Our busy daily lives often take over our day-to-day routine, so that despite our best intentions, we don’t spend enough quality time with our loved ones. This romantic package has been designed so that you can recapture the romance in your relationship while visiting some of the most beautiful locations and lodges in New Zealand. This is a perfect trip for any couple who would like to share a special experience, “zu zweit”, and would also be a perfect honeymoon package.
Price from €3,600 per person*
Day 1 – Christchurch
Christchurch, the “Garden City”, is often referred to as the most English town outside England. At ‘Punting on the Avon’, board one of the Cambridge style pleasure punts. Sit back into the velvet cushions of your boat as the Edwardian punter propels you past the trailing willows and leafy banks of the prettiest stretch of the Avon River.
Take the opportunity to tour the inner city, and marvel at the innovative and artistic reconstruction of the city, following the 2011 earthquake. Make sure you visit the fabulous new Cathedral designed by prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (and made out of cardboard!), and stop for afternoon tea at one of the many great cafes dotting the inner city. (We love C1 Espresso.)
We would recommend accommodation at the Clearview Lodge.
Day 2 – Christchurch – Mount Cook
Driving time approximately 4.5hrs (330kms)
Depart Christchurch and travel to Mount Cook. The scenic route to Mount Cook begins at Rangiora, a rural centre north of Christchurch city. Small towns appear regularly as you travel across the Canterbury Plains through fields and farms. The settlement of Lake Tekapo is at the southern end of the lake. The Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog statue are great photo opportunities.
The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park includes the highest peak in Australasia (Mt Cook – 3755m). The region attracts mountain climbers, hikers and scenery fanatics. Heli skiing, heli hiking and aerial sightseeing provide visitors with amazing memories. A variety of walking trails begin in or near Mount Cook Village – most take only a couple of hours. In the bar of the local hotel, huge windows provide a perfect view of Mt Cook.
This afternoon on arrival join The Helicopter Line for a helicopter excursion over Mount Cook. This premier flight offers views over an amazing alpine region with vast snowfields and glaciers, and a spectacular view of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Land high above the glaciers and experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains. Traverse the Southern Alps to view the mighty Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as they journey slowly down towards the native rainforests and the Tasman Sea on the rugged West Coast.
We would recommend dinner and accommodation at the Hermitage (the Aoraki Wing).
Day 3 – Mount Cook – Wanaka
Driving time approximately 2.5 hrs (200kms)
Wake up to the picturesque view of Mt Cook from your hotel room window. Before departing Mt Cook enjoy a Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tour. “ARGOs” are 8 wheel all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) capable of conquering virtually anything in their path, including water, ice, deep snow and even steep mountain terrain in the most frigid of conditions. This makes them ideal for your exploration of the rugged and beautiful Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. On your tour you will have close-up views of the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine walls, as well as views of stunning mountain scenery. Your friendly guide is a real Mount Cook character. Learn about the area and be entertained by your guide’s wealth of knowledge and local stories. A short walk to a vantage point overlooking the Tasman Glacier and Terminal Lake provides one of the most spectacular photographic opportunities in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. During the Spring and Summer months you can see an abundance of Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daisies, Golden Spaniard Spear Grass and many delicate mountain flowers. You may even catch a glimpse of the world’s only ‘mountain parrot’ – New Zealand’s cheeky Kea.
After your Argo Tour, you will drive through the beautiful Lindis Pass and then continue on to the lakeside township of Wanaka. Wanaka faces north across Lake Wanaka, to views of the surrounding mountains, which are often reflected on the Lake’s surface on calm days. Poplars and willows grow around the Lake’s edge, affording a colourful show during Autumn. Wanaka is best known for boating, fishing and skiing at the Cardrona and Treble Cone ski-fields.
We would recommend two nights accommodation at the Wanaka Springs Lodge, a luxury bed and breakfast accommodation (in a Superior King Room)
Day 4 – Wanaka
This morning join Eco Wanaka Adventures and travel to Mou Waho Island, for a nature walk.
The Mou Waho Island Reserve lies close to the centre of Lake Wanaka. A unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is also the historic site of early shipbuilding and used to be a stopping place for the steamers and log rafts that once plied the lake. Accessible from Wanaka by a 35 minute boat cruise, the landing is on the eastern side of the island, where you can still see signs of early settlements. A well-formed track leads from the landing and climbs steadily through native bush to near the top of Tyrwhitt Peak. Just before the top you will see Arethusa Pool, a small lake on the island with small islands in it – very intriguing! From the top you will have sweeping 360-degree views of Lake Wanaka, its surrounding mountains and valleys, and Arethusa Pool lying below. The perfect spot to stop for a tea or coffee. Going back down the track gives you more time to take in your surroundings, listen to and watch the lively bird-life, and just enjoy this unique wildlife reserve. You will feel well rewarded as you re-join the boat for the cruise back to Wanaka. Total cruise time is 1.5 hours. Total walking time 1.5 hours. The trip runs subject to weather and lake conditions. Depending on the planting season, you can help The Reforestation of Mou Waho by planting a tree.
Your afternoon is free.
Day 5 – Wanaka – Queenstown
Driving time approximately 1.5 hrs (120kms)
Continue to Queenstown. Along the way stop in at the vineyards of the Gibbston Valley for lunch and tastings of their award winning wines, or alternatively make a short stop to visit historic Arrowtown, an old gold-mining village. We would also recommend taking the Skyline Gondola to the summit of Bob’s Peak, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
We would recommend the following 3 nights accommodation at the Dairy Private Luxury Hotel (Premier Room).
Day 6 – Queenstown
This morning you will make your way to Steamers Wharf, where you will board the TSS Earnslaw to cruise Lake Wakatipu. Step aboard – watch the stokers fuelling the fireboxes and hear the hiss of the steam engines working as the TSS Earnslaw takes you on a nostalgic cruise of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. You will be transported in style and comfort on one of our regular departures to Walter Peak High Country Farm, located on the western shores of the lake. As you relax on board, choose from a range of delicious café style food or a drink from the bar. Every cruise allows you plenty of time to explore the TSS Earnslaw’s decks and bridge, view the engine room and historic displays in the Fo’c’sle Gallery and join a sing-along with the ship’s pianist.
This afternoon you will be met in your hotel lobby by Appellation Central Wine tours for an afternoon Boutique Wine Tour. Get a true understanding on the regions wine industry thanks to your knowledgeable guide. Inclusions on today’s tour are:
- Tasting at 4 wineries in the Gibbston, Cromwell and Bannockburn regions
- A delightful platter style lunch at Carrick Winery restaurant
- Visit to historic Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
- A stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge whilst learning about the early pioneering history of this rugged region
- View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy jump
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, Premier Room
Day 7 – Milford Sound Excursion
Today enjoy a full days excursion to the mystical Milford Sound. Join Real Journeys and travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound. Board your Real Journeys vessel for a cruise the entire length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. There are excellent viewing opportunities of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Following the cruise you will be transferred to Milford Airport, for your flight back to Queenstown. (Weather permitting.)
This evening you may wish to end your stay in New Zealand with a memorable dinner in Queenstown.
We have two restaurant recommendations in Queenstown, Sasso and Rama:
Sasso, Italian for ‘stone’, is situated in the historic McNeill’s cottage, built in 1882 by Scottish stonemason James McNeill. McNeill was responsible for building many well-known Queenstown properties, but only a couple remain standing today. McNeill’s Cottage remained a private residence until the early 1970s when it was expanded and converted into a brewery, before new ownership in 2012 resulted in a major renovation and the opening of Sasso. At Sasso the owners believe that cooking Italian cuisine is a craft and they serve their food with passion. They insist on using the freshest local produce with a few authentic Italian specialties thrown in to create the finest flavours. Whether it’s a relaxed pizza and beer with friends or a five-course meal from our Sapore di Sasso menu matched with Italian or Central Otago wine, you’ll be sure to enjoy your dining experience in Sasso’s unique, relaxed setting.
Rata is one of those restaurants you just want to go back to again and again. It is an award winning restaurant owned and operated by Michelin starred chef Josh Emett and highly regarded local restaurateur Fleur Caulton. Rata takes inspiration from the southern landscape and everything that epitomizes New Zealand. Rata is a relaxed eating-house with a neighbourhood feel, great service and delicious food. The restaurant is located away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, tucked alongside heritage buildings. Rata is a great place to unwind, with several dining spaces including a sunny courtyard and a bar perfect for all day eating.
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, Premier Room
Day 8 – Depart Queenstown
Price from €3,600 per person*
Package includes 7 nights luxury accomodation, rental car, excursions as set out in the package above, daily breakfasts, and 1 lunch and 1 dinner.
*Flights to New Zealand are not included in the above package price. Flights from Germany to New Zealand cost from €1500 and above, depending upon how far in advance you book, the season of travel, the airline, and the route. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with booking flights to New Zealand.