based on 13 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
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Ideal for those that want to escape the crowds and enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of Aotearoa all to themselves
Explore some of New Zealand's most remote wilderness areas
From glaciers to mountains, lakes to rolling farmlands - this itinerary explores it all.
Adventure doesn't mean sacrificing on comfort or luxury - Minaret Station takes camping to a whole other level
Indulge in world class cuisine and local wines throughout, keeping you fuelled up and ready for the next adventure
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
Love exploring untouched lands, photographing epic landscapes and defining the meaning of getting of the beaten track? Then this itinerary is the one for you. Showcasing the diverse and dramatic scenery New Zealand has to offer, on this itinerary witness tussock clad-plains, monolithic mountains, glacial lakes, endemic forests and undulating farmlands, not to mention enjoy staying at some of New Zealand’s most iconic wilderness properties – the ultimate epic exploration around Aotearoa.
Begin your epic tour around New Zealand in the garden city of Christchurch nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Canterbury Plains. Take a stroll in the beautiful gardens within Hagley Park or familiarise yourself with this compact city on an open-air bus tour. Explore the city by foot, take a punt along the River Avon or visit the unique shipping container popup mall – a stark reminder of the devastating effects of the 2011 earthquake. To better understand the geological wonders that make New Zealand’s landscape as epic and varied as it is, a visit to the Canterbury Museum is well worth a visit.
From Christchurch board New Zealand’s iconic TranzAlpine train and journey across the spine of the South Island to Arthurs Pass. A journey of a lifetime, after pulling out of Christchurch’s grand station you’ll cross the patchwork plains of Canterbury travelling ever closer to the mighty Southern Alps that dominate the horizon. Cutting through the heart of the mountains the journey continues through the epic Waimakaririri River Gorge before descending through tunnels deep in the heart of the mountains, finally emerging in the alpine village of Arthurs Pass, your home for the next two nights. Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass is located on a 4000-acre farm and nature reserve in the heart of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. With mountain and tussock views from every direction, this is the definition of wild New Zealand. Despite being renowned for its stylish accommodation and gourmet cuisine, Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass also prides itself on its varied wilderness experiences. From guided sheep farm adventures to stargazing, mountain hikes to exclusive private guiding, Wilderness Lodge is the ultimate adventure playground.
On to Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world and a title as impressive as the landscape this small alpine town is overlooks. A picture postcard, Queenstown lies on the shores of the expansive snow-fed, glacial Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by mountains. In winter the town is alive with the buzz of skiers and snowboarders whilst in summer the multiple vineyards of the Central Otago region open their doors and green vineyards appear across the landscape as if on request. Known for being the home of the original bungy jump, Queenstown also offers visitors a plethora of other adventure activities that don’t require a serious head for heights from gourmet cruises to winery tours. Explore the surrounding tussock covered mountains on an adrenalin-pumping 4WD day trip (included), soar high above the majestic snow-clad peaks of The Remarkables on an exclusive helicopter flight to Fiordland for an iconic cruise along Doubtful Sound (included) or enjoy a tranquil gourmet cruise along Lake Wakatipu admiring the simply beautiful scenery.
Continue from Arthurs Pass through to the wild west coast famed for its mirrored lakes, fjords and glaciers – this is New Zealand at its wildest. Explore the alpine town of Franz Josef aptly named after the largest glacier in New Zealand. Nothing puts the dramatic environment and epic landscapes of New Zealand into reality better than standing atop Franz Josef Glacier. With ice seemingly flowing from the source as far as the eye can see it truly is a sight to behold. After a short but exhilarating helicopter flight to the top of the glacier you will disembark fitted with crampons and ice picks and begin your guided exploration of the ice. Climb in ice caves, admire glistening blue ice as you traverse this glistening landscape. For those with a real sense of adventure a few tempting ice cold pools lay in wait for those brave enough to take the plunge. With both Franz Josef and the neighbouring Fox Glacier in jeopardy due to rising global temperatures, experiencing Franz Josef Glacier really is a once in a lifetime experience.
Following a stay in Queenstown is a seemingly impossible feat for most accommodations however Minaret Station offers a serious challenge. Arrive by heli and picture yourself in a sheltered glacial valley located high above the shores of Lake Wanaka on one of New Zealand’s iconic high-country stations, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, tussock grass and native bush and admiring the wild deer and native chamois that call this area home. Offering just four exclusive ‘tented suites’, Minaret defines exclusive luxury in the wilderness. Explore the 60,000 acres and experience life in the New Zealand high country. Over the next couple of days, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of this farming region or you might be interested in taking a heli-fishing experience to a remote location. Explore the station by foot self-guided or ride horses round the expansive lands. Leave New Zealand feeling exhilarated, challenged and fundamentally renewed, a visit like this to this stunning, wild area of the world is truly a life changing experience.
"Trust the Chef" signature menu offers a shared dining experience, with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce and ingredients available on the day.
The Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Safari is a spectacular Jet Boat journey through the Dart River located at the foot of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glacial valleys frozen in time.
The dramatic expanse of Doubtful Sound is best explored by boat, traversing the fiord and surrounded on all side by the steep peaks, native bush and crashing waterfalls.
New Zealand’s incredible breadth of landscapes and staggering beauty becomes clear as you take to the skies over Lake Wakatipu and the glacial lakes, before cruising across the wildlife rich waters of Milford Sound on this shared experience.
This fly-in, fly-out heli-hike combines the excitement of walk on the mighty Tasman Glacier and the dramatic scenery of the Southern Alps, which will impress you beyond expectations.
Exploring Milford Sound is on most people’s bucket-list when they visit New Zealand. This tour will see you experience Milford by helicopter – a truly breath-taking scenic flight along the sound.
An exhilarating half day combining a helicopter flight to Milford Sound with an exclusive private boat cruise. Explore this unique corner of New Zealand's South Island away from the crowds, getting up close to dramatic waterfalls and the fiord walls.
The remote and dramatically beautiful landscape of the West Coast, Fiordland and World Heritage Park are best discovered by helicopter, high above the rugged peaks, expansive waterways and pristine wildernesses of the region.
Discover the South Island in a full day’s expedition in luxury SUV. Explore the regions varied attractions on this private tour with experienced guide.
The ancient splendour of Mount Aspiring National Park, with its verdant foliage and lush beauty, offers a magical destination for this full day walk to the head of Lake Wakatipu.
Nothing you've experienced will have you prepared for the thrill and excitement of a Shotover Jet ride! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River.
Experience the enchanting caves of Te Anau, which shimmer with the light of hundreds of glowworms.
Discover Queenstown’s pioneering history as you travel across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year old steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch.
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