New Zealand can feel like an epic, once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. But in fact, it’s the type of place worth returning to repeatedly—and one where even during a single visit, each day is intriguingly different from the last.
How, you wonder? Well, your week in New Zealand may go something like this…
Monday: Giving it your best shot at Over the Top Golf—what a view! Gotta be the world’s most remarkable par-three hole.
Wednesday: Navigating the Dart River in a Funyak inflatable canoe. Around the next bend? A film location used for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Friday: Experiencing Maori culture, starting with a pressing of the noses. It’s a traditional greeting known as hongi and means you’re considered family!
Saturday: Waking up to a scenic helicopter ride that whisks you away to a secluded alpine setting for a gourmet picnic paired with fantastic views.
Such thrilling activities are just one aspect of the New Zealand journey; the range of accommodations also comes into play. Take your pick among award-winning luxury lodges, intimate B&B’s, and architecturally stunning private homes. What they have in common are welcoming hosts who really know how to deliver outstanding service and experiences. On the North Island, the staff of Wharekauhau Lodge, which is also a working sheep station, provide insight into how this livelihood continues to thrive today.
New Zealand’s lodges are also a fantastic jumping-off point for embracing the outdoors, with hiking trails and wildlife encounters just beyond the doorsteps. A great example is Blanket Bay, located in Glenorchy on the South Island. From here, you can enjoy activities including fly fishing, heli-skiing, and horseback riding. If you prefer to meet the local wildlife, head to the North Island’s The Farm at Cape Kidnappers for a Kiwi Discover Walk, which brings you up close to the farm’s native bird population.
Your Kiwi experience starts, however, even before you check into your room. It starts when you board your flight with Air New Zealand. You’re encouraged to ask the flight attendants about their favorite breakfast spots or an out-of-the-way hiking trail. And you can expect a warm, informed response from proud locals happy to share their insider knowledge. It comes straight from the heart, from an airline that is constantly renewing and reinventing itself. Air New Zealand now serves five North American getaways (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Honolulu, and Vancouver), connecting to a network of 50-plus cities in 15 countries.
The final ingredient is enlisting the service of experts who can put together your ideal New Zealand experience. Swain Destinations creates tailored vacation packages, and its dedicated staff shares a unified passion and commitment to providing exceptional service to every traveler.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to go on a one-of-a-kind vacation, book through Swain Destinations from start to finish for the personalization and ability to tailor your journey—in New Zealand and beyond.
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