New Zealand at a Glance

11 Nights

7 Home Bases

7 Destinations

From USD 6,699 per person

Beyond its incredible scenery and vast spaces, New Zealand is much more than a lush island in the middle of the Pacific. It is a culture, a history, a culinary paradise and home to some of the best wines in the World.

​Art In Voyage invites you to join us on a well balanced itinerary. You will partake in breathtaking outdoor activities, memorable wine tastings, incredible culinary experiences, and take it to the sky with helicopter and scenic flights. To top it all, we uncover some of the most majestic scenery the world has to offer with an an overnight cruise through the south island Fjords.

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Land dates, room options and rates

08 Nov 2019 - 19 Nov 2019
  • Deluxe rooms $6699

Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travellers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $2999.


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

The Incredibly Diverse and Unspoiled Scenery

Made up of two main islands and a host of smaller ones, New Zealand has an amazing range of breathtaking scenery, from subtropical forests, beaches and offshore islands in the north to glaciers, lakes, snow-covered mountains, and large flat plains in the south. There are also fjords, volcanoes, hot springs and beautiful rolling green pastures, a diversity like no other place on earth.

The People

"Kiwis," as the locals are called, are a friendly bunch and very welcoming to visitors. On this journey, you will make new friends and hear about some of their traditions and culture. A wide range of cultures is represented here, but New Zealand is an ex-British colony and the European influence remains strong.

The Wines

New Zealand wine is world-famous for its quality, quite amazing when you consider that the country makes less than one percent of the world's total. You can make a day of visiting wineries and tasting their offerings at a number of places, particularly in Hawkes Bay and Marlborough, the two leading wine regions. There are also many top-notch restaurants in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch where the best of New Zealand's wines are

The Local Culture

travelstock44 / LOOK-foto / Getty Images Captain Cook found New Zealand populated by natives called the Maori when he arrived here in 1769. New Zealand has since developed into a unique South Pacific blend of cultures, but the Maori still play an important role. You'll find the ethnic diversity reflected in a huge range of cafes and restaurants in the cities, particularly in Auckland.

ITINERARY

All activities are optional in attendance

Day 1: Welcome to New Zealand

Today, you are picked up in Auckland and whisked away to Waiheke island, right across the bay. There, we greet you with a local welcome cocktail followed by an afternoon Maori cultural and wine tour. Our welcome dinner is hosted at Mudbrick Vineyard, in a very unique location with stunning views, and includes local wine pairings.

Day 2: Waiheke Island

This morning is at leisure. Several activities will be suggested and included (guided biking tours, zip lining, hiking, horseback riding or kayaking). Around noon, we start our afternoon wine tasting tour with our local wine instructor. Tonight, dinner is at leisure with our recommendations.

Day 3: Taupo and Rotorua

This morning, we depart for the lake Taupo area with a stop in Rotorua, home to the Maori culture and incredible scenery. To that effect, and for an incredible experience, we take you up above for a 30-minute scenic flight (weather permitting). The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewareewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake. Later this afternoon, we reach our home for the next 2 nights, where a traditional Maori dinner, dances and wine await (included).

Day 4: Lake Taupo

Today, we explore more of Taupo with a morning boat tour of the Maori carved rocks. It is followed by a 3-course lunch at the extraordinary Huka Lodge, overlooking the Waikato river, upstream from the Huka Falls. This afternoon, for the most daring of our guests, take on white water rafting on this world-renowned river. Others may dabble at fly fishing with a local expert (activities are on own account). Tonight, dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations. 

Day 5: Tongariro and Wellington

This morning, we depart for Wellington. On our way, we stop by Tongariro and its world renowned volcano for a short hike before lunch. We arrive in Wellington early evening, which is at leisure.

Day 6: South island: Marlborough

This morning, we cross over to the South Island on a 3 hour journey, famous for being one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. We arrive in Picton early afternoon where we make our way towards the wine region of the South Island, the Marlborough/Blenheim area, on time for an afternoon at leisure.  Tonight, enjoy fresh local sea-food on our dinner cruise.

Day 7: South Island vineyards

After a much deserved morning at leisure, we depart for an afternoon wine & beer tasting of the Marlborough region. It is the home of the Marlborough Sounds, the Queen Charlotte Track and 40 winery cellar doors. From the vineyards of Blenheim to Picton, the gateway of the Marlborough Sounds, this region has one of the sunniest and warmest climates in New Zealand – ideal for the stunning vineyards that produce 70% of New Zealand’s wine and is home of the world renown Sauvignon Blanc. Tonight is at leisure, with our recommendations.

Day 8: Hotikita Gorges & Franz Josef Glacier

Today will be the longest drive of this journey, taking us into Franz Josef Glacier. On the way, we will cross several passes and forests, and will stop at the Hotikita gorges for a scenic picnic. Our arrival at the Glacier is expected mid-afternoon, providing our guests plenty of time to enjoy the hot springs and the scenery. Dinner is at leisure.

Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier & Queenstown

This morning, board a helicopter for a short ride onto the glacier followed by an easy morning hike with a professional guide (weather permitting). After lunch at the glacier, we depart for Queenstown. Tonight is at leisure, with our recommendations.

Day 10: Milford Sound

This morning, we depart for Milford sound by road. After a 3 hour journey, we embark for an overnight cruise of the Milford Sound through the heart of Fiordland. It boasts astonishing views and the ultimate experience, cruising accompanied by our specialist nature guides. They’ll explain the history and geology of the area and be on hand to answer your questions. This cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the Fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. You are bound to encounter seals as well as dolphins and penguins.  The ship then anchors in a sheltered cove. From there you can join the guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) or kayaks. If you prefer, you can simply relax on deck and soak in the beauty of this amazing place. If you’re feeling brave there’s always the option of refreshing swim too. As evening falls, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner aboard before ending the evening in the company of your fellow traveler, indulging in some star-gazing and story-sharing.

Day 11: Milford Sound & Queenstown

After a morning on the ship, be whisked away back to Queenstown on a small plane (weather permitting), taking in more incredible views and scenery from above. The of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we hold our farewell dinner in a very unique location, celebrating food, wine, local culture and new friendships made in New Zealand.

Day 12: Why not extend your stay?

This morning, a private driver takes you to the airport where you catch a flight home. Interested in extending beyond New Zealand? Ask one of our experts for a customized journey.

OUR HOME BASES

Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown

Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown and with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to the remarkable mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Blending understated luxury with warmth, and genuine hospitality, Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of rooms and suites, each handsomely appointed to cleverly blend timeless classics with modern essentials. Hotel St Moritz features Lombardi Restaurant, Bar and Library, a gymnasium, and hot tub garden.

Offering unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain ranges, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown is perfectly positioned for sightseeing and adventure. Take a stroll down the Esplanade for spectacular waterfront views, and into the town center for wine, dining and a spot of shopping. You’ll be just a short drive to all four of Queenstown’s ski fields and popular attractions including the shotover Jet.

Recently refreshed (including new bathrooms), you’ll find the décor unmistakably alpine, relaxingly residential & oh so cocooning. All exquisitely stylish rooms feature the iconic Sofitel MyBed, aromatic Molton Brown toilettries & the latest Smart TV’s.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ well-being. With a natural, earthy ambiance and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

Every aspect of the 5 star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat has been crafted to an impeccable standard. From deluxe soundproofing technology between rooms to the five-course tasting menu featuring local cuisine, every detail you can imagine has been thought out and developed.

Guest rooms at the 5 star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat have been designed with both comfort and environmental preservation top of mind. Double glazing and best practice insulation vastly improve the energy efficiency of each room, as well as helping to create a quiet, warm cozy feel. Located at the tranquil setting of Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Amaia Luxury Spa offers clients a relaxing environment.

 

Sofitel Wellington

Centrally located in Wellington’s downtown district, Sofitel Wellington offers stylish accommodation with picturesque views of the hillsides and Botanic Gardens. Guests can visit a variety of local restaurants and cafes, within 15 minutes’ walk.

Delight in the sheer exuberance of their guest rooms & suites, featuring vintage gold and bronze tones complemented by a myriad of luxurious textures. Beautifully appointed for your ultimate comfort, each room presents as a private enclave in which to unwind.

Te Whau Lodge

Forget the world and get lost in the endless views and divine luxury of this Waiheke Island lodge. Imagine waking in a place where the only sound you hear is the song of native birds, where you can wile away a lazy morning with a freshly brewed coffee, taking in spectacular views that seem to have been laid out exclusively for you.

And where, as day quietly eases into evening you can enjoy a glass of world-class wine on the private deck and savor the serenity. There are only four boutique guest suites at the Lodge to maintain a feeling of privacy and exclusivity.

In the early evening you’re invited to join us on the balcony or in the lounge room for fresh canapes and a selection of wine from local vintners. And in the morning, greet the day with a sumptuous breakfast to enjoy at your leisure. A spacious guest lounge, shady decks and central courtyard provide tranquil settings to chat with other guests or simply chill out on your own. A short stroll takes you to a private, bush-lined beach at Okoka Bay where you can soak up the sun and swim in the clear waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

Lake Taupo Lodge

Relax, unwind and soak up the atmosphere in this lakeside retreat in the volcanic and fly fishing heartland of New Zealand.

This award winning, luxury bed & breakfast lodge is a designer’s delight.  Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is set within magnificent landscaped gardens overlooking beautiful Lake Taupo and the mountains. The creation of Lake Taupo Lodge began 30 years ago when Gary and Shirley, its owners, purchased 10 acres of wild bush in Acacia Bay overlooking Lake Taupo. Both are keen gardeners and Gary has a particular love of wildlife so the native bush formed the perfect haven for his love of birds.

The ensuite bathrooms have under floor heating and many of the executive suites have large baths as well as walk in showers. You will find fresh flowers, seasonal fruit, milk and homemade cookies are in your room each day along with a selection of teas and coffee.

Fiordland Jewel

The Fiordland Jewel is a 24m, three-deck catamaran with a high quality 5-star marine fit-out.  It can accommodate 20 passengers a night in nine climate-controlled cabins, each with their own ensuite bathroom. It was designed and built by Fiordland Discovery owner and skipper Rob Swale.

Guests can enjoy kayaking or taking a trip on the Jewel’s Zodiac tender boat. The ship includes a top-deck hot tub, onboard chef preparing top quality cuisine daily and is home to the first and only remote-operated vehicle, which provides high resolution live underwater footage.

THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES

11 Nights

2 nights on Waiheke Island 2 nights at Lake Taupo 1 night in Wellington 2 nights in Marlborough/Blenheim 1 night in Franz Josef 2 nights (1+1) in Queenstowwn 1 night on board the Fiordland Jewel

18 Meals

10 breakfasts 3 lunches (including one picnic) 5 dinners (including on the cruise) - with wine

9 +Activities

Cultural Maori tours Wine Tastings (4 to 5) Scenic flight over Rotorua volcanic scenery Carved Rocks boat tour Volcano hike (easy path) Glacier Heli hiking Cruising with opportunity to kayak in the Sounds/Fjords Wildlife and Nature sightseeing in the Sounds/Fjords Horseback riding, biking, parasailing, white water rafting, fly fishing and bunjee jumping available for a small supplement

As well as...

Private airport transfers Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles Return scenic flight (from the cruise), weather permitting Services of two wonderful journey directors throughout The legendary Art In Voyage service and friendship throughout

GOOD TO KNOW

No visa required for citizens of over 50 countries that are part of the visa-waiver program While Auckland is not included on our itinerary, we strongly recommend arriving a day or two earlier to experience what that city has to offer. This is a fast pace itinerary, with daily drives of up to 3 hours. It is also an itinerary that includes some outdoor activities. Although rare, our itinerary may be subject to slight modification based on weather events or unexpected logistical challenges. Gratuity is always appreciated and not included.

HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?

With Australia less than a 2-hour flight away, why not visit Melbourne, Sydney or even the outback. Take advantage of being in that part of the world to extend to Australia, Indonesia, Singapore or make a stop in French Polynesia on the way home (ask us about it).

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

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FINEPRINT

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit* of $2500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 120 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $2999.

Your final balance is due 120 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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