New Zealand and Bora Bora are both dramatic volcanic islands cast adrift in the South Pacific and home to nature’s extravagance and enchantment. Both invite adventure from helicoptering to glacier exploration, sleeping amongst fjords and opening hobbit holes. Both regions also deliver with charm and long white beaches perfect for languid days of doing absolutely nothing. Five days in Tahiti and Bora Bora follow over a week spent in New Zealand on this handcrafted luxury tour for an immersion...
Queenstown – Enveloped by the Mountains of New Zealand’s South Island
Queenstown’s setting will captivate you as the whitened peaks of the Remarkables mountain range provide a backdrop and reflect softly in the serene water of Lake Wakatipu. Rugged hills stretch out into the distance, winding and rolling and swerving. Behind the small town is Ben Lomond, a cable car ascending to its summit and the complete Queenstown panorama. You will be greeted at the airport, and it is only a 15-minute transfer to your five-star hotel in the town and within easy walking distance of the lake and the cable car station. The day is at your leisure as you settle in, and the natural setting provides a relaxing introduction to New Zealand.
Queenstown – Lord of the Rings Movie Locations and Jet Boating Through a Canyon
Milford Sound – Overnight Amongst the Mystique of the Fjords and Sounds
Milford Sound to Queenstown – Helicopter Flight Over the Glaciers and Wines of Central Otago
Queenstown to Rotorua – Bubbling Hot Pools and Immersion in Maori Culture
Rotorua – Outdoor Adventures on New Zealand’s North Island
Hobbiton to Auckland to Waiheke – Hobbit Holes and Rolling Hills
Day 8 - 9
Waiheke – Art, Food, Wine and the Beaches of Tropical Waiheke Island
Auckland to Tahiti – Touching Down in French Polynesia
Bora Bora – First Impressions of a White Sand Paradise
Bora Bora – Lounging on the Sand and Drifting Off by Kayak or Sailboat
Bora Bora – Jeep Tour to Mount Otemanu and Traditional Culture in Vaitape
Bora Bora – Indulgence and Pleasures, Above and Below the Water
Bora Bora – Departure
- Ascend by jeep to the dramatic pinnacle of Mount Otemanu, the volcanic outcrop that dominates the landscape on Bora Bora
- Find indulgence and pleasure above and below the water in the South Pacific with kayaking and sailing trips with snorkeling in tropical lagoons
- Sleep on a luxury boat in Milford Sound in the heart of New Zealand’s mystical Fjordland National Park
- Embrace the adventure of New Zealand’s South Island, from a jet boat ride to touching down on a glacier by helicopter
- Explore local culture with a visit to a traditional Bora Bora village on Vaitape and an immersion with the Maori in Rotorua
- Uncover the landscapes from the big screen by visiting Hobbiton and a variety of locations used by Peter Jackson in Lord of the Rings
- Lounge on the lush island of Waiheke as incredible art and cuisine complement the quiet beaches
- Open your senses to New Zealand’s wine with an afternoon of tasting the Pinot Noir of Central Otago and a day spent walking around the vineyards of Waiheke
- Complete your vacation with several days lounging on the white sand of Bora Bora, a pristine volcanic island isolated in the South Pacific
New Zealand and Bora Bora have the same origins and rise out of the South Pacific like the fingers of an unruly giant. Sculpted from volcanoes, these islands are home to some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes with glaciers only accessible by helicopter, mountain pinnacles enveloped by jungle, bubbling hot pools of metallic colors, and endless swathes of white sand. Nature is quick to humble on these islands, their beauty only matched by their scale and this luxury adventure combines the best of this natural wonder in the South Pacific as you explore New Zealand’s North and South islands before days filled with white sandy beaches on Tahiti and Bora Bora. Over these two weeks, you will be immersed in nature’s most sublime landscapes, stretching from snow-capped peaks to the lush colors of the tropics.
Start on the South Island, home to so many recognizable landscapes from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. You will spend a day finding some of these locations before jet boating across the alpine melt of the mountains. Milford Sound is New Zealand’s most iconic natural attraction, and you will spend the night on a luxury boat and watch the mist flutter around, through the evening and into the morning. Completing the South Island experience is a helicopter flight that touches down on a glacier, plus some tasting of Pinot Noir wines in Central Otago.
Fly next to Rotorua on the North Island and therapeutic hot pools and streams swirling with strange colors await. Be welcomed by a Maori haka, war dance, and taste a traditional hangi meal cooked on hot stones beneath the ground and then spend a day exploring the forests and the lakes. Next, make a stop at Hobbiton on route to Waiheke, a lush island of vineyards, art galleries, and a very decadent atmosphere. It will be an island very different in atmosphere from your next stop, Tahiti, which will be reached via a direct flight from Auckland.
Like New Zealand, the island of Bora Bora is framed by the drama of nature. Carpeted by forest and moss, the massif of Mount Otemanu creates the thrilling centerpiece. Your private villa stands over the water, gazing across a turquoise lagoon to this volcanic landscape. For these days spent on Bora Bora, the experience will center around lying back and indulging as the white sand, and exotic waters can offer such relaxing pleasures. Invitations to adventure abound, and you can keep exploring, like a jeep trip to the mountain, a visit to a Tahitian village, and plenty of options on the water. Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of Bora Bora.
$10,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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