A helicopter tour is the best way of seeing the electric blue waters of Lake Wanaka, near Queenstown. Stargazing at Wanaka is probably the best experience of it's kind that I've ever had, too.
Katie, Original Traveller
Comparable in size to the UK, but with a population of only four million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries, but one of the most amazing and diverse for holidays.
Katie is here to help give you the inside track.
Why we think you’ll love it
- The sheer diversity of the scenery you'll see while on holiday here - New Zealand is home to beaches, glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, hot springs and vast swathes of green countryside, all of which are bathed in a brilliant light.
- The cities offer so much variety of experience. Head to Auckland if you're after a quirky, multicultural metropolis; stop off at Queenstown if you're an extreme sports junkie.
- The food is out of this world. New Zealanders take great pride in their culinary culture, and the ever-burgeoning creative food scene is well worth immersing yourself in during a luxury holiday.
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Luxury Holidays to New Zealand: The Detail
Even after the huge increase in tourism since that thinly-disguised tourist board promotion known to some people as The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. The country's spectacularly beautiful landscapes - mountain ranges, huge lakes, active volcanoes, glacier-carved fjords, sweeping coastlines and pristine forests - were the perfect backdrop to the action in the movies, and often stole the show completely from acting that was sometimes more wooden than the scenery. Sorry, Orlando
Did you know
- Wellington is the world's southernmost capital
- There are more species of penguins in New Zealand than in any other country
- New Zealand produces 100kg of butter and 65kg of cheese per year per person
- Only 5% of the country's population is human, the rest are animals
- Until 1912 a dolphin called Pelorus Jack regularly guided ships around New Zealand through dangerous and rocky waters
- Kiwifruit were originally called 'Chinese gooseberries'
After several research trips to New Zealand in recent years, Original Travel feels pretty well qualified to talk you through the highlights while planning your luxury holiday. With more than a third of the country protected by National Parks, New Zealand is a playground for action men and women (and elves), and we can recommend and organise the best outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, abseiling, rafting, sailing, skiing and climbing. Original Travel's New Zealand team can also arrange tastings at some of the country's outstanding wineries for the less action-orientated.
New Zealand hosts an exciting menu of food, wine, luxury accommodation, wildlife and adventure, making it a perfect destination for any luxury holiday. Plus New Zealanders are incredibly warm and welcoming, not to mention very proud of their country and heritage. It is therefore an integral part of any luxury New Zealand holiday to visit a 'marae' (traditional Maori meeting house), to fully appreciate the beauty of this country and its people. What's stopping you?
More on Luxury Holidays to New Zealand...
Auckland, on the North Island, the likely starting point of any luxury holiday itinerary, is a teaser for the rest of the trip with its friendly people, great cafes and restaurants, boat trips, bungee jumps and a glistening evening sky line. From here the world is your oyster, and speaking of oysters, Marlborough Sounds in the South Island may be worth a visit, if not for its views and fresh seafood than for its wine. Or maybe go to Queenstown to sample the best steak in New Zealand (at the Botswana Butchery to be more precise), followed by a night in a luxury lodge. The list really is endless of where to go in New Zealand, and our fantastic Australasia team are here to help tailor make the best Kiwi experience.