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Luxury Living: Treating Yourself in New Zealand

It’s never too early to plan for a holiday in New Zealand. Here are tips on how to enjoy a luxurious vacation at the Land of the Long White Cloud.

May 19, 2022 | By Joseph Low
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Taking some time to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand is the best way to indulge yourself in laidback luxury. If you decide to treat yourself to a splendid vacation in New Zealand, here are some of the top suggestions that will help you feel like a superstar.

Super Yacht Cruising

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New Zealand is blessed with the incredible 14,000 kilometres of stunning coastline that keeps luring visitors to go and explore its staggering beauty. Going on a superyacht cruise in the pristine waters of New Zealand will show you a rich diversity of landscapes you could not have imagined before. There are several amazing regions you can choose for your cruise. In Northland, for instance, you can go on an exploration of some of its 150 spectacular isles, while in Auckland you can pair the natural beauties with a great shopping experience and outstanding wine and cuisine.

Have a Fancy Casino Night

If you wish to experience a Vegas-like night in New Zealand, you can dress up and visit one of the high- end casinos such as SkyCity in Auckland. Playing your favourite casino games and feeling the thrill of gambling in a true Vegas-inspired setting will add excitement to your trip. And even if you decide to stay in your comfortable hotel room, you can visit the online version of the same casino and enjoy a session of roulette or any other game you like. 

Stay in a Luxury Lodge

Besides the untouched wilderness, friendly locals and the vibrant culture, New Zealand also features some of the best accommodation in the world. There are many luxury lodges in the country, and tourists from all over the world rate them as outstanding stays. The lodges offer all the privacy and security of glamorous five-star hotels while offering unique experiences like fly-fishing, heli-skiing, and horseback riding. Some lodges function on a self-catering basis, while others include the catering on-site, provided either by the hosts or a private chef. This type of accommodation is particularly interesting in today’s post-Covid travel era, when people often choose to rest in just one place instead of moving around and exploring multiple regions. 

Private Fly Fishing

True fishing and nature enthusiasts rate the experience of travelling by helicopter to one of New Zealand’s premium fishing spots and casting the line into the spotless waters as something that is pretty hard to beat. Visitors can take a private helicopter flight from one of the country’s luxurious lodges and allow themselves to be immersed in breathtaking landscapes. Many passionate fishers claim that visiting a place such as the Central Plateau feels like staying in a true tropical paradise. Other top destinations where true anglers can have the time of their lives are Rotorua, Nelson Tasman, and Canterbury. 

Worldclass Food and Wine

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With extraordinary vineyards stretched across the regions and fresh ingredients available in abundance, New Zealand is a true paradise for foodies. Moreover, back in 2011, it was announced that the city of Wellington has more restaurants, bars and cafés per capita than New York. Besides the traditional cuisine, the country is also home to some innovative chefs like Monique Fiso, the talent who stands behind the sophisticated diner Hiakai in Mount Cook. Chef Fiso combines her Samoan and Maori heritage with the professional skills she learned in New York, and the results are delicious. She comes up with bold ideas like the famous savoury ice cream done with local mussels, which leaves no one indifferent. 

Fly Above the Middle-Earth

Although The Lord of the Rings trilogy is loved for its immersive story and impeccable acting, the fans were especially fascinated by the untamed scenery of New Zealand’s South Island, which allowed them to admire steep river valleys, lush hillsides, and breathtaking mountains. If you are a fan of the movie trilogy, you can only imagine the feeling of experiencing a truly scenic helicopter flight over the incredible Middle-Earth. 

Play Extraordinary Golf

New Zealand is the place where you can find some of the world’s most magnificent golf courses, usually surrounded by dramatic scenery, beautiful coastlines, or soaring mountains. Being a natural playground itself, the country is home to more than 400 courses, and the most famous ones are located in Hawke’s Bay and the Bay of Islands, while near Auckland you can find the region’s first exclusive member-only club called Tara Iti Golf Club.

New Zealand is an amazing setting where people with all kinds of interests can find something for themselves and have an amazing time. From premium activities in the outdoors to extravagant lodges, the country is a true heaven for visitors seeking unquestionable luxury, and if you decide to pay it a visit, pick a few ideas from our list and you are bound to embark on an unforgettable journey.

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