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This Luxury Escape includes indulgent, romantic excursions such as Star Gazing, Mountain Biking, 60 Minute Relaxation Massage and a Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise. In addition, this itinerary offers the chance to pamper yourselves at exquisite luxury lodges and 5-star hotels. Experience the best of New Zealand at unbeatable prices with our South Island deals.
Read on for the full details of our 7 Night Luxury South Island Escape.
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.
You will stay at The George a luxury 5-star boutique hotel in Christchurch. Experience signature service with their one-to-one guest ratio. Your stay includes full breakfast in 50 Bistro, including a delectable continental buffet and your choice from the a la carte menu.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Accommodation: The George Hotel
Driving time Christchurch to Lakestone Lodge – 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 Lakestone Lodge, a purpose built, six bedroom, off grid, luxury lodge positioned in a spectacular location on the shores of Lake Pukaki. Your stay includes delicious three-course dinner each night, daily cooked breakfast, a bottle of Quartz Reef bubbly and hand made chocolates on arrival.
In the evening, enjoy a unique stargazing experience at Lakestone Lodge that will treat you to the best of the Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Your guide will prepare a perfectly positioned hammock so you are looking directly at the wonders above and makes you snug with a warm woollen blanket and complimentary hot drink. Your guide will point out all the highlights of the southern sky with a high powered laser pointer and explain some Maori legends about the sky as well as other interesting theories.
Stay 2 nights in Lake Pukaki.
Accommodation: Lakestone Lodge
Your South Island luxury escape includes a picnic lunch of local delicacies, mountain bike and helmet hire if you feel like a little adventure PLUS a 60-minute relaxation massage! We really can’t think of a better way to spend a day.
In the evening enjoy your three-course dinner.
Driving time Lakestone Lodge to Queenstown – 3 hours
Today your journey takes you to Queenstown, the ultimate luxury destination on New Zealand’s South Island. From world-class accommodation to indulgent spa experiences, superb cuisine and exclusive tours, Queenstown is a one of a kind 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.
Experience the magic of Stoneridge Estate for four nights, a unique luxury lodge, just fifteen minutes from Queenstown. Nestled on the shores of Lake Hayes amidst acres of sprawling gardens and vines, with panoramic views over the sparkling lake and majestic mountain peaks. Stoneridge Estate combines sublime scenery with five-star facilities and warm, personalised service. Soak up the peace and tranquility of this spectacular part of the world and experience authentic New Zealand hospitality. Relax by the lap pool overlooking the sparkling depths of the lake and mountains, or enjoy a glass of the Estate’s very own Pinot in the tranquil outdoor spa pool. Your stay includes daily cooked or continental breakfast, daily wine and local cheeseboard each afternoon and late check-out of 12.00pm on your day of departure.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Stoneridge Estate
Discover Queenstown today, there are many options available including Central Otago Wine Tours or discovering nearby towns such as Glenorchy and Arrowtown. If you are an adventurous soul, you may like to add on skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, rafting, heli-biking or a 4WD backcountry experience.
Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu for a front row seat to some of the South Island’s most beautiful scenery. Discover history, local stories and the ancient glacial past of New Zealand’s longest lake.
Southern Discoveries go further than any other cruise to reveal secluded bays, historic landmarks and spectacular views on Lake Wakatipu. Visit Bob’s Cove to see its remarkable turquoise water and native bush up-close ad enjoy stunning views up the lake towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw and the Southern Alps.
Soak up one last day in Queenstown, or take the stunning drive to Wanaka, which takes just one hour. Drive over the beautiful Crown Range and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views.
Wanaka has a reputation for great food and wine, with a wide variety of lakefront bars, cafés and restaurants serving exceptional local cuisine, plus a wealth of artisans producing award-winning wine, beer, spirits, bread, and ice cream.
For adventure seekers, there are hundreds of kilometres of tracks for hiking or biking. The crystal-clear water of the lakes and rivers are ideal for kayaking, fishing, lake cruises, and jet-boating, or to get an aerial perspective of the region and take a scenic flight.
For a more relaxed vibe —stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries and stylish shops, visit Rippon Vineyard (pictured below) for a wine tasting or visit Wanaka’s very own Lavender Farm.
As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown at your leisure.
For this luxury escape package, we have collaborated with operators to offer deep discounts on domestic travel. Experience New Zealand’s luxury travel scene at rock-bottom prices for a few months only.
This New Zealand itinerary is fully customisable. In other words, you have the option to add or remove activities, change your level of accommodation, or modify the schedule. We specialise in bespoke New Zealand luxury holidays, so we are more than happy to work with you until your package matches exactly what you dreamed of.
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