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.
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 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.
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.
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 we are served a lovely dinner with wine pairing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, a coastal drive awaits, filled with lovely stop and photo opportunities. Along the way, we stop in Kaikoura, known for its incredible coastline and wildlife. To that effect, 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. We grab lunch along the coast before reaching Christchurch by the end of the afternoon. Evening and dinner at leisure.
This morning, we catch an early flight to Queenstown. On arrival, we are transferred to our property and have lunch in the beautiful heart of this Alpine town. Later this afternoon, you depart on a 1 hour helicopter glacier tour. Fly past spectacular New Zealand mountains and ice falls before experiencing an exhilarating landing on a glacier in the Forbes Mountains Rest of the afternoon/evening and dinner are at leisure, with our recommendations.
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.
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 rest 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.
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.
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A refundable deposit of $2500 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 $2999.
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.