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New Zealand Adventure Travel

Experience New Zealand

Starting your trip in ‘the Coolest Little Capital in the World’ as voted by Lonely Planet, this vibrant, bustling and cultural town of Wellington sets the pace. After one night exploring, it’s off into the South Island you venture, starting with superb hikes along stunning coastal tracks in the Marlborough Sounds, getting up close and personal with some of the oceans largest species in Kaikoura, taking meandering hikes under the towering Southern Alps in Fiordland and finishing in the amazing ‘Adventure Capital of the World,’ Queenstown,  all the while experiencing that superb New Zealand food and wine along the way!

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally-supported, private trips. We've applied the hallmarks that we’re known for to our New Zealand adventure travel: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Wellington to Queenstown
9 Days / 8 Nights

Price per person from: $12,250
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Best Time to Visit

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Day by Day

Arrive into Wellington International Airport and make your way to the city centre and your boutique hotel, The Bolton. Depending on your arrival time, you can either explore the city for the day or get some well-deserved rest in preparation for all that lies ahead.

Head out of the capital city on a ferry ride across Cook Strait and into the serene Marlborough Sounds. Arriving into Picton, we’ll have lunch before making our way via water taxi to our private and secluded resort for the next two nights.

Board a water taxi and travel to the start of the incredible Queen Charlotte Track, one of New Zealand’s finest coastal walks. Walk the first section of the trail from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge before stopping for lunch in the beautiful colonial Furneaux Lodge.

On waking up to the beautiful native New Zealand birdsong, we’ll make our to Kaikoura and the Hapuku Lodge. Along the way, stop for excellent food, seal watching and stunning photo ops before settling in to the lodge.

Spend the day today on your own adventure: immerse yourself on an unforgettable and unique cultural Maori tour, hike through the magnificent mountains, visit with the local wildlife, or spend the day relaxing at the lodge.

Experience the incredible ocean wildlife off the coast of Kaikoura. A huge ocean trench provides a year‐round supply of food and nutrients for some of the ocean’s gentle giants...not to mention massive pods of Dusky dolphins and soaring albatross!

Explore Fiordland National Park, truly one of the world’s untouched treasures. Surround yourself with huge ice‐carved mountains, rugged terrain, deep fiords, beautiful glaciers, lush native forests, teeming wildlife and the best part? No one else in sight!

Visit the small lakeside town of Te Anau, acting as the gateway into this must-see region. Head out onto Milford or Doubtful Sound and embark on a few hikes while exploring this breathtaking region.

Take a stunning drive into the "Adventure Capital of the World" – Queenstown. Depending on your flight home and whether you’ve decided to spend a few more days exploring the town, we’ll drop you to your accommodation or to the airport for your journey home.


The Bolton, Wellington

Located at the heart of New Zealand’s vibrant capital city Wellington, The Bolton Hotel is the only Qualmark 5 star rated boutique hotel in the city. Superb suites, an excellent in--‐house restaurant and complete with indoor lap pool, spa and sauna, The Bolton is the perfect place to base yourself at the start of your Kiwi adventures. View hotel website »

The Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds

The middle of nowhere, only accessible by boat and nothing but the sounds of the birds. Welcome to the 5--‐star luxury resort of Bay of Many Coves. Excellent suites, freshest of food, the best of NZ wines and with the pristine, natural Kiwi environment everywhere you look. View hotel website »

Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

A stunning lodge nestled between towering mountains and the Pacific ocean, Hapuku Lodge is everything ‘native’ New Zealand. With an excellent chef, lovely surrounds and both lodge rooms and amazing tree houses on offer, the luxuries and amenities are second to none. Hapuku really is the perfect place from which to explore this exciting region, all while returning to the comforts of the trees… View hotel website »

Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau

Situated on a hill, overlooking the stunning Lake Te Anau and the beautiful Southern Alps, is Fiordland Lodge. Incredible vistas, amazing cuisine, stunning suites and exceptional service, this luxury lodge really is the jewel in the Fiordland crown. So relaxing, beautifully homely and with a fireplace that is the size of a small room, you’ll find rest and relaxation at every turn. Sit on the lawn, relax in the library, chill out by the fire… It’s just what you need. View hotel website »

Activity Level


Our daily walks range in distance from 4 to 14 km (2.5 to 8 mi.) and when not on paved city streets, predominantly on well maintained nature tracks. Depending on the activities, there may be some glacial walks under the guidance of your B&R or local guide.


Walking Sticks &
Hip Holsters

Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.

What's Included

  • All hotel accommodation
  • All transfers in specified vehicles
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
  • All special events and private tours
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop‐off
  • All baggage transportation

At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »


“B&R travel is seamless. The pre-trip informational packet was amazing, the guides were awesome, the food was delicious and the wine was flowing We loved our experience and would definitely return to ride skinny tires with your company again.”

— Julianne Major,

New Zealand Active Private

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