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Aotearoa Exploration

Nature, Wine & Discovery

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Day 1

Auckland Arrival - Gateway to Tranquility
As your plane gently lands in Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most inviting city, you embark on a unique journey. Stepping off the aircraft, a warm Kiwi welcome embraces you, guiding you into a world of relaxation, luxury, and natural beauty that will define the next 13 days of your life. At the airport, a dedicated team awaits to ensure your transition from air travel to serene exploration is seamless.

You're privately transferred to your luxurious accommodation, setting the tone for your upcoming adventure. Auckland, often referred to as the "City of Sails," gracefully combines urban charm with natural serenity.

Your serene abode, QT Auckland, exemplifies New Zealand's renowned hospitality. Offering world-class amenities, captivating views, and a tranquil ambience, it's not just a place to rest but a sanctuary where you'll begin to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand.

Over the next few days, this journey will take you from the bustling streets of Auckland to the remote tranquility of New Zealand's South Island, promising unforgettable experiences and cherished memories along the way.

Welcome to the adventure of serenity!
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Day 2

Rotorua - Otherworldly Walk
Your day gracefully unfolds as the Auckland sun rises. After breakfast, bid farewell to the city, embracing eco-conscious travel in a Tesla Model Y SUV. The scenic drive to Rotorua reveals geothermal wonders and Maori culture that await your unhurried exploration.

Your highlight of the day is the private guided Mt Tarawera Crater Walk. This volcano's 1886 eruption created the world's youngest geothermal valley and, tragically, erased the Pink and White Terraces.

You'll 4WD to its summit, retracing the steps of past explorers. Panoramic vistas stretch to the horizon.

Your day concludes at On The Point Lodge, a luxury lakeside haven. This tranquil lodge sets the stage for your Serenity and Nature journey, promising an unforgettable Rotorua experience.

Day 3

Rotorua – Exhilarating Calm
Prepare for an unhurried day in the heart of Bay of Plenty, where calmness and excitement reign side by side. Your day commences with an exciting Rafting and Zipline combo adventure.

The Ultimate Canopy Tour offers one of the world's best zipline experiences. Soar 400 meters above the forest canopy with a tandem zipline, taking in breathtaking views. Traverse the suspended cliff-face walkway for a tranquil adventure and enjoy a peaceful descent back to the forest floor.

Next, conquer Grade 5 rapids on the Kaituna River, providing an unforgettable rafting experience. The murmur of the rapids and navigating the tranquil waters will leave you reenergized.

After this excitement-infused day, unwind in the quiet of a private tub at Secret Spot Hot Tubs. As you unwind amidst nature's calmness, contemplate your peaceful yet exciting escapades, aware that further adventures await in the untamed heartland of New Zealand.

Day 4

Rotorua – Living Cathedral & Cultural Living
Today, your journey takes a serene turn as you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of New Zealand's natural beauty, cultural heritage, and historical treasures. It's a day of unhurried exploration that will deepen your connection to this remarkable land.

Immerse yourself in New Zealand's natural beauty, culture, and history. Explore the Whirinaki Forest on a private guided walk, one of the world's last prehistoric rainforests, with a history stretching over 200 million years. Your guide reveals its secrets, introducing unique flora and fauna while sharing its significance to the Maori.

The Whirinaki Forest Walk is an unhurried journey into a primeval world, where nature reigns supreme. Enchanted by its soothing beauty, you'll explore this ancient rainforest.

In the evening, experience Maori culture at Te Pa Tu. Traditional performances, including the haka and Maori songs, celebrate New Zealand's indigenous heritage. A Maori fusion dinner blends traditional and contemporary flavors, reflecting the vibrant Maori culture's enduring influence.

As you retire, carry echoes of ancient forests and Maori traditions. It's a day embodying New Zealand's heart and soul, where nature, culture, and history weave an unforgettable tapestry of unhurried experiences.

Day 5

Kaikoura - Coastal Hush
Bid adieu to Rotorua and catch a flight to Christchurch, where your overland expedition continues with a Ford Mustang Mach E EV SUV. Embark on a leisurely drive along the eastern coastline to Kaikoura, savoring New Zealand's coastal splendor at a relaxed pace.

Your drive hugs the dramatic shoreline, unveiling vistas of the vast Pacific Ocean. Gentle waves embrace rugged cliffs, creating photo opportunities. Approaching Kaikoura, the imposing Kaikoura Ranges elevate coastal views.

Your haven for the next three nights, Upper Branch Tree House at Hapuku Treehouses & Lodge, provides a tranquil escape among treetops with ocean and mountain panoramas. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in Kaikoura's hush, where this journey transforms into an immersive celebration of New Zealand's coastal marvels.

Day 6

Kaikoura - Aquatic Magic
Kaikoura invites you to immerse yourself in its aquatic magic. An unhurried private chartered marine escapade awaits as the sun graces the Pacific Ocean's morning horizon, and your private boat stands ready to navigate these abundant waters.

Witness greatness as majestic albatrosses, a photographer's dream, grace your boat's vicinity. However, the true enchantment lies in the playful Dusky Dolphins, renowned for their acrobatics. If you wish, don a wetsuit and join them in the water, creating a surreal bond with these captivating creatures and nature itself.

Throughout this journey, your knowledgeable private guide shares tales of the sea, painting a vivid picture of Kaikoura's marine ecosystem. From ocean depths to the sky's heights, today's adventure unveils the diversity of Kaikoura's marine life.

As you say goodbye to your marine companions, you embrace treasured recollections and a deep reverence for the undersea realm. It's a day of marine enchantment, where every instant unfolds as an unhurried passage from a well-crafted playbook.

Day 7

Kaikoura - Culinary Delight & Delightful Sunset
In Kaikoura, a town renowned for its "Crayfish Delight," savor a day of gastronomic pleasures and tranquil coastal ambiance.

Commence your experience with a stop at Nin's Bin, a beloved local eatery celebrated for its crayfish. Relish the delectable and succulent flavors of crayfish sourced from Kaikoura's unspoiled waters, paying homage to the town's maritime legacy. Following this seafood feast, the hours are yours to explore at your own unhurried rhythm. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the coastline, check out local boutiques, or simply immerse yourself in the coastal atmosphere.

As the sun dips below the horizon, go on a private kayak journey along the rugged shoreline. Glide through calm waters as the setting sun blankets the landscape in a golden hue. The sea whispers its mysteries, and coastal cliffs rise in majestic splendor.

This personal rendezvous with Kaikoura's coast offers a peaceful adventure, an opportunity to commune with the natural world's balance. Beneath the evening stars, contemplate the day's culinary indulgences and delightful sunset — an occasion to relish the sea's flavors and the coastal landscape's allure, crafting enduring memories.

Day 8

Mt. Cook – Ethereal Skies
Embracing Nature's Majesty Today, your journey takes an unhurried turn as you leave Kaikoura behind and venture deep into New Zealand's South Island. The scenery is breathtaking, with rolling hills, valleys, and the stunning Lake Tekapo reflecting the Southern Alps' grandeur.

Your final destination is Mt. Cook, home to New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Here, nature's serene majesty is on full display, with towering mountains reaching for the sky. Mt. Cook is also renowned as the world's largest dark sky region, offering a spectacular celestial show.

At the Pukaki Wine Cellar and Observatory, you'll immerse yourself in this exceptional dark sky realm. Guided by skilled astronomers, delve into the cosmos within an intimate ambience. Observe constellations, planets, and celestial wonders against the unspoiled night sky—a leisurely exploration igniting the imagination and leaving you in a state of wonder.

Retire to your luxury STAY Mt. Cook Lakeside Retreat, for the next three nights surrounded by dramatic landscapes, overlooking the stunning Lake Pukaki and the wonders of the night sky. It's a leisurely night of earthly and celestial wonders, setting the stage for tomorrow's adventure.

Day 9

Mt Cook – A Sensory Ballet on Ice
Prepare for an extraordinary day brimming with sensory delights as you delve into the heart of frozen grandeur. Your Tasman Glacier heli-hike assures an exhilarating blend of flight and glacier exploration, revealing unparalleled vistas and icy wonders.

Your adventure commences with a breathtaking helicopter flight, offering you captivating views of the rugged alpine terrain. Upon landing on the top section of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's largest, your exploration truly begins. Guided by glacier experts, you'll navigate its undulating surface, encountering a landscape of tranquil beauty and frozen marvels. This icy domain unveils distinctive ice formations crafted by nature's hand.

Your hike takes you through this glacial wonderland, where crystal-clear ice and shimmering blue hues dominate. Every step captivates you with the glacier's ever-changing character, a testament to nature's unhurried forces. Surrounding vistas are spectacular, from New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook, to the sweeping Southern Alps – a panorama that stretches to the horizon. You’ll be immersed in profound silence, broken only by the gentle crunch of your boots on the ice and the glacier's distant rumble.

This sensory ballet is an immersive interplay of sights, sounds, and sensations, that will create lasting impressions, honoring the power of nature and the marvels of New Zealand's alpine landscapes.

Day 10

Mt Cook – Stroll in the Valley
Get ready for an immersive adventure into the Southern Alps as you set out on a relaxed hike through the scenic Hooker Valley, nestled beneath New Zealand's tallest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. This day offers you an intimate connection with pristine alpine landscapes and the soothing sounds of alpine streams.

Your easy walking adventure begins with a trail winding through the Hooker Valley. A natural sanctuary embraced by towering peaks. This well-maintained path blends untouched beauty with serene solitude, ideal for those seeking a leisurely yet awe-inspiring hike.

While you stroll amidst the Southern Alps, the mountains, cloaked in eternal snow, evoke a profound appreciation for the natural world. Crystal-clear alpine streams meander through the landscape, sparkling like liquid diamonds. Robust swing bridges gracefully traverse these streams, enabling you to cross their unspoiled waters and venture further into the valley.

Your hike culminates at Hooker Lake, cradled beneath Aoraki/Mount Cook. The glacial lake's turquoise waters reflect nature's artistry. After absorbing its enchantment, return to your high country estate near Lake Pukaki.

This relaxed day of gentle exploration and sublime vistas leaves a deep appreciation for New Zealand's alpine beauty.

Day 11

Wanaka - Tiaki Promise
Today, you will leave on a brief yet picturesque journey from Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka, a charming town nestled along the shores of Lake Wanaka. This road trip not only revels in the beauty of New Zealand but also underscores its dedication to the Tiaki Promise—preserving the land for future generations.

As you bid adieu to Aoraki/Mount Cook's alpine vistas, each twist and turn of the road unveils fresh panoramas. Take your time to fully relish this short road trip with delightful pauses along the route.

While driving, witness a dramatic transformation in the scenery. The transition unfolds from the grandeur of the Southern Alps to the undulating hills and valleys of Otago, showcasing New Zealand's multifaceted landscapes.

In Wanaka, a town dedicated to responsible tourism through the Tiaki Promise, your accommodation awaits at Lime Tree Lodge or Tin Tub Luxury Lodge. Wanaka's tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking environs provide the perfect setting for relaxation and contemplation.

Day 12

Wanaka - Highland Expedition
Engage fully in New Zealand's high country through an exclusive off-road and walking expedition at Dingleburn Station. This unspoiled sheep station in Wanaka region presents an opportunity to harmonize with nature.

Your leisurely day commences with a journey into the expansive high country, where the terrain seems boundless, and alpine fragrances pervade the atmosphere. Dingleburn Station's storied past as a sheep farm enriches your exploration.

Venture off-road, traversing remote landscapes that grant access to pristine wilderness. Subsequently, embark on foot, meandering through alpine meadows, tracing unspoiled streams, and acquainting yourself with the indigenous flora and fauna.

As night descends, return to Wanaka, where you can reminisce about the day's experiences. Treat yourself to a delectable meal at one of Wanaka's esteemed eateries.
Today is an undisturbed communion with the wilderness, instilling within you a profound reverence for nature's harmony

Day 13

Wanaka - Wine Meets Exploration
Prepare for a delightful expedition where adventure intertwines with fine wine amidst Central Otago's breathtaking landscapes. This exclusive wine tour promises a day of immersive discovery, stimulating your senses with remarkable flavors and captivating vistas.

Central Otago stands renowned not only for its dramatic scenery but also for its world-class vineyards. Your journey commences with an excursion into this vineyard haven.

One of the tour's highlights lies in the opportunity to connect with vineyard proprietors. Their ardor for winemaking and the land shines through, offering unique insights into the art of winemaking and the narratives behind each bottle.

Amongst luxuriant vineyards, indulge in tastings of exceptional wines, each sip echoing Central Otago's terroir. From robust reds to crisp whites, the diverse array of flavors mirrors the region's natural landscapes.

A gourmet platter luncheon beckons you to savor local delicacies harmonized with the finest wines. This culinary escapade is a harmonious blend of flavors, showcasing Central Otago's culinary prowess.
While strolling through vineyards and absorbing the awe-inspiring panoramas, you'll come to recognize the unpressured rhythm of life in this picturesque haven. It's an opportunity to completely immerse yourself in Central Otago's vineyard paradise.

As night descends, return to your cozy lodging, carrying memories of this wine-infused expedition. Day 13 celebrates the craftsmanship of winemaking and the splendor of Central Otago, instilling within you a deeper admiration for the region's rich flavors and landscapes.

Day 14

Journey Conclusion - Cherished Memories
Your unforgettable journey concludes today, filled with serene exploration, stunning landscapes, and cultural experiences. Depart with cherished memories of enchanting New Zealand.

Embark on an epic Aotearoa Odyssey, a 14-day journey that beautifully balances thrilling adventures with the joys of unhurried exploration amidst New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes. This immersive expedition is a harmonious blend of heart-pounding excitement, encounters with nature’s wonders, and the indulgence of fine wine experiences.

Your voyage commences in Auckland, the very gateway to New Zealand’s enchanting charms. From there, we dive deep into Rotorua’s mesmerizing volcanic landscapes, providing an exhilarating start to your adventure.

As your journey unfolds, you’ll discover the hidden treasures of New Zealand’s South Island at a pace that allows you to truly absorb the essence of each location. Explore the secluded coastal beauty of Kaikoura, where rugged shores meet the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Delve into the untouched wilderness of Mt. Cook, where majestic mountains and glacial landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see.

In Wanaka, immerse yourself in sustainable practices, connecting with the land in meaningful ways that add depth to your adventure. And, of course, savor the finest wines of Central Otago, a region known not just for its dramatic scenery but also for its world-class vineyards.

Throughout your expedition, relish luxury stays in exquisite accommodations, where you can relax and rejuvenate between exhilarating activities. The odyssey guarantees an abundance of cherished memories, etching the boundless beauty of Aotearoa into your heart and soul.

From heart-pounding escapades to serene encounters with nature, your journey through New Zealand’s South Island promises to be an unforgettable experience that will leave you breathless and inspired. This is slow travel at its finest, where each moment is an adventure and each adventure is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of Aotearoa.


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Nestled in Viaduct Harbour, QT Auckland promises a luxuriously quirky escape that reflects its harbourside locale.  Bursting with design-led details, the guest rooms and public spaces all tell a story of inner beauty and self-discovery, celebrating individuality in a world less conventional. Taking inspiration from nature, designer Nic Graham has created a visual feast using the Oyster and the Oyster trawler as the core design elements.  The Oyster’s influence can be seen throughout the design – the rough, raw and natural textures of the outside shell juxtaposed with the smooth, clean and luxurious nature of the inside.  New Zealand’s natural hues lend themselves to the colour scheme, mingling with bold block colours for contrast.

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