Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help. We can create an independent travel experience to fit your needs—and if you desire, arrange for a local guide.
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Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Created for Travel + Leisure
Any trip that culminates in a place called “the Adventure Capital of the World” has a lot to live up to; fortunately, New Zealand’s South Island delivers in spades. Begin in resurgent Christchurch and board the TranzAlpine train, journeying through the Southern Alps to the amazing West Coast of New Zealand. Hike the Franz Josef Glacier and then kayak, fly-fish and jet boat your way around the stunning grounds at Blanket Bay. Your trip finishes in Queenstown and we’d highly suggest spending another couple of nights here exploring all the incredible outdoor experiences on offer…
Created for the readers of Travel + Leisure, Butterfield & Robinson has crafted a series of T+L Great Adventures to handpicked regions where unforgettable adventures await.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Brad Crockett and T+L EditorsView Brad’s Profile
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Ready-to-Book private tours are designed to be enjoyed off-the-rack, but there is room for minor adjustments to fit the trip to your needs. If the gap is too great, then we’d be happy to tailor-make you a Bespoke trip from scratch. Simply tell us a few details about your group and select your preferred date. One of our Trip Designers will spring into action, confirming the details or exploring alternatives, over the next 48 hours.
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Our Bespoke trip designers are a talented bunch who can craft unforgettable experiences for your specific group—and working within your needs and budget.
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Day by Day
Arrive in Christchurch and set out on a walking tour of the city. Your guide will point out some little-known corners that no guidebook could possibly squeeze in.
Take one of the world’s most famous train journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth. The carriages feature special panoramic, non-reflective windows, so you are free to marvel at the chiseled alpine landscape that surrounds.
Today, take a spectacular scenic flight that lands you high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Undertake a two-hour guided hike amongst some of the most pristine glacier scenery available. Complete the day with a dip in the Glacier Hot Pools.
Arrive at Blanket Bay and settle in for three full days of adventure. The property offers many activities, including heli-skiing, hiking, kayaking, and more—you're free to enjoy at your leisure.
Walk along the Routeburn Track—the ultimate alpine adventure—weaving through meadows, reflective tarns, and mountain gardens.
No trip to Glenorchy would be complete without a classic jet boat trip! Cruise past unforgettable scenery on the glacial-fed Dart River.
Take stunning two-hour sightseeing tour in the 'Adventure Capital of the World', Queenstown. Afterwards, we’ll drop you at your accommodation or the airport for your outbound flight. Safe travels!
An adventure unlike any other.
The George, Christchurch
This luxury boutique hotel is renowned for its two award-winning restaurants and top-notch amenities. Plus, with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio impeccable service is a guarantee. Gaze through picture gallery windows to captivating views of Hagley Park and the River Avon and cuddle up in tranquil serenity. With a muted neutral décor, interiors are instantly calming. View hotel website »
Westwood Lodge, Franz Josef Glacier
Westwood Lodge is a boutique bed and breakfast with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s spectacular Glacier Country, it is just seconds away from the majestic Southern Alps and the World Heritage Westland National Park. Cozy up by the wood fireplace with a good book and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. View hotel website »
Blanket Bay, Glenorchy
Nestled amidst rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay is one of New Zealand’s finest lodges. The lakeside lodge rooms each feature their own balcony or terrace, super-king-size bed, sitting area and armoire. The activity options and experiences that surround are many—including spectacular hikes, exciting kayaking routes and fly-fishing, to name a few. View hotel website »
The editors of Travel + Leisure recommend a scenic heli-flight to the remarkable Franz Josef Glacier for a two-hour guided hike amongst some of the most pristine glacier scenery available.T+L EDITOR’S ACTIVITY PICK
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.— Julianne Major
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
Daily activities include hiking, fishing, kayaking and other active pursuits. However, routes and other details can always be modified to suit your needs.
“I go on a long walk once a week, and I don’t mind a little sweat.”
Rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All transfers in specified vehicles
- Meals (8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners)
- Entrance fees to all sites
- Detailed maps and route suggestions
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
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