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New Zealand Family Adventure
(14 days) Auckland to Queenstown
Map of New Zealand Family Adventure
Day 1 Auckland

On arrival at Auckland International Airport, you will be met bridge side as you disembark your aircraft. From here you will be escorted through priority customs and security lines and assisted with your luggage.

After passing through security, you will be met by your Southern World representative, Tim Reid and assisted to your private transfer vehicle. From the airport it is a 35-40 minute drive to your accommodation.

An early check-in has been organised so you will have immediate access to your rooms this morning.

Hilton Auckland

1 bedroom Presidential Suite interconnecting with the Relaxation Suite including breakfast for 2 nights

SkyWalk (afternoon activity)

Imagine you are walking along a narrow walkway around the outside of the Sky Tower, high above Auckland. There are no handrails, nothing but thin air and the city 192 metres below you!

You’ve got spectacular 360° panoramic views of Auckland, its hills, the harbour and the islands beyond. If you look down, you have a perfect bird’s eye view of the city far below.

After your Skywalk, you will have the option of a SkyJump (not included) before meeting a local Driver for a 35 minute drive back to your accommodation.

Day 2 Auckland

Auckland Sailing Excursion

Escape the city for an island getaway. Soak up the sunshine and fresh air as you journey to Waiheke Island with your professional sailing crew.

Listen as the crew engage you with their knowledge of Auckland, the Hauraki Gulf and more. Take the opportunity to get involved and help trim the sails and steer the helm as we make our way to your destination.

On arrival at Waiheke Island, farewell your crew as you are met by a local Waiheke Island Guide for a transfer to your lunch location at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant.

After lunch, head via the beautiful beaches of Waiheke Island to Ecozip Adventures.

EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox/zip lines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breath

Taking Waiheke Island (30kg is the minimum weight, 125kg is the maximum weight)

5:15/30pm after completing your EcoZip adventure, board your private helicopter for a short transfer back to Downtown Auckland for an evening at leisure

Day 3 Rotorua

This morning meet your local Guide for a day tour to Rotorua via Matamata or Waitomo (2.5 hours to Matamata or Waitomo)

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

This morning depart your accommodation with a local Guide for the rural surrounds of Matamata for a private Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to Hobbiton, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.


Black Water rafting – Black Odyssey

Challenge yourself on this extreme dry caving adventure with the experts who have over 25 years of caving expertise.  Experience a range of different caving techniques to complete this journey that will seriously stretch your limits with extreme traversing and mind-blowing heights.  Edge over crossings high above roaring streamways, spider-walk through ancient rift passages and be challenged with technical high rope work and flying foxes.

Continue to Rotorua (1 hour from Matamata or 2.5 hours from Waitomo)

Solitaire Lodge

Villa Two Bedroom Suite including dinner and breakfast for 2 nights

One of the first New Zealand luxury lodges to offer secluded luxury accommodation from a spectacular lakeside location. Styled with comfort in mind, all ten suites feature panoramic views of the lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.

Day 4 Rotorua

Rotorua Adventure Day

The perfect tour for any adventurer when in Rotorua – this tour includes 2-3 hours of superb Mountain biking, extreme Kaituna Waterfall Rafting, a delicious lunch in our local cafe and a beautiful Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to thermal hotpools only accessible by boat.

Meet your guide for the day, and travel a few minutes to Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest for our first adventure – Mountain Biking!  Choose from over 140kms of purpose built tracks tailored to all skill levels for a 1-2 hour ride through forestry back roads, single track and fun jump trails surrounded by beautiful native and pine forests.

Following your ride, travel approximately 15minutes to idyllic Okere Falls for your next adventure – Grade 5+ Waterfall Rafting on the Kaituna River.  Fitting our equipment and listening to a thorough safety briefing, raft approximately 45minutes on water over 3 falls from 1m, 3m and 7m high – the last being the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world!

Taking a break, you will head to a local Eco-store for a delicious lunch before your final experience – Lake Kayaking to Thermal Hot Pools.  Paddle approximately 40minutes through scenic bays out across stunning Lake Rotoiti to lake edge Thermal Hot pools only accessible by boat.   Relax and enjoy a soothing soak or a cold plunge in the lake before returning via kayak to the jetty and return transportation to Rotorua.

Day 5 Wellington

This morning you will be transferred to Rotorua’s domestic airport by private vehicle.

Fly with Air New Zealand from Rotorua to Wellington (1 hour flight)

Wellington Meet & Greet and short sightseeing

On arrival at Wellington Airport you will be met as you enter the main terminal and assisted with your luggage.

Travel with your local Guide to the Otari Reserve Rain Forest. This area receives rain on 125 days of the year. Here walk across the ‘Tree Top Walkway’, 20 metres above the forest floor, viewing native trees and birds.

This afternoon arrive at the Capital Jets base. Board your private helicopter for a 10 minute transfer (verses 90 minute drive) to Wharekauhau. After landing on the front lawn of the lodge you will be greeted by your hosts and escorted to your rooms after an orientation of the lodge. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

7.00pm pre-dinner drinks commence with dinner from 8pm. Live music and a special dinner menu and experience has been organised this evening (music from 10/10.30pm until after mid-night).

Palliser Bay Accommodation – Wharekauhau Country Estate

Interconnecting Cottage Suites including dinner and breakfast for 3 nights

Anything is possible whether it be an insight into farming in New Zealand, a tour of the lodge’s historic coastline, or even something as simple as enjoying a hike through the 3,200 acre haven that is Wharekauhau.

Built along the lines of an Edwardian country mansion, the main lodge captures the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. As you wander into the Grand Lodge, the first point that catches the eye is the awe inspiring view over Palliser Bay, framed perfectly from every vantage point.

Each room in the main lodge has a different feel, from large open lounges to smaller, cozier areas such as the Palliser Room, or the Drawing Room. The antique furniture and over-sized fireplaces throughout the lodge capture the grandeur of yesteryear.

High above the thunderous surf of Palliser Bay a small cluster of cottages can be seen dotted throughout the extensive grounds. Sumptuously furnished, enjoy magnificent ocean views and offer complete privacy and seclusion. These are the Wharekauhau Guest Cottages.

Day 6 Wellington

ATV Quad Bike and Beach Fishing Adventure

After 20 minutes of tuition, enjoy wonderful views and local scenery in the company of an experienced guide. Protective clothing is provided.

You tour this morning takes you across farm country and also onto the black sand beach of Palliser Bay. This activity is great for the adventurous, or choose your own pace as you take in sweeping views of the farm and coastline.

After your ATV adventure, meet the rest of the family for a transfer down to the beach for a beach fishing experience with lunch and beer from the chilli-bin (tides and fishing conditions dependent)


Day 7 Wellington

Farm Experience

This morning depart the lodge with your Guide to explore this working sheep station by comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle. Bordered by the Rimutaka Ranges and Pacific Ocean, this classic Kiwi Romney sheep station features all the activities that have created New Zealand’s legendary farming heritage, including sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dogs in action and daily farm events. Meet one of the farm managers who will introduce you to his trusty working dogs and demonstrate why a working dog is so essential to the success of a farm, plus you will be talked through the process while the farm manager shears a sheep to release the strong but soft natural fibre.

Afternoon Horse Trek or Martinborough winery visits

This afternoon ride horseback for 3 hours further exploring one of the most spectacular farms in New Zealand. Your Guide will take you to a remote part of the farm and enjoy a light afternoon tea by a babbling brook, or overlooking the rugged and dramatic coastline of Palliser Bay.

No less than 29 boutique wineries are situated in close proximity to Wharekauhau. Discover the pleasures of the local wineries, tasting some of the world’s best Pinot Noir. International wine experts rate Martinborough as one of the finest wine growing regions in New Zealand and its Pinot Noir equal to anything that Burgundy has on offer.

Your personal guide will chauffer you around the best vineyards and introduce you to the wine-makers for a behind the scenes tour. Included with this tour will be lunch at one of the vineyard cafes or at one of the excellent cafes in the village where you will also have the opportunity to visit the boutique shops

Day 8 Christchurch

This morning say farewell to your lodge hosts as you depart the lodge with a local private Guide for a scenic drive to Wellington Airport via the Rimutaka Ranges.

Fly with Air New Zealand from Wellington to Christchurch (1 hour flight)

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you will be met, assisted with your luggage and transferred to your waiting helicopter.

From Christchurch Airport it is a 15-20 flight to your accommodation at Annandale on the Banks Peninsula. Land at Scrubby Bay, Annandale and meet your hosts for an introduction to your accommodation and the Annandale Farm, your base for the next 3 nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore with lunch and dinner provided (Private Chef Dinner).

Banks Peninsula Accommodation – Annandale, Scrubby Bay Beach House

3 Bedroom beach house including daily breakfast and dinner for 2 nights.

Annandale – Scrubby Bay

Scrubby Bay is in a spectacular valley on the outer reaches of the Annandale property. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts to be found in the luxurious cedar-clad beach house. A sun-drenched deck, three ocean-front bedroom suites plus a bunk room and a huge open plan dining and living space, well stocked with books and games for all ages, mean there is plenty of space for everyone to relax and do their own thing, coming together as and when you choose. Facilities also include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.  Whether you are marking a special occasion or just taking a break from the hectic pace of life, you will leave Scrubby Bay with a fresh perspective and a warmer heart.

Day 9 Christchurch

Akaroa Dolphin Swim

Enjoy a day in French influenced Akaroa Village including a scenic nature cruise and swim with the unique and rare Hector Dolphins.

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation this morning. You will be driven over the Port Hills towards Banks Peninsula, where from the hill top, you will have wonderful views out over Akaroa Harbour. Continue down from the crater of this extinct volcano and follow the shores around to the French influenced village of Akaroa.

Enjoy the views as your skipper keeps a watchful eye out for rare Hector Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins. On return to the dock around midday, you will have time to explore the quaint village. Enjoy lunch at your own leisure (lunch own expense) before meeting your Guide again for a transfer back to Annandale and Scrubby Bay. On your return drive you stop at the top of the farm where Mountain Bikes have been organised so you can return to Scrubby Bay (mostly downhill) at your own leisure.

Day 10 Queenstown

This morning farewell Scrubby Bay as you lift-off from the front lawn for a 15-20 minute flight back to Christchurch Airport

Fly with Air New Zealand from Christchurch to Queenstown (1 hour 10 minute flight)

On arrival at Queenstown Airport you will be met, assisted with your luggage and transferred to your Lodge by private vehicle.

Your Guide will take you on a quick orientation tour of Queenstown town centre before arriving at the Skyline Gondola for a journey up to Bob’s Peak and 2 x included luge rides included per person. There will be time for lunch at the café or back down in the Queenstown town centre before your local Guide transfers you to Matakauri Lodge.

Pre-dinner drinks and dinner included at the lodge this evening

Azur Lodge

2 x adjacent Villa Suites including daily breakfast

It would be hard to imagine a more perfect view than the one from Azur Lodge, this luxury accommodation offers amazing uninterrupted views of Lake Wakatipu & the surrounding mountains. Azur offers nine identical free standing villas and a main lodge that houses the lobby, breakfast dining room & stunning guest lounge. Azur is located on a hilltop in a private & secluded part of Queenstown offering complete privacy & isolation, yet it is only 5 minutes by complementary transfer from Downtown & 15 minutes from Queenstown Airport. Azur is renowned for personalized friendly and professional service, nothing is too much trouble.

Each of our 9 identical private luxury villas is an expansive 75sqm with a large 10sqm sun deck perfect for relaxing and enjoying the expansive uninterrupted views.

Day 11 Queenstown

Fiordland Explorer – Doubtful and Milford Sound Expedition (6-7 hours)

This morning travel with your expert Pilot deep into Fiordland and Milford Sound. Visit seldom explored coves and beaches throughout the fiords. An immersion in a primeval world, a paradise for photographers

Fiordland is an area of spectacular beauty. Native forest, glacial-hewn valleys, towering mountains and majestic and primeval scenery have afforded this area World Heritage status. Ancient animals and plants of Gondwanaland still exist here.

Join Over The Top Helicopters delight in allowing you to explore this inaccessible area of the world. As with all Over The Top experiences, the excursions are leisurely, but there is the option to include a hike as part of your experience.


Day 12 Queenstown

Mountain Bike and Shotover River White Water Rafting

This morning meet your private Guide (Beau) at the lodge who will drive you to the historic Arrowtown where you mount your bikes to cycle down the beautiful banks of the Arrow River.

Crossing numerous swing bridges you will ride to the Kawarau bungy bridge, where a vehicle will meet you and your Guide with chilled water. Your knowledgeable guides will share local information and history with you along the way. After lunch, head to the rafting base on the Shotover River for the afternoon adventure.

Meet your river guide before beginning your white water rafting journey through the spectacular Skippers Canyon. Rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, you’ll head towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. The adrenalin pumps as you paddle Rock Garden, After Shock, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball and Jaws to name but a few. Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

After your rafting, your local Guide will meet you for a transfer back to the lodge

Day 13 Queenstown

Full Day Ultimate Expedition Fly Fishing

After a short transfer, lift-off at 8.00am and explore the remote streams of the lower South Island with your helicopters and pilots at your disposal. When your guides recommend another favourite spot, cast off in your helicopter and fly there. This is the ultimate way to access New Zealand’s best fly fishing waters and fish where the trout are striking.

Wild trout in New Zealand have shown they can grow extremely large with the trophy/magical 10 pound trout being caught by many avid anglers each season. The size of the trout and lack of aerial predators combined with the clarity of our streams and lakes sets New Zealand apart from the rest of the world. Sight fishing with dry fly and nymph to exposed trout that feed throughout the middle of the day is what fly fishing in NZ is all about.

Day 14 Queenstown

After a relaxing morning and early afternoon in Queenstown, farewell your local Guide at Queenstown Airport

Hilton Auckland
Solitaire Lodge
Wharekauhau Country Estate