Luxury tours of NZ reveal a more exclusive side of New Zealand. From idyllic, secluded luxury lodges to private helicopter landing sites, New Zealand offers a wealth of premium experiences.
Discover New Zealand’s top destinations on this luxury guided tour. Your private guide will meet you at the airport and take you on one of the best luxury NZ escorted tours on the market, with luxury accommodation and special personalised experiences that will elevate your holiday experience to something truly incredible.
Your fantastic guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Home to one third of New Zealand’s population and bordered by two stunning harbours, Auckland is thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.
Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower, Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, Waiheke Island, Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, or Piha Beach.
In the evening, enjoy a decadent harbour dinner cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Travel time Auckland to Rotorua – 3.5 hours
Enjoy the scenic drive through rolling farmland to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Stroll through Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve in the morning, where you will have the opportunity to experience the rich Maori culture and view the exciting geothermal features. Afterwards, smooth your skin with silky mud in a private mud bath and soak in a relaxing sulphur spa.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold on your journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, feast on mouthwatering fresh soups, salads, seafood, beef, lamb, add to that a range of sumptuous desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner, enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola.
Travel time Rotorua to Taupo – 1 hour
Your geothermal experience will continue as you enjoy the short drive to Taupo, a small town set beside New Zealand’s largest lake. With the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park looming in the distance, and the lake itself formed from an ancient volcanic crater, you will get a close-up look at the immense forces that shaped New Zealand. Visit Huka Falls with your guide and relax on the lakefront.
In the afternoon, lift high above Lake Taupo to soar around the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park, exploring the craters and colourful volcanic lakes on a scenic floatplane flight.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Travel time Taupo to Wellington – 4.5 hours
Continue your scenic tour as your guide takes you south to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
Your guide will help you become acquainted with this charming city in the afternoon – you could visit the Te Papa Museum, ride the Wellington Cable Car, visit Weta Workshop, or take in the views from the top of Mt Victoria.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton – 3 hours
Travel time Picton to Blenheim – 30 minutes
Begin your day with a cruise across the windswept Cook Strait.
Upon reaching the South Island, your guide will take you on a scenic drive through the Marlborough wine region. Recognised internationally for its distinctive, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest winemaking region, with about 65 wineries, 290 grape growers, and over 4,000 hectares planted in grapes, mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.
Stay 2 nights in Blenheim.
Relax and get a taste of this stunning region today on a gourmet lunch wine tour. Visit boutique wineries, taste an array of award-winning vintages, and enjoy a sumptuous three-course winery restaurant lunch.
Relax and explore Blenheim independently this afternoon. In and around Blenheim you’ll find an array of cafés, restaurants, wineries, bars, shops, artisan food outlets and golf courses along with popular walkways along the Taylor River Reserve. You can also buy direct from local growers and producers in a lovely market setting at The Marlborough Farmers Market.
Travel time Blenheim to Kaikoura – 1.5 hours
Continue down the scenic East Coast to Kaikoura, a stunning coastal town with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Be sure to sample the superb local seafood during your stay!
Along the way, your guide will stop at a short nature walk to a waterfall where you can often find baby seals playing in the crystal-clear pool.
In the afternoon, take a fantastic scenic whale-watching flight and look out for sperm whales, dolphins, and seals.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Travel time Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs – 1.5 hours
When you reach the quiet mountain town of Hanmer Springs, relax and unwind in the hot springs or go for a short guided forest walk with your escort.
Stay 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Travel time Hanmer Springs to Christchurch – 2 hours
Your fantastic guided holiday ends in Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City.”
Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity, and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.
Discover the vibrant and picturesque garden city, renowned for its natural beauty, lively entertainment scene, and strong cultural heritage. With its stunning botanical gardens and tree-lined avenues, Christchurch is both a sophisticated city and beautiful place to relax.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Your guide will deliver you to Christchurch Airport for your departing flight.
As you plan your New Zealand holiday, our team will work with you to ensure your tour matches exactly what you want. Our luxury tours of NZ are bespoke, carefully tailored experiences designed with expertise.
We recommend the above tour as a starting point to give you an idea of what is possible in 10 days. However, we can amend the schedule or inclusions based on your preferences–or design a fully bespoke itinerary to suit.
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