Explore 6,000 acres of virgin beech forest at Poronui Lodge
Cruise around the breathtaking beauty of Abel Tasman National Park
Fly over glacial landscapes and cruise the magnificent Milford Sound
Discover trout fishing on the rivers and lakes of Rotorua
Enjoy a zipline adventure through evergreen forests at the Mamaku Plateau
Curated by Chris
Day 4 Rotorua
Your day begins with a three-hour guided eco-adventure through the evergreen native forests of the Mamaku Plateau. You’ll traverse ziplines, treetop platforms and suspension bridges while your guide brings to life the flora, fauna and birdlife.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities that suit your interests prior to departure.
Day 6 Taupo
This morning you’ll be taken on a guided walk through 6,000 acres of virgin beech forest, a haven for endangered species such as the kaka (New Zealand parrot) and small-scaled skinks.
In the afternoon you can choose from a range of activities, including horseback treks, fly-fishing, heli-hiking, Maori cultural experiences, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking.
Day 7 Taupo - Marlborough Sounds
This morning you’ll drive to Taupo Airport, where you’ll drop off your rental car and hop on the flight to Blenheim in the South Island.
You’ll be escorted to Picton Wharf to pick up your private water taxi to your accommodation.
Day 8 Marlborough Sounds
Today you can explore Marlborough Sounds and the Marlborough region at leisure.
Take a scenic cruise through the Sounds, charter a luxury yacht, walk part of the Queen Elizabeth Track, go birdwatching at Moturoa Island, or enjoy a wine tour of Marlborough. Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can help plan activities to suit your interests prior to departure.
Day 9 Marlborough Sounds - Nelson
After breakfast, you’ll head back to Picton by water taxi, where you’ll collect another rental vehicle and drive to Nelson. Settle into your luxury lodge and enjoy some leisure time.
Day 10 Nelson
Today you’ll have a full day excursion in the Abel Tasman National Park. You’ll drive to Stephens Bay to join your boat, before exploring Split Apple Rock, numerous sandy bays, Adele and Fishermen’s Islands, and the Tonga Island seal colony. The cruise itinerary is flexible and can be adapted to your interests.
You’ll stop for a picnic, swim and snorkel before heading back.
Day 12 Queenstown - Milford Sound
This morning you’ll be driven to the airport for your scenic flight to Milford Sound. You’ll enjoy a three-hour cruise on the Sound, passing sheer rock cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and the iconic Mitre Peak.
Enjoy some leisure time in Milford, where you can opt for a kayaking trip before your flight back over the glaciers of the Olivine Ice Plateau.
Day 13 Queenstown
Enjoy a day at leisure in Queenstown.
Take a ride on the steamer TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak, go hiking or bungee jumping, play a round of golf, or go wine tasting in Central Otago.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can recommend activities to suit your interests prior to departure.
Day 14 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to Queenstown Airport for your onward journey.