Truly the scenic wonderland of New Zealand, it's easy to run out of superlatives when describing an island relatively sparsely populated by man but with an abundance of breathtaking natural gems.

The spectacular Southern Alps run down the spine of the South Island; to their east the patchworked agricultural landscape of the Canterbury plains, the 'english' city of Christchurch and the renowned whale-watching base of Kaikoura; at their heart, the alpine glories of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing mountain chain, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery and creating fabulous opportunities for once in a lifetime experiences, such as a helicopter flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier followed by a guided hike through the glacial ice formations.

The less populated of the two islands, it’s easy to run out of superlatives when describing a place with such a wealth of breathtaking natural wonders. The spectacular Southern Alps run down the spine of the South Island; to their east, the patch worked agricultural landscape of the Canterbury plains, the ‘English’ city of Christchurch and the renowned whale watching base of Kaikoura; at their heart, the alpine glories of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing mountain chain with fabulous opportunities for once in a lifetime experiences, such as a helicopter flight onto the Franz Josef Glacier. Queenstown’s reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand is well founded, but it’s also a fantastic ski resort too. Off the beaten track there’s nearby Wanaka, a picture postcard lakeside setting with a reputation for tranquillity.

Neighbouring Fiordland’s enchanting glacier cut valleys, cascading waterfalls and ancient forests should be on your ‘to do’ list and the scenic flight back from Milford Sound to Queenstown, over lakes, mountains, waterfalls and forests will take your breath away. Finally, the sunshine rich town of Blenheim is the ideal base from which to explore the vineyards of Marlborough and sample a sauvignon blanc or two.

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Escorted Tour of New Zealand
Group Tour

Escorted Tour of New Zealand

New Zealand
North Island
Auckland
+6 others
18 nights from £7,875 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Small group tour visiting both North and South Island highlights with knowledgeable local guides
  • Tranz Alpine Express rail journey through the south island's Canterbury Plains and spectacular Southern Alps
  • Sail through the outstandingly beautiful fiordland's Milford Sound
  • Discover Rotorua's geothermal fields, mud pools, geysers and volcanoes
Blanket Bay
Hotel

Blanket Bay

New Zealand
South Island
Queenstown

Blanket Bay lodge lives and breathes the wild New Zealand landscape in which it sits, perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with views of Mount Earnslaw on one side and the Humboldt Mountain Range the other. And though the small town of Glenorchy is just a few minutes away, your time at Blanket Bay feels as remote and intimate as any boutique South Island experience. Away from the blissful luxury...

Grand New Zealand
Self-Drive

Grand New Zealand

New Zealand
North Island
Auckland
+5 others
21 nights from £5,299 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Discover the diversity of New Zealand's North Island, from the rolling farmlands and beautiful waters of the Bay of Islands to the volcanic landscapes of Rotorua and winelands of Hawkes Bay
  • Join a guided walk through the Franz Josef valley right up to the glacier terminus
  • Take an exhilarating jet boat ride along the spectacular Dart River in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Discover the outstanding natural beauty of Milford Sound on a nature cruise around this pristine fjord
Family Friendly New Zealand Tour
Itinerary

Family Friendly New Zealand Tour

New Zealand
North Island
Auckland
+4 others
13 nights from £3,780 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Create the perfect family holiday by adding exciting and inspiring experiences from a comprehensive selection
  • Embark on a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Lord of the Rings film trilogy
  • Add unique experiences such as bungee jumping, jet boating or stargazing
Highlights of New Zealand Wineries
Self-Drive

Highlights of New Zealand Wineries

New Zealand
North Island
Auckland
+4 others
14 nights from £5,365 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Enjoy locally produced specialty foods, succulent fresh New Zealand oysters, and award-winning olive oil on Waiheke Island
  • Discover flavoursome white wines and full bodied red wines of New Zealand's Hawkes Bay region
  • Cycle through the vineyards of the south island's Marlborough wine region
  • Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave and enjoy a gourmet wine barrel-cooked lunch with matching wines
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Hotel

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

New Zealand
South Island
Queenstown

Found just steps away from the banks of enchanting Lake Wakatipu, the award-winning Eichardt’s is as much a part of the scenery in Queenstown as the snow-capped tips of the Remarkable Mountains that hem the town. With an outstanding reputation to match its heritage, Eichardt’s has been welcoming guests for generations; while this town has expanded dramatically over the last 20 years, Eichardt’s Pr...

Matakauri Lodge
Hotel

Matakauri Lodge

New Zealand
South Island
Queenstown

A mere ten-minute drive from Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is a luxurious haven of a hotel poised above Lake Wakatipu, looking across to jaw-dropping mountains: The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peaks. Matakauri Lodge makes the most of this lakeside perch by granting far-reaching views of the glistening water and majestic mountains through wide glass windows, whether in the dining room, guest lounge...

Otahuna Lodge
Hotel

Otahuna Lodge

New Zealand
South Island
Christchurch

Retaining all the regal splendour it would have displayed back in 1895 when the property was built, Otahuna Lodge is, in fact, less a lodge, more a bewitching country mansion surrounded by fairytale gardens and timeless mountain views. Step inside and you’ll be transported back 100 years in this, one of New Zealand’s premier luxury properties and certainly one of the more unique Christchurch hotel...

The George
Hotel

The George

New Zealand
South Island
Christchurch

This five-star hotel is on the doorstep of many of Christchurch’s best attractions, and yet retains a peaceful and secluded atmosphere for guests. The hotel is the only one in the city to feature one staff member per guest, and as such, excellent and attentive service is guaranteed. A member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, the hotel offers plush accommodation with top-cla...

Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glaciers
Itinerary

Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glaciers

New Zealand
South Island
Christchurch
+1 others
7 nights from £2,685 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Enjoy a full day excursion into the heart of Milford Sound
  • Join a Shotover River experience for a thrilling jet boat ride in the canyon
  • Be amazed by the spectacular views of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Admire the spectacular mountain scenery onboard the Tranz Alpine train

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