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A Wilderness Honeymoon from Glaciers to Rainforests and Maori Culture

Melanie and Sybil had a grand vision for their Honeymoon in New Zealand. We were privileged to create the journey together and transform into more than travel advisor and traveller: we became friends and (with a short interruption) are delighted to look after their biennial long haul adventures again. They perfectly fit the description of Authentic Experiencer“. Twenty-seven days to explore the exotic beauty of North and South Island, New Zealand was challenge accepted. They were happy to hire a car and wanted to make sure the sea, Glaciers, rainforest and immersive experiences were part of their honeymoon! The only way we can describe this adventure is by keeping it as short as possible. If you are interested in a journey like this, contact us to discuss details.

Upon arrival in Christchurch, we became responsible. A short flight from Christchurch to Queenstown followed. A big part of this adventure was wilderness and to experience untouched New Zealand. The emphasis was on activities, action and adventure, less on accommodation. It was only 2 hours to reach Manapouri, home for the next three nights plus a surprise yacht overnight on Doubtful Sound. The 20-meter vessel provides comfort and excitement while only 12 passengers enjoy the deep waters of the Fjord together. After five fun-filled days in the Manapouri / Doubtful Sound area, it was time to begin the journey to the North. Next visit was Lake Wanaka; every day was a highlight. A flight amongst Alpine ridges, over beautiful mountain lakes and glaciers to land deep in the backcountry was only the beginning. A walk in a native rainforest surrounded by mountain vistas was one of the many highlights. Melanie and Sybil enjoyed the wilderness they were looking for and were raving about the huts and bivvies they enjoyed. Another high was a helicopter trip to Franz Josef Glacier. Memories for a lifetime. The journey continued along the coast to Punakaiki and onwards to Kaiteriteri.

Upon arrival in Picton, the Interislander ferry carried the two to Wellington. From here, they journeyed on to Turangi, stopping only for the Black Water Glow Worm Rafting – one of Sybil´s highlights. Onwards to Lake Rotoiti area from Waikato. One of the many immersive experiences was planting native trees such as Rimu, Totara and Matai accompanied by their local Maori guide. Walking under fully mature native trees while sharing stories and legends of the Maori people from the area completed the adventure of the Northern Island.

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Glow Worm Rafting Experience

The return flight to Europe commenced from Auckland and nearly an entire month of wonder, wilderness and adventure filled the memories of our friends. Facts: the cost per person was €4899 without international flights. Included were all ground arrangements in New Zealand from activities, accommodation and transport. Meals, personal spending and tips were not included!