Limitless New Zealand

Bay of Islands, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Christchurch & Glenorchy
18 nights private tour

Plunge straight into mother nature’s playground, a land of untamed wilderness but all the while staying in ultimate luxury at world-famous ‘super lodges’. Whether on the edge of a crystal-clear lake, the banks of a river, amongst rolling fields or native forest, the locations are nothing less than spectacular. This limitless trip takes you through an abundance of stunning scenery, extreme exhilaration, awe-inspiring vistas and sublime cuisine to make this the jaw dropping trip you crave.

Limitless New Zealand
At a glance
  • Explore natures playground from the comfort of New Zealand's most exclusive Super Lodges

  • Devour sublime food, exceptional service, sumptuous accommodation - the utmost luxury in every respect

  • Soak up unique locations, from wild cliff tops and rolling farmland to beside roaring rivers and crystal-clear lakes

  • Delve in to a divine range of activities at each Lodge, with fly fishing, golf, wine tasting, horse riding, hiking, sailing and helicopter flights to name a few

Journey highlights
  • Explore natures playground from the comfort of New Zealand's most exclusive Super Lodges

  • Devour sublime food, exceptional service, sumptuous accommodation - the utmost luxury in every respect

  • Soak up unique locations, from wild cliff tops and rolling farmland to beside roaring rivers and crystal-clear lakes

  • Delve in to a divine range of activities at each Lodge, with fly fishing, golf, wine tasting, horse riding, hiking, sailing and helicopter flights to name a few

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

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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.

Itinerary

Fly to Kerikeri (via Auckland)
Day 1-5

Bay of Islands

Kick off in the serene Bay of Islands, staying at the stunningly beautiful clifftop estate, Kauri Cliffs. Set on a 6,000 acre plateau high above the Bay of Islands, Kauri Cliffs offers guests 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, a perfect beach retreat with three picturesque private beaches ideal for swimming and private barbecues. Also home to the award winning par 72 championship golf course, a golfer’s paradise, with holes offering awesome views of offshore islands and the magnificent Pacific Ocean. 

Discover the varied wildlife of the Bay of Islands on an exhilarating private day charter sailing on ‘Cool Change’, a stunning 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world-famous Bay of Islands. The activities at Kauri Cliffs are endless, whether it is relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, sublime fishing, scuba diving or even quad biking. The knowledgeable guides will take you along to Ninety Mile Beach or to visit the stunning scenery of nearby Puketi Kauri Forest or Rainbow Falls and you can finish off your unforgettable day with a private beach barbeque of freshly caught fish.

Accommodation: Kauri Cliffs ( 4 nights )
Day 5-8

Central North Island

Fly from Kerikeri back to Auckland before enjoying a scenic transfer south through the rolling farmlands of the Waikato past the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua to Taupo, the home of New Zealand’s largest lake and your base for the next few nights.

You’ll be staying at Huka Lodge hidden away on the banks of the pristine Waikato River on eight acres of private parkland. A haven of hospitality and tranquillity, Huka Lodge offers a collection of luxurious suites and cottages as well as a variety of activities from adrenalin pumping white water rafting along the Huka River to sailing and horse riding.  You may like to hike the famous Tongariro Crossing – one of the worlds best day walks or try your hand at fly fishing, a popular activity in the area. We have included an exhilarating scenic flight over the powerful Huka Falls and the colourful volcanic region of Wai-O-tapu allowing you to fully appreciate the volcanic landscape of the central north island. Your flight will continue out into the Bay of Plenty to the active geological White Island where you will have the opportunity to land on the moon-like crater floor – a once in a lifetime experience to stand on an active volcano.

Accommodation: Huka Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 8-11

Hawkes Bay

Transfer to the Eastern Cape of the North Island to Hawkes Bay, staying at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.  Overlooking the endless Pacific Ocean and set in over 6000 acres of rolling pastures, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers expertly blends a boutique lodge, a 71-par golf course, an indulgent spa as well as a multitude of activities.With a sheep and cattle station, as well as an onsite vegetable garden, you can expect your handcrafted meals at Cape Kidnappers to feature fresh and locally sourced produce from the property and the wider Hawke’s Bay region.

From the stunning infinity pool and jacuzzi to the spacious suites offering panoramic views over the farm and Pacific Ocean, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers defines indulgence. Spend your time here sampling some of the regions vintage wines on a guided vineyard tour or opt to enjoy a private picnic on one of the farms clifftops before enjoying a private dinner on the deck as the sun goes down – the options are endless.

Accommodation: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers ( 3 nights )
Day 11-14

Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

From the magnificent North Island to the sensational South where, just a short drive from Christchurch, you will find the elegant Annandale. Set amid a rugged landscape of hills and bays on the Banks Peninsula, this hidden gem sits on a 4000-acre farm in one of the countries most spectacular coastal locations. Offering unique private villas of various sizes and styles along with the option to either self-cater or enjoy the services of a private chef, Annandale offers exclusivity, privacy and luxury not to mention spectacular views in every direction.

From Annandale you can explore the Canterbury region at your leisure. Why not opt to explore New Zealand’s only French Settlement the neighbouring town of Akaroa or enjoy a scenic hot air balloon flight over the Canterbury Plains. For a once in a lifetime experience you might like to take a day trip aboard the TranzAlpine train as it journeys from Christchurch through the heart of the Southern Alps to the mountain village of Arthurs Pass before returning.

Accommodation: Annandale ( 3 nights )
Day 14-17

Queenstown

Fly straight in to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown for a stay at the luxury hideaway lakeside retreat Matakauri Lodge.  Just outside Queenstown on a hillside sloping down to Lake Wakatipu, offering stunningly designed accommodation, fine dining, superb service and incredible panoramic views of the lake and mountains. 

Spend a gorgeous day biking the region’s most well-known wineries of Central Otago, armed with your trusty bikes and winery map you will spend the afternoon cycling at your leisure along the easy riding trail, sampling and tasting your way around the vineyards, meeting the local producers and enjoying either a picnic or winery lunch en-route.  You can also explore this beautiful region by helicopter, bungy from one of the highest jumps in the world, speed down the rivers by jet boat or simply enjoy the relaxing environment of Matakauri Lodge at the sublime infinity pool or indulgent spa, with its outstanding views of the lake across the beautiful gardens. 

Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 17-19

Wanaka

Relax and unwind on the last leg of this epic trip at the Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary.  One of the southern lakes most opulent retreats, 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.

There's an extensive list of activities to enjoy both at the property or further afield.  Your personal concierge on site can help you make the most of your stay. Explore the four private high country stations, the alpine lakes and shepherd's lodges by 4WD, mountain bike, horse riding or simply hiking. Back at the Homestead, experience the working farm in action or alternatively indulge with some spa treatments, yoga or cooking classes. Guests can also go hunting and fishing nearby which can be arranged by the property.  Or for something far more past paced join the exhilarating jet boating adventure and guided walk in the Matukituki Valley.

Head to Milford Sound for an exclusive private cruise and helicopter adventure, an exhilarating trip combining the two. Explore this unique corner of New Zealand's South Island away from the crowds, getting up close to dramatic waterfalls and the fiord walls.

Accommodation: Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary ( 2 nights )
Fly home from Queenstown (via Auckland)
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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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.

Limitless New Zealand
Limitless 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.

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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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