New Zealand Luxury & Adventure
Moving to the tip of the South Island explore the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound in a 75-year-old classic vessel as you hear stories of the area, learn about the native birds and let your day unfold guided by the tides, weather and wildlife. Exploring one of the world’s premier eco-marine destinations with its unparalleled marine life and spectacular landscapes. Get close to nature with a series of nature walks from beach to bush, try your hand at ocean fishing, visit bachelor sperm whales, swim with dolphins or seals, or take to the sky to enjoy a birds eye view of Kakioura’s marine activity, all these and many more can be tailored to suit your particular interests.
Journey through “the spiritual centre of the universe” as described by the Dalai Lama and cross over the spectacular Arthur’s Pass to be hosted by one of New Zealand’s master greenstone carvers. Lifting out of this remote frontier embark on a “once in a lifetime” journey as you soar over the incredible scenery of the West coast before dropping into the iconic and dramatic alpine scenery to escape into nature as you walk the trails, explore the farm by 4×4 vehicle, wander through the native beech forest and valleys on horseback or heli bike from the top of a mountain.
At the end there is an option to take a privately guided adventure by e-bike along the famous Motatapu Track crossing rivers, climbing hills and taking a few steep descents as you follow a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone) while taking in the spectacular views finishing in the adventure capital of the world.
You will love
- Awe inspiring landscapes
- Boutique, hand-picked accommodation
- Mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls
- Exquisite gastronomy and fine wine
- Exclusive access and one-off experiences
- Spiritual connections
14 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis. Hike or bike remote trails and take a dip in a private natural geothermal pool. Renowned as an adventure lover’s playground, Lake Taupo has many activity options to choose from, including fly-fishing, rafting, heli flips and more.
DAY 1-4 | HUKA LODGE - TAUPO | 4 NIGHTS
Arrive in Auckland and transfer by road or air to Taupo. Experience a traditional Maori welcome on the holy mountain Titiraupenga. Spend the day with local spiritual people in different locations to understand the position of carving within Maori spirituality.
DAY 5-6 | MAORI ECO CRUISES - MARLBOROUGH REGION | 2 NIGHTS
Board your near 90-year-old classic vessel and drift through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound as you hear stories of the area, learn about the native birds, take guided walks and let your days unfold guided by the tides, weather and wildlife and your interests.
DAY 7 | HAPUKU LODGE - KAIKOURA | 1 NIGHTS
Explore one of the world’s premier eco-marine destinations with its unparalleled marine life and spectacular landscapes. Get close to nature with a series of nature walks from beach to bush, try your hand at ocean fishing, visit bachelor sperm whales, swim with dolphins or seals and soar across the sky to enjoy a birds eye view of Kakioura’s marine activity.
DAY 8-9 | RUMI LODGE or EXPEDITION CAMP - HOKITIKA | 2 NIGHTS
Join the son of the Paramount Chief in the heart of Pounamau (greenstone) country and discover the local sacred river only accessible by Maori. Look for greenstone learning how it is found and its properties as well as how to work it. At night enjoy local cuisine around the campfire under the stars.
DAY 10-12 | MAHU WHENUA - WANAKA | 3 NIGHTS
Lift out of this remote frontier and explore the stunning landscape of the West coast before dropping into iconic and dramatic alpine scenery to escape into nature as you walk the trails, explore the farm by 4×4 vehicle, wander through the native beech forest and valleys on horseback or heli bike from the top of a mountain.
DAY 13-14 | QUEENSTOWN | 2 NIGHTS
Enjoy the energy of this action packed adventure town with a range of excellent shopping, restaurants and bars to choose from.
A handpicked selection
Huka Lodge – Taupo, North Island
A rich landscape of lakes, forests, waterfalls and mountains forms a stunning backdrop to this iconic New Zealand retreat in Taupo, the heart of the volcanic North Island and considered as one of the world’s top retreats. Leave the real world behind as you enter the gates of Huka Lodge on a beautiful stretch of the Waikato River. Read More
Hapuku Lodge – Kaikoura, South Island
Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Hapuku Lodge is a 5 star Eco-Retreat set on rugged coastline a few kilometers north of the eco-marine town of Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand. Nestled 30 feet in the air, the tree houses sit snugly at the base of the majestic Kaikoura Mountains. Read More
Mahu Whenua – Wanaka, South Island
Mahu Whenua is a luxurious high-country homestead in the middle of 55,000 hectares of some of the most iconic and dramatic natural alpine scenery just 20 minutes from Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Immerse yourself in one of the most majestic and pristine parts of the world and be at one with nature. Read More
Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Queenstown, South Island
The grand dame of Queenstown, Eichardt’s Hotel provides a collection of beautifully designed suites and apartments rich in history and the grandest views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains in the heart of Queenstown where everything is an easy stroll away. Eichardt’s Hotel provides the perfect base to suit every taste. Read More
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13 nights in New Zealand
13 nights in New Zealand
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START: Auckland, New Zealand | Finish: Queenstown, New Zealand
This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.
Exellent and wonderful, reaching way above expectations.Elizabeth Mackintosh
We loved it all. Our son wants to go back tomorrow. We would ALL go back again!Laurence & Remi Cunningham
Very knowledgeable and patient. Our trip was all that we hoped for. Wonderful!Jane & Robert Happell
The trip of a lifetime, couldn't have dreamt of a better adventure if I tried.Emma Jeffcoat
Absolutely everything was first class & so well organised.Simon & Jackie Adams
Classic Safari is the place to go to for "top end" adventure travel.Ron & Alison Guthrie
Classic Safari Company were brilliant - 10/10Di & Kingsley Yates
Would do it all again and not change a moment. Best holiday ever!The McGowan Tribe