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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
Today, you are picked up in Auckland and whisked away to Waiheke Island, right across the bay. There, we kick off our journey with a wine tasting and tapas-style lunch. After lunch, we will introduce you to your villa, where you can unwind before a delightful in-room massage followed by an intimate, early welcome dinner at the villa so you can rest before we move full speed ahead exploring for the remainder of the journey.
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 of the island with stops at several of the best wineries on the island. Tonight, dinner is hosted at one of our favorite eatery tucked away in the mountainous back roads.
This morning, we depart for Lake Taupo area for the Rotorua area. There you will embark on beautiful stroll through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. There you'll see gorgeous hot pools, craters and lakes. After, we make our way to the villa, for a peaceful evening and diving dinner on site by our in-house Chef, Prue.
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 recommendation being Prue's own restaurant, for a memorable tasting dinner.
This morning, we depart for Wellington. On our way, we stop by Tongariro and its world renowned volcano for a short hike before lunch. The picnic today has been carefully prepared by Chef Prue and will be arranged in the national park.
We arrive in Wellington early evening, which is at leisure.
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 sea enjoying local sea-food on our lunch cruise. We then make our way to what will be our home for the next two nights: Kaikoura. A tasting dinner has been arranged tonight, at our luxury property.
After a morning at leisure and some time to enjoy the properties' amenities or activities offered, we take you up and above the action for a better view, with a 30 minute fixed wing flight. Look for the giant sperm whales before flying further afield on a scenic tour of the spectacular mountains and sea around Kaikoura. Dinner is at leisure.
Today we become road warriors making our way to our villa in the Queenstown area. Along the way we will stop many times to stretch our legs, snap pictures of the breathtaking scenery and explore local gems such as Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. A picnic will be arranged along the way. After sightseeing today, we arrive at our gorgeous villa where we will call home for the remainder of our journey. A dinner at the villa, with spectacular views, will be arranged.
We have the morning at leisure to enjoy breakfast, before making our way to Wanaka for a scenic flight of the Milford Sound and Mount Cook region. We will head into Queenstown after, for an evening at leisure. There are countless restaurants ranging from casual chic to Michelin star. Something for everyone with glorious views.
Today we will make our way into Queenstown for leisure time. We can make arrangements for you at any of the city's offerings, take a day trip to Glenorchy or explore the waterfront at your own pace. Tonight, we enjoy a fine dining Farewell dinner.
This morning your Host will take you to the airport where you catch a flight home. Interested in extending your stay in Queenstown? Subject to weather, an overnight cruise of the Milford Sound is a great way to end your stay. You may also make your way back to the US through French Polynesia and extend your stay in Bora Bora or Moorea, relaxing in an overwater bungalow. Whatever tickles your fancy, let us know and one of our travel experts will make it happen.
Tucked away in the Waiheke mountains, lies a quiet retreat that only appears at the last bit of road. A sparkling mineral pool and unassuming Kiwi-style cluster of villas lay nestled on the mountainside. Upon entering your villa, you'll be exposed to a breathtaking view and flooded with sunlight from your countless windows. Sleek, clean, natural. This is Villas Waiheke.
In close proximity to the Lake Taupo Maori carving and tucked away in the gated hills, lies your villa in Lake Taupo. Mineral pools, hot tubs, sweeping views and deluxe en suite bedrooms are just a few indulgences at The Point.
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.
Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm in the South Island of New Zealand, 12 kilometres North of the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura. It sits snugly at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range, with the Kaikoura coast and famed Mangamaunu Bay only a kilometre to the east.
The Lodge provides luxurious accommodation on Kaikoura’s rugged coastline, a place for guests to relax in its intimate indoor/outdoor setting and a place from which they can explore the larger maritime landscape of Kaikoura.
One of Queenstown's prime luxury residences, Villa Queenstown sits high on Queenstown Hill and is positioned perfectly to take in the breath taking views of Lake Wakatipu, the surrounding mountains and the lights of downtown below.
The property is designed with space and luxurious comfort in mind. It is the perfect home for friends to gather together and relax whilst enjoying the spectacular views on offer.
Luxuriously appointed it consists of 5 master bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms and sweeping vistas of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. On level one the residence features a large entertaining kitchen, living and dining area. On the lower ground floor guests can also enjoy a second lounge living area and bar. The outdoor BBQ area has stunning views and a sheltered area to entertain through all seasons.
Rates displayed are per person, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $3999 per single traveler.
“Wow” is the single best word to describe our New Zealand trip. Everything was absolute perfection thanks to the knowledge, resourcefulness and attentiveness of Agrippina and Eric and the advance planning and thoughtfulness of Art in Voyage. Not only did Agrippina and Eric have fantastic recommendations for 5 star plus dining experiences, they were also adept at personalizing the trip for us. For example, while it wasn’t on the original itinerary, once they heard we enjoy hiking, they recommended a 12 mile hike known as one of the best one day hikes in the world—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It was the highlight of our trip. While the entire trip could be described as a “highlight”, there were several notable experiences in addition to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Hans Herzog winery/restaurant in Marlborough is not to be missed; the food, wine and service were top notch. The Picton seafood cruise was wonderful—not just for the scenery and dolphins—but the green lip mussels and clams (each of which were no less than triple the size of their American cousins) and the fresh salmon cooked on the grill by the captain were without rival. The Kaikoura whale watching flight was also a huge success, as we were fortunate enough to see a sperm whale, two humpback whales and literally hundreds of dolphins. <br>An unexpected pleasure was meeting Prue, the chef for our two night stay at Lake Taupo—although she was much more than just a chef. Not only did Prue prepare the best lamb we ate in New Zealand (and we ate quite a bit), she also owned one of the best restaurants we experienced in New Zealand (The Brantley), and she added helpful hints, as well as prepared a phenomenal hamper of food, for our Tongariro hike. To sum up our experience, New Zealand is perhaps the most beautiful, enchanted place we have visited anywhere in the world. The trip was a fantastic introduction to the country, its natural beauty, culture, wines and cuisine, and we were particularly impressed by the friendliness of all the New Zealanders we encountered and the stunning, natural and sometimes rugged beauty of the entire country. <br>Art in Voyage made our trip especially memorable—so much so that we definitely plan to return one day. No detail was too small for Art in Voyage, and Agrippina and Eric exceeded our expectations in all respects. New Zealand was our second Art in Voyage experience (the first was Tuscany), and we look forward to many, many more in the future–including Portugal next summer! Kudos to Mikael, Agrippina, Eric and the entire Art in Voyage family, and thank you again for a wonderful introduction to New Zealand and another fabulous Art in Voyage experience! Your attention to detail is without compare
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 $1500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 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 $3999.
Your final balance is due 90 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.