When to do in New Zealand.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and so it makes perfect sense that the range of experiences available to visitors here should be every bit as luxurious as your surroundings. Having scoured through some of the top experiences the country has to offer, here are five activities you must check out during your stay in the country…
- Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
This is one of the best luxury New Zealand tours available, taking you on a journey through some of the finest wine regions in the country. You’ll have the option to customize your experience, either cycling through the vines yourself or being escorted by a chauffeur. Everywhere you stop, you’ll be treated to tasting sessions and tours around the vineyards, discovering more about each region and dining at the finest restaurants. Tours take you through areas such as Hawke’s Bay, noted for its Bordeaux, Chardonnay and Syrah, Martinborough, known for its delicious Pinot Noir, and Marlborough, home to a world-famous Sauvignon Blanc.
- Nelson Talisman Yacht Tour
The combination of seclusion and sunshine are what make a yacht trip through the Nelson Talisman particularly appealing. Here you can travel through vast lagoons and islands before heading to the west of the country and exploring Abel Tasman National Park, itself noted for golden sands and rich variety of bird life. This region is also known for its creativity, with hundreds of artists living locally. A popular option for visitors to New Zealand combines discovering both the coastline and the art, touring local artist studios and galleries.
- Private Charter to the Baby of Islands
With blue waters and unspoilt beaches, the Bay of Islands is the heart of Maori culture. It’s also one of the most impressive luxury New Zealand tours available — and one of the most exclusive. Taking a private charter will allow you to relax and unwind, experiencing this nature lovers’ idyll. Dolphins and penguins are commonplace, and there’s also a large number of whales in this stretch of water. Most private charters will allow you to do some fishing for crayfish during the journey, and you may even be able to barbecue it on board.
- Hike the Fox and Franz Glaciers
One of the most remarkable things about New Zealand is the diversity of its landscape. The Fox & Franz Glaciers are found on the West Coast of South Island, and they provide a great way to stay active while seeing the sights. The Fox Glacier stands at 13km, making it the only glacier in the world which is truly accessible. You may choose to experience this venue on a half-day hike with a guide or stay overnight at stunning local accommodation to give yourself more time to explore.
- Helicopter Tour above Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Nothing screams luxury quite like a private helicopter tour, and this distinctive location provides the ideal window on a luxurious new world! From your helicopter you’ll be able to see the Southern Alps and the Tasman Glacier as well as Mount Cook. For an added touch of luxury, request your helicopter pick-up direct from your hotel – and remember to bring a camera so you can capture all the incredible memories!
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