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  1. 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.

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    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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  2. Eat. Yoga. Love. Winter At Maruia River 4D3N

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    Give yourself some self-love on an exclusive self-care healing retreat at the luxury Maruia River Retreat boasting the surrounds of beautiful native beech forests and the Maruia River, a truly peaceful and natural immersive location in Nelson, New Zealand.

    Spend 3-nights at the all-inclusive Maruia River Retreat in a well-appointed Luxe Villa among the wilderness, featuring gorgeous and unrestricted views over the river, mountain or forest. After a day of rejuvenation, bask in the relaxation of nature on your private balcony or enjoy the comforts of your spacious living room and restful bed.

    Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul and take part in daily yoga, meditation and breathwork classes amid the ultimate venue to foster healing, relaxation and personal growth. Let your worries melt away with a trip to the Finnish Sauna, let nature be your medicine and relax among nature and a blanket of stars on a night time soak in the outdoor Stoked Hot Tub and readjust and align your bodies vibrations and frequencies with an infrared chromo-therapy session. You Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on guided forest walks through the native beech forests and learn about the ecology with a local guide. Over the course of your stay, enjoy delicious breakfasts and lunches as well and delectable 3-course dinners reflecting nourishment with a locavore philosophy and a great emphasis on seasonal and authentic flavours.

    With only 10 slots, reserve your space now and treat yourself to a weekend of good vibrations. It’s time to give back to you, and truly treat yourself on this luxury 4-day Self-care healing package at the opulent Maruia River Retreat.

    Private group retreat and tailor-made itineary can be arranged on request. 

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Shenandoah, New Zealand
    Give yourself some self-love on an exclusive self-care healing retreat at the luxury Maruia River Retreat boasting the surrounds of beautiful native beech forests ...
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    From $1,409.52 Per Person, Twin Share
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  3. Doubtful Sound Immersion 4D3N

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    Explore Doubtful Sound - one of the world’s most breathtaking regions on this incredible 4-day luxury cruise. Experience serenity in splendid waterfalls cascading down dramatic peaks, and discover untouched landscapes thriving with an abundance of wildlife. Cruise the inlets and waterways onboard the luxury Fiordland Jewel before reminiscing on fond memories made at the luxury Fiordland Lodge in Te Anau.

    You begin your journey in Queenstown, here you will be transferred to Manapouri where you will enjoy a scenic boat transfer over Lake Manapouri. Jump on a bus and cross the undeniably beautiful Wilmot Pass to board the Fiordland Jewel. Over the next few days, kayak and cruise the incredible inlets and waterways of the Doubtful Sound. Enjoy delicious meals and watch out for the myriad of wildlife from seals and whales to dolphins and birds/ At the end of the cruise head to Te Anau where you can relax at Fiordland Lodge, a luxury lodge of New Zealand before returning to Queenstown the following day.

    On water, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the gentle waves each night on board the Fiordland Jewel. This luxury, 24-metre, three-deck catamaran caters to just 18 guests in nine climate-controlled cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. Soak in the top deck hot tub. Get up close and personal to Fiordland and its picturesque waters using the onboard kayaks and tender boat. View underwater film footage captured with the Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) and, indulge in a mouth-watering 3-course dinner and full cooked and continental breakfast prepared by the onboard chef.  On land, you will be staying at the luxury Fiordland Lodge.

    This luxury package includes return transfers from/to Queenstown, transfer from Manapouri to Te Anau, 2 nights aboard the Fiordland Jewel on a twin share basis and all meals and activities while onboard. The tour also includes 1 night's stay at the luxury Fiordland Lodge, bus over Wilmot Pass and Boat ride across Lake Manapouri.

    Immerse yourself in the all-encompassing beauty of the Doubtful sound in absolute luxury onboard the Fiordland Jewel before delving into opulence at Fiordland lodge on this incredible 4-day journey you won't soon forget.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Explore Doubtful Sound - one of the world’s most breathtaking regions on this incredible 4-day luxury cruise. Experience serenity in splendid waterfalls cascading ...
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  4. Ultimate Fiordland Expedition 9D8N

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    Cruise the best of Fiordland’s waterways and walk the famous Kepler track on a 9-day ultimate Fiordland expedition. Uncover the pristine natural environment of the Dusky and Doubtful Sounds filled to the brim with breathtaking waterfalls and a myriad of thriving wildlife. Stay in luxury accommodation as you uncover the magic of this world class sightseeing destination.

    You begin your journey in Queenstown, here you will be transferred to Te Anau where you will embark on a section of the Kepler track, one of the ‘Great Walks of New Zealand’. Take a scenic helicopter flight to land on your home for the next few days, the luxury Fiordland Jewel. Cruise the incredible waterways of Fiordland from Preservation Inlet to Doubtful Sound or reverse, exploring historic landing sites and shipwrecks, bird sanctuaries, pristine beaches, cascading waterfalls and more. Enjoy the opportunity to kayak the crisp waters or view the fascinating underwater marine habitat with the boats very own ROV. Disembark in Doubtful Sound and take a bus over Wilmot Pass for a short boat ride over Lake Manapouri before returning to Te Anau to relax at your 5-star accommodation. The final days sees you returning to Queenstown by private transfer.

    On land, you will be staying at the luxury Fiordland Lodge. On water, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the gentle waves each night on board the Fiordland Jewel. This luxury, 24-metre, three-deck catamaran caters to just 18 guests in nine climate-controlled cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. Soak in the top deck hot tub. Get up close and personal to Fiordland and its picturesque waters using the onboard kayaks and tender boat. View underwater film footage captured with the Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) and, indulge in a mouth-watering 3-course dinner and full cooked and continental breakfast prepared by the onboard chef. 

    This luxury package includes return transfers from/to Queenstown, transfer from Manapouri to Te Anau, half-day guided Kepler Track walk, all nights aboard the Fiordland on a twin share basis and all meals and activities. It also includes helicopter transfer from Te Anau to the Fiordland Jewel, bus over Wilmot Pass and Boat ride across Lake Manapouri.

    Immerse yourself in the best of Fiordland and hike the Kepler Track, one of the ‘Great Walks of New Zealand’ and cruise the pristine natural beauty of Fiordland’s waterways creating memories for a lifetime.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

     

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Cruise the best of Fiordland’s waterways and walk the famous Kepler track on a 9-day ultimate Fiordland expedition. Uncover the pristine natural environment ...
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  5. Ultimate Luxury South Island Cycle 6D5N, Partially Guided

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    Treat yourself to the ultimate cycling adventure in New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. Enjoy exclusive access to the famous Motatapu Track and take in the highlights of the Alps to Ocean (A2O) Cycling Trail, New Zealand’s longest continuous cycling trail, on this 6-day, fully guided, ultra-luxury cycling tour.

    Your first stop is Mahu Whenau – New Zealand’s largest private eco-sanctuary. Here, you will enjoy a private e-bike tour of the property and take on the Motatapu Track, which was used extensively by Maori traveling between lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu. Outside of the Macpac Motatapu multisport event, this Track is inaccessible to riders, so a one-of-a-kind experience is guaranteed. Your second stop is the Southern Alps, where you will tick off the most iconic sections of the A2O Cycle Trail from Oamaru to Lake Ohau and Aoraki Mount Cook to Twizel. A helicopter flight over the Tasman River is included, offering you unparalleled views of New Zealand’s highest peaks.

    In the evenings, relax and unwind in handpicked, ultra-luxury accommodations in twin-share suites and villas. Situated in some of New Zealand’s most stunning locations, these accommodations strive to deliver the highest levels of hospitality, comfort and relaxation. Soak in the scenic hot tubs or pamper yourself with in-house massages and spa treatments. At night, marvel at some of the darkest skies on Earth.

    This 6-day, fully guided, ultra-luxury cycling tour includes 5 nights’ accommodation in some of New Zealand’s finest luxury lodges. All cycling, activities and experiences are included along with transport for the duration of the trip. Meals are included where specified.

    Indulge in the cycling adventure of a lifetime in New Zealand’s stunning South Island. This tour is the perfect combination of adventure and luxury, offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to tick off some of the country’s great rides in unparalleled style.

    Price

    Group of 2: $9,500pp, twin share

    Group of 4: $8,900pp, 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.

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    Treat yourself to the ultimate cycling adventure in New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. Enjoy exclusive access to the famous Motatapu Track and take ...
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    From $7,238.05 Per Person, Twin Share
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  6. Queenstown Trail Luxury Bike, Vine & Dine 3D2N, Supported

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    Discover the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand’s most popular 'Great Ride' - the Queenstown Trail on this full-supported, luxury cycling holiday that includes one of the country’s best wine regions: the Gibbston Valley.

    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu starts a great journey, over 130kms of off-road trails taking you from Queenstown to Gibbston via historic Arrowtown.

    Departing from Queenstown, ease into your adventure along the Frankton Track and Kelvin Peninsula Trail, taking in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu and the Frankton Arm. Breathe in the thyme-scented air along the Twin Rivers Trail and enjoy a lazy circuit of Lake Hayes, where the Remarkables mountain range can be seen above and reflected in the near-perfect mirror of the lake. Cycle to Gibbston via Arrowtown and discover a historic goldrush town lined with tiny miners’ cottages, house shops, galleries, bars and restaurants – not one from an international chain. Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s “Valley of the Vines” and indulge in a 5-star culinary experience complete with world-class wines.

    In the evenings, relax and unwind in your handpicked, 5-star accommodation at one of the Gibbston Valley’s best lodge and spas. Retreat to your gorgeous villa and sip world-class local wines overlooking the vineyards. Pamper yourself with body treatments, luxury facials and signature spa packages such as “vinotherapy”, which uses different parts of the grape and vine to benefit the skin.

    Included in this 3-day, fully catered cycling adventure is 2 nights’ in 5-star accommodation on a twin share basis. All cycling equipment – trail bike, helmet, panniers repair kit and odometer – is provided along with a supporting vehicle for on road support. Return transfers from Queenstown are also included.

    Vine and dine your way across Queenstown on this luxury cycling holiday and tick off one of New Zealand’s best rides.

    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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    Discover the stunning natural beauty of New Zealand’s most popular 'Great Ride' - the Queenstown Trail on this full-supported, luxury cycling holiday that ...
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    From $1,485.71 Per Person, Twin Share
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  7. Great Walks Discovery - Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound Cruises 5D4N, Fully Guided

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    Walk the world famous Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks, and enjoy Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound cruises. This walking tour offers the very best of hikes in Fiordland and iconic Milford Sound experience in a 5-day itinerary.

    Fiordland is one of the southern hemisphere's great wilderness regions and has achieved World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features, exceptional beauty and critical role in demonstrating the Earth's evolutionary history. Fiordland has achieved World Heritage status and is home to Mitre Peak and the Fiords of the famous Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Explore breathtaking scenery, from lush forests, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, to striking mountain views, vast fiords and deep valleys.

    Known as the 'Walking Capital of the World', Fiordland is the location of multiple iconic walking tracks. This package incorporates the very best hikes of the region, offering an ultimate Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound experience to its spectacular scenery, wildlife and history over 5 days.

    A range of 4-5 star hotels, lodges, chalets and overnight boat cruise are included in the tour. All rooms have enusite.

    This tour includes 4 nights' accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense), daily guided walks, water taxis for all hikes, a Milford Sound Scenic Cruise, Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, return transport to/from Queenstown as well as all meals mentioned in the itinerary.

    This is a bucket list hiking trip where you need not forgo any creature comforts.

    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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    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Walk the world famous Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks, and enjoy Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound cruises. This walking tour offers the very best ...
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  8. The Ultimate Luxury Fiordland Walk - Three Tracks, Milford Luxury Overnight Cruise & Heli Hike 4D3N, Fully Guided

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    Explore Fiordland in style! Walk the world famous Milford, and Routeburn Tracks, heli hike the Kepler Track, and enjoy a luxurious 5-star Milford Sound overnight cruise. Farewell diverse and spectacular scenery on the tracks, from native forests, alpine lakes, and rivers, to mountain views, vast fiords and lush valleys, you return and relax at the luxury 5 star accommodation Fiordland lodge and luxury boutique cruise by night. You'll be serviced with New Zealand's fine food and wine focusing on freshness, simplicity, and seasonal flavours.

    Known as the Walking Capital of the World, Fiordland National Park features four world class tracks with stunning scenery: Kepler Track, Milford Track, and Routeburn Track.

    Not only is the landscape phenomenal, the natural wildlife here is abundant too. Seals, dolphins and penguins can all be spotted from above the water on your luxurious 5-star Milford Sound overnight cruise, while rare black coral, lobsters and schools of fish can be viewed as the boat's HD ROV (high definition remotely operated vehicle) delves deep into the sea.

    Spend three nights at luxury boutique lodge - Fiordland Lodge. And last night onboard a luxurious 5-star boat featuring an onboard helipad, on-deck hot-tub, kayaks, tender, and superb cuisine. Taking only 20 passengers a night, in luxury climate-controlled cabins, all with king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, and majestic fiord and ocean views, it's sure to offer you a unique luxury boutique-cruising experience in Milford Sound.

    Combining the best New Zealand walking experience with acclaimed Fiordland lodge and luxury Milford Sound overnight cruise, great food and wine, discerning service and the local knowledge of your field guides, the walk is the ultimate in luxury in Fiordland.

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    Departs daily on request

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    Queenstown, New Zealand
    Explore Fiordland in style! Walk the world famous Milford, and Routeburn Tracks, heli hike the Kepler Track, and enjoy a luxurious 5-star Milford Sound ...
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  9. The Ultimate Luxury Cloudy Bay Gourmet Escape 4D3N

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    Cloudy Bay not only captures the essence of Marlborough but also embodies New Zealand's luxury to the world: The luxury of space and time, of intimate moments and nature’s rarest qualities. This tour is crafted for those who wish to enjoy the luxury of Marlborough in the most exclusive setting. Taste, sip and discover!

    Rest at the acclaimed luxury lodge - The Sounds Retreat for two nights, and indulge in a three-course dinner paired with matching wines served in your private cabana. You'll have a behind-the-scene experience to meet local cheesemaker and learn the detailed cheese-making process.

    Embarking on a private wine tour experience in the Cloudy Bay renovated Land Rover ‘Defender Dave’ to tour the Southern Valley and Wairau Valley vineyards. Then celebrate the last night at Cloudy Bay's award-winning property and VIP hosting venue The Shack. Your gastronomic experiences include wine tasting, picnic and dinner prepared by your private chef in The Shack.

    This is an ultimate gourmet escape to the Marlborough Sounds. 

    This tour is perfect as a post tour for any Queen Charlotte walk

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    Picton, New Zealand
    Cloudy Bay not only captures the essence of Marlborough but also embodies New Zealand's luxury to the world: The luxury of space and time, ...
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  10. Queen Charlotte Track Luxury 'Lodge to Lodge' Walk 5D4N (Stay at Bay of Many Coves & The Sounds Retreat), Self 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.

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    You can choose to have a local guide for your first day. The first day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track with many beautiful views of Marlborough Sounds. Your local guide will explain the European and Maori connections of this significant historical area as well as providing detailed information on flora and fauna along the trail and general track advice. You are then well equipped to continue on your way for the remainder of your self-guided walk for the rest of three days. Additional cost: $250 per person.

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    Depart daily on request.

    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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    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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