7 Day Ultimate Jetset Highlights Trek

A 7-day New Zealand itinerary is great for those with limited vacation time or travelers combining their visit with another destination. To maximize your experience and minimize transit time, we recommend utilizing internal flights. Air New Zealand's comprehensive domestic network easily connects all the amazing locations included in this tour. Alternatively, for added convenience and flexibility, we can arrange a private air charter service tailored to your specific travel needs.

 

 
DAY 1: AUCKLAND

Auckland Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira: This iconic museum offers a rich look into New Zealand's history, from its natural wonders to its Māori heritage. The museum's stunning architecture and panoramic views of the harbor are an added bonus.

Private Boat tour of Waitematā Harbor: This personalized experience will give you unparalleled views of the city's iconic landmarks, including the Sky Tower, Harbour Bridge, and the charming coastal communities that line the shores.  Your guide will provide interesting insights into the harbour's rich history, culture, and diverse marine life. Relax on deck with a glass of New Zealand wine while taking in the iconic sights of the city and the Hauraki Gulf.

Accommodation: The Hotel Britomart is nestled just steps away from Auckland's vibrant waterfront district. As New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel, it seamlessly blends luxury and sustainability, offering a tranquil escape in the heart of the city. Stroll through charming streets lined with eclectic shops and world-class dining. Unwind in your elegantly appointed room, featuring natural materials and thoughtful design. Your stay here isn't just a visit, it's an immersion in a unique blend of sophistication, eco-consciousness, and the best of Auckland's urban charm.

Cuisine: Auckland's food scene is a gourmet adventure. Savor fresh seafood at the Viaduct Harbour, fine dining in award-winning restaurants, or modern fusion and international cuisine in the trendy Britomart precinct. Explore the diverse flavors and local ingredients that make Auckland a very special place for food.

 

 
DAY 2: RUSSELL, BAY OF ISLANDS

Accommodation in Russell: This Peroa Bay Winery is a luxurious retreat nestled in the stunning Bay of Islands.  Each private villa has expansive bay views, while charming cottages are tucked amongst the vineyards. The highly regarded Sage Restaurant showcases the freshest local ingredients paired with award-winning wines from Paroa Bay's own vineyards. Or try the Personal Chef Experience where a gourmet meal is prepared just for you in the privacy of your villa. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or creative cuisine, Paroa Bay offers an unforgettable stay.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds: Head over to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. A private guided tour will delve into the history of the treaty and Māori culture. Witness a traditional Māori welcome ceremony (pōwhiri) and explore the beautifully carved meeting house (whare rūnanga).  Included in this outing is the Waitangi Museum, Te Kōngahu, which was opened in 2016 to weave together the stories and taonga (treasured objects) which bring to life the history of Waitangi and Aoteroa New Zealand’s founding documents.

Tour and wine tasting at Paroa Bay Winery: Enjoy a guided tasting of Paroa Bay’s award-winning wines, each sip a reflection of the land's distinct character. You'll discover the artistry behind their winemaking process, from vine to bottle, and gain a deeper appreciation for the flavors unique to this stunning region. The winery's knowledgeable staff will share insights into the grape varietals, climate, and soil that contribute to the exceptional quality of Paroa Bay wines.

 

 
DAY 3: RUSSELL, BAY OF ISLANDS

Helicopter flight to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach: This private journey begins with a scenic flight from your Peroa Bay accommodation where you'll soar above dramatic harbors, beaches, and the iconic Ninety Mile Beach. Landing at a private airfield, you'll then embark on a comfortable ground tour to the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Tapotupotu Bay, and the Te Paki stream's majestic sand dunes. Your adventure continues with a picturesque flight over remote landscapes and along the stunning coastline before a delightful waterfront wine and cheese afternoon snack. This truly is the ultimate way to experience Northland’s beauty and unforgettable topography. 

Dinner at Peroa Bay, Sage Restaurant: Indulge in an extraordinary dining experience at Sage Restaurant, a culinary gem nestled high above the beautiful Bay of Islands. Awarded the prestigious One Hat in the Cuisine Good Food Awards, Sage is proud to offer the freshest local ingredients, where the sea and land unite to inspire a uniquely creative New Zealand cuisine. Enjoy the finest sustainable seafood and locally grown produce, expertly prepared and perfectly paired with wines from their own cellar door.  Immerse yourself in the natural hospitality and incredible views that complete this unforgettable culinary journey.

 

DAY 4: KAITERITERI

Accommodation and destination: Your lodge is an exquisite sanctuary a stone's throw away from the Abel Tasman National Park. It's really an architectural marvel, seamlessly blending modern design with the surrounding landscape. Each room is a private oasis, featuring elegant furnishings and ocean views. But this location is more than just a place to stay – it's a transformative experience. It offers a unique blend of opulence and well-being where you'll be surrounded by stunning natural beauty.  You'll enjoy gourmet meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients, rejuvenating spa treatments, and a range of activities designed to nurture both body and mind. It's a place where you can truly unwind and reconnect with nature.

Swimming and sunning on a secluded Tasman Bay beach: Take a leisurely walk along a private path through lush greenery and you’ll end up on the pristine shores of Tasman Bay. The golden sands and gentle waves offer a serene setting for swimming, sunbathing, or simply unwinding amidst the natural beauty.  Make sure you discover the Split Apple Rock just off the coast, which the retreat was named after. 

An afternoon at the luxury Split Apple Spa: Indulge in an afternoon of holistic wellness at the luxurious Split Apple Spa. Overlooking Tasman Bay, this tranquil haven offers restorative amenities to rejuvenate mind and body. Unwind in the Japanese spa, saltwater infinity pool, FAR-infrared sauna, steam room, yoga pavilion, meditation theatre or with a soothing outdoor massage. Each space is meticulously designed to foster peace, renewal, and inner balance.

 

 
DAY 5: KAITERITERI

Abel Tasman National Park Hike: Set off on a captivating morning guided hike through Abel Tasman National Park. An expert naturalist will lead you on a leisurely journey, sharing insights into the region's unique flora, fauna, and geological formations. Traverse verdant forests, encountering endemic plant life, before emerging onto pristine beaches. Immerse yourself in the symphony of native birdsong and discover the geological history behind the stunning landscape.

Private sailing adventure along the Tasman Bay coastline: As you set sail on the spacious catamaran, the sun-kissed scenery will unfold before your eyes, revealing golden beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush green forests. The tour will anchor in a secluded cove where you can take a refreshing dip or simply relax on deck with a cold beverage.  Your knowledgeable crew will share interesting insights about the area's culture, wildlife, and natural history, while you cruise this beautiful and fascinating coastline. 

Special chef prepared dinner and wine tasting:  For the last evening of your stay at Split Apple Retreat the chef will put together a feast designed to showcase the very best of New Zealand's culinary landscape. Each dish is a testament to the their passion for fresh, local ingredients and their commitment to culinary innovation. As you dine on this amazing meal, you'll be treated to a curated wine pairing, highlighting some of the region's most celebrated vintages, each chosen to elevate the flavors of your meal. 

 

 
DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN

Accomodation: Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, your luxury lodge has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Each suite and villa offers private outdoor space, plush interiors, and fireplaces to cozy up to. You'll enjoy world-class dining, a rejuvenating spa, and a fitness center with an infinity pool overlooking the lake.

Half-day jet boating wilderness adventure on the Dart River: Experience the thrill of a jet boat ride through Mount Aspiring National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The skilled drivers navigate the glacier-fed Dart River, showcasing breathtaking scenery and sharing insightful commentary. You'll glide through the towering peaks, lush forests, and dramatic canyons. This unforgettable adventure blends excitement and natural beauty with expert guide commentary. 

Cuisine: Queenstown's cuisine offers a mix of local favorite foods and international influence. Fine dining establishments showcase modern New Zealand fare, while charming cafes provide refined comfort food. Chefs emphasize seasonal, sustainable ingredients to create elegant meals.  It’s quite diverse and there are many restaurants to choose from. 

 

 

 
DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN

Half-day Milford Sound helicopter flight and cruise: Milford Sound is a natural masterpiece nestled within Fiordland National Park. Your journey commences with a thrilling helicopter flight, offering an aerial panorama of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and verdant valleys. As you descend into Milford Sound, an appealing cruise awaits, where you'll navigate through the sounds’ dark waters, surrounded by towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Indulge in the serenity of this enchanting landscape, while knowledgeable guides share interesting insights into the region's unique flora, fauna, and geological formations. This experience will leave you with unforgettable memories and a newfound appreciation for the beauty of New Zealand's wilderness.

Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak: At the top you'll be treated to panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, a perfect photo opportunity (and a great place to have a beverage!).

Shop, eat and drink downtown and at the wharf: Queenstown's downtown and wharf area has a sophisticated shopping and dining scene. You’ll discover upscale boutiques and local artisan shops offering unique finds. The picturesque streets have a diverse selection of cafes and award-winning restaurants with international cuisine and creative beverages. With majestic mountain vistas enhancing your experience, Queenstown's downtown promises a memorable shopping and eating experience.

 

What a great trip…short by Kiwi standards, but chalk full of New Zealand's best locations and experiences. Let's get started planning your itinerary!