Some of the purest natural landscapes can be found in the South Island of New Zealand. The South Island offers adventures in all aspects from stunning vineyards and world-class wines, quaint towns and large cities to glacial valleys, a myriad of wildlife and bright, star-studded skies.

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  1. Subantarctic and Chatham Islands (Milford - Wellington) 15D14N

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    Embark on an adventure like no other to New Zealand’s most remote islands on this unforgettable 15-day expedition cruise to the Subantarctic and Chatham Islands.

    Located south of New Zealand in the remote Southern Ocean, the wild and beautiful Subantarctic Islands are a forgotten paradise. They are home to some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on earth, with many species of birds, plants and invertebrates found nowhere else in the world. These remote islands have UNESCO World Heritage status and the highest protection of any nature reserves in New Zealand.

    Commencing in Queenstown, this immersive cruise aboard the Coral Geographer explores a region of wild landscapes, unique wildlife and forgotten beauty. Each wilderness experience is guided by a knowledgeable expedition team, as you spot rare birds, hike through fields of mega herbs and encounter numerous species of extraordinary albatross. Ten of the world’s albatross species breed in this region, as well as the most diverse range of seabird species anywhere in the world. You will also meet some of the world’s rarest penguins including the iconic Yellow-eyed.

    You will also spend 2 days discovering the remote Chatham Islands, first settled by the Moriori people and now home to small communities that are the first to see the dawn of each new day. Here, we will meet the local people and learn about the astonishing history and nature of these special islands.

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise includes 14-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.

    Step into a pristine natural world without human intervention on this 15-day expedition cruise aboard the Coral Geographer. This cruise is perfect for those seeking to venture far beyond the beaten track.

    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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    Milford, New Zealand
    Embark on an adventure like no other to New Zealand’s most remote islands on this unforgettable 15-day expedition cruise to the Subantarctic and ...
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  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 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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  6. 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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  7. Ultimate Luxury South Island Road Trip 8D7N, Self-Drive

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    Discover the very best of New Zealand’s South Island on this ultra-luxe, 8-day, self-drive road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown, including the famous Milford Sound.

    Departing from Christchurch, set out in your included compact SUV to discover majestic landscapes that offer awe and adventure in equal measure. Over eight days, be blown away by lush peninsulas, turquoise lakes, sparkling glaciers, snowcapped mountains and more. Step back in time in Oamaru and explore the country’s oldest public gardens, renowned Victorian architecture and two penguin colonies. Ride horses through the Ahuriri Valley, a dramatic landscape of rugged mountain country, wetlands, tussock lands and beech forest. Get your heart pumping in Queenstown, the adrenaline capital of the Southern Hemisphere. Or, sample world-famous wines in the nearby Gibbston Valley. Cap off your adventure with a 5-star cruise through the breath-taking Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attraction. This highly adaptable, self-paced itinerary is sure to leave you spellbound!

    At the end of each action-packed day, rest and relax in some of New Zealand’s best super lodges. These ultra-luxe accommodations have been handpicked for their outstanding location, impeccable design, gourmet cuisine and one-of-a-kind activities and experiences. They are owned and operated by people who share a deep love and knowledge of their surroundings and a dedication to ensuring you have the holiday experience of a lifetime

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    This ultra-luxe package includes accommodation and exclusive experiences at New Zealand’s famous super lodges in Oamaru, the Ahuriri Valley and Queenstown, as well as a 5-star cruise in the famous Milford Sound.

    Treat yourself to the ultimate South Island experience on this ultra-luxe, 8-day self-drive road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown. You deserve the very best!

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Christchurch, NZ
    Discover the very best of New Zealand’s South Island on this ultra-luxe, 8-day, self-drive road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown, including the famous ...
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  8. Deluxe West Coast Cycle 4D3N, Self-Guided

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    Get off the beaten track and tick off one of New Zealand’s Great Rides on this deluxe, 4-day, self-guided cycling tour of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Explore New Zealand’s most rugged landscapes and step back in time to discover the glamour and glitz of the 1870s gold rush era.

    Departing from Hokitika, set off on two wheels to discover the iconic West Coast Wilderness Trail where miners from around the world came to make their fortunes. With emergency support on hand if required, cycle at your own pace through native bush, past shimmering lakes and take in breathtaking views of the stunning Southern Alps including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Take a scenic eco-boat cruise through one of New Zealand’s most high value wetlands and spend the night in a replica wild west town complete with saloon and shooting range. Visit historic gold rush towns and immerse yourself in the lives of early explorers, pioneers and miners, whose legacy lives on even today.

    In the evenings, rest and relax in private accommodation that has been handpicked to capture the pioneering spirit of the gold rush era. The accommodation ranges from clean and simple to a luxurious 19th century suite, all with comfortable bedding and hot showers to freshen up after a long day’s ride.

    This deluxe, 4-day, self-guided cycling tour includes 3-nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis. Bikes and biking equipment are included for the duration of the trip, and activities and experiences are included as specified. All meals provided.

    Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s gold rush glory on this deluxe, self-guided cycling tour of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Tick off one of New Zealand’s Great Rides and uncover the country’s most untamed natural beauty on the back of a bike.

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    Hokitika, New Zealand
    Get off the beaten track and tick off one of New Zealand’s Great Rides on this deluxe, 4-day, self-guided cycling tour of the ...
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  9. Wild West Coast Road Trip 9D8N, Self-Drive

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    Experience the epic, untamed beauty of New Zealand’s Wild West Coast on this luxury, 9-day, self-drive road trip from Wellington to Queenstown. Discover the world’s most accessible glaciers, a UNESCO-world heritage area and some of the country’s best hiking including the Queen Charlotte Track and Abel Tasman National Park.

    Departing from Wellington, journey across Cook Strait to Picton to retrace Captain Cook’s explorations on the epic Queen Charlotte Track. Venture on to Nelson and discover the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park. Head south to Maruia River and Hokitika and get your heart pumping white-water rafting Buller Gorge or else exploring tranquil forest trails. Heli-hike the mighty Franz Josef Glacier and get up close and personal with this ever-changing natural wonder. At Lake Moeraki, choose your own adventure: look for dolphins, fur seals and penguins on Monro Beach or venture into ancient rainforest to historic huts. Journey inland to Wanaka and Queenstown to discover the glacier-formed lakes and stunning mountains that make the South Island famous.

    In the evenings, relax and unwind in hand-picked, 4 to 5-star hotels on a twin share basis. Your guest rooms are modern and comfortable with a king, queen or twin beds and ensuite bathroom. All hotels include full-breakfast and are conveniently located to local attractions, while maintaining an atmosphere of luxury and privacy.

    This luxury, 9-day, self-drive road trip includes 8-nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis. Activities, experiences and meals are included as specified, as is your hire car for the duration of the trip.

    Discover the best of the west on New Zealand’s Wild West Coast. The unspoilt wilderness is utterly unmissable!

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    Wellington, New Zealand
    Experience the epic, untamed beauty of New Zealand’s Wild West Coast on this luxury, 9-day, self-drive road trip from Wellington to Queenstown. Discover ...
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  10. 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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