Your Dream Journey Adventure New Zealand

Andrew Harper Travel Journey Overview


Queenstown, Minaret Bay, Taupo

Duration: 9 Days

Starting at: $21,290 per person

Luxury and adventure are not mutually exclusive; comfort and excitement can weave a memorable vacation experience, as best demonstrated when visiting some of New Zealand’s most noteworthy destinations: Queenstown, Wanaka, and Taupo. Whether it’s riding a helicopter to a volcano tour, relaxing during a mountain-top massage, bungee jumping with bliss, or fly fishing at your leisure, there is an activity for any traveler in New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud. Through our partner, Seasonz, an Andrew Harper Travel advisor will curate an unforgettable adventure.

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Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand for a meet & greet. Following, a private vehicle transfers you to Auckland Domestic Airport where you will fly south to Queenstown. A private vehicle will then transfer you to your hotel. The afternoon will be at your leisure with optional activities such as: riding a gondola along the Skyline Complex, appreciating local flora during a Queenstown Garden Walk, or refreshing your ornithology knowledge at the Kiwi & Birdlife Park.

Stay Overnight Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Stylish hideaway resort on the shore of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, just 10 minutes from Queenstown.

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Day 2 Queenstown

In the morning, meet your guide to enjoy a full-day of adventure, kicking off with tandem paragliding. Your flight lifts you above a pine forest, practically skimming the tops of tall trees, then the ground drops dramatically exposing you to 2,500 feet of breathtaking landscape. Afterward, slice through the waters of the Shotover Canyon in a Shotover Jet boat. For an action-packed 30-minutes, travel at speeds of around 50 mph as your driver skillfully whips the boat past rocky outcrops, and skims around crags and boulders. Finish the day at a slower pace, with quad biking across the Southern Lakes Region’s rolling hills.

Stay Overnight Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Stylish hideaway resort on the shore of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, just 10 minutes from Queenstown.

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Day 3 Queenstown

After breakfast, meet your guide to enjoy a half day of white-water rafting along Shotover River. Experienced guides will coach your paddling skills through Skippers Canyon, one of the epicenters of the 1860s Otago Gold Rush. Initially rafting from the calm waters of Deep Creek, you will sweep towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. The afternoon is at your leisure. The following are recommended exciting activities: Queenstown tandem skydiving, for a bit of fresh air; half day hike in the Queenstown region, to feel a bit more grounded; and the Moa Zipline Adventure, if you wish to hang around with friends.

Stay Overnight Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Stylish hideaway resort on the shore of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, just 10 minutes from Queenstown.

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Day 4 Queenstown

Partake your last day in Queenstown at your leisure. A few highly exclusive activities to consider are: guided heli-hiking, to trek remote mountains and glacier trails; Routeburn Valley canyoning, for those who love swimming, repelling, and climbing; heli-golf, for an improbable 18-holes of fun; a guided hike on the Routeburn Track with a picnic lunch, for a calm scenic day; Dart River jetboat and Funyak, for an adrenaline-soaked time; Nevis Bungy & Swing, to take the most daring selfie of your life; a full day hike in the Queenstown region, for those wishing a slower stroll; and a Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Excursion, to observe local river-based fauna.

Stay Overnight Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Stylish hideaway resort on the shore of spectacular Lake Wakatipu, just 10 minutes from Queenstown.

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Day 5 Minaret Bay

A private vehicle will transfer you to Queenstown Airport. Enjoy a shared helicopter flight from Queenstown Airport to Minaret Station Alpine Lodge. En route, relish in the majesty of the Fiordland Heli Traverse. Explore this famously remote and untouched part of New Zealand by helicopter, in view of snow-capped alps, glacier-carved fiords, steep canyon rivers, misty waterfalls, fur seals foraging for fresh lobster, and then land on the snow for photo memories against the mountain range. Afterward, partake in a gourmet BBQ picnic lunch along the mountain skyline.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 6 Minaret Bay

Spend the day at your own leisure. Be sure to enjoy optional one-of-a-kind activities like Minaret Station heli-fly-fishing, to reach remote rivers holding brown or rainbow trout; or go on a heli-hike which includes a picnic lunch; heli-paddle boarding; high country station muster, to have a local rancher’s experience; full day heli-hike, with an alpine picnic; heli-biking, for those seeking unique biking trails; ascending the side of a waterfall via Ferrata Twin Falls Adventure, for the world’s highest waterfall climbing route (rope-tethered, of course); a guided hunting near Minaret Station; or a mountain top massage, for those seeking something a bit more relaxing.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a 5-star accommodation. Contact an Andrew Harper Travel advisor for more information.

Day 7 Taupo

Start off the day with a shared helicopter transfer from Minaret Station Alpine Lodge to Queenstown Airport. With a scheduled flight from Queenstown Airport to Wellington Airport, a scheduled flight from Wellington Airport to Taupo Airport, followed by a complimentary vehicle transfer by a property representative, you will make your way to Huka Lodge. On arrival you will be met by your local guide to enjoy a half day of fly fishing. Your experienced and keen guide will take you to a remote backcountry stream where he will share his knowledge of the stream, pool by pool, as you cast to rainbow and brown trout in crystal clear waters.

Stay Overnight Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

European-style country house hotel set along the willow-draped banks of the Waikato River near dramatic Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, an hour south of Rotorua. The hotel is closed from June 10th to the 26th for renovations.

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Day 8 Taupo

In the morning, depart Huka Lodge to enjoy a duel-volcano landing by helicopter on White Island & Mt. Tarawera, New Zealand’s most prominent natural wonders. White Island offers steam vents, bubbling mud pits, and vivid hues of orange and yellow from its sulfur-rich topography. Infamous for its 1886 eruption, one of the largest in New Zealand’s history, the summit of Mt. Tarawera has cavernous craters, and an amazing view of pristine lakes and forests. After landing at Rotorua Lakefront Helipad, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the Mountain Bike Park. Surrounded by forest, you have a built single-track on your doorstep, beautiful lakes to cycle to and spectacular rides through thermal areas.

Stay Overnight Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

European-style country house hotel set along the willow-draped banks of the Waikato River near dramatic Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, an hour south of Rotorua. The hotel is closed from June 10th to the 26th for renovations.

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Day 9 Departure

Take advantage of the complimentary vehicle transfer to Taupo Airport by your Huka Lodge representative to depart for home.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, except where noted. Room categories, dates of travel and change to services will affect the price. Dollar conversions shown will fluctuate throughout the year. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.