New Zealand

Experience the dramatic scenery of Middle Earth on a luxury holiday in New Zealand

Stunning landscapes, adrenalin pumping adventures and friendly locals all await on a luxury journey through New Zealand. Walk on glaciers, visit glow worm caves, watch seals, dolphins and whales frolic in indigo waters, learn about the myths of Māori culture, and sip wine among volcanic vines.

Abercrombie & Kent luxury travel specialists have spent decades crafting immersive travel experiences in the world’s best destinations. We pride ourselves on pushing the limits of luxury travel. Experience all that New Zealand has to offer on a luxury private journey with A&K.

We can show you the best things to do in New Zealand and take you off the beaten path to reveal the many hidden gems. Enjoy insider access on a truly inspirational journey as you get to know the wonders of New Zealand through its captivating people and places.

Legends, landscapes and limitless luxury in New Zealand

Where the wild things are

New Zealand offers up nature in its rawest state. Awaken with the dawn chorus – a cacophony of native birdsong – and look out across bushland, hobbit hills, jagged alps and thunderous glacial rivers. Feel the mist on your skin as it rises from an ancient rainforest. Witness geothermal energy bubbling from mineral-rich waters. Hike up a volcano’s ridge and be rewarded with emerald lakes and breathtaking vistas.

Both North and South Islands allow you to soak up the atmosphere at a leisurely pace or get stuck into more active pursuits. Lace up your hiking boots and head out on a great adventure,  just like Tolkien’s furry-footed friends. Alternatively, get a fresh perspective as you fly over mountain tops and deep gorges in a helicopter. Whichever way you choose to explore, the landscape will leave you spellbound.

Māori myths and legends

Māori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and no trip to New Zealand would be complete without encountering it for yourself. From spine-tingling war dances – the Haka – to welcome ceremonies, traditional art, language and dance. Visit a marae – the tribal meeting grounds – to experience Māori customs and a mouthwatering hangi feast.

Take your taste buds on tour

Discover the exquisite food and wine of New Zealand. Each wine region has a unique offering and flavour profiles that differ from everywhere else on earth. Perhaps it’s the rich volcanic soil or maybe just the ingenuity of the Kiwi people. Enjoy a chauffeur-driven guided tour of New Zealand's best cellar doors. Devour Bluff oysters and greenshell mussels along rugged coastlines. And with New Zealand’s booming dairy industry, sample the abundance of artisan cheeses.

Stay in luxury lodges amid sensational surrounds in New Zealand

A luxury New Zealand holiday is underpinned by contemporary lodges, private hotels and designer boutique accommodation - each wrapped in timeless elegance. Expect refined sophistication and spacious suites with stunning views.

One such place, Eagles Nest in the Bay of Islands, sits on its own private peninsula and, with only five ultra-luxurious villas, is the world’s ultimate maritime playground. Throw in accomplished resident chefs, a superb wine cellar, fresh locally sourced foods and a dedicated concierge team and you’ll experience this unforgettable slice of paradise in inimitable style.

The award-winning Huka Lodge takes accommodation to the next level. Mature parklands and a gemstone river set the scene for complete relaxation. The suites and cottages are beautifully decorated with plush beds and a warm country feel. French doors open up to hypnotic views. En suite bathrooms feature decadent baths, and dressing rooms are generously sized. Guests have the use of swimming and spa pools – if you’re not too busy exploring the grounds.

New Zealand Highlights

  • Visit the fantastic Hobbiton, the well-manicured gardens are worth the visit alone!
  • Cruise impossibly blue waters through the magical Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Ride the famous TranzAlpine railway from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Experience a heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier
  • Meet New Zealand’s endangered flightless bird, the kiwi
  • Stay in sensational luxury lodges

Best time to visit New Zealand

It is possible to explore New Zealand all year round. The climate is mild and varies across the islands. It can change unexpectedly from glorious sunshine to heavy rainfall, so be prepared for any season.

New Zealand’s balmy summer days run from December to February. Temperatures range from 21 to 25˚C with long sunshine hours. It’s the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy sun, sea and sand. Sink your toes into sparkling black sand beaches and cool off among crashing waves. Picnic by turquoise lakes surrounded by purple lupins and mountain peaks. Relax as you set sail to secluded coves or take things to new heights with a heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier.

Experience New Zealand during autumn’s amber transformation. Discover burnt orange beauty from March to May. Expect long sunny days with temperatures of 18 to 25˚C. The busy crowds of summer have left, making it possible to find tranquillity in magical landscapes. Autumn is a great time to explore the outdoors. Hike the trails on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks through national parks, native forest, crystal clear bays and soaring mountain peaks.

Hit the slopes in winter when mountains are blanketed in thick lashings of snow. Crisp cool days range between 10 and 16˚C from June to August but much cooler in the inland alpine areas. The North Island can feel cold but frost and snowfall are more common in the south. Some of the Great Walk tracks are closed at this time and vehicles require snow chains; A&K will be prepared for this if you wish to experience New Zealand’s world-class ski season. After a long day exploring a wintry wonderland, plunge into one of New Zealand’s natural hot pools or treat yourself to an indulgent spa experience.

Springtime blooms from September to November. Temperatures range from 16 to 19˚C depending on which island you’re exploring. Spot baby animals and wildflowers as you traverse the scenery on the way to iconic gems like Milford Sound. It’s waterfall season in spring so you’ll experience thunderous cascades as winter’s snow begins to thaw.

Featured New Zealand Journeys

Private6 days, from AU$7,805
Family Adventure to Middle Earth

For your very own Lord of the Rings experience, this extraordinary family adventure is hard to beat.

Private6 days, from AU$7,805
Private7 days, from AU$9,775
South Island: Traverse

Spectacular snow-capped Alps combined with glacial lakes and waterfalls makes this the ultimate New Zealand journey.

Private7 days, from AU$9,775
Group of 1817 days, from AU$26,730
Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2020

Explore two inspiring destinations on a single, epic journey, starting in Australia with Melbourne, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney, followed by Wellington, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Auckland in New Zealand.

Group17 days, from AU$26,730
Private7 days, from AU$4,875
West Coast Glacier Experience

Travel between Christchurch and Greymouth where you will have spectacular views of the Southern Alps and deep gorges.

Private7 days, from AU$4,875

Featured Accommodation

Huka Lodge, Taupo

Enter through the gates of Huka Lodge and immediately begin to leave the real world behind.

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

​Matakauri Lodge is an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world's most serenely beautiful landscapes, with views of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Bay of Islands

Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Kauri Cliffs enjoys a commanding position with spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean overlooking the championship golf course.

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