New Zealand

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Every member of our team has lived, worked or travelled extensively throughout our destinations.

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We approach every holiday as if it was our own, ensuring you experience a most personal service at every step.

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Our lodges in New Zealand

Marlborough Lodge

Marlborough Lodge

Marlborough
Lake Heron Station

Lake Heron Station

Canterbury
Helena Bay

Helena Bay

Hikurangi
Bronte Country Estate

Bronte Country Estate

Nelson
Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge

Kaikoura, Abel Tasman & Marlborough Region
Poronui Lodge

Poronui Lodge

Taharua

Why we recommend New Zealand

  • Unspoilt jaw dropping scenery alive with incredible endemic wildlife
  • A compendium of exciting and thrilling activities amongst beautiful surroundings
  • Exquisite new world food and miles and miles of immaculate wineries
Map of New Zealand
About New Zealand

We have experienced New Zealand in every season having lived and worked in the Central Otago region. As an avid angler, I have taken my rod with me and tried and tested every possible river in sight. New Zealand’s home to some of the best wild trout fishing in such spectacular scenery.

I have navigated New Zealand by bicycle, horseback, helicopter and by foot. New Zealand have both walking and cycling trails that should be considered in every itinerary from the Queen Charlotte track to the Central Otago Rail trail.   

New Zealand's 13 national parks showcase more than 30,000 square kilometres of diverse, natural scenery. Our guides will help spot many of the endemic birds in New Zealand. An astonishing 71% of birds are endemic to New Zealand.  

New Zealand is brimming with pure and natural beauty with its enormous lakes, swirling rivers, staggering glaciers, soaring mountains, superb beaches and immeasurable flora and fauna. With this compilation of astonishing aspects, New Zealand gives one an emotional feeling of adventure and exploration. It also presents one with the opportunity to relax, re-energize and take in the natural un-spoilt world. New Zealand is often considered as the adventurer capital of the world.

The majesty of New Zealand’s landscapes is one thing, however the fresh local food and the wine is another. Feast on fresh and locally sourced food and wines in picturesque settings.

New Zealand is a similar size to the UK however only 4 million people live there. The people of New Zealand come with an open and friendly outlook on life and this is reflected in their warming hospitality.

The weather in New Zealand is temperate but changes at the drop of your hat! Always go with clothes for every possibility. You often see four seasons in one day. Depending on where in the country you are and when obviously gives you more idea. The Southern Alps can be very cold in the winter and the North Island will never go below freezing.

Why Travel to New Zealand with True Luxury Travel?

True Luxury Travel have great experience in creating bespoke trips for all varieties of preferences for people interested in New Zealand. We love New Zealand because of the diversity and exclusivity that you can find there. Our team is passionate about New Zealand and keeps up to date with new and exciting product through frequent visits and keeping in touch with our reps on the ground. We have done it, we love it and we will make sure you do. It is our passion to create unforgettable, unique experiences for our guests and we are always transparent on price.

How it works
Give us a call to harness our knowledge and be inspired. Whether your first or tenth trips to Australasia, we can shed some light on some exciting new places to explore.

Once we have spoken to you, our team will work on creating an itinerary to suit your preferences and budget, this can then be tweaked and amended until it is perfect.

We support you before you go away with all the information you require, no request is too big or too small, when you are away we are always on hand with 24/7 support should you need us.

Areas

Northland is the area north of Auckland. It can be characterised by beach life, yachting, diving, game fishing, a strong Maori presence, and the destinations of the Bay of Islands and 90-Mile Beach.  If you want sun, sand and sea, this is where to go. 

Auckland is somewhere our clients have had an excellent time.  With the maritime playground - second to none - of the Hauraki Gulf and its marine life, vineyards and beaches - and on the other side black sand beaches and crashing surf near mountainous rainforest - there really is a lot to do.  This is also the world's largest Polynesian city for those interested in South Pacific cultures.  There are plenty of boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes for those who have had an overdose of countryside.

Central North Island is the traditional tourism area which also includes some offbeat gems.  The destinations of Rotorua (geothermal activity), Taupo Lake and Waitomo (glow-worm caves) have enjoyed significant popularity for a long time.  Unknown are remote East Cape and Taranaki, for those who wish to explore.  The area includes mountain, bush (rainforest), geothermal activity, remote rivers and extensive coastline and has a compendium of activities which are not nearly as commercial as available elsewhere.  Hawke's Bay is a growth area, not only for superb vineyards, but also for access to remote beauty and the art deco town of Napier. 

South North Island. Wellington shelters the country's politicians, is also the arts capital of New Zealand.  A small, windy city perched on several ridges sloping down to the sea.  A short drive up the West Coast is the pristine nature reserve of Kapiti Island, while up the East Coast (wilder, more remote) are the vineyards of Martinborough and the rural expanse of the Wairarapa. Right at the bottom of North Island is one of my favorite lodges, Wharekauhau. Here you get a rugged and rural farm setting with spectacular views and superb activities.

North South Island is a unique area, comprising the beautiful Marlborough Sounds (fjords), the Blenheim vineyards, sunny Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park.  Not overly commercial (although Abel Tasman and the Queen Charlotte Trek at the height of the season get very busy), it is worth spending a few days here to soak up the atmosphere. 

Central South Island comes with lovely mountainous, rugged scenery many people associate with New Zealand.  Snow-capped peaks, the Canterbury Plains, and the rugged West Coast with its glaciers.  It is not very developed and with superb natural beauty complemented by activities such as glacier hikes, helicopter adventures (skiing, fishing, walking, picnicking), private jet boat tours, horse rides and hikes.  

Southern South Island. Queenstown is a picturesque alpine village with a great buzz where you can find lots of young people, and lots of easily accessible commercial activities - bungee jumping, jetboating, rafting, and now also wonderful wine tours.

Snapshot of New Zealand

Capital city: Wellington
Flight time: 26 hours via LA, 25 hours via Hong Kong
Language: English
Population: 4.77 Million
Religions: Christianity
Sun hours / day: 7 Hours
Max. temperature: 40
Min. temperature: 10

Seasons in New Zealand

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Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a sub-tropical micro region known for its astonishing beauty and history. It encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Penisula and is home to some charming coastal towns from Russell to Paihia.

You will discover golden sands fringed by native trees, clear blue waters and sheltered coves. The area’s well known for its beaches, yachting, big game fishing, marine life spotting, cycling and heritage walking trails. Just North of Paihia you can visit the treaty house at Waitangi Treaty Ground’s which marks the beginnings of New Zealand as a nation. You can stop in Russell for an excellent fish and chips and swim in Kororareka Bay whilst at Eagles Nest. Experience the pink sands of Matauri Bay at Kauri Cliffs or head to Oke Bay, where pods of dolphins are frequent visitors.

For the even more adventurous, there’s skydiving, water skiing and scuba diving. Golf can also be arranged at Waitangi or the internationally acclaimed Kauri Cliffs.

The Bay of Islands is just three hours north by car from Auckland or 35 minutes by plane from Auckland to Keri Keri.

Canterbury

Canterbury is a province on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine growing area. The sea drowned valley of the Marlborough Sounds is also a picturesque sight. The Cook Straits with connect the North and South Island meet the Marlborough Sounds at their most North Eastern Point.

Nelson

Nelson is the second oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island.

Wanaka

Wanaka is a town situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.

Practical info

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover. You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Visas

British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months without a visa on arrival.
You will have to satisfy an Immigration Officer that you meet the requirements of the immigration rules. Visitors must have an onward ticket.

Passport

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 1 month from the date of exit from New Zealand.

If you are transiting another country on your way to or from New Zealand, make sure you check the entry requirements for that country. Many countries will only permit entry if you have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport.

Vaccinations

The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.

Under a reciprocal health agreement, UK nationals who live in the UK and who are on a short-term visit to New Zealand are eligible for immediately necessary healthcare under the health system on the same terms as citizens of New Zealand. You should show your UK passport when requested.

Weather

New Zealand JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 17 17 15 13 11 9 8 8 10 12 13 15
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 23 23 22 20 17 15 14 15 16 17 19 21
Rainfall ( mm ) 30 30 40 40 50 50 60 50 40 40 40 30

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Our philosophy

Actual Expert Knowledge

Every one of our team has a huge passion for travel and spend at least six weeks each year visiting our lodges, meeting new managers and guides, ensuring our high standards are met and maintained.

Transparent Pricing

Unlike other tour operators, we do not charge you a premium for our services and as such, our prices are often better than booking direct because we can negotiate deals with our long standing relationships.

TOTAL Support

Our operations team are on call 24 hours a day to support you while you are travelling and to ensure that if something does go wrong, you are never left in the lurch. We are here to help so you can relax throughout your holiday. 

Blank Paper Bespoke

We do not have any 'off the shelf itineraries'. Instead, we begin your booking with a blank piece of paper, to ensure that we only propose lodges that will fit your specific requirements and guides who will suit your personality.

Unrivalled Guide Network

We are proud of our unrivalled network of guides on the ground who will turn your trips from a memorable one into a spectacular experience.

Hand Picked Lodges

Every single lodge that we propose to you has been recently visited by one of our team and meets the high standards that we set. Surprisingly, this is a rarity within the industry.

100% Financial Protection

We are a certified member of the Travel Trust Association (Q1588a), guaranteeing you 100% financial protection for every aspect of your trip.

Safety First

We have a team dedicated to producing safety intelligence in every country that we represent as a destination, so that you can travel with total peace of mind.

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