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Aotearoa Odyssey

Thrills, Nature & Wine

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Day 1

Auckland Arrival - Gateway to New Zealand
As your plane touches down in Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most vibrant city, you'll begin a journey like no other. The moment you step off the aircraft, a warm Kiwi welcome envelops you, and you're ushered into a world of adventure, 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 relaxation 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," is a unique blend of urban charisma and natural wonder.

Your luxurious abode, Park Hyatt, provides a perfect introduction to New Zealand's renowned hospitality. With its world-class amenities, stunning views, and a tranquil ambience, it's not just a place to rest your head but also a sanctuary where you'll begin to immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder that is 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 wilderness of New Zealand's South Island, promising unforgettable experiences and cherished memories along the way. Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime!
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Day 2

Rotorua Adventure - Private Guided Mt Tarawera Crater Walk
Your day bursts into action 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 unfolds, where geothermal wonders and Maori culture await.

The 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, walking in the footsteps of past explorers. Panoramic vistas stretch to the horizon.

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

Day 3

Rotorua Thrills - Private Rafting and Zipline Combo
Get ready for an action-packed day in Rotorua's heart, where adventure and adrenaline rule. Your day starts with an exhilarating private 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 an adrenaline rush and enjoy a thrilling descent back to the forest floor.

Next, conquer Grade 5 rapids on the Kaituna River, offering an unforgettable rafting experience. The roar of the rapids and navigating surging waters will leave you invigorated.
After this action-packed day, unwind in a private tub at Secret Spot Hot Tubs.

As you relax amid nature's tranquility, reflect on your thrilling adventures, knowing more await in New Zealand's wild heartland.

Day 4

Rotorua - Nature, Culture & History
Today, your journey takes a captivating 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 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 a mesmerizing journey into a primeval world, where nature reigns supreme. Enchanted by its tranquil 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 experiences.

Day 5

Coastal Odyssey - Rotorua to Kaikoura
Say farewell to Rotorua and board a short flight to Christchurch, where your adventure continues with a Ford Mustang Mach E EV SUV. Journey to Kaikoura along the eastern coastline, a captivating drive showcasing New Zealand's beauty.

The road winds along the dramatic shoreline, offering vistas of the Pacific Ocean's vast expanse. Waves crash against rugged cliffs, providing opportunities for stunning photographs. As Kaikoura nears, the imposing Kaikoura Ranges enhance the coastal scenery.

Your destination, Upper Branch Tree House at Hapuku Treehouses & Lodge, offers a unique retreat amidst treetops with ocean and mountain views. As the sun sets, embrace the adventures in Kaikoura, where this journey becomes an immersive experience celebrating New Zealand's coastal wonders.

Day 6

Kaikoura's Aquatic Symphony - Private Marine Adventure
Kaikoura invites you to immerse yourself in its aquatic symphony, a remarkable private chartered marine experience. As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, your private chartered boat awaits to explore these rich waters.

Encounter greatness as majestic albatrosses a photographer's delight that land an arm's length from your boat. The real enchantment lies in playful Dusky Dolphins, known for their acrobatics. Don a wetsuit and swim alongside these charismatic creatures, forging a surreal connection with nature.

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 bid farewell to your marine friends, you carry cherished memories and a profound appreciation for the underwater world. It's a day of marine magic, where each moment is a page from a storybook.

Day 7

Kaikoura's Culinary Delights and Coastal Serenity
In Kaikoura, a town known for "Eating Crayfish," indulge in a day of culinary delights and coastal serenity.

Start with a visit to Nin's Bin, a local food truck famous for its crayfish. Enjoy the sweet and succulent taste of crayfish from Kaikoura's pristine waters, a tribute to the town's maritime heritage. After this seafood feast, the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Take a leisurely coastal stroll, shop at local boutiques, or simply bask in the seaside ambience.

As the sun descends, embark on a private sunset kayak tour along the rugged coastline. Paddle on tranquil waters as the setting sun bathes the landscape in a golden glow. The sea shares its secrets, and coastal cliffs stand in majestic beauty.

This intimate encounter with Kaikoura's coastline is a serene experience, a chance to connect with nature's harmony. Under the evening stars, reflect on the day's culinary delights and coastal tranquility—a day to savor the sea's flavors and the beauty of the coast, creating lasting memories.

Day 8

Alpine Passage to Mt. Cook - Embracing Rugged Majesty
Today, your journey takes a dramatic 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 destination is Mt. Cook, home to New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Here, nature's rugged 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 experience this unique dark sky wonderland. With expert astronomers as your guides, explore the universe in an intimate setting. Witness constellations, planets, and celestial marvels against the pristine night sky—a journey that sparks the imagination and leaves you in awe.

Rest your head for the next three nights at the to your comfortable accommodations in the heart of Mt. Cook, surrounded by dramatic landscapes and the wonders of the night sky. It's a night of earthly and celestial marvels, setting the stage for tomorrow's adventures.

Day 9

A Glacial Ballet - Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike
Get ready for an extraordinary day filled with sensory delights as you venture into the heart of frozen grandeur. Your Tasman Glacier heli-hike promises an exhilarating fusion of flight and glacier exploration, unveiling unrivaled vistas and icy marvels.

The adventure begins with an awe-inspiring helicopter flight, treating you to breathtaking views of the rugged alpine terrain. Touching down on a remote part of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's largest, your exploration truly commences. Guided by glacier experts, you'll traverse its undulating surface, a landscape of serene beauty and frozen wonders.

This icy realm reveals unique ice formations sculpted by nature. Your journey 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 forces.

Surrounding vistas are spectacular, from New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook, to the sweeping Southern Alps—a breathtaking panorama that stretches to the horizon. Amidst glacial beauty, 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 masterpiece, a symphony of sights, sounds, and sensations, will leave an indelible mark, celebrating nature's might and the wonders of New Zealand's alpine landscapes.

Day 10

Hooker Valley Hike
Prepare for an immersive journey into the Southern Alps as you embark on a leisurely trek through the picturesque Hooker Valley, nestled beneath New Zealand's tallest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. This day offers an intimate connection with pristine alpine landscapes and the soothing sounds of alpine streams.

Your 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 tranquil solitude, ideal for those seeking a leisurely yet awe-inspiring hike.

As you walk, amidst the Southern Alps, the mountains, draped in eternal snow inspire reverence for the natural world. Crystal-clear alpine streams meander through the landscape, glistening like liquid diamonds. Sturdy swing bridges span these streams, allowing you to cross their pristine waters and delve deeper into the valley.

The invigorating mountain air carries the scent of alpine flora, and nature's symphony surrounds you as you explore. Keep an eye out for native birdlife, harmonizing with the adventure.

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

Day 11

Aoraki to Wanaka - Embrace the Tiaki Promise
Today, you have a short and scenic drive from Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka, a town on Lake Wanaka's shores. This journey celebrates New Zealand's beauty and commitment to the Tiaki Promise—preserving the land for future generations.

Leaving Aoraki/Mount Cook's alpine landscapes behind, the road unfurls with new vistas at each turn. Take your time to savor the journey, with captivating stops along the way.

As you drive, the scenery changes dramatically. You'll transition from the Southern Alps to Otago's rolling hills and valleys, showcasing New Zealand's diverse landscapes.

Admire crystal-clear lakes like Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd for serenity, and marvel at Lake Pukaki's iconic views of Aoraki/Mount Cook.

In Wanaka, a town dedicated to responsible tourism through the Tiaki Promise, you'll stay at Lime Tree Lodge or Tin Tub Luxury Lodge. Wanaka's tranquil ambiance and stunning surroundings provide the ideal backdrop for relaxation and reflection.

Wanaka invites you to embrace the Tiaki Promise, celebrating New Zealand's natural wonders while respecting the land that welcomes you.

Day 12

Dingleburn Station Immersion - A Private Highland Expedition
Immerse yourself in New Zealand's high country with an exclusive, off-road, and walking adventure at Dingleburn Station. This pristine sheep station in Wanaka offers a chance to connect with nature.

Your day starts with a journey into the vast high country, where the land stretches endlessly and alpine scents fill the air. Dingleburn Station's rich history as a sheep farm adds depth to your exploration.

Off-road, you'll navigate remote landscapes, accessing untouched wilderness. Afterward, explore on foot, wandering through alpine meadows, following pristine streams, and learning about local flora and fauna.

As evening falls, return to Wanaka, where you can reflect on the day's memories. Enjoy a fine meal at one of Wanaka's renowned restaurants. Day 12 is an intimate encounter with the wilderness, leaving you with a deep appreciation for nature's tranquility.

Day 13

Central Otago Vineyard Adventure - Where Wine Meets Exploration
Get ready for a delightful journey where adventure and fine wine unite amidst Central Otago's stunning landscapes. This private wine tour offers a leisurely day of immersive exploration, tantalizing your senses with exceptional flavors and captivating sights.

Central Otago is famous not only for its dramatic scenery but also for its world-class vineyards. Your adventure starts with a trip into this vineyard haven.

One of the tour's highlights is the chance to meet vineyard owners. Their passion for winemaking and the land is evident, providing unique insights into winemaking and the stories behind each bottle.

Amidst lush vineyards, savor tastings of exceptional wines, each sip reflecting Central Otago's terroir. From bold reds to crisp whites, the diverse flavors mirror the region's landscapes.

A gourmet platter lunch invites you to relish local delicacies paired with the finest wines. This culinary experience is a symphony of taste, showcasing Central Otago's culinary excellence.

As you wander through vineyards and soak in breathtaking views, you'll appreciate the unhurried pace of life in this idyllic spot. It's a chance to fully immerse yourself in Central Otago's vineyard paradise.

As evening falls, return to your comfortable accommodation with memories of this wine-infused adventure. Day 13 celebrates winemaking artistry and Central Otago's beauty, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for this enchanting region's flavors and landscapes.

Day 14

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

Discover an epic Aotearoa Odyssey, on this 14-day journey filled with thrilling adventures and adrenaline-pumping escapades amidst the primeval and stunning landscapes of New Zealand. This immersive expedition combines heart-pounding excitement with encounters with nature’s most magnificent wonders and indulgent wine experiences. Your voyage begins in Auckland, the very gateway to New Zealand’s enchanting charms. From there, you’ll set forth to explore Rotorua’s mesmerizing volcanic landscapes, delving deep into the Earth’s fiery heart.

As your journey unfolds, you’ll uncover the hidden treasures of New Zealand’s South Island. Discover the secluded coastal beauty of Kaikoura, where rugged shores meet the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Venture into the untouched wilderness of Mt. Cook, where majestic mountains and glacial landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see.

Immerse yourself in Wanaka’s sustainable practices, connecting with the land in meaningful ways. 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 and embark on private adventures tailored to your desires. This odyssey guarantees an abundance of cherished memories, etching the boundless beauty of Aotearoa into your heart and soul. From adrenaline-pumping 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.



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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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