New Zealand Aotearoa in Maori, the country may seem like a faraway foreign land, and in a way it certainly is. Located off Australia’s southeast coast, these islands are definitely at the far edge of the world! Discover all this and more on a Luxury Small Group Journey, departing in April 2017.

However, despite their remoteness, there is so much packed into New Zealand that no matter what type of traveller you are, you are bound to find something that strikes your fancy. Here are our top reasons to head down south and visit the “land of the long white cloud.”

The edge of the world. #NZMustDo #helloworldRELAY [📍Clutha, South Island. 📷: @samdeuchrass] #Travel #NewZealand #NZ #Nature

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  Landscape There are few places in the world with scenery as diverse as New Zealand. You could be glacier hiking in the morning, lounging beachside alongside seals in the afternoon, and watching the sun set over vineyards at dusk. And don’t even get us started on the lakes, mountains and volcanoes – we just can’t get enough! Wine and Foodie Culture New Zealand is a strong competitor to the world’s leading wine countries such as France and Italy, with vineyards scattered across both the North and South Islands. Home to 10 major wine-producing regions, a wine tour is definitely one to tick off the list while exploring the country. Good wine must always accompany good food, so it’s a good thing that New Zealand is also a foodie paradise – fresh produce, tender beef, and all the lamb you could ever want!

Over 400 Golf Courses Full of world-ranked courses with views like nothing you’ve seen before, New Zealand truly takes golfing to the next level. Our Top 5 would have to be: Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers, Jack’s Point, Kinloch and The Hills. Want to add a little adventure to your round of golf? Fly up to Mount Cecil overlooking Queenstown for a spot of heli-golfing.   The Mix: Adrenaline and Relaxation For those that love to get the blood pumping and live for that endorphin high, but like to head home in the evenings for a lakeside glass of Chardonnay, you’ve come to the right place. Bungee jumping is practically a national sport, as is sky-diving, heli tours over volcanoes and zorbing. After an intense day of adrenaline-filled activities, it’s time for some well-deserved R&R. Settle down in your luxury lodge, look out over stunning scenery from you infinity pool or terrace Jacuzzi, followed by a quiet post-dinner stroll through the countryside and a soothing massage as a nightcap. Learn to Do the Haka Be honest, haven’t you always secretly wished you were a part of the All Blacks just so you could stick out your tongue in warrior-like fashion and scare off your competition? Where else could you learn this ancestral war cry? Friends and family are bound to be impressed! Glacier Trekking After an exciting and scenic flight, relish in a 2-hour glacier hike as your guide points out remnants of the last ice age. Discover ice caves, snow-capped peaks, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and ice sheets as far as the eye can see. An absolute must-do while you’re in New Zealand!

Exploring the majestic beauty of the Southern Alps. #NZMustDo [📍Fox Glacier, West Coast. 📷: @samdeuchrass] #Travel #NewZealand #Glacier #Nature Une photo publiée par New Zealand (@purenewzealand) le

Reversed Seasons

Living in the northern hemisphere and looking to escape the oh-so-cold winters? Well December is the middle of the summer in New Zealand. It’s the perfect place to pick up a healthy, outdoorsy glow that you can show off to friends and family when you head back home.

Lord of the Rings

If Peter Jackson’s interpretation of JRR Tolkien’s work is on your list of favourite films, a tour around Middle Earth is a necessary pilgrimage. In addition to seeing some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, LOTR tours give you exclusive behind-the-scenes information, access to the costumes and weapons used in the movies, as well as amazing guides who are just as LOTR-obsessed as you are. Walk in the footprints of the hobbits, elves, orcs and dwarves.

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