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Below, we share the critical elements to look for when booking this type of vacation.
There's so much more to New Zealand luxury tours than the places you'll visit. Things like a carefully crafted itinerary that gets guests off the beaten track while still incorporating the perfect mix of free time and activities is of utmost importance. Consider what experiences are included - are things like scenic flights or swimming with dolphins part of the package? Comfortable accommodation in beautiful settings is an important element for a luxurious night's sleep, and don't forget to take into consideration the types of culinary experiences on offer along the way. Read on to discover what to look for in a New Zealand luxury tour.
Itineraries that take the path less travelled
The best New Zealand luxury tours don't always stick to the tourist trail. There is something a little more exciting about taking the path less travelled, and this is something you should look for when comparing itineraries. While most tours will visit the ‘must do’ sights of Milford Sound, Queenstown and the Bay of Islands, many won’t venture too far off the beaten track. As well as the famous destinations, look for a tour that also incorporates unexpected places such as little-known glow worm caves, the West Coast of the South Island or the back roads of the Northern Coromandel. Opportunities to get to know the locals also offer unique insights into what it means to be a kiwi - look for itineraries that incorporate exclusive lunches with local hosts in order to experience the real New Zealand.
All-inclusive bucket list experiences
There’s some pretty special activities on offer in New Zealand, many of which are unique to the country. The best value New Zealand luxury tours are the ones that include these activities as part of the package. Picture soaring over Milford Sound and Fiordland in a scenic flight, or imagine the exhilaration you would feel swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Experiences like these are the icing on the cake of any New Zealand vacation - ensure that the tour you choose incorporates an exciting array of bucket list activities.
World-class food and wine
Passionate foodies rejoice: New Zealand is a haven for unique and delicious gastronomical experiences. Ensuring your itinerary incorporates plenty of culinary delights ensures you’ll get to sip, savour and taste your way through New Zealand’s world class food and wine scene. For those that love highly acclaimed wines, ensure that a few wine tastings at premiere vineyards are also included in the itinerary. Vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay and in Marlborough produce some of the best wines in the country.
To really get to know New Zealand’s food-loving culture, there’s nothing like enjoying a home cooked meal made fresh by local kiwis. A handful of New Zealand luxury tours incorporate exclusive lunches in private residences - experiences like these are hard to come by and one-of-a-kind.
Quality accommodation and an expert guide
At the end of a day exploring New Zealand, there’s nothing better than resting your head in a beautiful room with panoramic mountain or lake views. Carefully chosen, quality accommodation should be a cornerstone of the New Zealand luxury tour you decide upon. Look into all of the properties you’ll be staying in on tour - ensure they’re at least four star and that they are in peaceful locations.
An experienced, knowledgeable kiwi guide can add a whole new dimension to your time in New Zealand. Experience is highly important - ask the tour company how many years the guide has been in the industry for. You’re looking for a person with knowledge, passion and, above all, a friendly persona and a sense of humor.
At MoaTrek, we’ve been showcasing New Zealand on our luxury small group tours since 1971. Our itineraries incorporate the big sights, but also allow guests to taste the real New Zealand with plenty of off the beaten track destinations. Bucket list activities, unique food and wine and beautiful accommodation complete what is a truly luxurious touring experience. Find out more about our tours here, or contact us directly.
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