The Mackenzie area of the greater Canterbury region is one of the most spectacular examples of alpine New Zealand, with its glacial surroundings, pristine blue lakes, and towering alpine peaks amid the highest and most striking of which is Mt Aoraki/Cook. A true hikers and nature lovers paradise Aoraki/Mt Cook takes pristine to a whole new level.

Top Things to do in Aoraki/Mt Cook
- Go on a cruise around Tasman Glacier’s terminal lake and get the opportunity to touch and even taste the 300-500 year old ice crystals

- See the church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Takapo

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  1. Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike 6D5N, Fully Guided

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    Departing from Christchurch, this six-day-five-night Best of Southern Alps Trek offers you off-the-beaten-track experiences of spectacular Southern Alps scenery and full of highlights including mountain peaks, valley systems, remote lakes, the magnificence of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring from high vantage points, and a spectacular heli-hike in Wanaka providing a spectacular finish to the tour.

    Kick off your trekking journey from the highland region of Lake Tekapo with the first night at a private backcountry hut with superb alpine and lakeside vistas. Then trek east along a ridgeline to around 2000m, hike in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the ridge overlooking the Hooker Glacier and directly across from the spectacular Mt Sefton with its rumbling avalanches of ice and rock. After wandering the secluded Lake Ohau, transfer to Wanaka, where you'll hike beside its picturesque lake nestled at the base of the Southern Alps. Your incredible Southern Alps trek ends in sensational style with a breathtaking helicopter flight to nearby tarns from where you hike in the region overlooking stunning Lake Wanaka and towards the Mount Aspiring range.

    Accommodation is included each night and has been carefully selected to provide comfort and value in the best locations possible. On this trip, you'll stay at an Alpine Hut, Lake Tekapo Village Motel, Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge, Lake Ohau Lodge and Ramada Resort.

    All meals are included for the duration of the walk. Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances).

    The tour starts from Christchurch and concludes in Queenstown. All transfers as well as guides are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides.

    The walk is graded moderate and fully supported. The sense of isolation and wilderness is a strong feature of this trip. On the first day of the tour you will be staying in a private mountain hut. You will need to carry an overnight pack for that day and then back to the vehicle on the second day. The rest of the walks on the tour are day walks so a small pack with personal essentials is all you will need to carry. The support vehicle will then take the rest of the equipment.

    This six-day Best of Southern Alps Trek & Heli-Hike tour is a dramatic trek, offering a grand overview of this spectacular mountain landscape.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Departing from Christchurch, this six-day-five-night Best of Southern Alps Trek offers you off-the-beaten-track experiences of spectacular Southern Alps scenery and full of highlights including ...
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  2. Luxury Queenstown & Beyond - Great Rides & Walk 7D6N, Fully Supported

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    This luxury cycling package incorporates 3 Great Rides of NZ - Queenstown Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, and Alps to Ocean Trail, and a guided Hooker Valley walk in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Explore South Island's ever-changing mountains, tunnels, river gorges, valleys, lakes, glaciers and more by bike and by foot. Stay at three 5 star luxury boutique accommodation. This is the ultimate combination of relaxation and adventure.

    Your cycling journey starts with a full day supported ride on the Queenstown Trails. The cycling route includes riding along the shore of Lake Wakatipu, in the scenic country-side, around historic Arrowtown, along the beautiful Arrow and Kawarau Rivers to the Historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge - home of the world famous Bungy Jumping, and finish with a short ride through to Gibbston Valley and enjoy a relaxing wine tasting.

    Then set off on a scenic and historic journey into the Central Otago heartland for 2 days. You'll cycle 4 to 5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Traverse ever-changing mountainous, rugged landscapes, tunnels, viaducts, spectacular river gorges, old historic gold-mining villages and more.

    After a luxury hilltop private villa retreat and take in the best vistas of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables in Queenstown, embark on a hiking adventure to Mount Cook National Park's Hooker Valley to wonder at dazzling iceberg lakes, sky-scraping peaks and spectacular glaciers.

    Continue your cycling adventure and ride on the Alps 2 Ocean (A2O) Cycle Trail and fully immerse in New Zealand's symbolic colour and beauty - the high peaks and distinctive blue lakes. Spend another two nights on the edge of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, taking in the stunning views of the turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook.

    No Mackenzie Basin visit is complete without stargazing. So your finale will be in a private cellar observatory to explore one of the darkest skies in the world with a 6" refractor telescope while you are treated with refreshments and nibbles.

    You'll be supported with a local experienced tour guide and support vehicle while you are on the trail.

    You luggage will be transferred to your next accommodation. You only need to carry a daypack.

    The trip starts and concludes in Queenstown.

    Combining the best New Zealand cycling trails with luxury boutique accommodation, fine food and wine, this is the ultimate luxury cycling adventure in Queenstown.

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    Departs daily on request

    E-bike Upgrade: Extra per person $220 per person

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown, New Zealand
    This luxury cycling package incorporates 3 Great Rides of NZ - Queenstown Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, and Alps to Ocean Trail, and a guided ...
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  3. Relax, Rejuvenate & Discover Mount Cook 3D2N

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    Relax and rejuvenate at the luxury Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat at your own pace on an exceptional 3-day winter wellness retreat amid the stunning landscape of Aoraki/Mount Cook in New Zealand.

    Spend 2-nights at Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat in your luxury villa complete with privacy and ample amounts of space overlooking the incredible Ben Ohau ranges and landscape of the Mackenzie and embark on a winter wellness retreat tailored to you. On arrival, unwind in your villa with a complimentary bottle of sparking New Zealand wine and cosy up next to the open fire or enjoy the views from your private balcony.

    Over the course of your stay, succumb to absolute relaxation in complete opulence with a 1-hour relaxation massage in the comfort of your villa. You can choose to participate in a cooking demonstration at Moraine Lodge or, at a time that suits you, a yoga instructor will take you through your very own yoga and relaxation class, tailored to your level, fitness and experience. Get back to nature on one of the walking trails surrounding the property featuring spectacular scenery, play a game of tennis on the estate’s tennis court or partake in curling or petanque for a relaxing evening of activities. With a lot to offer, you are free to do as little or as much as you like. Enjoy one gourmet lunch and delicious breakfast provisions during your stay. In the evenings, soak in your private hot tub filled with water drawn from our artesian well before indulging in 3-course meals each night prepared by our chef and delivered to your villa for you to enjoy in front of the open fire.

    Escape the everyday to a winter wonderland boasting the epitome of cosy relaxation and rejuvenate your senses on an extraordinary 3 days at the luxury Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
    Relax and rejuvenate at the luxury Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat at your own pace on an exceptional 3-day winter wellness retreat amid the stunning ...
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  4. Ultimate Scenic South Island Road Trip, self-drive

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    Discover New Zealand’s most epic natural scenery with this luxury 12-day, self-drive road trip showcasing the South Island’s must-see sights.

    Departing from Christchurch, board the Tranzalpine to Greymouth and experience one of the world’s best inland rail journeys before picking up your hire car. From a helicopter, take in jaw-dropping aerial views of Franz Josef Glacier. Cruise Lake Wanaka and discover rare birds and a secret lake. Get your heart pounding in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the Southern Hemisphere, with hundreds of outdoor activities to choose from including jetboating, bungy jumping, mountain biking and more. Walk and cruise the Milford Sound and be transported to a fantastical world of crystalline fiords and snow-capped mountains. Drive the Scenic Southern Route – one of the world’s most scenic drives – and explore the southern cities of Invercargill and Dunedin. Traverse Hooker Valley and Aoraki Mount Cook and marvel at some of the world’s darkest, most star-filled skies.

    This incredible 12-day, self-drive road trip is offered at two price points: -4-star “best” staying at some of the South Island’s best 4-star hotels.-4-5-star “luxury” staying at a mix of 4 and 5-star hotels and lodges, for those seeking a little more luxury.

    Both versions of the road trip include 11-nights in handpicked accommodations throughout the South Island. A hire car is included for the duration of the trip. Selected meals, activities and experiences are also included.

    Be swept away by the natural beauty of New Zealand on the Ultimate Scenic South Island Road Trip.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Discover New Zealand’s most epic natural scenery with this luxury 12-day, self-drive road trip showcasing the South Island’s must-see sights. Departing from ...
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  5. North To South Ultimate Traverse 22D21N, Self-Drive

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    Do and see it all on the ultimate New Zealand road trip, a 22-day odyssey from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Alps. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure showcases the country’s best active experiences including 3 of the Great Walks.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, raging rivers and active volcano zones. For the outdoor enthusiast, keen on hiking, biking, paddling and more, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Home of the Great Walks (known to be some of the best hikes in the world) and many other day and multiday hikes, you could spend months trying to see it all. Luckily for you, this road trip leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to tick off New Zealand’s best active experiences. Drive New Zealand’s most scenic roads including Buller Gorge, the Crown Range and Milford Road. Discover dramatic landscapes, magnificent wilderness and stunning wildlife on New Zealand’s Great Walks including the Tongariro Northern Circuit, the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Routeburn Track. Uncover beautiful beaches and twinkling bays on in the Bay of Islands and Coromandel, and a geothermal wonderland in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Follow the path of Captain James Cook on the Queen Charlotte Track, heli hike to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier and bask in the brooding shadow of Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s tallest mountain. You will also have the opportunity to cruise Lake Wanaka and the magnificent Milford Sound, and explore diverse cities and towns including Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch at your own pace.

    This action-packed 22-day active and nature-focused self-drive package includes 21-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Twenty-two days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Do New Zealand – and do it right – on this thrilling 22-day self-drive road trip from North to South. The diverse landscapes and exciting experiences will capture your heart.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Do and see it all on the ultimate New Zealand road trip, a 22-day odyssey from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Alps. ...
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  6. South Island Bike 'n' Hike 12D11N, Self-Drive

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    Bike and hike the best of the South Island on this action-packed 12-day self-drive road trip including the Alps To Ocean, Roxburgh Gorge, Otago Central Rail Trail, Routeburn Track, Queenstown Trail, Rob Roy Glacier and Hooker Valley.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. For the outdoor enthusiast, keen on hiking and biking, the North Island New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Home of the Great Walks and Rides (known to be some of the best hikes and rides in the world) and many other exciting activities, you could spend months trying to see it all. Luckily for you, this road trip offers the best of the South Island on two feet – and two wheels! 

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to see and experience the splendor of the South Island. Stretch the laces on your hiking boots in Mount Aspiring National Park and the Mount Cook region, home to unforgettable walks including the Routeburn, Rob Roy Glacier and Hooker Valley Tracks. Cycle the South Island’s Great Rides including the Alps To Ocean, Roxburgh Gorge, Otago Central Rail Trail and Queenstown Trail. Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to explore vibrant cities and towns, and learn about New Zealand’s fascinating pioneering and gold mining history.

    This thrilling 12-day hiking- and biking-focused self-drive package includes 11-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools and spas. Twelve days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast and some meals provided.

    Embrace the great outdoors on this exhilarating 12-day self-drive road trip. This package is perfect for active couples and families seeking the South Island’s ultimate hiking and biking experiences .

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Bike and hike the best of the South Island on this action-packed 12-day self-drive road trip including the Alps To Ocean, Roxburgh Gorge, Otago ...
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  7. South Island Glaciers & Sounds 8D7N, Self-Drive

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    Revel in the spectacular natural beauty of the South Island’s glaciers and sounds on this thrilling 8-day road trip. This package is perfect for first time visitors wanting to see and experience the best of Te Wahipounamu.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. This 26,000 square kilometre (10,039sqmi) encompasses several national parks in southwest New Zealand – Mount Cook (Aoraki, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring and Westland National Park. On this road trip, you will visit them all!

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to see and experience the best of Te Wahipounamu. Drive New Zealand’s most scenic roads including the Crown Range and Milford Road. Admire the remarkable turquoise coloured Lake Tekapo and bask in the brooding shadow of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Cruise the majestic Milford Sound and hike the famous Routeburn Track as well as the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. You will also embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys, the TranzAlpine, and have the opportunity to explore diverse cities and towns including Christchurch and Queenstown at your own pace.

    This exciting 8-day nature-focused self-drive package includes 7-nights’ superior hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools and spas. Six days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Discover the splendor of the South Island on this 8-day self-drive road trip. This sensational loop route is the perfect introduction to New Zealand’s glaciers and sounds.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Revel in the spectacular natural beauty of the South Island’s glaciers and sounds on this thrilling 8-day road trip. This package is perfect ...
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  8. Luxury South Island Golf Trail 11D10N, Self-Drive

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    Take on the South Island’s best golf courses on this luxury, 11-day self-drive road trip featuring the world-famous Terrace Downs, Millbrook, Jack’s Point and Clearwater courses.

    New Zealand and golf have a long history. Scottish immigrants introduced the game in the 19th century and their links-style courses still thrive today. These courses are set in incredible locations – the South Island’s landscapes range from snow-capped mountains and endless plains to shimmering lakes and fast-moving glaciers. This road trip will take you on an unforgettable scenic golfing journey.

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to play the South Island’s best golf courses. Head inland to Windwhistle to take on Terrance Downs, in the heart of the brilliant Canterbury high country. Head south to Queenstown, where you will play Millbrook and Jack’s Point among the towering Southern Alps. Your journey culminates in Christchurch, where you’ll tee off at Clearwater, with its glistening spring-fed lakes and trout-filled streams. Here, you’ll be walking in the footsteps golfing legends including Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, Jason Day.

    When you’re not golfing, you’ll have ample to explore diverse cities and towns at your own pace. Highlights include exploring Mount Cook (Aoraki) National Park, travelling aboard the Tranzalpine (one of the world’s great rail journeys), and getting to know the vibrant alpine resort towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Franz Josef. You’ll also have the opportunity to drive some of New Zealand’s best roads including the Crown Range and wild West Coast.

    This 11-day self-drive golfing adventure includes 10-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Nine days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Create lasting memories on the South Island’s best golf courses with this luxury 11-day golfing package. Come for the golf and stay for the exquisite food and wine, adventure activities, quiet nature and seamless hospitality.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Take on the South Island’s best golf courses on this luxury, 11-day self-drive road trip featuring the world-famous Terrace Downs, Millbrook, Jack’s ...
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  9. Deluxe South Island Alps to Ocean Cycle 6D5N, Fully Guided

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    Hop on your bike and set out to uncover some of New Zealand’s most incredible landscapes on this 6-day, fully guided and supported Alps to Ocean cycling tour of the South Island.

    Cycle Route: Christchurch -Tekapo - Twizel - Omarama - Kurow - Enfield - Christchurch

    Departing from Christchurch, head down to Tekapo, passing through the Canterbury Plains to the golden Mackenzie Country. Explore the breathtaking Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, marvel at the sky-scraping peaks and unwind in the region’s geothermal hot pools. Journey on to Twizel and follow the ancient pathways through the Waitaki Valley, where you will be awe-struck by spectacular lakes, fascinating hyrdro dams and charming vineyards. A leisurely ride through storybook countryside leads to the historic port town of Oamaru and the finish line. Highlights along the way include New Zealand’s world-class food and wine, Maori rock art and otherworldly alpine vistas. You will also enjoy warm hospitality in accommodation full of heritage charm.

    This luxury cycling tour includes 5-nights’ accommodation in handpicked, 4-star hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis. All meals are provided along with all-inclusive bike hire, professional, qualified driver/guide and private vehicle transport/support.

    Discover the new frontier in adventure tourism on this exciting Alps to Ocean cycling adventure. Get a new perspective of New Zealand’s South Island – beautiful, scenic and without the crowds!

    NOTE: The guide will follow guests in the vehicle and provide instructions and support throughout the entire trip. The guide will not cycle with guests and you can cycle your own speed. Your luggage will be transferred daily. 

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Hop on your bike and set out to uncover some of New Zealand’s most incredible landscapes on this 6-day, fully guided and supported ...
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