Circumnavigate New Zealand 2017

Join Bill Peach Journeys, the leader in private aircraft travel for over 33 years for a beautiful discovery of the many diverse landscapes and timeless natural beauty New Zealand has to offer. ‘Aotearoa’ is home to a vast variety of vistas from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook and the Alps, to the towering geysers of Rotorua, the endless rural plains of the lush countryside and the pristine wilderness of Fiordland National Park.

Staying at luxurious and perfectly located accommodation throughout, The Circumnavigate New Zealand Aircruise is a unique opportunity not to be missed.
This journey offers sights and experiences beyond words in comfort and luxury. The Land of the Long White Cloud with Bill Peach Journeys will stir the soul and excite the senses.

Highlights

  • Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to view the natural beauty of this environment
  • Enjoy aerial sightseeing of the majestic Southern Alps by private aircraft, landing at Mount Cook
  • View at close range the enormous ice face of New Zealand’s largest glacier
  • Jet boat on the Dart River in ‘Lord of the Rings country’
  • Cruise the magnificent Doubtful Sound
  • This quintessential New Zealand journey covers all the highlights including Auckland, Bay of Islands, Napier, Rotorua, Marlborough, Mount Cook, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington – all by private aircraft
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director
Day
1

AUCKLAND

Today your journey begins in Auckland. Meet your Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner this evening. Dine on local seafood overlooking the harbour.

Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Hotel or similar
Day
2

WAIHEKE ISLAND

Travel by ferry to Waiheke Island, and sample its world class wines. Returning to Auckland by private yacht, try your hand at sailing.

Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Hotel or similar
Day
3

AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS

Fly to the tip of the North Island, Cape Reinga, before landing at the Bay of Islands. Tour the historic township of Russell and cruise the Bay of Islands.

Overnight: Pahair Beach Resort or similar
Day
4

BAY OF ISLANDS - ROTORUA

This morning enjoy a spectacular flight over the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Then visit the famous Rotorua thermal region renowned for its towering geysers and significance to the Maori culture.

Overnight: The Regent, Rotorua
Day
5

ROTORUA NAPIER - WELLINGTON

Enjoy breathtaking views of New Zealand’s North Island en route to Napier, a beautifully preserved art deco town. At Cape Kidnappers view New Zealand’s only mainland Gannet colony. Take a short flight to the capital of New Zealand - Wellington.

Overnight: Intercontinental Wellington or similar
Day
6

WELLINGTON

Visit Wellington’s Botanical Gardens and ride on the famous cable car. Visit the acclaimed Te Papa Museum depicting the arts, culture and heritage of New Zealand.

Overnight: Intercontinental Wellington or similar
Day
7

WELLINGTON - MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

Re-board the aircraft today and enjoy spectacular flightseeing over Marlborough Sounds landing in the heart of the Marlborough wine country. On arrival transfer to the acclaimed Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which houses a display like no other and you don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it. This afternoon cruise the Marlborough Sounds on a luxury vessel. Visit Putanui Point, this point borders three Sounds, Pelorus Sound, Kenepuru Sound and Mahau Sound.

Overnight: Marlborough Vintners Hotel or similar
Day
8

MARLBOROUGH - MOUNT COOK

Today we fly from Blenheim to Mount Cook with spectacular flightseeing en-route of the Westlands National Park. On arrival in Mount Cook enjoy a walk up to the moraine wall to a viewing point with a spectacular outlook over the surface of the glacier with sink holes, ice cliffs and the terminal ice of the Tasman Glacier melting before you.

Overnight: Hermitage Hotel or similar
Day
9

MOUNT COOK - TE ANAU

After a morning of leisure take a glacier cruise, exploring the huge dripping ice face of New Zealand’s largest glacier. Watch and listen to the ice melting before your eyes in this tranquil glacial lake nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. This afternoon continue flightseeing of the Westlands National Park which stretches from the coast to the top of Mount Cook and the spectacular Southern Alps before arriving in Te Anau.

Overnight: The Distinction Hotel Te Anau or similar
Day
10

DOUBTFUL SOUND - QUEENSTOWN

Cruise Doubtful Sound which reveals dramatic scenery where the high vertical walls of the Sound protect the pristine wilderness. See dolphins, seals and bird life along the way. Travel through Fiordland National Park. Late this afternoon onward flight to Queenstown.

Overnight: Sofitel Queenstown or similar
Day
11

QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy a scenic drive to Glenorchy, then experience the thrill of a jetboat on the Dart River through “Lord of the Rings” country. Travel the back-road by four wheel drive back to Glenorchy before returning to Queenstown.

Overnight: Sofitel Queenstown or similar
Day
12

QUEENSTOWN - CHRISTCHURCH

A short flight over alpine scenery and the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. You will be amazed at how this resilient city has been rebuilt after the devastating earthquakes it experienced. Stroll along the banks of the Avon River, browse the many shops that have popped up. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: The George Hote
Day
13

HOMEWARD BOUND

Your 13 day New Zealand odyssey concludes today with connecting flights from Christchurch to your home port.

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
NZ1700 13 3rd November 2017 15th November 2017 $14,495

Flights from your home port to Auckland are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to Auckland and from Christchurch, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in both Auckland and Christchurch, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

About AIRCRUISING
An Aircruise with Bill Peach Journeys is the perfect way to explore these hard to reach destinations in the style, speed and comfort of your own private aircraft. The formula is simple – travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region.

Fully Inclusive
When you travel on an Aircruise everything is included and arranged before you even leave home.  This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining and all excursions but every single one of these elements is the finest in its class.  Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after you every step of the way.

Mode of Transport
This journey will be operated by a 19 seat Metroliner short range turbo prop airliner or similar. The aircraft is operated by two pilots. The cabin is pressurised with comfortable seats and legroom. This aircraft is operated by experienced pilots and accompanied by a Journey Director. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day.
Our Icons of New Zealand Aircruise has a combination of transport modes; we will be using air-conditioned coaches, 4WD vehicles, boats and jet boats for this journey.

Level of fitness required: Moderate
This journey is designed for those looking to venture off the beaten track. You must be able to walk up to 1km unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers.  Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.