South Island in Style

Beki Hunt

What we came up with

New Zealand's South Island has an alluring blend of charming towns, jaw-dropping landscapes, rolling vineyards and a healthy dose of adrenaline-fuelled fun. It is also home to some of the finest lodges in the region, which we've tied together to create the ultimate South Island luxury holiday.

— Beki, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Christchurch - 2 Days
    Close to Christchurch on the South Island is Otahuna, where the Maori tradition of excellent hospitality really shines through. With a 30 acre garden, where all manner of restaurant ingredients are home-grown, there's most definitely a foodie focus at Otahuna - guests can even enjoy a cookery lesson with executive chef Jimmy McIntyre, which will incorporate a harvesting visit to the gardens. Other activities on offer include fly-fishing, hiking and biking, a scenic rail journey through Arthurs Pass to Castle Hill (a filming location from 'The Chronicles of Narnia'), and tours of boutique vineyards - the nearby Waipara vineyards craft particularly fine Pinot Noirs.

  • Akaroa - 3 Days
    Although just over an hour from Christchurch, the sublime, secluded location of the Annandale farmstead feels worlds away from, well, anywhere. There are four accommodation options at Annandale: couples can hole up in the cosy Shepherds Cottage, set high on a hill with views of the Pacific and distant Kaikoura Ranges, or the award-winning Seascape, a stunning modern retreat located on a private bay, whilst for groups, the charming main house or rustic yet luxurious Scrubby Bay are perfect. Enjoy hiking and biking, cookery classes, kayaking, private nature cruises, fishing, or take to the skies for a helicopter tour. And for the cherry on this perfectly iced cake, delicious meals are prepared daily and delivered to your villa.

  • Kaikoura - 2 Days
    Hapuku Lodge is quite literally the height of luxury, with dramatic coastal views set against mountainous backdrops. Treetop treehouses are chic and furnished with handmade wooden pieces, creating gorgeous little hideaways. This is fast becoming one of the top eco-marine tourist destinations in Kaikoura; try whale watching, dolphin spotting and glimpse all manner of other marine life (including five different kinds of albatross) on tours along the coastline.

  • Queenstown - 4 Days
    Just outside of Queenstown lies Matakauri Lodge, set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. With prime views of the lake as well as the Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges, this is a seriously scenic spot. For those after a little adventure, white water rafting, paragliding, fly-fishing and heli-skiing can all be arranged. Alternatively, chill out at the lodge spa, or indulge in a wine tasting experience.

  • Wanaka - 3 Days
    Some say the only way to travel is by chopper, this really is the only way to reach the secluded Minaret Station. Within the jagged peaks and glaciers above Lake Wanaka, these luxurious chalets play host to those looking for trekking, exploration and tours of the dramatic Southern Alps and West Coast Fjordland.

  • Nelson - 3 Days
    Edenhouse, an elegant retreat in the Orinoco Valley, sits on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Kayaking, swimming - with seals for those lucky enough - and hiking are all options, and a boat trip to see the colony of seals on Tonga Marine Reserve is a particular highlight. Some truly unique experiences can be found here too, from a visit to Motueka airport for a ride in a Pitts Special Biplane, the only one of its kind in New Zealand, to a stroll along the Farwell Spit, the longest sandbar in the world.

  • Marlborough Sound - 3 Days
    End your New Zealand adventure with some serious relaxation at Split Apple, a spoiling wellness spa. Alongside the endless treatments and pampering available from the spa, adventure seekers can make the most of Split Apple's located on the waterfront of the Abel Tasman National Park, trying kayaking, trekking, and boat cruises. Alternatively, experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony or calligraphy session, followed by a daily gourmet feast of organic delights.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £8,250 per person, which includes all flights, hotels, transfers and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

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