Handcrafted with the island’s most romantic activities and five-star lodges, this exciting 9-day adventure is the perfect celebration for two. Romance echoes across New Zealand’s South Island landscapes. Hot air balloon over Canterbury, indulge in wine tasting in Marlborough, bask in a spa in the wilderness, and partake in a scenic flight above the fjords. Private tours and exclusive excursions place the two of you amid the forefront of breathtaking landscapes and amorous surprises.
Christchurch – Fine Dining with a Twist
To begin your adventure, you will land in Christchurch and may need something to do after your flight and private transfer. The Antarctic Interpretation Centre can provide this and more as it effortlessly transports you into a realm of penguins and expeditions. It is a virtual world, so you will not actually get cold, but it will be an interesting introduction to the unusual activities the island offers. Later today, your guide will transfer you to a charming restaurant hidden in a part of Christchurch that was decimated by an earthquake in 2011. Gourmet fine dining will be coupled with an artistic twist.
Kaikoura – Hot Air Balloon Ride
Kaikoura – Stunning Whale Encounters
Marlborough Sounds – Wine Tasting Tour
Marlborough Sounds – Adventures on the Sounds
Queenstown – Private Spa in the Wilderness
Queenstown – Scenic Flight and Private Picnic
Queenstown – Exclusive Wine Tastings
Queenstown – Departure
- Explore Fiordland on a private helicopter flight before touching down in the wilderness to a gourmet picnic hidden from the world
- Celebrate in style with a stunning wilderness spa outside Queenstown, where you can completely lose yourself in bubbles and the outdoors
- Venture up-close with whales on a whale-watching cruise in Kaikoura, where three different species can be spotted close to shore
- Indulge in the very best of New Zealand’s wine with a day of intimate private tastings in Marlborough
- Soar above the Canterbury Plains and Aoraki Mt. Cook during a wondrous scenic hot air balloon flight
- Dine on New Zealand’s finest gastronomy, from a hidden Christchurch restaurant to oysters delivered to your suite
- Discover the breathtaking serenity and peaceful romance of Central Otago, which is the world’s southernmost wine region
- Board a private cruise on Marlborough Sounds for personal dolphin encounters and places that will hide you from everyone else
- Settle into the beauty of New Zealand’s most romantic lodges and hotels, which are small properties that place a premium on privacy and solitude
New Zealand’s South Island can be utterly romantic. Amorous tones float across mountains and fjords, vineyards and spas boast tranquility and luxury, and the wilderness cultivates incredible days of solitude and exploration. Just to feel the landscapes and experience such natural splendor can be very romantic. With the exclusive and amorous extras of South Island, you can indulge in the ultimate couple’s getaway. Handcrafted with private experiences and exclusive activities, this is the most romantic nine days you can have on the South Island. From vineyards and whales to fjords and picnics, you will come to discover each other, along with an island like no other.
After flying to Christchurch, you can jump around the snow of the Antarctic Interpretation Center before a fine dining restaurant introduces the exclusivity and subtlety of your itinerary. On day two, you will soar over the Canterbury Plains in a hot air balloon before spending two nights in a luxurious Kaikoura lodge. Whale encounters will accompany the cuisine, and you will be immersed in Marlborough, where the fabulous sounds provide waterside bliss. Here, you can go tasting at iconic New Zealand vineyards. These first five days will all take place around the east and northeast areas of the South Island, which are areas that typically feature sunny days and bucolic landscapes.
You will conclude your romantic vacation with three nights in Queenstown, which is a southern town enveloped by wilderness and fjords. Here, it is cooler and crisper, so you can jump into a wilderness spa and spend all of day six in each other’s company. Flying over Fiordland is a magical experience for day seven, and you will be landing on a glacier, indulging in a picnic on a pasture hidden from the world, and basking in the absolute exclusivity of this wilderness experience. Finally, you will have a day of laid-back food and wine in the world’s southernmost wine region, which will be followed by an evening in one of the country’s ultimate lodges.
Throughout your adventurous getaway, you will have all your transportation needs taken care of, meaning that you will have private transfers to and from each destination and activity. This itinerary is also customizable, so you can adjust nearly anything and everything to better suit your moods and interests once you are in New Zealand.
$2,920 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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