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Your exclusive New Zealand experience begins in Christchurch, the perfect gateway to the South Island. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the city and sampling the exciting culinary scene. Romantic options are available to start your bespoke experience from private helicopter flights with mountain landings including champagne and cheeseboard to dinner by Tram, a great way to discover the city in comfort as you make a toast to your romantic New Zealand getaway.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Accommodation: The George Hotel
Driving time Christchurch to Mt Cook Retreat – 4 hours
The Mackenzie Basin is home to some of New Zealand’s most sublime scenery. From towering peaks (including New Zealand’s tallest, Aoraki/Mt Cook) to brilliant turquoise lakes and shimmering glaciers, the Southern Alps are an awe-inspiring destination. Your first glimpse of the glacial lakes is at Lake Tekapo, a picturesque settlement surrounded by mountains.
Continuing south, you will pass by the breathtaking southern shores of Lake Pukaki before arriving at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Set in a forest wilderness overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki, the luxury retreat offers uninterrupted views of the Southern Alps. During your stay, you can enjoy on-site amenities including the Fantail Spa and private forest walkways. Your stay includes a two-course meal each day including a bottle of New Zealand wine chosen from the onsite wine cellar and gourmet breakfast provisions.
In the evening, enjoy a unique stargazing and wine cellar experience that will treat you to the best of the Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Begin with refreshments and nibbles in the wine cellar before moving to the Pukaki Observatory to view the Milky Way, stars, and planets through the high-powered telescope. You also have the opportunity to experiment with astrophotograpy.
Stay 2 nights in the Mackenzie Basin.
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Enjoy a relaxing morning after your late night of stargazing. In the late morning, make the scenic drive to Mount Cook Village, where you will venture deep into the wilderness on an exclusive helicopter excursion.
Your experience begins with a stunning scenic flight to a secluded location in paradise, where you will relax and savour a gourmet picnic with the finest New Zealand produce. Round off your picnic in paradise with a glass of wine or bubbles while taking in the sublime beauty of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
Once your helicopter lands back in Mount Cook Village, you have the opportunity to stroll along one of the walking trails leaving from the village, or else return to your retreat to unwind in the spa.
Driving time Mt Cook Retreat to Queenstown – 3 hours
Today your journey takes you to Queenstown, the ultimate luxury destination on New Zealand’s South Island. From world-class luxury lodges to indulgent spa experiences, superb cuisine and exclusive tours, Queenstown is the ideal romantic or honeymoon destination.
The journey to Queenstown deserves to be savoured as well – stop and take in the views from the top of Lindis Pass, sample fresh fruit in Cromwell, and perhaps stop for a picturesque vineyard lunch as you pass through the Gibbston Valley.
Your accommodation in Queenstown is at Matakauri Lodge, spectacularly situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Matakauri’s take on luxury is understated and welcoming, with the stunning mountain landscape taking the place of honour. Voted one of the top five lodges in New Zealand and Australia, Matakauri is the ultimate sanctuary as well as a convenient base for exploring the wonders of southern New Zealand. Your stay includes pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a multi-course dinner, and daily breakfast.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge
Begin your day with an unforgettable scenic helicopter flight over Queenstown and the surrounds as you cross the Southern Alps to reach Milford Sound. The grandeur of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park will fill you with awe as your private helicopter takes you past jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, hanging glaciers, braided turquoise rivers, and lush rainforest.
Land aboard the Fiordland Jewel, a luxury vessel that will give you an exclusive taste of Milford Sound. You will be guided by the expert crew, who will share with you the incredible natural wilderness and wildlife, which can include seals, dolphins, and penguins. Enjoy an exquisite lobster lunch with local seasonal fare that can include blue cod, Stewart Island salmon, Stewart Island green-lipped mussels, merino lamb, and wild West Coast venison.
Once your cruise finishes, lift off in your private helicopter once more for the return to Queenstown.
Explore the Queenstown area today on a private gourmet wine tour that visits some of New Zealand’s most memorable vineyards. This intimate experience will showcase the best of Central Otago, with tastings at 4 vineyards and a gourmet lunch with five stunning dishes cooked in wine barrels and paired with matching wines. Other highlights include a tour through New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave and a cheese and wine presentation at one of the wineries.
Today is spent at your leisure, either relaxing at Matakauri Lodge and perhaps indulging in one of the spa treatments on offer, or adding another activity from the wide array on offer in Queenstown. Options range from guided nature walks and private cruises on Lake Wakatipu to more adrenaline-fuelled activities such as jet-boating and rafting.
As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown at your leisure.
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