13-day itinerary (10 days in New Zealand), depart Los Angeles or San Francisco on Air New Zealand non-stop. Designed for those who want to experience exclusive off the beaten track activities in scenic beauty with a private local guide.
A beautiful coastal city famous for its sunny weather and relaxed pace of life.
While you are in Nelson you could:
The following information is a highlights view of what is possible.
We are able to customise the program to make it the perfect vacation for you.
Watch the of sunset over the thundering Tasman Sea and wind-weathered Punakaiki Rocks.
Be sure to take the 30 minute Pancake Rocks walk to see the blow holes and rugged rock formations. Walk on the beach and take the short Truman Track through rainforest to the beach. The blowholes are active at high tide – check in at the Department of Conservation Visitors Centre for times. When a heavy sea swell is running, saltwater is pushed at great force through holes in the limestone rock, exiting as a fine spray mist many meters above sea level. The blowholes at full blast are an amazing sight.
A five minute walk north from the Pancake Rocks walkway is the Punakaiki Cavern, hidden away on the eastern side of the main road. Car parking is available on the sea-side of the road, slightly north of the cavern
In the evening have a drink at the local pub and say hi to Pete the bartender.
Drive on what is the most scenic drive in New Zealand—along the West Coast with it’s rugged beaches; rain forests; 18 peaks over 12,000 feet; and glaciers coming down to sea level. Note: Travel book Lonely Planet has recently rated this South Island Highway as one of the world’s greatest road trips.
Stop in Greymouth which offers good shopping for West Coast crafts. (visit the Jade Boulder Gallery!)
Drive over exhilarating Arthur’s Pass through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch
Known as the ‘Garden City’, enjoy its huge central city park, English architecture and nearby Banks Peninsula.
New Zealand’s ‘Scottish’ city, named after the ancient name for Edinburgh and sharing street names and general layout with the Scottish capital, Dunedin has a unique atmosphere with the University contributing to a quarter of the city’s population.</>
Take a trip out to the Otago Peninsula so see New Zealand Fur Seals, yellow penguins, Hooker Sea Lions and the world famous Royal Albatross colony. Stop for high tea at Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, on the way back to Dunedin
The township sits on the edge of Lake Te Anau, lying on the border of Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. The famously scenic Milford Road begins in the centre of Te Anau. Guided tours to Milford Sound depart or stop at Te Anau
Visitors to Te Anau have a great choice of things to do including scenic boat cruises, scenic flights, kayaking, diving, fishing, coach tours, golf, four wheel driving and hunting.
Take a cruise in Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages and is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 3000 feet. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
One of New Zealand’s most picturesque towns. The peaks of The Remarkables soar up to over 7,500 feet above Lake Wakatipu.
On the drive into Queenstown you might stop and visit one of the award winning wineries along the route. Maybe cruise across lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a BBQ dinner.
Bronte Lodge is unique, it borders an estuary paradise on the historic Bronte Peninsula, an area of stunning beauty in Nelson’s Tasman Bay.
A private self catering, luxury two bedroom three bathroom cottage on a large private beach front site. The retreat was built with every room capturing the spectacular views of the garden, the cliffs and the beach. Both bedrooms have French Doors with panoramic views directly to the sea. Each bedroom has an ensuite. The cottage is equipped with a fireplace, flat screen television with Sky TV, CD player, telephone, desktop computer, wireless & broadband cable for laptop computers, full laundry with washing machine, drier and iron, and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, thermal oven, microwave and fridge-freezer. The cottage has three spacious outdoor decks, a large covered verandah, outdoor furniture, gas barbecue, a delightful garden, and an unbelievable view of sunset over the thundering Tasman Sea and wind-weathered Punakaiki Rocks.
This beautifully preserved heritage house is furnished in classic Victorian style, complete with a superb collection of fine art and antiques, but at the same time offers guests every modern convenience, including complimentary in-room wireless and broadband internet.
Mandeno House is a luxury premier address strategically located on main street, Dunedin
New Zealand, amongst the sophisticated shopping, business and vibrant cafes and dining. From its front door to the University, Hospital, Central Business District, Museum and Botanical Gardens in four minutes flat walking.
Newly opened in December 2006 Dock Bay Lodge is Te Anau’s newest Luxury Lodge – built for the discerning traveller. There are five suites, three suites have super king beds and two suites have king beds plus a separate lounge and all have private balconies with unobstructed views over the golf course, Lake Te Anau and the National Park Mountains towards Milford Sound.