Fjords & High Country Sheep Station
Highlights: Queenstown | Milford Sound Heli Cruise | Central Otago Gourmet Vineyard Tour | Mountain Peak lunch by helicopter | Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead
Between laying your head in a luxury lodge and flying high above Milford Sound in a helicopter, this 7-day trip from Queenstown strikes a balance between the comfortable and the captivating.
Wake at the edge of Lake Wakatipu, then embark on a cruise through the lively waters of the Milford Sound.
Take a leisurely walk through rolling hills at a high country sheep station, then board a helicopter for a private picnic on a rugged peak.
Whether you came to New Zealand for a dose of adventure or to soak up every second of holidaying bliss, you'll enjoy some of the country’s finest accommodations on the way and leave feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated.
Itinerary at a Glance
The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation. This itinerary is also available in the reverse direction.
Day 1 Arrive Queenstown Welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival into Queenstown, enjoy a private transfer to Eichardt’s Private Hotel, which will serve as your luxurious accommodation for the next 4 nights. With a fantastic location in the heart of Queenstown, Eichardt’s has Lake Wakatipu on its doorstep.
Day 2 Milford Sound Heli Cruise Today is devoted to spectacular scenery. Enjoy a 4-hour excursion by helicopter through the dramatic alpine landscapes of Fiordland National Park and arrive to the spectacular Milford Sound in style. Upon arrival, board a nature cruise for a leisurely itinerary that allows you to soak up the views in an unrushed fashion. Capture spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, and towering peaks on your camera, and keep an eye out for fur seals, dolphins, and penguins along the way. After the cruise, fly back over the fjords and land on an age-old glacier. We’ll shut down the helicopter here to enjoy peaceful serenity swept well away from frenzied crowds.
Day 3 Queenstown – Half Day Private Winery Tour Enjoy an afternoon among the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago. Located within the picturesque valleys between dramatic gorges, this New Zealand wine region holds plenty of history and adventure, and all just a short drive from Queenstown. Stopping at four or more wineries, you’ll enjoy a wonderful platter-style lunch and make a visit to the historic Old Cromwell Town. You may even stop at the Kawarau Bridge where you can witness the original AJ Hackett Bungee Jump in full swing.
Day 4 Queenstown – Helicopter to a secluded mountain peak for lunch Spend the morning at your leisure, perhaps browsing through shops or playing a round of golf at Jack’s Point, a world-class golf course nearby. This afternoon, you’ll take a helicopter to a secluded mountain peak where you can soak up astounding views of New Zealand’s landscapes below. Enjoy a leisurely gourmet lunch with champagne, then enjoy even more stunning aerial views on the helicopter ride back to town.
Day 5 Queenstown to Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead This morning is free to explore Queenstown at your leisure before departing on a private transfer to Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead for a 2-night stay. Spanning over 55,000 hectares, the property consists of four adjoining high country sheep stations – Motatapu, Mt Soho, Glencoe and Coronet Peak – which when combined stretch from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka all the way to Arrowtown in Queenstown. This entire area plays home to some of New Zealand’s most iconic and dramatic natural alpine scenery, and the Homestead offers plenty of views.
Day 6 Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead We’ve kept today free from planned activities so you can sit back and enjoy the comforts of the Ridgeline Homestead. For those who enjoy more sedentary activities, on-site cooking classes with Mahu Whenua's chef, riverside picnics and spa services are all available. Should you wish for something slightly more active, private guides can take you out for on-site activities like horse trekking, hiking, or four-wheel driving through the high country sheep stations.
Day 7 Depart Queenstown After a wonderful trip, it’s time to say goodbye to Queenstown, New Zealand. We have included a private transfer to the airport to begin your journey home.
- 4 nights of accommodation at Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown – Mountain View Suite
(Includes: Pre-dinner cocktails and breakfast daily)
- 2 nights of accommodation at Mahu Whenua, Wanaka – Cottage Suite
(Includes: Pre-dinner cocktails & canapes, dinner, wine with dinner, lunch, morning and afternoon teas, full breakfast daily and use of lodge facilities.)
- Private transfer between Queenstown Airport and Eichardt’s Private Hotel.
- Milford Sound 4-hour Heli Cruise (Squirrel Helicopter shared) with return airport transfers.
- Picnic on a peak by helicopter with return airport transfers. shared
- Private Boutique Wine Tour with platter style lunch.
- Return private transfers from Queenstown to Mahu Whenua Lodge near Wanaka.
- International or domestic airfares (unless specified above).
- Meals other than specified above.
- Travel insurance.