Aroha Luxury New Zealand Tour
12 Day - Honeymoon escape
stay at our premium luxury lodges
enjoy private dinners from some of our best chefs
This is the ultimate romantic tour of New Zealand, perfect for anyone seeking luxury, great food and wine, and an ideal balance of private touring and time at leisure—all in the midst of some of the world's most spectacular landscapes. Travel Comments
*This Tour can start in any of the 2 main centres of Auckland or Queenstown.
*We can add days or reduce the travel time to your request.
*We can add or change suggested activities to your special needs.
All tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0064-21-890611 for more information about our luxury New Zealand tours. Our Vehicles Travel Guide Profiles
Day 1: Auckland arrival - Ferry to Waiheke Island (Day for relaxing)
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to the harbour, where you will take a ferry to Waiheke Island, once there your host will collect you to take you to your accommodation. Long home to numerous win yards and lodges and cottages, Waiheke which is just a short ferry ride from down-town Auckland is embracing his bohemian side. The 35-suare mile island is now dotted with new shops and galleries that sell sculptures and paintings from the dozen of local artist. Accommodation: Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge or Boatshed (superior), Breakfast on the Beach or Iluka B&B (luxury)
Day 2: Waiheke Island (White sand beaches, Private gourmet and wine tour)
We have organized today a private wine-tour to the Island's most respected vineyards. A “small is beautiful” philosophy” yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into internationally award-winning wines. With tastings at our best boutique wineries, the secrets of Waiheke's stunning world-wide success in fine red wines will be revealed to the interested visitor. You'll come away with a deep appreciation of the vintner’s art and an understanding of the terrier, the weather and the tides of tradition which make up this art. You'll learn which are the vintages to look out for and be able to purchase the best for your cellar direct from the vineyards. A natural complement to the fine wines you can taste on your tour is the range of hand-made specialty foods and locally grown produce. As well as the many international award-winning olive oils, you can sample island delights such as succulent oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, freshly roasted island coffee, wild honey and the famous local green herb spread.On Saturdays, your tour could include a visit to the Waiheke Market, where you can purchase sun-ripened local produce, freshly squeezed juices, warm French pastries and crêpes, just-baked artisan breads, organic cheeses and a huge variety of locally made dukkahs, fruit chutneys, jams and pickles. A typical tour would include a visit to 3 vineyards followed with lunch at a fourth vineyard. Accommodation: Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge or Boatshed (superior), Breakfast on the Beach or Iluka B&B (luxury)
Day 3: Auckland – Waitomo Caves - Lake Taupo (Private Glow-worm caves tour) driving distance 3h
With a privete driver-guide! In the morning, we travel south through the lush green rural farm land of the Waikato region, the rich and fertile pastoral land of the Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major dairy producing and horse breeding areas, and host to incalculable stands of exotic timber. One of the major attractions of the Waikato region is the famous Waitomo Caves (translation: "where the water disappears into a hole in the ground"). Enjoy a short shuttle ride to the cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Then, take a short walk through breath taking New Zealand native bush to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles setting the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow-worms up close, cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave). The solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa. The soothing sound of Footwhistle cave stream flows in the darkness below. Formation lights are especially turned on to cast a warm glow over stunning cave formations. The guide tells the stories of the insect life that live here - titiwai, the glow worm, and tuna, the eel. After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime. In the afternoon we take you to Lake Taupo, the largest Lake in this country on the way we stop at the Huka Falls - these spectacular falls roar through a 15-m wide chasm before plunging a further 11-m. Today you are visiting on the edges of the township of Lake Taupo with the largest Lake in this country. Highly recommended (Optional/instead of Waitomo Caves) Helicopter into Volcano: In the afternoon we can arranged a helicopter flight and landing on an active volcano “White Island (optional and extra charge). Situated 50 kilometres offshore, this active island volcano constantly emits a cloud of steam and periodically erupts to a greater extent expelling volcanic ash several thousand metres into the atmosphere. (This is the most active volcano in New Zealand) The main vent is below sea level and protected by crater walls. You can walk right inside its main crater just above sea level with a minimum of physical effort and without undue risk. This allows you to experience at first hand nature's immense power as gas and steam burst up from far below the Earth's crust. An adventure tour you will not forget for a long time. Accommodation: Taupo - Huka Lodge, or The Point Villas (superior), Hilton Hotel, Chalet Eiger or Acacia Cliffs Lodge (luxury)
Day 4: Lake Taupo (Private charter boat /lunch cruise on Lake)
Late morning take a private charter trip on the nearby Lake in Taupo. A luxury vessel can take you to the many isolated coves and bays fringing the edges of the great lakes. Here you can fish for Rainbow trout, swim and picnic near the beautiful crystal-clear water. The area is home to some of the finest Rainbow and Brown trout in the world. The challenge of catching one can be met with the assistance of your own fishing guide. For lunch you can enjoy your fresh catch while resting on this comfortable vessel. Lake Taupo is also the world’s largest volcanic crater, created in one giant explosion. The ash cloud floated all over the world - ice samples from as far apart as Antarctica and Alaska have determined the explosion to have occurred in 186AD. The effects of the ash were even recorded in China and Rome. You can gather your own free volcanic souvenir from the shoreline in the form of very light pumice stones (great for cleaning off rough skin) which were spewed out in that eruption. Just about everywhere you look in the Lake Taupo region, you'll see a volcano. There are many other activities to participate in from walking treks to adventure activities like Sky diving. Recommended (Optional) Kayaking: Take a kayaking trip around New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake. Your Wilderness Escapes experience takes you across the crystal clear water of our Great Lake Taupo. Under the shadow of an active Volcano, and metres away from Maori rock carvings. Accommodation: Taupo - Huka Lodge (superior) or The Point Villas, Hilton Hotel, Chalet Eiger or Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Day 5: Taupo – domestic flight to Wellington – Pallister Bay (Private city tour, Martinborough) driving distance 2h
With a private driver-guide! You will be picked up from your accommodation to be taken to the domestic Airport in Taupo to take a flight to Wellington. Arrive in Wellington, the political and cultural center of New Zealand and one of its most attractive and interesting cities. Lonely Planet named Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ (2011), and the city is renowned for its arts, culture and native beauty. Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst the good stuff. Lambton Quay is thoroughly upmarket, with designer fashions and food to match. And the Wellington Waterfront is for daytime exploration with parks, museums and landmarks to discover. Te Papa is New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country – its unique natural environment, Maori culture, art heritage, and fascinating history. With a combination of the latest technology and classic story-telling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires. Experience an exquisitely carved marae, walk through living native bush, and be shaken in the Earthquake House. One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions, the cable car runs from Lambton Quay, tunnels under the corporate towers of The Terrace and emerges in Kelburn. The ride continues past Kelburn Park and the Victoria University to the top of Upland Road, where the Lookout, Carter Observatory, Planetarium and Cable Car Museum are located. The Thorndon area is New Zealand’s oldest suburb and remains the centre of New Zealand Government. Here visit the Capital Precinct. The Parliament buildings incorporate the early Parliament House, Library and the modern ‘Beehive’. From Wellington you drive to Martinborough and the winery region of Wairarapa. In the late afternoon you are being transferred to Palliser Bay. There, spend your next few days at a sprawling seaside estate located on a secluded 5,000-acre sheep station. Accommodation: Palliser Bay - Wharekauhau Lodge (superior)
Day 6: Palliser Bay (Private 4wd sheep station tour, day for relaxing)
Wairarapa is a region of big skies, wide valleys and small towns, full of character. Home of Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and also making headlines in the moment as James Cameron (Titanic and Avatar) is making his new home there. No visit to Wharekauhau is complete without a tour of this classic Romney sheep station. Explore the far reaches of Wharekauhau Country Estate in four-wheel drive comfort. The farm tour features all the activities which make up New Zealand’s legendary farming heritage, including sheep shearing and sheep dogs in action. In the afternoon you options are multiple. Travel up Lake Onoke to the Ruamahunga River by jet boat , travel along the black sand beaches with your own 4WD quad bike, try yourself at Clay target shooting or Archery or discover the best spots to fish (surfcasting). (Optional on request) Or just relax and get pampered with an indoor massage or swim in the indoor pool. Accommodation: Palliser Bay -Wharekauhau Lodge (superior)
Day 7: Wellington – Departing flight to Picton/North Island (Water-taxi to remote lodge in Marlborough Sound)
You will discover a region of myriad inlets and bay's with dramatic hills that plunge steeply into the sea. The steep, wooded hills and small quiet bays of the sounds are sparsely populated, as access is difficult. Many of the small settlements and isolated houses are only accessible by boat. The main large port is Picton on the mainland, at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. The Queen Charlotte Track runs almost the entire length of New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Sound. From here we travel with a water taxi to a small unique remote beach in the Marlborough Sounds. Take a relaxing walk through this area, or enjoy a kayak through the many bays and picnic on one of the remote sand-beaches. Enjoy an evening meal and a local wine at your. Accommodation: Marlborough: Sounds - Bay of Many Cove or The Sounds retreat
Day 8: Marlborough (Private wine tour/tasting Marlborough)
A water taxi will take you back to Picton. We have arranged a personalised tour of Marlborough’s leading vineyards and wineries. Replenish your cellar, taste, explore and enjoy. Taste the three Icons of Marlborough - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough Greenshell Mussels. Just half an hour south of Picton lies Blenheim which is today one of New Zealand’s most important wine-producing areas. Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region. It has an enviable international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. It also makes very good Chardonnay and Riesling and is fast developing a reputation for high quality Pinot Noir. Of the region's ten thousand hectares of grapes (almost half the national crop) one third are planted in Sauvignon Blanc. Lots of sun, cool nights, low autumn rains and free draining alluvial soils combine to make Marlborough one of the world’s great wine producing regions. Sample the world famous Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the many renown restaurants. Accommodation: Marlborough: Sounds - Bay of Many Cove or The Sounds retreat
Day 9: Picton – domestic flight to Christchurch (city tour) driving distance 3h return
With aprivate driver -guide! Described by the Lonely Planet as a "vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively,” Christchurch is showing off its vibrancy with new developments popping up all over the place. Whilst part of the central city of Christchurch is still cordoned off due to the impact of a series of earthquakes, there’s plenty to do in and around this rapidly changing city, like visiting the Re:Start shopping area and Pop Up City bars. (Optional) Akaroa Peninsula: Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa, with its own beautiful bays, harbour and French and English history has a good range of activities to keep you busy. In Flea bay, you will find the largest little penguin colony on the mainland in New Zealand! Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin, “the Hector's Dolphin”. Explore them and other special wildlife at a harbour cruise. (Optional) Akaroa is rich in Arts and Crafts which starts with a must see visit to the 'Little River Art Gallery' as you drive through Little River, with many unique crafts shops in Akaroa. You will love the shopping in Akaroa where you can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes, with some exquisite local boutiques. This is the perfect place to reflect on your holiday. Accommodation: City - The George Hotel (luxury) or near Akaroa Otahuna Lodge (Premium) Or in Akaroa – Maison de la Mer B&B (luxury)
Day 10: Christchurch - domestic flight to Queenstown - Wanaka ( Wineries, Kawarau Gorge, Arrowtown) driving distance 1h
With a private driver-guide: Central Otago is New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region and also it’s most scenic. Take the time to explore these incredible vineyards set in small microclimates in a landscape dominated by high snow-capped mountains, and tussock clad slopes. Travel to Cromwell and Bannockburn, the heart of Pinot Noir country, and depending on your personal tastes, we will guide you to a selection of boutique wineries. At some stage of the wine tour we suggest a stop for relaxing lunch at one of the wineries. Drive through the famous Kawarau valley and gorge. Stop at, which is widely regarded as a safe spectator attraction the famous Kawarau Gorge Bungy Jumping exhibition (this is free for spectators, however, if you desire to make a jump the charge is additional to your tour package). Visit the surrounding areas to Arthur's Point stop in Arrowtown, a historic colonial village that takes you back into the Gold Mining days of the Otago region. Wanaka is a new and modern Alpine resort and mostly visited by us New Zealanders. A year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxed Kiwi way of life at Lake Wanaka. Recommended (optional) Jet boat trip: In the afternoon we can organised an exhilarating jet boat experience. The Matukituki River is one of New Zealand's great jet boating rivers. Powerful and braided, the Matukituki flows from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. Travel past the ‘Lord of The Rings’ film locations beneath stunning views of Mount Aspiring and Glaciers on this half day, glacier focused Jet boat journey. During several photo stops on the river, learn from your guide how this amazing landscape was carved by ice and of Maori heritage special to this area. Deep in the mountains, disembark for a 50 minute wilderness walk into native beech forest. This is a great opportunity to explore a remote part of the valley shared only with your small group before returning down river by jet boat to where your journey began. Accommodation: Wanaka - Whare Kea Lodge (Superior) Silverpine lodge or Tin Tub Lodge(luxury) Or you stay in Queenstown for the last 3 nights – Azur Villas, Matakauri Lodge, Eichhadt's (superior) The Spire Hotel, Sofitel (Luxury)
Day 11: Wanaka (Helicopter flight and cruise at Milford Sounds, day for relaxing)
Milford Sound is probably the most sought after destination in NZ, and sometimes acclaimed as 'The 8th wonder of the World'. Milford and Fiordland's mountains rise vertically up out of the sea to a height more than anywhere else in the world. Fly over the pristine clear blue waters of Lake Wanaka, up wide braided rivers that drain the Southern Alps snow melt, to mighty Mt. Aspiring. After crossing numerous glaciers valleys, alpine lakes and mountain ranges we fly along the rugged West Coast beaches, seeing seal colonies and bird life in their natural habitat before entering the mouth of Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea. We fly the whole length of the Sound to land at Milford Aerodrome. After a short look around and bush walk and depending on your choice of flight, we either proceed back to Wanaka if on the Milford Magic flight, or if on the Grand Circle flight, we fly on deeper into Fiordland to see the impresive World’s 5th highest water fall, the Sutherland Falls. From here we proceed back to Wanaka through more of remote Fiordland via Lake Wakatipu, and over the gold rich Shotover River. Accommodation: Wanaka - Whare Kea Lodge (Superior) Silverpine lodge or Tin Tub Lodge (luxury)
Day 12: Wanaka (4WD scenic and heritage tour on private high country station, afternoon for relaxing)
In the morning experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring an historic New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer farm. Maori and European historic sites, pure mountain air and breathtaking scenery. As braided river valleys, native beach forests and lush alpine meadows give way to the dramatic glaciated Southern Alps, the pure beauty of the scenery pushes daily pressures a million miles away. Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, Mt Aspiring National Park is an area of unrivalled natural beauty and host to hundreds of hiking tracks, rock climbing routes and trout fishing rivers, all within easy reach of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. At its heart is Mt Aspiring, the park’s highest mountain at 3,027m and known to early Maori as ‘Tititea’ or ‘glistening peak’. This journey offers an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. Wanaka is a new and modern Alpine resort and mostly visited by us New Zealanders. A year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxed Kiwi way of life at Lake Wanaka. Accommodation: Wanaka - Whare Kea Lodge (Superior) Siverpine lodge or Riverrun Lodge (luxury)
Day 13: Wanaka departure.
A taxi will take you to the airport.
As a matter of course, we do not publish prices for these luxury tours as they can vary enormously for tailor-made travel. There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements: these include the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of premium to the super-luxurious), the season, the level of private guiding/transfers and the complexity of the itinerary. Our specialists will be delighted to discuss the various options in more detail with you.