DAY 1 – QUEENSTOWN
Arrive Queenstown. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel – the QT Queenstown where we will spend the next seven nights. I will be at the hotel to greet you. Check-in, rest and relax.
This evening we will meet for a pre-dinner drink before enjoying our Welcome Dinner (at the hotel).
Overnight: QT Boutique Hotel (Welcome Dinner)
Day 2 – Queenstown & Surrounds Tour
Queenstown & surrounds touring.
Today we have a Private Tour discovering the amazing surrounds of Queenstown.
We get picked up at our hotel and head to Glenorchy & Paradise. The road between Queenstown and Glenorchy is one of the most scenic in New Zealand; it winds its way along the shore of Lake Wakatipu before ending in the stunning town. We will visit numerous scenic locations and share facts, stories and history about the region including Maori history. We continue to beautiful Paradise, passing Diamond Lake and viewing Lord of The Rings film locations. These landscapes have been made famous worldwide by filmmakers; be awed by varied scenery; ancient beech forests, braided rivers, glacial mountains and deep valleys.
We then make our way to the fabulous Amisfield Winery for a wander and a ‘Trust The Chef’ 3-course lunch. *Chef Vaughan Mabee was awarded Chef of The Year at the 2019 Cuisine Good Food Awards. Everything about Amisfield reflects Central Otago, including the dramatic stone building that houses the acclaimed Bistro and Cellar Door. The three-hatted restaurant experience takes you on a culinary journey through the tastes of a place that has become an essential destination for gourmands and vinophiles.
Onto historic Arrowtown. Arrowtown was swarmed firstly by European gold prospectors in the 1860’s, then by 5,000 Chinese who were invited to try their luck among the leftovers. We will walk among the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charming historic buildings.
En-route back to Queenstown, and after a pit stop at Coronet Peak / Skippers Road Lookout, we will stop off for some wine tasting at Cargo at Gantley’s in Arthurs Point.
We return to Queenstown and your evening is free.
You can wander into town and have a tipple at Eichardt’s Bar lounge, open since 1867, serving cocktails, tapas & champagne in a chic, cozy atmosphere.
Overnight: QT Boutique Hotel (B / L / Wine Tastings)
Day 3 – Queenstown – Free Day
Today is your day to indulge. It is your free time to do as much, or as little as you please.
We will be on hand to help you organise whatever you would like to do today, but here are a few suggestions:
– The Queenstown Hill walk
– The Tiki Trail walk
– Moke Lake walk
– Gibbston Valley Bike Wine Tour
– Queenstown to Arrowtown Bike Tour
– Bike The Bridges
– The Basin Explorer
**all these can be Guided or Self-Guided, and can be on E-Bikes also.
– Yoga at Nadi Wellness
– Salt Float Spa
– Forme Day Spa
Overnight QT Hotel. (B)
Day 4 – Queenstown – Bannockburn Wine Touring
Private Wine Tour to Bannockburn.
Central Otago is one of the Southern-most grape growing regions in the world and is arguably the world’s most spectacular setting for vineyards. The first wine-grapes were planted here back in 1864 and despite the district’s potential as a wine-growing area, wine-grapes were not commercially grown again in Central Otago for more than a century. At present the Central Otago wine region only produces around 2.5% percent of New Zealand’s wine, but with its vastly untapped terroir and natural resources, it is positioned to become one of the World’s most sought-after wine brands. Central Otago today is best known for its rich, mineral-laden Pinot Noir and its’ dramatic landscape.
Bannockburn is a surprising oasis of vineyards, heritage sites and fantastic vistas. The surrounding area offers a chance to discover the unique tastes of Central Otago, gold mining heritage and to be inspired by working artists and galleries. Wherever we go, we will be rewarded with expansive views of the Kawarau River, Pisa Range, Lake Dunstan and the Dunstan Mountains.
Our Private Wine Tour to Bannockburn showcases the best in fine wines made at top wineries and vineyards. We will sample internationally acclaimed wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
We will visit the likes of: The Cloudy Bay Shed, Mondillo Winery, Ceres, Te Kano, & Terra Sancta.
We will be stopping for a Tapas Style lunch at the Bannockburn Hotel.
We return to Queenstown and our evening is free.
Overnight: QT Boutique Hotel (B / Tapas Lunch / Wine Tastings)
Day 5 – Queenstown – Picnic on a Peak
Today is an AMAZING day!
We start our day with a transfer from the hotel to our private helicopter, which will take us on a breath-taking journey through dramatic mountains and glaciers. We will finally settle atop a picturesque peak – a location with 180-degree views of the Wakatipu Basin and overlooking Queenstown – where we will be served a gourmet picnic, complete with Champagne/Wine and a spectacular backdrop.
Queenstown has some of the most breath-taking scenery in New Zealand and there could be no better way to enjoy the remarkable views of Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps, than enjoying a champagne gourmet picnic perched high up on one of the peaks.
We will enjoy our champagne picnic of meats, cheeses, salad, fruit, and a selection of beverages for as long as we desire. The helicopter will return to collect us when we are ready – and provide us with a bird’s-eye view of Queenstown before heading back to the heli base.
This is a stunning combination of the tranquility of the remote mountain location, together with the excitement of a helicopter flight over beautiful surroundings and accompanied with local food & beverage delights.
We return to our hotel in the afternoon. Our evening is free. But you will need your rest for tomorrows big day…
Overnight: QT Boutique Hotel (B / Gourmet Picnic Lunch with Wine / Champagne)
Day 6 – Queenstown – Milford Sound
A big day! Approx 12 hours in total. We will be leaving Queenstown at 7.30am.
Today we have a full day tour to Milford Sound where we will experience a stunning two-hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord – see waterfalls, fur seals and occasionally dolphins. We will be travelling in comfort and style in a van fully equipped with panoramic windows for superior viewing with complimentary Wi-Fi, bottled water, and videos onboard so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning scenery.
We will travel through Fiordland National Park, driving through stunning scenery along the Milford Road into Fiordland, where our cruise boat awaits us. Visiting Milford Sound’s pristine natural environment is an incredibly special experience. You will get up close to nature and experience the fiord in all its glory, while learning about the fragile ecosystem in the surrounding forests and in the waters below.
Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch as well as enjoying plenty of off the beaten track visits away from the crowds.
After our cruise, we will return by road back to Queenstown.
****We are offering a Coach/Cruise/Fly option today also. Travel to Milford Sound by coach, take a cruise on the fiord, and then return home by air. Seeing Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from the air is an exhilarating experience and you will see all the amazing landscapes you travelled through in the morning from high above: fly above ancient glaciers, rugged mountaintops and dense native rainforest on your way back to Queenstown Airport. Flights from Milford Sound to Queenstown take approximately 45 minutes. This is an added cost of approx. $450 per person (*subject to change for 2021) and needs to be booked when you book on this tour. The flight is weather dependent of course. You arrive back in Queenstown and are transferred back to the hotel. There will be canapes waiting for us at the hotel when we arrive.
Overnight QT. (B, Picnic Lunch / Canapes at the hotel)
Day 7 – Queenstown – Pamper Day
This morning is a well-earned sleep in!
This afternoon we visit the Onsen Hot Pools and delight in an Ultimate Relaxation Experience. The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown’s spectacular scenery. Your divine experience begins with a 45-minute soak in one of the classic, original cedar-lined hot tubs while you enjoy a complimentary drink and snack and soak up the incredible views of the southern landscape.
Once relaxed, calm and warm, we will then transfer out to Millbrook Spa and be treated to a Signature Massage in the peaceful day spa room; a truly aromatic journey for the mind, body and soul.
We return to the hotel and prepare for our final evening together.
This evening we will dine at one of our favourite local restaurants.
Overnight QT Hotel. (B, Farewell Dinner)
Day 8 – Departure
Today is our final day.
After breakfast, or at your requested time, you will be transferred to the Queenstown airport for your departure flight.