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Tour Itinerary

Experience the best of New Zealand on this 12-day guided tour. Journey along the Haast River in an enclosed jet boat, then travel to the picturesque mining village of Arrowhead: here, you can choose to ride a bike along the Arrow River or join a boutique wine tour. Take time to explore the charming city of Queenstown, then dine on exceptional fare at one of its most exclusive restaurants. Journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a half-day guided walk along the famous Milford Track — the finest walk in the world. Travel to the country’s most southern city, Dunedin, for dinner at Parcels Restaurant, then sample craft beers at Emerson’s Brewery. Embark on an in-depth sightseeing adventure in Christchurch, and toast to your travels during a celebration dinner.The Activity Level of this tour is Leisurely, meaning there is 1 to 2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces with some stairs.

Countries Visited

New Zealand

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Christchurch
    Your New Zealand luxury tour begins by private car to your boutique hotel located in the heart of Christchurch and just minutes from North Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. Pay a visit to the blooms at the Botanic Gardens or ride the Christchurch Tram before meeting your Travel Concierge where you’ll raise a glass to a grand journey.Accommodation: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
  2. Day 2
    Christchurch to Franz Josef
    Embark on one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train to the small village of Arthur's Pass. In Franz Josef, your eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness welcomes.Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    The Mighty Franz Josef Glacier
    Explore Franz Josef, where a Local Expert reveals the glacier's impressive history.Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Travel from Franz Josef to W?naka
    Cruise down the Haast River in a jet boat basking in the beauty of the Te W?hipounamu World Heritage Area. Experience fairy-tale lavender fields. Arrive at your hotel at the edge of Lake W?naka, designed to flow with the seasons.Accommodation: Edgewater W?naka Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    W?naka Relaxed Start
    Marvel at W?naka's natural beauty on a lake cruise. Complete your experience on an afternoon nature walk.Accommodation: Edgewater W?naka Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Wanaka to Queenstown Relaxed Start
    Visit Highlands Motorsport Museum and come face to face with the state-of-the-art machines. Meet Mrs Jones Orchard, a traditional fruit stall owner, and indulge in real fruit ice-cream and stone fruit. Enjoy lunch and experience exclusive wine tasting in Gibbston Valley of the Vines at Kinross. Visit the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown.Accommodation: The Rees Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Queenstown Relaxed Start
    Take in the surrounding landscape on a Lake Wakatipu scenic cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw and visit Walter Peak High Country farm for an Eco Experience - an idyllic place to spend a few peaceful hours. Or, choose a guided e-bike scenic ride along the lake. Enjoy dinner tonight at local restaurant The Bathhouse, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.Accommodation: The Rees Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Queenstown to Doubtful Sound (overnight cruise)
    Travel by road to Manapouri, then by Catamaran and coach to Doubtful Sound to meet the Fiordland Navigator.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Doubtful Sound to Dunedin
    Upon disembarking the cruise, continue by road to Dunedin, stopping for lunch at Te Anau. In Dunedin, your heritage hotel welcomes you with a cosy atmosphere in the city centre. Dine on favourites such as surf and turf, braised lamb, catch of the day, or other modern twists on traditional local dishes at Parcels Restaurant.Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Distillery Tour and Dunedin at Leisure Relaxed Start
    Enjoy a relaxed start this morning before taking a guided tour at Dunedin Craft Distillers, the first distillery in Aotearoa New Zealand and one of only a handful worldwide, to produce botanical spirits from surplus bread and bakery products that would otherwise go to landfill. Discover on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience, how owners, Jenny McDonald and Sue Stockwell do it in a ‘Bread to Bottle Tour’ which takes you through the process used to turn bread into spirits. Venture just next door for a special Chocolate tasting journey at OCHO Chocolate covering the history of chocolate in Dunedin, OCHO's genesis, how 'real' chocolate is made and a 10-sample bean to bar tasting. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Peninsula or visit the iconic Larnach Castle.Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Dunedin to Christchurch
    Travel up the coast though the towns of Oamaru and Timaru to Christchurch to uncover the city’s highlights on a fascinating sightseeing tour. Sample the best of the city over dinner at Montreal Bar and Restaurant.Accommodation: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Farewell from Christchurch
    Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your onward flight.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (L)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Additional Included Highlights

  • :  Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • : In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.
  • : Included at all hotels.
  • : Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • : Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • : On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.?
  • : Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • : Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Exceptional Dining

  • Queenstown: Enjoy dinner at the majestic waterfront Bathhouse, try locally grown, foraged and farmed produce, local and international wines, against the spectacular lakefront backdrop of Lake Wakatipu.
  • Dunedin: Step into Parcels Restaurant at the Distinction Dunedin and taste their exquisite modern twist on traditional local dishes. Sip delicious wines as you look across to the First Church of Otago from the old post office building which houses the hotel.

Magnificent Stays

  • Franz Josef: Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star haven of relaxation and impeccable luxury. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.


  • Lake Wanaka: Take a leisurely cruise out to Stevensons Arm, home to Mount Burke high country sheep station. Verdant green pastures precede Mount Gold which rises majestically into the Northern skyline. Learn about the conservation efforts to revive the nearly extinct Buff Weka, along with the interesting Maori and colonial history of the island.

Passport Moments

  • Christchurch: Experience the striking natural landscape of the South Island as you travel on the TranzAlpine. Famous as one of the world’s great train journeys, you can enjoy the remarkable scenery from the ice-fed Waimakariri River to the magnificent Canterbury Plains.
  • Hokitika: Visit the coastal town of Hokitika, where you’ll find stunning scenery and a cool, arty vibe. Hear about its rich history, from the discovery of New Zealand jade through the many tales from the gold rush in the 1860s.
  • Franz Josef: Experience the mighty natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier and what the ice age must have felt like. The sheer enormity of these giant ice puzzles will leave you spellbound as you explore the area with your Local Expert.
  • Makarora: Visit Makarora, a great base point to explore the beauty of the Southern Alps. Your Travel Concierge will take you on an orientation of the town where you can admire remarkable scenery and hear more about its history.
  • Haast River: Enjoy the unique blend of thrilling speed and calm comfort on a Haast River jet boat safari. Zip past untouched forests and snow-capped mountains in your fully enclosed cabin while you hear beguiling tales of the wilderness communities of the valley.
  • Lake Wanaka: W?naka Lavender Farm is just a few minutes drive from W?naka, where you can experience 20 acres of beautiful lavender fields. Enjoy a walk through the flowers, meet our friendly farm animals, play a garden game, unwind over a cup of herbal tea & indulge in our lavender ice-creams. Sample our Lakes Honey and the many W?naka Lavender Farm products that are lovingly made on site.
  • Cromwell: Visit the Highlands National Motorsport Museum and come face to face with top-of-the-line machines. Since you only ever see them in the movies or on TV, there’s just something about being in the same room with these rare special cars that gets everyone buzzing.
  • Gibbston Valley Winery, Restaurant, Bike Centre, Lodge & Spa: Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in Gibbston Valley Wine Region at Kinross, followed by lunch.
  • Fiordland National Park: Give in to the wilderness, and escape to the secluded P?tea Doubtful Sound, located in the depths of the Fiordland National Park. Unlike a day cruise, this unique overnight experience completely immerses you in nature. Wake up feeling connected, in harmony, and full of wonder for Aotearoa’s native flora and fauna.
  • Dunedin: Sample exquisite botanical spirits made from surplus bread and bakery products in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Witness how owners, Jenny McDonald and Sue Stockwell, do it as they take you through the process of turning bread into spirits.
  • Christchurch: Explore the dynamic city of Christchurch and learn how the city has reinvented itself in the past decade. See how the unique Cardboard Cathedral and Container Mall juxtapose with the older landmarks of Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street.

Personalise your day

  • Queenstown: Ride the scenic Lake trail, visit hidden gems of the area and learn local history.
  • Queenstown: It’s one of the best ways to see Queenstown’s surrounding landscape – a cruise across Lake Whakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal-fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.
  • Lake Wakatipu: Fall in love with nature and immerse yourself in a unique experience where conservation, horticulture, and eco-tourism meet. The Walter Peak Eco Experience allows you to learn more about New Zealand conservation and contribute to biodiversity.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Another outstanding trip from Luxury Gold.

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Truly enjoyed all aspects of the Luxury Gold trip and will definitely look into more trips with them in the future.

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