Retreats Without Roads

Idyllic getaways come in all shapes and sizes and New Zealand has a wonderful choice of luxurious, immersive and private retreats. In this itinerary we go where the roads can't take you; on a farm high in the snow capped mountains, under canvas in an island wildlife sanctuary and to an eco-cabin made out of glass.  This is the way to find tranquility and to leave the worries of the world behind you...

Day 1: Auckland – Kapiti Island

Arrive in Auckland and take a helicopter directly to this wildlife sanctuary.


Day 2: Kapiti Island

Spend the day exploring the Island with a Maori family.


Day 3: Kapiti Island – Marlborough Sounds

Travel by helicopter to the beautiful Marlbourgh Sounds.


Day 4: Marlborough Sounds 

Take a walk on the Queen Charlotte Track or visit Moturua Island, famous for it's bird life.

Day 5: Marlborough Sounds 

Relax and enjoy the spa facilities at Bay of Many Coves or go kayaking in the Sounds.

Day 6: Marlborough Sounds – Kaikoura

Transfer by helicopter to Kaikoura, for some whale watching or swimming with seals or dolphins.


Day 7: Kaikoura – Banks Peninsula

Today a helicopter will take you to Annandale Luxury Villas, a place that prides itself on being where the world can't find you!

Day 8: Banks Peninsula

Explore the Banks Peninsula and go on a cruise to see hector dolphins - the rarest and smallest dolphins in the world.

Day 9: Banks Peninsula

Relax and take in the coastal views, or join the farmer on Annandale for a tour of the estate.

Day 10: Banks Peninsula – Wanaka

Fly to Wanaka to Minaret Station, a high country sheep station in Mount Aspsiring National Park.

Day 11: Wanaka

Options for today include jet boating, fishing ,hiking or you can explore the estate by mountain bike.

Day 12: Wanaka

You may like to take a helicopter to the iconic Milford Sound.


Day 13: Wanaka – Doubtful Sound

Today you will fly to Wanaka and then onwards to Doubtful Sound for a night of serenity in the Fiordland.


Day 14: Doubtful Sound – Queenstown – Auckland

You will return to Queenstown this afternoon for your flight home, or you could carry on to explore some more of New Zealand.


Click here to read a review of this itinerary in The Telegraph. 

Click here to view the full itinerary in pdf form.


Prices start from £9,300 per person, excluding flights.  Start planning your adventure by contacting us on +44 1298 74040. 

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island

The view from Bay of Many Coves

The view from Bay of Many Coves

Seascape Villa at Annandale

Seascape Villa at Annandale

Enjoy the beautiful night sky from your PurePod

Enjoy the beautiful night sky from your PurePod

Cruising Doubtful Sound

Cruising Doubtful Sound