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Monday, September 28, 2015

4 Luxury Things You Must Experience in New Zealand

Milford Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand
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For the thrill seekers and budget backpackers, New Zealand is a haven in the southern hemisphere. However, while the adventurous adrenaline junkies are bungee jumping off bridges, travelers looking for a different kind of enjoyment are indulging in a glass of fine wine in the most luxurious of accommodation settings. New Zealand is more than just a place for active, outdoor experiences. There are many experiences for luxury travelers to enjoy in this part of the world. Some of the best luxurious experiences across New Zealand are detailed below.

Take a Cruise in Rotorua

The North Island is filled with mystical wonders in a breathtaking landscape. Among the 18 majestic lakes in Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti is the perfect backdrop to a luxury sailing cruise.  Sipping on a glass of chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and gently making your way down the flat waters of the picturesque lake is certainly a way to create unforgettable memories. The sailing cruises dock for a few hours at the famous hot thermal pools at Manupirua Springs, geothermal wonders that are only accessible by boat.

Exploring in Style Mt. Cook Mackenzie 

While adrenaline seekers zoom down snow-capped mountains on skis, you can watch them from way up high at the Hermitage Hotel. Enjoy an indulgent high tea while soaking in the views through the panoramic windows and spoiling yourself with some afternoon treats in the form of top quality cakes, hot coffee or tea, and then a glass of wine for later.

Akaroa Bed and Breakfast

Akaroa New Zealand

For a coastal retreat in an indulgent bed and breakfast, Akaroa is the perfect destination. An hour drive from Christchurch and easily accessible with a car rental from Hertz in Christchurch, Akaroa is a quaint port city with a classy French influence. This town boasts stunning harbor views and historic buildings as the setting of your lavish weekend getaway.

Helicopter Tour Over Milford and Doubtful Sound

The average tourist takes a boat tour around the sounds of the South Island – the luxury traveler does it in a helicopter. Fiordland National Park is 1.2 million hectares in size so it only makes sense to soar above it to really take it all in. With such breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountains and picture-perfect lakes below you and a champagne-filled glass in front of you during your alpine peak picnic, life doesn’t get much better than this luxurious experience in New Zealand.

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Katherine Belarmino and Romeo Belarmino are the authors of Travel the World, a travel blog for the everyday working stiff. They work full-time in non-travel related jobs, but take every opportunity they can to travel the world during their limited vacation time.