Ultimate New Zealand

Auckland, Rotorua, Nelson, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown
11 nights private tour from $39,700 Per person

Be truly enamoured with the land of the long white cloud with its endless landscapes, sensational scenery and an abundance of activities to embrace. From wine tasting in Central Otago to guided food tours and river trips , from diving in Abel Tasman National Park to whale watching in Kaikoura whether you appreciate wildlife, wine, adventure, landscapes or culture New Zealand has it all in bucket-loads and this trip highlights the ultimate to experience from start to end.

Ultimate New Zealand
At a glance
  • Throughout your trip you will only stay in the very best handpicked luxury lodges and hotels that New Zealand has to offer

  • Be mesmerised by the vast wilderness as you travel from North to South Island, taking in the diverse range of scenery, from lakes and rolling hills to glaciers and mountains

  • Immerse yourself in the abundance of activities available; from private food tours, epic helicopter trips, fly fishing; wine tours and heli-hiking to name but a few

  • Devour local cuisine in the best of restaurants and sample the world-renowned New Zealand wines

Journey highlights
  • Throughout your trip you will only stay in the very best handpicked luxury lodges and hotels that New Zealand has to offer

  • Be mesmerised by the vast wilderness as you travel from North to South Island, taking in the diverse range of scenery, from lakes and rolling hills to glaciers and mountains

  • Immerse yourself in the abundance of activities available; from private food tours, epic helicopter trips, fly fishing; wine tours and heli-hiking to name but a few

  • Devour local cuisine in the best of restaurants and sample the world-renowned New Zealand wines

  • Ultimate itinerary:A harmonious blend of authenticity and superlative luxury, our Ultimate Journeys are designed for the discerning traveller, providing unparalleled insider access and exclusive luxury private experiences
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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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.


Price Guide: (Per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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May $43,400 $10,800 plan your trip
June $39,700 $9,900 plan your trip
July $39,700 $9,900 plan your trip
August $39,700 $9,900 plan your trip
September $43,400 $10,800 plan your trip
October $43,400 $10,800 plan your trip
November $47,100 $11,800 plan your trip
December $47,100 $11,800 plan your trip
January $47,100 $11,800 plan your trip
February $47,100 $11,800 plan your trip
March $43,400 $10,800 plan your trip
April $43,400 $10,800 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
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    $10,800
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $39,700
    Deposit from*
    $9,900
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $39,700
    Deposit from*
    $9,900
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $39,700
    Deposit from*
    $9,900
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
    Deposit from*
    $10,800
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
    Deposit from*
    $10,800
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $47,100
    Deposit from*
    $11,800
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $47,100
    Deposit from*
    $11,800
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $47,100
    Deposit from*
    $11,800
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $47,100
    Deposit from*
    $11,800
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
    Deposit from*
    $10,800
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $43,400
    Deposit from*
    $10,800
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Itinerary

Day 1-2

Auckland

Begin your exploration of Aotearoa in the harbourside city of Auckland, famed for its sensational views over the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland’s outer islands.

Spend your day exploring this wonderful city and its surrounding areas, take a walk along the west coast beaches and then return to the hotel in time to rejuvenate at the So SPA featuring an indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

Taupo

Driving south through the endless farmlands and green rolling hills of the Waikato region, you’ll pass by quaint Kiwi villages, sheep farms and uninterrupted countryside as you journey through the geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua and further south to Lake Taupo. The luxury, iconic Huka Lodge is nestled amongst 17-acres of mature and manicured gardens on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, upstream from the Huka Falls. The activities at Huka Lodge really are endless. From the adrenalin rush of sky diving, white water rafting, jet boating or even bungee jumping to the more relaxing pursuits such as horse riding, sailing, trout fishing and private picnics. 

The crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo are fed by mountain streams and are home to some of the most sought-after Rainbow trout in the world.  With your expert private guide, you can be assisted in the art of fishing and finesse your skills in this beautiful and largely unexplored area, followed by a delicious picnic lunch on the waters edge surrounded by the dramatic scenery that surrounds you.

Accommodation: Huka Lodge ( 2 nights )
Day 4-6

Christchurch

Fly south from Wellington to Christchurch, New Zealand’s garden city for one night staying at the divine Otahuna Lodge.  An elegant, opulent lodge dating back to 1895, is regarded as the best example of Queen Anne architecture in Australasia.

The ideal location to explore Canterbury and the Banks Peninsula. Be wowed as you embark on your private half day tour of the garden city, as you explore the iconic sites of this ever-changing city whilst enjoying the thorough knowledge from your expert guide throughout. You will visit the botanical gardens, the traditional cathedral and new cardboard cathedral as well as discover Christchurch’s many parks and traditional buildings. All this before enjoying a journey on one of the world’s greatest railways – the TranzAlpine.

Accommodation: Otahuna Lodge ( 2 nights )
Day 6-8

Canterbury and the West Coast

After boarding this renowned train cross the Canterbury plains travelling through the continuous patchwork fields heading towards the mighty Southern Alps that define where east meets the west. A seemingly impenetrable boundary, the TranzAlpine skirts through a series of tunnels, across gorges and over thundering rivers navigating its way through the spine of the South Island towards its end destination, Greymouth. On arrival collect a car hire and continue south along the wild west coast skirting between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, inland towards The Lindis nestled in the Ahuriri Valley. A luxury lodge, encircled by a rugged landscape of wetlands, tussock land and mountains, providing guests with exceptional views both day and night but has also been architecturally designed to mirror the landscape it resides in. 
 
Activities from the Lindis are abundant. Located near to one of New Zealand’s most renowned fly-fishing areas a wide variety of fishing-related activities are available whilst guests can also partake in horse trekking rides, cycling tours, and exhilarating 4WD tours.  The abundant wine producing region of Central Otago borders the Ahuriri Valley so vineyard visits are possible to arrange.

Accommodation: The Lindis ( 2 nights )
Day 8-10

Queenstown

Your next and final destination on your tour of New Zealand’s very best is the world-renowned resort of Queenstown, famed for its sense of adventure and breath-taking scenery. From Mt Aspiring National Park to Lake Wakatipu and the winelands of Central Otago, Queenstown offers something for everyone. Head to the skies from Queenstown in your private helicopter experience over Lake Wakatipu and the glacial lakes to Milford Sound taking in the magnitude of New Zealand’s scenery as you go.  Once at Milford Sound you’ll board your specialist boat to begin the leisurely cruise to the Tasman Sea. Experience the exceptional natural beauty and extensive wildlife of the Sound, with expert commentary from the guide as you pass waterfalls, seals, dolphins and penguins. With a picnic lunch and refreshments, this is an informative yet laidback way to discover the varied highlights of the region. 

Sample the divine South Island wine, as you take this private boutique wine tour in Central Otago. Visiting several wineries and vineyards you will be shown the vineyards, processes and of course get to sample some of the delicious wine. After a gourmet lunch with wine at one of the more exclusive vineyards you can visit some of the region’s most iconic sites from the AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge to the quaint village of Arrowtown.

After sampling everything that the awesome Queenstown has to offer, head back for some luxurious relaxation at the Eichardt’s Private Hotel, a majestic retreat on a sublime lakefront setting. Enjoy gourmet breakfasts, light lunches and pre-dinner drinks in front of the fire in the Parlour before venturing out to try one of Queenstown's many excellent restaurants.  Climb onboard the hotels private yacht and cruise across the lake for the night providing the most unforgettable experience. Or in ski season take advantage of Eichardt’s private slopes.

Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel ( 2 nights )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Experiences included in this itinerary


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When to visit

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Best time to visit
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Average time to visit

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.

Ultimate New Zealand
Ultimate New Zealand

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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