For an uplifting, once-in-a-lifetime experience, 'the land of the long white cloud' offers an unbeatable combination of adventure, luxury and soul-stirring scenery.
New Zealand is divided up into two large islands – the slightly smaller but more populated North Island, and the larger, less populated South Island.
The North Island has more tradition and is more of a cultural adventure than the South, but it has its fair share of volcanoes to hike up, islands that are only accessble by helicoptor to explore, sprawling farmlands to walk across, and a ton of rich and unique Maori culture. This island is also a hunter’s playground and the forests that surround our selection of exclusive lodges are perfect for this exciting activity.
New Zealand’s South Island is perhaps most famous for its scenery: from the epic mountain ranges familiar to us all from Lord of the Rings, to the wild west coast, vertical sea cliffs of the fiordlands, and the stunning coves and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park.
While in New Zealand, swing down south to kick back at 6-star lodges, hike through stunning Lord of the Rings landscapes and surf some incredible South Pacific swells. With more than a third of the country protected by National Parks, this is a phenomenal place to get a gulp of fresh air, revitalise, indulge and relax.
There’s a little something for everyone: culture-lovers can meet with tattooed Maoris, geology fans can trek through the volcanic valley of Roturua, and thrill-seekers can white water raft on glacier-carved fjords or even ‘heli-ski’ across Queenstown’s snowy mountains. And if, like us, you appreciate a fine tipple, you can indulge in world-class wine tasting – we take you to the most exclusive wineries where you can meet the experts, taste rare vintages and drink in the dramatic scenery.
We at Lightfoot Travel have travelled around both the North and South Islands and know them well, keeping abreast of the best accommodation and activity options that New Zealand has to offer. So whether you prefer sumptuous family-friendly relaxation or cutting-edge adventure, we’ll tailor-make a personalised itinerary to create your dream trip.