The Thoughtful Guide to
New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand is a consistent wish-list contender and with so much to marvel at — stunning scenery, diverse landscapes, national parks and unique wildlife — there’s little wonder why! We asked the experts at Elegant Resorts – a tour operator specialising in luxury travel – for the lowdown on where to go, what to see, and what to do if you’re an eco-traveller.

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Queenstown

 

New Zealand’s remote location is part of its success story and with conservation parks, such as Kaweka Conservation Park and Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park, volcanoes, glaciers and responsible tourism, it’s a luxury to visit such a remarkable and eco-friendly destination, offering 100% pure adventure. 

 

Where to Stay

Close to the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura (famous for its year-round whale-watching), Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses sits at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range, overlooking the rugged coastline and bay. Each of the five unique tree houses is nestled 10 metres above the ground, amongst a canopy of native Kanuka grove. Designed to complement the natural environment, their ‘bedrooms in the sky’ offer impressive views with minimal impact upon the environment.

 

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses
 

Far from the coastal views of the south, yet offering a similar wilderness stay, is the ecology-inspired, award-winning, Treetops Lodge in North Island’s Rotorua. Offering a unique forest and thermal wonderland experience and boasting fly-fishing, trout fishing, hiking trails, and a sublime wilderness spa, this is a nature-lover’s sanctuary nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year-old native forest — a relaxing eco forest with a bounty of attractions.

 

Treetops Lodge & Estate

 

What to Do

Forget the old stereotypical bungee jump and embrace a raft of sophisticated signature experiences and innovative, world-class activities, in addition to the popular fairways and hiking trails. From adrenaline-fuelled heli-skiing and Shotover jet-boat rides around Queenstown, to quad-biking across farmland in Canterbury and more leisurely wine-tasting in Blenheim, or cooking classes at Annandale in Banks peninsula, there’s something for every taste and every palate.

 

Blanket Bay Heli-Skiing

Appealing to locals and tourists alike are New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks, located all over the country. Comprising of a network of spectacular walkways, including tracks through virgin rainforests, Alpine terrain or rugged coastlines, there are five designated walks on South Island, three on North Island, plus one on Stewart Island. All are strictly protected and managed by the Department of Conservation, allowing walkers to take in iconic scenery, whilst admiring the native birdlife and wildlife.

 

Annandale Wildlife

 

Where to Eat

Dining and cuisine in New Zealand is as varied and diverse as its fabled landscape. Blessed with a favourable maritime climate and a bounty of seafood, the home-grown produce is something to savour. The fresh fruits, organic vegetables, delectable wines, honey and cheeses are perfect picnic ingredients; of course, a glass of world-class sauvignon blanc wine (such as the coveted Cloudy Bay) is the perfect zesty pairing for an afternoon picnic, whilst a national favourite L&P (Lemon & Paeroa), is a refreshing soft drink with a totally unique taste.

 

Rahimoana Villa – Eagles Nest

For fine dining and sophisticated fusion cuisine, visit Baduzzi or The Sugar Club when in Auckland, or venture outside the city to Elephant Hill Estate & Winery for a sublime view to complement the cuisine. On South Island, The George Hotel in Christchurch is home to two iconic restaurants — 50 Bistro and Pescatore, whilst Queenstown’s Rata is an elevated eatery in eco-chic surroundings and Fergburger is world-renowned for its inventive burgers.

 

 Annandale Cuisine

 

What to Wear

From essential sunglasses to t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops, the culture and dress code are equally relaxed in New Zealand. Summer holiday clothing with a back-up fleece is usually fine (not forgetting a good sun cream and eyewear to protect against the bright sunshine and lack of ozone). For winter ski trips to Mount Hutt (during New Zealand’s winter season — our summer — full ski gear and plenty of warm clothing is recommended for South Island!

 

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Shaheen Open – Cashmere Cardigan
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Special thanks to Julie Sturzy, Senior Website Content Writer at Elegant Resorts, for the amazing guide to New Zealand.

 

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