Lake Watatipu in New Zealand.

Two Week Private Outdoor New Zealand Excursion Tour

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Glenorchy, Fjordland, Abel Tasman, Taupo...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

In New Zealand, you can have outdoor adventures that are simply not possible anywhere else in the world. During these two weeks, you will helicopter through fjords, climb in sacred Maori places, go canyoning and jet boating in private wilderness areas, and spend three days cruising through tropical Pacific waters. Handcrafted to offer exclusive outdoor experiences, this will be a luxurious vacation with private helicopter transfers, remote picnic spots, and the exquisite stuff that others do not...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover Fiordland’s isolated and unknown highlights during a full day’s helicopter tour
  • Indulge in a two-day cruise through the Hauraki Gulf on a private yacht charter with great opportunities for spearfishing and snorkeling
  • Immerse yourself with Maori landowners, who will welcome you before a day of private rock climbing
  • Try canyoning and white-water rafting in an ancient rainforest in Taupo
  • Excite your senses with the choice to go on a Heli-Hike or go heli-skiing in New Zealand’s remote southwest
  • Ease into the outdoors with a jet boat wilderness picnic
  • Transfer with ease between destinations on scenic helicopter flights, which will bring stunning views over the country’s spectacular mountains and volcanoes
  • Delight in a picnic in the remote Kahurangi Ranges, relax around the country’s lakes, and stay on some of the country’s finest properties

Detailed Description

In a country of wilderness, there is always somewhere new to explore. That will be your mantra for these two weeks in New Zealand. You will go rock climbing on sacred Maori land after the landowners have provided you with an official welcome. There will be a jet boat ride to a wilderness picnic on private land, a helicopter tour through remote Fiordland, hiking, rafting, cruising, canyoning, and adventures in the water. Led by some of the country’s best outdoor guides, this is an exclusive tour that focuses on handcrafted activities that simply are not possible anywhere else. It is not about the things that you can do, but the feeling of adventure in places that other people do not have the luxury of seeing.

Much of the tour involves helicopters. There are no roads to the places that you will be going, nor do you have time to visit them on foot. Every flight is a scenic one, offering stunning views into volcanoes, across fjords, over mountain chains, and along the coast. Jet boats are another means of travel and will lead you down rivers to private tracts of forests and valleys. Then, for your final three days, you will be cruising in a chartered yacht, which is the finest way to explore the tropical waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Helicopter transfers allow you to easily combine the four main destinations, which are Glenorchy and Abel Tasman on the South Island and Taupo and the Hauraki Gulf in the North.

After flying to Queenstown, you will spend your first four nights in Glenorchy, which is on the quieter side of Lake Wakatipu. You will ease into the outdoors with a jet boat picnic on day two before exploring remote Fiordland on day three with a helicopter tour. Focusing on the wild and inaccessible landscapes that are north of Milford Sound, your tour can include lakes, rainforest, glaciers, beaches, high-country wilderness and an exceptional seafood barbecue. On day four, you will have the choice of taking a Heli-Hike or going heli-skiing before flying into Abel Tasman on day five. Here, you can explore the coast on a private charter, go canyoning in an ancient rainforest, and fly to a remote experience in the Kahurangi Ranges.

Flying into Taupo will be a real highlight. The helicopter will soar above active volcanoes before touching down at your lakeside retreat. Here, there is wilderness, white-water rafting, and a day of rock climbing in private Maori land. As with many of the other days, it is only through connected local guides that you are afforded access to some of these places. This is not just New Zealand untouched; it is the chance to see parts of the country that although explored by some, have not been documented. You will culminate these two weeks with three days on a private yacht, where you can plot a route that is based on your interests and mood. There can be spearfishing, uninhabited beaches, snorkeling, diving, and a helicopter ride to Cape Reinga and the country’s northernmost point.

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Starting Price

$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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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