Luxury South Island Mountains & Lakes

From Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Canterbury & Upper South Island
  • Otago & Alpine Region
  • Walking and Active
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

Experience New Zealand's South Island like never before! 

Traverse across magnificent mountains and lakes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, viewing nature in its purest, all while enjoying the comfort and service of our top secluded lodges. Lakestone Lodge in Mount Cook which has some of the most spectacular views on the mountain, then Mahu Whenua in Wanaka, a ranch-style isolated property that has some amazing conservation projects and hiking trails, followed by Azur in Queenstown with its perfect lake views and far enough to avoid the crowds in the main township.

Each lodge has a range of onsite activities that we can pre-arrange for you and the most perfect views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

More time? Let us tailor-make the perfect self-drive for you

Viva's Best Bits...

Be wowed by the Southern Alps from the air as you take a scenic flight to Milford Sound

A fantastic week in the South Island that can be customized to suit your interests, horseriding on a high country station, hiking, ebikes and more

"One of my favourite walks is Hooker Valley in Mount Cook National Park, also a must for keen photographers" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Christchurch Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook

Pick up your car hire from Christchurch airport, before departing to Mount Cook. Along the way you will pass through stunning scenery, including Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. This evening dinner is included and cooked by the inhouse chef. After dinner head out for a guided night sky viewing and gaze up at the stunning star filled sky.

Day 2
Mount Cook Aoraki

Today after breakfast you could get a different point of view of Mount Cook by heading on an optional scenic flight and taking in the beautiful stunning landscapes. Or enjoy the day at leisure and drive to Mt Cook Village and hike some of the many different tracks in the area. Mount Cook is just an endless array of beauty.

Day 3
Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook Mahu Whenua, Wanaka

Today you will drive to Wanaka via Lindis pass which is one of the most beautiful drives in New Zealand. On arrival at your ranch-style lodge, we recommend you enjoy the stunning scenery by walking around the property.

Day 4
Mahu Whenua, Wanaka

Today you will take a half-day horse trek, starting at the exclusive on-site stables, you will trek through the purpose-built trails, cross rivers, explore beech forest and head up the valleys of this special landscape, stopping halfway for morning or afternoon tea. The Horse Riding adventures are a fantastic opportunity to see more of the property and learn about the conservation efforts that take place whilst remaining in touch with nature. Alternatively, if horse riding is not for you, we can arrange a guided e-bike tour to Arrowtown which is a world-class 42km biking trail available exclusively to our guests

Day 5
Wanaka Queenstown

Today you will leave Wanaka and head over to Queenstown, your lodge is located just outside the main town, so you can enjoy perfect views of the lake directly in front of your hotel.

Day 6
Milford Sound flight & cruise Queenstown

Today you will experience the Milford Sound by air and water. You will fly over the beautiful alpine scenery of the Southern Alps, landing in Milford to enjoy a boat cruise and get up close to the waterfalls. Upon return to Milford, you'll board your helicopter again and head back to Queenstown stopping for a glacier landing on the way.

Day 7
Queenstown Queenstown airport

Today you will drive to Queenstown airport to drop off your car hire and depart.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 6 nights in premium accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Rental car ex Christchurch airport, drop off Queenstown
  • Included Copy 20 Milford Sound scenic flight and cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Horse trekking on a high country station
  • Included Copy 31 Ask us to tailor-make a self-drive itinerary for your interests
Rental Car


  • Included Horse trek through high country scenery (or change to an e-bike adventure if you prefer)
  • Included Fly over the Southern Alps!
  • Included Cruise the Milford Sound
  • Included Explore Queenstown
  • Included Stunning aqua lakes: Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
  • Included Drive and hike around the Mount Cook Aoraki area
  • Included Star gazing, night sky experience, see the Milky Way!
  • Included Top class accommodation with breathtaking views
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7 days

Price from

$3,598 USD

Per person, sharing

including GST

Daily Departures