Find your own slice of paradise on a New Zealand adventure that has been handcrafted just for two. With dazzling landscapes that provide the backdrop, this two-week tour is all about the private moments. You will float above Middle Earth, jet boat to an exclusive spa, explore island vineyards, and helicopter to a secluded picnic spot. These experiences are tailored specifically for starters as you discover the best of the north and south islands from Waiheke Island all the way to Queenstown.
Auckland – Skywalk, Lunch and Relaxing on the Waterfront
Auckland will quickly impress you with New Zealand’s laid-back atmosphere. A third of the country’s population lives here, yet the city will seem so quiet, especially after you land and check into your hotel on the waterfront. Most international flights to New Zealand land in the morning, and this will give you a day to relax and overcome some of your jet lag. A local guide will transfer you from the airport to your hotel and then take you to the Skywalk for impressive views from near the top of the country’s tallest building. You will culminate your first New Zealand impressions with a three-course lunch at Peter Gordon’s celebrated Auckland restaurant where you will toast to romance with a glass of the country’s famed sparkling wine.
Waiheke Island – Vineyards and Treats on a Tropical Island
Waiheke Island – Romance With a Seaplane and Sea Kayaks
Hobbiton to Rotorua – Through Middle Earth to Hot Springs
Rotorua – Zip Lining, Bubbling Mud Pools, and Maori Culture
Rotorua – Jet Boat to a Hot Spring Spa
Abel Tasman National Park – Lounging Around the Beach
Abel Tasman National Park – Wildlife and Wonder During a Private Boat Tour
Marlborough – Cruising Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough – New Zealand’s Exquisite Sauvignon Blanc
Nelson to Queenstown – Indulgence on Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown – Helicopter Picnic in Remote Paradise
Queenstown – Hot Air Balloon Ride Above Middle Earth and Onsen Hot Pools
Queenstown – Departure
- Escape to a tropical paradise with two days on Waiheke Island where vineyards and turquoise waters will keep you company
- Soar by helicopter to a secluded and private picnic spot that is high in the mountains above Queenstown
- Venture by jet boat to a natural hot spring and spa, which is another private experience in remote New Zealand
- Indulge in private boat tours through Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park
- Luxuriate in a private seaplane flight above the Hauraki Gulf before you paddle to remote beaches in sea kayaks
- Connect with Maori Culture, especially during the three days you will have in Rotorua
- Experience New Zealand’s vineyards with a day of tasting reds on Waiheke and another day exploring Sauvignon blanc in Marlborough
- Fly in a hot air balloon above Middle Earth and many Lords of the Rings filming locations
- Wander hand in hand through Hobbiton, seek out dolphins and fur seals, and dine in exquisite surroundings
New Zealand’s landscapes always create a romantic backdrop. This two-week itinerary ensures privacy and indulgence for you two. All that is needed is you and your partner. Handcrafted to include New Zealand’s most special and secluded places, this tour will take you from tropical Waiheke Island all the way to Queenstown in the far south. On each day, there is a sense of adventure from a seaplane ride above the Hauraki Gulf to riding a jet boat to a private spa. Most of all, these two weeks provide an opportunity for you to relax in peace. You will feel the solitude, embrace the tranquility, and discover a country that is far more beautiful than the photos suggest.
Six nights on the North Island are complemented by seven on the South Island. You will fly to Auckland, which is where the waterfront is an excellent place to relax after an indulgent and welcoming lunch. You will spend the following two days on Waiheke Island where you can experience a tropical atmosphere and plenty of vineyards. Included on Waiheke is a private seaplane tour and a couple’s sea kayak trip to a private beach. Days four to six will be spent in Rotorua, which is where hot springs and Maori culture are omnipresent. You will make a visit to Hobbiton, zipline in a virgin forest, and travel by jet boat to a remote spa experience.
After flying to Nelson, you will spend days seven and eight at Abel Tasman National Park. Here, you will explore this coastal park in sea kayaks and on a private boat trip with plenty of time devoted to deserted beaches that are far from any roads. Cruising Marlborough Sounds will be a major vacation highlight, and it comes with penguins and fur seals on day nine. Marlborough’s world-famous Sauvignon blanc vineyards will create personal moments on day ten before you fly to Queenstown for more exclusive experiences. During your final three days, you will travel by helicopter to a private picnic spot, cruise above Middle Earth in a hot air balloon, and indulge in the Onsen hot pools above the Shotover River. Read more here about the other exceptional experiences our travelers have appreciated in their travel reviews of New Zealand.
$3,495 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.
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