New Zealand Time: 16/04/2014 7:15:15 p.m.     Email:     Cell: 0064-21-890611 Aroha Tours - Luxury  New Zealand Tours & Travel
Aroha Tours
Aroha Tours
Aroha Tours

luxury New Zealand Tours 
14 Day - VIP Sightseeing Tour
The ultimate tour by Air/Sea and Land
Exclusive Lodges and gourmet dinners

On this tour you will experience some of most spectacular scenery in the world. You be able to participate in some of the best activities this country has to offer. You will sail on a luxury yacht in the “City of Sails”. Take a scenic flight to Cape Reinga the furthest point in the North Island. You will helicopter and land in one of the few active volcanoes in the world Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier snowfields with a landing at high altitude. Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring an historic New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer farm. Enjoy remote scenery on an epic scale in the Fiordland National Park only accessible by helicopter and seen by few people. Take part in the Longest, most daring and exhilarating Jet Boat Trip In New Zealand in the South Coast of Fiordland National Park. Relax and stay in some of the finest lodges the world can offer and enjoy our local produce and great wines.  Travel Comments

*This Tour can start in any of the 3 main centres of Auckland, Christchurch (airport) or Queenstown.
*We can add days or reduce the travel time to your request.
*We can add or change suggested activities to your special needs.
VIP Travel & Tour Services

All tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. Please contact us at or 0064-21-890611 for more information about our luxury New Zealand tours.  Our Vehicles   Travel Guide Profiles

14 Day - A Romantic Journey through NZ
15 Day - Top Adventure Tour
14 Day - Traditional Highlights Tour

Day 1: Auckland Arrival (Private dinner cruise in Auckland harbour)
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative and transferred to your accommodation in our luxurious vehicle.
Here you can spend the day in the Inner City and near the America’s Cup Village and visit the nearby Viaduct Basin and its many lively bars and restaurants. Walk onto Queen Street and explore the new Britomart. Britomart is a vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct in the heart of downtown Auckland. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, it’s a neighbourhood of buzzing restaurants and bars, world-class fashion boutiques and interesting art spaces.  In the evening take a New Zealand dinner sailing experience on our NZ luxury yacht charter Te Okupu. Auckland is known as the "City of Sails", and as you depart Gamesail's home in the Viaduct Harbour in the inner city, you will see why. At any time of the day or night, hundreds or thousands of locals are out on the water doing what Kiwi's do - fishing, sailing or just mucking about in boats. From our base at the Viaduct Harbour (not far from Hilton Hotel) Auckland, we will take you on a dinner cruise of the Auckland Harbour. The Hauraki Gulf is one of the most beautiful city harbours in the world. If you are still not tired then, visit the nearby Viaduct Basin and its many lively bars. Or recommended (Optional) Winery and food tour: Long home to numerous wine yards and lodges and cottages, Waiheke which is just a short ferry ride from down-town Auckland is embracing his bohemian side. The 35 square mile island is now dotted with new shops and galleries that sell sculptures and paintings from the dozens of local artists. Waiheke, which is a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is embracing its bohemian sideWe have organised today a private wine-tour to the Island's most respected vineyards. A “small is beautiful” philosophy yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into internationally award-winning wines. With tastings at our best boutique wineries, the secrets of Waiheke's stunning world-wide success in fine red wines will be revealed to the interested visitor. You'll come away with a deep appreciation of the vintner’s art and an understanding of the terrier, the weather and the tides of tradition which make up this art. You'll learn which vintages to look out for and be able to purchase the best for your cellar direct from the vineyards. Accommodation: Auckland - Mollies Hotel , Hilton, Sofitel or Langham Hotel (luxury)

Day 2: Auckland –
Domestic flight to Bay of Islands
Private Pick up from your inner city hotel to the domestic Airport in Auckland where you will board a domestic flight to Keri Keri in the Bay of Islands. A taxi will await you and transfer you to your Luxury Lodge accommodation.  The Bay of Islands is a stunning part of New Zealand, and has 144 islands in total just waiting to be explored.
Located in the 'winterless' north it has a warm climate and many water based activities, making it a popular destination for New Zealand holiday makers and international tourists. Activities on the water include scenic cruises, sea kayaking, world class fishing and diving, and swimming with dolphins. The Bay of Islands can also claim to be the birth place of New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi - a treaty between the European settlers and the Maori people - was formally signed at Waitangi in 1840. The historic township of Russell, in the Bay of Islands was the first capital of New Zealand. You can wile away the hours fossicking along the beach-front, wandering through little streets of some of New Zealand's oldest buildings, enjoy a drink at the waterfront Duke of Marlborough Hotel or dine at The Gables Restaurant, which was built in 1847. Or recommended (Optional) Private sailing/fishing charter: Your NZ luxury yacht charter begins at Opua Marina where you board luxury yacht. From there we venture out to experience some of the many beautiful islands, beaches and water-based activities the Bay of Islands is famous for. This is a boaties and fisherman's paradise. Escape to a world where your biggest decisions are fishing or sailing, white wine or red, sunbathing or snoozing. You can take the back-seat for once and let someone else take care of everything. You'll feel completely relaxed and totally indulgent. That feeling will last until exactly the moment you step back on land. (Overnight option available) Accommodation: Bay of Island - Eagles Nest or Kauri Cliffs (Superior), Flagstaff lodge or Paihia Beach Spa Resort (Luxury)

Day 3: Bay of Island/Northland  (Scenic Flight/drive to Cape Reinga)
In the morning take a scenic fly/drive tour to Cape Reinga. The initial stage of the tour consists of a flight up to Cape Reinga via Northlands spectacular harbours, such as the Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour. We also pass across some beautiful beaches such as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach we then fly inland where we land at our airfield, which is only 20km from the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Once on the ground a comfortable air-conditioned mini-bus will meet the aircraft. It will take you on a 2½ hour tour around the top of New Zealand. After a 20 minute drive, we reach the Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Our local guide will accompany you on your walk to the lighthouse, sharing the myths and legends of this very spiritual area. The return flight to the Bay of Islands includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer. In the afternoon, we can organise a fast boat cruise around the many islands that make up the Bay of Islands, passing through the famous “Hole in the Rock” at Cape Brett, a fascinating natural geological attraction. If you just want to relax you can spend the afternoon strolling the beach, and the shops for local arts and crafts, enjoy a game of golf or maybe take to the waters of one of the world's most renowned game fishing regains and lunch at one of the areas wonderful vineyards... there are many excursions available.
Accommodation: Bay of Island - Eagles Nest or Kauri Cliffs (Superior), Flagstaff lodge or Paihia Beach Spa Resort (Luxury)

Day 4: Bay of Islands –
Domestic Flight to Rotorua/Lake Taupo
You will be transferred from your accommodation to the Domestic Airport in Keri Keri to board a flight back to Auckland and a connecting flight to Rotorua/Lake Taupo. In the afternoon you can relax in the tranquil settings of your luxury lodge style accommodation. There are many activities to participate in from walking treks to adventure activities like Sky diving. Or recommended (Optional) Fly-fishing experience: We can arrange a full day fly fishing with Regional Expert. He will collect you from your lodge in Rotorua and take you to the Taupo regions. Lake Taupo tributaries remain open all year, where many of the rivers & streams around the rest of New Zealand are closed from May through to October, including the regions own back country rivers which we head for during the summer months. January & February are the warmest summer months with good dry fly fishing, with options galore around the region. He will supply you with top quality rods, lines, wades, licenses can be supplied if required along with superb rain jackets for your comfort. Late afternoon he will take you to your stay in Taupo. Here we have arranged a massage followed by a private dinner. Accommodation: Rotorua/Taupo Treetops and Huka Lodge (superior), Wildwood Lodge and The Point Villas, Hilton Hotel, Chalet Eiger or Acacia Cliffs Lodge (luxury)

Day 5: Lake Taupo/Rotorua (Helicopter flight and landing in Crater of Volcanic White Island, Maori cultural performance and art center)
with private guide
In the afternoon we have arranged a helicopter flight and landing on an active volcanic island called White Island. Located 50 kilometres offshore, this active island volcano constantly emits a cloud of steam and periodically erupts to a greater extent expelling volcanic ash several thousand metres into the atmosphere. The main vent is below sea level and protected by crater walls. You can walk inside its main crater just above sea level with a minimum of physical effort and without undue risk. This allows you to experience at first hand nature's immense power as gas and steam burst up from far below the earth's crust. After midday visit Te Puia, the premier Māori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers. The Māori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, our Māori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. The Kiwi Conservation Centre is a valuable part of a national Kiwi breeding programme. Here you can see our New Zealand native flightless bird and national icon in a specially lit purpose-built nocturnal house, with expert guides and information at hand. Watch a cultural performance and learn about the  past of our native people, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll be amazed by the spine tingling haka finale. Accommodation: Rotorua/Taupo Treetops and Huka Lodge (superior), Wildwood Lodge and The Point Villas, Hilton Hotel, Chalet Eiger or Acacia Cliffs Lodge (luxury)

Day 6: Rotorua/Lake Taupo –
domestic flight to Christchurch - Arthur Pass (Wilderness Lodge) driving distance 1,5h
Arrive in Christchurch Int. Airport and you will be met by your driver/guide. Depart Christchurch through the scenic untouched areas and through Arthurs Pass. From your car you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Stop for a walk at Castle Hill Basin, characterised by its distinctive limestone rock formations. These limestone rock formations are the water eroded remnants of limestone formed during the Oligocene age 30-40 million years ago when much of present day New Zealand was covered by the sea. Pass Lake Pearson and relax in your stay near Arthurs Pass Village, the South Islands highest Settlement, surrounded by mountain peaks rising more than 2,000 meters. There you will be taken on a great introductory tour to Arthur’s Pass National Park, 25 kilometres west of the lodge. This is mainly a sightseeing drive along the historic gold miner’s road; however opportunities are available to walk amongst alpine wildflowers and beech forest - and for the athletically inclined hobbit-filled gorges and waterfalls. The Lodge is tucked away in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Whatever you choose, we’ll endeavour to make any arrangements necessary so that you can relax and enjoy this beautiful spot. You might want to escape from city life by expending energy: going fishing, horse riding, hiking or playing tennis, or just simple walk one of the many walking and hiking trails around the station. Arthur Pass - Grasmere Lodge (superior) or Wilderness Lodge (luxury) 

Day 7:  Arthur Pass – West Coast - Franz Josef Glacier (Blackwater Rafting in Glow-worm Caves, Pancake Rocks) with private guide - driving distance 4h
On arriving in Greymouth, your driver/guide will take you to the upper West Coast. The West Coast – New Zealand’s longest region – is a narrow 600km stretch of wild coastline, mountain peaks, glaciers, clear lakes and sparsely populated towns. This immense untamed natural environment is New Zealand’s most protected region. Take the Nile River Rainforest Train for transport through the primeval rain forest and towering limestone cliffs of the Nile River Canyon. Once changed, a short climb is required to enter the enormous Nile River Cave System where you meander through a calcitic paradise of stalactites and stalagmites in the upper dry levels of the cave. Discovered only recently, the Metro cave is one of the few caves in the world you can walk through and see in its natural, unspoilt state, the way it was discovered. Down in the lower active levels of the Cave, you meet up with a slow moving underground river on which you float in your tube using only the natural light of a simply awe inspiring display of glow worms for navigation. You will explore an ancient wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites in the large dry upper levels and become entranced while under the galaxies of glowworms in the awe-inspiring Ananui entrance series. You emerge from the cave into a remote and untouched world before leaving its tranquillity for the rushing bubbling waters of the low grade Nile River Rapids. On teh way back stop at Punakaiki the jewel of the West Coast, Punakaiki is world renowned for its pancake rock formation and blowholes. Walk along some of the stunning and remote beach treks, though a dense rainforest with Nikau Palms and large ferns. We follow the winding road along one of the most stunning coastal drives in the country.  By midday enjoy an exhilarating treetop adventure on New Zealand’s first treetop walk among temperate rainforest giants as you experience life with the native birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. It is an easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 meters high and over 450 meters long. Before midday we visit the historical gold mining town of Hokitika. Nearby take a walk over a swing bridge to the Hokitika Gorge, this is truly one of the beautiful places in New Zealand! The beautiful turquoise waters is quite breathtaking as is the gorge itself. We take a leisurely and scenic drive to the famous glacier region and your day’s itinerary will end in the tiny settlement of Franz Josef.  The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery. Accommodation: West Coast - Te Waonui Forest Retreat or Westwood Lodge (luxury)

Day 8: West Coast – Lake Wanaka (Helicopter flight and landing at glacier, Waterfalls, "The Neck") with private guide - driving distance 4h
Two glaciers are located only 25 km from each other and are unique in the world as they seem to nearly reach the ocean. Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier snowfields with a landing at high altitude. Step out of your helicopter and experience how it feels to stand in snow. The flight includes fantastic views of the Tasman Glacier and Mount Cook. Go as far South as the township of Haast. Beyond this point, the steep mountain ranges plunge directly into the sea - the first of the deep glacial fiords is just 60 kilometres away. A spectacular and scenic road links Haast and Wanaka. It reaches beyond wind-whipped Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, through golden tussock-covered hills, to wind among steep mountains cloaked in lush rainforest and cross tumbling rivers. Just 20 min from Haast take a 20 min walk to the Roaring Billy Waterfall, an easy fern line walk take you to the shores of the Haast River. Shortly later make a short stop at the 28m drop Thunder Creek falls. By midday, take a 30 in return walk to the Blue pools. It features a carefully maintained gravel path and boardwalks that wind through a native silver beech forest and lead to a swing bridge strung high above the Makarora River. The views back to the mountains of the Main Divide are absolutely breath-taking. The glacier-fed water in these deep pools is the colour of deep azure blue, and so clear that you can see right to the bottom, making the resident brown trout look like they are suspended in the air. As you exit Mt Aspiring National Park you will travel through what is known as “The Neck” a formation of land that separates two of our great South Island lakes Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka. Wanaka is a new and modern Alpine resort and mostly visited by us New Zealanders. A year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxed Kiwi way of life at Lake Wanaka. Or recommended (Optional) Heli-hike: By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Equipped with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. You then circle the upper icefall and Victoria Falls before landing. Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here. Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Accommodation: Lake Wanaka - Wharekea Lodge and Minaret Station (Superior), or Lime Tree Lodge, Tin Tub Lodge (Luxury)

Day 9: Lake Wanaka 
(4WD scenic and heritage tour on private high country station, afternoon for relaxing)
In the morning experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring an historic New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer farm. Maori and European historic sites, pure mountain air and breathtaking scenery. As braided river valleys, native beach forests and lush alpine meadows give way to the dramatic glaciated Southern Alps, the pure beauty of the scenery pushes daily pressures a million miles away. Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, Mt Aspiring National Park is an area of unrivalled natural beauty and host to hundreds of hiking tracks, rock climbing routes and trout fishing rivers, all within easy reach of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. At its heart is Mt Aspiring, the park’s highest mountain at 3,027m and known to early Maori as ‘Tititea’ or ‘glistening peak’. This journey offers an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. Wanaka is a new and modern Alpine resort and mostly visited by us New Zealanders. A year-round destination set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park, you can still discover that totally relaxed Kiwi way of life at Lake Wanaka. Accommodation: Lake Wanaka - Wharekea Lodge and Minaret Station (Superior), Tin Tub Lodge or Lime Tree Lodge (Luxury)

Day 10: Lake Wanaka – Central Otago - Te Anau/Fiordland National Park (Wine and area tour, Kawarau Gorge, Arrowtown)
with private guide - driving distance 4h
A personal host will take you on a day tour. Central Otago is New Zealand’s fastest-growing wine region and also it’s most scenic. Take the time to explore these incredible vineyards set in small micro-climates in a landscape dominated by high snow-capped mountains, and tussock clad slopes. Travel to Cromwell and Bannockburn, the heart of Pinot Noir country, and depending on your personal tastes, we will guide you to a selection of boutique wineries. At some stage of the wine tour we will suggest a stop for a relaxing lunch at one of the wineries. Your next stop is in Arrowtown, a historic colonial village that takes you back to the Gold Mining days of the Otago region. Visit the surrounding areas of Arthur's Point it's, and then its on to Coronet Peak for more spectacular views of Queenstown. In the afternoon the journey takes you past the Eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau. Here you will be visiting one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. The extraordinary scenic beauty has earned this region a reputation as a significant sightseeing and walking destination, and a 'must see' for anyone travelling to New Zealand. The scenery is spectacular and the track passes through many landscapes of the Fiordland National Park ranging from rocky mountain ridges to tall mossy forests along the lake shores. The township of Te Anau was originally established as a service community to the rural pasturelands on the eastern side of the lake. Accommodation: Te Anau - Dockbay Lodge or Fiordland Lodge (luxury)

Day 11: Te Anau – Fiordland National Park (Helicopter flight and lunch into remote area of Doubtful Sounds)
Experience scenery on an epic scale in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's very own land of sheer granite mountains, with spectacular fiords reaching ever inland. A premier experience! You will journey south over Lake Manapouri and across the Main Divide to the remote southern fiords. Over-fly the small, scattered islands that are unique to Dusky Sound, before heading north to Doubtful Sound. Take a spectacular journey past hidden alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls and lush native forest to Doubtful Sound. In the heart of the Fiordland National Park we have found a pristine spot hidden from the rest of the world, for you to enjoy a wilderness landing. After one hour you will be heading further north to view two more sounds and returning via the South Arm of Lake Te Anau.   Or (If weather does not permit the flight!) Milford Sounds drive and cruise: with private guide - driving distance 4h return We take you by car to the spectacular Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, which was carved out during successive ice ages and, plunges to a depth of 265 meters at its deepest point off Mitre Peak. The awesome splendour of this region is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world, a daring claim in a country which offers extraordinary beauty around every corner. Accommodation: Te Anau - Dockbay Lodge or Fiordland Lodge (luxury)

Day 12: Te Anau – Southland - Queenstown
(Wilderness Jet boat experience at Wairaurahiri River) with private guide -driving distance 3h
Today you take part in the Longest, Most Daring and Exhilarating Jet Boat Trip In New Zealand. Hump Ridge Jet services the South Coast of Fiordland National Park including Lake Hauroko and the Wairaurahiri River. Lake Hauroko is the deepest lake in New Zealand and is drained by the Wairaurahiri River, which falls 200meters to sea level and is 27 kilometres of grade 3 white water rapids. The river is commonly described as New Zealands longest waterfall.  Take  short walk to explore the Wild South coast Line ( Lovely beach walk with views of Stewart Island and the Solander Islands )as well a as short Walk to Waitutu Virgin Podocarp Forest ( Oldest Podocarp Forest in NZ). On this journey you experience wonders of the Wild South Coast and can be still and hear the call of the Wild (Native Bird Song). For lunch enjoy a bush style Venison BBQ Lunch. Late afternoon we take you to the Catlins. The Catlins is where native forest meets the sea fostering waterfalls and river valleys along the way. There are rocky coastal bays, inlets and estuaries along the seashore.  Late afternoon we take you to Queenstown at the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Accommodation: Queenstown - Azur Lodge, Matakauri Lodge, Blanket Bay and  Eichardt’s Hotel (Superior)  or The Dairy, Sofitel or Peppers Beacon (Luxury)

Day 13: Queenstown
Enjoy a relaxing day in Queenstown!
Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising. The region is renowned for incredible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. Please talk with us. Our team of experts is very happy to assist you with any further enquiries. Winter sports, nearly all activities can be enjoyed all year round - Queenstown's a four season resort with distinct and beautiful seasons. Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.  Accommodation: Queenstown - Azur Lodge, Matakauri Lodge, Blanket Bay and Eichardt’s Hotel (Superior) or The Dairy, Sofitel or Peppers Beacon (Luxury)

Day 14: Queenstown departure

A taxi will transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your departure.

As a matter of course, we do not publish prices for these luxury tours as they can vary enormously for tailor-made travel. There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements: these include the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of premium to the super-luxurious), the season, the level of private guiding/transfers and the complexity of the itinerary. Our specialists will be delighted to discuss the various options in more detail with you.

Aroha Tours

YouTube Panel Top
YouTube Panel Top
Personal professional guidesEnvironmental sustainabilityTourism Trade accredited & endorsedTourism NZ accreditedNew Zealand Tourism
YouTube Panel Top
Rankers Category Finalist - Bus and Van ToursRankers Category Finalist - Bus and Van Tours

Our Team

We have been able to build friendships with a number of very special “host” in New Zealand. People who have led interesting lives, who hold an abundance of knowledge of this country and who are interested in meeting people.

Over the years we have been establishing strong relationships with many leading local tour operators throughout New Zealand. We only work with the most passionate and knowledgeable tour guides and partners in the industry.

YouTube Panel Top
email this pageprint this pagesite maplegal information | login
evoSuite website software website design by RéserveGroup®