New Zealand Holidays: An Overview

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.

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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.

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?

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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.


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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

A note on price

A luxury holiday to New Zealand, done with no expenses spared – and including visits to both the North and South Islands – costs around £15,000 per person. However, a self-drive trip (a fun and quirky way to see the country) could be done for around £3,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Language

English

Currency

New Zealand Dollar

Visa Requirements

Not required

Religion

Catholic

Food & Drink

Green lipped muscles, hokey pokey ice cream, Pinot Noir wine

What to pack

A camera for amazing landscape shots! Comfortable clothing for outdoor adventures

Flight from London

22:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +12 hrs


Top picks for New Zealand

Aerial View Bay of Islands

The North Island

New Zealand

Often not raved about enough. The North Island can be done as an adventure on its own.

Where to go

Church of Good Shepherd Lake in Tekapo

The South Island

New Zealand

There is more to this island than bungee jumps and sky dives, for example the towering alps, jagged coastlines, vast plains and amazing food and wine, to name a few.

Where to go

Gourmet New Zealand

Gourmet New Zealand

New Zealand

Food glorious food. Gourmet New Zealand, is a trip in its own right, as the country is full of culinary delights, from fresh seafood to home grown roasted lamb and even great chocolate confectioneries. New Zealand is also rather famously known for its wine; therefore visitors could spend their holiday indulging if nothing else.

What to do

Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

The North Island

Located on the banks of the Waikato River in 17 acres of parkland, Huka Lodge is the last word in luxury.

Where to stay

Annandale

Annandale

The South Island

New Zealand is famous for its luxurious lodges, but they do tend to stick to a well-worn – if completely excellent – format. That’s what makes the entrance stage left of Annandale all the more exciting, because this is somewhere utterly original with both a big and small ‘O’.

Where to stay

Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers

The North Island

Set high above Hawke’s Bay, Cape Kidnappers Lodge is surrounded by 6000 acres of lush green farmland and rolling hills. The Lodge has panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and a subtropical maritime climate.

Where to stay

Treetops Lodge and Estate

Treetops Lodge and Estate

The North Island

In the heart of the Maori spiritual home of Rotorua, Treetops Lodge and Estate is a delightful haven of peace and relaxation. Surrounded by forest with valley and lake views, the Lodge is equally welcoming of honeymooning couples as of families.

Where to stay

Wharekauhau Lodge

Wharekauhau Lodge

The North Island

Set in secluded beauty on the south east coast of New Zealand’s North Island (90 minutes by road from Wellington) Wharekauhau is a luxurious country retreat based on a 5,000 acre working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay.

Where to stay

 Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest

The North Island

Set atop a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by 75 acres of sub-tropical native bush and secluded beaches, Eagles Nest hotel is in a fantastic location.

Where to stay

Millbrook Resort

Millbrook Resort

The South Island

This hotel preserves its rich history and natural surroundings, whilst remaining one of the worlds leading five star golf and spa resorts.

Where to stay

Hotel DeBrett

Hotel DeBrett

The North Island

Set in the heart of the fashionable district of downtown Auckland, the contemporary and stylish Hotel DeBrett is the perfect base from which to explore the city’s elegant shops and numerous art galleries.

Where to stay

Greenhill Lodge

Greenhill Lodge

The North Island

Greenhill offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil location at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay wine country, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Where to stay

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