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New Zealand

Venture with us to Middle Earth!

10 days of adventure await you on this epic tour across New Zealand’s south (and dare we say most gorgeous) island.

Our itinerary is jam-packed with wine tastings, star gazings, heli-hikes on a glacier, and much more as we explore The Land of the Long White Cloud.

You’ll visit rugged fiords in Milford Sound, walk upon crystal blue glaciers at Franz Josef, fly past towering mountain ranges in Queenstown, and encounter wildlife found nowhere else. Your guide on this adventure used to live in New Zealand, and she can’t wait to introduce you to her favorite place on Earth!

Here, you’ll find inspiration at every turn. So what are you waiting for? Join us on this breathtaking women-only tour to stunning New Zealand!

Deposits for this tour are $1000. Space is limited to 12. 

Check dates and availability
Trip Dates Availability Price Payment
March 19-28, 2024 $6499 USD
March 19-28, 2024 (SOLO ROOM) $7799 USD
Reserve this trip with a non-refundable deposit, or pay in full. Make payments at your leisure until 60 days before departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Glimpse iconic views and wildlife as you tour the Milford Sound by boat
  • Feel alive next to thundering waterfalls and sky-high mountain peaks
  • Jump off a bridge (or not!) in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World”
  • Experience rich Maori culture and carve your own Pounamu
  • Heli-Hike to Franz Josef Glacier, a breathtaking natural wonder
Day 1: Arrival to Christchurch

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch, the Garden City and the South Island’s largest city!

Today we will meet you upon your arrival at Christchurch International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city center.

If you arrive early and you’re feeling fresh, you might grab a map from reception and take yourself on a walk through the city to see how it is rebuilding after the devastating 2011 earthquakes. For a stroll to take your breath away, be sure to check out the Botanic Gardens – the city is named after them for a reason!

This evening we’ll board the famous Christchurch Tram Diner for a unique dining experience. Enjoy fresh local cuisine whilst meandering around the city.


Meals:  D
Hotel: Distinction Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo + Mt. John International Dark Sky Reserve

Today we’ll leave the city behind for a journey into the heart of the MacKenzie Country, while driving on some of the most picturesque roads in New Zealand.

We’re bound for Tekapo this morning, with plenty of jaw-dropping sights to snap photos of along the way. Lake Tekapo’s turquoise color and mountain backdrop are breathtaking already, but add the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd standing right at the water’s edge into the mix, and you’ve got a photographer’s dream!

Tekapo is in the heart of one of the biggest dark sky reserves in the world, which we’ll take advantage of this evening during a one-of-a-kind stargazing experience at Mount John Observatory. At 1,029m high, Mt. John offers unrivalled 360-degree views across the largest accredited International Dark Sky Reserve in the world. During this approx. 2 hour experience, an expert astronomy guide will bring the night sky to life, sharing the science and the stories of the Southern skies. Stargaze using the naked eye guided by lasers and then proceed to explore deeper through up to 16″ optical telescopes, including in the private observatory dome. Take in the incredible Milky Way, far off planets, star clusters, solar systems, and even distant galaxies; every night sky is uniquely different. Extreme cold weather jackets will be provided to keep you warm at the summit, along with full use of telescopes. Note that this experience is weather-dependent.


Meals: B
Hotel: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 3: Queenstown: The "Adventure Capital of the World"

Following breakfast, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the Southern Alps to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

On arrival, be ready to fall in love with New Zealand’s coolest town. Your local guide will get you started with an introduction before recommending the best dining for a great night out.

Have some free time to enjoy one of the 200+ activities this incredible city has to offer. You can swing or jet-boat through canyons, jump off bridges and out of planes, and even conquer the white water rapids.

For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, there are also biking and hiking trails to die for, wine and beer-tasting tours, and even scenic lake cruises.

This evening, we’ll enjoy a group dinner at Blue Kanu – the home of Polyn-asian cuisine.


Meals: B, D
Hotel: QT Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown + Milford Sound

Today we’ll catch a scenic flight from Queenstown to explore Milford Sound by air and by boat!

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of both Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Park before boarding our cruise. Sit back and relax as we make our way into Milford Sound past the iconic Mitre Peak.

We’ll sail the length of the jaw-dropping 16km fiord, out past St Annes Point Lighthouse, with informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock, and Stirling Falls.

You will literally gasp at the insane beauty of this very special place, full of towering peaks, sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforest. It’s one of the most stunning places we have ever seen ON THIS PLANET. It’s a true highlight and we’re so excited to be able to bring you here!

Be sure to keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun, pods of dolphins, or rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally within the region.

After our cruise, we’ll fly back to Queenstown and have some downtime. There are so many fun bars and restaurants in Queenstown, so this evening is up to you as to how you’ll spend it!

Meals: B
Hotel: QT Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Wanaka

Soak in the last of those stunning lake views in Queenstown this morning, before we make our way to Wanaka.

En route, we’ll stop at one of the local wineries to taste some of the best New Zealand wines before continuing our short but scenic journey through the Southern Alps. Wanaka, nestled in New Zealand’s picturesque South Island, produces exceptional wines for the country, and its particularly known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Wanaka wines boast elegance, vibrant acidity, and expressive fruit flavors, and are known by wine enthusiasts worldwide.

We’ll visit the famous #thatwanakatree and stroll along the shore of Lake Wanaka upon arrival.


Meals: B
Hotel: Oakridge

Day 6: Wanaka + Mou Waho

Set at the southern end of its namesake lake with views of snow-capped mountains, Wanaka is picturesque and home to some of the best views in New Zealand. The town is small, but well-known, and the area is a magnet for travelers seeking natural beauty and outdoor adventures.

Today, we’ll spend the day getting to know this quaint town. After breakfast, we’ll take a cruise on the lake across to Mou Waho (one of the only islands in Lake Wanaka) to discover the rich beauty in this unique eco-sanctuary.

Later, we’ll visit the Wanaka Lavender Farm, where local lavender and honey are made – and where the views are epic!


Meals: B
Hotel: Oakridge


Day 7: Wanaka to Franz Josef

Today, we’ll enjoy a final breakfast in Wanaka before traveling to our next beautiful spot – Franz Josef (about a 4-hour drive).

You can sit back and enjoy a picturesque drive through the mountains. Don’t worry, we’ll stop a bunch along the way to stretch our legs at the Blue Pools, Fantail Falls, and Thunder Creek Falls before checking in to our accommodation in Franz Josef.

We’ll enjoy a group dinner tonight.


Meals: B, D
Hotel: Rainforest Retreat

Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier + Maori Art Carvings

Today, we’ll check out Franz Josef – home of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of the most popular attractions in New Zealand.

Here, we’ll learn about native Maori culture and experience the traditional Maori art of carving your own Pounamu (jade).

Afterwards, we’ll get out and about to explore the Glacier with a heli-hike! Don’t worry, glacier gear will be provided.


Meals: B
Hotel: Rainforest Retreat


Day 9: Franz Josef to Christchurch via TranzAlpine Train

After an early breakfast, we’ll drive to Greymouth and the train station to experience the most scenic train ride in New Zealand – the TranzAlpine Train.

It’s one of the world’s greatest train journeys, traveling from coast to coast on New Zealand’s South Island, taking in the vast Canterbury Plains, spectacular Southern Alps, and wild West Coast. Enjoy an upgraded experience in the Scenic Plus Cabin with local food and wines, private open-air viewing carriage, and private host. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Our local guide will pick us up in Christchurch and drop us off at the hotel for our final night in New Zealand.

Meals: B, D
Hotel: Distinction Christchurch


Day 10: Departures

Today is our final day of the tour, and we are so happy to have shared this journey together!

Depending on your flight time, you may be able to fit in some last-minute activities or sightseeing. Our local guide will get us to the airport in time for departing flights.

This has been an incredible adventure and we hope you take some lasting memories home with you.

Haere rā! Ka kite anō au ia kōrua! Farewell and we’ll see you again!


Meals: B
Hotel: —

Cost includes:

  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Accommodation (shared, in luxury hotels)
  • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Tramway dinner experience
  • Dark sky summit experience
  • Group dinner in Queenstown
  • Fly-cruise-fly Milford Sound day trip
  • Mou Waho island cruise and nature walk
  • Group dinner in Franz Josef
  • Greenstone carving
  • Tranzalpine Train scenic plus experience
  • English-speaking guide local guide/driver
  • All transportation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Gratuities

Does not include:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals & alcohol not listed
  • Activities not listed

What to pack:

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sense of adventure
  • Check out our Packing List for more ideas!

Additional Info:

Lodging Where will we stay?

Your accommodation will be in a variety of luxury properties throughout the tour.

This tour is priced for shared accommodation, meaning you’ll be sharing a room with one other gal.

If you’d prefer your own space, choose the “solo room” option at checkout.

Money How much money should I bring?

Mostly everything is included (yay!), but you’ll need to cover your own alcohol, shopping, and meals not listed.

Most larger places will accept credit cards, but it’s great to have some local currency on hand for the smaller markets.

ATMs are widely available throughout the country. Just remember to let your bank(s) know where/when you’ll be traveling!


Flights Where do I fly into?

You’ll fly into Christchurch International Airport (CHC). Fly in before 5:00 pm on Day 1 and depart before 2:00 pm on Day 10, if possible.

Want us to advise on flights? Email us at

Important Docs What documents are required?

– Passport
– Travel Insurance
– New Zealand eTA

*Damesly Pro Tip: Use the sherpa website to easily determine which requirements apply to you.

Trip Minimum How many people are needed for the trip to run?

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 (and max of 12) participants.

Trip Payments How do trip payments work?

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking, or you can opt to pay for the trip in full. 

Once we receive your deposit, our accounting team will set you up with a personal account so you can pay the balance of your trip at your leisure.

Payments are due in full 60 days prior to departure.

Insurance Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Damesly requires all guests to have travel insurance, and often the countries we visit do, as well. We highly recommend opting for the “cancel-for-any-reason” insurance option, but note that this typically needs to be acquired within 21 days of initial booking (i.e. when you submit your deposit).

Weather What will the weather be like?

March is considered the first month of autumn in New Zealand. You can expect to soak up long, sunny days with highs around 70 during the day and lows around 50 at night.


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