New Zealand Luxury Vacation: Rejuvenation and Discovery

For this New Zealand Luxury Vacation: Rejuvenation and Discovery package, a couple from Northern California wanted to travel to the South Pacific for wellness, meditation, and spa. We sent them to New Zealand, where stunning scenery perfectly complements a spa and relaxation itinerary to soothe the soul. This New Zealand Luxury Vacation 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 3 days of spa treatments and beautiful beach views. Then they took a leisurely drive through to Auckland, staying overnight to visit the luxurious and utterly relaxing Chuan Spa, and then on to Rotorua. Here, they bathed in the hot mineral pools of the world-famous Polynesian Spa and took a Maori cultural tour of the region, complete with a visit to a traditional carving and weaving school.

Next on their New Zealand Luxury Vacation, they journeyed to the South Island and spent 4 nights at Split Apple Retreat. At this total wellness resort, they relaxed with massages, yoga, saunas, and more. They had a gourmet thoughtful food cooking class and a wellness consultation with an onsite expert. Their package also included free transfers into the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park for hiking and adventure. They even got to see some dolphins in the water!

They finished their New Zealand Luxury Vacation at a gorgeous lodge in Queenstown, Blanket Bay. In this tranquil alpine setting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, they were utterly pampered with massage therapies, refreshing treatments, and soaking in the alpine view Jacuzzi. In true New Zealand style, they decided to get a heavenly Manuka honey facial.

After 2 weeks of indulgence, their New Zealand Luxury Vacation came to an end. They began their journey home feeling completely rejuvenated in body and soul.

Perfect for
Starting at $7699 per person
Suggested Length 13 days
Our Reference D168
Destinations

Day 1
Early this morning, arrive in Auckland and meet our local Down Under Endeavours representatives. Then hop on a short flight up to the Bay of Islands. Pick up your 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. Your hotel is just steps from the beach and features a swimming pool surrounded by tropical flowers. Relax and enjoy!
3-star hotel in Paihia

Day 2
Today, head over to a nearby spa resort and receive a hot and cold stone massage for an hour apiece. 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.
3-star hotel in Paihia

Day 3
Today is yours at leisure. 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 2 seas meet), or simply relaxing on the beach.
3-star hotel 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 New Zealand’s most populous city. A 1-night stay here is enough to explore luxurious Chuan Spa and receive your Chuan Stone Therapy treatment. Let your body unwind as you receive a rejuvenating massage, and balance the yin and yang energies through the use of hot stones.
5-star hotel in Auckland

Day 5
Today, enjoy a drive through the green hills of the Waikato region (where The Lord of the Rings film featured Hobbiton) to Rotorua. This geothermal hot spot is perfect for spa lovers, as your lakeside resort can attest. Drive to the renowned Polynesian Spa nearby, where you can bathe in 4 shallow, hot mineral rock pools of graduated temperatures. This evening, enjoy fine dining on the terrace overlooking the lake.
Peppers on the Point

Day 6
Experience the spectacular geothermal activity and volcanic landscapes of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley on a heritage and culture tour. Walk through a historical Maori village and discover why the Maori were attracted to the warm, healing waters of this unique thermal region. At the Rotorua Museum, hear the intriguing stories of the Great South Seas Spa, Rotorua’s volcanic past, and early Maori and European history of this fascinating area. End the day with a visit to Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural attraction, to gain an insight into the culture of the Maori people and visit the carving and weaving schools.
Peppers on the Point

Day 7
Fly to the South Island today, where you’ll be transferred to New Zealand’s most luxurious spa retreat and your home for the next 4 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.
Split Apple Retreat

Day 8 – 10
Spend the next 3 days being pampered at your luxurious retreat. Your Wellness Package includes 1 deep tissue massage apiece, a 1-hour yoga or personal training session, a gourmet thoughtful food cooking class, and a personalized wellness consultation. You will also have opportunities to explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. 3 day trips into the park via water taxi or road transfer, with gourmet picnic lunches, are included in your rate. Here, you can hike through native wilderness and golden sand beaches, go sea kayaking, and look out for dolphins. Your days here will leave you feeling reconnected with nature and yourself.
Split Apple Retreat

Day 11 – 12
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, Blanket Bay is a haven of tranquility and calm. Here, you will be surrounded by understated luxury and breathtaking natural surroundings. You can discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Blanket Bay

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

  • 3 nights Paihia
  • 1 night Auckland
  • 2 nights Peppers on the Point, Rotorua
  • 4 nights Split Apple Retreat, near Abel Tasman National Park
  • 2 nights Blanket Bay, Glenorchy
  • Sea & Senses Massage with Hot Stone in Paihia
  • Chuan Stone Therapy treatment in Auckland
  • Mineral bathing at Polynesian Spa
  • Heritage and culture tour in Rotorua
  • Wellness Package at Split Apple Retreat
    • Transfers from Nelson airport
    • 1-hour hot stone massage
    • 2 1-hour yoga or personal training sessions
    • 3 day trips into Abel Tasman National Park with lunch
    • 1 gourmet thoughtful food cooking class
    • Personalized wellness consultation
    • Guided meditation sessions upon request
  • 6 days rental car
  • Private airport transfers

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