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Glaciers, Lakes & Mountains

Australia & New Zealand

The dramatic nature of New Zealand and the Australian landscapes will take your breath away! Ancient glaciers, sublime lakes and soaring snowcapped peaks, along with boiling mud pools, steaming geysers and mountain peaks featuring diverse flora and fauna; all are ready for you to explore.

Take in the majesty of some of the world’s most impressive scenery in New Zealand – Lake Tekapo and Lake Taupo, Lake Wanaka or Wakatipu; Fiordland’s thundering waterfalls and sparkling glaciers, cloud-piercing Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Remarkables and Mitre Peak mirrored in magnificent Milford Sound. Spellbinding and other-worldly landscapes, shaped and coloured by geothermal forces over thousands of years, are the backdrop for all kinds of outdoor adventures and the setting for some of New Zealand’s most spectacular luxury lodges.
Panoramic view of Lord Howe Island
Glacier helihike on Fox Glacier
Heli-hike on glistening glaciers, cruise New Zealand’s sparkling lakes in style and ski the snow-capped Southern Alps. Traverse the Tongariro’s dramatic volcanic peaks and emerald crater lakes, and fish in Fiordland’s far-flung rivers. In Australia, the impressive Great Dividing Range stretches from the far north of Queensland to the southern parts of the continent, and provides destinations to explore including the Blue Mountains and the Grampians. The best way to enjoy the scenery is often by hiking, either just for the day or as part of a longer experience

Some Of Our Favourite Glaciers, Lakes & Mountains Experiences

Itinerary Inspirations

These itineraries have been designed to inspire you with a small selection of the many unique adventures to be had in this beautiful region. Once you have a feel for the destinations and experiences that best resonate with you, we will tailor every element of your perfect luxury travel itinerary, exclusively for you. 

Wilderness Walks & Coastal Treats

Stretch Your Legs And Feed Your Soul.

Step inside Spicers Balfour’s iconic Queenslander to enjoy a genuinely warm Queensland welcome in the fashionable Brisbane suburb of New Farm.
Wake to walk the Scenic Rim trail enjoying untouched and World Heritage listed natural beauty. Millions of years in the making, Gondwana rainforests and dramatic volcanic peaks will take your breath away. The five-day guided walking experience provides the opportunity to really get off the well-trodden tourist trail and includes a visit to the Hidden Valley Koala Safari, gourmet campfire dinners, and a collection of relaxed luxury accommodation options including farmhouse and eco cabins surrounded by nature.
Drive across the border into New South Wales to continue the adventures by the coast in Byron Bay. Enjoying the relaxed rainforest comforts of the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, unwind by the pool, at the beach, in the day spa or with some retail therapy in Byron’s trendy boutiques. Explore the local food scene and freshest regional produce with a private guided tour of the tastiest local finds in and around Byron Bay.
  • Inclusions

    9 nights’ accommodation (1 night Spicers Balfour Hotel, 5 nights Spicers by Scenic Rim Trail, 3 nights Byron at Byron) inclusive of breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 5 dinners per person. Full-day private hosted foodie tour of Byron Bay, Rental vehicle including unlimited kilometres, insurance and GPS.

  • Important Information

    Scenic Rim Trail Walk operates March - November.

South Island Circumnavigation

A fantastically scenic loop around the South Island

On this journey, circumnavigate the lower South Island for the very best of its jaw-dropping scenery. Starting and finishing in Christchurch, travel aboard the famous TranzAlpine train to the West Coast where you’ll hike the equally as famous Franz Josef Glacier, which carves its way down the mountainside into the lush rainforests of the West Coast. Continue to the Central Otago resort towns of Wanaka and Queenstown for visits to Milford Sound and the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then turn north for the wonderfully barren Mackenzie Country, home to azure blue lakes and the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mount Cook. 

  • Inclusions

    9 nights’ accommodation (1 night The George, 2 nights Rainforest Retreat, 3 nights QT Queenstown, 2 nights The Hermitage, 1 night The George, all including breakfast daily), private car and driver transfers to and from airports and accommodations, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, rental vehicle with full insurance, shared helihike on Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound excursion with return scenic flights and shared cruise on the fiord, shared Dart River jetboat experience, shared stargazing experience and shared Glacier Explorer cruise.

Luxury on Lake Taupo

Take a luxurious weekend break to Huka Lodge

Iconic Huka Lodge has been drawing travellers to the Taupo region since the 1920’s, and has an impressive guest list including royalty, rockstars and world leaders alike. Enjoy the exquisitely manicured grounds, the luxurious designer rooms and the world famous service that has seen the lodge become perhaps the most famous in the country. 

  • Inclusions

    3 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at Huka Lodge including breakfast, pre dinner drinks and dinner), 4 days rental vehicle including full insurance, and a private guided walk and cruise of Lake Taupo.

Luxury in the Mountains

Take a weekend break to Minaret Station

Amazing Minaret Station is located in a private valley deep within the Southern Alps near Wanaka. Accessible only by helicopter, it’s hard to find a more remote setting! A multitude of activities are available, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing and helicopter trips to Mount Cook and Fiordland. Spend the day exploring and the afternoon enjoying the dramatic mountain scenery from your private hot tub on the deck of your chalet. 

  • Inclusions

    3 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at Minaret Station including all meals and beverages), return helicopter transfers from Wanaka or Queenstown, and a private hiking guide.

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