17 Days Australia and New Zealand Adventure – private custom journey example

The Best of Australia and New Zealand are discovered in this ultimate South Pacific Journey that is tailor -made according your desires. The following is an example of an adventure of culture, food, scenery and activities with breath-taking beauty we put together according our guests wishes. It can be completely and freely adjusted to your needs.


Sydney Opera House and Harbor Cruise and optional Harbor Bridge Climb

Outback – Ayers Rock with Uluru Highlights and Field of Lights, Katja Tjuka Domes

Full day snorkle on Barrier Reef from Cairns and Tjapukai Night Fire Aboriginal Experience

Self Drive and fly combo in New Zealand

Bay of Islands scenic drive

Waitomo Gloworm Caves

Hobbiton Movie Set and Te Puia Maori traditions and food

Franz Josefs Glacier helicopter and hike

Explore Queenstown hiking and wineries

Milford Sound Cruise

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection Sydney B&B 2 Nights
Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel Yulara B&B 1 Night
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns B&B 2 Nights
Hotel DeBrett Auckland B&B 1 Night
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia Paihia B&B 2 Nights
Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa Rotorua B&B 2 Nights
Rydges Latimer Christchurch Christchurch B&B 1 Night
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Franz Josef B&B 1 Night
Lake Wanaka Lodge Lake Wanaka B&B 1 Night
Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau B&B 2 Nights
Millennium Hotel Queenstown Queenstown B&B   1 Night

Price: From US$6,500.- per person, double occupancy, during 2019.


Accommodation and meals as per package, transfers in Australia, vehicle rental in New Zealand (see below), Activities as per package, flights as listed,

Flights: Sydney to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Auckland, Bay of Islands to Auckland (to avoid backtracking), Rotorua to Christchurch, Queenstown to Auckland.

Toyota Prado 5 door, 4WD, (group W) or similar with unlimited kilometers, including GPS, insurance (excess may apply).


International flight to Sydney and from Auckland back to home. International airport departure taxes Auckland NZD25pp, Domestic airport departure tax Rotorua NZD5pp,and in Australia,  Kata Tjuta Naitonal Park fee AUD 25 directly. AUD 20 Great Barrier Reef fee, Transfers to activities during car rental period. Excludes vehicle parking  fee NZ$ 30 in Queenstown Millenium Hotel.; optional tours,

Day 1:           Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection, Sydney     


Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.


Set along Australia’s southeastern coast, Sydney is one of Australia’s largest cities and serves as the capital of New South Wales. It’s safe to say some planning is required for a visit to a city this impressive, because no matter what you fancy – shopping, the arts, the outdoors – you’re likely to be bewildered by the scope of choice available here. First up, there are the must-sees – Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Tower for its 360-degree views of the city, the waterside hubs of Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, and the Rocks district for shopping. After dark, the glitzy city comes alive with a larger-than-life food and music scene that extends into the early hours. For more laid-back diversions, head down to the beach or hop on a ferry for an extensive tour of the Sydney Harbour, the Parramatta River and numerous locations lying waterside.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Sydney and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection

Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection is situated on the waterfront, with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and moments away from the Opera House, The Rocks, and other popular attractions. Accommodation consists of a variety of guest rooms and suites. Each unit is equipped with an LCD TV with satellite channels, telephones, ironing facilities, a coffee maker, a minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning and a safe. Guests can enjoy a wide range of tasty dishes at any of the on-site restaurants. Other amenities offered are internet access and a fitness centre.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection, Sydney     

Day Itinerary

9am: The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and this is your chance to truly get up-close. Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points. Explore theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year.

1 hour walking tour – join first available afternoon tour, lower concourse of the Opera House Tour Desk. During peak hours there may be delays due to high demand.  Tours take place every 30. minutes or so.

Consultant Notes

There are approximately 200 steps in this tour and participants are required to wear comfortable shoes.
All large items of luggage or backpacks must be cloaked before the start of the tour.
Access to individual theatres is subject to availability and may be limited due to performances, rehearsals and other events.

10.40 Sydney Bridge Climb – Sampler for 2 persons only

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views from a height of 440 feet (134 meters) on this Australian landmark. Select a 3.5-hour BridgeClimb with a guide in the afternoon, or climb at dawn, twilight or night.

2.15-4.30pm: Afternoon Harbor Story with Captain Cook Cruises



The Sydney Opera House Tour
Bridgeclimb Sydney
Captain Cook Cruises Harbour Story PM

The Sydney Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House Tour is a daily hour-long tour which offers visitors the chance of exploring one of the world’s most iconic buildings. On this guided tour, visitors will be allowed to access areas that are off-limits to the public, explore its many theatres and foyers, and be led through its 14-year creation and 58-year history. In addition to English, the tour is also available in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

Opera House

Bridgeclimb Sydney

See Sydney at its best – take the Climb of Your Life with BridgeClimb Sydney.

With our Climb Leaders as your guide, you will suit-up in our specially designed outdoor gear and ascend. From its fascinating underbelly to its summit, 134m above the Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the pride of Sydney.

From dawn until dusk, the view from the top is always different. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), during the day, twilight or night. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable, and uniquely “Sydney” experience.

Captain Cook Cruises Harbour Story PM

Captain Cook Cruises Harbour Story PM is an approximately 2-hour quality sightseeing cruise experience. The cruise includes refreshments and an entertaining, personalised commentary on the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour one of the most beautiful and exciting harbours in the world.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 3:           Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel, Yulara      


Located in the south of Australia’s Northern Territory, the remote town of Yulara lies only 18 short kilometres from the sacred world heritage site, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. This isolated town serves as a service hub for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and offers some welcome comfort in the harsh Outback landscape. Visitors use it as a base when exploring the park and viewing the main attraction in the area, Uluru. This epic sandstone formation stands almost 350 metres high and measures 10 kilometres in circumference featuring hidden caves, ancient rock art and otherworldly fiery hues at sunset. Other popular attractions and activities include: the Field of Light Uluru, the Desert Awakenings Tour and the Wintjiri Arts & Museum.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Owned by the Anangu Aboriginal people and jointly administered by Parks Australia, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory holds a deep cultural significance for its traditional curators. It is home to the World Heritage listed Uluru – a searing sandstone monolith that stands 348 metres high and is inscribed by ancestral indigenous people. Visit the Cultural Centre to hear the stories, see the art, and chat to the Anangu guides who will escort you around Uluru base, take you to Kantju Gorge (where you’ll see Anangu rock art) and the Mutitjulu waterhole. This place will take your breath away!

Day Itinerary


Fly to Uluru this morning.

NOTE: Please wear the clothes and bring sunhat and sunscreen/sneakers for going straight on Kata Tjuta Domes tour as the time from arrival to tour start is tight.

Kata Tjuta Domes:

Depart Ayers Rock Resort and travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.  From there it is a 25 miles journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation, a place where unique flora and fauna thrive – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).  Here the guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site.  Arriving at Walpa Gorge walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years.  Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround.  The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.

A night at Field of Light: commences 1 hour before sunset

‘A Night at Field of Light’ experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. With Uluru as the backdrop, guests enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life guests enjoy local Indigenous performance, welcoming them to this unique country, before being invited to join their fellow travellers at their dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation and guests are invited to immerse themselves and walk through Field of Light.


Kata tjuta Domes
Field of Light Uluru

Field of Light Uluru

In 2016 Munro returned to the red desert in Australia for the installation of Field of Light at Uluru, Northern Territories. The solo exhibition and Munro’s first in Australia will see a unique installation of 50 000 spheres of light, the largest and most remote iteration of the artwork to date.

Munro’s first solar powered Field of Light represents a spiritual homecoming for the artist and the artwork which was originally conceived during a visit to Uluru in 1992 with his fiance and now wife, Serena. Field of Light Uluru will gently illuminate a remote desert area within sight of the majestic and ancient rock. The ambitious exhibition forms part of Voyages Indigenous Tourism’s continued commitment to arts and culture.

Field of Lights

Overnight: Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel        

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is located close to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the town of Yulara. Accommodation consists of a variety of guest rooms. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen HDTV with satellite channels, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini-fridge, a safety deposit box, iron/ironing board, an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. Guests can enjoy a wide range of tasty dishes at any of the on-site restaurants. Other amenities offered are internet access, a swimming pool and sprawling native gardens.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 4:           Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns


Once a sleepy sugar-milling town, Cairns in North Queensland is now a vibrant cosmopolitan city and a premier destination for sailing, diving and snorkelling. Its tropical waters are home to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, while lush rain forests cover the surrounding areas. Ways to make the most of this coastal paradise include cycling along the 14 kilometres of sandy beachfront, or rafting through rapids to view the ruins of Mission Beach. Other popular activities include: visiting Cooktown for a taste of history or taking a scenic drive through the farmlands and popping in at the various village markets along the way. In the town centre, visit the Tiapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for a musical and dance interpretation of Aboriginal history, or relax at Cairns Esplanade for a perfect seaside dining experience coupled with a romantic sunset.

Day Itinerary

Uluru Highlights:

Travel towards Uluru where its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Stop at a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith and enjoy a picnic breakfast. Travel to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python). Then drive around the base of Uluru hearing the cultural stories of the Mala people before returning to the resort.

Fly to Cairns.


Uluru Highlights Tour

Overnight: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino  

Their complex boasts one of Australia’s finest boutique casinos, a multitude of dining experiences and bars, extensive conference and banqueting facilities, free live entertainment in Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge or the Casino Sports Arena and the luxurious five-star Pullman Reef Hotel Casino with 128 beautifully appointed rooms, some of the best hotel accommodation in Cairns. Nestled alongside Trinity Inlet, the five-star Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is Tropical North Queensland’s most prestigious hotel. The cool and stylish lobby provides a glimpse of the simple elegance of the hotel, which is also reflected in the luxury of the rooms. With an unmistakable Tropical North Queensland style, plantation shutters and light timbers catch the cool ocean breeze. Each of the luxury hotel rooms in Cairns has its own spa bath and private garden balcony overlooking the city or water views. Hotel facilities are some of the best in Queensland and include a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and a gymnasium. There are a variety of conference and function rooms available as well as a fully equipped business centre. The hotel is a short walk from the Cairns Convention Centre and the popular Cairns Esplanade.


Enjoy a cosy and comfortable standard room with Cairns city views.

Bedding with a king bed or two king single beds.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 5:           Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns

Great Barrier Reef

There’s a reason the Great Barrier Reef appears on so many bucket lists. This immense natural phenomenon – so colossal it can be seen from outer space – is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. From getting up close and personal with the abundant marine life to taking in spectacular views of the reef by air, the list of incredible experiences to be had in this area is almost endless. The palm-fringed Whitsunday Islands are an ideal base station – although they’re so marvellous in themselves you may find it difficult to leave!

Day Itinerary

Snorkel departs 8am, returns, 4.30 pm. 2 snorkel sites at Norman / Saxon / Hastings Reef
Cairns’ Outer Reefs, The Great Barrier Reef  by luxury vessel reef quest- reach reef in 90 minutes.

Includes lunch buffet, excludes AUD20 pp reef fee to be paid on site

Tjapukai by Night is an “all weather experience”.


Tjapukai Night Fire

Tjapukai Night Fire

Tjapukai Night Fire is a unique evening experience offered at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. The experience starts with a visit to the art gallery, after which guests are welcomed in the traditional manner by the local Aboriginal people with face painting and traditional didgeridoo music, dancing, Dreamtime stories and the spectacular lighting of the ceremonial fire. A delicious buffet consisting of Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads is served, after which guests have the opportunity to chat with the performers by the fireside and take photographs.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 6:           Hotel DeBrett, Auckland         

New Zealand

There aren’t many places on this planet where travellers are so well catered for – in terms of both man-made enticements and splendours of the natural realm. New Zealand is bigger than the UK, with one-fourteenth the population size. Filling in the gaps are sublime forests, majestic mountains, and the stunning lakes, beaches and fjords that have made this country one of the best hiking (locals call it ‘tramping’) destinations on Earth. It’s renowned worldwide for having a relaxed, friendly, spacious and outdoor adventure lifestyle (think sport, walks, BBQs, and beaches). When you combine this adventurous outlook with a stunning backdrop you start to see why travellers rate New Zealand as the action/adventure/adrenalin capital of the world!


Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand, home to almost a third of the country’s inhabitants. Featuring a rich Polynesian heritage, spectacular beaches, and a  buzzing nightlife, Auckland is a world-class destination that has much to offer its visitors. The city sprawls out from the two bustling harbours dotted with super yachts and over 70000 watercrafts. Adrenaline junkies love Auckland for all the leisure activities on offer, including sky jumps, canyoning, kayaking and more. Art galleries, top-notch restaurants, shopping centres and markets add to extensive sightseeing in and around the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the iconic Sky Tower and take in the splendid city views.

Day Itinerary

Early morning flight to Auckland.

Rent your vehicle and drive to hotel using your GPS.

Overnight: Hotel DeBrett   View iBrochure

In downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett links two unique precincts, High Street’s hip fashion and Shortland Street’s tailored commerce. The Hotel DeBrett building has been stylishly remodeled into a 25 room luxury boutique hotel, every room has been individually designed and complemented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography.

A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests, while a glass roofed atrium and courtyard form the central focal point for guests. At street level the colorful Corner Bar, with a touch of New Zealand retro has an emphasis on local craft beers and boutique wines.

Hotel DeBrett is an ideal venue to host  weddings and functions. The hotel’s unique and eclectic spaces can cater for an intimate celebration to a corporate function of 100 guests.

Loft Suite

Guests have the option of a two level suite with spiral stair access from living to bedroom, or a one level suite, some have juliette balconies onto the rustic courtyard and the glass roofed atrium, others have inner city views.


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Day 7:           Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia, Paihia           


Paihia is a tourist town in the Northland Region of New Zealand’s North Island. This popular hub is home to some great sights and attractions, as well as being an excellent gateway to the beaches and dive-sites of the area known as the Bay of Islands. Begin at the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the signing of New Zealand’s founding document, before heading out of town to visit the spectacular Haruru Falls or the towering Waipoua Kauri Forest. Finally, cruises depart the Paihia Wharf multiple times per day, giving visitors the chance to explore the Bay of Islands’ many attractions, including swimming with dolphins, sea kayaking, relaxing on beautiful beaches (such as Taiputuputu Pahi Beach) and visiting geological marvels such as Hole in the Rock.

Day Itinerary

Explore Auckland in the morning or take a very leisurely drive to Bay of Islands. Maybe stop at Matakone Museum on the way.

Approx drive time per google without stopping is 4 hours.

Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia  

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia commands a memorable location on the waterfront, only 100 meters from Paihia wharf, near the township and close to main attractions. The hotel affords views across the bay’s brilliant blue green sea to popular Russell. The Paihia hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the scenic and historic Bay of Islands. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, hot tub, gymnasium and games room. All rooms and suites are air conditioned and include Sky TV.


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Day 8:           Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia, Paihia           

Day Itinerary

Mark has lived there and recommend a drive to Russel and toward the top of the Peninsula. He says there are very pretty harbors north of Keri Keri.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 9:           Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa, Rotorua     


The city of Rotorua has been a spa town since the 1800s, thanks to the many geysers, hot springs and mud pools that can be found in what is one of the world’s most active geothermal fields. The Maori, who considered the region sacred, make up 35% of the population and a popular attraction is discovering their rich culture and traditions. Rotorua is surrounded by lakes, mountains, forests and other natural features that afford visitors the opportunity to try out a number of outdoor activities between relaxing sessions in the hot springs and pools.

Day Itinerary

Drop car off at Keri Keri airport and fly to Aukland to avoid doubling back. Rent vehicle again in Auckland


Waitomo Caves at 2pm

Explore Waitomo Gloworm Caves (admission included). Other caves not included.

Hike and explore the area on your own as well.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of the tiny creatures radiate unmistakable luminescent light as expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves’ historical and geological significance. Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveler. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.


Overnight: Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa   View iBrochure

Escape to The Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua’s designer boutique hotel offering stylish luxury accommodation, restaurant, wine and cocktail bar, all with a touch of glamour. An oasis of understated contemporary elegance amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the hotel’s gorgeous guest room or suite and stroll down to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax and savor the luxury facilities.

Each of the rooms and suites in the central city luxury boutique hotel is exquisitely designed featuring contemporary decor with a touch of glamour and all modern conveniences including free unlimited WI-FI throughout the hotel. An outdoor heated swimming pool, thermal mineral pool, mini gym and spa treatments make the Regent of Rotorua the ideal Rotorua escape.

Superior Room

These beautifully appointed rooms feature everything you need for your travels and more with a king bed (or two singles) these rooms are also spacious enough for a rollaway bed and a maximum of three guests.

Total number of superior rooms: 19


Bed & Breakfast

Day 10:        Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa, Rotorua     

Day Itinerary


Hobbiton Movie Set
Te Puia

Hobbiton Movie Set

The Hobbiton Movie Set is located in Matamata, New Zealand. This movie set was featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Visitors from all across the globe come to see this amazing movie set and find themselves engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire. A guide will take visitors around the 12-acre set while pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the magical movie was made. At the Green Dragon Inn, exclusive and specially brewed beverages can be enjoyed to conclude the adventure. Evening Banquet Tours are also available where guests are taken through The Shire at dusk and treated to a banquet feast.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Te Po – Indegeneous Evening Experience: (6-9pm)

The Te Pō Tour is a one of a kind feast of storytelling, entertainment and Māori cuisine. Be enriched with a deeper understanding of Māori traditions and absorb the unforgettable sights of this top Rotorua attraction at nightfall.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Taste an exquisite Māori feast prepared in the traditional Hangi style. You will be treated to an entrée of New Zealand mussels, corn on the cob, traditional rewana bread and dips, and a local drink made from kawakawa extract and manuka honey.
  • The Hangi prepared meals are accompanied by flavoured meats, chicken, lamb, vegetables and salads. A range of drinks are available to complement your meal including wine, beer, juices, tea and coffee. We recommend leaving room for dessert, as you will definitely find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • After dinner you will be invited to board the motorised waka (people mover) for a journey Through the Valley Under Lights. Be awed by the magical evening sights of Te Puia’s geothermal valley. You’ll disembark the waka (vehicle) right in front of the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated in its full glory beneath a starry sky. Marvel at the sight of this glorious natural wonder, while your tour guide entertains you with traditional Māori mythology and stories.
  • Be enthralled by Māori cultural performances, featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment. You even get the opportunity to participate in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka, for a more intimate Maori cultural experience.

Te Puia

Te Puia is New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, located just 5 minutes from central Rotorua. Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders.

With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia extend their unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage to all visitors.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 11:        Rydges Latimer Christchurch, Christchurch      


Situated on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the vibrant city of Christchurch is the largest city on the island. Dubbed the ‘Garden City’, it is known for its many lush green spaces and possesses a multicultural charm with an added dash of Victorian flair. The city offers a fabulous array of activities, including punting down the Avon River, helicopter tours, hot air ballooning and whale and dolphin watching. Visitors can enjoy a stroll around the beautifully sculptured parks, visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and browse numerous art galleries, followed by a visit to Pomeroy’s for a craft beer and the adjoining Victoria’s Kitchen for a pub-style lunch.

Day Itinerary

Fly to Christchurch..

Overnight: Rydges Latimer Christchurch         

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is a luxury hotel, overlooking the scenic Latimer Square. The hotel is five levels high and offers 138 guest rooms, spread over the first four floors. The fifth floor boasts the penthouse suite with breathtaking views stretching from the Port Hills to the Southern Alps. Unlimited free WI-FI is available throughout guest rooms, public areas and conference spaces.

The Christchurch hotel restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers mouthwatering menu items as well as a full bar. The chef inspired dishes use the freshest seasonal ingredients to ensure flavorful taste in every bite.

Hotel features include a large conference facility in the city, with a dedicated floor capable of hosting up to 500 attendees across 11 rooms. Meeting rooms offer plenty of natural light, state of the art audio and visual equipment and flexible space.


Bed & Breakfast

Day 12:        Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef    

Franz Josef

The quaint west coast town of Franz Josef has a few hundred permanent residents, but numbers swell during the holidays to around 2000 visitors per day. This is glacier country, and Franz Josef glacier (after which the town is named) and Fox Glacier, some 23km further south, are the main attractions. The town offers myriad options for cosy accommodation, especially after the snow and ice activities on offer – combine a helicopter tour with a guided walk on the glacial terrain to view ice caves, and spectacular crevisses and pinnacles. Helicopter tours over the two glaciers are also available, with a stop off at the head of either glacier so you can experience the frozen landscape up close.

Day Itinerary

Drive to Franz Josef via Hokitika (approx 5 hours per google). Maybe hike along the way.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier    

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is situated at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park. It is just minutes away from one of New Zealand’s spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier features quality accommodation in two separate hotel wings, in an alpine location. Stay in the hotel’s Douglas or Graham wing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The hotel offers a convenient base, from which to explore the magnificent Westland region.


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Day 13:        Lake Wanaka Lodge, Lake Wanaka            

Lake Wanaka

Dubbed the world’s first “lifestyle reserve” by the locals, Lake Wanaka has something of interest for every sort of visitor. The lake itself offers great fishing, boating and even gold-panning opportunities, while the neighbouring Mt. Aspiring National Park is home to glaciers, mountains and river valleys waiting to be explored. Wanaka, one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand, lies on the shores of the lake and attracts visitors with its relaxed atmosphere and activities such as horse riding, golfing, flight seeing and air shows.

Day Itinerary

Today do a Franz Josef Helihike. Allow about 3 hours for whole experience. Drive to Wananaka in the afternoon 4 hours per google approximately. Maybe a wine tasting at nearby wine estate to round out the day?

  • Highlights:
  • Helicopter up to the stunning Franz Josef glacier.
  • Explore glacial terrain on a 2-hour professionally guided hike.
  • Be wowed by ice formations and pinnacles.


A first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper, seeing only what experienced mountaineers can reach is a wilderness experience you’ll never forget.  

From our Franz Josef Village base, you’ll fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland National Park. You’ll land on a section of this 12km long glacier where we’ve made a daily safety assessment of the conditions on this fast-moving ice flow. Equipped with glacier boots and crampons you’ll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles and see first-hand the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow.  Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air.

Guests need to re-confirm booking within 24 hours of flight 0800 500 575.

We team up with Franz Josef Glacier Guides who have been taking visitors over this epic icefall terrain since 1990 and can trace their heritage back 100 years. They have an immaculate safety record, rigid assessments and using quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is taken care of.

What’s included

  • Glacier landing and 2-hour glacier hike.
  • Experienced guide.
  • All equipment – glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants.
  • We have hiking tours departing at 9.30am, 12 noon, and 2:30pm
  • Depature Locations
  • Departs and returns from The Helicopter Line Base, situated on the Main Road (State Highway 6), Franz Josef Glacier, 7856.
  • What to bring
    • Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers).
    • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable. Please no jeans.
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
    • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don’t have one).


The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier

The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier

The Helicopter Line is New Zealand’s leading helicopter operating company.  Formed in 1986 when 3 separate helicopter companies combined, The Helicopter Line has grown to become the largest Kiwi owned Helicopter Company in New Zealand and the largest provider of scenic flights in the country.

The rugged West Coast of the South Island is an untamed beauty where the mountains meet the Tasman Sea and where rainforests give way to Glaciers.  Nowhere else in the world can glaciers be found in such a dramatic setting, in such close proximity to the Sea, making Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers truly unique. The Helicopter Line operates from both Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier townships with multiple flight options available from each location.

Overnight: Lake Wanaka Lodge   

Situated in the beautiful town of Wanaka in New Zealand, Lake Wanaka Lodge offers superb accommodation in the heart of the lively town, in the Southern Lake Region. The lodge is located only a short 5 minute stroll from the shops, cafes and lakefront. Relax in the privacy of the guest lounge overlooking the township, beautiful Lake Wanaka and surrounding mountains or soak in the great views from the outdoor balcony. Cardrona Valley Spring Water is available from a natural spring on the property for guests. Lake Wanaka Lodge is the ideal location for a vacation. Take advantage of the many activities and attractions the region has to offer including hiking, fly fishing, skiing, golf and wineries.


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Day 14:        Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau, Te Anau    

Te Anau

The town of Te Anau is located in the southern region of New Zealand’s South Island. This scenic place, situated on the eastern bank of Lake Te Anau (the largest lake on South Island), is known as the gateway to the unique geographical attractions of Milford Sound (with its rich marine life and spectacular views), and the Fiordland National Park (with the excellent Kepler, Routeburn and Milford trails to enjoy). However, beautiful Te Anau does have a lot to offer in its own right, and active travellers can enjoy water sports on the lake, such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing, while gentle boat cruises offer a relaxing way to enjoy the fiords. Trout fishing is a popular activity in the area, and the incredible Te Anau Caves feature glow-worms and an underground waterfall.

Day Itinerary

Take a drive through Queenstown to Te Anau. Explore the regions this afternoon.

Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau View iBrochure

Conveniently located in the Te Anau town center, the Distinction Luxmore Hotel offers guests a wide range of modern hotel accommodation. Honeymooners and couples on a romantic getaway will appreciate the deluxe suites, complete with spa bath and super king beds. Families can take advantage of the extra space on offer in the deluxe accessible hotel rooms. Hotel rooms and superior suites are popular among corporate travelers or those seeking a comfortable stay and excellent service at an affordable price.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel has two fabulous onsite restaurants to choose from. Enjoy views of the township looking towards Lake Te Anau from the hotel’s Hilights Restaurant, which is known for excellent breakfasts and delicious carvery buffet dinners. Bailiez’s legendary cafe style menu and bar is popular among Te Anau locals, and is a superb choice for relaxing after a day of exploring Fiordland.

Deluxe Rooms

Distinction Luxmore Hotel’s Deluxe Rooms are well appointed, modern rooms. Each room is tastefully designed and decorated with plain, deep cream walls, complemented by luxurious gold bedspreads on queen size beds. The interior design features a Fiordland theme, with carpets in deep blue hues, and silk like drapes in a muted watermark design incorporating the colors of the unique flightless native bird, the Takahe. The pale golds and beiges of tussock grass run through the whole theme.

Deluxe Rooms offer a modern bathroom in bold black and white, including a shower over the bath. All rooms are studio with two queen size beds and feature convenient amenities such as a fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryer and iron.


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Day 15:        Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau, Te Anau    

Day Itinerary

Take an early drive to Milford Sound and a  2 hour cruise 10.30-12.25.

Take hikes in the afternoon before returning to Te Anau.


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Day 16:        Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Queenstown    


Queenstown is situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and has stunning views of the surrounding alpine peaks. Considered by many as one of the world’s adventure capitals, it offers visitors a wide selection of adrenaline-boosting activities to choose from, such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, zip lining, skiing and skydiving. Queenstown also has a lively bar and restaurant scene, and for those who prefer the quieter things in life there are vineyards, golf courses, spas and wellness centres.

Day Itinerary

Explore around Te Anau and drive to Queenstown.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel Queenstown       

The Millennium Hotel Queenstown has an atmosphere of spellbinding luxury and an air of timeless elegance. The hotel captures the essence of the unique region and is ideal for either an international conference venue or as a restful haven from the rigors of Queenstown’s many outdoor adventure pursuits. Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating. Coronet Peak ski area is only 20 minutes away, Remarkables ski area is 25 km away and Cardrona ski field is 65 km to the north. The hotel complex features 220 guest rooms, meetings facilities, business center, gym, sauna, spa, bar and restaurant.


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Day 17:        End of Itinerary  

Fly to Auckland.


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