With a population of just 4 million people and over a third of the country set aside for national parks and reserves, a tailor-made holiday to New Zealand is all about the great outdoors.
The South Island is both the adventure playground and scenic wonderland of New Zealand. Drift through mystical fjords at Milford Sound, ice pick or fly over the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, admire the looming peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park, or head into the mountains for some hair-raising heli-skiing from Wanaka. The North Island complements the South perfectly, with a unique cultural mix of Maori, European and Asian influences. Explore the geysers, steaming lakes and streams of the thermal region of Rotura, hike through ancient rainforests and enjoy some of the world’s best trout fishing in Taupo, and admire the epic Ninety Mile Beach before setting sail around the Bay of Islands.
Our preferred hotels, lodges and guesthouses in New Zealand are those with a story behind them and owners that go out of their way to completely amaze and spoil you, our clients.
In North Island’s stunning Bay of Islands region, Eagle’s Nest is perhaps New Zealand’s ultimate offering in luxury beach accommodation. Each villa has vast outdoor and indoor space, including state of the art kitchens (complete with your own personal chef if you wish) and a private walkway leading to a private beach. Further north, set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Kauri Cliffs is home to one of the world’s most picturesque championship golf courses, set along the cliff top and winding through marsh, forest and farmland. Each of the private villas dotted alongside the course enjoy spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean.
New Zealand is famous for it’s food and wine and Hawke’s Bay is not only one of New Zealand’s most important and loveliest wine districts but is also full of world class chefs serving some of the best food you will find in New Zealand – this area really is a gastronome’s dream. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is set on a 5,000-acre sheep and cattle farm which rolls along cliffs that plunge dramatically to the sea so if the wine tasting and fabulous food has taken its toll, relax by the pool or play a round of golf to make room for the next meal! On the South Island, Bobbie and Peter Martin have created a beautiful and intimate B&B at Edenhouse near Nelson, an area rich in diversity and well known for its broad arts community. Edenhouse is the perfect base from which to visit the world- renowned Abel Tasman National Park and vineyards of Nelson, Marlborough and North Canterbury.
Queenstown is the home of adventure in New Zealand, and the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ is a reputation well earned. Matakauri Lodge is a luxury hideaway set just outside Queenstown on a hillside sloping down to Lake Wakatipu, offering stunningly designed accommodation, fine dining, superb service and incredible panoramic views of the lake and mountains. The lodge has a number of walking trails on site but can also arrange fishing, white water rafting, jet boating, hiking, glacier tours and many more adventures for the active guest.
Amongst the mountains of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps and on the shore of glacial Lake Wanaka lies a private alpine haven perfect for outdoor enthusiasts – only accessible by chopper, Minaret Station offers just four luxury tented suites. The maverick Wallis brothers are on hand to help you explore their 65,000 acres of private land by helicopter, skis, foot and mountain bikes. On the North Island, few places truly embody the spirit of adventure more than the fabulous, award-winning Treetops Lodge and Estate. Set in New Zealand’s famed thermal region in more than 2,500 acres of private wilderness, Treetops is a carefully managed game and wildlife habitat for fly fishermen, sporting enthusiasts and their pampered guests.
The Taupo region is a major volcanic area that is famous for it’s thermal features and New Zealand’s biggest lake and home to Huka Lodge, one of New Zealand’s longest standing luxury lodges. The level of service and attention to detail at Huka Lodge is immaculate, and the lodge’s position alongside the emerald green Waikato River is as peaceful as it is beautiful. A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without staying on a sheep farm and one of our favourites is Wharekauhau Country Estate. Situated in Palliser Bay on a 5,500 acre working farm – an area known for the wild sea coastline rich in Maori and early European history – the main lodge has amazing views of the bay and is surrounded by native forest, spectacular beaches, bountiful rivers and tranquil lakes. There are many activities available on-site such as a farm tour, horse riding, hiking, jet boating, visiting the Martinborough wine region or simply relaxing in the Wharekauhau Spa.