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.”
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!
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
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.
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.