New Zealand

Embrace its multitude of majestic and tempting charms

It doesn’t take long to understand why New Zealanders call their home the God Zone (short for God’s Own Country). Between the culturally rich North Island and the dramatically scenic South Island, majestic varied beauties and enchantments abound. Our trips embrace them, from Tauranga’s mountains and seaside, and Rotorua’s thermal springs and Maori culture, to the classic Routeburn Track and charming Christchurch. There’s also great food and wine, which we enjoy in some of the most delightful small hotels and lodges on earth.

Whether it’s a comprehensive overview of both the culturally rich North Island and the dramatically scenic South Island, a specialized wine tour, or a hiking adventure in the wild, an active exploration of New Zealand must rank high on any traveler’s life list. We might explore whale and dolphin cruises; a visit to Arthur’s Pass, high in the Southern Alps; a look at championship sheepherding on a private ranch (to which we have exclusive entrée); guided walks on the Fox Glacier. There's also the famous Routeburn Track, one of the world’s classic hikes; canoeing ventures on remote rivers; private helicopter and charter plane sightseeing extravaganzas; Taupo, the geysery heart of Maori culture; and world-class fishing at the wonderful Huka Lodge. The list is long and tempting, and never fails to include ample chances to enjoy New Zealand’s passion for great food and wine, served up in some of the most delightful small hotels and lodges on earth.

Sample Itineraries

Natural North New Zealand

  • Sail among Bay of Islands' coves
  • Rotorua's spectacular volcanic scenery
  • Wine Country, with tasting lunch
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Mountains & Fiords of the South Island

  • World-class mountain landscapes of Wanaka
  • Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Abundant wildlife of the Otago Peninsula
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