Explore the vineyards, arts and crafts, and beaches of Waiheke Island
Soar over White Island and Rotorua in a private helicopter
Discover Maori culture, heritage and legends
Enjoy a food tour of Wellington culminating in a romantic three-course meal with wine pairings
Spend two days discovering the Southern Alps wilderness
Curated by Katie
Day 1 Arrival Auckland – Waiheke Island
Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be greeted by a representative and escorted to your private helicopter for the 15-minute flight to Waiheke Island.
The remainder of your day will be spent at leisure.
Day 2 Waiheke Island
Explore Waiheke Island at leisure with your own private driver and guide.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer will tailor the day to your interests whether you wish to visit the award-winning vineyards, take an art tour, or explore the stunning landscape.
Day 3 Waiheke Island - White Island
This morning your private helicopter will collect you from your accommodation and whisk you across the Coromandel Peninsula to White Island. Enjoy a guided tour of the active volcanic crater before journeying to Rotorua for a scenic flight over the colourful geothermal areas.
Your adventures continue with an afternoon expedition of Lake Rotoiti on a private catamaran. A Maori elder will explain the rich cultural history of this small lake, before you enjoy a lakeside picnic. Spend time at leisure by before heading to your lodge in Taupo.
Day 4 Taupo
Today, you’ll gain a unique insight into Maori culture and heritage on a half-day excursion with Te Ori Paki, high chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe. You can see how Maori language and culture are being preserved at a local school, and learn about local Maori legends and spirituality.
Day 6 Taupo – Hawke’s Bay – Wairarapa
This morning your private guide will collect you for the drive to Hawke’s Bay, where you’ll enjoy wine tastings and lunch.
Afterwards, you’ll continue to your accommodation in the Wairarapa, a journey of around four hours.
Day 7 Wairarapa – Wellington
This morning your helicopter will whisk you into Wellington for a day trip around this cool little capital.
You’ll enjoy a walking tour of Wellington’s finest cafés and local producers, before savouring a three-course lunch with wine pairings at a top restaurant.
In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of Te Papa Museum with a behind-the-scenes Maori tour that complements your Taupo excursion.
Day 8 Wairarapa
Enjoy a day at leisure in your lodge or select from its activities, including horseback riding, quad-bike tours, farm tours, or a trip to New Zealand’s largest brown fur seal colony. Your Lightfoot Travel Designer will be able to advise on activities prior to departure.
Day 9 Wellington – Queenstown – Wanaka
This morning your helicopter will transfer you to Wellington Airport after breakfast for your flight to Queenstown. You’ll be met by your private guide and transferred by helicopter to your accommodation in the Southern Alps wilderness near Lake Wanaka.
Settle in and explore your new surroundings.
Day 10 Southern Alps Wilderness
Over the next two days, you’ll explore the Southern Alps wilderness at your leisure. Heli-hike to a remote location for an alpine picnic, enjoy scenic flights, go jet boating or fly-fishing in the lakes and rivers, take photography lessons or explore by mountain bike.
Day 11 Southern Alps Wilderness
Continue exploring the Southern Alps Wilderness before your departure tomorrow.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can suggest some activities for today, should you wish to arrange any tours.
Day 12 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.