Found on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough boasts a world-renowned wine region, delicious fresh seafood, diverse landscapes, majestic waterways and a plethora of native wildlife. A region of immense beauty. best explored by cycling, walking or cruising the naturally bountiful Marlborough Sounds, it is one of New Zealand’s regions that receives the highest amount of sunshine each year. Visit the towns of Blenheim, amid the vineyards, or Picton, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and discover one of New Zealand’s most bountiful regions.

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  1. Ultimate South Island Hike, Bike & Kayak Adventure 14D13N

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    Uncover the purest landscapes of South Island on this exhilarating 14 days adventure. Hike, bike and kayak into New Zealand’s natural beauty journeying through legendary icons Milford Sounds, Aoraki Mount Cook, Queenstown, Nelson Lake National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, the Alps to Ocean Trail and walking New Zealand's Great Walks including Routeburn and Kelper Track.

    Departing from Christchurch, hit the road and immerse the splendour of majestic snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes and mighty glaciers that define the natural wonderland of South Island. From drinking in unforgettable wildlife encounters to drinking in world class wineries to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, South Island will keep you on your feet of bucket list adventures in all its forms. Lace up your hiking boots in Mount Cook and Nelson Lakes National Parks, giving a glimpse of high mountain peaks across icy blue water of Lake Pukaki before trekking great walks of Routeburn and Hooker Valley Tracks. Kayak the majestic Milford Sounds, hike mighty glaciers descending through the rainforest into the sea at Franz Josef Glacier and cycle the renowned Alps to Ocean Trail. Filled with surprises at every turn, it will ignite your imagination. Discover the Adventure Capital of Queenstown to your heart’s desire and at your own pace. Hike mountain summits and stay in mountain huts absorbing New Zealand’s backcountry wilderness in all its glory. Along the way, find your connection with the Māori culture with ample opportunity of up-close moments with wildlife including seals, native birds and if you’re lucky dolphins, penguins and a migrating whale.

    Unwind each adventure filled day in carefully handpicked accommodations from lodges, chalets, mountain huts and hotels. Each stay embraces the quiet sanctuaries of New Zealand’s most stunning settings. This adventure includes 13 night’s accommodations with meals included as specified. You will be supported by two guides posing unrivalled passion as they bring the trails to life, ensuring you are well fuelled and hydrated.

    An authentic escape keeping you connected with nature while exploring South Island’s treasures where some are legendary and others a well-kept secret. Embark on a true kiwi adventure of a lifetime leaving you inspired and wanting more!

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    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Uncover the purest landscapes of South Island on this exhilarating 14 days adventure. Hike, bike and kayak into New Zealand’s natural beauty journeying through ...
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  2. Queen Charlotte Track Luxury 'Lodge to Lodge' Walk 6D5N (Stay at Bay of Many Coves & The Sounds Retreat), Self Guided Or Guided

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    Walk the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track and immerse yourself at the acclaimed Bay of Many Coves and The Sounds Retreat. Combining unparalleled service and exquisite creature comforts, this is the ultimate way to vacation in a most marvelous destination.

    The Queen Charlotte Track, a 70km long New Zealand walking trail, is one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks, renowned for its stunning views and contrasting landscape, historical landmarks and a wide variety of native bush and wildlife. The spectacular trail, stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passes through dense coastal forest, tranquil coves and inlets, and along awe inspiring skyline ridges offering breathtaking views. This comfortable itinerary takes in all the highlights of the famous track incorporating gorgeous coastal hikes, exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and admiring the lush native forest. This is a unique and spectacular walking trip through a renowned area of natural beauty and significance. As you pass through lush coastal forest, historic bays, and along dramatic ridges you'll learn of the region's heritage from your expert guides. The terrain is varied and the itinerary mixes easily manageable sections with more challenging routes. A moderate level of fitness is recommended to make the most of this exhilarating experience.

    Rest each night at the best boutique & luxury lodge accommodation available in the Marlborough Sounds within access to the Queen Charlotte Track in a stunning setting where your hosts will prepare gourmet meals. After a day's hiking you'll indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal with wine before retiring to your private room.

    Your experience includes 4 nights' accommodation at exclusive boutique & luxury lodges, all meals and snacks, water taxi transfers, luggage transfers, and return group transfers from/to Picton.

    This is a private escape to the Queen Charlotte Track and enjoy Marlborough Sounds in blissful exclusivity.

    Add A Guide on Day 1 or for 4 Day Walking

    You can choose to have a local guide for your first day or 4 day. Please contact us for quote.

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    Picton, New Zealand
    Walk the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track and immerse yourself at the acclaimed Bay of Many Coves and The Sounds Retreat. Combining unparalleled service and ...
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  3. North To South Grand Traverse 17D16N, Self-Drive

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    Traverse New Zealand from North to South on this action-packed 17-day self-drive road trip showcasing 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 the Coromandel Coastal Walk and a geothermal wonderland in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Follow the path of Captain James Cook on the Queen Charlotte Track and heli hike to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. 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 exhilarating 17-day active and nature-focused self-drive package includes 16-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. Seventeen days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Get the most out of your trip to New Zealand, with this 17-day self-drive road trip. The beautiful landscapes and thrilling activities will stay with you.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Traverse New Zealand from North to South on this action-packed 17-day self-drive road trip showcasing the country’s best active experiences including 3 of the ...
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  4. 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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  5. North To South Gourmet Wine Trail 9D8N, Self-Drive

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    Taste your way around New Zealand on this mouth-watering 9-day self-drive culinary adventure including the world-famous wine regions of Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a paradise for those who prefer the finer things in life. The country’s rich soil and favourable climate means it produces some of the world’s best food and wine – in some of the most stunning landscapes, be it close to a stunning shoreline or nestled in a rural area with an off-the-beaten-track charm. Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough are 3 of the best – and most beautiful – regions in which to enjoy a mouth-watering fresh produce and a matching glass of wine.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to discover New Zealand’s best food and wine experiences. New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Hawke’s Bay is known for its red wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah – and stunning Chardonnays, while rural Wairarapa, with its bush-clad ranges and rugged coast, is home to some of the country’s best Pinot Noir. The Marlborough wine region, meanwhile, is all about world-famous Sauvignon Blanc, delicious fresh seafood and diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways. You will embark on guided tours of each of these regions.

    Along the way, you will discover New Zealand food goes way beyond fish and chips and barbeques – New Zealand chefs have developed a distinct Pacific Rim cuisine. Expect to indulge in plenty of seafood (like greenlipped mussels, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters and fresh fish), award winning cheeses and of course the famous lamb. You should also expect a laidback, friendly atmosphere wherever you eat; Kiwis love to keep things casual.

    This relaxed 9-day self-drive package includes 8-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. Eight days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Indulge in New Zealand’s best food and wine experiences on this 9-day self-drive road trip. You’ll discover food and wine that’s original, world-class, and fresh from the source.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Taste your way around New Zealand on this mouth-watering 9-day self-drive culinary adventure including the world-famous wine regions of Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and ...
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  6. Ultimate Luxury Cloudy Bay Immersion 2D1N

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    Experience unparalleled luxury and exclusivity amid the vines at Cloudy Bay – Marlborough’s most celebrated winery – with a stay at ‘The Shack’, usually available by invite only.

    Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest – and most famous – wine growing region. A combination of cool yet high sunshine climate and low rainfall produces uniquely vivid wines including the iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay has done more than any other winery to put Marlborough – and New Zealand – on the map. Thirty years on, the Cloudy Bay team are committed to creating expressive, refined and fruity wines that truly embody the spirit of the region.

    Self-drive to Cloudy Bay’s Marlborough Cellar Door to discover where it all began. Embark on a private tour of the vineyard to learn how the unique microclimates and soil influence the wine’s flavour and aromatic profile. Enjoy a private wine tasting hosted by a Cloudy Bay Ambassador, with a wide range of wines at an exclusive location. Cap it all off with Cloudy Bay’s acclaimed Epicurean Experience, a perfectly orchestrated food and wine journey featuring locally sourced produce and specially paired Cloudy Bay wines. Marlborough doesn’t get much better than this!

    This exclusive 2-day self-drive package includes 1-nights’ luxury accommodation at The Shack on a twin share basis. Overlooking rolling vines to the Richmond Range, this highly exclusive and luxurious self-contained guest house was developed by award-winning New Zealand architects and constructed from natural materials including weathered steel, wood, stone and glass. Inside, it showcases the best New Zealand art and design, with open living spaces and four double ensuite bedrooms that reflect the local environment. The gourmet kitchen will be well stocked with the finest local produce, breakfast provisions, local beer and beverages, and the full range of Cloudy Bay wines.

    Go behind the scenes at Cloudy Bay to discover food and wine that reflects the beauty and purity of the Marlborough region. Understand why Cloudy Bay is an icon of New Zealand wine and one of the most sought-after new world wines.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Picton, New Zealand
    Experience unparalleled luxury and exclusivity amid the vines at Cloudy Bay – Marlborough’s most celebrated winery – with a stay at ‘The Shack’, usually available ...
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  7. A Taste Of Cloudy Bay 2D1N

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    Treat yourself to a taste of Cloudy Bay, with this boutique overnight package showcasing the Marlborough’s most famous winery.

    Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest – and most famous– wine growing region. A combination of cool yet high sunshine climate and low rainfall produces uniquely vivid wines including the iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay has done more than any other winery to put Marlborough – and New Zealand – on the map. Thirty years on, the Cloudy Bay team are committed to creating expressive, refined and fruity wines that truly embody the spirit of the region.

    Self-drive to Cloudy Bay’s Marlborough Cellar Door to discover where it all began. Embark on a private tour of the vineyard to learn how the unique microclimates and soil influence the wine’s flavour and aromatic profile. Enjoy a private wine tasting hosted by a Cloudy Bay Ambassador, with a wide range of wines at an exclusive location. Cap it all off with a gourmet mixed platter for 2 overlooking the lush, rolling vines. Marlborough doesn’t get much better than this!

    This exclusive 2-day self-drive package includes 1-nights’ accommodation at Escape To Picton on a twin share basis. Enviably sited on Picton’s waterfront overlooking the marina, this boutique hotel features just 3 suites, each as different from each other as they are comely. You will enjoy a gourmet breakfast at the onsite restaurant and bar as well as a 3-course dinner featuring locally sourced fresh produce.

    Go behind the scenes at Cloudy Bay to discover food and wine that reflects the beauty and purity of the Marlborough region. Understand why Cloudy Bay is an icon of New Zealand wine and one of the most sought-after new world wines.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Picton, New Zealand
    Treat yourself to a taste of Cloudy Bay, with this boutique overnight package showcasing the Marlborough’s most famous winery. Located at the top ...
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  8. South Coast to Fiordland (Wellington - Milford) 9D8N

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    Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island on this breathtaking 9-day expedition cruise from Wellington to Milford.

    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 including the fairytale-like Fiordland.

    Commencing in Wellington, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores the South Island’s spectacular coastline, vibrant and charming east coast towns, and the deep and quiet fiords of Southland. You’ll retrace the path of Captain James Cook in the Marlborough Sounds, discover the history of Ship Cove and walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You’ll spend time on Stewart and Ulva Island, with opportunities for endemic bird watching and a chance to hike the Rakiura Track. Your journey culminates with an exploration of Fiordland’s most beautiful Sounds – the astonishing and rarely-visited Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Thomson Sound and the majestic Milford Sound. 

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 8-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Observe the wildlife, discover the history and be immersed in the stillness of unforgettable Southland on this 9-day expedition cruise aboard the Coral Geographer. This cruise is perfect for those wanting to experience New Zealand’s dramatic landscape from the deck of a small ship.

    Vessel & Cabin Type Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.

    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.

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    Wellington, New Zealand
    Discover the captivating coastline of New Zealand’s South Island on this breathtaking 9-day expedition cruise from Wellington to Milford. Tucked away at the ...
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  9. "Coral Expeditions" East Coast Explorer (Auckland - Milford) 13D12N

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    Explore over 7,000-kilometres of New Zealand’s spectacular East Coast on this breathtaking 13-day expedition cruise from Auckland to Milford.

    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. Whether you’re into nature and hiking or indulging in fine food and wine, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Luckily for you, this thrilling cruise leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south. 

    Commencing in Auckland, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores New Zealand’s spectacular coastline, vibrant and charming east coast towns, and the deep and quiet fiords of Southland. You’ll receive a warm Maori welcome at a traditional Marae, and sample some of the country’s best food and wine in the Art Deco capital of Hawke’s Bay. You’ll retrace the path of Captain James Cook in the Marlborough Sounds, discover the history of Ship Cove and walk a section of the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You’ll also spend time on Stewart and Ulva Island, with opportunities for endemic bird watching and a chance to hike the Rakiura Track. Your journey culminates with an exploration of Fiordland’s most beautiful Sounds – the astonishing and rarely-visited Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Thomson Sound and the majestic Milford Sound. 

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 12-nights aboard the Coral Geographer on a twin share basis. Catering to 99 passengers, this luxurious vessel is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to reach some of New Zealand’s most remote and rarely visited coastlines, while her tender vessels enable you to venture even further. She even has 6 bridge deck suites with horizon bathtubs.

    All meals are included onboard. The approach to cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible. Activities and experiences are also included as per the itinerary. An expert crew are at your service at all times.

    Do New Zealand – and do it right – on this immersive 13-day expedition cruise from North to South. The diverse landscapes and exciting experiences will capture your heart.  

    Vessel & Cabin Type Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.

    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

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Explore over 7,000-kilometres of New Zealand’s spectacular East Coast on this breathtaking 13-day expedition cruise from Auckland to Milford. Tucked away at the ...
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  10. Queen Charlotte Track The Ultimate Luxury Walk & Cruise 4D3N, Self Guided or Private Guided

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    Experience the stunning Marlborough Sounds in style and comfort onboard a private luxury cruise. Walk the Queen Charlotte Track with a local guide or independently, and relax in the evenings onboard a luxury private cruise with your own private crew and chef. Let us tantalise your taste buds with fresh local seafood and local produce all matched to the best of Marlborough's wine selection.

    Cruise the endless bays and coves of the Marlborough Sounds, a fabulous enclosed waterway offering over 1,500 kilometres of coastline - that’s 10% of New Zealand’s seashore. Scenery, sedate cruising, bush walks, swimming, fishing, a chance encounter with wildlife and birdlife all accompanied by great hospitality, and wonderful Marlborough wine and food. Cruise the days away, relax and immerse yourself in the scenery, learn the history and enjoy the stories.

    Understated luxury for the discerning cruiser this vessel offers stylish surrounds with all of the luxury comforts you’d expect. Modern, beautifully appointed, and fully equipped with every safety feature, the Tarquin offers sumptuous accommodation over 3 ensuited cabins.

    The luxury walk & cruise package includes 3 nights' accommodation onboard a private luxury cruise, all meals and house beverage, private guided walks each day with an experienced and knowledgeable guide (for private guided package), all transport and return transfers from/to Picton.

    Combining the best hiking routes with acclaimed private cruise, this experience represents the ultimate in luxury in the Marlborough Sounds.

    Price for Private Guided

    2 People Charter: $13,800 AUD per person, twin share

    4 People Charter: $7,800 AUD per person, twin share

    6 People Charter: $5,750 AUD per person, twin share

    Price for Self Guided

    2 People Charter: $9,980 AUD per person, twin share

    4 People Charter: $5,980 AUD per person, twin share

    6 People Charter: $4,600 AUD per person, twin share

    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

    Picton, New Zealand
    Experience the stunning Marlborough Sounds in style and comfort onboard a private luxury cruise. Walk the Queen Charlotte Track with a local guide or ...
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