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The best luxury New Zealand experiences

Bespoke, personalized and truly exclusive, New Zealand's luxury experiences are truly world-class but come with a local flavor. From five star lodges to glamping (luxurious camping) under the stars, to scenic flights, private cruises and wildlife spotting — there’s something for even the most discerning traveler...

Stay in a five-star lodge. Haven't indulged in the New Zealand five-star experience? You really should. With everything you need at your fingertips, and anything you desire provided, staying at one of our luxury lodges is a magical getaway. Choose between beach-side, riverside and mountainside lodges or, if you're after something a little more remote and special, choose from one of a select few ‘helicopter-only’ retreats. Treat yourselves at: Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, Northland; The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay; Huka Lodge, near Taupo in the central North Island; or, heli-accessed Minaret Station, high in the breathtaking beauty of the Southern Alps.

Take a scenic flight. New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. And taking a scenic flight in is one of the best ways to experience our pristine landscapes. From stunning beaches, sub-tropical rainforest, mountains, glaciers and active volcanoes, there’s nowhere better to take to the air. We suggest the White Island (New Zealand's most active volcano) crater landing flight with Volcanic Air, The Mount Cook Alpine Loop flight, or the Air Milford scenic flight over the sound.

Go glamping. Glamorous camping, luxury camping or, as we like to say, "really posh" camping. Whichever way you choose to describe it, glamping is for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors with a touch of class. Most sites are set into remote surroundings and furnished with proper beds, couches, kitchens, hot running water and quirky outdoor bathtubs. We like Castaways Resort glamping at Kariotahi Beach, Hurunui Jacks in Hokitika, or get the full rural experience when you stay at Ridge Top Farm, Manawatu.

See New Zealand from the water. With over 14,000 kilometers of coastline and hundreds of lakes to explore, boat cruising is an excellent way to get a new perspective on New Zealand. There are four main areas to take a cruise: The Bay of Islands, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland. Other popular places are the Rotorua Lakes and Queenstown Lakes regions. We love the Pure Cruise luxury yacht charter on Lake Rotoiti, the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise with Real Journeys or taking in the views of Queenstown from the iconic 100-year-old Steamship, The Earnslaw.

Discover the great outdoors. If exploring the New Zealand wilderness sounds like your kind of vacation, there are multiple experiences to be had. Be it a guided hike on the infamous Milford Track, fly fishing in Queenstown's rivers, horse riding on Nelson’s Wharariki Beach or a simple walk to the spectacular Haast Pass Blue Pools, there’s an abundance of activities to whet your appetite for adventure.

Try the Milford Track with Ultimate Hikes, staying in luxurious accommodation along the way or attempt the famous Tongariro Crossing. Go guided fly fishing in the ‘gin clear’ waters of Queenstown with expert Chris Dore.

Play a round of golf. A golf vacation in New Zealand is more than just a tour from manicured green to manicured green with time discussing the day's play over a post game drink. It’s a full vacation experience like no other. You’ll come for the sport but stay for the food, wine and spectacular scenery. With exclusive course and clubs scattered throughout the country,

New Zealand is home to world class facilities — several of which are globally-renowned golf bucket-list-worthy experiences. Play the Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, the Jacks Point Golf Course or, New Zealand’s most exclusive golf course, ‘The Hills’ near Arrowtown.

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