The Southern Alps of New Zealand form a backbone to the South Island. Read more ...
A collage of soaring peaks, sublime forests, turquoise lakes, beaches and fjords, New Zealand offers adventure and adrenaline-hits aplenty. Read more ...
Alpine & Lake Retreat highlights * Clear blue waters * Kayaking and windsurfing * Relaxation at the lodges Read more ...
Best time to be there
Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.
Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)
26 hours, one stop
GMT +12 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEW ZEALANDIf there's a more dramatic destination for an al fresco tipple we'd like to know. After spinning around the vertiginous walls and serene water of Milford Sound, A&K's surprised guests found their helicopter touching down in the mountain top snow for champagne and canapés.
Of course you expect poetry-inducing scenery in New Zealand. You might be surprised, however, to find it also offers the perfect pillow. We'd like to take some of the credit. When we heard that a client of ours was dissatisfied with the ones in her hotel, we immediately relayed the information to her next accommodation. The result? The owners of South Island's superb Eden House rushed out to buy plump, supportive pillows. The country that gave the world the bungee jump, had now given it the ultimate night's kip.
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Edenhouse was built in 2003 for Peter and Bobbie Martin who personally look after each guest. They moved to the Orinoco Valley in 2002 after living in England for 18 years.
Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers encompasses terrain which is reminiscent of Montana but plunges 800 feet into the sea. The cluster of lodge buildings are suggestive...
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Outlying guest cottages...
Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Discover nature in the spectacular mountain setting and experience life...
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It was the trip of a lifetime. The A&K staff truly looked after us and their organisation of what was a complicated itinerary completely made the trip for us.
- DR, Newport
Offers the opportunity to sponsor the hatching and raising of kiwi chicks and tour the facility that is helping to increase the numbers of this beloved and endangered icon.
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