Mountains, beaches, geysers, lakes and wine country. New Zealand has it all, no wonder that its high on many peoples’ bucket lists. Compact enough to discover in a couple of weeks but diverse enough to keep you there for months, there’s little you’ll go wanting for here, especially with some of the world’s finest luxury lodges and hotels. What’s more, you can play your part in helping conserve native sea birds in the North Island or penguins in the South Island.
You and your family will leave New Zealand with a treasure trove of memories, and the knowledge that you have helped secure the future of New Zealand’s iconic bird life.
Ways you can help
- Bonding as a family as you help maintain penguin habitats or conserve native sea birds
- Sailing in the Bay of Islands, swimming with dolphins
- Private guided tour of geysers, secret hot springs
- Sailing on an America’s Cup boat
- Wine tasting
- Hiking the World’s Best One Day Hike
- Trout fishing
- Heli-flight to a live volcano
- Spectacular views traversing the Southern Alps
- Heli hiking on a glacier
- Kayaking in crystal clear waters
- Interaction with the Maori culture
- Flying, hiking and jet boating…all in one day
- Helicopter flight to Milford Sound with a glacier landing
- Queenstown, home of bungy jumping and superb Pinot Noirs
- Wildlife encounters
- Luxury lodges throughout
The price for a 15 day trip to New Zealand costs from $15,595 (£12,728, €14,924) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. International flights are not included in this pricing, but naturally we can arrange these for you once we know where you would be flying from and your preferred cabin class.
Wilderness Lodge - West Coast Glaciers
This consists of two properties in very different but equally stunning settings: the rugged beauty of the west coast and the heart of the southern Alps (both on the South Island). Both are suitably stylish and show off the best...
Te Waonui - West Coast Glaciers
Te Waonui is a unique and innovative accommodation concept and has brought a new level of luxury to the West Coast. It is a low-rise environmentally sustainable 100 room hotel which merges with the temperate rainforest that surrounds it. The...
Intercontinental Wellington - Wellington
This stylish luxury hotel in Wellington is located opposite Wellington's Harbor and at the center of the city. InterContinental Wellington is minutes from the government sector, botanical gardens, has excellent city shopping right on the door step, and it's just...
Bolton Hotel - Wellington
The Bolton Hotel is Wellington's only independent 5 star boutique hotel offering 139 guest rooms. Located in the business and political heart of the city and only minutes walk from Lambton Quay and many attractions. This friendly hotel has many...
Lake Taupo Lodge - Taupo/Tongariro
Lake Taupo Lodge
The former home of the owners, they turned it into an architectural wonder to welcome guests to in 1996. The design is completely organic, inspired by the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright. Lake, mountain and garden views stream in through...
Fletcher Lodge - Oamaru
Set in downtown Dunedin, the surrounding gardens maintain an air of seclusion. The building has been here since 1924, at first a private residence but now welcoming visitors with high levels of service. With just four rooms and two apartments,...
Knapdale Eco lodge - Gisborne
Knapdale Eco lodge
A relaxing hideaway close to the forest to promote a real feeling of tranquility and serenity in a natural setting. The rooms are large and bright and have spa baths. Activities available include visiting Maori villages and nature tours arranged...
Earthsong - Great Barrier Island
Just over Auckland’s eastern horizon Great Barrier Island beckons - a world of wild natural beauty, rugged landscapes and stunning beaches. A 30 minute flight transports you from Auckland to Great Barrier Island, a unique island world where nature holds...
Fiordland Lodge - Doubtful Sound
The World Heritage Area of Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are the surroundings for this high-end eco lodge. Rolling grasslands and Lake Te Anau provide the scenic backdrop, and the 29 guests are accommodated in beautiful log cabins. Gourmet food...
The George - Christchurch
Stay in downtown Christchurch overlooking local landmarks Hagley Park and the Avon River. The rooms here ooze quality, and have modern, chic décor. The hotel boasts two award-winning restaurants, and with a one-to-one staff/guest ratio, service is impeccable.
The Resurgence - Abel Tasman NP
The Resurgence is 15 minutes from Kaiteri teri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and also offers easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios and wineries. Let your well-traveled hosts help you plan...
Awaroa Lodge - Abel Tasman NP
Situated in the Abel Tasman National Park, this hotel enjoys some of the best parkland in New Zealand. The lodge itself is made up of 26 high end villas, and is just a couple of minute’s walk from the wonderful...
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Did you know
- To New Zealanders, a kiwi is not a fruit – it is New Zealand’s native flightless bird and a slang term for a New Zealander. Kiwis call the fruit “kiwifruit” – they are also known as Chinese Gooseberries.
- New Zealand was the first country to have its three top positions of power held simultaneously by women: The Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias).
- Natural resources in New Zealand provide for a thriving rural industry in forestry, agriculture, horticulture, and fisheries the most primary groups are agriculture and horticulture with New Zealand being the leading dairy provider in the world, exporting nearly one third of the world’s dairy needs. Along with beef and sheep meat, New Zealand is the second largest producer of wool in the world.
- New Zealand’s (and Australasia’s) highest mountain is Aoraki Mount Cook. It is 3,754 metres (12,316 ft) high. The mountain formerly appeared on maps as Mount Cook. In 1998, the mountain was officially renamed Aoraki Mount Cook to incorporate its Maori name.
- Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953, was a New Zealander. His face is now on the 5-dollar note. Ernest Rutherford, known as father of nuclear physics for his orbital theory of the atom, is a New Zealand and Nobel Prize Winner.
- A New Zealand chef invented the meringue dessert known as the ‘pavlova’ in honor of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.
- The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, which means the land of the long white cloud.
- New Zealand has the highest ratio of golf courses and bookshops to people than any country in the world.
- The Sky Tower in Auckland is with 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
"Our time in NZ went far too quickly - and we didn't even make it to the South Island...there is so much in the North Island alone! It is a stunning country, everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and we loved feeding the baby seabird chicks and helping care for the kiwis - it was the perfect family bonding experience. The hotels were absolutely fantastic too."
Julie Davis, traveled with her family from the USA
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