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ULTIMATE NEW ZEALAND SCENES

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Taupo
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown

14 Days Exploration
  • Departing:
  • 5 Nov 2022 Sold Out
  • 14 Apr 2023 New release

On this carefully curated epic journey all manner of transportation is at our disposal. We discover the ultimate New Zealand from north to south by rail, helicopter and superyacht allowing some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes to reveal themselves through ever-changing vantage points. New Zealand’s best luxury lodges, hotels and resorts await, as do the country’s finest dining experiences.

Map
Lake Wakatipu
Taupo Huka Lodge

A CONSIDERED JOURNEY

Savour the very best of New Zealand on this unique handcrafted journey for a small group of up to 35 guests encompassing the North and South Islands. Tailored experiences allow an in-depth discovery of sublime scenes. Everything has been considered and included.

Coastal Pacific Rail
Forgotten World Rail

ICONIC RAIL ADVENTURES

Witness the majestic landscapes from the comfort of our carriage onboard New Zealand’s iconic train journeys. We step aboard the Coastal Pacific Train, TranzAlpine Train and Northern Explorer Train (2022 departure only), and experience the Glenbrook and Kingston Flyer steam trains as well as the Forgotten World rail carts.

Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier Heli

SPECTACULAR SCENES

Take in the magnificent spectacle of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers with a private helicopter adventure over the ever-changing rivers of ice which lie at the confluence of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Our fleet then lands on the ice on the head of one of the glaciers.

Queenstown
Milford Sound

A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCES

During our stay in Queenstown, a variety of Your World experiences present themselves. Fly above the snow-capped Southern Alps, sail through fjords on a scenic cruise, join a specialist wine guide touring the vineyards of Central Otago, take an exhilarating jet boat tour or soak in an onsen overlooking the Shotover Canyon.

Waiheke Island
Vineyard

A PRIVATE SUPERYACHT EXPERIENCE

Sail the calm waters from Auckland to Waiheke Island aboard an exclusively chartered superyacht. Upon arrival we spend the day exploring the island’s rich epicurean scene with private tours to wineries and providores before sailing back, glass in hand, to Auckland.

Taupo Rock Carving
Taupo Huka Lodge

Unparalleled Choice

In Taupo, learn the art of fly fishing by dropping a line into the Waikato River from the manicured lawns of our residence at Huka Lodge and beyond or venture to immerse yourself in Lake Taupo’s rich Maori heritage on a private cruise.

Itinerary

Tour Manager - Richard Moras

Tour Doctor - Dr Ralph Levin

5 November 2022: As Your Tour Manager, Richard Moras Welcomes You On This Journey

5 November 2022: Your Accompanying Tour Doctor For This Journey is Dr Ralph Levin


Upon arrival, we settle into our Harbour View King Rooms at the Park Hyatt Auckland and leisurely take in the vista out to Waitemata Harbour. A special night awaits with a Welcome Dinner at The Sugar Club, 53 floors above the city, at the top of Sky Tower. We enjoy a degustation menu with paired wines within the convivial atmosphere of our small group.

This morning, adventure beckons. We board our private superyacht and chart a course to nearby Waiheke Island for a gourmet food and wine experience. We lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, overlooking the waters of the Hauraki Gulf, then take a carefully curated tour of the cellar doors of the island’s best boutique vineyards. A glass of New Zealand sparkling welcomes us back on board our privately chartered superyacht, as we cruise to Auckland via Motutapu and Rangitoto Island. Tonight, there is a choice of restaurants to savour in the bustling Wynyard Quarter, a short stroll from the Park Hyatt Auckland. 

Today, we visit Glenbrook Vintage Railway, boarding our first-class parlour carriage for an exclusively chartered vintage steam train ride. Relish the pure joy of experiencing the golden age of travel, while gazing out to appreciate the awe-inspiring and ever-changing countryside. We then arrive at one of the world’s finest lodges, Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River. After settling into our Junior Suites, which blend seamlessly with the spectacular natural landscape, we savour a five-course dinner. Executive Chef Paul Froggatt’s cuisine has put Huka Lodge into the pages of France’s exclusive Les Grande Tables du Monde, the prestigious guide to the world’s best restaurants. 

Awake to the sounds of birdsong and the burbling river before enjoying breakfast in one of Huka Lodge’s spectacular dining spots, either indoors or alfresco. Today we can choose from two Your World experiences, including traditional fly fishing for trout on the banks of the Waikato River with a picnic lunch, or a full-day chartered cruise on Lake Taupo with a gourmet lunch. The cruise takes in the scenic western bays of the lake, leading to the incredible Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Alternatively, opt for some time at leisure at our lodge. Tonight, we reconvene for dinner at Huka Lodge, savouring a menu of sustainably produced ingredients, with matching wines from the lodge’s impressive underground cellar. 

Today, we take a journey on the Forgotten World rail carts, commencing at the aromatic Lauren’s Lavender Farm. We traverse 40 kilometres along the Forgotten World Railway, travelling through incredible hand-built brick tunnels. A vista of stunning hills and native bush peppered with country farms is revealed on the journey back. We then head into the heart of Tongariro National Park to our residence for the night, Chateau Tongariro. After settling in, we sit down to a Pacific Rim themed dinner in the stately Ruapehu Room. 

We start the day by setting off on a specialist guided walk to explore Whakapapa Village, deep in the national park, along the stunning Taranaki Falls Loop Track. We then join the Northern Explorer train at Taumarunui Station for a scenic journey to Wellington. Over lunch on board, we enjoy the views of ever-changing scenery, including the mountains Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Ancient lava flows and dense beech forests reveal themselves at every turn. Our guests joining the 2023 departure will enjoy the epic mountain views while travelling aboard a luxury coach, in lieu of the Northern Explorer train. Our residence for the next two nights is the QT Wellington, where we stay in Executive Studio rooms. After settling in, take a seat for dinner at the hotel. 

Choose from two Your World experiences in New Zealand’s capital city. The first is a half-day guided Wellington coach tour, taking in all the highlights of this cosmopolitan city, including Parliament House, Mt Victoria, a cable car ride and Te Papa Museum. Or choose to venture out on a full-day Martinborough winery experience with visits to several cellar doors, including a meet-the-winemaker, hands-on experience at Te Hera and a gourmet lunch. Tonight, choose to sample from some of Wellington’s best restaurants before resting at QT Wellington. 

Today, we experience one of the world’s most beautiful ferry experiences, across the Cook Strait on the original Interislander Ferry to Picton. The incredible views continue as we step aboard the Coastal Pacific train for our journey to Christchurch. We enjoy lunch on board while peering out to Pacific Ocean vistas. Our train journey is perfectly scheduled to pass through the idyllic Canterbury Plains as the sun sets; we arrive in Christchurch just after it sinks beyond the horizon. We transfer to our residence for the next two nights, Hotel Montreal, a boutique hotel just steps from all the charms of Christchurch. We savour dinner at the hotel before taking rest in our Junior Suites. 

This morning, we take a specialist guided tour of captivating Christchurch. We visit the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral; 185 Empty White Chairs, a memorial to the victims of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake; the ruins of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; as well as some of the exciting developments taking place in the renewed inner city. We then take a gondola tour to see the city from another perspective. In the afternoon, we can choose from two Your World experiences, including a chartered Akaroa Wildlife Cruise to view Hector’s dolphins and little penguins. The tour also explores the site of a nineteenth-century French settlement. Alternatively, embark on a leisurely punt cruise along the river Avon. Tonight, we enjoy the experience of dining in an elegant vintage tram. Aboard the Tramway Restaurant, we marvel at the sights of Christchurch as they unfold beyond our window.  Afterwards, we return to our boutique hotel. 

After breakfast, we board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest coast-to-coast train journeys, travelling over the spectacular Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth. We stop for lunch and a pint at Monteith’s Brewery before boarding a private coach for Hokitika, a coastal town known for its jade (pounamu). We meet a carver and learn about the greenstone’s cultural importance to Maori people. Pounamu can represent ancestors, connection with the natural world, or attributes such as strength, prosperity, love and harmony. We then arrive at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, our residence for the night in Franz Josef. This evening, we sit down for a degustation dinner at the retreat’s Canopy Restaurant, with a backdrop of pristine wilderness. 

This morning, we take a private helicopter flight over Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. The awe-inspiring views over these ever-evolving ice formations are complemented with a landing in the snow at the head of one of the glaciers. Our fleet of helicopters then take the scenic route back and touch down together in the township. We then travel to Queenstown via the picturesque ski town of Wanaka, where we stop for lunch, overlooking Lake Wanaka. Our residence for the next three nights is Hotel St Moritz, which affords stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range. We savour a leisurely dinner in the hotel before admiring the lake views from our Alpine Suites.

In 2023, today falls on Anzac Day and you have the opportunity to join us as we attend the local Anzac Day Dawn Service. Afterwards, you may find yourself enticed by one of the four Your World experiences available to guests from both departures. The first choice is a full-day Milford Sound scenic flight and sightseeing cruise, including a picnic lunch. There’s also the half-day Dart River Jet Boating Safari. Those wishing to take some time relaxing might like to choose the Onsen Hot Pools private soak option. Tonight, we have our choice of several renowned local restaurants in which to dine.

Our morning begins with a choice of Your World experiences. Choose the full experience of taking a lake steamer cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, followed by a waterfront lunch at Pier, and a chartered steam train ride on the restored Kingston Flyer. Or opt to do just one, leaving time to visit the boutiques of Queenstown, or simply relax at our hotel. Tonight, we reconvene for a Farewell Dinner at Botswana Butchery, nestled inside the historic Archer’s Cottage, before a final night enjoying the views across the lake from Hotel St Moritz. 

After breakfast, we bid farewell to new-found friends, our ultimate journey through New Zealand at an end. 

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