RELAXING ITINERARIES

The South Pacific is the perfect place to unwind, chill out and relax.

These are popular itineraries that include relaxing activities our clients have enjoyed in the South Pacific.  Use them as a base to get ideas.  We can help you add, adjust and tailor the itinerary to suit your requirements.  Each clients itinerary is different, we work to your budget and take advantage of current specials in the marketplace for your time of travel.

 

NEW ZEALAND RELAXING ITINERARIES

10 NIGHTS

New Zealand Highlights By Car

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Starting in Auckland you get to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand as you make your way from the North Island down to the South Island.

 

Enjoy a scenic Auckland city and West Coast tour and Maori cultural experience before heading to the Hawkes Bay wine region. Enjoy a wine and gourmet food tour of the regions.  Next stop is vibrant Wellington, discover the capital city on a highlights tour before visiting an urban ecosanctuary right in the heart of the city.

Taking the Interisland Ferry from Wellington to Blenheim will take you through exquisite Marlborough Sounds.  Visit a mussel farm while cruising Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, enjoy the tranquility and stunning beauty of the Sounds.  Your trip ends in Christchurch, where you can tour the city, the Antarctic Center and wander through the Botanic Gardens.

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Relaxation

11 NIGHTS

Adventures Down South

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Explore the South Island self-drive style. Starting and finishing in Queenstown you make a scenic circuit where you can take in the stunning scenery and best experiences on the way around.  

In Queenstown enjoy the famous Shotover Jet and a 4WD adventure tour through the famous Skipper’s Canyon near Queenstown, then chill out on a wine tasting tour.  You’ll see glaciers on a scenic ski plane flight and glacier landing at Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. Hike in the mountains before swimming with dolphins in Akaroa Harbor.  View Royal Albatross and rare New Zealand penguins then cruise Otago Peninsula to view what we cannot see on the land.   Fiordland National Park is next on your agenda where you will explore glowworm caves and cruise Doubtful Sound an overnight tour where you can relax in the serenity and majestic scenery.  Returning to Queenstown you can head home revitalized by your South Island adventure.

  • Food and Wine​, Scenery, Adventure, Wildlife, Relaxation

12 NIGHTS

New Zealand Luxury Getaway

13 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

This itinerary is all about luxury and indulgence! Stay in four of the most stunning luxury lodges you can find in New Zealand, they are destinations in themselves.  Drink and enjoy delicious local produce and wines while relaxing in amazing scenery.  Explore the Hawkes Bay wine region on a gourmet food and wine tour. Take a helicopter flight over Wellington, Palliser Bay into the Wairarapa.  Indulge in activities of your choice including golf, hiking, spa treatments, 4WD tours, fishing, cycling or just relaxing in your opulent surroundings. Explore the Milford Sound and surrounding area from the air then feast on a champagne lunch.  The serenity and beauty of these lodges and their locations will soothe away any stresses.

This itinerary is pure luxury!  You’ll return home relaxed and restored.

  • Food and Wine, Scenery, Adventure, Relaxation

13 NIGHTS

North Island Cultural Tour

14 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy a relaxing self-drive tour of New Zealand’s North Island. Working your way from the Bay of Islands down to Wellington.  You get to view the changing scenery while experiencing the best cultural activities on offer, combined with food, wine and relaxation.  Interspersing self driving with guided tours gives you the best opportunity to see and learn the most on your visit.  

Enjoy visiting historic Maori treaty grounds, learn about legends, see famous landmarks, visit volcanoes, active geothermal wonderlands and stunning islands. 

Included are guided tours of wineries, artisan food producers and hidden culinary treasures with plenty of time to explore at leisure and relax.  

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Relaxation

13 NIGHTS

New Zealand Family Experience

14 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Designed with a family in mind this itinerary is a great mix of activities combined with beautiful scenery and fun for everyone. 

Upon arrival into Auckland spend your first day relaxing and enjoying the city on a private tour. No visit to Auckland is complete without a harbor cruise. Check out the Hobbiton Movie Set on route to Rotorua, here you will see the geothermal activity and more cultural experiences including a traditional hangi dinner. Explore Wellington city via a city tour, visit the WETA workshop made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Moving from the city to Able Tasman National Park in the South Island, the perfect place for relaxation and adventure. Spend your time kayaking, viewing wildlife and hiking.

Finishing up in Queenstown go jet boating, gold panning, take a scenic safari and spend the day at Stunning Milford Sound.

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Adventure, Relaxation

12 NIGHTS

Scenic Marine Adventure

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

This is a great itinerary with a bit of everything!  Start your New Zealand adventure by exploring Wellington.  Check out capital city's highlights and a visit to the interactive national Te Papa museum.  Moving from the city to the Marlborough Sounds you can relax and enjoy the serenity and beauty of this magical area.  There’s even time for a Marlborough wine tour on route to Kaikoura where you’ll enjoy whale watching and swimming with dolphins before heading off to Christchurch.  Here you’ll explore the city and immerse yourself in Lord of the Rings scenery.  Enjoy stargazing and a glacier hike in Aoraki/Mt Cook followed by a scenic flight into stunning Milford Sound for a nature cruise of the fiord.  Finish your trip with a wilderness jet safari into Mount Aspiring National Park.  That’s a lot of scenery and wildlife in one trip but there’s time to relax and enjoy the best of New Zealand.

  • Food and Wine​, Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Adventure, Relaxation

10 NIGHTS

The Ultimate New Zealand Wine Tour

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

If you love wine then this is the tour for you.  It covers all the major wine regions in New Zealand and includes some of the best wine tasting opportunities available.  While you’re enjoying the local wines and produce scenic beauty will surround you on your travels.  Interspersed with wine and food experiences you will visit great locations in New Zealand including art deco Napier through to Wellington “the coolest capital” where you find shopping, cafes, restaurants, museums and art.  Enjoy the scenic Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton, have your camera ready, the Marlborough Sounds are stunning.  You will have two days enjoying the Sounds where you can spend your time relaxing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, dolphin watching, hiking or sailing.  After staying in the Sounds you’re off to Queenstown for more winery tours and breathtaking scenery. You’ll return home relaxed and rejuvenated with fantastic photos and memories to share with friends and family.

  • Food and Wine, Scenery, Relaxation

16 NIGHTS

The Golf Lovers Tour Of New Zealand

17 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

If you love golf, then this is the itinerary for you.  Start in Auckland and play at world renowned golf courses as you drive your way through amazing scenery and experience the best of New Zealand down to the South Island and end up in Queenstown.  We have chosen activities along the way to showcase elements of New Zealand that shouldn’t be missed.  Gourmet food and wine tours are intermingled with a thrilling jet boat ride, nature cruise, Aoraki/Mt Cook glacier visit, star gazing in a gold rated Dark Sky Reserve, golf on top of a mountain, and a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. New Zealand has hundreds of golf courses.  We have recommended some of the most spectacular courses for this itinerary. With plenty of time for golf, activities and leisure, you can kick back in New Zealand and truly relax.

  • Food and Wine, Scenery, Wildlife, Adventure, Relaxation

15 NIGHTS

South Island Self Drive Luxury

16 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

The South Island of New Zealand has some of the most spectacular wilderness you will find.  You cover a lot of ground in this itinerary thanks to scenic helicopter flights that also allow you to reach remote backcountry areas not easily accessible.

 

Breathtaking scenery, wildlife encounters, world class food and wine and carefully selected tours provide you with the best on offer. 

To top it off luxury accommodations in outstanding locations provide the perfect backdrop for relaxing and rejuvenating.

Enjoy the opportunity to get away from it all, take in the peace and tranquility and head back home refreshed. 

  • Food and Wine​, Scenery, Adventure, Wildlife, Relaxation

11 NIGHTS

The Best of New Zealand

12 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

In just 11 days you cover both the North and South Islands of New Zealand experiencing very different landscapes with the most stunning scenery around. 

 

You start in Christchurch on the East Coast before heading over to the West Coast via the TranzAlpine Railway.  Driving down the lush West Coast to Franz Josef you have a helicopter tour of the national parks showcasing amazing views of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier glaciers and Mount Cook. You get to cruise on Lake Te Anau and through Doubtful Sound.  Enjoy a gourmet food, wine and sightseeing tour in Queenstown before and an exhilarating jet boat tour into Mt Aspiring Park.  Fly off to Rotorua to relax and spend time in the geothermal center of New Zealand before driving to Auckland to explore the city and finish your tour with a wonderful evening wine tasting on Waiheke Island. 

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Adventure, Relaxation

12 NIGHTS

South Island Highlights

13 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

You begin your New Zealand adventure in Christchurch, the South Islands largest city.  Explore the shopping, cafes and art galleries or venture further afield for award winner attractions.  Next you’re off to Dunedin the “little Edinburgh” of New Zealand which showcases New Zealand’s Scottish heritage and wildlife experiences.  Tour the Otago Peninsula and see Royal Albatross and the rarest penguin in the world in their natural environments.  Then you’re off to scenic Queenstown for fun and relaxation.  Enjoy a thrilling wilderness jet boat ride and spend a day at leisure to relax and savor the local wine and produce while viewing the amazing scenery.  Driving through to the West Coast will take you past stunning coastal scenery to Franz Josef for an awe-inspiring glacier tour.  Finish your time in New Zealand in picturesque Nelson known for its local arts and crafts, galleries and beaches.

  • Scenery, Wildlife, Adventure, Relaxation

17 NIGHTS

Explore New Zealand Top to Bottom

18 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

You get to start at the top of New Zealand and work your way down to almost the bottom with this 17 night itinerary. 

 

As you move from one destination to another, you can see the landscape change dramatically from the North Island to the South Island.  On your travels see and experience New Zealand through a variety of informative and enjoyable activities.  There are cultural opportunities in the geothermal center of New Zealand, Rotorua and see the famous Waitomo Caves. Discover the joys of the Hawkes Bay’s on a gourmet wine and food tour.  Land on a glacier and hike into beautiful ice formations, jet boat into Mount Aspiring National Park and cruise on Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship.  Visit Dunedin and learn more about the Royal Albatross and very rare Yellow Eyed Penguin in their natural environment.  This comprehensive itinerary includes something for everyone.

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Adventure, Relaxation

13 NIGHTS

North Island Self Drive Luxury

14 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy driving yourself to some of the most luxurious secluded accommodations New Zealand has on offer.

 

Indulge in Kiwi’s favorite activities including swimming, walking, cycling, sailing and enjoying the outdoors.  You can feast on delicious local foods and wines during your travels while taking in stunning scenery and learning more about New Zealand’s Maori culture, landscapes, artisans and local producers. 

 

You can make this itinerary as relaxing or activity based as you wish by adding more on your leisure days.   

 

The luxury lodges are destinations in themselves. Enjoy them, there’s much on offer or just chill out.

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Adventure, Relaxation

15 NIGHTS

Relax In Scenic New Zealand

16 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

There’s no hurrying from place to place on this relaxing, scenic self drive tour of New Zealand.  This itinerary is designed to enable you to visit beautiful locations and experience some of the best activities with plenty of time for exploring areas on your own.  Begin in Auckland with a private Tiki Tour of the city and area.  Visit beautiful Waiheke Island for a wine, food and art tour.  You’ll see geothermal wonders in Rotorua, stunning National Parks with plenty of hiking and great photo opportunities. Visit vibrant Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and Queenstown the adventure capital. Enjoy great food, wine, scenery and plenty of hot pools. You’ll return home rested with amazing photos and memories.

  • Food and Wine, Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Relaxation

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While you are here ... want to know some facts about New Zealand?

  • The official language is English and Maori. You will find a lot of Maori words used for place names.

  • The Maori name of New Zealand is Aotearoa which means the land of the long white cloud.

  • New Zealand is one of the world’s least populated countries with over 4 million populations.

  • Queen Elizabeth II is the queen.

  • Some famous films have been made in New Zealand including The Whale Rider, The Piano, Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

  • In 1893 New Zealand was the first country to give women voting rights.

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AUSTRALIAN RELAXING ITINERARIES

Surfers

12 NIGHTS

Australian Family Adventure

13 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

Australia is a great place for a family adventure.  Starting in Melbourne tour the city, laneways and markets enjoying the relaxed vibe of cafes, arcades, galleries and gardens.  Kayak on the Yarra and feast on a locals favorite dish fish and chips.  Head off to the Tropical North and explore the Great Barrier Reef snorkeling this amazing reef system before discovering the beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.  Learn about Aboriginal culture and try your hand at traditional fishing techniques before making your own bush tucker.  Discover Sydney even heading backstage at the Sydney Opera House, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge at dusk and taking a surfing lesson at Bondi Beach.  Walk the beautiful Sydney coastal tracks taking you from beach to beach.  Visit the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park. There’s something for everyone on this fantastic adventure.

  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Relaxation, Adventure

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13 NIGHTS

Australia Off The Beaten Path

14 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

Begin your Australian adventure in vibrant Sydney.  Check out the city, get behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House and enjoy sailing around Sydney Harbour eating a barbeque lunch and sipping wine.  Next you’re off to Perth to enjoy their well known amazing weather, blue skies and perfect beaches.  Tour the twin cities Perth and Fremantle before cruising to Rottnest Island for a day tour.  Get ready for a photo with a quokka!  Visit the Margaret River region known for its wine, beaches and adventure.  Spend your visit exploring the region and indulging in amazing food and wine. Finishing your adventure by exploring Broome including a sunset camel ride on Cable Beach and a memorable visit to Horizontal Falls which includes a seaplane tour, jet boat ride and cruise on the Falls.  Return home having experienced an off the beaten path itinerary you won’t forget.

  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Food and Wine, Relaxation, Adventure

Lizard Island

10 NIGHTS

Ultimate Australian Escape

11 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

Hit the ground running in Sydney with a tour of historic sights and landmarks, the perfect way to orientate yourself to the beautiful city and harbor.  Tour the iconic Sydney Opera House, go behind the scenes and learn about its fascinating history.  Head out of the city and discover the Blue Mountains where you also visit an Aboriginal Cultural Center and wander through a wildlife park for an Australian native wildlife encounter.  Head to the Red Center for a memorable stay at Uluru.  Enjoy dinner under the stars and a tour of the stunning rock formations and Uluru.  For a complete change of scenery you’re off to Lizard Island, a private luxury lodge in the Great Barrier Reef.  The resort is right on the Great Barrier Reef one of the greatest natural wonders of the world and yours to explore.  From the Great Barrier Reef, you move to the rainforest to stay at Silky Oaks Lodge the perfect place to explore the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.  

  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Food and Wine, Relaxation

Wine and cheese platter

14 NIGHTS

The Gourmet's Delight Tour

15 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

Begin your gourmet Australian tour in Melbourne, passing through the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island and finishing in Sydney. 

You’ll get to experience these amazing food and wine areas of Australia.  Interspersed with all the food and wine tastings you add a touch of adventure with a hot air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley, 4WD back roads tour of the Barossa Valley, a scenic flight to Kangaroo Island and a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.  You’ll see stunning scenery, Australian native animals in their natural environment, even having breakfast with kangaroos and holding a koala if you wish. 

This tour may be all about the food, but you also get to experience some of the best of Australia on your trip. 

You can return home knowing you have eaten and drunk some of the best wine and food on offer in Australia.

  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Food and Wine, Adventure, Relaxation

Bay of Fires

9 NIGHTS

Iconic Tasmania Luxury Tour

10 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

This luxury tour incorporates the best of Tasmania in only 10 days.  Known for its rugged wilderness, rich culture, fantastic local produce, galleries and boutiques, Tasmania is a very special place to explore. Combine these attractions with luxurious accommodations and local hospitality and you have a fantastic holiday opportunity.  Discover Tasmanian icons such as the UNESCO world heritage listed Cradle Mountain, the ancient rainforest along the Gordon River, famous Wineglass Bay, meet the infamous Tasmanian Devil, tour through the convict ruins of Port Arthur and shop at the Salamanca Market in Hobart.  In Launceston relax on a spa day, hike along the famous spectacularly beautiful Bay of Fires walk and take part in a fabulous day behind the scenes at the Josef Chromy winery and learn how traditional method Sparkling wine is made.

  • Culture, Scenery,  Wildlife, Food and Wine, Relaxation, Adventure

Whitehaven Beach

11 NIGHTS

Cities, Beaches and Wine

12 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

Melbourne known for its combination of fine dining, art galleries, fashion and sports is a great place to start your Australian adventure.  Orientate yourself on a city tour and river cruise then spend the afternoon at leisure wandering through Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades.  Next you’re off to the Yarra Valley for a gourmet food and wine tour before flying to Hamilton Island for your island experience in paradise.  Spend your days cruising the beautiful waters enjoying a sunset cruise, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the stunning beaches the area is famous for.  After your beach break you’re off to Sydney the last leg of your Australian trip.  Start with a city tour to learn all about Sydney before touring the iconic Sydney Opera House. Explore the city before sailing off on a sunset Sydney Harbour dinner cruise.  Finish your trip with a visit to the Hunter Valley for a lovely day  sipping wine, tasting cheese and eating chocolate before heading back home.

  • Scenery, Food and Wine, Relaxation

King George River Gorge Kimberleys Adobe

27 NIGHTS

Australia At Its Finest

28 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

This trip is all about luxury accommodation and fantastic experiences that showcase the best of Australia.  Begin your adventure in Perth known for stunning beaches bars, restaurants and street art.  Enjoy a day in Margaret River, Australia’s premium wine region.  Explore Broome before departing on your luxury 7 night Kimberley Wilderness Cruise in North Western Australia. Next, you’re off to Bamurru Plains a luxury safari lodge set in 300 km² of floodplains and savanna woodland for a wildlife immersion.  Visit Uluru and stay at Longitude 131 the luxury desert basecamp at Uluru-Kata Tjuta. The perfect location to view Uluru. Head to Adelaide and the nearby Barossa Valley, Australia’s most prestigious wine region.  Another luxury wilderness experience awaits you at Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge.  Finish your epic Australian tour in Melbourne.

  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Food and Wine, Relaxation, Adventure

Barossa Valley

12 NIGHTS

Sydney Wine and Wildlife

13 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

This itinerary is perfect for those who want to see Sydney, one of the most beautiful cites in the world, taste great wine and see Australian animals in their own habitat.  This trip allows you to enjoy different environments from cities, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, to wineries and vineyards.  You’ll explore Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and several of Australia’s best wine regions. 

The combination of tours and time to do you own thing enables you to see and experience the best on offer during the tours and then spend your own time revisiting areas of interest of exploring on your own at your own pace.  

With plenty of stunning scenery, native wildlife, fantastic food and wines you can return home after 13 days relaxed and energized from your Australian visit.

  • Scenery,  Wildlife, Food and Wine, Relaxation

Australian outback

13 NIGHTS

Outback Adventures in Australia

14 DAYS   |   AUSTRALIA

If you’re looking for a different Australian experience, then this is it!  Explore the Australian outback in style.  Starting in Darwin discover the city and beaches before taking off on an outback floatplane, airboat and cruise adventure with wildlife encounters, fishing and wetlands exploration.  Your outback adventure continues at Bullo River Station a half a million-acre working station near Kununurra.  Here you can get involved in the day to day activities on the station or enjoy hiking, fishing, and other activities on the property.  Boarding The Ghan Expedition for a luxury train journey you’ll travel from Darwin to Adelaide stopping at Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy for off train excursions over a 4 day, 3 night trip. From Adelaide explore the Barossa Valley one of Australia’s premier wine regions and Kangaroo island famous for both its stunning scenery and wildlife opportunities, and gourmet food and wine. 

  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Food and Wine, Relaxation, Adventure

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