Lying in the South-West Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island. Each location is distinctive in character. Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches – it’s all here. No wonder, New Zealand is becoming a popular location for movies.
New Zealand is a land of diverse landscape. You’ll see things here that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
Top 10 Luxury Experiences
- Indulge yourself in a luxury lodge – feel the grass between your feet, the sand under your toes, or just put your feet up and enjoy.
- Feast on New Zealand cuisine – made with the freshest local vegetables, meat and seafood, and matched with world class New Zealand wines, or take a cooking class with chef to create your own memorable Kiwi flavours.
- Spoil yourself with pampering – it’s all about you as you lie back in a luxury spa and let the experts work their blissful wonders on you.
- Play a round of golf in paradise – on one of New Zealand’s many world class golf courses but be careful that the surrounding beauty doesn’t distract you from your game.
- Meet the locals – on a personalised art, photography, wine, conservation or Maori culture tour where you’ll get revealing expert insights into your chosen theme.
- Get back to nature on an opulent experience – luxury under canvas in a stunning remote location where no detail is left to the imagination.
- Take-off on a stunning scenic flight – New Zealand’s majestic landscape of mountains, volcanoes, lakes and coasts offer an unending panorama of scenery.
- Cruise your way on a chartered yacht through the idyllic Bay of Islands, and let the dolphins show you their secret white sand beaches.
- Get a little physical with a Heli hike that whisks you off into a magnificent wilderness location for some easy walking and boating, coupled with fine food and accommodation.
- Discover New Zealand’s great outdoors – private guided fishing and hunting expeditions will land you in the best places for fly fishing, big game fishing and hunting.
Experience New Zealand
New Zealand in Nutshell
- The islands are one of Earth’s richest flora zones and are inhabited by some unique fauna, including many flightless birds such as the Kiwi.
- New Zealand often brings an adventure twist to nature, and is the home of jet boating and bungy jumping.
- Journey usually begins at Auckland. Take a trip up the Sky Tower to enjoy 360 degree view of Auckland City.
- Visit Kelly Tarltons and come face to face with the sharks, penguins and more.
- A day trip to the historic Bay of islands in the far north.
- Travel to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Caves. The highlight is a silent boat trip beneath the lights of thousands of glow-worms that live on the cave ceiling. At Rotorua, experience the Maori culture, boiling mud pools, hot springs and geysers. Also visit the Agrodome and witness live sheep shearing!
- Fly to Queenstown in the South Island, the adventure capital.
- Sky dive, tour the Lord of the Rings filming locations in a 4WD or visit a winery.
- Also, visit the International Antarctic Centre.
- Go on a Milford Sound day tour and cruise out to the Tasman Sea and experience waterfalls, fur seals lazing on the rocks, dolphins playing in the ships wake and numerous sea birds.
- Next, to the Glacier region via the Haast road, passing through small settlements and lakes full of Trout and Salmon.
- Start with a helicopter flight and landing on top on the glacier.
- Take the scenic Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch via Greymouth.
- A day trip to Kaikoura for a whale-watching cruise and visit a winery on the way back.
- New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere and has the opposite weather of Europe. September to March has the best weather, roughly low 20s.
- Ideally, you need 12 days to cover the major points in both the North and South Island. Those looking for a longer holiday can continue to Australia, Bora Bora or Fiji.
North Island – From the far north where New Zealand’s political history began, to the landscapes that blend magnificent coast, sprawling farmlands and geothermal hotspots, awe-inspiring Maori culture, vibrant cities, serene beaches in this part of New Zealand.
Cities – Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Hamilton- Waikato, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty and Wellington are few well-known cities in this region.
South Island – A palette of dramatic scenes, New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. Showcasing the best of nature’s assets where towering Alps meet peaceful sounds and rugged coastlines merge with sweeping plains.
Cities – Christchurch, Dunedin, Fiordland, Lake Wanaka, Nelson, Queenstown
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. Its vast harbour, quiet islands and vibrant cityscape offer an exciting and accessible mix of urban, water and wildlife activities. The picturesque harbour-side city is known for its delicious food, fine wine and buzzing nightlife combined with Rainforest, Domains, Parks and Reserves, The Hillary Trail, West coast beaches
- Auckland is a shopaholic’s paradise. While you’re here, enjoy the city’s diverse cafes, restaurants and nightlife.
- Head out to one of Auckland’s four distinct wine districts where you can sample local wines against the backdrop of rolling hills and sparkling ocean.
- City of Sails- Sea and all its attractions are why this is known as the City of Sails. Make sure you get out on the water while you’re here, whether it’s a relaxing harbour cruise, a fishing charter, whale and dolphin spotting, kayaking or surfing.
- Enjoy a cruise on a classic yacht or launch. Charter your own yacht if you have sailing skills.
- Find common and bottlenose dolphins, Brydes whales and Orcas in Auckland’s magnificent Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
- Take the ferry across to Devonport and enjoy a café lunch and a spot of shopping.
Explore the islands of the Hauraki Gulf-
The Hauraki Gulf, on the doorstep of Auckland city, is home to a multitude of remarkable islands. Don’t miss out on these activities:
- Experience a wilderness adventure on Great Barrier Island – tracks lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic kauri dams.
- Family fun in Auckland – Visit the Sky Tower…Sky walk or Sky jump!, Underwater World, Auckland Zoo, Ride the water slides at Waiwera Thermal Resort or Parakai hot springs, visit Rainbows End Adventure Park, Sheep World .
Take a walk
- From Devonport, walk to the summits of Mount Victoria or North Head for 360° views.
- Mount Eden, Mount Hobson and Mount St John are dormant volcanic cones offering commanding views of the city – pack a picnic and walk up.
- Do the Coast to Coast Walkway – a unique walk joining the east and west coasts of Auckland and taking in many of the city’s scenic icons
- Explore the Popular towns in Auckland – Don’t miss visiting Piha beach and Waiheke Island, Great Barrier Island is a large island with a small population, Helensville was named one of New Zealand’s ‘Top Ten Small Towns’ by a national magazine. Orewa’s wide Pacific Ocean beach is a place for swimming, surfing and long, relaxing walks. Warkworth acts as a gateway to the beach and wine areas to the east.
- Many of Auckland’s activities and attractions are within half an hour of the central city.
The Coromandel with pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations.
Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. Activities and attractions are plentiful.
- You might choose skydiving in Whitianga or a guided sea kayak tour around the coast.
- You could take a walk in the coolness of the pristine bush – the Coromandel is a walker’s paradise – or simply sit and relax in a warm bubbling pool at Hot Water Beach. You might even like to explore your own secret lagoon in Donut Island. And there are many more.
- Popular locations– Whitianga, Whangamata, Tairua, Donut Island, Hahei and Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Miranda foreshore
The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and an active island volcano. When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’.
Just over an hour south of Auckland you enter the Hamilton & Waikato region; a land of lush verdant pasture, that played host to the Shire in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit films’. A land where lush pasture and fertile soils have made this the centre of the dairy industry.
The place of skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without stopping here.
Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire.
Top 5 Activities in Rotorua
The region’s unique location is filled with hot pools, geysers, mud pools and geothermal activity. Discover some of the best of Rotorua:
- Waiotapu: There are many sights to explore from the Champagne Pool and waterfall filled with rich vibrant colours of the mineral salts, bubbling mud pools, craters, and Lady Knox Geyser when you visit.
- Polynesian Spa: For a full day of relaxation, visit the hot mineral pools and treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment that uses the local products (like a Rotorua mud wrap or Manuka honey facial).
- White Island Volcano: Take a boat or helicopter tour to see an active marine volcano! Explore the giant crater, sulphur crystals, Crater Lake, wildlife around the island, and volcanic activity.
- Zorbing: Roll down a hill in an inflatable globe in this truly unique experience.
- Skydiving: For the adventure seeker, the adrenaline rush of the jump will have you accelerating at 200 kilometres/hour. All the great views of Rotorua
are best seen from 15,000 feet above.
- Top 5 Geothermal Wonders in Taupo & Rotorua.
Situated at the southern end of the North Island, nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city.
Lonely Planet named Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ (2011), and the city is renowned for its arts, culture and native beauty. Whether you want to dabble in history or indulge at divine restaurants, Wellington is a capital city with a great deal of style. Enjoy!
- Relax at Oriental Bay, City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington’s waterfront… Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. You’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum….which is one of the best interactive museums in the world.
- A gourmet food experience: Wellington known as the culinary capital of New Zealand. Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get a taste of good stuff.
- The world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in November 2012 has the spotlight firmly in Wellington. A tour is the best way to discover the secrets of the making of the movies.
- Walk from the city to the summit of Mount Victoria for a 360-degree panorama of Wellington.
- Lights, Camera, Action! If you’re a movie buff, Wellington is the place to be. Catch a film at the Embassy Theatre, which played host to both the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
- Enjoy live performance at its best at Downstage Theatre, Circa Theatre and BATS Theatre.
- If you’re after ballet, opera and music, head to the Michael Fowler Centre, Opera House or St James Theatre.
- Enjoy unique art and sculpture at City Gallery.
- Shopping- Wellington is paradise for those who want to shop – Kircaldie & Stains is one of the New Zealand’s premier department store, while the Old Bank Arcade is full of exclusive boutique shopping in a beautiful heritage setting.
- Night Out -Find intimate cocktail bars hidden off Tory St, dance clubs and stylish pubs on Courtenay Place or head to Cuba Street for live music and local bars. Wellington’s waterfront offers awesome views and is a great place to head for a drink.
Stretches from ocean to the Alps and is land of plains and peaks. Christchurch is known as ‘The Garden City’. Explore the ever-changing city of Christchurch.
- Visit the quirky Pop-Up City bars for a good night out.
- Find out what it’s like in the middle of an Antarctic storm at the International Antarctic Centre.
- Stroll around the Farmers Markets, showcasing the best of Canterbury’s produce.
- Saunter through Hagley Park, and then admire Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
- Take a guided bike tour of Christchurch city.
- Popular locations in Christchurch, Canterbury – Christchurch city, Akaroa, Arthur’s Pass, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Lake Tekapo
- Whale watching, Scenic rail journeys, Cycling
Get close to nature, close to the city
- Driving, walking or cycling in the Port Hills for fantastic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula and Lyttelton Harbour.
- Willow bank Wildlife Reserve has a kiwi breeding programme and native New Zealand bird life.
- Ride the Waimakariri river in a jet boat; pickups are available from Christchurch City.
A day or two around Banks Peninsula
- Get a taste of the French colonial past in Akaroa – picturesque, charming and a haven for artists and crafts people, with a highly developed culinary culture.
- See New Zealand’s rarest dolphin – the Hector’s dolphin – on a wildlife cruise of Akaroa Harbour.
- Explore the historic port town of Lyttelton which, despite being damaged in the 2011 earthquake, still offers a bubbling mix of restaurants, cafes and shops, with a farmers market each Saturday.
- Take a short drive to Governors Bay and visit the unique chocolate and culinary attraction, She Chocolat.
The Waipara Wine Valley and Hanmer Springs- Head north from Christchurch to the start of the Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route.
- Discover the fabulous array of award winning wineries in the Waipara Valley. Stop for a tasting and a meal in one of the fastest growing wine regions in New Zealand. Locally produced hazelnuts, olive oil and lavender products will also tempt you.
- Do a tour of the local Waipara wineries the slow way – in a wagon behind a team of Clydesdale horses.
- Ride the Weka Pass historic railway from Waipara to Waikari.
- Soak in the hot thermal pools at Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve or have fun on the hydroslide.
- Enjoy one of the relaxing treatments at Hanmer Springs Spa.
- Hike or bike through the fantastic forest trails in Hanmer Springs.
- Go jet boating or rafting on the Waiau River with Thrill seekers Adventures.
- Ski at Mount Lyford or Hanmer Springs Ski Area.
- Visit beautiful Gore Bay.
Enjoy the high life in Mackenzie- From the stunning turquoise of the lakes to the true splendour of New Zealand’s tallest mountain (Aoraki Mount Cook), the Mackenzie district has more than beauty to offer visitors.
- Take a scenic flight from Lake Tekapo or Glentanner Station for breathtaking views over the Southern Alps, the West Coast Glaciers and of course the magnificent Aoraki Mount Cook.
- Land on the Tasman Glacier in a ski-plane, or go Heli-skiing amidst the tranquillity and silence of the pristine alpine environment.
- Try Tubing at Tekapo Springs which has New Zealand’s first summer tube ride, making tubing a year round attraction in Lake Tekapo.
- Or simply relax in the hot pools and enjoy the stunning views over the lake.
- If you’ve always wanted to try mountain climbing, hire a guide and give it a go. Sir Edmund Hillary practised on these mountains before he conquered Mount Everest.
- Don’t miss star gazing in the Mackenzie Basin which has recently been designated the largest International Dark Sky Reserve in the world.
- Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on a mountain walk –
- A self-drive tour of South Canterbury delivers the perfect balance of natural, historical and indulgent experiences.
- Enjoy one of the six most spectacular train journeys in the world – the stunningly scenic TranzAlpine Express journey to Arthur’s Pass.
- Get away in a hot air balloon. Drift over the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
One of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. Fiordland National Park is a World Heritage Site and includes Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds. Milford Sound, Rudyard Kipling described as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Take a scenic flight over it and you will understand why.
Walking and hiking, Scenic flights, Boat cruises
Popular locations in Fiordland
- Milford Sound
- Fiordland National Park has three of New Zealand’s ‘great walks’, the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks.
- Fiordland from the water-The pristine beauty of Fiordland can be seen close up from the water.
- Cruise around Milford, Doubtful, Dusky or Breaksea sounds. The pristine forest, sheer rock walls and tumbling waterfalls are a breathtaking sight. Local inhabitants include New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins.
- Cruise or sail the clear, glacial waters of Lake TeAnau, the South Island’s biggest lake.
- Take a 2 1/2 hour guided trip to the caves and glow-worm grotto on the edge of Lake TeAnau. These caves are geologically active – quite unique in the Southern Hemisphere.
- For a faster thrill, try jet boating on the upper Waiau River. This same river featured in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as the River Anduin.
The ‘Walking Capital of the World’
Three of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks are located in Fiordland. Walk for a day, or do the full track and stay in hikers’ huts along the way.
A bird’s eye view of Fiordland
Some of the sights of Fiordland are best appreciated from the air.
- Take a spectacular scenic flight over Fiordland National Park – fixed wing, floatplane or helicopter.
- Land in Milford Sound for a cruise of the fiord.
Underneath the fiords
A phenomenon called ‘deep water emergence’ creates an environment similar to the deep ocean only a few metres beneath the water surface of the fiords.
- Guided diving tours take you to black coral and other Fiordland submarine mysteries.
- The Milford Discovery Centre underwater observatory enables non-diving visitors to view the unique marine environment.
Dunedin and Coastal Otago are areas teeming with natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history, often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.
Dunedin is New Zealand’s city of the south. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, it wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
On Dunedin’s doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and, at Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.
Head further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and TeAnau.
The handsome heritage of Dunedin
Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Catch the Taieri Gorge Railway for an excursion around the region. The train departs from Dunedin Railway Station.
- Larnach Castle is New Zealand’s only castle. It perches on a hill overlooking the magnificent Otago Harbour.
- Take a tour of Speights Brewery, home of the South Island’s favourite beer.
- Otago Museum is one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest museums. View exhibitions related to culture, nature and science.
- Chocolate lovers will delight in the Cadbury World factory tour and chocolate shop.
- Shop in Dunedin’s designer boutiques for fashion innovations and stylish souvenirs.
- Dunedin Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to wander at any time of the year.
- Spend a day at one of Dunedin’s spectacular beaches – Tomahawk, Tunnel, Pyramid – even the names are intriguing!
- Immerse yourself in Dunedin’s stunning heritage buildings and their colourful past with a guided walking tour by City Walks
- Take a journey through the snickleways of Victorian Dunedin with Hair Raiser Ghost Tour.
- Visit the Royal Albatross Centre. It’s the site of the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world.
- Go-Kiwi spotting on an evening tour at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
- Watch yellow-eyed penguins (Hoiho) going about their lives at the penguin colony on Otago Peninsula.
- Climb onto a unique 8-wheel amphibious vehicle for a coastal farm adventure with Nature’s Wonders. You’ll see fur seals, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins.
- Enjoy a personalised wildlife tour with a knowledgeable local guide.
45 kilometres long and covering 193 square kilometres, the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are perfect for Jet Boaters, sailors and kayakers to explore.
Must do- Skiing and snowboarding: Nestled below the towering mountains of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka is home to the largest ski terrain in Australasia. With two world-class ski areas, spectacular scenery and a vibrant resort town, Lake Wanaka is ski-paradise.
With a slightly slower pace than Queenstown, skiing here is family friendly, with gentle beginner’s slopes, and boasts excellent natural snowfall during winter.
- Boat cruises – Turquoise Lake Wanaka is home to beautiful islands, beaches and inlets; it’s the perfect place to take a boat cruise.
- Scenic flights- Snowy peaks tower over turquoise waterways and waterfalls cascade down rocky outcrops – a scenic flight in Lake Wanaka is truly unforgettable.
Experience the spectacular landscapes of Lake Wanaka from high in the air.
- In Wanaka you can saddle up a horse and embrace the great outdoors. If that sounds too energetic, slide into a café and absorb the lakeside scenery.
One of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges.
Popular locations in Queenstown
- The road to Milford Sound is as much a scenic experience as the fiord itself. A fantastic journey that takes you to remote but incredibly accessible locations, and has the power to touch your soul. It begins between Queenstown and Kingston, offering exquisite lakeside vistas framed by the rugged face of the magnificent mountain range – appropriately named The Remarkables.
- Cardrona Valley – The road along Cardrona Valley can take you to all kinds of active adventures or a great meal at the historic hotel.
- Scenery of Glenorchy- the 45 minute journey from Queenstown to Glenorchy is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever experience. The road follows the edge of Lake Wakatipu, providing spectacular views of the surrounding mountains which rise abruptly from the lake’s shores.
- National Parks – Mount Aspiring- Stretch your legs and feed your soul in this beautiful wilderness of native forests, towering mountains and long river valleys.
- Lake Wakatipu- Cruising across Lake Wakatipu on a restored paddle steamer is a blissful way to appreciate the magnificent alpine scenery.
- The Crown Range-There is two ways to drive between Queenstown and Wanaka, and this one is the most memorable. It’s the highest main road in New Zealand.
- Need some inspiration? With a buzzing atmosphere and stunning scenery, you’ll find there’s no other place in the world quite like Queenstown.
- Ride the Skyline Gondola for iconic views across Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
- Visit Glenorchy, set amongst ancient beech forests and on the doorstep of the Mount Aspiring National Park, it’s a great place to enjoy horse riding, kayaking, walking and skydiving.
- Take a scenic flight for a bird’s eye view of the dramatic natural landscapes.
- Draw inspiration from the amazing alpine surroundings as you play a round of golf on one of Queenstown’s world-renowned courses.
- Marvel at the spectacular scenery on a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
- There’s no shortage of things happening around the region with plenty of exciting events throughout the year.
Seeking adventure? Ride the Skyline Gondola to the Ledge bungy jump – you get the best views in Queenstown.
Challenge yourself to push your own limits. You’ll find every type of adventure here, from mild to wild.
- Defy gravity and step out of your comfort zone with an adrenaline-pumping activity like bungy jumping, canyon swinging, canyoning or zip lining.
- Get hurled through the air attached to a skydive instructor or soar like a bird as you hang glide or paraglide.
- Get on a bike. Take an exhilarating Heli-biking tour, ride with the locals on downhill tracks, check out the cross country biking trails or pedal around the lakefront.
- Enjoy clear mountain air and stunning vistas on one of the many walking trails within easy reach of Queenstown.
Looking to explore? Journey through unique landscapes and uncover new experiences all within easy reach.
- Discover the rich history of nearby Arrow town, an old gold mining town famous for its rich autumn colours.
- Cruise the lakes and rivers at the pace you choose. Options range from lake cruises to exhilarating jet boat rides, white water rafting and parasailing.
- Take a four wheel drive adventure into the heart of the backcountry.
- Follow the clear, sparkling waters in search of elusive trout, in the freshwater lakes during fishing season.
- Visit Kingston and step back in time with a rail journey on the Kingston Flier, a vintage steam train.
Fancy a little relaxation? Enjoy Lake Wakatipu on a warm summer day in the sun Soak up the relaxed and friendly local vibe as you recharge and indulge yourself a little.
- Visit the region’s wineries to sample award-winning wines or take a guided wine tour
- Choose from restaurants and cafes ranging from gourmet fare to locally crafted beer, wine and chocolate.
- Treat yourself to some retail therapy in Queenstown’s stylish shopping precinct.
- Get romantic with a dawn hot air balloon flight or cosy up in winter in front of the roaring fireplace in a boutique bar.
- Relax at one of the luxury day spas for some ‘me’ time to revitalize your mind, body and soul.
Spectacular New Zealand golf courses
- Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands- 3.5 hour drive from Auckland.
Most recent award: 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Country Winner, Luxury Resort
- Kauri Cliffs, Bay of Islands- 3.5 hour drive from Auckland.
Most recent award: Conde Nast Traveller USA Gold List January 2012 (rating of 98.4)
- Huka Lodge, Lake Taupo- 3.5 hour drive from Auckland.
- Wharekauhau Country Estate, Martinborough-1.5 hour drive from Wellington
South Island Award-Winning Lodges
- Blanket Bay, Southern Lakes- 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport.
Most recent award: Listed in the ‘Top 20 International Hideaways’ for 2011, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.
- Mata Kauri Lodge, Southern Lakes-: 45 minutes from Queenstown Airport.
Most recent award: Conde Nast Hot List May 2011 – ‘124 Best Hotels in the World’.
- Of all Julian Robertson’s exquisite New Zealand lodge properties, Matakauri is the
- Split Apple Retreat, Nelson- 45 minute drive from Nelson Airport.
- Eden House, Nelson- 30 minute drive from Nelson Airport.
Most recent award: ‘One of the 101 Best Hotels of the World’, Tatler 2010 Travel Guide.
Spectacular New Zealand golf courses
- New Zealand is home to some of the most jaw-dropingly spectacular golf courses in the world- The Hills Golf Course, Queenstown
- Millbrook Golf Course, Arrowtown
- The 16th Hole on the Kauri Cliffs course looks out to the Cavalli Islands
- Kauri Cliffs, Northland
- Clearwater Golf Course,Christchurch