists, boutique wineries and the city for its historical streetscapes, waterfront cafes, fresh seafood, and a thoroughly relaxed lifestyle.
Nelson, named after Admiral Lord Nelson of Battle of Trafalgar fame, is the main commercial centre for the region, whose main industries are forestry, horticulture, fishing and tourism. Nelson’s artists include carvers, glassblowers, painters, potters and weavers, whose work can be seen by following any of the 13 craft trails that also takes in Nelson’s most attractive rural settlements.
Within the sheltering confines of Tasman Bay, Nelson’s beaches are safe, with silvery sand. Tahunanui Beach, within the city boundaries is a popular spot with great swimming and sunbathing only a short drive from your accommodation.
Only the West Coast has as many national parks as Nelson. Abel Tasman, New Zealand’s smallest, is a coastal wonderland of sea, sky, rocky headlands and bright golden beaches. The Nelson Lakes National Park is set amidst the mountains and glaciated valleys of south Nelson, and features beech forests and the beautiful jewel-like lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa. Kahurangi, the country’s second-largest national park comprises 450,000ha of mostly upland wilderness.
DAY 8 in Nelson / Kaikoura(Breakfast & dinner included today)
This morning, you will be met at your accommodation for the trip to Kaikoura via the beautiful Nelson Lakes region with its plethora of native New Zealand birdlife and stunning sub-alpine scenery.
DAY 9 in Kaikoura / Akaroa(Breakfast included today)
This morning you will be met by your guide for the spectacular onward journey to Banks Peninsula and the gorgeous little seaside village of Akaroa. On arrival in the area, you will be taken to your beautiful accommodation.
DAY 10 in Akaroa(Breakfast & lunch included today)
This morning you will be collected by your guide for a day of touring and generally exploring this lovely little village.
Akaroa Harbour and Village on Banks Peninsula is an unexpected and truly magical taste of provincial France. In 1840 the race was on – the French were determined to raise the Tricoleur and claim Nouvelle Zelande as a colony of France. However, the English beat them by the narrowest of margins – only 5 days. Even so, once those first French settlers saw this beautiful area and all it had to offer, they stayed – and set about creating their own piece of France. Today, with its unique blend of historic architecture and beautiful harbourside location, Akaroa retains its Gallic charm.
Following lunch, it’s time for a cruise of Akaroa Harbour during which you’ll have the opportunity to view many seabirds and the very cute little New Zealand native; the Hector’s Dolphin.
DAY 11 in Akaroa / Christchurch(Breakfast included today)
Today you will take the leisurely journey to Christchurch and to your beautifully appointed centrally located accommodation.
DAY 12 in Christchurch / Southland High Country Sheep Station(Breakfast & dinner included today)
This morning following breakfast at your hotel, you will depart Christchurch with your guide and travel south to the Wakatipu region.
Following your journey through Canterbury’s patchwork quilt of the Plains, you’ll reach the rich golden landscapes that pave the way for your arrival into Lake Tekapo. This glacial fed turquoise blue lake is a hive of activity for everything outdoors! Following a lunch stop including time to take in the scenery in Tekapo, it’s back on the road as you continue on to Lake Pukaki with views never ceasing to take your breath away – mountainous scenery mirrored by crystal clear lake water reflects the first glimpses of the grandeur of Aoraki Mount Cook. You will love every moment of this road trip as you head south and witness the scenery change dramatically from colourful roadside wildflowers to the smooth tussock-covered saddle of the Lindis Pass – scenery as perfect as a landscape painting.
Follow the mighty Clutha – the South Island’s longest river – which leads you to the gorgeous holiday destination of Lake Wanaka. From Wanaka, you’ll continue on past Cromwell, through the spectacular Kawarau Gorge and onward to your stunning rural home for the next two nights.
DAY 13 on the farm(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)
The options for today include a spectacular, private helicopter flight deep in to Milford Sound, a privately guided day of fly-fishing, a day of horseback riding in this spectacular high country environment or a simple day of relaxation, reading and taking in all of the activity unique to this vibrant and active farming property.
DAY 14 in Southland / Queenstown(Breakfast included today)
This morning following breakfast, you’ll depart the Station and take relatively short, spectacular journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown and to your truly charming accommodation.
DAY 15 in Queenstown(Breakfast & lunch included today)
This morning you will be met by your guide for the enjoyable, intensely scenic trip up the eastern edge of central Lake Wakatipu to the glorious hamlet of Glenorchy for your trip deep in to the Queenstown area’s backcountry for your totally exhilarating Wilderness Safari including jet boating, lunch and a privately guided walk on the Routeburn Track – one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks.
DAY 16 in Queenstown(Breakfast & lunch included today)
At noontime today, you will be collected from your accommodation for your half day epicurean adventure as you commence your unique and exciting food & wine adventure. On this excellent, privately guided trip, you will experience Central Otago – New Zealand’s highest and the world’s most southerly wine region.
This experience affords you a hugely enjoyable afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago following which you will be returned to your accommodation.
DAY 17 in Queenstown(Breakfast included today)
Today is yours with your guide exploring, enjoying and being as active or laid back as you wish as you spend this, your last day in New Zealand at leisure.
Options for the day’s touring are many and varied and include a trip up the Skyline Gondola for panoramic views over the greater Queenstown area; a morning or afternoon trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm and Homestead for tea onboard the historic steamship, the TSS Earnslaw; a drive out to the charming little village of Arrowtown or perhaps even a 4WD trip in to one of Queenstown’s two most renowned historic goldmining Ghost Towns, Skippers or Macetown or a visit to Kingston at the foot of the lake for a trip on the historic Kingston Flyer Steam train and a visit to a local high-country farm or touring in the immediate area of Queenstown. Whatever way to choose to spend the day, Queenstown is sure to keep you very happily occupied.
DAY 18 departure from Queenstown, New Zealand(Breakfast included today)
Today you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport from where you will farewell your guide and New Zealand prior to boarding your onward flight.