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10 Day New Zealand Luxury Itinerary

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Stay at 5 star lodges with world class dining.
Includes a helicopter tour of Fiordland's World Heritage scenery.
*Includes a complimentary New Zealand gift basket on arrival worth $150

Our 10 Day New Zealand Luxury Itinerary offers the best of luxury travel New Zealand.

This itinerary is carefully designed to visit the top New Zealand luxury destinations while traveling at a comfortable pace. Explore breathtaking natural wonders from the Bay of Islands to Fiordland, staying at exquisite luxury lodges and hotels along the way.

Luxury travel New Zealand rewards visitors with an unparalleled look at the diverse natural beauty and sophistication this country has in abundance.

Our recommended 10 day itinerary for luxury travel New Zealand is as follows:

Read on for the full details of this 10 Day New Zealand Luxury Itinerary.

10 Day New Zealand Luxury Itinerary: Luxury Travel New Zealand

Day 1 Auckland – Bay of Islands

Flight transfer Auckland to Bay of Islands – 1 hour

Your exclusive New Zealand experience begins in Auckland, the gateway to the North Island. Get a glimpse of the city before being whisked away to the Bay of Islands a world renowned holiday destination offering over 144 islands to explore in a sub tropical paradise.

Eagles Nest, your multi-award winning New Zealand luxury hotel & retreat, is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline offering spectacular views of the Bay of Islands.  Unlike so many New Zealand luxury hotels, Eagles Nest at Russell in the Bay of Islands also offers the services of its own resident personal trainer and spa therapists ensuring the most indulgent of stays. Four of the five world class villas offers its own private heated horizon edged lap pool.

A team of talented resident personal chefs can spoil you for the evening. They will offer a specially designed menu of your choice featuring freshly caught fish, venison, lamb, crayfish (lobster) and more.

Stay 2 nights in Bay of Islands.

Accommodation: Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest Bay of Islands

Day 2 Bay of Islands

A smorgasbord of adventures are at your fingertips. World class big game fishing, scenic cruising, sailing, diving, kayaking, bush walking, mountain biking, helicopter flight seeing, and romantic picnics on your own private island are but some of the many options available from Eagles Nest.

Yacht Charter Bay of Islands

Day 3 Rotorua

Flight transfer Bay of Islands to Rotorua – 1.5 hours 

Rotorua is known for crystal-clear streams and magical forests, bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture.

Rotorua also offers an adventure scene with an epic network of biking trails, walking trails and adventure activities such as rafting and tree-top zip lining.

Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location. Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire Lodge serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards.

Your stay at Solitaire Lodge includes complimentary mini bar (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and snacks), pre-dinner drinks and canapés, five course dinner, full country breakfast and light lunch. You will also have use of Lodge dinghies and kayaks.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Accommodation: Solitaire Lodge

Solitaire Lodge Rotorua NZ luxury lodges of New Zealand couples retreat

Day 4 Rotorua + Pure Cruises + Mt Tarawera by Heli

Mid morning, sail to secluded alcoves aboard Pure Cruise’s luxury yacht Tiua and bathe in the healing thermal waters of natural hot pools, in secret places known only to locals.

Mid afternoon join Volcanic Air and fly to Mt Tarawera by helicopter. Stand on the crater’s edge of this sacred mountain with sweeping panoramic views and experience a thrilling walk along the crater’s edge.

Later, you have the option to join masterchef Charles Royal on an exclusive Māori food trail and bush tour.

Pure Cruises Rotorua luxury travel New Zealand

Day 5 Queenstown

Flight transfer Rotorua 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 a delight to experience.

You may like to collect a rental car for the South Island section of your journey.

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. Here we celebrate the art of pure relaxation.

In this spectacular corner of New Zealand, discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual well-being. There is nowhere else on Earth where there are so many activities so close by – fly-fishing and heli-skiing, the country’s best hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jet boating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. And let’s not forget the numerous international standard golf courses around Queenstown.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Blanket Bay Lodge

Blanket Bay Luxury Lodge Glenorchy

Day 6 Queenstown + Paradise Picnic

Today, enjoy an unforgettable helicopter picnic in an alpine wonderland. You will be flown to a favourite Queenstown location  – Cecil Peak – where you get to land, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery with a gourmet picnic put together with all the finest New Zealand produce, including wine or bubbles.

You will also get an amazing view of The Remarkables Mountains and a bird’s eye view across Queenstown.

This is the perfect place for proposals, honeymooners or simply taking time out in paradise.

Queenstown helicopter picnic in paradise luxury travel New Zealand

Day 7 Te Anau

Driving time Queenstown to Te Anau  – 2.5 hours

Fiordland is a special part of New Zealand. With dramatic fiords, abundant wildlife, pristine alpine lakes, and New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls, this is a landscape that needs to be seen to be believed.

Te Anau is the perfect base for exploring this untouched wilderness. Set amidst stunning mountain and lake scenery, Fiordland Lodge offers a secluded retreat on the doorstep of the national park. Your stay includes a complimentary mini-bar, pre-dinner canapés, a four course dinner, and breakfast.

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Accommodation: Fiordland Lodge

Fiordland Lodge Te Anau

Day 8 Fiordland Helicopter Experience

Departing from a lakeside helicopter pad on the Te Anau lakefront, journey deep into the Fiordland wilderness and discover the treasures of our backyard. Soaring high over the Main Divide with its ever-changing scenery of beech forest, mountains, bright blue alpine lakes, waterfalls and hanging valleys, you’ll love this little-seen part of South-West New Zealand.

Breathe the crisp alpine air when you land on Mount Kidd, a remote, picturesque area complete with inky blue lake. From here, soak up the epic views out over Fiordland’s landscapes. Make sure your phone or camera is charged – this is a scene you’ll want to revisit time and time again!

This flight is 40 minutes in duration, with the option to add a hike to your excursion.

Day 9 Wanaka

Driving time Te Anau to Queenstown  – 2.5 hours

Return to Queenstown before meeting your helicopter transfer to Minaret Station Alpine Lodge.

Wanaka is like no other and is New Zealand’s premier alpine destination. Here you will find stunning glacial lakes, incredible mountain vistas, and all manner of outdoor pursuits.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is the epitome of comfort and luxurious accommodation in the wilds of the Southern Alps. Minaret Station is only accessible by helicopter therefore treats guests, to an authentic Alpine experience. Framed by the rugged beauty of this secluded mountain landscape, guests will enjoy a level of comfort and style never before available in New Zealand’s wilderness.

Guests staying at Minaret Station’s luxury lodge are hosted either exclusively, or accommodated as part of a group in one of the four luxuriously appointed Alpine Chalets. Impeccable cuisine is central to any luxury vacation experience. Using fresh local produce resident chefs and kitchen staff prepare modern European and Asian Fusion cuisine coupled with an extensive range of local and award winning wines. Guests can choose to dine in the Mountain Kitchen’s dining room, alfresco on the deck or in the privacy of their own chalet.

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Accommodation: Minaret Lodge

Minaret Station Wanaka luxury travel New Zealand

Day 10 Wanaka

Relax…Heli SkiGuided FishingGuided HuntingHeli Adventures

Minaret Station provides New Zealand’s premier private heli-ski experience. Explore hundreds of square kilometers of untracked terrain on an exclusive private heli ski charter. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, if you can ski or snowboard then you can heli-ski.

Minaret Station Heli-Adventures allow guests to experience the otherwise inaccessible breathtaking wilderness of the Southern Alps. The options are endless. From scenic flights to heli-biking.

New Zealand is renowned as a world class fishing destination. Unquestionably Minaret Station is the first choice for guided fishing experiences. Minaret Station offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities within the remote Southern Alps, and off the coastline of New Zealand’s West Coast. A great diversity of wild fish species provides exceptional experiences for anglers of varying abilities.

As one of New Zealand’s long established guided hunting businesses, Minaret Station offers a premium guided hunting experience. The Southern Alps are host to an expansive game population. With a temperate climate and in the absence of any natural predators, hunting provides excitement and trophy opportunities whilst also providing an important and essential conservation benefit.

Guided Fishing in Wanaka Minaret Station

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Flight transfer Minaret Station Alpine Lodge to Queenstown – 20 minutes

As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown at your leisure.

Luxury Travel New Zealand

Our luxury itineraries offer discerning travelers the very best experiences and indulgences for luxury travel New Zealand. In addition, we specialize in designing bespoke holidays to match exactly what you dream of.

We therefore offer a wide range of luxury, from 5-star hotels to exquisite luxury lodges, and from luxury vehicle rentals to helicopter transfers.

If you hope to experience both islands, we also offer a 7 Day New Zealand Luxury Itinerary and a 14 Day New Zealand Luxury Itinerary.

In addition, we offer a range of special interest itineraries, including honeymoon and elopement packages, golf holidays, Lord of the Rings tours, adventure holidays, and more.

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