13 Days: NZ South Island Wilderness [LL-LUX10]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Whare Kea Lodge (3 Nights), Fiordland Lodge (3), Stonefly Lodge (4), Auckland (1)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
  • US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Queenstown, Queenstown to Nelson, Nelson to Auckland
  • Car Transfers - Queenstown Airport to Whare Kea Lodge, Whare Kea Lodge to Queenstown City, Queenstown City to Fiordland Lodge, Fiordland Lodge to Queenstown Airport, Nelson Airport to Stonefly Lodge (Return)
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airline at check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record (if applicable).

(Day 2) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Queenstown

Travel by New Zealand domestic air from Auckland to Queenstown (South Island).

(Day 2) - Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Whare Kea Lodge

Upon arrival into Queenstown meet with your driver who will transfer you to Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet on Lake Wanaka.

(Days 2 to 5) - 3 Nights of Luxury Accommodation on Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest in New Zealand with its clear blue waters, lapping the feet of the Southern Alps – home to globally sought after ski fields and the dramatic alpine Mount Aspiring National Park – is a wonderland for explorers and adventurers. In all seasons.

Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka, is Whare Kea, a secret hideaway offering guests a haven to share the area’s beauty plus perfect access to almost every adventure sport and outdoor pursuit possible. The Lodge, specifically designed to suit the environment, is tailored to work for all seasons providing a luxurious yet intimate and less formal ambience.

The great outdoors takes on an entirely new meaning with the choice of activities on offer. Whare Kea is in the midst of some of the world’s most beautiful natural environments so whatever you choose to do, be prepared for an unforgettable experience. It can be as relaxing as a stroll around Lake Wanaka, golf, a massage or fly fishing. Or you may prefer to pump up the adrenaline by heli-skiing or climbing a mountain. And then mountain biking all the way down. Land, air, water or snow, nature’s playgrounds never looked so good. And our staff have all the knowledge to help you do it all in style.

(Day 5) - Transfer, Whare Kea Lodge, Lake Wanaka to Queenstown

Private transfer from Lodge 9 in Tutukaka to the Whangarei Airport.

(Day 5) - Transfer, Queenstown to Fiordland Lodge

Upon arrival into Queenstown meet with your pilot who will transfer you to Fiordland Lodge via Helicopter.

(Days 5 to 8) - 3 Nights at the breathtaking Fiordland Lodge

Set in a World Heritage Area, Fiordland Lodge offers the leisure traveller style, comfort and privacy, and is the perfect base from where to explore Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, and the surrounding Fiordland National Park.

Fiordland Lodge will be your exclusive retreat in Te Anau while you get the opportunity to discover one of the world’s most beautiful areas. It is an area where snow-capped mountains, rivers of ice, deep lakes, unbroken forests and tussock grasslands produce a landscape of exceptional beauty.

The Lodge itself sits on a superb rural site with rolling grass lands and has commanding views out across Lake Te Anau. Inside the open architecture of the Lodge reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park and echoes of the forest are found in the striking natural timber construction. In the lounge, a lattice work of huge log trusses soar to over thirty-six feet above and surround a large open fire, clad with local river stone.

(Day 8) - Transfer, Fiordland Lodge to Queenstown Airport

Transfer from Fiordland Lodge to Queenstown, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 8) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Queenstown to Nelson

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Queenstown to Nelson.

(Day 8) - Transfer, Nelson to Stonefly Lodge

Upon arrival into Nelson meet with your driver who will transfer you to the Stonefly Lodge.

(Days 8 to 12) - 4 Nights at the Stonefly Lodge, Abel Tasman Region

Stonefly Lodge luxury accommodation is perfect for that weekend vacation in the Abel Tasman Region, New Zealand.

Select from a wide variety of outdoor activities or simply indulge and relax at the Lodge, play billiards on the genuine slate table in the magnificently paneled billiard room, or curl up with a good book in the library. Guests can choose to relax within the Lodge, wander through the on-site landscaped gardens or visit local sights. Visit Harbour-Tyne historical precinct, an area of splendid Victorian commercial buildings and warehouses, currently being restored as the home of reproduction craftspeople.

We will gather in the evenings, warmed by blazing log fires to savour first-class table d’hôte cuisine. Attention to detail, in the use of the freshest local organic produce teamed with New Zealand wines from a connoisseur wine cellar create an exceptional dining experience. Pen-y-bryn is located on the southern boundary of Historic Oamaru on the East Coast of the South Island, one hour north of Dunedin, half way (3 hours) between Christchurch and Queenstown, and just 2 hours drive from Mt Cook.

(Days 8 to 12) - 4 Nights at the Stonefly Lodge, Abel Tasman Region

Stonefly Lodge luxury accommodation is perfect for that weekend vacation in the Abel Tasman Region, New Zealand.

Being within 50 minutes of the Abel Tasman National Park our luxury accommodation lodge is well positioned for exploring the park which is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.

We provide private luxury lodge accommodation located above the Motueka River and expert guided fly fishing from the top Nelson fly fishing guides. The wide choice of rivers available from Stonefly Fishing Lodge enables guests to experience relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers to more adventurous back country streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness.

If you would like to visit the Abel Tasman Region but are not a fisherman, be sure to ask about these different activities upon arrival to Stonefly Lodge: Abel Tasman – Cruise, Abel Tasman – Kayak, Guided Walks, Heli Tours, Horseback Riding, White Water Rafting, Wine/Art Tours or Cycling.

No matter what activities you decide on, your visit to Stonefly Lodge will be an unforgettable one.

(Day 12) - Transfer, Stonefly Lodge to Nelson

Transfer from Stonefly Lodge to Nelson, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 12) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Nelson to Auckland

Travel by air today from Nelson to Auckland, New Zealand.

(Day 12) - Private Transfer, Auckland Airport to Hotel

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

Luggage: 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person

(Days 12 to 13) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland

The Crowne Plaza Auckland is located right in the middle of `The City of Sails` and is the first choice for vacationers, as well as sports teams and business conferences.

Your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, is located on the city’s spectacular Waitemata Harbour and features stunning water views, conference facilities, and a rooftop restaurant. Auckland’s centre of entertainment, dining, and nightlife, the Viaduct Harbour precinct, is just a short walk away. Experience the rich New Zealand culture as you travel to Rotorua and its geothermal springs. Or maybe travel to New Zealand’s Waitakere and Hunua Ranges, to the west and south of the city centre respectively, to take you deep into cool, peaceful rainforests.

Insider's Tip: Auckland City Explorer Bus

Take a unique, fun and informative tour of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city on the Hop on Hop Off Auckland City Explorer Bus!

Nestled between two harbours, this beautiful and vibrant city has a diverse mix of culture and landscapes. Something for everyone – attractions and activities, shopping and eateries, events and adventure – you can explore it all this 24 hour Hop on Hop off bus pass.

Unique Vehicles with Fantastic Views: Discover the true magic of city sightseeing onboard our unique, classic and new, double decker buses. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.

Entertaining ‘Live’ Commentary: Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are also available on the central tour.

Hop-on Hop-off and Visit Auckland’s Best Attractions: As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Devonport Ferry Trip Visit this historic suburb and browse boutiques for unique gifts, indulge at a restaurant or cafe, go to the beach or climb North Head for harbour views. Tickets are valid for sailings between 9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, and all weekend sailings.

-Red and Blue Tour Routes
-Devonport Ferry

(Day 13) - Private Transfer, Auckland Hotel to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand to the Airport.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

Luggage: 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person

(Day 13) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.