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This Luxury Escape includes indulgent, romantic excursions such as Star Gazing, Mountain Biking, 60 Minute Relaxation Massage, Hosted Wine Tasting, Hot Tub Session and must-see Milford Sound. In addition, this itinerary offers the chance to pamper yourselves at exquisite luxury lodges and 5-star hotels. Romantic getaways on the South Island showcase the very best of New Zealand.
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.
Your accommodation in Queenstown is at Kinross. Kinross is located in the heart of Queenstown’s Gibbston Valley, the world’s most southerly
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Your options are endless today! Join a Central Otago Wine Tour and taste and learn about the array of wine varietals and enjoy delicious cuisine.
Take the Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise and dissolve into nature whilst enjoying a delicious Gibbston Valley cheeseboard and glass of Akarua wine.
Or set your sights high with a number of adrenaline-fuelled activities such sky-diving, jet-boating and 4WD Safaris.
In the evening or afternoon option to rejuvenate at Onsen Hot Pools and Day Spa.
**Option to add extra nights in Queenstown – your escape is completely flexible!
Driving time Queenstown to Te Anau – 2 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 minibar with non-alcoholic beverages & beer, pre-dinner canapés and daily gourmet breakfast
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.
Accommodation: Fiordland Lodge
The Milford Road is truely one of the most spectacular roads you will experience in your lifetime. If you have not experienced the Milford Road, you must and if you have already, it is even better second time around! The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2 hour Milford Sound Cruise.
Get up close and personal with Milford Sound on a leisurely cruise of this spectacular fiord. From thundering waterfalls to sky-high mountains to lush rainforests, Milford has it all. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.
After your cruise, enjoy the stunning drive back to Te Anau. Enjoy an exquisite night of luxury at Fiordland Lodge.
Driving time Te Anau to Queenstown – 2 hours
As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before driving back to Frankton, Queenstown and departing Queenstown at your leisure.
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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