Epic New Zealand

Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Franz Josef & Southern Lakes
11 nights private tour from $15,000 Per person

Lose yourself in this wild matrix of luxurious lodges, unparalleled scenery, vast wilderness and rugged beauty as you delve deep into the South Island of New Zealand. Explore untouched lands and photograph epic landscapes. Witness tussock clad-plains, monolithic mountains, glacial lakes, endemic forests and undulating farmlands, not to mention staying at some of New Zealand’s most iconic wilderness properties.

Epic New Zealand
At a glance
  • Say goodbye to bustling cities and escape the crowds as you embrace breath-taking landscapes and wild scenery in abundance

  • Dive deep into some of the South Islands most remote wilderness areas; from glaciers to mountains, lakes to rolling farmlands

  • Adventure doesn't mean sacrificing on comfort or luxury – you will be spoiled with utterly luxurious retreats with unparalleled facilities and unique style 

  • Indulge in world class cuisine and local wines throughout, keeping you fuelled up and ready for the next adventure

Journey highlights
  • Say goodbye to bustling cities and escape the crowds as you embrace breath-taking landscapes and wild scenery in abundance

  • Dive deep into some of the South Islands most remote wilderness areas; from glaciers to mountains, lakes to rolling farmlands

  • Adventure doesn't mean sacrificing on comfort or luxury – you will be spoiled with utterly luxurious retreats with unparalleled facilities and unique style 

  • Indulge in world class cuisine and local wines throughout, keeping you fuelled up and ready for the next adventure

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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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September $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
October $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
November $18,000 $4,500 plan your trip
December $18,000 $4,500 plan your trip
January $18,000 $4,500 plan your trip
February $18,000 $4,500 plan your trip
March $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
April $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
May $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
June $15,000 $3,800 plan your trip
July $15,000 $3,800 plan your trip
August $15,000 $3,800 plan your trip
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $18,000
    Deposit from*
    $4,500
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $18,000
    Deposit from*
    $4,500
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $18,000
    Deposit from*
    $4,500
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $18,000
    Deposit from*
    $4,500
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,000
    Deposit from*
    $3,800
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,000
    Deposit from*
    $3,800
  • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $15,000
    Deposit from*
    $3,800
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Itinerary

Day 1-2

Akaroa, New Zealand

Plunge straight into your epic tour around South Island heading first to your hideaway on Banks Peninsula, just a scenic hour's drive (or 15 minute helicopter) from Christchurch, you can sample rural New Zealand at its best here at Annandale, a collection of four distinctive yet laid back luxury villas. Each of the private and secluded villas has its own character and style giving you your own slice of hidden wilderness.  A perfect spot to recover after your flight before heading further south. Whilst at Annandale, you can see all kinds of wildlife, including dolphins and some of New Zealand's unique native birds, experience an exhilarating 4WD farm tour, mountain biking, hiking, or perhaps even help with some sheep and cattle mustering!

Dining at Annandale is a true pleasure, and there is total flexibility to choose the level of service you require, from private chef to stocked pantry, allowing you to make the experience your own. If you'd prefer not to cook for yourself on holiday, then we can arrange for the award-winning chef to come and cater for your every need.

Accommodation: Annandale ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

Mt Cook, New Zealand

Continue further south to the doorstep of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park in the beautiful Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In this stunning wilderness you will be staying at the salubrious Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat. Surrounded by forest overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the Ben Ohau ranges, the night sky is spectacular as the property being located within the gold level Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve – perfect for stargazing from your luxury homestead terrace or alfresco hot tub.
We’ve included a glacier kayaking experience in the Mount Cook National Park. New Zealand’s longest glacier winds its way for 29km before culminating at the terminal lake – a truly spectacular sight that you can witness on this half day tour kayaking the surrounding glacial lake, ending with a memorable lunch on the banks of the Tasman Lake – nowhere else in New Zealand can you experience an adventure of this kind.

Accommodation: Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat ( 2 nights )
Day 4-6

Canterbury and the West Coast

Your next stop will be on the beautiful West Coast. Nestled in the pristine Ahuriri Valley, you will find The Lindis. New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge has been created for you to unwind and relax while taking in the surrounding idyllic setting. Exuding wild luxury, encircled by a rugged landscape of wetlands, tussock land and mountains and adjacent to three conservation parks, The Lindis not only provides you with exceptional views both day and night but has also been architecturally designed to mirror the landscape it resides in. Food and wine here is equally as impressive and the daily menu’s pay homage to the wide variety of local produce the Central Otago and Canterbury region of the South Island is known for.

Activities here are abundant. Located near to one of the most renowned fly-fishing areas a wide variety of fishing-related activities are available whilst you can also partake in horse trekking rides, cycling tours, and exhilarating 4WD tours. The fertile wine producing region of Central Otago borders the Ahuriri Valley, so we have included a private boutique wine tour of the area, tailored exactly to your needs and wishes. You will be shown the vineyards, processes and of course get to sample some wine, followed by a divine lunch with wine at one of the exclusive vineyards, all making for a sublime day out.

Accommodation: The Lindis ( 2 nights )
Day 6-9

Wanaka

Time to head on to Wanaka in the Southern Lakes, where Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary is waiting for you. A heavenly property which sits across 500 square kilometres of outstanding natural beauty, all protected by the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. Maori for 'healing the land', this is far more than your average eco-lodge, and, located just 20-minutes away from Wanaka. Each stay includes breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as morning and afternoon teas, canapés, any refreshments including wine and other beverages. You can also request picnics which can be served up during your time exploring the great outdoors here.

For a rush of extreme adrenalin, you must experience the Shotover Jet boat 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. The Canyon walls tower over you, as your expert driver puts your ‘Big Red’ through its paces and skilfully whips the jet boat past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the narrow canyons.  After all that thrill seeking, return to the haven of your lodge for an afternoon cup of warming tea and a piece of cake, cheese platters on the terrace with some wine or pre-dinner canapés by the fire – paradise in wilderness!

Accommodation: Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary ( 3 nights )
Day 9-12

Glenorchy, New Zealand

On to Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world and a title as impressive as the landscape this small alpine town it 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.  Just 30 minutes from Queenstown you will be staying on the beautiful and remote shores of Lake Wakatipu at the stunning Blanket Bay retreat. The views are out of this world - around you, snow-capped mountains hold court over wild rivers and hillsides of golden grasslands, and ancient forests huddle up to crystal clear lakes. All rooms and suites at Blanket Bay are filled with sumptuous furnishings and elegant rugs and creature comforts are never lacking. You can enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and refined cuisine in a choice of dining venues both indoors, outdoors and even underground in the wine cave. 

From Blanket Bay the choice of activities and day trips is voluminous - from heli-skiing and heli-fishing to horse riding, rafting and mountain biking there is something to suit all levels of experience and adventure. Back at the lodge a comforting Jacuzzi, sauna or dip in the lap pool await and in-room massage could be just what you need to revive you before cocktail hour begins.  We’ve included a fly fishing experience on the Southern Lakes, renowned as one of the top trout fishing destinations, having crystal clear water allows early spotting of the fish however this clarity also means that whilst you can see them, they can see you. This is one of the best places to try the sport and see what you can catch, whether an experienced angler or a complete novice!

Accommodation: Blanket Bay ( 3 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.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
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.

Epic New Zealand
Epic 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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