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Please click on map for description of each region! New Zealand is a miracle of geology-- a verdant and varied continent compressed into two small islands. Epic landscapes intertwine. Glaciers slide through rainforest. Mountains trap the ocean into fjords and sounds. Vineyard rows lead down to the windswept beach. Jaw-dropping natural beauty Incredible outdoor activities Terrific fine wines No matter your pace, New Zealand is an adventure. Even the beaten path here is not so beaten. There is top-flight wine, world-class golf and enough awe-inspiring outdoor activities to fill weeks, months and years. The country is perfect for adrenaline junkies, foodies and a wide range of travelers in between. It’s easy to find a place, alone from the crowds to take in or take on the natural wonders. Down Under Endeavours handcrafts luxury vacations designed around your wants, needs, timeframe and budget. To get a taste of what’s possible, check out these sample itineraries. Have a look, see what catches your eye, then chat to the Down Under team to custom-create your itinerary. Occasionally, we offer traditional “package” vacations focused on a special event. But those are the exception, not the rule. The itinerary of your trip of your lifetime will be unique to you.
Soak in the beauty of the south island of New Zealand with this unique wildlife and adventure vacation. Relax in luxury at the unique accommodations and enjoy the customized tours that round out this once in a lifetime vacation.
This New Zealand and Cook Island package was created for a family of four with two children under the age of eight. This vacation was perfect for the whole family as they experienced Queenstown and Franz Joesef Glacier. They ended their trip spending a relaxing two nights at the Cook Islands.
Spend 10 days exploring New Zealand's highlights. From the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, to the stunning mountain peaks of Queenstown, New Zealand is a nature and outdoor enthusiast's dream destination.
Julian H. Robertson, legendary hedge fund manager and philanthropist, has invested heavily in his 30-year love affair with New Zealand. Julian is the owner and creator of Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, and Matakauri Lodge. The Tiger Tour is Julian’s personal vision of how discriminating travelers can best experience his favorite destination and meet the people who make New Zealand so special. Incorporating the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands, the Tiger Tour features nine nights, three award-winning lodges and dozens out-of-this-world destination options. The Tour is inclusive of acclaimed cuisine, green fees at stunning golf courses, quintessentially Kiwi experiences and the opportunity to mingle with distinctive New Zealanders, human and otherwise.
This special itinerary was created for a couple from Chicago who wanted to experience the wine trail in New Zealand, but wanted a personal, unique vacation. So we sent them to all four major wine areas in New Zealand. They started in Napier where they tasted wine and experienced the unique art deco architecture. Then they moved on to Wellington for a wine tour train excursion through Martinborough. We then sent them to amazing property, the Bay of Many Coves in Queen Charlotte Sound where the owners prepared special meals for them each night. They also toured the Marlborough and Central Otago regions. Suggested Length: 11 Days
Looking for a little New Zealand and Cook Islands indulgence for a special occasion, like an anniversary or birthday? How about enjoying the beautiful landscapes on the NZ South Island, coupled with one of the most popular wine regions of New Zealand and then treat yourself to a few days on the beach in the quiet, beautiful Cook Islands. You will start your trip in the adventure capital of the world in Queenstown where you can bungy jump, jet boat, hike, and kayak. Then you will view the beautiful glacier region of the South Island. From there you will drive up to Punakaiki for the amazing pancake rocks. You will end your journey in the beautiful Marlborough region for great wine tasting and then drive to Auckland for your flight to the Cook Islands. Finally end with some relaxation and unwinding on a beautiful beach to top off your NZ vacation. Suggested Length: 8 Days
This New Zealand and Cook Islands outdoor adventure is perfect for the weekend warrior or is a great graduation trip for a family or a couple. On this vacation, you start with adrenalin pumping activities on the South Island in Queenstown, like bungy jumping, jetboating, kayaking and hiking. You can add a day cruise on Milford Sound from here to enjoy the natural beauty of the fiord lands. Then you will fly to the North Island to get a taste of the geothermal activity around Rotorua. From here you can do black water rafting, caving and glowworm viewing. Then end your New Zealand and Cook Islands overseas adventure travel with two days on the beach to relax and unwind. A perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Suggested Length: 8 Days
This New Zealand and Cook Islands vacation is a perfect romantic getaway for a honeymoon or maybe a babymoon! Enjoy the romance of the South Island of New Zealand, where you will start with the adventure capital of the world in Queenstown. You and your sweetie can bungy jump, jetboat, and hike to enjoy the beautiful views. And then you move on to explore the glaciers, where you can even hike on the glacier. From the glaciers, you will take a romantic train ride to Christchurch, the garden city. To end your romantic getaway to New Zealand and Cook Islands, you end on a beautiful beach, where you both can relax and enjoy the pristine views of the ocean from your spot in the Cook Islands. Suggested Length: 8 Days
Designed by a passionate golfer for two passionate golfers from North Carolina, this is a combination of Australia and New Zealand’s great golf courses. They visited Tasmania and Melbourne in Australia, the two homes of the best golf in the country. After enjoying rounds of golf at Barnbougle and Lost Farm near the Tamar Wine Valley in Tasmania, this golf couple also spent four nights of their Australia and New Zealand golf vacation in Melbourne in stylish accommodations. Then they headed to the sunny, warm Bay of Islands in New Zealand for Kauri Cliffs and ended at stunning Cape Kidnappers, which is a bit farther south, for the absolute best golfing in New Zealand in spectacular scenery. Suggested Length: 16 Days
This package is a blend of our traveler’s favorite moments of New Zealand, filled with unique and diverse experiences and finishing at one of the best beach resorts in new Zealand. Cruise through fiords, land on a glacier and soak in natural hot springs. 4WD exploration of back country, straight from the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Stay in boutique lodgings, meet some of our favorite hosts and come home with incredible stories and photos. All within 17 days, and designed with enough flexibility to make this trip your own.
A combination of adventure travel and luxury was the recipe for this vacation planned for a Dallas couple for their Australia and New Zealand luxury honeymoon. We put them at some of the South Pacific’s most acclaimed luxury lodges. They started their trip in the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. From here they experienced the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef. Next for their Australia and New Zealand luxury honeymoon, they spent some time at the wonderful Wolgan Valley Resort nestled in the Blue Mountains Heritage area. In New Zealand, they enjoyed the wilderness and waterfalls at Treetops Lodge, and ended their Australia and New Zealand luxury honeymoon in spectacular Queenstown at New Zealand's Top 5 luxury lodge, Blanket Bay Lodge. Suggested Length: 17 Days
This luxury multi country vacation package to Australia and New Zealand was planned for empty nesters who wanted to experience Australia and New Zealand highlights. They wanted to experience the vibrant cities of each country. So we decided to send them to chic Melbourne, sassy Sydney and welcoming Auckland, as they all have unique personalities and many notable sights that are worthy of exploring. We had them start with the beach scene in Sydney, then sent them to experience the café culture and hidden laneways in Melbourne, then on to the active waterfront in Auckland. They loved every spot and felt they definitely got the highlights of cities in Australia and New Zealand. Suggested Length: 14 Days
This lucky honeymoon couple from Canada had a full month for their Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti journey. So we sent this on an epic month-long journey guiding them through the highlights of the South Pacific experiencing the culture and landscape of New Zealand, Australia, and Tahiti. They spent some time learning about the indigenous Maoris of New Zealand and then they experienced the jaw-dropping scenery of Milford Sound. Then we sent them west to the Red Center to see “The Rock” and they learned about the aborigine people of Australia. Then they went snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and made a stop in iconic Sydney. We finished their trip with a week-long cruise through the Tahitian Islands including stunning Bora Bora. Suggested Length: 31 Days
This trip was designed for a couple that included a very special proposal. This New Zealand honeymoon package (or pre-honeymoon package) was a special self drive journey that we designed so that they could enjoy the scenic beauty of New Zealand and visit some specific wineries. With an assortment of romantic lodges and boutique hotels and a picture-perfect backdrop of mountain and coastal scenery, this trip provided a great feel for the outdoors and many off the beaten path experiences. They went kayaking to a hidden cove in the Coromandel Peninsula, enjoyed a private Polynesia spa session in Rotorua, and sipped wine in the Marlborough region. And the proposal went off without a hitch, which was a helicopter ride to mountain top with amazing views and a private picnic. And no worries, if the proposal didn’t go as planned, he knew we had him covered. Suggested Length: 15 Days
A taste of the highlights of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. Start with the Scottish influenced Dunedin, home to the rare yellow-eyed penguin and Royal Albatross. In Queenstown you will explore the fiord-lands as well as exceptional wineries in Central Otago. Continue your journey along the rugged west coast, heli-hike on a glacier and meet the locals. Carve through the heart of the country on board the Tranz Alpine train, before finishing your journey at an exceptional boutique hotel outside Christchurch.
This South Pacific vacation package covers the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and Sydney in Australia then continues with the rugged natural wonders of Queenstown, Rotorua and Auckland in New Zealand. A final stop for some real relaxation is the sunny Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. A magical Australia, New Zealand, Fiji combination to suit travelers of all types, this covers the highlights of the South Pacific in a way that keeps you pampered and adventurous!
Enjoy the highlights of Australia and New Zealand unpacking your bags only once. Silversea’s South Pacific cruises sweep across these two countries in a breathtaking succession of dazzling sights. Start in Australia with a visit to two great Australian cities, chic Melbourne and wonderful Sydney. Then make a stop in unique Tasmania before crossing the Tasman Sea. New Zealand sets out to impress with its geysers and glaciers, sub-tropical rain forest and spectacular Lord of the Rings landscapes.
Designed by golfers. New Zealand is quickly becoming one of the best golf locations in the world. In this itinerary, you’ll stay at the country’s most luxurious lodges and hotels, while golfing the most famous courses. Included are Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers, both listed on the World’s Top 50 Golf Resorts by Golfer’s Digest. All green fees, golf cart for two passengers, and rental clubs are included in this golf lover’s dream itinerary. Plus, see the highlights of New Zealand along the way...
This trip was designed for many of our fishing types from enthusiasts to experts to novices. We combined the experience of glacier stream fishing in New Zealand with remote fishing expeditions to the wilderness in Australia. You can fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout in New Zealand and Tasmania or stalk the barramundi in crocodile infested waters in Australia. You troll for deep-sea fish, hand-line cast for river and lake fish, or stalk and capture by fly-fishing. Suggested length on this vacation is 19 days, but we custom build all of fishing vacations, so it could be more or fewer days based on your needs.
New Zealand's stunning scenery perfectly compliment a spa and relaxation itinerary to soothe the soul. This itinerary has some of the best spas in New Zealand with massages, a meditation session, saunas, jacuzzis, and steam rooms galore. Stay in some of New Zealand's most luxurious properties as well, where the staff indulge every pampering whim. Yoga and Pilates instructors can even come to your private beach spot for an early-morning session.
Many of our honeymoon couples ask us for a vacation where they can hit the high points in Australia and New Zealand and get a real local flavor of the culture, the food and the locals in each country. This Australia and New Zealand honeymoon was created for one of those couples. They started with the Great Barrier Reef, doing quad biking and horse riding through ancient rainforest. In Sydney they did the bridge climb, dived with the sharks and enjoyed one of the best beaches, Bondi Beach in Australia. On the New Zealand South island they did glacier hiking, bunjy jumping, jet boating and kayaking with seals. In addition, for this Australia and New Zealand honeymoon, we gave this couple the secrets to local gems for restaurants and night life so that they truly got a feel for the local culture, afterwards they came back to their fabulous room with a view. Suggested Length: 18 Days
For this voyage, we sent two friends on a New Zealand luxury trip to discover the country’s history, the people and the landscape through their eyes. These two lifelong friends from Phoenix got to stay at a Maori Marae, immersed themselves in their culture and heard stories of their carvings and ceremonies. They loved exploring the country’s dramatic landscapes by self-driving (on the left side, of course), they did a scenic helicopter flight and did an overnight Fiordland cruise. On this New Zealand luxury vacation, they also discovered the people behind the cuisine on a private food tour and Marlborough Sounds cruise. The ladies completed their exploration with an exclusive guided tour of the Waitangi treaty grounds and a wonderful beach resort. Suggested length: 18 Days
This special birthday vacation was planned for a 40th birthday for a couple from Seattle. They wanted a highlights of Australia and New Zealand vacation. So we put this together for them to discover the tastes and landscapes through the eyes of a local. This birthday trip included gourmet bush dining and night spotting, chef led journeys, Melbourne after dark and wine/spa country. As a special treat for this Australia and New Zealand vacation, we included a private experience behind the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Seafood Auction and fish and chips with Sydney siders. They got to meet the coffee roaster, the French baker and learned firsthand from Maori guides. As for the wine part of the vacation, they visited Martinborough, Marlborough and Yarra Valley wine country all at a leisurely pace so they could savor and unwind. Suggested Length: 17 Days
This New Zealand honeymoon was planned for a couple from Los Angeles that were true food and wine people. As New Zealand is renowned for exceptional small production wineries, fresh mountain air, and glacier fed streams so clear you can spot trout 100 feet away, we thought this was a perfect honeymoon for them. The journey let them savor the fresh produce, meet the people behind the creations and explore the countryside, all in two weeks. On their New Zealand honeymoon, they stayed at boutique hotels with award winning local chefs, offering the best of regional cuisine. They ended their honeymoon with a cruise through fiordlands and helicopter ride over rugged mountain peaks. It was truly a feast for all the senses. Suggested Length: 15 Days
This New Zealand vacation package was planned for two sisters who wanted to get the New Zealand highlights. We knew that the main population centers of New Zealand are where the action is, so we sent them to Queenstown which is the hub of adrenaline activities in the world. Then they traveled to quaint Wellington, which has been called the "Coolest Little Capital" in the world (Lonely Planet). And they ended in cosmopolitan Auckland, which is the hub of nightlife, dining and shopping. We sprinkled in some must-do tours in each location for wine, Fiordlands, good food, wildlife, and museums. They came back and said not only did they get New Zealand highlights, they got an urban adventure of a lifetime in one of the most remote countries on earth. Suggested Length: 12 Days
New Zealand is an excellent destination for off-the-beaten path experiences with the beautiful mountain scenery as your playground. Mass tourism has yet to find its way here so travelers can find a hidden waterfall or a stunning mountain lake that seems it has yet to be discovered. Visit the penguins at sunrise on the Otago Peninsula, kayak in Fiordland National Park, explore White Island (a marine volcano) and go bird watching on Tiri Tiri Matangi. The gorgeous scenery paired with the unique wildlife are an adventure’s dream.
This Fiji and New Zealand honeymoon was planned for a Chicago couple who were married in Napa. They wanted to experience a rain forest but also have great wine tasting trips on their honeymoon. We sent them to five star luxury resorts in Fiji and New Zealand to give them glamorous and romantic destinations. Fiji, with its palm-fringed beaches and endless opportunities for private moments, was perfect for their beach and rain forest experience. Then for their Fiji and New Zealand honeymoon they moved to the South Island of New Zealand to experience the rugged mountains and natural beauty of the country. New Zealand was also a perfect place for them to experience great wine tasting coupled with unique food experiences. Suggested Length: 12 Days
New Zealand is one of our favorite places in the world. This itinerary was created from our staff’s own personal experiences and we hand picked our favorites. There are few countries in the world that are so filled with hair-raising, heart-racing, and blood-pumping activities...from bungy jumping to jet boating, to zorbing, to mountain biking, to heli hiking and many more! All of these exciting activities can be with the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s mountain and rainforest landscape. This country is truly the home for the weekend warrior, think of it, go hard during the day and then relax at 4 star accommodations at the end of the day, if this sounds perfect to you (sounds great to us), then look no further than this wild NZ trip! Suggested Length: 12 Days
For this New Zealand and Fiji vacation, we had a very intellectual couple that wanted to get to know the history and culture of two of the South Pacific’s most storied cultures, the Fijians and the Kiwis. We started them with some time on Castaway Island where they were hosted by an amazing Fijian staff and had an opportunity to meet the local chief. Then they traveled onto New Zealand, where they were immersed in both the indigenous Maori culture and European culture through stories, dance, and food. They ended their New Zealand and Fiji adventure, they explored the country’s dramatic landscapes as they traversed the South Island, including Arthur’s Pass, Queenstown and the Fiordlands. Suggested Length: 13 Days
This honeymoon vacation was planned for a ultra hip New York couple who were looking for a cosmopolitan vacation coupled with a relaxing stay on an island. They loved attention to detail and lots of extra touches to make it extra special. For their Australia and New Zealand honeymoon, we started them with a massage on a table in the ocean at Hayman Island. They then went on to explore the Great Barrier Reef and deserted islands nearby. To give them their cosmopolitan experience, we sent them to savor the European flair of Melbourne and the urban sophistication of Sydney. They then went on to the rugged natural beauty of Queenstown, New Zealand where they road a helicopter onto a glacier for a romantic picnic, with gorgeous views of the area. And then for their Australia and New Zealand honeymoon, they continued north to Waiheke Island, one of New Zealand's hidden gems where they explored the chic villages, beautiful beaches, and wonderful vineyards on the idyllic island. Suggested Length: 17 Days
We had one couple that wanted to travel throughout New Zealand on board a private 15 seat aircraft. So we gave them this New Zealand luxury vacation allowing them access into some of New Zealand's most remarkable natural wilderness regions - from the majestic Mount Cook to the picturesque Bay of Islands. They decided that this luxury New Zealand adventure is the very best way to experience the true beauty of New Zealand's endless rural plains and spectacular Southern Alps. Travel in luxury by private aircraft providing unsurpassed aerial views of New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes. Suggested length: 12 Days
This luxury vacation package was planned for a large, extended family. Twelve of them wanted to enjoy a guided luxury tour of New Zealand. We wanted to give them options to enhance their time in enchanting New Zealand. This itinerary truly delivered the very best each region has to offer - natural wonders, beautiful private gardens and warm country hosts. The fun of this New Zealand guided tour is the journey from each destination to the next from the north island to the south island. Their driver and guides gave them fresh and personal insights into the beautiful country and its wonderful culture. Suggested Length: 14 Days