New Zealand Luxury Vacation: Rejuvenation & Discovery

For this New Zealand luxury vacation, our couple from Northern California wanted to travel to the South Pacific for wellness, meditation and spa.  Our travel experts knew that New Zealand’s stunning scenery perfectly compliments a spa and relaxation itinerary to soothe the soul. This New Zealand luxury vacation itinerary has some of the best spas in New Zealand with massages, a meditation session, saunas, jacuzzis, and steam rooms galore.  We started our California couple in Paihia in the Bay of Islands for some spa treatments and beautiful views of beaches.  Then they took a leisurely drive through to Auckland and then onto Rotorua, where they enjoyed the world famous Polynesian Spa and took in some Maori focused spa treatments.  Next on their New Zealand luxury vacation, they traveled to Split Apple Retreat, where they did daily yoga, received some special cooking lessons and some long walks.  They ended their stay in Queenstown at a gorgeous lodge where they again did daily yoga.   This New Zealand luxury vacation allowed them to stay in some of New Zealand’s most luxurious properties, where the staff indulged their every pampering whim. Yoga and Pilates instructors even came to their private beach spot for an early-morning session.  Suggested Length:  13 Days

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Starting at $9179 per person
Suggested Length 13 days
Our Reference D168

Day 1
Early this morning, arrive in Auckland and meet our local Down Under Endeavours representatives. Then hop on a short flight up to Kerikeri in the Northlands. Pick up a full size rental car and drive a short distance to the charming beachside township of Paihia and your luxurious spa resort. Paihia is the home of famous Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock within the Bay of Islands. Your accommodations are directly overlooking Paihia’s most picturesque beach and are within walking distance of the wharf with panoramic sea views from a large outdoor pool and five different Jacuzzis that offer relaxation at different temperatures. Relax and enjoy! Your stay includes 1 daily steam or sauna per person, and a NZD120 spa credit.
4.5-star seaside resort in Paihia

Day 2
Receive a hot stone therapy massage today for an hour apiece, as well as your daily steam or sauna. Depending on your interests, you could also try a couples massage, a body scrub, a facial, a leg relaxing treatment to help get over jet lag, a fancy haircut, or dozens of other treatments.
4.5-star seaside resort in Paihia

Day 3
Today is yours at leisure to enjoy however you like. Some additional activities, if you can drag yourself away from the spa, include dolphin swimming/watching cruises, sailboat cruises around the Bay of Islands, world-class golf at Kauri Cliffs, day trips up to Cape Reinga (where two seas meet and home of 90-mile beach), or just relax on the beach at your resort. Don’t forget – you still get your daily steam or sauna per person today.
4.5-star seaside resort in Paihia

Day 4
You’ll drive past enormous Kauri tree forests and quaint townships today en route to Auckland, the City of Sails and home to one out of every four New Zealanders. A one-night stay here is enough to explore luxurious Chuan Spa, with the Aotearoa Aura spa treatment highly recommended and included in the package price. One of the spa’s most recent additions and unique to this location, this spa treatment is New Zealand inspired, as it virtually transports the guest around the country through a range of sublime experiences including a pounamu (greenstone) and Manuka honey facial, warm oil massage, and body polish. Perfect after the drive.
5-star hotel in downtown Auckland

Day 5
Today is a drive through the green hills of the Waikato region (where The Lord of the Rings film featured Hobbiton) to Rotorua. Home of the best geothermal sites and the most accessible Maori cultural experiences, Rotorua may smell like sulfur but its many rewards are worth the visit. This geothermal hot spot is perfect for spa-lovers, as your lakeside resort can attest. Enjoy sparkling wine upon arrival. Then relax for your half-hour massage for two with Maori techniques, followed by hot spa pools, steam room, and Kawa Kawa infused steam sauna.
3.5-star resort just outside Rotorua

Day 6
Enjoy a full day of touring Rotorua today as you head to Hell’s Gate for geothermal sites and Mokoia Island within Lake Rotorua for cultural history. A guided tour, bird watching, indigenous food tasting, educational programs, relaxing boat cruises, or adrenaline-filled jetboat cruises welcome you to Rotorua. Take a native bush walk and learn about the native flora and fauna, then enjoy a hot soak in Hinemoa’s Pool and learn of the famous Maori love story that resulted in the hot pool. You can even plant your own tree to commemorate your visit and help the locals to replant native species on the sacred island.
3.5-star resort just outside Rotorua

Day 7
Fly to the South Island today, to the area near Abel Tasman National Park where you’ll be transferred to New Zealand’s most luxurious spa retreat – your home for the next four nights. They’ll welcome you with tea and a bottle of award-winning New Zealand pinot noir or sauvignon blanc. You’ll have full use of all retreat facilities, including gym, infrared sauna, steam room, outdoor spa pool, infinity swimming pool, and theatre.
5-star spa retreat along the shore near Abel Tasman National Park

Days 8-10
These three days are yours at leisure to enjoy your luxurious retreat. During your stay, you’ll receive a thirty-minute brain entertainment guided meditation session, a one-hour deep tissue massage per person, and a Thoughtful Food cooking lesson. As a “thank you” for your stay, a copy of the Thoughtful Food Cookbook will be mailed to your home. In case you want some more active pursuits, Abel Tasman National Park is a short ways away and offers many additional delights such as long beach walks and kayaking with fur seals, or you can visit Nelson city for its artist and craftsperson galleries. Scenic helicopter flights are also a must-do, and additional to your package.
5-star spa retreat along the shore near Abel Tasman National Park

Day 11
Today a short flight to Queenstown in the heart of the southern Alps brings you to arguably the most luxurious lodge in all of New Zealand. Located outside the township of Glenorchy on Lake Wakatipu about 45 minutes from Queenstown, this is a haven of tranquility and calm. Here, you can discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual well-being.
5-star luxury lodge outside Queenstown

Day 12
This morning, a private yoga instructor will come to your lodgings for a two-hour lesson geared towards your level of expertise. Subject to teacher availability, you can select Hatha, Vinyasa, classical Sivananda, classical Astanga, or pregnancy yoga. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to enjoy additional activities such as those in the Fiordlands, fly fishing, skiing, spectacular hiking, horseback riding, art trails and vineyards, or flight-seeing over many nearby national parks by helicopter.
5-star luxury lodge outside Queenstown

Day 13
Today you’ll check out of your lodge and be transferred by private car to the Queenstown airport for your flight home, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by your spa and relaxation retreat to the world’s most beautiful country.

  • 6 days rental car
  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 nights Paihia
  • 1 night Auckland
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • 4 nights near Nelson
  • 2 nights Glenorchy/Queenstown
  • Spa treatments except Glenorchy
  • Yoga instructor in Glenorchy
  • Tour of geothermal and Maori sites
  • Guided meditation & bottle of wine
  • Thoughtful Food cooking lesson
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 24-hour local assistance for all your needs while traveling

“If you really want to relax, do the Hot Stone Therary Massage at the spa which has a uniquely New Zealand flavour. After the massage, do the Vichy, Steam and Sauna for total body rehyrdation. Luxurious water treatments are detoxifying, hydrating and intensely relaxing both spiritually and physically.” -Shannon, Down Under Endeavours