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10 Day South Island Wilderness Itinerary

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Escape into untouched wilderness on an escape which will never leave you.
Hideaway lodges, 5 star hospitality & dramatic scenery awaits...

Day 1 Arrive in Queenstown + The Lindis

Driving time Queenstown to The Lindis 3 hours or heli transfer 20 minutes 

When you arrive in Queenstown, make your way to The Lindis, an exclusive wilderness retreat set in the stunning Ahuriri Valley. This iconic luxury lodge has been created for you to relax and unwind while taking in the surrounding idyllic setting. Immerse yourself in the stillness of nature while indulging in modern, sophisticated luxury and enjoying Kiwi hospitality at its best.

The daily menus at The Lindis provide a uniquely New Zealand style of refined cuisine, paying homage to the abundant local produce. Each plate is unique and designed to savour, using only the finest and freshest ingredients New Zealand has on offer. New Zealand wines are paired nightly, and hand-selected world class wines are available from the unparalleled wine cellar.

Stay 2 nights in Ahuriri Valley.

Accommodation: The Lindis

The Lindis Luxury Wilderness Retreat New Zealand

Day 2 The Lindis

Today is yours to explore the Ahuriri Valley and indulge in any of the many activities on offer. From fly fishing in some of New Zealand’s most celebrated rivers and walking through stunning alpine panoramas to gliding and stargazing, there are countless ways to experience the beauty and solitude of your surroundings.

Day 3 Wanaka + Minaret Station

Driving time The Lindis to Wanaka 2 hours or heli transfer 15 minutes 

When you reach the picturesque alpine town of Wanaka, you will be transferred by helicopter to Minaret Station, a secluded alpine lodge accessible only by helicopter. Framed by the rugged beauty of the secluded mountain landscape, Minaret Lodge offers a level of comfort and style never before available in New Zealand’s wilderness.

Included in your stay are a full a la carte breakfast, lunch (picnic or seated), pre-dinner canapés and a gourmet three-course evening meal. Beverages are also part of the experience.

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Accommodation: Minaret Station

Minaret Station Luxury Wilderness Retreat Wanaka

Day 4 Minaret Station

Minaret Station allows guests to experience the breathtaking yet otherwise inaccessible wilderness of the Southern Alps. Your options to take in this fantastic landscape are endless. From scenic flights and picnics in secluded alpine meadows to heli hiking and heli biking, the wide range of heli-adventures will help immerse you in your surroundings. Other choices include hunting, fishing, and high country farm tours.

Minaret Station Luxury Wilderness Retreat Wanaka

Day 5 Te Anau

Driving time Wanaka to Te Anau 3.5 hours or heli transfer 45 minutes 

Situated at the edge of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau is the gateway to New Zealand’s largest untouched wilderness. The vertical peaks and heavy rainfall have kept this breathtaking region free from human habitation, and the only way to truly experience its majesty is by helicopter.

Start your stay in Fiordland off with a visual feast – a three-hour helicopter tour that pays visits to all of the most spectacular destinations in Fiordland. Your exclusive helicopter tour takes in the most spectacular destinations in Fiordland, including Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and the iconic Milford Sound, with three landings along the way to allow you to soak in the captivating scenery. At one of your landing locations, enjoy a gourmet picnic with the finest New Zealand produce and drinks.

Your accommodation tonight is at Salt + Earth, where you will be hosted by Nathan Mirfan, a local who has a finger on the pulse of this very special destination. Your stay includes daily a la carte breakfast, appetisers, fine wine on arrival, and one three course Taste of Fiordland dinner featuring the best of Fiordland’s wild food.

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Accommodation: Salt + Earth

Day 6 Te Anau

Experience the finest of Fiordland today with a wilderness adventure. Choose from a hunting trip where you will immerse yourself in the hills and mountains as you stalk fallow deer, a day of fly fishing in one of New Zealand’s best trout fishing rivers, a truly unforgettable free dive for crayfish and other prizes off the rich fiords of the west coast, or a leisurely day exploring a high country farm.

Fiordland Bed and Breakfast Te Anau

Day 7 Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Begin your day with an unforgettable scenic helicopter flight over Lake Te Anau as you cross the Southern Alps to reach Milford Sound. The grandeur of 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 as you spend a night in the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’  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.

Your stay includes an exquisite three-course evening meal as well as a full cooked breakfast. During your immersive Fiordland experience, you will have the chance to explore by kayak or tender boat, and the top-deck hot tub awaits you for a relaxing evening soak.

Stay 1 night in Milford Sound.

Accommodation: The Fiordland Jewel

Fiordland Discovery Milford cruise and heli

Day 8 Queenstown + Blanket Bay

Driving time Te Anau to Glenorchy 3 hours or heli transfer 30 minutes 

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.

Your accommodation near Queenstown is at Blanket Bay Lodge, in the picturesque and remote Glenorchy region. Voted one of the world’s best luxury lodges, Blanket Bay is nestled amidst the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. All rooms at Blanket Bay are positioned to take full advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas. Natural materials are showcased throughout, echoing the lodge’s integration and interaction with the environment. Your stay includes breakfast, pre-dinner cocktails and dinner.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Blanket Bay Lodge

Blanket Bay Luxury Lodge Alpine Location Queenstown

Day 9 Queenstown + Exclusive Heli Wine Tour

Explore the Queenstown area today on an exclusive heli wine tour. Depart Blanket Bay mid-morning on a scenic helicopter flight into the dramatic Remarkables Range, where you will land amidst the alpine scenery to take in the spectacular views. From there, explore the gorges and valleys between Queenstown and Banockburn before arriving in the heart of the wine region.

Your guide will meet you at the Bannockburn vineyard to begin your private, chauffeured journey through Cromwell, Bannockburn and the Gibbston Valley wine regions. Indulge in the best of Central Otago with four wine tastings including an exclusive tasting hosted by a local winemaker or vineyard owner, a cheese and wine pairing at a local vineyard, and a superb a la carte lunch at Mt Difficulty.

Day 10 Queenstown

Today is spent at your leisure, either relaxing at Blanket Bay 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.

Blanket Bay Luxury Lodge Glenorchy Queenstown

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

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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