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Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. Surrounded by towering mountain ranges, it’s a world-class, four-seasons alpine wonderland.
You will be driven in style to Matakauri Lodge upon arrival in Queenstown. Settle into the palatial Owner’s Cottage and absorb the truly impressive, imposing mountain vista.
More luxe lakeside home than a hotel, it is equipped with a private outdoor Jacuzzi, spacious interiors, private dining spaces and the services of a private chef.
After a cruisy morning, get set for a spectacular Fiordland Helicopter tour of Queenstown and stunning beauty of mountains, lakes, fiords and vistas beyond imagination. Fly across Lake Wakatipu into the heart of Fiordland National Park to the breath-taking Lake Quill and Sutherland Falls. View the famous Milford Track en route to the Tasman Sea and West Coast before flying the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls.
Experience an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko Glacier, awe-inspiring ice formations and crevasses to astound. An alpine picnic in tranquil wilderness will indulge all your senses.
Next day starts with an adrenaline shot with a Shotover Jet ride that sees you winding through spectacular rocky canyons at breathtaking speeds and thrilling precision-perfect 360-degree spins.
Then on to Arrowtown where the family tries their hand at gold panning and strolls through the historic town. An exclusive lunch booking has been organised at the private membership Hills Golf Course, with its stunning scenery and Art and Sculpture collection. This afternoon you might like to visit the local wineries, or take the children up the Gondola and go Luging. Back to the Lodge for a relaxing evening.
Feeling recharged, a day of exploration and delicious cuisine is in order. Hike through native beech and mauna forest beside 12 Mile Creek and onto Sam Summers Track before you reach the historic hut on a terrace and take in the amazing scenery. Having worked up an appetite, you arrive at Amisfield winery ready to indulge in an inventive gastronomic lunch matched with a selection of their famous wines.
Round out the afternoon with a leisurely bike ride along Lake Wakatipu, or just enjoy its dazzling beauty from your villa with a velvety Central Otago Pinot Noir.
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Mount Cook National Park Awesomeness
This 700 square kilometre reserve is home to 19 mountains that tower over 3000m, including Australasia’s highest peak – the 3754m high Mt. Aoraki. Nestled amongst this grandeur, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base for your adventures in the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Over the next few days you will be treated to extraordinary nature explorations and spend your evenings stargazing and enjoying a delicious array of tailored dining experiences.
Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer are readily accessible to travellers. You will be taken to explore the huge dripping ice-face of New Zealand's largest glacier. Watch and listen to the ice melting before your eyes in this tranquil glacial lake nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
A true backcountry 4WD Scenic Tour through the Cass Valley’s breathtaking wilderness & New Zealand’s finest merino wool High Country Stations. Private access to Glenmore Station & The Cass Valley, offers an incredible Mackenzie High Country experience. Its stunning 19,000 hectares in size, is home to 10,000 Merino Sheep, Merino Studs, Angus Cattle and Red Deer.
Stare into the heavens at Tekapo, take in all the Southern Sky has to offer, experience the stargazing thrill of peering deep into the cosmos with telescopes powerful to uncover ancient secrets and patterns beyond the mind’s eye.
The combination of the spellbinding scenery and fresh mountain air will have you feeling incredibly invigorated as you relax deeper into holiday bliss.
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Private Luxury, Ancient Volcanoes & Spectacular Coastlines
Your helicopter lands at Scrubby Bay Villa, a truly magical setting embraced on both sides by the surrounding hills and facing a private bay. Annandale, an authentic farming station, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Pigeon Bay, is your home for the next few days.
Unwind and indulge in glorious gourmet food prepared by your private chef and connect more deeply with nature. Hiking and biking trails on the property will inspire you to go further over the rugged terrain.
Explore the Banks Peninsula which crowns the spectacularly scenic east coast, encompassing numerous harbours, glistening bays, and secluded coves as well as ancient volcanoes in the interior.
A stunning drive over the crater rim and around to the French-influenced village of Akaroa and an amazing harbour cruise. Enjoy the views as your skipper keeps a watchful eye out for rare Hector Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins.
Next day, after a picnic lunch at your villa, enjoy a 4WD guided tour of the Annandale farm, taking in the amazing countryside across rugged tracks, watch sheepdogs at work, experience the atmosphere of the shearing shed, and if you’re lucky, see the skilled shearers in action.
As day turns to evening, soak up the delicious ambience of your private oasis...this is what holiday dreams are made of.
Complete your South Island luxury holiday feeling refreshed, recharged and reinvigorated!