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New Zealand has made quite the name for itself as a travel destination in recent years, assisted by the plethora of movies filmed in the country that have brought the North & South Islands to the attention of would be travelers all over the world.

With its awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing native wildlife and hospitable climate, New Zealand is a haven for outdoor activities and a paradise for nature lovers.

New Zealand is also a provider of some of the most luxurious accommodation in the world with a huge selection of upmarket B&Bs, boutique hotels, luxury lodges and spa destinations offering visitors an unprecedented variety of kiwiana experiences combined with old-world charm and sophisticated hospitality.

Auckland , or The City Of Sails as it is known, is the North Island's largest city and is consistently voted one of the world’s best lifestyle cities in international surveys. The cosmopolitan city centre is the perfect base for visitors wanting to indulge in outstanding food, wine and shopping, and is complemented by great escapes only half an hour away and an extensive network of regional parks covering some 37,000 hectares. One of the best ways to appreciate Auckland is from on the water. Regular ferries service the islands of the Hauraki Gulf , while charter boats are available in every incarnation, from classic yachts to speed launches.

Christchurch is the South Island 's largest city - a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions. Known as the ‘Garden City’, it is surrounded by the vast Canterbury plains, bordered by the grand Southern Alps , and is at the centre of farming and viticulture country. Christchurch is the perfect gateway to all South Island destinations and whether visitors are looking for a relaxed day out sight-seeing or more active pursuits, there are plenty of options.

Accommodation & Experience Suggestions:

Cotter House, Remuera, Auckland
Cotter House, a small, luxury hotel and Inner City Heritage Luxury Retreat situated in Auckland , has introduced a new experience, The Auckland Art Trail. Introduced by owner and avid art collector, Gloria Poupard-Walbridge, the art trail allows guests to share Gloria’s love and knowledge of the local art scene.  

Waipoua Lodge, Kauri Coast , Northland, North Island
Waipoua Lodge, situated on the Kauri Coast offers luxury accommodation in a historic setting on the northernmost boundary of the Waipoua Forest . The property has introduced three new experiences aptly themed bush, wildlife and sea, to enhance guests’ enjoyment of the local, natural wonders: the ‘Shipwrecks & SeascapesGuided Tour’; the ‘ Kauri Forest By Night Tour’ and the ‘Lord Of The Forest Guided Walk’. Waipoua Lodge.

Greenhill The Lodge, Hawke’s Bay, North Island
Located right in the heart of food and wine mecca, Hawke’s Bay, is Greenhill The Lodge. An exclusive, historic mansion, the properties central location makes it the ideal base for guests wishing to indulge in the local, gourmet delights and there are many ways to experience the vintages of Hawke’s Bay wine country. Guests may choose to self drive with a Hawke’s Bay wineries guide map or embark on a wine tour hosted by a local expert. There are over 40 wineries with cellar door facilities scattered within a 30 minute drive of Greenhill, and popular choices for a relaxed, languorous winery lunch in the sunshine include Black Barn Vineyards, Clearview Estate Winery, Craggy Range Winery, Sileni Estates and Te Awa Winery.  

Huntley House, Christchurch , South Island
Huntley House, originally built in 1876 by one of Christchurch 's early settlers, has retained many of its original features resulting in a hotel that is a graceful reminder of Christchurch 's colonial past. Fringed by towering trees, manicured lawns and park-like gardens, Huntley House is situated between the airport and city centre and is a short drive from local attractions and race courses. It is the ideal base from which to explore Christchurch and the Canterbury region, famous for natural beauty and a wealth of things to do.

Claremont Country Estate, Waipara, South Island
Claremont Country Estate provides luxury lodge accommodation with an unequalled geological experience just 45 minutes from Christchurch airport. Situated on a 2,400 acre working deer and sheep high country station, the property lies amongst manicured gardens, nestled below New Zealand ’s Southern Alps . A not-to-be-missed experience is the off-road driving tour unique to Claremont that takes in the spectacular geological features and natural wonders found on the property. This odyssey into pre-historic New Zealand transports guests back 65 million years, and includes the rare opportunity to handle fossilised dinosaur remains.

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