Welcome to a land of breathtaking nature and laid-back culture. Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors or charming cities like Wellington or Auckland, New Zealand has it all. With sweeping vistas and remote lodges, it’s the perfect place for a wedding or romantic escape. Make memories that'll last a lifetime with a luxury New Zealand holiday.
Auckland, as New Zealand’s largest city, is a natural starting place. Visit Sky Tower, where you can admire views of Auckland’s harbours, or walk amongst the boats of Viaduct Harbour. While Auckland has plenty to offer, most people don’t stay long before heading into the surrounding nature of North Island. North Island is often overshadowed by South Island, but a journey here offers the unique opportunity to experience Maori culture.
In cultural hotspots like Northland or Rotorua, you can meet Maori locals, hear their language, see traditional meeting houses and maybe even join in a hāngi or Māori feast. Make sure to attend Maori performances where you can see powerful haka or war dances – a dance similar to the one used by the nation’s rugby team the All Blacks. After your cultural exploration, head south to the iconic South Island.
South Island is home to crystal clear lakes, glacial fjords, remote beaches and countless islands, making it one of the greatest outdoor destinations in the world. Connect with nature on one of South Island’s six Great Walks, by canoeing the tranquil coves of lakes in Abel Tasman National Park, or discover knee-deep powder on the ski slopes of Coronet Peak. You may even come face-to-face with whales, penguins or the iconic kiwi bird!
New Zealand is a fantastic luxury holiday destination at any time of year. As a country in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand’s winter spans from May to September while summer season in December to March. Temperatures and weather vary drastically between North and South Island.
During winter, South Island temperatures can drop to -10 degrees Celsius and snow is common, perfect for hitting the slopes at New Zealand's internationally renowned ski mountains. Summer sees more sunshine and fairer weather, ideal for hiking or swimming in the ocean.
At your luxury hotel in New Zealand, you can sample modern kiwi as well as traditional Maori dishes made using the freshest seasonal produce. You’ll find innovative menus featuring daily catches of seafood, New Zealand lamb and beef, as well as plenty of artisanal cheese.
New Zealand is also among the world’s best wine producers. Sample vintages like pinot noir from Central Otago vineyards or sauvignon blanc from the Marlborough region. In addition to a thriving wine scene, New Zealand also has a fantastic craft-beer scene and coffee culture.
British nationals don’t require a visa to travel to New Zealand for up to six months. For more information about visas and general travel advice go to GOV.UK.