One of the most beautiful countries on earth, New Zealand is known for its diverse landscapes—beaches, mountains, rolling hills, rainforests—its farm-to-table cuisine and its spectacular luxury lodges. This April, join Indagare COO and New Zealand enthusiast Eliza Scott Harris on an adventurous Insider Journey to discover the country’s natural beauty and warm hospitality. You will have the chance to hike a section of the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s most famous alpine walks, in the company of expert mountaineer and Olympian Mark Inglis; enjoy a VIP tour of the award-winning Wētā Workshop, the creative collective behind special effects, props and more for movies like The Lord of the Rings and Avatar; and indulge in a multitude of activities ranging from helicopter excursions to personalized winery tours. This is an awe-inspiring destination you do not want to miss.

Please note, you will need to allow two travel days to get there, leaving from the U.S. April 1 and arriving home April 10 at the earliest.

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What to Expect

Itinerary highlights:

  • Join Indagare COO and New Zealand enthusiast Eliza Scott Harris for an adventure through New Zealand’s natural wonders—with stops in Queenstown, Wellington and Taupō.
  • Hike some of the most well-known trails throughout the country, including a section of the world-famous Routeburn Track—accompanied by expert mountaineer and Olympian Mark Inglis.
  • Experience a special VIP visit to the renowned Wētā Workshop, the award-winning props, costumes and special effects company behind movies like The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, with private access to areas closed to the public.
  • Cruise the expansive Lake Taupō with a Māori guide, who will share the history and context behind the Māori Rock Carvings seen from the boat as you enjoy lunch aboard.
  • Indulge in the warm hospitality, farm-to-table cuisine and exciting activities offered at Matakauri Lodge, Wharekauhau Country Estate and Huka Lodge, some of the best properties in New Zealand.
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and can help plan custom trip extensions within New Zealand or beyond (with the purchase of an Indagare membership). Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to Global Rescue, while on the ground.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For any questions, please reach out to our team at

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  • When
    April 3 – 10, 2024
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Foodies , Ultimate Indulgers

This Journey's Host


Indagare’s COO, Eliza Scott Harris, has been with the company since it launched in 2007. Previously, she spent six years in the world of high-end travel magazines, as the managing editor of Town & Country Travel and the executive editor of Departures. She also worked at Garden Design and Random House. She graduated from Brown University. A serious foodie, Eliza has served as a judge for the James Beard Journalism Awards. She lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and three sons. New Zealand is one of her favorite destinations, and she personally scouted this Insider Journey itinerary.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    April 3 – 10, 2024
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 18 travelers
  • Host
    Indagare's Eliza Harris


  • All luxury accommodations as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Expert guides and drivers as indicated in the itinerary, including your host, Indagare COO Eliza Harris, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • All gratuities
  • Car transfers throughout New Zealand and to all included activities, as well as airport transfers to/from the hotel, in luxury vehicles
  • Domestic flights from Queenstown to Wellington and from Wellington to Taupō
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip


  • Air transportation to/from New Zealand and any Visa fees
  • Domestic flights from Auckland to Queenstown and Taupō to Auckland
  • Meals not specified and beverages other than those included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

Indagare has selected articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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