Luxury travel in New Zealand

New Zealand has always been world famous for adventure travel, but in the last decade we've seen an explosion in exotic luxury travel.

New Zealand is well on its way to becoming known as a premiere destination for luxury travel. New Zealand has always been world famous for adventure travel, but in the last decade we’ve seen an explosion in exotic luxury travel.

It’s hard to beat the combination of exotic Maori flavor with English style. Luxury travel is all about you in New Zealand. What most people don’t realize is you can have a pampering vacation that includes 5 star accommodations, spas, golf, fishing, hiking, wine and food, for an incredibly reasonable price. New Zealand is hard to beat when it comes to value.

Here is just a small glimpse of what luxury awaits you in New Zealand.

Luxury Lodging

You can choose from some of the most elegant, exotic, breath-taking luxury hotels and lodges. These select stays offer mountain or oceanside views. You can escape to a lake front where water skiing and fishing is just a few steps away or choose a relaxing spa resort with tranquil waterfalls and a staff that will pamper and serve you 24 hours a day.

Art & Culture

Want to feel the beating of drums, participate in war dances, and join in as a member of the tribe at a traditional Maori feast? Your friends will be jealous of all the photos you'll post as you plunge into an ancient and exciting culture. Interact with these celebrations at your resort or visit one of New Zealand's many performing arts facilities or museums.


Why settle for the ordinary? New Zealand offers golden sun kissed beaches being caressed by the Pacific Ocean, however, you’re also offered a chance to see natural beauty unlike anywhere else; gushing geysers exploding from natural geothermal currents, ancient glaciers of ice and rock, and exotic rain forests full of rare and beautiful birds and wildlife. Nowhere else in the world will you see such varied, exotic life in one luxurious place.

Luxury Cruises

New Zealand has more boats per capita than any other western nation. New Zealanders love boating in every way possible. Relax on a luxury cruise; sit back, unwind, enjoy a glass of wine, and see New Zealand from your beautiful ocean view. Alternatively, go on a whale watching cruise in Kaikoura! You don't have to choose between excitement and comfort; you can have both!

Food and Wine

New Zealand wines are well known and respected worldwide. When you visit you have access to wine from New Zealand that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Return home as an expert in hands-on knowledge of all the Kiwi wines.

If you've found yourself becoming more of a "foodie" and want to experience fine dining from award-winning chefs, New Zealand is sure to please. All of the 5-star luxury lodges offer unique native treats and delightfully distinctive cuisine like no other place on earth.


If fishing is your thing, the renowned Abel Tasman National Park Stonefly Lodge is just for you. Not only do you get gorgeous beaches, granite cliffs, and a ‘to-die-for’ view, but you also have access to a private luxury lodge with a private fishing guide. You’ll get to relax while fly fishing along the Motueka River with expert guides – the best Nelson has to offer. You're sure to have stories to share for a lifetime!


Luxury doesn’t have to mean laid back. Whether it’s sailing on the coast, rafting in a cave, or trekking on a glacier, New Zealand offers many active options for the luxury vacationer. Skydiving, jet boating, ballooning, and zip lining can be added to any vacation itinerary.


The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is renowned for being a top spot both as a spa and golf resort. A little slice of heaven designed by David Harmann sits nestled on cliffs that present you a real challenge to keep the 72 par. Cape Kidnappers offers an unparalleled 180 degree view of the majestic Pacific Ocean while you navigate the rolling hills on a Tom Doak designed course. Play it and you will see why it is known as one of the modern marvels of golf.

As you can see, no matter how you define a luxury vacation, New Zealand can accommodate and even exceed your desires. 

We do hope that you find this information helpful. Should you need some help planning your luxury New Zealand vacation, don’t hesitate to contact About New Zealand, specialists in travel to New Zealand by visiting We’d love to help you customize your once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation to New Zealand.

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