Exploring Remote New Zealand by Boat and Helicopter

Follow
Travel in New Zealand with New Zealand In Depth includes a cruise on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. Photo by Real Journeys
Cruising on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park. Photo by Real Journeys

Sometimes the most beautiful places are far from the beaten path. That’s especially the case in New Zealand, which is home to far-flung fjords and remote mountain peaks, many inaccessible by road.

“Retreats without Roads” is a hand-crafted itinerary that takes travelers to the best of remote New Zealand, often by boat, four-wheel drive or helicopter.

Travel in New Zealand

This 14-day tour offered by New Zealand In Depth starts on Kapiti Island, located on New Zealand’s North Island, where guests spend the day exploring the island with a local Maori family.

Then it’s off by helicopter to beautiful Marlbourgh Sound for a walk on the Queen Charlotte Track or to visit Moturua Island, famous for its bird life. After flying by helicopter to the Bay of Many Coves on the South Island, travelers can relax with a spa treatment or go kayaking in the Sounds.

Later, guests head down the east coast to Kaikoura to go whale watching or swimming with seals or dolphins. Guests arrive by helicopter at Seascape Annandale on Banks Peninsula to a James Bond-like setting with accommodations that appear to be floating over the open sea.

Guests arrive by helicopter at Seascape Annandale on Banks Peninsula to a James Bond-like setting with accommodations that appear to be floating over the open sea.
Guests arrive by helicopter at Seascape Annandale on Banks Peninsula. Photo courtesy Annandale

From there, the tour continues south to Mt. Aspiring National Park for a unique stay on a working sheep farm, a location in the snow-capped highlands which is only accessible by helicopter.

“Retreats without Roads” continues in breathtaking Fiordland, considered the most remote area of New Zealand. Guests fly by helicopter to iconic Milford Sound, and then it’s on to Doubtful Sound for an overnight cruise in Fiordland National Park.

The “Retreats without Roads” program is offered from November through April. Program experiences vary from bird watching and hiking to spa treatments, farming, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and swimming with seals and dolphins. World-class cuisine and premier accommodations are part of the experience.

If You Go

New Zealand In Depth

New Zealand In Depth is a team of travel experts who are passionate about creating personalized luxury experiences for clients looking for a distinctive and exclusive vacation in the land of the Kiwis. The company develops personalized programs which reflect the long-term relationships held with local providers of activities, superior and unusual accommodations, and off-the-beaten-track experiences.

Prices for the itinerary start at $11,500 USD per person, and include all accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, plus one helicopter transfer and boat transport. Helicopter transfers between lodges are additional; road, boats and domestic flights are available alternatives.

New Zealand In Depth
http://www.newzealand-indepth.co.uk