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  • Takou River Lodge

    Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

    Takou River Lodge

    Anna & Ian Sizer
    +64 9 407 8065 / M: 027 545 7633

    Romantic and secluded, self-contained accommodation on the banks of Takou River. Luxury eco resort comprising individual cottages and a new luxury glamping site on a 150 acre certified organic farm.  Kayak to a sandy beach, enjoy pampering massages and a twilight hot tub. Takou River is just a short car journey from Kerikeri, 3 1/2 hours drive, or a 30 minute flight, from Auckland. Perfect for exploring the Bay of Islands.

    MEALS Self-catering or gourmet packages by prior arrangement.

    COMPLIMENTARY Kayaks & canoes, outdoor baths, fishing, swimming, onsite walks, WiFi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES 5 acre sub tropical gardens, native bush, river front, kayaking, fishing and beach access. Alfresco baths and Hot Tub, Massages & Spa Treatments.  Eco certified. 


    Price: $300 to $600

  • Sailing with Dolphins

    Paihia, Bay of Islands

    Carino Sailing

    Vanessa McKay
    +64 9 402 8040 / M: 027 493 3872

    Carino is a purpose built 50ft catamaran that sails amongst the 144 islands that make up the beautiful Bay of Islands, just north of Auckland. A local family-run business.

    TOURS Six hour sailing trip, including island stop, barbeque lunch and the opportunity to view or swim with dolphins, snorkel or just relax and soak up the wonderful scenery and abundant sea life. Departs Paihia 9.15am, Russell 9.45am, returns around 3.45pm. $130pp

    PRIVATE CHARTERS also available. $POA

    Price: $130

  • Warblers Retreat

    Albany, Auckland

    Warblers Retreat

    Barb and Dave Milina
    +64 9 414 4503 / M: 0275 430 288

    Luxury eco-retreat; a hidden oasis 30 minutes from downtown Auckland. Relax and rejuvenate in the romantic Cottage or contemporary Studio at the start or end of your holiday or before heading to Northland.

    Nature’s Registry Office; providing an intimate and romantic location for Tiny Green Weddings.

    MEALS Welcome basket and generous breakfast provisions, restaurants deliver (by reservation), in-house meals and picnic lunches available by early request, seasonal homegrown food available

    PROPERTY FEATURES Set in 5 acres with nature walks & glow worms, open fireplaces, secluded outdoor spa baths, salt water swimming pool, wifi, laundry, BBQs, beautiful private outdoor spaces.


    Price: $695 to $845

  • Waiheke Wine & Gourmet Tours

    Waiheke Island, Auckland

    Ananda Tours

    Jenny McDonald & Brooke Robinson
    +64 9 372 7530 / M: 027 233 4565

    Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland but a world away. Ananda Tours offers a perfect introduction to its, wine, art and gourmet scene.

    GOURMET FOOD & WINE TOUR Artisan producers and wineries. Small group full day tour. 9.30am-3.30pm. $170pp

    EXCLUSIVE WINE TOURS Tailored itineraries to three of the best vineyards. Bookings essential. 10am–4pm $278pp

    Price: $170 to $278

  • Auckland Seaplanes

    +64 9 390 1121

    Auckland Seaplanes offers a variety of one of a kind services, from taking off and landing in the harbour for a scenic flight, a flight to a secluded beach of our choice for the afternoon or fishing out in the Hauraki Gulf.  We fly to many of the islands and destinations along the coast of the North Island and the lakes around Rotorua and Taupo.

    View New Zealand’s beauty with an award-winning company that offers 1st Class customer service and professionalism.  We have multilingual staff and briefings to ensure all our customers have an incredible experience.

    SCENIC FLIGHTS from $200

    FLY & DINE from $280

    TRANSFERS from $200

    Price: $200 to $8,230

  • The Boatshed

    Waiheke Island, Auckland

    The Boatshed

    Jonathan Scott
    +64 9 372 3242 / M: 021 512 127

    Small, personally hosted, luxury hotel on Waiheke Island, Auckland. The causal chic architecture comprises 5 guest suites (3 Boatsheds, the Lighthouse and the Bridge Suite) and 2 bungalows offering privacy, spacious living and perfect sea views. Located 5 minutes uphill from sandy Little Oneroa beach. Guests can take advantage of all day dining and extensive grounds.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, on-island transfers.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Private onsite indoor and enchanting garden dining spaces, perfect romantic setting, walk to local wineries or the beach. Two adjacent bungalow cottages also available.


    Price: $685 to $1,120

  • Private Guided Nature Tours

    North Island & Nationwide

    Kiwi Dundee Companion Tours

    John and Rose
    +64 7 865 8809 / M: 0274 746 219

    NZ Eco Tourism Award winners.

    COMPANION TOURS are customised private tours with a personal companion. Every tour is tailor made to your special interests and to suit all ages and fitness levels. Their specialty is soft adventure tours and walks, sharing in-depth knowledge, a passion for nature and personal favorite destinations. Luxury travel at your own pace in air-conditioned vehicles.


  • Colleith Lodge

    Tairua, Eastern Coromandel

    Colleith Lodge

    Helen Bissett and Wayne Tourell
    +64 7 864 7970 / M: 027 493 7290

    Situated in Tairua, the gateway to the Coromandel, this 5 star luxury lodge is set in a breath-taking location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The silence is broken only by the sound of birdsong. This boutique lodge is set amidst native bush and tropical planting and is built for guest comfort. All rooms overlook Tairua Estuary, Pauanui and the Pacific Ocean. Conveniently located for access to Hot Water and Hahei beaches and Cathedral Cove.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, evening wine and canapes, tea/coffee.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Central Coromandel Peninsula location, views, pool, restaurants & cafes within walking distance, 1.5 acres native bush setting.


    Price: $495 to $525

  • Harley Motorbike Tours

    Major Cities & Waihi

    Bularangi Motorbikes

    Ali Howie
    +64 7 863 6069 / M: 021 223 5844 / FP: 0800 787 980 / SK: bularangi

    Harley Davidson rentals, guided or self-guided tours, chauffeured tours. Choose from a large fleet of late model Harley Davidsons. Depots throughout New Zealand.

    CHAUFFERED PASSENGER TOUR Spectacular tour of the Coromandel, fully escorted, side-car tour, including lunch. $650pp

    DAILY RENTAL Fully equipped for life on the road. 1-14 day rental rates available. Guided or unguided. From $210 per day

    Price: $210 to $650

  • Guided Walks & Tours

    Coromandel Peninsula

    Kiwi Dundee Adventures

    John and Rose
    +64 7 865 8809 / M: 0274 746 219

    Personalised small groups or private customised tours, walks and soft adventure on the Coromandel Peninsula and New Zealand-wide.

    NATURE & COAST A sample of Coromandel Peninsula’s heritage and scenic beauty, glowworms, rainforest, famous Hot Water Beach & Cathedral Cove. $260pp 

    COROMANDEL CIRCUIT One day tour of the Peninsula: giant kauri forest, historic Coromandel town, Driving Creek Railway. From $325pp

    Price: $260 to $325

  • Koura Lodge

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Koura Lodge

    Becky & Mike
    +64 7 348 5868

    An unrivalled lakefront location and tranquil surroundings just five minutes’ drive from Rotorua town centre. Offering a variety of room styles, all featuring magnificent lake views. Guests can enjoy a range of onsite facilities; charter fishing, scenic flights, tennis, canoeing, and relaxing in the lakeside hot tub and sauna. 

    MEALS Buffet & Cooked Breakfast

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, Wi-fi, parking, sauna/hot-tub, canoes, room amenities

    PROPERTY FEATURES Private lake edge property with all rooms offering stunning lake views, waterfront access, surrounded by native gardens and birdlife.


    Price: $550 to $1,300

  • Hot Pools & Spa Therapies

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Polynesian Spa

    +64 7 348 1328 / FP: 0508 POLY SPA

    Right on the edge of Lake Rotorua with stunning lake views, multiple geothermal bathing areas, private mineral pools and a full range of rejuvenating spa and massage therapies. Facilities include cafe and shop, premium area, family area, private and adult-only pools.

    LAKE SPA & ADULT POOLS Relaxing and therapeutic lakeside pools of natural mineral water with a range of geothermal temperatures and stunning lake views. $29 - $48pp

    SPA THERAPY Massage, facials, body wraps and treatment menu available. FROM $99pp

    Price: $29 to $340

  • White Island & Moutohora Island

    Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

    White Island Tours

    +64 7 308 9588 / FP: 0800 733 529

    White Island (Whakaari) is one of the world’s most accessible volcano, and offers outstanding geothermal activity. Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and a spectacular main crater. Include in a Coromandel/Rotorua/Hawkes Bay circuit.

    WHITE ISLAND TOUR Boat transfer and 1 1/2 hour exploration of this dramatic island. $219pp (ex Whakatane) or $349pp (ex Rotorua & Tauranga)

    MOUTOHORA ISLAND SANCTUARY Explore this pest-free wildlife sanctuary, one of the most restricted in New Zealand, on a guided nature walk that includes the chance to swim at your own hot water beach. Approx. 10am-1.30pm. $99pp

    Price: $99 to $349

  • Cruise Lake Tarawera

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Cruise & Fish

    John Hamill
    +64 21 951 959 / M: 021 951 959

    Cruise and Fish Rotorua offer fly fishing adventures and fishing charter packages for rainbow and brown trout. Fish and explore Lake Tarawera’s natural hot water springs, bush walks, the Tarawera river and falls. Swim and relax.

    TROUT FISHING CHARTER Explore the lake cruising, swimming, fishing, cook your catch! 3 hour charters recommended, $275 per hour

    FLY FISHING Full day guided fly fishing on the region's rivers, streams and lakes. 4WD or remote heli-access for the best fishing spots. From $950 (1-2 people)

    Price: $825 to $2,200

  • Fly Fishing

    Rotorua, Central Plateau

    Cruise & Fish

    John Hamill
    +64 21 951 959 / M: 021 951 959

  • Acacia Cliffs Lodge

    Taupo, Central Plateau

    Acacia Cliffs Lodge

    Linda & Rick Whitlock
    +64 7 378 1551 / M: 021 821 338

    With stunning lake and mountain views and a simply spectacular Lake Taupo location, Acacia Cliffs evokes a sense of stylish luxury, privacy and comfort and promises a very special New Zealand experience.  This unique, boutique lodge, accommodates eight guests in four super-king suites each with its own private 
    deck or courtyard and spacious ensuite, Enjoy relaxed NZ hospitality in a warm and welcoming retreat you may never want to leave!

    MEALS Breakfast, bottle of wine on arrival, evening canapés & wine.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Stunning views, contemporary stylish design, complimentary Taupo airport transfers.


    Price: $650 to $750

  • Geothermal Park Tour

    between Rotorua and Taupo

    Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

    +64 7 378 3131

    Orakei Korako is one of the best thermal areas to visit in New Zealand, located close to half-way between Rotorua and Taupo.

    ORAKEI KORAKO CAVE & THERMAL PARK TOURS New Zealand’s largest geyser field. Mudpools, emerald terraces, springs and the sacred Ruatapu Cave. Cafe onsite. Ferry access 8am-4/4.30pm. By car 45 minutes from Rotorua or 25 mins from Taupo, or take a scenic flight there with Taupo Float Plane. Adult $36pp Child $15pp

    Price: $36

  • Floatplane Scenic Flights

    Taupo, Central Plateau

    Taupo's Floatplane

    Neil Kemp
    +64 7 378 7500

    Sight-seeing tours over New Zealand’s central volcanic plateau taking off from Australasia’s largest lake, Great Lake Taupo. Fly in a Cessna 206 float plane above Tongariro National Park, the Bay of Plenty and, of course, Taupo!

    MT RUAPEHU VISTA Fly over World Heritage Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, red crater and the blue and emerald lakes. $415pp

    OREKEI KORAKO Taupo to Orekei Korako thermal park, visit, and return via the Huka Falls. $345pp

    Price: $109 to $830

  • Cruises on Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo, Central Plateau

    Sail Barbary

    Jamie Looner
    +64 7 378 5879

    Take a spectacular scenic cruise across Great Lake Taupo to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on board one of two historic white sailing yachts or charter one of these historic vessels for a private customised experience.

    MAORI ROCK CARVINGS CRUISE Sail Barbary to Lake Taupo’s iconic Maori Rock Carvings. 2.5 hour sailing, 10:30 & 2pm departures daily plus 5pm in summer. From $49pp

    SAIL BARBARY PRIVATE CHARTERS Private skippered 2.5-hour sail boat charter BYO food and beverages or catering can be arranged. From $599-849 per boat (up to 15 people)

    Price: $49 to $849

  • River Birches Lodge

    Turangi, Central Plateau

    River Birches Lodge

    Jason & Rebeca Bleibtreu
    +64 7 386 0445 / M: 027 406 3650 / FP 0800 10 20 25

    River Birches offers the Luxury Lodge experience with their boutique 3 bedroom Lodge and a beautiful self-contained cottage.  Turangi, on the southern edge of Lake Taupo, is in the heart of an area renowned for its fishing and hiking and is the perfect retreat after accomplishing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. River Birches offers exclusive guided experiences with year round fly fishing and guided Tongariro crossing.  Guests can also enjoy white water rafting, mountain biking, skiing and fishing or just relax in the lodge’s private surroundings and shady riverside garden.   The lodge provides quiet seclusion and understated luxury accommodation with the majestic Tongariro River at its back door, and is the closest luxury accommodation to the Tongariro crossing. 

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner (reservation required).

    PROPERTY FEATURES A quiet riverside haven, close to the Tongariro National Park, Tongariro Crossing, fishing and rafting. Relaxing outdoor areas and private hot tub in the Admiral’s Room.


    Price: $600 to $950

  • Tongariro Crossing Guided Walks

    Turangi, Central Plateau

    Tongariro Guided Walks

    Terry Blumhardt
    +64 27 308 9689 / M: 027 308 9689 / FP 0800 4 A WALK

    Exclusive private group guiding by knowledgeable, caring guides. Spectacular scenery and many hiking options to take advantage of this World Heritage region. 

    TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING Challenging but rewarding hiking over 19kms of active volcanic terrain, amazing views all the way. From $345pp (private) $220pp (small group)

    TONGARIRO ALPINE EXPERIENCE A half day option taking in the first section of the Alpine Crossing. From $190pp (private) $120pp (small group)

    Groups are generally 2-6 with a maximum of 8. Private and solo guided options available.

    Price: $120 to $345

  • Kanuka Cliffs

    Hawkes Bay

    Kanuka Cliffs

    +64 6 211 3116

    Hawkes Bay is a wine and gourmet paradise but also an art centre with stunning scenery from Te Mata Peak, Cape Kidnappers and the Tuki Tuki Valley.

    KANUKA CLIFFS LUXURY HOMESTAY Modern architecture and fine New Zealand art accommpanied by indulgent gourmet platter for happy hour make this single party booking luxury retreat a unique place to stay.  From $600

    ODYSSEY NEW ZEALAND Hawkes Bay's leading wine and gourmet tour operator offers private and small group, full and half day wine tours to the premier wineries in the region.  Twilight Odyssey is a 3-course progressive winery dinner starting with champagne at sunset on Te Mata Peak.



    Price: $350 to $1,240

  • Gannet Safari

    Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

    Gannet Safaris Overland

    John Worley & Sophie Phillips
    +64 6 875 0888

    Experience an overland safari through spectacular coastal scenery and Cape Kidnappers farm to visit the world’s largest accessible mainland Gannet nesting site.

    OVERLAND SAFARI The 20,000 gannets at the cape are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. Visit the adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. The birds can be seen Sept-April. Individual, group or private Range Rover tours. From $80pp

    Price: $80

  • Long Island Guides

    Edward Gordon
    +64 6 561 1214 / M: 027 224 3040

    Personally guided and customised tours of Hawkes Bay. Choose from farm, forest, maori history and culture, arts and crafts, wine or gourmet experiences, cycling or garden tours designed to suit your time and interests.

    BEST OF THE BAY Put yourself in your guide’s hands and discover the best experiences in the region. Tours can be varied to include special interests. From $199 per hour

    WINE & FOOD LOVERS TOUR Tailor-made full or half day tours experiencing local wineries and talking to local artisans and wine-makers. From $199 per hour

    Price: $996 to $1,592

  • Odyssey New Zealand

    +64 6 211 3116 / FP: 0508 639 773

    Odyssey New Zealand Tours Hawke’s Bay’s wine and gourmet specialists. Tour wineries enjoying lunch and superb local cuisine. Exclusive tailor made Range Rover tours or cycle options also available.

    HAWKES BAY ODYSSEY EXPERIENCE A full day tour of the best large and small wineries including visiting a wine museum and a gourmet lunch. $279pp

    TWILIGHT ODYSSEY Indulge in a 3 course progressive winery dinner enjoyed at a selection of NZ’s top winery restaurants, including a champagne sunset from Te Mata Peak. $269pp

    Price: $149 to $279

  • Personal Maori Experience

    Havelock North, Hawkes Bay

    Waimarama Maori Tours

    Robert MacDonald
    +64 21 057 0935 / M: 021 057 0935

    A Maori experience packed with historical and contemporary views, conversations and insights. All tours are led by local Maori elders. Private tours at a time to suit you.

    DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MAORI ELDER Walk ancestral lands and visit the family at their ancestral home and marae. Share a meal at a local Hawke’s Bay restaurant. $595pp

    TE MATA PEAK & POU TOUR Join decendants of legendary giant Te Mata. Panoramic views at sunrise, an insider’s perspective on local Maori People and the Celestial Compass used in ancient navigation. $150pp

    Price: $150 to $595

  • Night Sky Cottage

    near Ohakune

    Night Sky Cottage

    Elsbeth Bloem and Carel Sietses
    +64 6 385 4431 / M: 027 231 4111

    The cottage is furnished with European flair and touches of bold colours and set on a one hectare block with native New Zealand Manuka bush. Access to the 2 bedroom cottage is by a 50 meter boardwalk only. The cottage has a deck with a BBQ, fully equipped kitchen, logfire, lounge and dining area. A choice of restaurants and supermarket is available within a 15 minute drive. Location is central to all activities in the Tongariro National Park region

    MEALS continental breakfast provisions provided for the duration of your stay


    FEATURES self-contained 2 bedroom cottage set in private and protected NZ Manuka bush. Bathroom has 2 side by side freestanding baths looking out into the bush, side by side pedestal vanity units and a large walk in shower.


    Price: $625 to $750

  • Tongariro Suites @ The Rocks

    Elsbeth Bloem and Carel Sietses
    06 385 4431 / M: 027 231 4111

    The four suites are furnished with European flair and touches of bold colours and set in one hectare of landscaped grounds, with a large pond and NZ native plants. All suites have mountain views, generous living areas and large decks to relax on after a busy day exploring the Tongariro National Park. A choice of restaurants is available within a 10-15 minute drive.

    MEALS continental breakfast provisions, BBQ area


    FEATURES self-contained suites with mountain views set in landscaped grounds with pond


    Price: $265 to $340

  • Breckenridge Lodge

    Napier, Hawke's Bay

    Breckenridge Lodge

    Malcolm Redmond & Ellie Zugel
    +64 6 844 9411

    Renowned chef, Malcolm Redmond provides superb kiwi hospitality and gourmet garden-grown food, accompanied by the best hand-picked Hawkes Bay wines. Breckenridge Lodge is nestled in the picturesque valley of Omarunui close to Napier and Hastings in the sunny Hawke’s Bay, overlooking a valley of vines. Enjoy the garden, the good books and music and superb cuisine.

    MEALS Breakfast, evening five course dinner & wine (reservation required).

    PROPERTY FEATURES A true gourmet lodge owned and run by a passionate chef, perfectly matched to the foodie region in which it is located.


    Price: $690 to $940

  • Atahuri Lodge

    Peka Peka Beach, Kapiti Coast

    Atahuri Lodge

    Robyn Renouf
    +64 4 293 5555

    Beachfront Bliss. Located 45 mins north of Wellington nestled in sand dunes overlooking Peka Peka Beach lies Atahuri. Architecturally designed to blend in with its seaside environment, the four private suites have separate entrances with patios facing seaward. New Zealand art work, luxurious furnishings and a touch of beachside chic feature throughout. The super king beds, feather duvets, fine linen and heavenly bath for two, create the perfect sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation after a day exploring the Kapiti Coast and neighbouring regions.

    MEALS Breakfast, Dinners by prior arrangement

    COMPLIMENTARY Bottle of wine on arrival, road bikes, kites

    PROPERTY FEATURES Beachfront with beach access. Swimming Pool and Spa


    Price: $500 to $600

  • Kapiti Island Bird Sanctuary Tour

    Kapiti Island, near Wellington

    Kapiti Island Nature Tours

    Minnie Clark
    +64 21 126 7525 / M: 021 126 7525 / FP 0800 527 484 / SK minnie-kapitiisland

    Kapiti Island offers one of New Zealand’s premier nature experiences, interacting with highly endangered wildlife in a predator/pest free island environment.

    DAY TOUR An introduction and one hour guided walk on this forested island discovering New Zealand birdlife, history, Maori culture and unsurpassed hospitality. Lunch included. Approx 9am-3pm. Short ferry access. Allow one hour to drive to Paraparaumu Beach north of Wellington. $173pp

    Price: $184

  • Ohtel



    +64 4 803 0600

    Perfectly located on the waterfront in Oriental Bay, just along from Te Papa Museum and the galleries and restaurants of Wellington’s harbour frontage. Ohtel offers unpretentious, award-winning service in an inspirational environment.

    MEALS On-site - Café & Tapas bar “Duppa” serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Original and stylish architectural design with mid-century decor, a true boutique hotel. Most rooms are large with luxury bathroom and harbour views. 

    ROOMS 10 | MAX GUESTS 24

    Price: $230 to $595

  • Flat Earth

    +64 4 472 9635 / FP: 0800 775 805

    Choose from a wide selection of cultural, Maori, arts, Lord of the Rings and history or nature tours. Perfect to orient yourself in Wellington.

    CAPITAL ARTS TOUR A half day tour of local galleries and the Wellington arts and crafts scene. $225pp

    MIDDLE EARTH EXTENDED EDITION Immerse yourself in Middle Earth, from local film locations to Weta workshops, alfresco lunch. Full day 8 hour tour, 9am pick-up. $385pp

    Price: $95 to $1,350

  • Flat Earth

    +64 4 472 9635 / FP: 0800 775 805

  • Tour NZ on a Harley Davidson

    Nationwide Tours & Rental

    Bularangi Motorbike Tours

    Ali Howie
    +64 7 863 6069 / M: 021 223 5844 / FP 0800 787 980 / SK bularangi

    Harley Davidson specialists with rentals and tours throughout New Zealand. Five depots cover the North and South Island; in Auckland, Waihi, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

    Bularangi offer by Harley Davidson rental, independent motorbike tours, fully guided self ride motorbike tours or chauffeured passenger tours (for those without a motorbike license.) Local New Zealand guides and support vehicles available for non-riders. Guided trips run October to May and include guide late model Harley Davidson motorcycles, fuel, lunches, insurance, accommodation, dinners and selected excursions.


  • The Resurgence

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    The Resurgence

    Clare de Carteret-Bisson & Peter Adams
    +64 3 528 4664

    Surrounded by birds, this relaxed and friendly lodge is just 15 minutes from the Abel Tasman National Park, an easy day-trip to Nelson or Golden Bay and a perfect base for exploring the Nelson area. Accommodation comprises private luxury chalets all with wide bush views, and lodge rooms. Enjoy in-house dining showcasing local produce or guests can self-cater. Voted one of the world’s 25 best eco-lodges.

    MEALS Breakfast, picnics, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi, pool/spa/gym/sauna, mountain bikes.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Luxury eco lodge set in 50 acres of native bush with walking trails, superb cuisine, close by Abel Tasman National Park.


    Price: $745 to $1,045

  • Abel Tasman Luxury Boat Cruise

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    Abel Tasman Charters

    Rod Stuart
    +64 3 528 8112 / M: 027 441 8588 / FP 0800 22 35 22

    Abel Tasman Charters Luxurious boats offering exclusive daily tours into the Abel Tasman National Park and Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Small numbers only, private charters also available.

    LUXURY DAY CRUISE Cruise the coast of Abel Tasman National Park, relax, kayak, walk, swim, view native birds and sea life and enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic. Max 10 people, full day. $285pp

    PRIVATE CHARTER Luxury do-as-you-please day out exploring the glorious Abel Tasman coastline, swim, cruise, walk. 6 hours. $2280

    Price: $285

  • Clifftop & Beach Horse Treks

    Golden Bay, Nelson Region

    Cape Farewell Horse Treks

    Pamela & James
    +64 3 524 8031

    At one of the most remote points of the South Island, Cape Farewell Horsetreks offer a unique riding experience. Lots of riding options across a range of terrain from beaches to hill climbes and overland treks.

    OLD MAN RANGE & TRIANGLE VALLEY Favourite trek with views in every direction and a variety of terrain. Children 10 years or over. 2.5 hrs. $125pp

    WHARARIKI BEACH TREK Canter down the beach with the sea breeze in your face, spot seals and enjoy views of Kahurangi National Park. 3 hours. $160pp

    Price: $140 to $160

  • Reid Helicopters Nelson

    Toby & Rachael Reid
    +64 3 541 9530 / M: 021 273 5023

    Locally owned helicopter company offering exhilarating experiences in the Nelson and Marlborough regions. Choose from a wide range of scenic flights, gourmet experiences and private charters into the three spectacular national parks.

    ABEL TASMAN EXPERIENCE Overfly the golden sand beaches and pristine waters of the Abel Tasman with a landing at Awaroa Bay. From $335pp

    LORD OF THE RINGS TOUR Land on Mt Owen and/or Mt Olympus. From $300pp

    BLUE LAKE EXPRESS Fly over the world's clearest lake and land on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park.  From $395pp

    Price: $750 to $2,975

  • Abel Tasman Kayak Trips

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    The Sea Kayak Company

    Paul & Andrea Kerwin
    +64 3 528 7251 / FP: 0508 25 29 25

    A locally owned and operated boutique sea kayaking operation guiding the beautiful coastline of Abel Tasman National Park.   Trips include a scenic boat cruise at the start and end of the day.

    KAYAK & HIKE Half day guided kayak tour with either a 3 hour hike or relaxed 90-minute unguided hike. From $179-209pp

    FULL DAY KAYAK Full day guided kayak in the marine reserve visiting Tonga Island and its flourishing seal colony, Bark Bay and Anchorage.  $220pp

    Price: $179 to $220

  • Abel Tasman Cruise & Walk

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

    +64 3 527 8688 / FP: 0800 732 748

    A superb family owned service taking you in and out of the bays and coves of Abel Tasman National Park. Allows for regular access to the track for day walkers and hikers. Hop off at one bay and rejoin at an another.

    SEALS & HIKE Regular departures, enjoy a cruise to a seal colony then a self-guided 1.5 hour or 5.5 hour hike along the idyllic coast of Abel Tasman National Park. $66pp

    FULL SCENIC 3-4 hour cruise the length of the park, seals, island bird sanctuary, beautiful beaches. $76pp

    Price: $45 to $260

  • Wine Art and Wilderness

    Noel Kennedy
    027 577 6975 / FP 0800 326 868

    Nelson’s premier private tour and luxury transfer provider offers a diverse range of tours using luxury vehicles. Each day will be fun, informative and inspiring.

    EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE WINE or ART TOUR visit Nelson's boutique wineries and taste wines with your expert guide, stop for lunch at a picturesque vineyard; explore Nelson’s jewels and access artists’ studios not usually open to the public.   Full day tours from $600pp

    EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE ABEL TASMAN or KAHURANGI TOUR kayak or hike with your own guide at your own pace.   Full day tours from $600pp

    PRIVATE LUXURY TRANSFERS Nelson Airport, Picton Ferry and onwards accommodations $POA

    Price: $600

  • Boat & Guided Walk Eco Tours

    Abel Tasman, Nelson Region

    Abel Tasman Eco Tours

    Stew Robertson
    +64 21 546 916 / FP: 0800 223 538

    Wildlife and conservation-oriented boat and walking adventures offering daily tours into coastal and inland Abel Tasman National Park and Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Small numbers only, private charters available.

    GOLDEN FUTURE TOUR From Marahau take a guided boat and walking tour, visiting all the best locations in the Abel Tasman park. Full day Max 14 people. $189pp

    PROMISED LAND TOUR From the top of Takaka Hill take a guided 4 hour walk to Wainui Hut through native beech forest filled with wildlife. Max 8 people, full day. $189pp

    Price: $189

  • Wheelie Fantastic

    Lisa & Nicky
    +64 3 543 2245 / FP: 0800 22 9253

    Specialists in luxury experiences; guided, premium guided or self- guided, all tours can be adapted to suit a range of fitness levels. Guides are carefully selected for their warm personalities and knowledge of the area, all trips are private.

    MOUTERE WINE AND ARTISANS Wine and art - always a good combination! The region is full of interesting galleries and artists' and makers' studios and has many wineries.

    MAPUA MAGIC At the mouth of the Waimea Estuary, this seaside location has a wharf full of shops and cafés.  Explore the village and the local area in a day.

    TASMAN GREAT TASTE TRAIL A great way to experience a portion of the Trail and some quiet and picturesque back roads.

    Price: $125 to $792

  • McCormick House

    Picton, Marlborough

    McCormick House

    Jeanne & Carl Beaumont
    +64 3 573 5253 / M: 021 298 9106

    Eco accredited 5 star bed and breakfast just 5 minutes from Picton ferries and train station. Historic house in large mature native gardens with 3 ensuite bedrooms featuring hand-crafted furniture. Ideal base for Queen Charlotte activities, hiking, kayaking or mountain biking or local dolphin tours and nature trips. Easy day trips to Blenheim to visit Marlborough's vineyards and cafés.

    MEALS Breakfast and antipasto platters

    COMPLIMENTARY Gourmet breakfasts, unlimited wifi & free off-street parking

    PROPERTY FEATURES Extensive grounds, historic house, kiwi hosts, native birds

    3 ROOMS | 6 GUESTS

    Price: $390 to $490

  • Marlborough Wine & Gourmet Tours

    Blenheim, Picton & Havelock

    Marlborough Tour Company

    +64 3 577 9997 / FP: 0800 990 800

    Explore Pelorus, Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds, beautiful calm cruising and local seafood washed down with a glass of wine. Or tour the Blenheim wine country.

    GREENSHELL MUSSEL CRUISE Afternoon tour sampling local seafood on the Sound. Havelock marina, 3 hrs from 1.30pm. $125pp

    MARLBOROUGH ICONS TOUR The very best Marlborough has to offer in wine, scenery and seafood. Tours can also be tailored to suit you. Full day $210pp

    Price: $210 to $650

  • Marlborough Sounds Luxury Boat Charter

    Blenheim, Picton & Havelock

    Marlborough Tour Company

    +64 3 577 9997 / FP: 0800 990 800

  • Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise

    Blenheim, Picton & Havelock

    Marlborough Tour Company

    +64 3 577 9997 / FP: 0800 990 800

  • Aviation Museum & Biplane Joyrides

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

    Jo McMillan
    +64 3 579 1305

    Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where the story of aviation is brought to life in two world-class exhibitions both featuring mannequins by cinematic geniuses Weta Workshop.

    Open 7 days until 5pm.  5kms from Blenheim

    KNIGHTS OF THE SKY EXHIBITION showcases film director Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WW1 aircraft and memorabilia.  25pp

    DANGEROUS SKIES the new WW2 exhibition stars a Griffon powered Spitfire and the world’s only flyable Avro Anson Mk.1. $20pp

    JOYRIDES in a vintage Boeing Stearman, open cockpit biplane and a Russian WW2 fighter Yakovlev Yak 3. From $250 - $2999 [non-commissionable]

    Price: $30 to $390

  • Queen Charlotte Track Day Hike

    Picton, Marlborough Sounds

    Wilderness Guides

    Juliet & Steve Gibbons
    +64 3 573 5432 / FP: 0800 266 266

    Wilderness Guides are based in Picton and offer full day and multi-day guided trips on Queen Charlotte Sound staying at waterfront lodges, bike, hike and kayak combos as well as bike and kayak rentals.

    ONE DAY GUIDED WALK  Queen Charlotte Track day walk. Voyage Picton to Ships Cove and hike 15kms to Endeavour Inlet. Full day guided, packed lunch supplied. $370 pp

    HALF DAY GUIDED KAYAK Kayak for half a day (approx 4 hours) on the Sound. See sting rays, eagle rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, seals and starfish. 8.30am and 12.30pm departures. $99 pp

    Price: $370

  • Queen Charlotte by Mountain Bike

    Picton, Marlborough Sounds

    Wilderness Guides

    Juliet & Steve Gibbons
    +64 3 573 5432 / FP: 0800 266 266

  • Marlborough Sounds Sea Kayaking

    Picton, Marlborough Sounds

    Wilderness Guides

    Juliet & Steve Gibbons
    +64 3 573 5432 / FP: 0800 266 266

  • The Peppertree

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    The Peppertree

    Heidi & Werner Pluss
    +64 3 520 9200

    A gracious Edwardian villa built in 1901. Surrounded by 10 acres of farmland, vineyard, olive grove and beautiful gardens, nestled quietly amid the world famous Marlborough wine region. Enjoy a beautifully preserved piece of New Zealand heritage as well as the opportunity to speak to a passionate winemaker. Your host Werner makes ‘The Peppertree Chardonnay’ grown on the Peppertree vineyard.

    MEALS Breakfast, evening canapés & wine, Platters.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Edwardian Villa set in 10 acres of gardens and vines, orchard and olive grove. Hosts will share their passion for wine making and viticulture.


    Price: $600 to $760

  • Birds Ferry Lodge

    near Punakaiki, West Coast

    Birds Ferry Lodge

    Alison & Andre Gygax
    +64 3 429 1604 / M: 021 337 217 / FP 0800 212 207

    Private 33 acre oasis, located just north of Punakaiki and south of Westport. A stay here is a luxury escape into heartland wilderness. The lodge looks out over uninterrupted native forest and a river valley towards the ocean. Enjoy organic vegetables and fresh eggs from Alison’s garden. Holistic massages available in-house. Two lodge rooms and a beautiful self-contained cottage nearby that sleeps five.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, refreshments, spa, 500mb of wifi, laundry load.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Sea, bush and mountain views, remote location, abundant wildlife, sustainable eco-design and self-sufficient ethos.


    Price: $450 to $597

  • Glowworms and Cave Rafting

    Charleston, West Coast

    Underworld Adventures

    +64 3 788 8168 / FP: 0800 11 66 86

    Magnificent rainforest, underworld river and glowworm cave system. Access via rainforest train ride. Based at Charleston near Westport. Trips for a range of abilities.

    UNDERWORLD RAFTING Explore a world of stalactites and stalagmites, float through galaxies of glowworms along an underground river. 4 hours. $185pp

    GLOWWORM CAVE TOUR A dry 3 1/2 hr excursion through the upper levels of the caves. $120pp

    ADVENTURE CAVING Expedition style caving Explore a superb sporty cave with abseils, squeezes, cascading waterfalls and climbs. $350pp

    Price: $120 to $350

  • The Factory

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    The Factory

    Paul & Janet Boocock
    +64 3 319 3034 / M: 022 011 5233

    Uniquely designed self-contained accommodation in a glamorously renovated historic factory 10 mins north of Kaikoura. Single party bookings only, private courtyard, outside spa, and choice of full breakfasts or self-catering. The Factory accommodates up to 6 people in 3 king bedrooms and suits couples, families or friends travelling together. Whale watching, dolphin, seal, albatross and birdlife viewing.

    MEALS Breakfast or Self-Cater

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, laundry, self-catering facilities.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Exclusive luxury accommodation adjacent to Hapuku Beach, ‘industrial chic’ decor, underfloor heating, full kitchen facilities, log burner, outdoor spa, blu-ray tv and barbecue. Single party bookings only.


    Price: $480 to $630

  • Whale Watching Fixed Wing Flights

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Wings Over Whales

    +64 3 319 6580

    Experience Kaikoura’s mighty Sperm whale, playful Dusky Dolphins, and majestic scenery from above.  Towering mountains, panoramic ocean views and a year-round whale and dolphin population, Kaikoura is a spectacular place.

    WHALE WATCHING FLIGHTS Whale watching by aeroplane offers the unique perspective of viewing the entire whale from head to tail as he breathes on the ocean’s surface. You will have your own window seat and the opportunity to clearly view and photograph Kaikoura’s marine wildlife during your 30-minute flight from the comfort of a high winged aircraft. $180pp

    Price: $180

  • Whale Watch Cruise

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Whale Watch Kaikoura

    +64 3 319 6767 / FP: 0800 655 121

    Take a cruise off the Kaikoura coast with the legendary Whale Watch company. Year round whale encounters. Specially designed vessels and a 95% success rate.

    WHALE WATCH TOURS 7.15am, 10am and 12.45am departures with additional timings over the summer season. In addition to the whales, fur seals, dolphins and albatross are also frequent viewing. Allow 3 1/2 hours including 2 1/2 hours on the water. $150pp

    Price: $150

  • Dolphin Encounter

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Encounter Kaikoura

    +64 3 319 6777 / FP: 0800 733 365

    Dolphins and albatross are resident year round in the marine-rich Kaikoura coastal waters. Your guides are dedicated to providing an authentic wildlife experience.

    DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER Watch or swim with wild Dusky dolphins off the Kaikoura coast. 3 1/2 hrs. Departs 2-3 times daily. $95-$175pp

    ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER A 2 1/2 hour coastal cruise to view albatross, petrels, shearwaters, shags, terns and gulls, just 15mins from the shore. Departs 2-3 times daily. $125pp

    Price: $90 to $170

  • Albatross Encounter

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Encounter Kaikoura

    +64 3 319 6777 / FP: 0800 733 365

  • South Island Private Tours & Transfers

    Christchurch & South Island

    Canterbury Trails Tours

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614

    Every tour is different. Tailor-made private and small group tours anywhere in the South Island, offering an intimate New Zealand experience with an owner-operatored boutique company of hand picked guides sharing their favourite places.

    TRANSFER TOURS from Christchurch to Queenstown (or reverse) via the West Coast and glaciers, Central Otago or Mt Cook.

    TAILOR-MADE TOURS Specializing in walking, photography, nature cruises, winery visits or just relaxing.


  • South Pacific Whale Watch

    +64 3 319 5548

    Price: $350 to $895

  • Fyffe Country Lodge

    Kaikoura, Canterbury

    Fyffe Country Lodge

    Chris Rye
    +64 3 319 6869 / M: 027 768 6118

    Fyffe Country Lodge in Kaikoura is a magnificent 5-star 6-room accommodation 300 metres from the shoreline of the stunning Kaikoura coast. This architecturally designed Kaikoura accommodation is surrounded by manicured gardens with stunning alpine views to Mt Fyffe and the Kaikoura Seaward Range.  The on-site restaurant specializes in seafood. 

    MEALS breakfast and licenced dining, dinner reservations essential.

    COMPLIMENTARY breakfast, wifi.

    FEATURES mature gardens, on-site restaurant, mud-brick construction, spectacular mountain views.


    Price: $295 to $675

  • Rimu Lodge

    Hokitika, West Coast

    Rimu Lodge

    Sue-Ellen Bowden
    +64 3 755 5255

    High on a ridge behind the township of Hokitika, the Lodge enjoys magnificent views over the Hokitika River valley and farmland rising up towards the Southern Alps.  Spacious decks and indoor-outdoor living areas allow you to relax and enjoy complete luxury and rest in the midst of a busy holiday or as a private honeymoon retreat.  Hokitika restaurants are 10 minute drive away.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Located on the edge of town overlooking a sweeping bush-clad valley and mountains, spacious and elegant luxury.


    Price: $345 to $395

  • Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

    Arthur's Pass, Canterbury

    Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

    Nicola Thomson & Greg Crowe
    +64 3 318 9246

    A stylish nature lodge set on a sheep farm and nature reserve in the heart of the Southern Alps. The Lodge offers high quality accommodation, excellent food and an exciting programme of guided activities. Learn about NZ wildlife, explore the mountains and experience life on a real working sheep farm. This is a destination for wilderness seekers, nature enthusiasts & active travellers, located midway between Christchurch and the West Coast.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, dinner, two shorter guided activities daily, onsite walks, farm access, wifi, laundry facilities, natural history library.

    PROPERTY FEATURES 4000 acre working sheep farm, 25km trail network, extensive hiking and wildlife options and in-house guided tours. Spectacular location.

    ROOMS 24 | MAX GUESTS 48

    Price: $898 to $1,240

  • Holly Homestead

    Franz Josef, West Coast

    Holly Homestead

    Bernie & Gerard Oudemans
    +64 3 752 0299

    Holly Homestead is located on the outskirts of Franz Josef township with a lovely rural setting and some of the best views of the snow capped Southern Alps. Built in 1926 this luxury bed and breakfast is an excellent example of “Arts & Crafts” architecture mixed with country design and beautiful native timbers. Personally hosted by passionate locals who can advise you on local history, activities and dining.

    MEALS Breakfast, evening glass of port.  Choice of Restaurants nearby.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Restored historic homestead, native rimu timber throughout, cosy lounge, views and peaceful location on the outskirts of Franz Josef township.


    Price: $295 to $430

  • The George


    The George

    +64 3 379 4560 / FP: 0800 100 220

    Experience the ultimate in luxury, 5-star style and comfort. The George is situated beside beautiful Hagley Park and the river Avon, offering a tranquil city retreat. The location is the best in the city; peaceful yet central. The George offers impeccable service, with its one-to-one guest to staff ratio. There are two award winning restaurants in-house.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Small boutique hotel, the award winning fine dining seafood restaurant Pescatore and 50 Bistro, a contemporary NZ Cuisine restaurant, complimentary WiFi, valet parking, laundry, newspaper, mountain bikes and off-site gym.

    ROOMS 53 | COTTAGE 1 | GUESTS 108

    Price: $505 to $965

  • Arthur's Pass Day Tour


    Canterbury Trails

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614

    Specialising in private tailor-made tours and small group guided day trips in the Canterbury region. Canterbury Trails also offer luxury transfers and multi-day South Island tours.

    AKAROA Explore the village and take a harbour cruise to see Hectors dolphins, penguins and fur seals. FROM $265pp

    ARTHURS PASS Train and coach options with alpine and highcountry landscapes and hikes. 8.30am-4.30pm. FROM $265pp

    KAIKOURA Whale watching or swimming with dolphins,cafe lunch and Waipara winery tour $POA


    Price: $520

  • Kaikoura Day Tour


    Canterbury Trails

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614

  • Akaroa Day Tour


    Canterbury Trails

    Irene Hayward & Chris Platt
    +64 3 384 6148 / M: 021 384 614

  • Mahitahi Lodge

    south of Glaciers, West Coast

    Mahitahi Lodge

    John Birchfield & Jacqui Low
    +64 3 751 0095 / FP: 0800 751 009

    A real West Coast wilderness experience just 30 minutes south of Fox Glacier, surrounded by magnificent native forest and next to dramatic Bruce Bay. The lodge features beautiful native timbers and offers an intimate experience hosted by genuinely local hosts. Book a Fox Glacier trip or just explore the forest and history of nearby wild West Coast beaches and rivers.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi, laundry.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Intimate modern style, wilderness location 30 mins drive from Fox Glacier, beautiful beach and bush walks, outdoor hot tub.


    Price: $355

  • Glacier Walks & Heli-Hikes

    Fox Glacier, West Coast

    Fox Glacier Guiding

    +64 3 751 0825 / FP: 0800 111 600 / SK foxglacierguiding

    Specialist guides offering heli-hikes on the West Coast’s largest glacier, ice climbing and walks to the terminal face.

    FLYING FOX HELI-HIKE Stunning 4 hour trip starting with a heli-transfer and up to 3 hours exploring the amazing ice arches and caves of the upper glacier. $469pp

    CHANCELLOR DOME HELI-TREK Helicopter in to a magnificent full day 5-7 hour trek high amongst the Southern Alps most majestic peaks. Good fitness. $799pp (overnight option available $1199)

    Price: $69 to $1,199

  • Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

    near Haast, West Coast

    Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

    Dr Gerry McSweeney & Anne Saunders
    +64 3 750 0881

    Surrounded by tall rainforest on the shores of the Moeraki River, Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki offers stylish accommodation, delicious fresh local food and an exciting programme of guided nature adventures. Hike wild coastline, see penguins and other rare wildlife and experience one of the wildest and most natural corners of New Zealand.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY All-inclusive dinner, breakfast and guided activities, satellite wifi, guest laundry, kayaks.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Wilderness location, forest trails, wildlife and local experts onsite, superb wildlife viewing opportunities.

    ROOMS 28 | MAX GUESTS 56

    Price: $798 to $1,240

  • Lakestone Lodge

    Lake Pukaki, Twizel

    Lakestone Lodge

    Anna & Mike Bacchus
    +64 3 9711871

    Purpose built in 2016, this beautifully designed six bedroom, off grid, luxury lodge enjoys a spectacular site on the shores of Lake Pukaki with panoramic views directly up the lake to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook.  An excellent location for hiking, biking, photography, star-gazing and relaxing, approximately half-way between Christchurch and Queenstown.

    MEALS Breakfast, picnics and lunch platters, dinner (table d'hôte must be included on arrival night).

    PROPERTY FEATURES 2 acres of grounds with native plants and trails, bikes, massages, helipad and media room. Fine dining.


    Price: $595 to $835

  • Vertical Ventures

    +64 3 434 5010 / M 021 894 427

    Oamaru based adventure company running day and multiday bike tours and guided rock climbing. These are the local experts guiding the popular new Alps 2 Ocean Trail from Mt Cook to Oamaru.

    CYCLE & TRAIL SUPPORT Bike hire, shuttles, transfers. A2O independent day trip. $95pp

    ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLE TOURS Fully inclusive guided bespoke tours, excellent bikes, accommodation and food. Mt Cook to Oamaru, 4, 5 or 7 day options to suit all riders. $1500-$2995pp

    Price: $90 to $460

  • Rock Climbing

    Oamaru, North Otago

    Vertical Ventures

    +64 3 434 5010 / M 021 894 427

  • Mt Cook Glacier Guiding

    +64 3 435 1001 / FP: 0800 68 2665

    Fly, land, and hike in the heart of New Zealand’s biggest mountains in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Experience snow shoeing, glacier exploring, heli-hiking and ice climbing options amidst outstanding alpine scenery.

    TASMAN GLACIER HELI-HIKE Hike or snowshoeing on New Zealand’s biggest glacier with a breathtaking scenic helicopter fly-by of Aoraki/Mt Cook. 3 hour trip (2 hrs ice-time plus flight). $585pp

    THE WIGLEY Explore the immense beauty and ice formations of the upper snowfield with magnificent views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Hochstetter icefall. 5 hour trip (3 hrs ice-time plus flight). $585pp

    Price: $585

  • Lime Tree Lodge

    Yohann Bourdin
    +64 3 443 7305

    Four luxuriously-appointed en-suite guest rooms and two private suites, each with their own French doors that open out to an expansive veranda and gardens with magnificent views of the Southern Alps. Relax in comfortable living areas, 10 acres of beautifully designed gardens, attentive service from your hosts and enjoy the renowned small summer and winter resort town of Wanaka.

    MEALS Breakfast, dinner (pre-booked).

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, evening aperitif, wifi, onsite 5 hole golf course, petanque, swimming and spa pool.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Wide open spaces, expansive gardens, welcoming hosts, luxury and privacy.


    Price: $395 to $595

  • Rob Roy Glacier Guided Hike

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Eco Wanaka Adventures

    Chris Riley
    +64 3 443 2869 / FP: 0800 926 326

    The real deal. Superbly guided island eco and birdlife tours as well as some of Wanaka’s best day hikes and heli-hikes. Active or less active, half day or full day adventures.

    MOU WAHO ISLAND CRUISE & WALK Magical half day excursion to an island on the middle of Lake Wanaka. Discover birds, scenery, history, geology... Half day, 9am or 1.30pm. $225pp

    ROB ROY GLACIER GUIDED HIKE One of Mt Aspiring National Park’s best day hikes. Packed with interest and beautiful scenery. Full day, 9-5.30pm. $275pp

    Price: $295

  • Nature Tour & Lake Cruise

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Eco Wanaka Adventures

    Chris Riley
    +64 3 443 2869 / FP: 0800 926 326

  • Alpine Heli-Hiking

    Wanaka, Southern Lakes

    Eco Wanaka Adventures

    Chris Riley
    +64 3 443 2869 / FP: 0800 926 326

  • Milford Sound Flight & Cruise

    Wanaka & Makarora

    Southern Alps Air

    Paul & Anne Cooper
    + 64 3 443 4385 / M: 027 404 8442 / FP 0800 345 666

    Flying from Wanaka across the Southern Alps and down the West Coast to Milford Sound is one of life’s special experiences. Superb customer service and professionalism.

    MILFORD SOUND FLIGHT & CRUISE Fly past Mt Aspiring over the Southern Alps to land at Milford Sound and join a 2hr cruise. Half day. $505pp

    SIBERIA EXPERIENCE Gain access to one of Mt Aspiring National Park’s gems; a great hike plus scenic flight and stunning jetboat ride back out. Half-day, morning departures. $415pp

    Price: $486

  • Southern Alps Air

    Paul & Anne Cooper
    + 64 3 443 4385 / M: 027 404 8442 / FP 0800 345 666

  • Arrowtown House

    Arrowtown, Queenstown

    Arrowtown House

    Cathy Scarlet & Jason Devliotis
    +64 3 441 6008

    Perfectly located in the delightful historic village of Arrowtown, just 15 minutes from Queenstown and walking distance to superb restaurants, small galleries and craft shops. Arrowtown House is owned by experienced hosts who have anticipated your every need and can advise you on the best Arrowtown has to offer. The leafy garden is an oasis at the end of a busy day sight-seeing.

    MEALS Breakfast. Walk to Restaurants.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Peace and quiet in a central Arrowtown location. Suites with king beds, spacious well-appointed bathrooms and private outdoor patios and balconies. Ideal retreat. Laundry facilities.


    Price: $475 to $538

  • Central Otago Wine & Gourmet Tours

    Queenstown, Southern Lakes

    Appellation Wine Tours

    +64 3 442 6920 / M: 027 601 5553

    Enthusiastic wine tour guides, small groups, boutique wineries, gorgeous lunch, stunning views, history and expert local knowledge in a region renowned for Pinot Noir.

    BOUTIQUE & GOURMET SCENIC WINE TOURS among spectacular Central Otago scenery visiting boutique vineyards tasting premium cool-climate wines  5-7 hour Wine or Wine & Cheese tour.  All tours include lunch and tastings. $159-$269pp

    PRIVATE WINE TOUR Customised tour length. Visit up to 5 vineyards, lunch in Bannockburn, local history and wine. $435-$525pp

    Price: $165 to $269

  • Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk

    Queenstown, Southern Lakes

    Nomad Safaris

    +64 3 442 6699 / FP: 0800 688 222

    Nomad Safaris has 25 years experience in operating small and personal tours around Queenstown, into Skippers Canyon and Macetown. 4WD vehicle, quad bike and guided walks.

    SKIPPERS CANYON Rugged half day 4WD tour into this awe-inspiring canyon famous for gold-mining in the 1870s. History, gold panning and adventure. Half day. 8.30am or 1.30pm. $185pp

    SAFARI OF THE SCENES Explore Glenorchy, one of the main locations for LOTR and The Hobbit, Narnia and X-Men. Half day. 8.15am or 1.30pm. $185pp

    ROUTEBURN TRACK Full and Half day guided walks. 8am or 1.30pm. $590-1950 for up to 3 people

    Price: $295 to $490

  • 4WD Safari & LOTR Locations

    Queenstown, Southern Lakes

    Nomad Safaris

    +64 3 442 6699 / FP: 0800 688 222

  • Otago Rail Trail & Bike Tours

    Clyde, Dunedin, Queenstown

    Trail Journeys

    Simon Stevens
    +64 3 449 2150 / FP: 0800 030 381

    Trail Journeys outfit for the Central Otago Rail Trail as well as newer biking trails in Nelson and Otago.

    TASTE THE TRAIL One day independent tour ex Dunedin, transfer to Ranfurly and bike 30kms back to the old Hyde hotel. Take the historic Tairei Gorge Railway back to Dunedin. 8am departure from Dunedin. Return 6.30pm. $279pp

    WEDDERBURN TO CLYDE TRAIL BLAZER 2 day, 1 night, independent cycle adventure. Wedderburn-Omakau (42kms) Omakau-Clyde (36kms). Ensuite accommodation. Ex Clyde 9am $310pp

    Price: $199 to $435

  • Milford Sound Day Cruise

    Milford Sound, Fiordland

    Mitre Peak Cruises

    +64 3 249 8110 / FP: 0800 744 633

    Escape the crowds and get up close to experience the beauty of Milford Sound in its true isolation and grandeur. Explore further and enjoy an intimate cruising experience with limited numbers.

    TWO HOUR CRUISE the length of the 16km fiord with informative commentary from the skipper. Includes St Anne's Point lighthouse, the mighty Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls. 7 daily departures (3 in winter).  From $70pp

    Price: $70 to $555

  • Luxury Independent Cycle Tour

    Clyde, Dunedin, Queenstown

    Trail Journeys.

    Simon Stevens
    +6434492150 / FP: 0800 030 381

    Trail Journeys outfit for the Central Otago Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold trails as well as newer biking trails in Nelson. Services include custom bike hire, luggage transfers, trail transport, accommodation selection and itinerary planning to suit a range of budgets and abilities.

    CENTRAL OTAGO RAIL TRAIL LUXURY INDEPENDENT PACKAGE 4 day, 3 night itinerary. Ex Queenstown with an option to return to Queenstown or finish in Dunedin connecting with the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Everything is organized for you, all you have to do is bike! Accommodation in historic gold mining towns and tiny rural outposts full of character. 39-47kms riding per day. From $1,165 or POA

    Price: $1,165

  • Mt Rosa Lodge

    Gibbston Valley, Queenstown

    Mt Rosa Lodge

    Ali and Nic Soper
    +64 3 441 1484 / M: 021 575100

    A peaceful and intimate 5-star bed and breakfast set on a vineyard in the heart of Gibbston Valley wineries. Well-appointed suites and living areas with panoramic views. Onsite walking tracks. 30 minutes from the centre of Queenstown, 15 minutes to Arrowtown.

    MEALS Breakfast, Grapepickers Platter by arrangement

    COMPLIMENTARY Wifi, Cheese plate and glass of our own Mt Rosa Lodge pinot noir on arrival.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Suites in a vineyard setting close to cellar doors and winery restaurants in the Gibbston Valley.

    3 ROOMS | 6 GUESTS

    Price: $495 to $550

  • Pen-y-bryn Lodge

    Oamaru, North Otago

    Pen-y-bryn Lodge

    James Glucksman & James Boussy
    +64 3 434 7939 / SK: Jamesglu

    Historic Victorian mansion in the charming port town of Oamaru. Splendid living areas, dedicated hosts, locally sourced food and wine make this a unique experience and the premier place to stay in Oamaru. The town is known for the blue penguin colony, the Victorian harbour precinct with its distinctive white stone architecture and a vibrant artisan “cuisine scene.”

    MEALS Breakfast, evening canapés & wine, dinner (reservation required).

    PROPERTY FEATURES Historic house with mature gardens. Hosts with a passion for their region, good food and wine.


    Price: $550 to $1,050

  • Blue Penguin Viewing & Walks

    Oamaru, North Otago

    Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

    +64 3 433 1195

    Blue Penguins nesting close to town under the cliffs along the historic harbour foreshore and within walking distance of the town centre.

    EVENING TOURS Watch for 2-3 hours in the evening as the penguins cross from the sea to their nesting burrows. Generally after 5.30pm in winter and 9pm in summer. You can also visit the area during the day and see penguins in their nesting boxes. 1-2 hours $28-40pp


    GUIDED TOUR $16pp

    Price: $10 to $40

  • Maori Rock Art Tours

    Timaru, Canterbury

    Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre

    +64 3 684 9141 / FP 0800 46 83 262

    The most significant collection of Maori rock art in New Zealand and an entry into the world of Ngai Tahu, the South Island’s largest Maori tribe. Timaru, where the Centre is based is 1 hour from Oamaru enroute to Christchurch.

    TE ANA ROCK ART CENTRE TOUR Visit the Centre in Timaru and take the one hour guided tour, 10-3pm daily. $22pp

    TE ANA ROCK ART SITE TOUR Start from the Centre and then go on to visit the cave sites at Opihi. Nov-April, 3 hours $130pp

    Price: $22 to $130

  • Pitches Store

    Ophir, Central Otago

    Pitches Store

    Colleen & David Hurd
    +64 3 447 3240 / M: 021 190 0310

    After meticulous restoration, every detail of Pitches Store reflects contemporary luxury, tastefully combined with hints of its unique 135 year history. With six well-appointed rooms and on-site restaurant this little gem is set in the old gold-mining town of Ophir in the heart of history-rich Central Otago. Pitches restaurant attracts visitors from Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin. Close by the Central Otago Rail Trail, outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of attractions close at hand, but this is also a great place to relax and unwind.

    MEALS On-site restaurant serves lunch & dinner. Breakfast for guests only.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Historic building with on-site restaurant. Hot tub and guest laundry. Bike friendly.


    Price: $325

  • Dunedin Railways

    +64 3 477 4449

    This historic train trip is a superb way to discover Otago’s remote backcountry, coastline and small historic townships.  Trains connect to A2O or Otago Rail Trail cycle trips.

    TAIERI GORGE TO PUKARANGI OR MIDDLEMARCH travels from Dunedin through the Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi (4 hours return) or Middlemarch (6 hours return including a 1 hour stop over). Sightseeing stops, on board café, viewing platforms. Pukerangi $91-99pp, Middlemarch $115pp

    THE SEASIDERS are fantastic trips along the Otago Coastline. A “must-do” railway trip in New Zealand, not just for train enthusiasts.  A brilliant, Qualmark endorsed all weather entertainment option from $50pp 

    Price: $50 to $115

  • Olivers

    Clyde, Central Otago


    David and Andrea Ritchie
    +64 3 449 2600 / M: 021 220 9560 / FP: 0800 131 070

    Olivers lodge and stables is a distinctive Central Otago property in the heart of Clyde's historic precinct.  The iconic Olivers Restaurant and Bar, the Victoria Store Brewery and the Merchant of Clyde café-bakery-delicatessen make this a unique boutique accommodation and culinary experience. Outstanding renovation of historic stone buildings make this an exceptionally charming accommodation.

    MEALS Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Historic rooms with many original features, on-site restaurant, bakery and brewery.

    ROOMS 11 | MAX GUESTS 22

    Price: $235 to $515

  • Fletcher Lodge

    Dunedin, Otago

    Fletcher Lodge

    Ewa & Keith Rozecka-Pollard & Peter Rozecki-Lewis
    +64 3 477 5552 / FP: 0800 THE LODGE

    Built by Dunedin identity Sir James Fletcher in 1924 to serve as his private residence this historic property offers a rare glimpse of New Zealand’s heritage. Stay in the original house or in one of the luxury apartments in the renovated building next door. Outdoor sitting areas for relaxing and a good location from which to wander down-town and explore Dunedin city, museums, shops, restaurants and galleries.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, wifi, newspaper, refreshments, spa.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Choice of historic Dunedin house with original decor or adjacent apartments with access to main lodge. Helpful and knowledgeable hosts, gardens and central city location.


    Price: $355 to $795

  • Dock Bay Lodge

    Te Anau, Fiordland

    Dock Bay Lodge

    Dawn Dowling
    +64 3 249 7709

    A sumptuous boutique lodge set on the edge of Te Anau Golf Course and looking directly across to the lake and mountains beyond. Dock Bay offers personal hosting, spacious and elegant rooms with gorgeous ensuite bathrooms, private balconies and numerous areas to relax both inside and outside. Just a short stroll from the lakefront and the start of the Kepler Track or a longer but lovely walk into town.

    MEALS Breakfast.

    COMPLIMENTARY Breakfast, golf clubs, mountain bikes, gym/sauna/spa.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Looks directly through the golf-course to Lake Te Anau, magnificently spacious rooms and friendly hosts.


    Price: $450 to $600

  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

    Te Anau & Doubtful Sound

    Fiordland Expeditions

    +64 3 249 9005 / FP: 0508 TUTOKO

    Intimate small boat experience on beautiful Doubtful Sound. Your boat takes a maximum of 11 people in 4 cabins (2 with ensuites) and a bunk room. Your crew is dedicated to you. Trips are flexible, fish, kayak, cruise and relax. Champagne and meals provided. Dinner on board generally includes fish and crayfish caught that day. Experience the absolute peace of mooring in a still Fiordland cove at night.

    DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE Cruise the fiords and spot penguins, seals and dolphins. 9.30am departure from Manapouri, returning by midday the next day. Kayak and Fishing options. Private cabin from $1420 per couple

    PRIVATE CHARTER CRUISES Charter your vessel for a group of family or friends to explore for as long as you want. Choose from Diving, Fishing or Historic Exploration Charters. Kayaking options on most trips. $POA

    Price: $1,450 to $1,490

  • Otago Peninsula Nature Tour

    Dunedin & Otago Peninsula

    Nature Guides Otago

    Hildegard Lubcke
    +64 3 454 5169

    Small, exclusive, away from the crowds! Experience the unique fauna and flora of the Otago Peninsula in the company of a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.

    PENINSULA EXPERIENCE Focus on the amazing sealife and birdlife of the Otago Peninsula. Experienced professional guides and a very personal experience to discover the best wildlife this region has to offer. 8 hours including picnic lunch, afternoon tea and all admissions. 10.30am departure. $POA

    Price: $345

  • Sails Ashore Lodge & Ulva Island Trip

    Peter & Iris Tait
    +64 3 219 1151 / FP: 0800 783 9278 / SK iris.peter.tait

    An intimate bed and breakfast beautifully designed in New Zealand rimu timber and personally hosted by long-time Stewart Island locals. Rooms are comfortable and private and included in your minimum two night stay is a guided tour of Ulva Island sanctuary, a bird-watcher’s paradise and a home for many endangered species. Experience why Stewart Island is on most New Zealander's bucket list.

    MEALS Breakfast. Walk to Restaurants.

    PROPERTY FEATURES Local hospitality, comfortable rooms, sea views and Stewart Island wildlife. Complimentary laundry and on-island transfers.


    Price: $490

  • Stewart Island Flights

    Invercargill & Stewart Island

    Stewart Island Flights

    Raymond Hector
    +64 3 218 9129 / M: 0274 355 172

    Excellent local flight service offering regular scheduled connections to Stewart Island as well as charter trips.

    STEWART ISLAND FLIGHT A 20 min flight across Foveaux Straight from Invercargill to Oban. Three daily flights. One way $122.50pp return $213pp

    COAST TO COAST Fly in to glorious Masons Bay and then enjoy a four hour hike back across the island to Freshwater Landing and a short taxi-boat ride to Oban. Relatively easy walking. Full day trip. $POA

    Price: $203

  • Stewart Island Day Tours

    Invercargill & Stewart Island

    Stewart Island Flights

    Raymond Hector
    +64 3 218 9129 / M: 0274 355 172

  • Private Nature Tours

    Canterbury & South Island

    Wildsouth Discovery

    Brian Lucas & Paula Sinclair
    +64 3 332 3665 / M: 027 4363 068

    Wildsouth Discovery is a specialist New Zealand tour company offering bespoke experiences and extraordinary service in South Island. Luxury private tours fully tailored to individual guests’ wishes. Tours start at any South Island location and stay in boutique accommodation.

    WILD SOUTH DISCOVERY TOUR Exclusive, privately guided 9-day nature and wilderness tour through South Island. Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass, the West Coast and Glaciers, Queenstown and Milford Sound. $POA



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