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Best of New Zealand - Private Luxury New Zealand Tours (9 days)

Artisans of Leisure

Auckland, New Zealand To Queenstown, New Zealand

Valid for Departures Now Through: 10 Jul 2021


Day 1
Auckland, New Zealand
Sofitel Auckland None

BEST OF NEW ZEALAND: Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Christchurch & Arthur's Pass, Queenstown & Milford Sound

An exclusive private tour of New Zealand for the most discerning luxury traveler.

Private arrival transfer to hotel

Accommodation in Auckland at luxury hotel

Afternoon private excursion to Waiheke Island

Vineyards, villages, beautiful beaches

Day 2
Taupo, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
Huka Lodge Breakfast

Private transfer to Taupo, with touring of Rotorua en route

Geothermal areas, Maori culture, sheep show

Accommodation in Taupo at ultra-luxury lodge

Day 3
Taupo, New Zealand
Huka Lodge Breakfast

Half-day private cruise on Lake Taupo

Beautiful landscapes, option for trout fishing

Day 4
Canterbury, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Otahuna Lodge Breakfast

Private transfer to airport for flight to Christchurch. Private city tour upon arrival

Private transfer to Canterbury

Accommodation in Canterbury at ultra-luxury lodge

Day 5
Canterbury, New Zealand
Otahuna Lodge Breakfast

Full-day excursion on TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass or to Banks Peninsula and Akaroa

Day 6
Queenstown, New Zealand
Blanket Bay Breakfast

Private transfer to airport for flight to Queenstown. Private arrival transfer to Glenorchy

Private touring of Queenstown and Arrowtown en route

Historic gold mining town, wine country

Accommodation in Glenorchy at ultra-luxury lodge: Blanket Bay or Matakauri Lodge

Day 7
Queenstown, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Blanket Bay Breakfast

Private helicopter flight over Southern Alps to Milford Sound, including glacier landing

Day 8
Queenstown, New Zealand
Blanket Bay Breakfast

Morning Dart River jet boat safari to Mount Aspiring National Park

Day 9
Queenstown, New Zealand
None Breakfast

Private transfer to Queenstown airport

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Artisans of Leisure is an exclusive tour supplier for Virtuoso. All tours depart daily and are private, highly personalized and luxurious. Virtuoso travelers receive amenities and VIP treatment on all Artisans of Leisure tours.

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BEST OF NEW ZEALAND: Auckland, Taupo & Rotorua, Christchurch & Arthur's Pass, Queenstown & Milford Sound

An exclusive private tour of New Zealand for the most discerning luxury traveler.

This private New Zealand tour combines the charms of two of the country's largest cities—Auckland and Christchurch—with the spectacular landscapes of the North and South islands, including the vineyards and beaches of Waiheke Island, the volcanoes and lakes around Taupo and Rotorua, and the high peaks and fjords of the Southern Alps. It also features private touring, a scenic train journey, a private helicopter flight through Milford Sound, fine food and wine, and accommodation at the best luxury lodges in New Zealand.

About Us

Artisans of Leisure is a luxury travel company specializing in comprehensive private tours in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the South Pacific. Artisans of Leisure tours are created for discerning travelers who expect the highest level of luxury, service, and attention to detail. Artisans of Leisure tours include preferred rooms at the world’s best luxury hotels and resorts. All touring is private, with expert guides and drivers in each destination, and each day is tailored to individual interests, preferred pace, and travel preferences.

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25th Anniversary Trip

By: AJ

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2015

Great experience!!! Tony, the driver that was our main contact was amazing.
Travel Advisor:  Isla Steinberg

Israel Tour

By: MBIsrael

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

Artisans provided the perfect itinerary for our first trip to Israel. Our guide and driver - Amir and Yaron - were wonderful, personable and knowledgeable. Maria at Artisans was responsive during trip when we had questions as was their local contact. The culinary tour led by Aliza was a highlight. Great experience overall.
Travel Advisor:  David Lauwers