A Luxury Private Tour of New Zealand

A Luxury Private Tour of New Zealand Itinerary

Your Private Driver/Guide

When you touch down in New Zealand you will be met at the airport by Your Private Driver/Guide. 

Our guides have been with us for a long time and are seasoned professionals. Our aim is to give ‘you’ our guests a memorable experience of New Zealand and its stunning scenery. With years of experience in tourism in New Zealand, we guarantee that you will receive a first-class service!

The best part about our guides is that they are local and chances are they have their go-to destinations that only locals know about. Whether it’s a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, a favourite local pub, or a fantastic attraction that most tourists overlook, our guides can help recommend authentic experiences that you may not discover on your own.

Your NZ private Guides


Welcome to New Zealand!

‘Haere Mai’ and welcome to Queenstown.

Relax: you're now on vacation and we have taken care of everything for you. After meeting you at the airport we will help you to transfer to your waterfront hotel to settle in.

Sophisticated Queenstown offers bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in a beautiful snowy mountain setting, hosted by the naturally warm and welcoming Kiwi people. While the town is known for its wide variety of adventure activities, you needn't be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown: the tranquil lake and mountain setting is a major part of its appeal. From relaxing vineyard tours or boat cruises to extreme adventures, Queenstown has it all.

For the next two nights in Queenstown you will stay at the exclusive Eichardt's Private Hotel in a luxury suite overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu - there's no better view to wake up to.

Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 nights


Eichardt’s provides accommodation in five luxurious Hotel suites and four Lakefront Apartment suites which are located just 80 meters from the main hotel.  The two properties are located in central Queenstown with breath-taking views over Lake Wakatipu, ensuring exploring one of the world’s most truly remarkable locations is easy.  Eichardt’s Residence is a fully self-contained villa, just a five minute stroll from the main hotel building.

Eichardt Private Hotel


Milford Sound Scenic Flight

See Fiordland National Park in style on a scenic helicopter flight over the lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests of this unique World Heritage Area.

As your helicopter takes off, keep your camera close by there are scenic wonders everywhere, crying out to be captured from above. You'll discover isolated valleys of ancient forests and pristine trout-fishing rivers, as well as mountains carved by the ice over thousands of years. The stunning Mirror Lakes, glacier-formed Eglinton Valley, and iconic Mitre Peak are among the show-stopping highlights of this vast and remote wilderness.

Landing in Milford, you'll enjoy a short nature walk and find the perfect spot for that iconic Mitre Peak photo. After your stroll, an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls transports you to Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Return to Queenstown tonight, wondering if it was all a beautiful dream.

Milford Sound


Queenstown to Minaret Station by Helicopter

Accessible only by helicopter, your next destination is a luxury alpine lodge in a picturesque glacial valley, far away from the cares of everyday life.
Minaret Station

At the heart of the Southern Alps, Minaret Station will treat you to a level of comfort and style never before available so deep in the New Zealand's mountain areas. Settle down in your luxuriously appointed chalet suite amid alpine meadows as pretty as a picture.

Nestled along the shores of Lake Wanaka, the 50,000-acre property also functions as a working high country farm with 10,000 deer, 7,000 sheep, and 1,000 cattle. For a genuine New Zealand backcountry experience, Minaret Station is unbeatable.

Accommodation: Remote Mt Aspiring National Park - 2 nights

Accessible only by helicopter, Minaret Station treats guests to an exclusive and authentic alpine experience. Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is the epitome of comfort and luxury in the wilds of the Southern Alps. Guests are hosted exclusively, or as part of a group, in one of just four luxuriously appointed Chalets. The individual Chalets are separately positioned amongst native alpine grasses and herb fields, each harnessing unique vistas of the valley and surrounds.

 Each chalet offers privacy, warmth and the comfort of tasteful, high country design.
Minaret Station


Minaret High Country Station Adventure

Minaret Station’s many Heli-Adventure experiences allow guests to discover otherwise inaccessible wilderness areas of the Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring National Park.

Backcountry Adventures at Minaret Station
The wide range of adventures on offer from Minaret Station ensures that there is something special for everyone from families to honeymooners. Discerning hunters and anglers are spoiled for trophy opportunities — though you may struggle to keep your eyes on the target instead of the dramatic mountain scenery.
The Station's pilots can take you heli-hiking, heli-skiing, heli-picnics, heli mountain-biking... you name it, they can probably helicopter you to it!

Some suggested activities and outings.
Scenic Flights/Picnics
Guided Fishing
Guided Heli Skiing Guided Mountain Biking
Fiordland Experience
Guided Heli Hiking Guided Hunting
Guided Farm Tour
Jet Boating

Min Station


The West Coast / Glacier Country

Be transported to the South Island's wild West Coast today on one of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenic drives.

The scenery is impressive all the way, and once over the Haast Pass, it changes dramatically. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way — perfect for picnic stops. After the ancient forests and mountain passes give way to coastal views, you'll soon be nearing glacier country.

Franz Josef: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier Village lies at the heart of the Westland National Park. Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand. Te Waonui Forest Retreat will be your home for the next two nights. Encircled by lush bush and rainforest, it's a perfect introduction to the untamed West Coast region.

Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools
This evening soak your cares away in the bubbling thermal Glacier Hot Pools. Surrounded by beautiful New Zealand native bush and bird life, there's no finer way to relax and rejuvenate after your drive.

Approximate Distance: 284 km | 176 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 28 mins

Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 nights

Franz J Glacier

Te Waonui is the only luxury property of its kind in the area. The retreat is nestled in the lush bush with views of the natural environment at almost every turn. Located in Franz Josef, the retreat offers easy access to the many natural wonders of the South West World Heritage Area. Mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes, coastline, and native flora and fauna all lie in wait at the doorstep for visitors to admire and explore.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Franz Josef


Glacier Country - Scenic Helicopter Flight

Experience some of the most stunning ‘ice architecture’ of any Glacier in the world with a helicopter tour over Franz Josef.

Scenic Glacier Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Glacier is a mighty river of solid white, a unique relic of the last ice age. Following a spectacular collapse of the terminal face in 2012, the Glacier is now only accessible by helicopter.

Your flight today covers it all: Glacial icefalls, crevasses and neves, and views from ocean to the Alps. Crossing the rugged spine of the Southern Alps, you'll circle the magnificent peak of our tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook, as well as the very beautiful Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Get your camera ready for a spectacular snow landing — with the rotors off, the silence is all-encompassing.

Franz Josef Glacier


Franz Josef to Arthur’s Pass National Park

Driving up the West Coast with ocean views to your left and mountains to your right, you are in for a treat as you wind your way to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Arthur's Pass National Park
If you look up the word serenity in the dictionary, by rights Arthur's Pass should be the definition. This major national park in the centre of the South Island straddles the backbone of the Southern Alps. Famous for its rugged high mountains, steep gorges and wide braided rivers, the park boasts a variety of walking tracks leading to mountain peaks and beautiful waterfalls. Filled with native birds such as the Kiwi, Morepork, Kea and New Zealand Falcon, the park comes alive with the sound of birdcall.

Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge
Thanks to its award-winning design, Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge blends seamlessly into the mountain landscape around it. This luxurious retreat is a paradise for nature lovers: it's situated on a wildlife reserve and owned by a family who have been at the forefront of nature protection for over twenty years. Expect spectacular mountain views from every window, stylish accommodation, delicious food, and Kiwi hospitality that will warm your heart.

Approximate Distance: 233 km | 144 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 48 mins

Accommodation: Arthur's Pass National Park - 2 nights

Arthurs Pass National Park

Nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch the. Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass offers comfort and warm hospitality in a spectacular mountain setting. The lodge has 24 Lodge rooms, an intimate restaurant, lounge, library and theatre for evening nature talks.  All lodge rooms have private bathrooms, plenty of sun, and alpine views. Discover wild nature in the New Zealand Mountains and experience life on our 3,000 hectare nature reserve / high country merino sheep station.


Wilderness Lodge


Arthur’s Pass: A World of Peace and Serenity

Maximise your wilderness lodge experience today with one of the guided nature adventures offered by the knowledgeable naturalists and farmers on staff.

Wilderness Lodge Guided Nature Adventures

The Wilderness Lodge's exciting programme of guided adventure offers something for everyone, young and old.

Options include:

  • High Country Sheep Farm Discovery: Watch sheepdogs work, hand-feed tame sheep and learn about shearing and merino wool with a real sheep farmer.
  • McKay Moa Forest Adventure: A relaxed walk to explore the Wilderness Lodge reserves. Learn about bizarre 'moa shrubs' and enjoy panoramic mountain views.
  • Birds & Special Plants of the Beech Forest: Explore the mossy beech forest surrounding the lodge. Search for orchids, watch birdlife and see manuka (tea tree) recolonise the grasslands.
  • Stars of the Southern Sky: The lack of light pollution here makes for brilliantly clear skies. Discover the Southern Hemisphere's constellations, satellites, and planets with an experienced guide.
Guided Adventure


Contrasting Scenery on the Road to Kaikoura

Today you'll traverse Arthur's Pass and journey through North Canterbury's beautiful rural scenery to the town of Kaikoura, a marine wonderland where towering mountains meet the sea.

The road up to the Kaikoura Coast is another classic New Zealand scenic drive. The route hugs the shoreline with the ocean on one side and the Kaikoura ranges on the other. You can look forward to impressive coastal views, roaring surf, and rocky bays dotted with New Zealand Fur Seals sunbathing on rocks.

Kaikoura: Hapuku Tree Houses
Your Kaikoura accommodation is simply unique: you'll be nesting in the treetops 10 metres above the canopy of a native Kanuka grove. Your luxury treehouse "bedroom in the sky" features giant windows boasting views of Kaikoura's dramatic mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

Approximate Distance: 305 km | 189 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 48 mins

Accommodation: Kaikoura - 2 nights


Nested 30 feet (9 meters) up amidst a stand of native Manuka trees is the Hapuku Tree Houses & Lodge, offering spectacular views over Kaikoura’s dramatic coastline. Each tree house has been designed to complement the natural environment, made from native woods and copper shingles. 

Hapuku Tree Houses Kaikoura


Kaikoura ‘Serengeti of the Sea’ - Whale Watching Flight

Kaikoura's most famous residents are the many whales and dolphins who feast on the abundant seafood in its waters. Sperm whales visit year-round, while the mighty humpback is a regular visitor in June and July.

Kaikoura Whale Watching Scenic Flight
Today you'll soar above the ocean for a birds-eye view of Kaikoura's whales from the air. Enjoy spotting them as they breach the surface, spouting seawater from their blowholes before diving in search of tasty squid.

Kaikoura Whale's


Marlborough - Wine Country

Follow the grapevines to reach Blenheim right in the heart of the world-renowned Marlborough wine growing district.

Not surprisingly, it’s a great base from which to tour the local vineyards and enjoy the artisanal food offerings. Don’t miss tasting a glass of the local Sauvignon Blanc – the vineyards surrounding Blenheim produce some of the world’s best. If you grab a bottle for later, the designated driver won't have to miss out!

One of Blenheim's popular attractions is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. There are some very rare planes on display and even some genuine personal memorabilia from the famous Red Baron - the top scoring fighter pilot from World War One.

Approximate Distance: 127 km | 78 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hour 35 min

Accommodation: Blenheim - 2 nights

The Marlborough Lodge is located in Blenheim, in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region and is nestled within 16 acres of secluded park lands. It is located a 10-minute drive from Blenheim town center and provides the opportunity for guests to explore New Zealand's gourmet province.
marlborough hotel


Marlborough Sounds Food and Wine Cruise

A day trip to the pretty seaport township of Havelock puts you at the gateway to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds - the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World.

Marlborough Mussel and Wine Cruise
Enjoy a waterfront lunch before departing on your fantastic Mussel and Wine Cruise heading into the tranquil Marlborough Sounds. Your Skipper will tell fascinating stories of the ancient Maori tribes of the region and the history of the pioneering families who settled over 6 generations ago.

Green-lipped mussels (known to Māori as kutai) are indigenous to New Zealand, and cannot be found anywhere else. Their flesh is distinctive from other mussel species, and sampling them is a real New Zealand must-do. You'll visit a Greenshell Mussel farm to taste this local treat — delicious freshly steamed mussels, matched perfectly to a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Approximate Distance: 85 km | 53 miles Total Driving Time: 1 hour 10 mins

Marlborough Sounds


Marlborough to Palliser Bay

Farewelling the South Island you'll take a short drive to the harbour town of Picton, where the Interislander ferry will whisk you away to Wellington in the North Island.

Welcome to New Zealand's "coolest little capital"!
Wellington is compact, cultured and oozing with charm, so explore at your leisure before setting off to your first North Island luxury lodge in the Wairapapa wine region.

With boutique shopping galore, and gorgeous parks and gardens on your doorstep, you will find much to inspire and entertain you in Wellington.

Wharekauhau Country Estate
A scenic 1.5-hour drive takes you to beautiful Palliser Bay in the Wairapapa wine region. Perched high on a hilltop, the Grand Lodge at Wharekauhau Country Estate will be your luxury base for the next two nights. Settle down for the night in your exquisite cottage suite amid 3000 acres of private forests, pastures, and lakes overlooking the rugged Rimutaka ranges and the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean. Welcome to paradise.

Suggested outings before heading to your lodge.

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba StreetWeta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve     

 Wellington Cable Car    

Carter Observatory 

Approximate Distance: 101 km | 63 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 20 mins

Accommodation: Featherston - 2 Nights


Throw yourself into a yesteryear and enjoy the grandeur and gracious lliving of the Edwardian era, reflected in Wharekauhau Country Estate. The Estate is based on a 5,000 acre (2,225 Hectares) working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay. Guests can choose from a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities or simply indulge in splendid luxury, superb local wines and irresistible cuisine. 

Wharekauhau Country Estate


Wharekauhau Country Estate: Leisure and Pleasure

When you can bear to leave your luxurious cottage this morning, Wharekauhau Country Estate will spoil you for choice.

Explore a working sheep station
This working farm estate, dotted with sheep and cattle, is a delight to roam. See sheep shearers in action, watch the working dogs rounding up their flocks, and embrace farm life to the fullest.

Hike and bike to your heart's content
Hiking, Mountain Biking, and ATV quad biking are all on offer, and with so many ancient forests and rugged coastlines to discover, you could pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

Sample the region's finest Pinot Noirs
If you'd prefer to explore the wider area, a trip into the Burgundy-esque Martinborough wine region is a must. Home to 35 boutique wineries and a plethora of artisan produce, this is a foodie's dream come true.

Visit a seal colony
For wildlife lovers, a day trip to Cape Palliser rewards you with the largest Brown Fur Seal colony in the Southern Hemisphere. There are magnificent views of the unspoiled landscape from the lighthouse built into the cliff face.

Head home to a sumptuous meal at the Grand Lodge, where chefs take advantage of the farm's own orchards, herbs and vegetable gardens to create culinary delights that are guaranteed to please.

Some suggested activities and outings available on request.

Clay Target Shooting    Cooking Classes           Martinborough Wine Tour
ATV Quad Bikes Cellar Masters Wine Tour
ArcheryRelax in our Day SpaWine Tasting (in House)
Fishing Sea/RiverMountain BikingGolf Wellington
wharekauhau quad biking


Palliser Bay to Hawke's Bay

Heading north, today you'll discover the delights of the Hawkes Bay region, famed for its sensational coastal scenery, fine wines and the beautifully preserved Art Deco city of Napier.

Hawke's Bay
Boasting a relaxed country lifestyle, Hawke's Bay is the perfect setting to unwind and forget any everyday cares. You'll be staying in the Hastings District, a sensational place to enjoy the Great New Zealand Outdoors with outstanding beaches, cycling trails, and walking tracks, as well as iconic natural landmarks such as Cape Kidnappers and Te Mata Peak.

Greenhill Lodge
Expect a warm welcome when you arrive at the elegant, gracious Greenhill Lodge historic mansion today. This gorgeous Victorian country estate has played host to English royalty, and with only five rooms, this Hawkes Bay hilltop country retreat offers an intimate experience with guaranteed tranquility.

Approximate Distance: 265 km | 164 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 15 mins

Accommodation: Hawkes Bay - 2 nights

Hawkes Bay
A gracious, elegant and historic homestead - Greenhill is opulent yet a tranquil retreat, situated on a hilltop overlooking lush farm and grazing land. Greenhill provides an authentic and tranquil New Zealand 'country homestead' family home experience. Having hosted English royalty this historic mansion houses five ensuite guest-rooms, most of which open to wide verandas and sensational views over magnificent gardens with pool and gymnasium.
Greenhill Lodge


The Best of the Bay

The most authentic way to experience Hawke's Bay is to get to know the colourful characters who live here. Today's tour introduces you people and places that are unforgettable.

Hawke's Bay Day Tour

This customised Hawke's Bay tour allows you to discover the Bay your way. Here are some of the highlights you may wish to experience:

  • Stroll amongst the celebrated art deco buildings of Napier.
  • Gain a spiritual insight into Maori culture at a beautiful rural coastal settlement, where you'll meet and talk with a Maori elder.
  • Visit creative food producers on their land: taste, touch and smell the tantalising products they make from the deep soils.
  • Taste beautifully crafted local wines at prestigious Hawke's Bay wineries, meeting the personalities involved in making the wines.
  • Be welcomed by fascinating local artists in their studios and view their paintings, sculptures or ceramics.

The tour will be customised to your tastes and will take you on a special journey to find the true essence of this beautiful region.



Hawke’s Bay to Rotorua via New Zealand’s Largest Lake

Rotorua and Great Lake Taupo

The heartland of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is host to some of the world’s most incredible geothermal forces as it is situated right on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Volcanic activity is a key part of the city’s past and present.
On your journey today, take time for a picnic lunch on the shores of Great Lake Taupo or explore a geothermal park between Taupo and Rotorua.

Treetops Estate Rotorua

Hidden away in 2,500 acres of private native forest and pristine wilderness you'll discover an elegant, rustic lodge waiting to welcome you.
The luxurious Treetops Lodge lies within a secluded forest and game reserve boasting seven trout streams, four lakes and over 70 km of hiking, biking and riding trails. Why not cosy up in front of a warm fire in the Great Room this evening and plan your adventures?

Approximate Distance: 224 kms | 139 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 47 mins

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 nights

lake Taupo

Discover world-class luxury accommodation within your own piece of paradise. Rotorua’s Treetops Lodge is surrounded by New Zealand’s unique forest and thermal wonderland, tescape for a few days and enjoy the onsite experiences including horse riding, hunting, 4wd tour, mountain biking, guided trout fishing can also be arranged, onsite spa or cooking classes. Privacy and comfort are paramount with Lodge Rooms or exceptionally private Villas.

Tree Tops Lodge


Exclusive Cruise on Lake Rotoiti

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. For dinner tonight we highly recommend checking out Eat Streat, a collection of top-notch restaurants and bars with an all-weather al fresco dining area.

Lake Rotoiti hot pools


Rotorua to the Beautiful Bay of Islands

Swap the volcanic Central Plateau for the unspoiled beaches of the North as you travel to the spectacular Bay of Islands.

The Bay of Islands is a stunning 144-island Maritime Park, brimming with secluded bays and an abundance of marine life. Being somewhat sheltered, the area is ideal for yachting, fishing, kayaking, and diving. Rolling countryside, tidal estuaries, mangroves, and long silvery beaches abound.
Rich in beauty and natural history, it's also an area of considerable historical significance: Maori and European settlers signed the Treaty of Waitangi here, joining them together as one nation. It's often referred to as the birthplace of New Zealand.

The approach to Kauri Cliffs takes you through several kilometres of farmland before you arrive at the cliffs above Matauri Bay: it's like arriving at the edge of the world. At Kauri Cliffs Lodge, perched high above the ocean, you can expect knockout views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett, and the offshore Cavalli Islands during your 3-night stay. Unpack, unwind, and pinch yourself if you need to: this dream location must be seen to be believed.

Approximate Distance: 498 kms | 309 miles  Total Driving Time: 6 hours 30 mins

Accommodation: Bay of Islands - 3 nights.

Bay of Islands

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is located on 6000 acres near Matauri Bay. They have a stunning 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. From the verandas, lounge and dining rooms, you will be able to enjoy views of Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Island. 



Cape Reinga Flight and Tour to ‘Lands End'

Fly over magnificent scenery to the very top of New Zealand today, experiencing the natural history of this very special region.

Bay of Islands Scenic Flight

Your 45-minute scenic flight to Cape Reinga showcases Northlands’ most spectacular harbours and bays, passing across stunning Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay, and the famous Ninety Mile Beach. After you land, an air-conditioned minibus will spirit you away on a 2.5-hour tour of New Zealand's Far North.

You'll visit the Cape Reinga lighthouse and see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, their waves crashing together. Stroll along the beach at Tapotupotu Bay before heading to the giant sand dunes of Te Paki quicksand stream: "sand surfing" down the dunes is exhilarating fun for all ages!

Your return flight allows a peek at some breathtaking coastal areas only visible from the air or by sea. The dazzling white silica sands of remote Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay are lapped by crystal clear water — you'll want to have your camera ready to capture every postcard-perfect moment.

Cape R


Relaxing in the Bay of Islands

Today is a free day to explore the Bay of Islands. Take the foot ferry to Russell, and wander through the quaint village - enjoy a casual seaside lunch at the Duke of Marlborough restaurant.

Bay of Islands Sailing


Auckland and Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Whether you wish to drive to Auckland or return by flight to meet an international connection, we can arrange either. We know you will enjoy this Luxury Lodges Tour and our promise to you is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible — ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Approximate Distance: 237 km | 147 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 12 mins

Bon Voyage

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