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New Zealand

New Zealand is on every traveler’s bucket list. Here, you’ll find lots of Instagram opportunities as you travel throughout this striking country’s north and south islands. The diversity of the landscape, not to mention its setting for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series, will find yourself getting lost in the dramatic scenery. In a country with three times more sheep than people, you can really absorb yourself in the beauty of such an unspoiled landscape.

new zealand ~ South island & north island

A list of 10 trip highlights not to miss while in New Zealand:

• Incredible Fiordland (Milford and Doubtful Sounds) helicopter experience to include a glacier landing and lunch on a West Coast Beach.
• Wine tour in one of the countries many wine regions – Hawkes Bay, Marlborough or Central Otago – meet local wine growers and taste straight from the barrels.
• Explore the geothermal sights in Rotorua – Geysers, boiling mud pools & huge volcanic craters!
• Participate on one of the many adrenaline activities available throughout the country – jet boating, bungy, rafting and skydiving, to name a few!
• Visit Waiheke island – hugely popular with visitors as well as the locals – home to a magical blend of vineyards, olive groves, beaches, art studios and funky cafes.
• Explore the great outdoors by doing one of the many hikes the country is famous for. Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the North and the Routeburn Track in the South are two of the many.
•  Have an up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whales and pods of Dusky dolphins on a cruise in Kaikoura.
• Take the Tranz Alpine train for the East Coast to the West in the South Island and travel down the rugged West Coast to Franz and Fox Glacier – take part in glacier hike.
•  Sail around the many Islands in the Bay of Islands onboard a private yacht. Swim with dolphins, relax on golden beaches and visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
•  Fly to, land on and explore New Zealand’s only permanently active Marine Volcano White Island.

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top 3 hotels for couples

eichardts private hotel, queenstown

A sumptuous retreat for the most discerning globetrotters, Eichardt’s Private Hotel, in its pristine lakefront setting, offers seven luxurious suites and four apartments in the heart of town, and a three-bedroom villa a short stroll from the hotel. Each abode, with a super-king bed, fireplace and generous bathroom, is the perfect place to rest after a full day of exploring this vibrant city’s historical sites, shops and cafés. The latest additions to the Eichardt’s portfolio are The Penthouse, an opulent two-bedroom suite, and The Grille by Eichardt’s, a 130-seat restaurant, both of which are located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Eichardt’s provides the only luxury on water experience on Lake Wakatipu with its private 80ft yacht Pacific Jemm, with cocktail sunset cruises and airport-hotel transfers being the most popular use along with overnight accommodation.

seascape annadale farm, akaroa peninsula

Mother Nature bestowed some of her most magnificent bounty upon Annandale. Set along a hidden peninsula within easy reach of Christchurch, this historic working farm offers guests a wealth of outdoor adventures ranging from trekking and mountain biking to kayaking, fishing and cruising the sheltered waters in Annandale’s powerboat. Back at the farm, you can even join the chef for a hands-on cooking class. The four distinctive villas include an ultramodern escape for couples and the fully restored 19th-century homestead that sleeps up to 12.

huka lodge

Huka Lodge has enjoyed a location of natural beauty on the banks of the mighty Waikato River since it was founded as a simple trout fishing camp in 1924. This legendary retreat continues to define absolute style, while offering privacy and relaxation with authentic outdoor adventure for those who appreciate exquisite cuisine, personal service and unique experiences. With just 25 guest suites and two superb private cottages within 17 acres of magnificent grounds, this is truly an exclusive experience. Huka Lodge proudly takes its place amongst the world’s best retreats — with its reputation and awards all richly deserved.

 top 3 hotels for families

 

the Boathouse, the landing, bay of islands

The Landing Residences are a group of four privately owned houses, offering premium luxury and comfort in unparalleled surroundings. They are located in a private gated community that boasts a thousand acres of private beaches, rolling hills, wildlife sanctuaries and historic sites. The properties can be booked individually or together to suit your accommodation needs with a number of configurations available. The other three properties are Gabriel Residence, The Cooper Residence and Vineyard Villa.

the Boathouse, the landing, bay of islands

The Landing Residences are a group of four privately owned houses, offering premium luxury and comfort in unparalleled surroundings. They are located in a private gated community that boasts a thousand acres of private beaches, rolling hills, wildlife sanctuaries and historic sites. The properties can be booked individually or together to suit your accommodation needs with a number of configurations available. The other three properties are Gabriel Residence, The Cooper Residence and Vineyard Villa.

bay of many coves, marlborough

Set in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves Resort is a luxury five star resort hotel nestled amid a rolling landscape of untouched native bush that kisses the shoreline of our tranquil bay below. There are 11 suites overlooking the spectacular bay, and a sublime fine-dining restaurant. Whether you are seeking world-class cuisine, breathtaking scenery, the spirit of adventure or simply a sense of renewal, you will find it here.

 

top 5 villas 

From exclusive use private residences where you are waited on hand and foot by in-house staff, to luxury lodges perched overlooking the ocean, inner-city penthouses and luxury tents, private villas to boutique hotels, and island resorts – our local partner in New Zealand offers the largest selection of luxury stays throughout the South Pacific. With a dedicated travel designer providing 24/7 concierge services, all aspects of your stay will be executed to a world-class standard with every detail delivered above and beyond expectation.

kohara lodge, Queenstown

The villa’s design features locally sourced schist stone, exposed wooden beams and is set into the hillside with a grass-covered roof. The main living areas and all bedrooms benefit from magnificent, uninterrupted views over the meandering Shotover River and Coronet Peak. Downtown Queenstown, with its chic bars, award winning restaurants and stylish boutiques, is within easy reach.

This house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is set in expansive grounds that include a lap pool, spa pool, putting green and trampoline. The spacious open plan living and dining area features a stylish, contemporary fitted kitchen with a large rustic kitchen table, glass splash backs and over sized ceiling lights.

An open fire and feature ceiling-height schist stone fireplace create the perfect environment to relax in the colder months, with comfortable leather armchairs and couches. In the summer, large floor to ceiling glass doors can be opened up to the terrace area, which enjoys an outside open fire and provides access to the lap pool and spa.

Kohara Lodge is a luxurious retreat providing total privacy and seclusion.

otaha beachfront lodge, bay of islands

Otaha Beachfront Lodge is a combination of exceptionally well curated and presented contemporary New Zealand design complemented by calming views of the ocean perched in the centre of New Zealand’s most historically rich environment.

Built from the timber of local trees, Otaha Beachfront Lodge is a piece of New Zealand history both physically and geographically. The indoor feel of Otaha Beachfront is clean, spacious and encourages refined relaxation. All of the floors have a rich warm wooden feel and the house reflects the breezy clean feel of the ocean. With internal furnishings from Simon James and other internationally renowned designers Otaha Beachfront Villa’s design has been considered from the front door to the back. With floor to ceiling windows there is no mistaking that you are in the middle of the Bay of Islands.

The five bedrooms and five ensuite bathrooms ensure you have optimal space for a family or group of travelling friends. The main living space has an internal facing outdoor decking area perfect for curling up and reading a book or for those summer evenings where you are looking to entertain outside. There is also an external private beach facing deck for those mornings and evenings of contemplation with a coffee or glass of wine, as well as a private yoga platform overlooking the ocean. You’ll be feeling zen in no time.

Only a two-minute walk to your own private beach where you can enjoy surfing, floundering, walking tracks and a private area for friends and family. A 20-minute drive or quick heli will have you at the renown Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. Enjoy total privacy and immersion into your natural surroundings whilst still only being 15 minutes from the heart of Keri Keri.

sunrise bay, wanaka

Lined up on the edge of Lake Wanaka, the extensive use of glass allows this five-bedroom, three-bathroom home be open to the impeccable outlook. Water and mountain views provide a serene backdrop from the exquisite contemporary kitchen, dining space and lounge. Solid walnut timber features carry through from the kitchen to the separate media room, a lovely spot to retreat to for movie nights or the big game.

Outdoor entertaining can be enjoyed year-round in a range of well-designed alfresco spaces. An outdoor schist fireplace takes the edge off brisk nights and the lake facing hot tub with built-in speakers & an uninterrupted view can promise fabulous social moments. The house has two separate bedrooms wings. All but the prized room include a queen bed. The luxurious master bedroom comes with a king bed, walk in wardrobe, TV and an ensuite with a large bath tub facing the lake views.

The exclusive properties in the area also have use of the communal swimming pool, spa, tennis court and gym. It is a short 2.6km walk into the town centre or a 4 minute drive.

te kahu, wanaka

Uniquely positioned within 50-acres of tussock and natural bush, Te Kahu sits serenely within a spectacular setting, providing the perfect get-away option. Only a 25-minute drive from Wanaka its within easy access to the all the facilities this trendy township has to offer. It’s also only a 15-minute drive to Treble Cone ski field, making it an ideal location during the winter months.

This outstanding villa is clad in cedar inside and out, beautifully blending in with the outstanding natural landscape upon which it sits. It’s sheltered outdoor area, complete with seating and open fire, provides the perfect spot to cozy up and enjoy the breath-taking lake views.

Te Kahu features a well-appointed living area with open fire, large gourmet kitchen and media room. All three bedrooms have beautifully designed schist, tile and cedar ensuite bathrooms. The office also features a pull-out double bed, which can be used as a forth bedroom, on request.

This property also holds a stunning collection of fine New Zealand art and an eclectic mix of interesting objects and furniture from the world over.

forty two, queenstown

Forty Two provides guests with a truly luxurious stay. Its premum space is complimented by an equally outstanding location, only a mere 5 minute stroll to the centre of Queenstown, one block away from the lakefront.

The property is laid out is over three floors and its three spacious bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, comfortably accommodate up to six adults. The study also has a sofa which converts to a comfortable double bed for a larger group of eight if necessary. Enjoy the outside entertainment area by having a spa & traditional Kiwi BBQ.

Combining native New Zealand materials with a contemporary edge, Forty Two blends seamlessly with its spectacular surroundings. From the beech wood panelling specifically selected and milled for the property to the hand picked river stones that make up the real log fireplace, Forty Two offers a luxury experience unlike anything else in Queenstown.

Spacious, immaculate and carefully considered Forty Two sets a new standard for luxury accommodation in New Zealand.

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Minaret station alpine lodge

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge: Helicopter-only access is the first clue that you’re in for an epic stay at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge. Adding to the body of exclusive experiences are all-inclusive gourmet meals and individually crafted itineraries that run the heli-adventure gamut. Touch down in an Alpine meadow for a picnic, or atop a peak, to bike or ski down; take a jet boat across remote lakes and fish for rainbow trout in crystalline rivers. Set at the head of a glacial valley within the Southern Alps, the lodge comprises four sheepskin-carpeted chalets with on-deck hot tubs; unwind in the main lodge’s cozy library and lounge.

What Our Bespoke travelers Are Saying

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“We had a fabulous trip. New Zealand is such a gorgeous place and our guide Judy was lovely. Just arrived back in Sydney and getting ready for the long journey back home. Thank you for the cheese board you sent to our hotel. Very sweet of you. And thank you for planning such a great trip”

Patricia & Jack Kay, August Romantic Holiday. Destination: New Zealand

Many thanks to Marie-France of Bespoke Travel Design for planning the details of this spectacular vacation in Tahiti and Bora Bora! Small trips we book ourselves, on the big stuff (like this trip and my trip to China a few years back), I wouldn’t travel any other way. Every detail covered, and you find you’re treated like a VIP (lord knows what she must write in our travel dossier to the hotels!!??).

Jason & Mark, May 2017 Romantic Getaway for 2. Destination: Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Australia was fabulous! ‘Wow’ Moments at Southern Ocean Lodge:“Seeing the animals that we did kangaroos, koala bears, goannas, fur seals and Australian sea lions was amazing and fantastic that it was all included as part of the lodge experience. The food, people we met at the lodge and service was first class. We thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Staff are very helpful, personable and well trained. A great experience.

Kevin & Michelle Gibbins, Romantic Getaway, January. Destination: Australia.

“G’day from downunder! Really enjoyed Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef. What a special place! Got to swim with a whale shark and saw 2 blue whales!”

Katherine & Michael, June Romantic Holiday. Destination: Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

“After a few more amazing trips you’ve planned for us to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Australia (again) and just back from Morocco, it’s time to update this review. Actually, not much has changed. You’re still a 5 star trip planner and, if anything, it’s even more apparent now how much you care about researching amazing places for us to go, things for us to do and hotels for us to stay at. These trips are definitely not “run of the mill” and you put so much work into making sure they’re perfect for us and not cookie cutter trips. You care about making sure we’re absolutely happy with everything, available to help while we’re traveling and do a wonderful job. Please keep it up! We can’t wait for our next trip.made it to our camp in.”

Michael, Katherine, Cole and Alannah - August 2018. Large Family Adventure. Destination: Morocco and Israel

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