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The Ultimate Luxury Itinerary in New Zealand

The ultimate luxury itinerary in New Zealand is different for each traveler.

Are you looking for a wilderness escape? A relaxing spa getaway? A chance to indulge in New Zealand’s best food and wine?

These unmissable luxury destinations and experiences will give you an idea of the ultimate luxury itinerary for your New Zealand getaway.

Our top luxury destinations include:

  • Queenstown
  • The Bay of Islands or Abel Tasman National Park
  • Waiheke Island
  • Rotorua
  • New Zealand Luxury Lodges

Link these destinations with the help of your private chauffeur or helicopter transfers to create an unforgettable, exclusive New Zealand itinerary.

The Best Destinations for a New Zealand Luxury Itinerary

The destination that has it all: Queenstown

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Queenstown’s alpine beauty seen from Matakauri Lodge

Almost every New Zealand luxury itinerary includes a visit to Queenstown.

This captivating resort town has it all: breathtaking wilderness, exquisite luxury lodges and 5-star hotels, exhilarating adventure activities, tantalizing wines, world-class golf resorts, and a perfect blend of idyllic solitude and bustling city life.

Queenstown is also ideally located to visit many of the top destinations throughout the South Island.

If your idea of a perfect luxury escape involves a long, relaxing stay in one location, Queenstown is perfect. For example, you can visit the vast wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park, the charming lakeside town of Wanaka, the picturesque and atmospheric old mining settlement of Arrowtown, and the wineries of Central Otago –all on easy day trips from Queenstown.

The perfect relaxing beach getaway: The Bay of Islands or Abel Tasman National Park

Private beach in Abel Tasman National Park
A secluded beach in Abel Tasman National Park

If your idea of the perfect New Zealand luxury retreat involves relaxing on secluded beaches, soaking in commanding oceanfront views, and sampling a range of water sports, your itinerary should include a stay in either the Bay of Islands (for North Island holidays) or the Abel Tasman (for South Island holidays).

Luxury beachfront accommodation ranges from 5-star hotels to all-inclusive luxury lodges nestled in pristine native bush.

The ideal boutique vineyard destination: Waiheke Island

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A boutique winery on Waiheke Island

For an unforgettable luxury wine tour, look no further than Waiheke Island, situated in the picturesque Auckland harbour.

This exquisite micro-region combines world-class wines with fine dining that draws on the region’s bounty, from olives to oysters.

Waiheke Island is easy to visit on a day trip from Auckland. Alternatively, stay on Waiheke Island to unwind and soak in the island’s tranquil setting.

The best base for seeing the highlights of the North Island: Rotorua

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Te Puia geothermal reserve in Rotorua

If you wish to see the most dramatic, world-renowned sites on the North Island, Rotorua is the perfect base.

Stay at a 5-star hotel or luxury lodge in the tranquil forests surrounding Rotorua. These luxury lodges are close to the action yet private and secluded.

During your stay, sample a range of activities. For instance:

  • Volcanic excursions (including hiking and helicopter tours of Tongariro National Park)
  • Glowworm cave tours at the Waitomo Caves
  • Immersive cultural encounters with the Maori people who have called Rotorua home for centuries
  • Visits to the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rejuvenating soaks in natural hot springs

The most indulgent luxury experience: A stay at one of New Zealand’s top luxury lodges

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Secluded indulgence at Huka Lodge, near Taupo

When you stay at a luxury lodge in New Zealand, your experience is far more than just a bed for the night.

From dedicated chefs serving the finest cuisine paired with delectable wines, to spa facilities designed for blissful relaxation and rejuvenation, a luxury lodge stay is the experience of a lifetime.

If you wish to immerse yourself in the attentive, sumptuous indulgence of a luxury lodge stay, choose from New Zealand’s best lodges and plan your holiday around the location of your favorite.

World-class lodges sure to fulfil every dream of luxury include:

  • Matakauri Lodge
  • Huka Lodge
  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
  • Solitaire Lodge
  • The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

In addition, each lodge is perfectly situated in a stunning natural setting, offering solitude, commanding views, and comprehensive facilities for the discerning traveler.

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