T HE ULT IM ATE TO DO L IST 2013-2014
AUSTRALIA | NEW ZEALAND | FIJI
Reward yourself with lifeâ€™s enriching experiences...
Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
Welcome... For over 30 years, Travelbag has offered inspirational journeys in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Complementing our traditional programme to these remarkable destinations, we are delighted to introduce our new collection of inspirational travel experiences: The Ultimate To Do List. Filled with unique and experiential touring and hotel ideas, The Ultimate To Do List Australia, New Zealand and Fiji provides yet more tantalising motivation for our most discerning travellers. In a new era of luxury travel, Travelbag is at the forefront of tailor-making unique itineraries to enrich every stage of your holiday. We have long understood that it is not enough to tick off a checklist of places visited, rather it is how you spend your time and the experiences that you have that shape your days and nights. Highlighting the most unique, elite and enriching travel experiences in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, the following pages are the start of your journey down under in style where time and events will effortlessly merge to give you a genuine, utterly unique and entirely exuberant experience. Our consultants look forward to sharing their Australia, New Zealand and Fiji travel experiences with you.
Tony Carty Managing Director, Travelbag
Contents Australia page 06
Wilderness and Wildlife Encounters
Great Walks of Australia
Far from the Madding Crowd
Australiaâ€™s Accessible Outback
Aussie Rural Life
Great Barrier Reef
Luxury Island Resorts
Unique Island Hideaways
Adventures on Water
Beaches and Bays
Heritage, Arts and Architecture
City Chic Living
Style, Design and Interiors
Unique Places to Stay
Country Food, Wine and Spa Retreats
Golf, Gourmet and Spa Indulgence
Contents Glacier and Alpine Adventures
Volcanic, Thermal and Spa
Wildlife and Wilderness Encounters
Exploring New Zealand
Luxury Lakeside Living
New Zealand Adventures
Maori and Modern Culture
Private Retreats and Country Estates
Unique Places to Stay
Food, Wine and Golf
Unique Island Hideaways
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Fiji page 90
Ti m o r S e a
Gulf of Carpentaria
Timber Creek Normanton
Townsville Mount Isa
Bundaberg Hervey Bay Fraser island Sunshine Coast
G re a t A u s t r a l i a n B i g h t Esperance
Port Augusta Port Pirie
Barossa Valley Maitland
Broken Hill Whyalla
Bathurst Blue Mountains Mildura Narrandera
Ta s m a n S e a
Devonport Cradle Mountain
Surfers riding a frothing wave toward Bondi Beach. Kangaroos bounding through wild grasslands. Diners savouring local vintages in an urban bistro. All of this is Australia. But it’s only the beginning of the story.
Hunter Valley Newcastle
Wodonga Yarra Valley
Bendigo Maryborough Mornington Peninsula
Port Macquarie Lord Howe Island
Great Ocean Road
Feel the thunder of hooves as you canter across a vast outback sheep station. Inhale the salty tang of sea air as you walk a scenic coastal path. Delight in the thrum of a helicopter rotor as you travel to undiscovered places. Listen to the ancient tales of an Aboriginal storyteller under a starry sky.
New South Wales
Head of Bight
Longreach Alice Springs
Cooktown Daintree & Cape Tribulation Port Douglas Palm Cove Cairns
thriving culinary scene. Revel into the small hours on the glittering Gold Coast or enjoy the laid-back beach culture of Perth.
With countless species of plants and animals, Australia exerts a magnetic pull on nature lovers. Whether you’re enjoying the dawn chorus of parrots, photographing a sleepy koala in a eucalyptus tree, or chuckling at a parade of little penguins, you’ll feel as though you’re starring in a nature documentary.
Enjoy a new era of Australian experiential luxury. Now, even in remote locales, you can stay in exceptional accommodations, from exquisite historic buildings to tented ‘camps’ serving gourmet fare. Unwind with a massage in the luxe spa of a city hotel or savour a cooking class in a wine country retreat. Everywhere, service is superb; in many properties the owners are on site.
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edge of a cliff, enjoying dramatic views of Whale Beach and the sprawling Pacific Ocean, Jonah’s at Palm Beach is one of Australia’s most prestigious ocean retreats – something of a Sydney institution. Return to Sydney on a glorious afternoon seaplane flight back to Rose Bay, encompassing a Sydney Harbour circuit in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Day 5 Depart Sydney for your flight to Uluru (Ayres Rock). You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Longitude 131º (two nights in a luxury tent). Longitude 131º offers eco-sensitive and romantic accommodation, complete with 5-star luxury and private views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Venture to Uluru and Kata Tjuta and you are exposed to an expansive living cultural landscape, which very few are able to experience.
Sydney, Rock, Rainforest & The Whitsundays! – A Custom Itinerary in Exploring Australia Day 1 Arrive into Sydney. On arrival, you will be welcomed to Australia by an ATS Pacific representative who will assist with your private transfer to the Park Hyatt Sydney (four nights), which is set on the water’s edge overlooking Sydney Opera House. Included in your stay is a gourmet daily buffet breakfast. Day 2 Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Take in the surreal white pinnacles of its famous Opera House and explore the historic Rocks district, the heart of the old city. Climb the famous bridge and take in the harbour and city landmarks from an altogether more original vantage point. Tonight you’ll enjoy a seafood dinner at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant. Day 3 Board your Sea Sydney Cruises vessel to commence an afternoon cruise. Be engulfed by the beauty of Sydney as you ‘cruise like a local’ aboard Calypso, a 52-foot motor yacht. Cruise the foreshores of Sydney Harbour past world famous, iconic landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House before dropping anchor in a secluded cove for lunch. Day 4 This morning you will be transferred by private car to Rose Bay, the departure point of your seaplane tour to Palm Beach. Join Sydney Seaplanes for your four-hour tour to Palm Beach and enjoy lunch at Jonah’s. Perched high on the
Day 6 Enjoy a full day at Ayers Rock today with luxury touring to the world’s largest monolith. Rising 348 metres above the desert floor with a circumference of four miles, Uluru is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is located in the Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, which is owned and run by the local Aboriginals. 24 miles west of Uluru is Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), which are a series of giant majestic domes, once part of a single rock that was even larger than Uluru itself. Day 7 Depart on your flight from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Cairns. You will be met on arrival at Cairns and transferred to the Daintree Rainforest (two nights) to stay at Silky Oaks Lodge in a treehouse. Lying on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge is an elegant oasis presenting a captivating blend of natural tranquillity and modern sophistication with 45 superb treehouses and riverhouses just 30 minutes from Port Douglas.
Day 8 Enjoy a full day at your leisure. Join an indigenous guided rainforest walk to learn something of the flora and fauna of the region, explore the Mossman Gorge, or take a dawn or dusk river cruise. Day 9 Transferred to Cairns for your flight to Hamilton Island. On arrival you’ll be transfer from the airport to qualia (four nights) to stay on the secluded northern tip of the island. qualia, one of Australia’s premium resorts is set in 30 acres of tropical garden landscape on the northern most tip of Hamilton Island. Day 10, 11 & 12 With its secluded and idyllic setting, situated amongst the glittering Whitsundays, qualia provides the ideal resort to unwind. Within easy access of the marine wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia is the perfect island hideaway, where you can choose do as little or as much as you like. Day 13 Depart Hamilton Island. Depart Hamilton Island and connect with your onward journey home.
Alice Springs Helicopters Be whisked away by helicopter on a thrilling journey over waterholes, plunging gorges and the ancient mountain ranges of Alice Springs. View some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery in style from your hotel pickup to the Red Centre sky. The ochre landscapes of Alice’s Red Centre are captivating when viewed from your superior vantage point. Select a scenic flight or explore further afield by private charter.
Air Safaris Turquoise seas shimmering above the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Endless sandy beaches shaded by palm trees and lapped by foaming surf. The untamed outback, where sun-baked landscapes stretch to a distant horizon, punctuated occasionally by a lonely station. Lush tropical rainforests and the hazy Blue Mountains. These and many other wonders may unfurl below you on a thrilling trip by helicopter or bush plane–whether it's a short scenic flight or a multi-day safari. Back on the ground, you'll discover an Australia few ever see: pristine waterfalls, rowdy mining towns, isolated parks alive with koalas, kookaburras and kangaroos. Fly away from the everyday into the heart of Australia.
Redbank Gorge, Alice Springs
Skytour Air Safaris - Awe-inspiring scenic flights with outstanding itineraries showcasing some of northern Australia’s most iconic experiences
Chinta Air Tours - Personal itineraries take you into the skies of the Australian outback
Chinta Air Tours specialises in tailor-made air safaris. Travel in light aircraft to unique destinations throughout Australia where you can enjoy a taste of the outback lifestyle. Accommodation is first class–perhaps a luxury safari tent, a cliff-top eco-lodge, an award-winning eco-villa, or an outback station homestead where you live beside the owners. At each location, 4WD tours with knowledgeable local guides introduce you to native wildlife roaming free and to stories of the outback. Superb meals feature tempting local produce. Each day, scenic flights allow you to enjoy the view while reducing your travel time. Travel confidently with an outback air safari specialist.
Discover a spectacular tapestry of rich wetlands, rusty-red sunsets, rugged landscapes, unique wildlife and authentic cultural encounters, all enhanced by the unforgettable character of the outback. Skytour Air Safaris are ideal for time-poor adventurers. Taking you to the heart of great northern destinations which include Arnhem Land, Kakadu National Park, the Cobourg Peninsula, The Kimberley, the Bungle Bungles, El Questro and Bullo River Station. Skytour's bespoke and modular air safaris allow you to combine destinations to suit your schedule and interests. Focus on indigenous culture, national parks, cattle station life, fishing, amazing photographic opportunities or any other aspect of the outback that captures your imagination. Skytour offers various itineraries, including Highlights Of Kakadu, 4 Night Top End Eco-Discovery With Cobourg/Arnhem Land Combo, 4 Night Kimberley Grande With Bungle Bungle/El Questro Station Combo, and 4 Night Great North West With Bullo River Station/El Questro Homestead Combo.
Great Barrier Reef Helicopters - Sparkling sapphire waters stretch endlessly below as you soar high over one of the wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef Every day, Great Barrier Reef Helicopters delights holidaymakers by flying them over the vast reefs that form the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Combine your flight with a cruise, use your flight to transfer to your luxury accommodations or have an experience tailored to you. Great Barrier Reef Helicopters is one of Far North Queenslandâ€™s largest and premier helicopter companies. For one of the most compelling ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, fly from Cairns, Port Douglas or another landing pad to arrive at a Great Barrier Reef pontoon. From the pontoon, take a shorter scenic flight over the heart of the reef, looking out for marine life. It's a view you will always remember. Alternatively, try a speciality flight. As you fly over the Great Barrier Reef, you will be one of the few to witness the morning sun shining over the reef from your helicopter before you touch down on your private, pristine coral cay. There, you will savour a tropical brunch, along with Australian sparkling wine and juices.
Slingair Heliwork WA
- Fly the Kimberley Aerial Highway and view spectacular places inaccessible by ground Whichever Kimberley destination you choose, Slingair will fly you there, either by light plane or luxury helicopter. Year after year, holidaymakers describe their Slingair flight as a fantastic memory of their Kimberley holiday. Slingair, the Kimberley's premier aviation company, offers personalised air adventures that allow you to experience the true Kimberley in style. Fly low and spot crocodiles along the Ord River. View the expanse of Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle) and the Argyle Diamond Mine, then land for a ground tour. Take in the cascading waterfalls of the Mitchell Plateau before touching down for a swim. Explore galleries of ancient rock art in remote locations or indulge in a romantic heli-picnic on an island in Lake Argyle. Go heli-fishing to catch a barramundi in a wild river, or fly from Kununurra over El Questro, the Cambridge Gulf, the King George falls and the spectacular Kimberley coast. Choose from one of over 25 air safaris on offer, a private charter flight to transfer to your wilderness lodge, or ask Slingair to tailor an experience just for you.
1. Alice Springs Helicopters 2. Chinta Air Tours 3. Skytour Air Safaris 4. Great Barrier Reef Helicopters 5. Slingair Heliwork WA
Iconic Landscapes Just because you are escaping to some of Australia's most iconic destinations–spots like South East Queensland, the Blue Mountains and Uluru (Ayers Rock) – doesn't mean you can't also revel in luxury. Whether you spend your day walking breathtaking mountain trails, delighting in a 4WD wildlife safari or exploring the outback by camel, a restful retreat awaits you in these intimate resorts. Indulge in a spa treatment, savour a sumptuous gourmet meal or linger over fine wines as the sun stains rugged peaks and hidden valleys in countless shades of ochre and gold. Delight in thoughtful service. Then sink into a richly comfortable bed...before waking up to enjoy it all again the next day.
Spicers Peak Lodge
- A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Spicers Peak Lodge–1,130 metres above sea level–is Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge retreat
- Awake to a private view of the sunrise over Uluru with Longitude 131º, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia
Just 90 minutes southwest of Brisbane, this award-winning mountain retreat is situated atop a 9,000-acre working cattle farm. It is enveloped by the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park–one of Australia’s most scenic wilderness areas–and the Great Dividing Range. The lodge has been created with its natural environment in mind. With only ten luxurious suites and two private lodges, the property offers an intimate abode in spectacular surrounds. Activities include guided bush walking, mountain biking, horse riding and 4WD tours. Enjoy the surrounds and spot iconic Australian animals, such as koalas, kookaburras, wild brumby, possums, gliders, kangaroos and wallabies, or take some time out at Spa Anise. By night, enjoy nature walks, star gazing from the viewing deck, and gourmet food and wine by the fire. Spicers Peak Lodge is an intimately unique Australian lodge experience.
Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131º offers immersion in the wilderness, mystery and spirituality of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. With just 15 tents in total at Longitude 131º, you only have to share this phenomenal experience with a few others. Venture to Uluru and Kata Tjuta to see an expansive living cultural landscape that very few are privileged to visit. Whether you spend your time learning about the ancient cultures of the area's traditional owners, or exploring the stunning flora and fauna with expert guides, your senses will come alive as you come face to face with this irresistible land. As the sun goes down, the evening unfolds into an experience of a lifetime. Dine out under the spectacular desert night sky at Table 131º, where an intimate three-course dinner is served with fine wines under a glittering canopy of stars. This is, without doubt, an exceptional way to wind down after an amazing day of discovery.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa - Offering a rare opportunity to experience true luxury in a spectacular bush setting, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia Come and learn the true meaning of restoration. Discover how nature provides meaningful luxury; how elegant sustainable living can be; how a massage works the weight of the world from your shoulders; and how the solitude of a midnight swim can draw you far from your daily cares. This Emirates-owned property sits in the iconic Blue Mountains World Heritagelisted area, a gorgeous wilderness region just 118 miles by road from Sydney. One of Australia’s first conservation-led luxury accommodations, the resort itself occupies just two per cent of the total 4,000-acre land area of the Wolgan Valley Nature Reserve. Its design has a timeless appeal and evokes a natural sense of place in the vast and dramatic landscape of the Wolgan Valley. Each of the private villas has its own private deck and indoor/outdoor swimming pool, while the main homestead provides distinctive dining and luxury facilities.
The seclusion of the Wolgan Valley creates a natural sanctuary where guests can relax and explore in elegant comfort. This is one of the quintessential luxury Australian bush experiences–a memorable blend of wildlife, dramatic natural beauty, conservation and heritage in a spectacular setting that you can explore through a range of activities, including 4WD tours, heritage tours, wildlife spotting and horse riding. All meals are included. The chef focuses on sourcing regional and seasonal produce, using organic ingredients where possible. Also included are all nonalcoholic beverages, a range of local wines and beer with lunch and dinner, and two nature-based activities for each person each day.
1. Spicers Peak Lodge 2. Longitude 131º 3. Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Unique Environments There's just something about wild places. Set apart from the ordinary, they are treasured havens for people and animals alike. That makes them the perfect spots for both pristine national parks and eco-friendly luxury hideaways. Escape to Kangaroo Island or Tasmania and enter an unspoiled world. Kayak through wetlands rich with bird life. Bushwalk along trails where you may not see another soul. And renew your spirits at a resort sensitively designed to help preserve these natural enclaves. Delight in stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Luxuriate in a king-sized bed as you listen to your favourite music on your private sound system. Spa treatments, fine dining and more await you.
Saffire Freycinet - A luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s east coast, delivers sophisticated and intimate style and an inspirational experience Discreetly positioned overlooking The Hazards Mountains, the Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire Freycinet fosters encounters between mankind and nature in an environment of breathtaking beauty. Featuring 20 luxurious suites, an exclusive day spa, a restaurant, a guest lounge and a bar, this property is a celebration of local culinary delights, the art of service, internal and external well-being, ancient landscapes, and abundant wildlife. In the Palate restaurant, head chef Hugh Whitehouse has ensured innovative dishes do not compromise the true flavours of the freshest local produce. From breakfast through to a gourmet degustation or à la carte dinner, you can customise your dining experiences to suit your tastes and schedule.
Restore your well-being in the premium spa facilities and on-site gym. Soothe your busy mind and refresh your soul with a luxurious treatment in one of Spa Saffire’s three retreat rooms, overlooking the inspiring landscape and reflective
pools. Treatments have been designed exclusively for Saffire by celebrity facialist Marionne De Candia and Dr Jean Laing, doctor of chiropractic and bodywork therapies. Saffire's Schouten Island Signature Experience has been designed exclusively to deepen your east coast discovery. It will introduce you to a world of deserted islands, wild bushland and secluded beaches to explore. Saffire Freycinet is a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.
Southern Ocean Lodge - An ambassador of elegance and an icon of experiential travel, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia Exclusive and award-winning, Southern Ocean Lodge is a stylish base from which to explore Australiaâ€™s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island. Just a short hop from Adelaide, the island is an arc. Wild things are reason enough to come, but the lodge is a further enticement. From its crowning cliff-top expanse, the globally celebrated retreat offers superb luxury in a famed Australian environment. Blending seamlessly with the pristine landscape, the lodge overlooks limestone cliffs and white-sand beaches. At the heart of the property, the expansive Great Room offers cinematic ocean views. Guests can enjoy island-inspired dining in the restaurant or a relaxed drink at the convivial open bar, with its exclusively South Australian wine selection. With a passion for providing a sense of place, the lodge takes guests on a true gastronomic journey, with produce from the region showcased on every menu. Guests are invited to enjoy the lodge as their luxe island home. 21 superbly appointed suites cascade along the coastline; vast blue panoramas of sky and sea fill
the view from each. A dramatic glass-walled bathroom, plush bespoke furnishings and a sunken lounge evoke an elegant, Bond-style cocoon, complete with an insuite bar filled with premium beverages and gourmet treats for the taking. Exceptional guided adventures allow guests to experience abundant wildlife first hand (a walk amongst the sea lions is one of the islandâ€™s many privileges), whilst the secluded Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals to relax and rejuvenate visitors. A generous all-inclusive tariff, first-name service and personalised experiential itineraries combine to create the quintessential Kangaroo Island encounter.
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Wilderness and Wildlife Encounters Astonishingly, 80 percent of Australia's mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are found nowhere else on earth. Echidnas and emus, kangaroos and koalas, wallabies and Tasmanian devils, and countless other creatures will delight you. Snorkel through crystalline waters. Explore the outback on a 4WD safari. Paddle along hidden rivers or walk isolated trails. Knowledgeable guides will help you spot whales breaching the ocean's surface or cockatoos flitting through the forest. Listen closely to discern the calls of exotic creatures. Discover unique wild spaces unlike any you have seen before, where humans still live in balance with nature and stars glitter brightly in the dark velvet night sky.
Luxury Horse Riding by Adventure Victoria - Visit the iconic horse-riding destination made famous in the movie 'The Man from Snowy River' Enjoy a two-day experience for the horse enthusiast. Ride with a local Australian family from their farm three hours northeast of Melbourne in the Victorian High Country. The family has been trekking these mountains with guests for over 30 years and caters to all levels of riding ability. There is always plenty of wildlife to see along the way–particularly kangaroos– and spectacular scenery. The ride crosses the river many times, finishing at a country farmhouse. Your hosts prepare dinners rich with local produce. A highlight on the second day is visiting the famous jump scene from the movie. Return transfers from Melbourne included.
Exceptional Kangaroo Island - Good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild. Stay at a gracious farm homestead, a private coastal villa or the luxe Southern Ocean Lodge South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is home to sea lions, fur seals, dolphins, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 253 bird species, possums, bandicoots and even whales, which pass through in winter. But it’s not all about wildlife. Farmers run sheep and cattle and produce quality food, whilst grape growers contribute elegant wines. The combination of wildlife, red dirt roads, farmland, rugged coast, eucalyptus trees stretching off to the horizon and friendly locals gives you a real sense of Australia. Former wildlife ranger and Exceptional Kangaroo Island founder Craig Wickham has assembled a team of dedicated, sharp-eyed outdoor enthusiasts who combine the roles of naturalist, historian, driver, guide and storyteller. Join them and share in their knowledge of the island’s plants, animals and emerging arts culture. Craigs Hut, in Victoria’s High Country, Australia
Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter
Wildlife Conservation Journey
Australia’s island state offers a rare opportunity to closely encounter an abundance of endemic wildlife. Premier Travel Tasmania’s local expert guide leads this small group tour through the island's iconic destinations and best-kept secrets. Cameras are a must, and eyes like the local wedge-tailed eagle will help you capture everlasting memories of Tasmanian devils, wombats and amazing mammals from the southern ocean.
Connect with nature on a four-day, small group journey into the wildlife-rich forests of southeast Australia's coastal wilderness. Visit magnificent eucalypt forests, rainforests, ocean beaches and secluded rivers in search of wallabies, koalas, goanna lizards, lyrebirds and parrots. Help conserve the beautiful places and wildlife you see. Each night, return to the comforts of owneroperated, lodge-style accommodation.
Boutique Wildlife Tours - An exceptional chance to see iconic wildlife in the wild Join Boutique Wildlife Tours for an amazing wildlife experience, searching the wild for Australia's Big Five–kangaroos, koalas, emus, platypus and wombats– and much more, just 90 minutes from Sydney. Focusing on some of the world's most fascinating animals, this exceptional tour takes you into pristine private farmland and bushland in the Southern Highlands to see these unique animals in their natural homes. Tours depart Sydney from midday through to 10pm, ensuring you are in the right place at the right time. Lunch or afternoon tea (seasonal variations) and dinner are included, as is night spotting after dark. Luxury 4WD vehicles are equipped with all you will need, and specialist naturalist guides will accompany you.
Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris
- Outback to the Sea showcases an amazing diversity and profusion of wildlife rarely seen elsewhere in Australia The Gawler Ranges region of South Australia is wildly beautiful outback country, boasting contrasting colours of red sands and rocky gorges, blue skies and the glistening white of massive Lake Gairdner. This is also one of the few places where three large species of macropod marsupials can be seen together. Emus are common and 140 species of birds inhabit the area, while spring is brilliant with wildflowers. With wild koalas at Mikkira Station, and sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay, almost all Australian wildlife is covered.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Survey the breathtaking alpine vistas of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park–part of the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritagelisted area–from the luxurious surrounds of the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Steeped in comfort, the lodge is home to one of Tasmania's most acclaimed dining experiences and a spectacular spa. Wildlife abounds, with a Tasmanian devil sanctuary nearby and wallabies in the bushland on the site.
Located in the majestic Mary River National Park wetlands of the Northern Territory, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is open between April and November each year. Staying here is an unforgettable experience. The teeming wildlife and unique tours exist in a world far removed from your own, yet you will find all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day.
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1. Exceptional Kangaroo Island 2. Luxury Horse Riding by Adventure Victoria 3. Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter 4. Boutique Wildlife Tours 5. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge 6. Wildlife Conservation Journey 7. Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris 8. Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Great Walks of Australia Do you feel as though you spend your days on an endless roller coaster of competing demands? On your next holiday, stop racing, start walking and rediscover how to live. With Great Walks of Australia, you'll explore some of the country's most evocative landscapes at a human pace. Leave the frenzy of modern life far behind as you hike along Tasmania's beaches, beside South Australia's red sandstone cliffs, through Victoria's rainforests or along the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Range in the Northern Territory. Draw on the knowledge of seasoned guides. At night, savour local cuisine and wines before your well-earned sleep in a luxury lodge or a wellappointed camp under the stars.
The Larapinta Trail - Delights the wilderness lover and challenges the seasoned hiker Soak up the ethereal scenery of vast flood plains and razorback rocky outcrops, and the glorious scale of this ancient land, on a guided walk along the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Range. The Classic Larapinta Trail operated by World Expeditions is ideal for the experienced walker, keen to explore the best stages of the Larapinta. Over six days, hikers cover daily distances up to 11 miles of rugged outback ranges. Follow in the footsteps of the land’s traditional owners, early explorers and modern adventurers. Sleep under the stars in a true bushman’s ‘swag’. Stay in exclusive wilderness camps while your hosts prepare meals from local produce in the splendid isolation of the outback.
The Arkaba Walk
The Maria Island Walk
- Reconnect with the bush on a private wildlife conservancy
- Maria Island is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage and elegant accommodation
Traversing the ancient Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia, the guided four-day Arkaba Walk is an experience that immerses you in the story of the land. Over 600 million years of geological history echo through the rich red glow and spectacular outback scenery of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range. Kangaroos, wallaroos and emus are regular sightings along the walk.
The Larapinta Trail, Standley Chasm
Around the campfire, you will hear the stories of the early pioneers who settled this harsh but beautiful country. Spend two nights camping under endless starry skies in luxe swag camps, followed by one night in the comfort of the elegantly restored historic 1850s homestead at Arkaba Station.
There are few places on the planet that offer the tranquillity and unspoiled natural beauty of Maria Island National Park, just a few miles off Tasmania’s east coast. On The Maria Island Walk, you will enjoy gentle walking along empty whitesand beaches by day and candlelit gourmet dining at night. Search for rare shells on a barefoot stroll or swim in crystal-clear waters. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy this walk, unlike more challenging wilderness hikes. Stay in comfortable wilderness camps or restored Heritage-listed houses.
The Freycinet Experience Walk
Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
- Discover diverse wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers, and other unique flora and fauna
- A perfect balance of luxury, adventure and wilderness experience
The Freycinet Experience Walk covers the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. Walk through the pink granite Hazard Mountains and rich coastal forests to the pure white sand beaches of Wineglass Bay. The fourday walk will take you off the beaten track to remote and rarely explored corners of Freycinet National Park.
Discover the rare beauty and extraordinary diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park on a walk following the famous Overland Track. Depart Launceston between October and May with a maximum of ten guests. Two experienced guides lead four- and sixday walking experiences. Wildlife often encountered along the way includes wombats, paddymelons, echidnas and an array of birdlife. The Tasmanian devil also makes this area its home. Following the six-day adventure, take a ten-mile boat trip across Lake St Clair before returning to Launceston. Private twin-room hut accommodation with hot showers and drying rooms.
Travel in the footsteps of the Oyster Bay Tribe, walking the same ancient tracks trodden some 30,000 years ago. You will be welcomed each evening to the award-winning Friendly Beaches Lodge, where you will enjoy stunning architecture, private rooms with comfortable beds and friendly genuine service.
bothfeet Great Ocean Walk
- Discover Australia's wild beauty on one of the country's outstanding long-distance tracks
From September to May, explore the 64-mile Great Ocean Walk with bothfeet. The walk traverses the length of the Shipwreck Coast and Great Ocean Road, along the spectacular coastline between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles. The trail is alive with native wildlife: fur seals, wallabies, koalas and plants unique to this special corner of the world. The entire walk takes around seven days, or you can choose the shorter four-day option. Each night you will return to the comfort of bothfeet’s luxury eco-villas, with hot showers, private bathrooms and foot spas, and dine on fabulous chefprepared regional food and fine wines.
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Bay of Fires Lodge Walk - Immerse yourself in one of the most pristine environments that Tasmania has to offer At the edge of Mount William National Park in northeastern Tasmania, the magnificent coastline known as the Bay of Fires appears to have been untouched for thousands of years. This unspoiled stretch of azure water and rocky headlands provides dramatic landscapes, amazing diversity and plenty of wildlife. From October to May, walk soft white sandy beaches, explore coves and kayak the Ansons River on the four-day guided Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Rest at Forester Beach Camp on the first night and then spend two nights in the luxury of the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge, and indulge in fine Tasmanian organic local produce and world-class Tasmanian wines.
1. The Larapinta Trail 2. The Arkaba Walk 3. The Maria Island Walk 4. The Freycinet Experience Walk 5. bothfeet Great Ocean Walk 6. Cradle Mountain Huts Walk 7. Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
Far from the Madding Crowd Greet the sunrise from a luxury tent at the water's edge amid the sand dunes of Cape Range National Park, near one of the world's most pristine reefs. Sip your morning coffee as kookaburras chortle and buffalo splash within earshot of your safari suite near Kakadu National Park. Or awake in an intimate lodge run by the Jawoyn people amid the waterfalls of Nitmiluk National Park. Wherever you start your day, it is just the beginning of a grand adventure in a spectacular wilderness. Go birdwatching or canoeing. See ancient rock art created by indigenous people. Explore breathtaking surrounds by 4WD or helicopter. And relax–although you're far from the world, you're nestled in luxury.
Karijini Eco Retreat
- Telling a story of the Top End’s six seasons, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia
- Outback luxury in the heart of Karijini National Park
Glide by airboat through carpets of lotus lilies and past enchanting paperbark forests. View buffalo, wallabies, crocodiles and bird life in one of Australia’s most diverse wildlife areas. Travel by air or road from Darwin to a property with nine freestanding safari bungalows and 115 square miles of country accessible to a maximum of only 18 guests. Located on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River delta, the lodge offers varied activities, including wetland airboat trips, river cruises, guided bushwalks and open-top safari drives. Many consider Bamurru Plains one of the most exclusive lodge experiences in the Top End.
In the depths of Karijini National Park in the outback of Western Australia, Karijini Eco Retreat is a multi-award-winning property offering safari-style tented accommodation, with an al fresco restaurant and bar, and a range of exciting and scenic tour options. Deluxe eco tents with en-suites and standard eco tents with shared facilities are fitted with quality king or twin beds. Dine in a rugged outback setting at the licensed restaurant and bar, which offers quality cuisine with traditional Australian menu options, or self cater using the guest barbeque facilities. Karijini Eco Retreat is 100 percent owned by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef - Barefoot luxury wilderness camp where the outback meets the reef Hidden amongst the dunes on the edge of one of the most pristine fringing reef systems in the world, Sal Salis safari camp accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in nine spacious en-suite wilderness tents on raised platforms just 50 metres from the water's edge.
Snorkel on Ningaloo Reef and swim with whale sharks during their annual migration from April to July. Turtle watching, bird watching, guided walks into Cape Range National Park and seasonal humpback whale watching all delight discerning and adventurous guests. By night, bush cuisine is prepared by the resident chef, accompanied by premium wines and savoured under starry skies.
Galahs, Western Australia
Cicada Lodge - A unique opportunity to discover and encounter this ancient wonder at your own pace Experience the ancient lands of the northern Australian outback at Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory. Nitmiluk is the Jawoyn name for Katherine Gorge. Pronounced 'Nit-mee-look' and literally meaning 'place of the cicada', it is the source of the name of this stunning new development. Nestled in the natural bush high above the ancient waterways of the Katherine River system, Cicada Lodge is the latest tourism venture of the Jawoyn people and an ideal base from which to explore this remote and stunning region. Cicada Lodge delivers the highest standards of non-intrusive, world-class service in modern architect-designed, fully air-conditioned rooms. Each is elegantly furnished in a contemporary style that blends international, modern Australian and Indigenous design elements. Each room features Indigenous artworks from local artists. The ancient stories depicted in the paintings weave the modern with the traditional to create a unique blend that is Cicada Lodge.
From the lodge, private and exclusive touring is a superb way to experience the splendours of the region. Guests can fly by helicopter to remote locations to swim in their very own crystal-clear waterhole, be dropped at the top of the gorge system to canoe down, fly to remote rock art sites with an Indigenous guide to interpret images painted thousands of years ago, or fly out over the escarpment to witness the might and beauty of Nitmiluk and Kakadu from the air. Cicada Lodge, located just 198 miles south of Darwin, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly experience the heart of Australia's timeless north. The traditional ownersâ€“the Jawoyn peopleâ€“welcome you to their country, steeped in Indigenous culture and history.
1. Bamurru Plains 2. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef 3. Karijini Eco Retreat 4. Cicada Lodge
Gantheaume Point, The Kimberley, Western Australia
Australia's Accessible Outback Australia's magnificent outback is closer than you might think. A direct flight from Perth takes you to the Kimberley, a vast expanse of thundering waterfalls, diamond mines, eerie rock formations...and golden beaches. A half-day's drive north of Adelaide brings you to the Flinders Ranges, where you can cycle along hundreds of miles of mountain trails or take a 4WD desert safari. Canoe, hike, camp or fish in Nitmiluk National Park, famed for its magnificent gorges and fascinating Aboriginal heritage. Or get a taste of the wilderness on the Gold Coast at the Australian Outback Spectacular, an attraction that brings the outback to life–thundering hooves, barbequed steak and all.
Pinctada Kimberley Grande
Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa
- In a timeless land of majestic outback vistas, visit a resort that captures the Kimberley’s sense of place and space
- An award-winning intimate boutique resort at the centre of Cable Beach but without the crowds
Just a three-hour flight from Perth, Kununurra is the gateway to landscape on a grand scale. Off-road tracks lead past gorges, waterfalls and cattle stations the size of small European countries. Visit Purnululu National Park, Lake Argyle, Mitchell Plateau and the Ord River.
Located within walking distance of Cable Beach and only a ten-minute drive from the airport and town, this resort reflects Broome's unique beauty, contrasts, culture and climate.
Designed on the premise that where you stay is as much a part of your journey as the landscape you pass through, Pinctada Kimberley Grande offers luxurious spa suites and graciously sized guest rooms where the colours and textures of the landscape are reflected in the décor, furnishings and original artwork. The experience includes a range of dining and tour options, and a 25-metre swimming pool with spa. Relax in a homestead-style haven where those in the know start and end each day of their Kimberley stay.
Known for offering some of the best luxury accommodations in Western Australia, the 72-room resort has a range of graciously sized hotel studios, suites and villas overlooking the pool or meditation gardens. Take your daily exercise in the fitness room or 25-metre lap lane, or simply lounge on the sunbeds and enjoy attentive service from Brizo Pool Café and Bar. Selene Brasserie offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy fine Australian wines and a Mediterranean-style menu that celebrates the fresh produce of the region. Pinctada Day Spa is an oasis created to revive and rekindle guests' spirits, offering individual and couples treatment rooms, Li'Tya Spa Care, a Vichy shower room and a sauna. Whether your quest is for serenity or adventure, luxury or lounging, here you will find time and space, understated elegance and around-the-clock attention.
Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges - Eco-villas that provide the perfect base for exploring South Australia's rugged Flinders Ranges The one- and two-bedroom eco-villas, accessed by road or air, are set on a secluded, elevated site with 360-degree views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges, within easy reach of the station's facilities. Stylish and contemporary, the bedrooms have retractable fabric ceilings and roof skylights. In addition to accommodation, Rawnsley Park Station offers a range of unique touring options and activities, from a sunset 4WD tour or a four-course gourmet dinner under the stars, to scenic flights over Wilpena Pound, guided bush-walks and mountain bike trails.
Canoes on beach in Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk Chalets, Katherine Gorge Nitmiluk Gorge near Katherine in the Top End is a spectacular maze of waterways sculpted from sandstone over countless millennia. Uniquely positioned right at the entrance to the gorge and just metres from the departure point for touring vessels, Nitmiluk Chalets provide comfortable, self-contained overnight accommodation. See wildlife from your balcony and cool off in the pool after your days of outback adventure. 2
The Homestead at El Questro Wilderness Park - A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, El Questro Homestead offers uncompromising luxury in stark contrast to the rugged Kimberley landscape Found on the eastern perimeter of The Kimberley region and easily accessed by air or road, El Questro Wilderness Park's almost one million acres showcase a phenomenal diversity of landscape, from broad tidal flats and rugged sandstone gorges to rainforest pockets.
Boab tree and Cockburn Ranges
Perched on a cliff top with vistas of one of the prettiest locations on the Chamberlain River, The Homestead is a relaxed retreat catering to a maximum of 18 guests, and provides the highest standards of service and cuisine. Wherever you decide to dine, it will almost always be under a spectacular canopy of stars.
1. Pinctada Kimberley Grande 2. Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa 3. Rawnsley Park Station, Flinders Ranges 4. Nitmiluk Chalets, Katherine Gorge 5. The Homestead at El Questro Wilderness Park
Aussie Rural Life Explore a seemingly endless rural station on horseback. Learn to rope cattle or shear a sheep. And raise a glass of fine wine to a sunset like none you've ever seen before. This is the authentic outback, and you have the privilege of sharing this world-famous countryside with some of the hardy, welcoming people who have made it their home for generations. Enjoy warm, luxurious hospitality on an Australian homestead, along with hearty meals prepared from the produce of the land. Experience the simple pleasures of rural life: bushwalk ancient trails, cast your fishing line into a glittering river or cool off in a natural swimming hole. Or survey the vast landscape on a sightseeing flight.
Bullo River Station - A Top End cattle station in the classic mould On the East Kimberley’s hot, thirsty plains, with over half a million acres and 8,000 Brahman-cross cattle, this is a place where rivers are home to lurking crocodiles, rugged hills are inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, wild buffalo roam free and stock skills are still very much alive. There is no such thing as a typical day at Bullo River Station. The friendly and capable team customises guests’ activities each day. Enjoy fishing for the famous barramundi, horse riding, 4WD tours, quad biking, cattle mustering and helicopter tours. Relax at the homestead and retire to purpose-built accommodation.
Spicers Hidden Vale - Set on a 12,000-acre working farm amongst rolling hills and lush bushland
Home Valley Station - Station life on an enormous one and three and a half million acres of untamed Kimberley wilderness Home Valley Station, just off the Gibb River Road, is an outback adventure playground. Explore a breathtaking combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterholes, ever-flowing rivers, untouched beaches, billabongs, waterfalls, and stunning ancient landforms and ranges.
Tour with knowledgeable guides and engage in gentle gorge walks, relaxing boating or fishing, adventurous horse treks, and–of course–cattle mustering. Arrive by air or road from May to October. For the most luxurious accommodation option, choose a spacious grass castle.
Just one hour southwest of Brisbane, Spicers Hidden Vale offers a quintessential outback Australian farm experience. The historic early 1900s property is centred on the charming original homestead, which has a storied history. Located in the homestead, Cotton’s Restaurant is a classic fine dining experience specialising in Australian country fare. It offers an intimate, relaxing atmosphere and an innovative, award-winning menu with a superior wine list. The Spicers sommelier works with the chef to ensure that the food and wine on offer enhance each other and create an unforgettable dining experience. Elsewhere on the property, choose a peaceful escape or an action-packed adventure. Take part in some of the many activities on offer, including 4WD tours, horse riding, bush-walking, cycling, archery, swimming, tennis and croquet. You can even hang out with a chicken, goose, donkey, goat or alpaca in the animal nursery. Seeking something more opulent? Enjoy a professional massage, facial or body treatment in the cottage day spa.
Prairie Hotel Parachilna - Parachilna has an official population of just two (seasonally adjusted), but its remoteness is one of the endearing aspects of this memorable hotel The Prairie Hotel Parachilna is truly an oasis on the edge of the outback and the famous Flinders Ranges, surrounded by some of the most ancient and fascinating rock formations on Earth. From the hotel, you can enjoy magnificent views of both the ranges and the vast red desert plains sweeping toward Lake Torrens. Inside the hotel, you will find great character, charm and creature comforts, topped off with superb cuisine and astounding artwork. All of this is still only 30 minutes' drive from the famous Parachilna and Brachina gorges of Flinders Ranges National Park. First licensed in 1876, the front of the hotel was completed in 1906. Jane and Ross Fargher took sole ownership of the property in 1994 and have merged the old with the new to create a stunning new dimension of outback hospitality. The Farghers are one of the original pastoral families in the area and also own the neighbouring Nilpena Station, a full-on cattle station. Fargher Air flies from the front door of the hotel, providing guests with bird's-eye views of scenic
ranges, magnificent sand dunes and the vast Lake Torrens, with options to fly to Lake Eyre and beyond. Or simply sit back and chill, watching the light play on the ranges and the plains, then perhaps enjoy a Fargher lager on the verandah while watching a Parachilna sunset. While traversing the countryside, retrace the footsteps of Australiaâ€™s pioneers, visit nearby copper mines and local stone ruins, and gain insights into the lives of the local Aboriginal people. Meet the local characters who make the outback their home. Try the legendary feral foods, native cuisine and retro country fare with a twist that have made the hotel distinctive.
1. Bullo River Station 2. Home Valley Station 3. Spicers Hidden Vale 4. Prairie Hotel Parachilna
Aboriginal Country Immerse yourself in the oldest continuous culture on the planet, dating back up to 150,000 years, by discovering the art, dance and music of Australia's Aboriginal people. Sample bush tuckerâ€“indigenous foods like kangaroo, bush tomatoes and pencil yams â€“ cooked over an outdoor fire, as elders mesmerise visitors with traditional creation stories. Tour remote rock art sites with an Aboriginal guide who can explain every brushstroke and symbol. Visit sacred places such as Uluru and learn their ancient histories. Discover the authentic soul of this timeless land.
Venture North Australia Safaris
Nabilil Dinner Cruise
- Venture off the tourist trail and into some of the more remote parts of the Northern Territory
- Experience the jewel in the crown of cruises in Nitmiluk Gorge
Travel through areas where past explorers once wandered and where Indigenous people have lived for thousands of years, and experience what it is like to be in a true wilderness region unspoilt by the crowds.
Just 186 miles south of Darwin lies Katherine and spectacular Nitmiluk National Park. Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings transport you into a spiritual world of culture and history, as the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people unfold.
The safaris have a primary focus on nature and Indigenous culture. Guests travel in luxury vehicles, escorted by expert guides, on journeys through the Top End that are educational, enlightening and good fun. Holding a number of special access permits, Venture North enjoys superb access to many restricted regions, including Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula, where it operates the distinctive safari-style Cobourg Coastal Camp.
Cruise slowly through the gorge as the cliff face changes colour with the setting sun, the day fades and the beauty of the Northern Territory's night skies takes over. Enjoy the serenity of the gorge by candlelight whilst enjoying delicious Australian cuisine.
Bama Way Discovery Tour - Tour World Heritage-listed rainforest, pristine beaches and sweeping outback landscapes, in the company of Aboriginal guides The Bama Way Discovery Tour combines three Aboriginal tours into a fascinating three-day journey presented by a leading Aboriginal tour specialist, Adventure North Australia. Small groups travel in 4WD vehicles through Tropical North Queensland from Cairns or Port Douglas to Cooktown.
Walking in the footsteps of three ancient Aboriginal clans, learn traditional hunting and survival techniques, taste bush tucker, see stunning contrasting landscapes, and gain insights into these varied cultures through storytelling and ancient rock art.
Mangrove Crab, Queensland
3 Day 4WD Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
Lace monitor on ghost ash tree
- An unforgettable outback 4WD eco experience Enjoy a small group tour, walking and soaking up the atmosphere of Central Australia, with all the comforts of home. Rather than just seeing these icons of the Red Centre, you have the opportunity to really experience them before retiring to your hotel, a nice shower and restaurant meals. Departing from Alice Springs, go on to experience a Kings Canyon sunset at Kings Canyon Resort. On day two, enjoy a Kings Canyon guided walk, a picnic lunch, a Kata Tjuta guided walk, and an Uluru sunset with canapĂŠs and champagne, with the option of a sounds of silence dinner, before ending the day at Desert Gardens Hotel. On day three, bask in an Uluru sunrise, buffet breakfast, and base walk or climb.
SEIT Uluru Highlights and Bush Tucker Tour - Superb small group journeys throughout Central Australia embrace the spirit of the traditional owners
Central Australian Photographic Tour - Photograph the Red Centre, where the local Anangu Aboriginal people's beliefs are intertwined with landscape This six-day photographic tour combines the beauty, natural wonders and timelessness of some of the best locations in Central Australia with a photographic focus. The enthusiastic photographer will receive tips and tuition from one of Australiaâ€™s most highly regarded photographers. There will be myriad opportunities to photograph awesome scenery and wildlife in spectacular locales, including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Enjoy daily photographic workshops, interactive Aboriginal cultural experiences and an optional pre-safari workshop for those joining the tour in Alice Springs.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the traditional ancestors and the history of the pioneers. Experience the emotion of the outback as you undertake your journey. Feed your intellect with information from highly knowledgeable and professional guides, who educate you at each step about the flora, fauna and history of the outback. Enjoy the taste of outback bush foods as your Aboriginal guides showcase their country. Catering to the interests of a maximum of 12 guests, passionate guides on these small group tours provide a once-in-alifetime experience highlighting the adventure, culture and iconic environment of the Red Centre.
Daintree Dreaming This tour combines real Aboriginal cultural experiences with the stunning pristine natural beauty of World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Your day includes a coastal and mangrove walk (when you will learn to hunt and gather in a traditional way), a guided walk of Mossman Gorge, lunch by the gorge and a traditional Aboriginal art class, where you will leave with your own handmade souvenir.
1. Venture North Australia Safaris 2. Bama Way Discovery Tour 3. Nabilil Dinner Cruise 4. 3 Day 4WD Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon 5. Central Australian Photographic Tour 6. SEIT Uluru Highlights and Bush Tucker Tour 7. Daintree Dreaming
Exclusive Touring Your holiday is never as long as you would like, so why waste a moment of it wrestling with maps, flipping through guidebooks and trying to guess which sights to see? Leave all that to knowledgeable local guides and you'll have more time to enjoy the rich diversity of Australia–whether you're interested in the cosmopolitan delights of Sydney, boutique wineries or wilderness enclaves. Join a small group tour – limited to just a few lucky guests – or arrange a private, tailor-made trip for your party alone. Either way, your expert guide will take you off the beaten path to visit local treasures and hidden spots few tourists ever see.
AEA Luxury Tours - Spend time in fabulous first-class luxury with AEA Luxury Tours For over 25 years, AEA Luxury Tours has been providing complete luxury small group touring packages across Sydney and New South Wales, and have continually set the benchmark for first class itineraries, guides and vehicle comfort. Whether it is visiting the major icons of Sydney city, to an escape to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or sampling the finest wine and food in Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, a wide range of tours covering all the best New South Wales has to offer is available. Catering for FIT travellers, group series, private tours, shore excursions, and conference and incentive groups. All tours are run in luxury small group vehicles with the most experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Not only do guests benefit from a more personalised service, but travelling in a smaller vehicle also enables the group to visit remote destinations and spend extra time at these regions exploring the beautiful wilderness. Additionally, guests are able to ‘experience’ the regions rather than just ‘see’ them, with added inclusions that no other tour company provides!
For guests looking for an exclusive experience, the Diamond Series division specialises in premium luxury charters. It offers a range of itineraries, including private tours of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, the South Coast, and the beautiful outback and Snowy Mountain regions of New South Wales. These tours provide complete freedom and flexibility, and can be tailored to suit the specific interests of each guest.
Fraser Island Hummer Day Tour - Exclusivity and style for the discerning traveller The award-winning Fraser Experience Hummer day tour offers the thrill of a Hummer and the exclusivity of a small group, with a maximum of four guests per tour vehicle. Experienced and friendly guides provide personalised service. The tour visits many of Fraser Island’s highlights, including ancient rainforests, Lake McKenzie, freshwater creeks, famous 75-Mile Beach, the Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands. The tour departs daily (with the exception of 25th and 26th December) from Hervey Bay and includes complimentary transfers from accommodation, national park fees, and all meals and beverages. Special dietary requirements are also catered for.
Maheno wreck Fraser Island
Hidden Secrets Private Walks
Premier Travel Tasmania - Refined encounters with nature Experience World Heritage-listed wilderness, rugged mountains, temperate rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches, unique wildlife, rich history, and fine food and wine throughout Australia’s island state with Premier Travel Tasmania. This specialist, award-winning tour operator has a highly experienced team of tour coordinators and local expert guides. Join a Four-Day Icons, Seven-Day Walking in Style or Eight-Day Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter premium small-group tour, sharing your experience with like-minded travellers. Or choose a personalised private journey designed around your specific interests, providing you with flexibility and exclusivity.
With a private tour, your itinerary can be arranged on the day you visit. Enjoy the laneways of inner Melbourne, visit wonderful local restaurants, and hear of life today and before. A shorter personalised overview is ideal for those who are keen to explore more themselves. Insider knowledge can’t get simpler than this. Get a tour as well as a personal concierge!
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2. Fraser Island Hummer Day Tour
Exceptional Kangaroo Island Insider Access Enjoy diversity on Kangaroo Island: see wildlife, savour solitude and local produce, or learn about environmental research and agriculture. Behindthe-scenes encounters sought by experienced travellers, film crews, museum expeditions, bird-watchers, artists and photographers. Join wildlife researchers or artists, or plan a custom trip with a private guide.
3. Premier Travel Tasmania 4. Hidden Secrets Private Walks 5. Exceptional Kangaroo Island Insider Access
Great Barrier Reef One of the world’s seven natural wonders, spread over 115,830 square miles (an area larger than the U.K., Holland and Switzerland combined), the Great Barrier Reef is an ecosystem of unsurpassed diversity. Dive, snorkel or cruise the reef and revel in astonishingly clear waters alive with colourful coral and marine animals. Gasp in awe as playful clownfish, brilliantly hued butterfly fish and schools of tiny damselfish dart around your toes as you swim. Feel your cares melt away in the warmth of the tropical sun. At night, let the gentle waves lull you to sleep aboard a spacious boat or unwind in a secluded, five-star resort where you'll even hear the whispering surf in your dreams.
Angsana Great Barrier Reef Resort & Spa
Spirit of Freedom
- Retreat to paradise at a superbly located beachfront resort in the quaint village of Palm Cove
- Luxury live-aboard dive cruising to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and remote Coral Sea reefs
Nestled amongst majestic palm trees and only steps from the golden sands of Palm Cove Beach, this is a beautiful base for exploring the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland.
Take your lifetime dream of diving the Great Barrier Reef a step further, and join Spirit of Freedom to dive some of the world’s most famous, remote and spectacular sites. Multi-day expeditions promise amazing diversity, from the picturesque coral gardens of the Ribbon Reefs and the enormous potato cod at The Cod Hole, to the incredible shark dive and 1,000-metre walls of the Coral Sea reefs.
Return to luxury and comfort after a day of exploring. The property features spacious all-suite accommodations and comprehensive resort services. Relax in three swimming pools, including one heated during the winter. Enjoy the lauded beachfront restaurant, Far Horizons, and the award-winning Angsana Spa. Offering views of azure tropical water and a magnificent stretch of golden beach, this resort is pure indulgence.
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa
The Reef House - M Gallery Collection
- Explore Tropical North Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef from this impressive deluxe resort
- Sophisticated yet relaxed in the heart of Palm Cove village
Located on beachfront at the southern end of Palm Cove, Sea Temple offers an amazing selection of Asian-inspired, beautifully detailed studios and one-, twoand three-bedroom apartments with the option of a luxurious private plunge pool or rooftop terrace.
The Spirit of Freedom provides spacious cabins for 26 guests, gourmet meals, and the latest in navigation and scuba technology.
Resort guests enjoy access to a first-class day spa, so you can drift into bliss, and restore and revive yourself. Soak up the lifestyle by enjoying a cocktail overlooking the central lagoon pool before taking a sunset walk on the beachfront. Here is the serenity you've been looking for in a paradise you will love.
Distinctly different from other hotels, this luxurious boutique resort reflects a rich traditional history throughout. Nestled amongst tropical gardens and towering melaleuca trees, the colonial-style resort features three swimming pools, a waterfall, an honour lounge, and spacious rooms and suites, each with its own private verandah. Enjoy the exquisite oceanview restaurant with superb cuisine. Unwind in the award-winning day spa. Facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, in-house movies and DVD players. Sip complimentary sunset punch nightly in the Brigadiers Bar and dine overlooking the Coral Sea, under whose sparkling surface tomorrow's Great Barrier Reef adventure awaits.
QT Port Douglas - A vibrant resort boasting fun and quirky design, and delicious food and bar experiences Nestled amongst the lush tropical surroundings of beautiful Port Douglas and located only 55 minutes from Cairns Airport, QT Port Douglas is an excellent location from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Just minutes from the township of Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach, the resort features a range of chic hotel rooms, including spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments. QT Port Douglas is also home to an interactive marketplace-style restaurant, a hip cocktail bar, a lagoon-style pool, a day spa and, in the winter months, a moonlight cinema. 1-6
Orpheus Island Lodge - An exotic island hideaway of exceptional beauty for just 34 indulged guests
Coconut Grove Apartments Port Douglas - A heavenly retreat awaits at Coconut Grove Apartments Port Douglas In cosmopolitan Macrossan Street, just 140 metres from magnificent Four Mile Beach, you can enjoy divine views of rainforest mountains in absolute privacy from a choice of 33 glamourous holiday apartments. Each comes complete with its own outdoor entertaining area, extending seamlessly from the sophisticated living area. It's so self-contained, you will never want to leave. The ultimate indulgence awaits when you opt for a rooftop or level-one apartment incorporating its very own swimming pool, spa and outdoor entertaining facilities.
Orpheus is located amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Access is by helicopter, a 30-minute flight from Townsville or a one-hour flight from Cairns. The island stretches across six miles of immaculate turquoise coastline, and comprises a pristine national park and surrounding World Heritage-listed marine park. Orpheus boasts a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime adventure on water experiences. Its principal dive sites showcase 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef; the local waters are a fisherman's playground and home to the most sought-after reef fish species in the world; and take the helm of a motorised dingy and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe Orpheus. The property provides a superb backdrop for a more private interlude and all gourmet meals, a selection of regional wines and beers, a daily activity, and the island’s signature Dining with the Tides experience–which allows guests to enjoy an intimate dinner for two under a starlit canopy–are all included.
1. Angsana Great Barrier Reef Resort & Spa 2. Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa 3. Spirit of Freedom 4. The Reef House - M Gallery Collection 5. QT Port Douglas 6. Coconut Grove Apartments Port Douglas 7. Orpheus Island Lodge
Luxury Island Resorts Run away from the mundane world to an idyllic setting of turquoise waters and sugar-sand beaches, where thoughtful hoteliers have created luxurious escapes to cater to your every holiday whim. Enjoy a soothing massage on a floating bed in a tranquil cove. Paddle a sea kayak or cut a glittering arc across the water on a wakeboard. Polish your culinary skills with a cooking class, or simply enjoy luscious cuisine created by skilled chefs. At these amazing island resorts, few dreams are impossible. Savour a private catered picnic, take a sunset cruise or fly by helicopter to a stunning golf course. Sail, snorkel or scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef. The choices are almost endless.
qualia, Great Barrier Reef - A true sanctuary where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind, yet completely spoil the senses qualia is nestled neatly into the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Its distinctive Australian style, secluded location and intuitive service combine to make it a world-class luxury resort. Each of the 60 pavilions boasts postcard views of the Whitsundays, and either a private sun deck or plunge pool. The qualia Beach House, with its generous space, private lap pool and guesthouse, is the ultimate hideaway. Within qualia, two exclusive restaurants serve exquisitely fresh local produce. For a more casual dining experience, jump in your own two-seater golf buggy and explore the many restaurants on Hamilton Island. You can also find peace in your favourite pastime. Go for a bush walk, refresh yourself in one of the two serene pools, read a book in the library or sip a cocktail by the bar.
qualia guests' health and well-being is top of mind, with complimentary naturopathy information sessions and fitness classes provided on site. Spa qualia offers rejuvenating anti-stress, anti-aging, detoxifying and cleansing
treatments. It also features an outdoor Vichy shower, steam room, and yoga and meditation pavilion. Two more additions to the Hamilton Island experience are the Hamilton Island Golf Club and the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. From the golf course, you can enjoy jaw-dropping views of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef. The state-of-the-art Yacht Club is the focal point for fine dining on Hamilton Island, featuring modern Australian cuisine and the outdoor Bommie Deck, which overlooks the Hamilton Island Marina and Dent Passage. qualia is easily accessible, with direct flights to Hamilton Island from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.
One&Only Hayman Island - Australasia’s highly lauded luxury nature resort, is a private island of astonishing natural beauty and refinement: romantic, pristine and exotic Arrive by luxury launch transfer, seaplane or helicopter to a place of restoration, adventure and indulgence, with a front-row seat to the Great Barrier Reef. At One&Only Hayman Island, stylish elegance complements the harmonious, tranquil surrounds. Hide away in your own superb haven–guest room, suite, penthouse, villa or beach house–each offering stunning appointments and peaceful garden, lagoon, pool, beach or sea vistas, making the most of the magnificent landscape. One&Only Hayman Island's wonderful reef location provides the perfect setting to savour the magnificence of the World Heritage-listed paradise that surrounds the island. Enjoy catamaran sailing, paddle skiing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, water skiing, PADI diving, snorkelling, fishing, beach drops to secluded locations, reef cruises, yacht charters, and helicopter and seaplane adventures.
Within the resort, relax in the solitude of the One&Only Hayman Island health and spa facility, work out in the gym, play tennis or squash, practise your golf drive or putt, join a culinary class, or head off on a fascinating island walk, taking in rugged bushland and the beautiful botanic garden. One&Only Hayman Island's chefs present innovative and traditional menus in the resort’s superb restaurants, which showcase contemporary Australian and international cuisine, and in an array of other indoor and outdoor settings.
1. qualia, Great Barrier Reef 2. One&Only Hayman Island
Unique Island Hideaways Dotted along Australia’s seemingly endless coastline are islands that offer sweet indulgence and a respite from everyday cares. Feel your shoulders relax and your mind stop racing when you first discover a beach that is yours alone. On an island, life slows down, leaving you time to take a deep breath and enjoy the paradise that surrounds you. Marvel at the wildlife in these secluded places, from sea turtles and wallabies to koalas and whales. Spend your days frolicking in the world’s greatest marine park. On land, cycle quiet roads, go bird watching or play a leisurely game of tennis. Or simply sunbathe, sleep and read, lulled into tranquillity by the warmth of the sun and gentle sea winds.
Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef - A divine sweep of caster sugar sands that is home to turtles and birds Wilson Island is a tiny coral cay located just 40 minutes from Heron Island, both part of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by it. The pristine waters lapping at the sands host an unimaginable variety of marine life, including colourful coral and fish. Some of the best snorkelling you can experience is just off the beach. Offering designer-inspired accommodation, Wilson Island is an exclusive use property and can host up to 12 guests. The sensitively constructed private hideaways give you direct access to magnificent reef and beach environments, including rare turtle and bird breeding grounds.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef - Consistently ranked as one of the best luxury resorts in the world, Lizard Island draws a privileged few
Paradise Bay Island Resort - Where crystal blue water meets the rainforest Paradise Bay Island Resort offers a pleasing blend of eco-lodging and a luxury resort–all set against the brilliantly contrasting backdrops of crystal-clear water and pristine wilderness full of friendly local wildlife. With a maximum of just 18 guests–and no children, day visitors, mobile phones or Internet–this is an exceptional, romantic, exclusive island getaway.
Feast on gourmet meals with superb wines to match. Enjoy lazy days unwinding around the infinity-edge pool or exploring the Whitsundays on the resort's private catamaran. Relax and leave the service to the resort's friendly team while you enjoy the peace and quiet of this tranquil and stunningly beautiful location.
Fly from Cairns to Lizard Island. Your surrounds are 24 powdery white-sand beaches and a glimmering turquoise sea teeming with marine life. Step off the beach onto the Great Barrier Reef, one of the wonders of the world. Internationally renowned for its scuba diving, including the famous Cod Hole, and some of the best game fishing in the world, the tropical north reef awaits adventurers. Seeking a slower pace? Enjoy yourself equally with a gourmet picnic for two on one of the island’s many secluded beaches or an indulgent treatment in the award-winning Azure Spa. With world-class dining included, refined accommodation and impeccable service, Lizard Island is a luxurious getaway rivalled by few places on earth. As the resort has only 40 rooms and suites, privacy and intimacy are assured. Lizard Island is the island of choice for those in the know. A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.
Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island - A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, representing a new era of Australian luxury experiential travel Celebrated as a pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay. An inspired architectural design offers spectacular views of the ocean, reef and mountains. A feeling of relaxed sophistication prevails throughout, attracting the discerning experiential traveller or guests seeking a civilised sub-tropical island escape. A short flight from Australia’s east coast transports you to a treasure island. Take palm forest walks and explore the world’s southernmost coral reef. Capella’s nine island-style suites are designed to complement Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment. Dining showcases fresh regional produce. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house, yet offering unforgettable ‘first-name’ service, this is superb barefoot luxury.
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Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island - Nestled under kentias and banyan trees on Lord Howe Island, where mountain pastures meet Old Settlement Beach Lie on a secluded beach, savour fine food and wine, and sit back and rediscover the fine art of conversation as island life settles your soul. Family-owned and -managed Arajilla offers 12 beautifully appointed one- and two-bedroom suites. It promotes an all-inclusive experience, including transfers, nightly turndowns, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and three-course dining with daily changing menus.
1. Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef 2. Paradise Bay Island Resort 3. Lizard Island 4. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island 5. Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island
The relaxing guest lounge and the island's renowned Arajilla Restaurant are popular retreats, as is the award-winning Day Spa, specialising in Ayurveda therapies and treatments. The resort provides bicycles, snorkelling and light fishing gear, beach towels, and backpacks for guest use. Play golf, or go bushwalking, swimming, diving, fishing or cycling from your luxurious base.
Flames of the Forest
Tropical Rainforest As dawn breaks over one of the world's oldest rainforests, a symphony of birdsong swells. Parrots, lorikeets, fruit doves and catbirds may add their voices to the chorus. That's just the beginning of a day in a nature-lover's oasis, where crocodiles snooze in cool rivers and electric-blue Ulysses butterflies flit below a sun-dappled canopy of tulip oaks and umbrella trees. Explore the rainforest by day on foot, by train or by cable car. Inhale deeply of the scent of dew-wet ginger, jasmine and gardenias. Dine by night in a romantic open-air tent. Sleep amidst the splendour in an airy room, bungalow or treehouse in an eco-friendly resort, designed to help preserve this treasured wilderness.
Flames of the Forest has to be felt. Ignite your senses during this spellbinding dining experience beneath the canopy of the oldest rainforest in the world, only ten minutes from Port Douglas. Feel the wonder of this legendary place. Explore the mysteries of time, discover Aboriginal culture and savour stunning cuisine in a dramatic candlelit setting in the enchanted rainforest.
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours - Experience the worldâ€™s oldest rainforest without touching the ground Set on a pristine private reserve in Cape Tribulation, Jungle Surfing is an exciting way to see the Daintree. A thrilling series of flying fox ziplines and eco-friendly tree platforms, this fully guided and multi-award-winning tour takes you on an unforgettable journey of discovery through scenic, spectacular and seldom-accessed stretches of the rainforest canopy. Enjoy interpretive talks on each platform. With breathtaking views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef, Jungle Surfing is a sensational eco-adventure for all ages. No experience necessary.
Kuranda Scenic Railway - A journey of spectacular views of World Heritage-listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls The Kuranda Scenic Railway transports lucky guests through the jaw-dropping setting of Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way through 15 hand-carved tunnels, across the giant bridge over Stoney Creek Falls, past the spectacular Barron Falls and on to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class offers passengers a little taste of luxury, including club-style seating, refreshments, an exclusive gift pack and a menu which focuses on all local Tropical North Queensland produce. Your Gold Class Attendant will look after your every need, adding an extra touch of glamour to your journey.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway - A rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest
Glide just metres above the canopy in Skyrail's comfortable six-person gondola cabins, enjoying spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls, provide the opportunity to explore and learn about this ancient environment on ranger-guided boardwalk tours and at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Cassowary, Far North Queensland
Multiple winner of the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, Skyrail is one of the world's most beautiful rainforest experiences.
Bloomfield Lodge - A multi-award-winning remote rainforest retreat, Bloomfield Lodge is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa - An oasis of elegance and ease amidst one of the oldest living rainforests on earth
Awaken your sense of adventure on a spectacular flight from Cairns over the Coral Sea to the heart of the rainforest and the enchanting seclusion of Bloomfield Lodge. Stylishly appointed private timber retreats are tucked away almost unseen in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, providing stunning reef sea views. This luxury property delights guests with gourmet dining featuring fresh local ingredients, which perfectly complements tropical days of relaxation and adventure in the heart of the rainforest.
Overlooking the Mossman River, on the edge of Daintree National Park, Silky Oaks Lodge combines luxury with the world's oldest living rainforest. There are 36 contemporary, stand-alone billabong suites, river houses and deluxe treehouses, each designed to connect with Mother Nature, and to offer privacy and maximum comfort. The multi-award-winning Healing Waters Spa uses the mineral-rich waters of the Mossman River and offers an extensive range of spa treatments. Silky Oaks Lodge is an ideal location from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest, only 60 minutes' drive from Cairns and 20 minutes' drive from Port Douglas. 1-7
Thala Beach Lodge
Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat
- On a private beach in 145 acres of native forest, a deluxe family-owned eco and nature resort near Port Douglas
- Explore pristine rainforest streams and seemingly endless walking tracks
Sitting spectacularly atop a headland with breathtaking vistas, Thala Beach Lodge is an excellent base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a holiday with an island-like feel, without leaving the mainland. Paths meander through rainforest onto private sandy beaches. Deluxe timber bungalows built high on stilts nestle in the forest canopy and feature ocean or forest views.
Rose Gums has advanced eco-tourism accreditation and is perched on 230 acres of tropical rainforest bordering the World Heritage-listed Wooroonooran National Park. Nearby, you'll find volcanic crater lakes. Discover abundant wildlife, including the unique platypus and more than 160 bird species.
Dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops, and enjoy coastal and mountain vistas. The experience also includes guided on-site tours, such as stargazing, nature and bird-watching walks.
Relax in Rose Gum's pole-and-timber treehouses, which are totally private and feature large spa baths, cosy fireplaces and balconies with stunning rainforest views. Enjoy evening dining in the tree canopy restaurant LEAF. This cool tropical mountain retreat offers peace, relaxation and a genuine family welcome from your friendly hosts, Jon and Peta.
1. Flames of the Forest 2. Kuranda Scenic Railway 3. Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours 4. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 5. Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa 6. Thala Beach Lodge 7. Bloomfield Lodge 8. Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat
Luxury Cruising Aboard an intimate cruise ship catering to–at most–just a few dozen privileged guests, you will discover secret corners of Australia that few travellers ever see. Cruise along spectacular gorges and through the spray of secluded waterfalls. Hunt for oysters, go mud-crabbing or cast your line for barramundi. Dive or snorkel in crystalline waters undiscovered by another boat, where the slap of waves against your hull is the only sound breaking the silence. Go bushwalking on shore or take a sightseeing trip by helicopter. At sunset, sip a cool drink on deck and share tales of the day with your fellow adventurers before enjoying a superb meal–perhaps featuring seafood you caught that day.
North Star Cruises Australia - Luxury adventure cruises around the Australian coastline aboard the yacht True North Explore the magnificent Kimberley coast on the flagship Kimberley Wilderness Cruise and savour a panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls. Or discover the west coast on the West Coast Explorer, visiting the Abrolhos Islands and pristine Ningaloo Reef. Other cruise options include Coral Atoll cruises to the awe-inspiring Rowley Shoals; Sydney Rocks, an opportunity to discover wilderness on the doorstep of Australia’s largest city; and the Southern Safari, a seafood safari across the Great Australian Bight. The True North is purpose built to access wilderness areas that are beyond the reach of larger ships. Cruise in luxury accommodation akin to that found in the world’s most exclusive hotels. Spacious cabins offer modern décor, en-suites, satellite telephones and in-cabin entertainment. Guest numbers are limited to 36, and an Australian crew of 20 is on hand to enhance your holiday experience.
Dining on board is a casual yet sumptuous affair. Signature meals include freshly caught barramundi–a revered sport fish–which you might have caught with your very own hands. Or perhaps you would prefer the aged Angus beef or exquisite
Australian lamb? 'Heli-picnics’ are an unforgettable way to enjoy a quintessential Australian barbeque featuring a wide variety of seafood, including freshly caught reef fish and pearl meat. Extended periods at sea are intentionally avoided, and carefully crafted itineraries provide the ultimate opportunity for guests to experience the destination. Daily activities can include walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, natural history and cultural events. The True North carries six dedicated expedition boats, and most itineraries feature a ship’s helicopter. Experience the Australian wilderness in comfort and style.
Great Escape Cruising - Small group luxury adventure cruises along the Kimberley coast and Rowley Shoals Journey through one of the world’s last great wildernesses and enjoy a truly relaxed voyage in style and luxury. The welcoming and passionate crew is committed to creating the most memorable adventure holiday of your life in personalised comfort and safety. With more than 26 years of experience exploring the Kimberley Coast, Captain Chris Tucker and his brother Jeremy will guide you to spectacular waterfalls, towering gorges and secret fishing spots. Enjoy mud-crabbing, bushwalking, touring ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries and harvesting oysters. Thrill to countless intimate encounters with Australia’s remarkable landscapes and wildlife. The Rowley Shoals is a pristine and protected collection of coral atolls west of Broome rising 440 metres from the ocean floor. Home to a mesmerizing 688 species of tropical fish and 233 varieties of coral decorating a diverse array of diving environments–including lagoons, canyons, coral gardens, thrilling highspeed drift channels and sheer outer reef walls–the Rowley Shoals is one of the most exclusive and revered diving experiences in the world.
MV Great Escape is a 26-metre adventure catamaran designed for a small group of 14 guests. Featuring seven staterooms with queen-sized beds, private ensuites, personal fridges, and flat-screen televisions with DVD players and realtime TV, the vessel also has a spacious lounge area, indoor and outdoor dining, a cascading front deck with an eight-person spa, and a sprawling back deck and upper deck. Three tenders transport you to daily land excursions, and an on-board helicopter provides optional heli-fishing, heli-picnics, and access to rare and remote Indigenous art sites. Gourmet cuisine freshly prepared on board by an awardwinning chef showcases the flavours of the Kimberley.
1. North Star Cruises Australia 2. Great Escape Cruising
Adventures on Water Australians love to be on the water. So if there's a way to have fun on an ocean, lake or river, rest assured that they have discovered it. Learning to surf frothing waves on iconic Bondi Beach. Cruising in an opulent houseboat, where you can watch the sunset while enjoying freshgrilled fish on your spacious deck. Fishing from a water-access-only luxury retreat. Spotting seals, eagles and dolphins from a sightseeing vessel. Exploring the secluded Tasmanian coastline by kayak. Sailing to fascinating Kangaroo Island, renowned for its bountiful wildlife. However you discover Australia's sun-drenched beaches, scenic rivers and beautiful islands, one thing is certain: you will never forget them.
Vivonne Bay auf Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island Sailing - A luxury sailing adventure you will always remember
Silversonic Dive and Snorkel Adventure - An exhilarating day of fun and adventure aboard the ultra-modern dive and snorkel catamaran Silversonic Enjoy your precious time on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef in superb style and comfort. Designed for small groups, adventure snorkellers and divers (including first-time divers), the ultra-modern, 29-metre catamaran Silversonic departs daily from Port Douglas, with pickups in Cairns and Palm Cove. A balance of adventure, comfort and style, the vessel features expansive sun decks, change rooms, air-conditioned lounges, a licensed bar and hot freshwater showers. As you cruise speedily to the reef, Silversonic’s state-of-the-art ride control helps to ensure that your trip is smooth, even at speeds of up to 32 knots. Enjoy over five hours to explore three spectacular outer reef sites at the renowned Agincourt Reef. Each site has been chosen for its visual and ecological diversity. Learn from expert crew members and guides during a snorkel brief at each site and an included guided snorkel tour.
Sail to Australia’s wildlife wonderland, Kangaroo Island, or cruise the coast of the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula aboard the magnificent Lady Eugenie, a 22-metre classic ketch. Lady Eugenie has four double cabins, all with private en-suite facilities, and plenty of room to enjoy an active or very leisurely sailing experience, depending on your preference. Kangaroo Island Sailing combines the excitement of ocean sailing with gracious hospitality. Sailing options include two-hour twilight sails and full-day seven-hour sails. The signature sail is the three-day/two-night Escape to Kangaroo Island. This is an all-inclusive trip with chef, host and captain on board.
The Freycinet Paddle This award-winning, relaxed, guided sea kayaking tour is a fantastic way to experience Freycinet National Park. The contrasts are stunning–soaring pink granite mountains, pristine sandy beaches and blue waters so clear you feel you can touch the marine life below. Experience this breathtaking peninsula in stable double kayaks while your guides let you in on some little-known stories of this fascinating environment.
Let's Go Surfing Bondi - Do what the locals do and experience adventure on water at Sydney’s world-famous Bondi Beach Catch the wave of your dreams with a dedicated team of local surf instructors by your side. Many visitors are surprised at how easy, safe and enjoyable learning to surf can be with Let's Go Surfing. With group, private and family lessons, there are plenty of options for you. Lessons are tailored specifically to meet your needs and include all the equipment you need to get up and riding. To really experience Bondi like a local, take the full tour from your hotel to the beach. See why Bondi creates such a buzz with visitors from around the world. 1
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- Spoil yourself aboard this luxurious vessel, a bold statement in style and comfort Parachilna Sunset provides a luxury houseboat experience specifically designed to appeal to executives, couples and honeymooners. Moored with the experienced Unforgettable Houseboats in Mannum, South Australia, Parachilna Sunset resembles a floating inner-city apartment. Its innovative open design and contemporary interior ooze Prairie style. Full-length panoramic windows give you uninterrupted water views and a sense of total connection with the Murray River. Bi-fold café doors open to a spacious rear sundeck with a sunken spa, while a retractable canopy opens so you can easily view the amazing night skies. Two queen-sized bedrooms feature timber-framed sliding doors that open to generous en-suite bathrooms. Relax, fish, laze in the sun or enjoy water sports from the swim deck with inset V for towing a boat or personal watercraft. A ski boat and driver are available for hire as optional extras.
Calabash Bay Lodge - A luxurious, boat-access-only waterfront escape just one hour north of Sydney Accommodating up to eight guests exclusively, Calabash Bay Lodge is surrounded by 360 degrees of riverfront national park, pristine eucalypt bush and majestic sandstone cliffs. It features contemporary designer furnishings in rooms spread across three sunny north-facing levels, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering water views. Relax and indulge with a private chef gourmet degustation dinner on the outdoor deck under the Milky Way, opt for in-house meals, or venture out to a secret water-access-only restaurant. Use of a boat, kayaks, fishing rods, high-speed Wi-Fi, HDTV, iPad, Apple computer and in-house movies is complimentary.
1. Silversonic Dive and Snorkel Adventure 2. Kangaroo Island Sailing 3. The Freycinet Paddle 4. Parachilna Sunset, Murray River Houseboat 5. Let’s Go Surfing Bondi 6. Calabash Bay Lodge
Gold Coast Lifeguard Station, Queensland
Beaches and Bays With over 15,500 miles of coastline, Australia offers a beach for every taste. Sunbathe on the sandy edges of Fraser Island, a treasured World Heritage-listed site off Queensland's north coast. Kick back with an oceanfront barbeque on the stylish Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. See and be seen in the seaside cafés and clubs of the glittering Gold Coast. Visit the iconic lighthouse near Byron Bay, or walk Sydney's coastal paths. On the west coast, sip fine local vintages while overlooking the Indian Ocean in Margaret River. No matter where you go, an array of luxurious oceanfront hotels awaits to cater to your every beach need. Surf. Swim. Sail. Or simply snooze.
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Soul Surfers Paradise
- A jewel unveiled, shining at the heart of a captivating destination
- Commanding spectacular views from every angle, the new Soul Surfers Paradise brings another level of luxury to Surfers Paradise
Voted Australia's most luxurious hotel in Luxury Travel Magazine, Palazzo Versace reflects Italian style and splendour, setting the standard in fine accommodation and dining. Through the lobby's floor-to-ceiling glass, you will gaze at the sparkling blue of the Broadwater. Two stylish yet relaxed restaurants, Il Barocco and Vie, feature contemporary and classical dishes. At the premier restaurant, Vanitas, a cellar of rare quality complements innovative cuisine. Palazzo Versace incorporates 200 classically elegant rooms, 72 condominiums, three restaurants, two bars, Aurora Day Spa and a Versace boutique providing the ultimate Versace experience.
With its white sand, turquoise ocean, tropical climate and cloudless skies, Surfers Paradise is one of the world’s most idyllic coastal locations. Located in the centre of the multimillion-dollar foreshore redevelopment, Soul Surfers Paradise is a haven of elegant sophistication. The décor features sleek modern furniture in restful neutral shades, punctuated by hits of bright colour and pattern. The spectacular 77-level tower houses elegantly appointed one-, two- and threebedroom apartments, all boasting uninterrupted ocean views. Soul Surfers Paradise is also home to the award-winning Seaduction restaurant and bar.
Sydney Coast Walks - Private, customisable coastal walks in Sydney's national parks Some of the city's best natural beauty is accessible only on foot. Explore the harbour, secluded beaches and ancient Aboriginal rock engravings with your Sydney Coast Walks guide. Admire dramatic coastal views from atop sandstone cliffs, discover the area's history, and learn about the unique flora and fauna that thrive where the bush meets the sea. Delight in whale watching between June and October. See both Sydney Harbour and Royal National Park’s awe-inspiring coastlines on a half-, full- or multi-day guided hike. These year-round walking tours are fully catered, with a support team preparing a comfortable campsite or unique hotel accommodation for your arrival.
Oceans Mooloolaba - The Sunshine Coast and Mooloolaba have evolved from a sleepy surfing locality to an internationally acclaimed destination Oceans Mooloolaba offers an exclusive collection of two- to four-bedroom suites and penthouses, all with amazing 180-degree views of the ocean and coastline from horizon-wide windows. The property is centrally located on Mooloolaba Esplanade, surrounded by cafés, restaurants and boutique shopping.
Spoil yourself, relax and indulge in luxurious contemporary apartments with natural finishes in a neutral palette, state-of-the-art technology and spacious private balconies. Redefining the standards of style and luxury, all suites have freestanding en-suite spa baths, replenished daily with sumptuous products.
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa Be inspired by nature at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. Set just back from Tallow Beach at Byron Bay, within a stunning 45-acre subtropical rainforest, this multi-award-winning resort offers a gentle pace of life with a relaxed yet invigorating atmosphere. Enjoy the warm welcome and exceptional service, optional yoga classes, fine dining and poolside drinks. At the end of the day, retreat to an idyllic hideaway.
Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas With an open-air design, and luxury facilities, only moments from Four Mile Beach, this resort offers beautifully appointed premium accommodations designed for the discerning traveller. Choose from spa suites and one- to three-bedroom suites, many featuring a plunge pool or barbeque terrace. Swim-up pool decks outside some suites provide access to the resort’s stunning lagoon.
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island - Life's a beach on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island
Pullman Resort Bunker Bay - Bunker Bay is sheltered and pristine, with secluded soft white sands and gently lapping waves Here, one of the few north-facing beaches in Western Australia is crowned by the Pullman Resort Bunker Bay. Close to Margaret River, the deluxe beachfront resort offers luxurious villa accommodations set amongst 35 acres of immaculately landscaped native gardens. Villas have opulent bathrooms, a private courtyard or deck, and a choice of lake or garden views. The resort also features a restaurant and bar overlooking the ocean, an award-winning day spa, an infinity pool, a tennis court and a gym.
One of Australia's leading eco-tourism resorts is the perfect base for exploring the amazing natural environment of Fraser Island. Kingfisher Bay Resort offers hotel and villa accommodations, a choice of three restaurants, a café, five bars, whale watch cruises from August to October, nature walks and talks, the Natural Therapy Spa, tennis, swimming, fishing, bushwalking and 4WD hire. Join a ranger-guided 4WD tour to explore the island, where brilliantly coloured birds and fascinating animals abound in lush rainforests. Incredible freshwater lakes are ringed by white sands, while ocean beaches stretch beyond the horizon. It's an incredible holiday destination, with something to suit everyone, all just a few hours’ drive and a short ferry trip north of Brisbane. Ask about the Fraser Island Adventure package, which includes two nights' accommodation, return ferry transfers, breakfast and a 4WD tour.
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1. Palazzo Versace Gold Coast 2. Sydney Coast Walks 3. Soul Surfers Paradise 4. Oceans Mooloolaba 5. The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa 6. Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas 7. Pullman Resort Bunker Bay 8. Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour From the soaring arch of the Harbour Bridge to the shell-like silhouette of the Opera House, Sydney's waterfront is one of the most photographed vistas on Earth. Stay in an opulent hotel overlooking the water and find yourself in the centre of a dynamic metropolis. Tour the fascinating Opera House and the Sydney Aquarium, two of Australia's top attractions. Step aboard a motor yacht and cruise sparkling waters dotted with snapping white sails. Sample cuisine from more than 140 cultures, or shop till you drop in myriad fashionable boutiques. Sip a cocktail in a penthouse bar overlooking the harbour at midnight. Revel in the cosmopolitan delights of one of the world's great cities.
BLUE Sydney, A Taj Hotel - Chic and sexy, BLUE Sydney is located in the heart of Sydney's most famous and luxurious marina complex at Woolloomooloo
Feel like a star and experience the ultimate evening at the Sydney Opera House. Friendly staffers will welcome you and take you on a special Sydney Opera House tour at dusk. This epic night also includes dinner at one of the many restaurants, including fine dining at ARIA restaurant with stunning views of the Sydney Opera House. For the finale, enjoy a Sydney Opera House performance of your choice.
BLUE has a well-established reputation for blending the intimacy of a boutique hotel with the facilities of a full-service luxury property. The hotel offers 100 guest rooms with stylish interiors, charming characteristics of the original Heritage-listed wharf, modern décor, and views of either the city or Sydney Harbour foreshore.
Cruise Like a Local - A first-class experience of Sydney Harbour – cruise like a local living the high life Experience Sydney Harbour and its surrounds with a small-group cruising specialist aboard Calypso, a 15 metre motor yacht. Cruise the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, past the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, before dropping anchor in a secluded cove.
The Star, Sydney
Making the most of stunning views of the harbour and city, The Star boasts two hotels featuring penthouses, serviced apartments, and more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafés, as well as a luxury 16-room day spa, and upscale retail and casino areas.
Sydney Opera House Red Carpet
Built in the early 20th century, the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo now features exceptional waterside restaurants and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.
- Welcome to one of Sydney’s premier entertainment destinations
In an enviable position on East Circular Quay, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour offers luxurious self-contained apartments, each comprising a spacious open-plan living and dining area, a choice of one or two bedrooms, a fully appointed bathroom with spa, and a gourmet kitchen with private balcony. With stunning suites, Pullman Quay Grand takes maximum advantage of the spectacular views.
Part of a recent $870-million redevelopment, The Star's event centre hosts international performers, intimate concerts and exhibitions. A key feature of the redevelopment is The Darling, Sydney’s newest deluxe hotel, which offers stylish rooms and luxury suites with views of the city skyline and harbour.
Relax with a drink or two and friendly conversation as you cruise, then enjoy a gourmet barbeque lunch after an optional dip. Swim, take the tender for a row or simply relax on an expansive sunbed, soaking up the Sydney sunshine with a minimum of two and a maximum of 12 passengers.
Park Hyatt Sydney - Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary harbourside luxury between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge With a coveted location on the harbour, between the world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Park Hyatt Sydney is an intimate, residentialstyle hotel with architecture, design and art that reflect the Australian landscape. A dedicated team of butlers provides a memorable guest experience, with around-the-clock, discreet, personalised service for all hotel guests. The hotel’s premier restaurant, The Dining Room, takes in spectacular views of the harbour through floor-to-ceiling windows.
- Positioned on one of the world’s most stunning harbours, InterContinental Sydney is just moments from Sydney's famous attractions InterContinental Sydney is a superb base for exploring the city, with the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay and exclusive shops close by. Built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel’s 509 contemporary guest rooms–each with a picture-frame view–include 28 suites that have been home to world leaders and celebrities from across the globe. Beyond your room, discover the hotel's outstanding facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool and gym. A bold redesign, market-fresh inspired menus and a theatrical buffet concept mark the reinvention of InterContinental Sydney’s Café Opera. For the ultimate experience, upgrade to a Club InterContinental room, where you will have access to Sydney’s only rooftop Club InterContinental, with panoramic views across Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Attractions VIP Tours - Private tours of Sydney’s Darling Harbour attractions, led by experienced guides, offer behind-the-scenes encounters SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium houses the world’s largest collection of allAustralian aquatic life. Take a journey through amazing themed areas including Tropical Bay of Rays, Shark Valley and the largest Great Barrier Reef display. You will encounter the only pair of dugongs on display anywhere in the world, amazing grey nurse sharks, platypuses, tropical fish and more. Experience an Australian animal adventure in the heart of the city at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique animals. Come face-to-face with Rex, one of the world’s largest crocodiles, walk amongst kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.
1. BLUE Sydney, A Taj Hotel 2. The Star, Sydney 3. Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour 4. Sydney Opera House Red Carpet 5. Cruise Like a Local 6. InterContinental Sydney 7. Park Hyatt Sydney 8. Sydney Attractions VIP Tours
Heritage, Arts and Architecture Australia may be a young country, but it has a complex history peopled with daring artists and visionaries. Delve into these traditions at museums and galleries. Stroll through The Rocks, the atmospheric neighbourhood on the edge of Sydney Harbour where the city was born. And if you're not content to merely observe Australia's architectural and artistic heritage, you can enjoy it from the inside. Savour classic high tea on fine china in a rambling country house or elegant urban setting, or enjoy a magnificent art collection in a landmark hotel.
The Langham, Sydney - A multi-award-winning boutique hotel, superbly positioned near Sydney’s historic Rocks One of the most luxurious properties in Sydney, The Langham, Sydney (formerly The Observatory Hotel) is the ideal base for exploring this vibrant city. When you’ve finished touring, return ‘home’ to swim a few laps in the star-lit indoor pool or savour a decadent afternoon tea. This prestigious hotel offers impeccable personalised service, lavishly appointed rooms and suites, exceptional fine dining, and a day spa that has garnered numerous awards.
The Hotel Windsor - A treasured Australian landmark providing a unique experience for visitors to Melbourne
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto - Conveniently located in close proximity to some of Melbourne's most iconic restaurants and leisure destinations The beautifully appointed, award-winning InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto sits on Collins Street in the heart of the city's financial district. Featuring the popular Market Lane Bar, Bluestone Wine Lounge and a modern Australian dining experience at Alluvial Restaurant, the hotel has an understated elegance enhanced by its 19th century façade.
Comprising the Winfield and Rialto buildings, which straddle their very own Melbourne laneway beneath a soaring glass atrium, the property offers rooms and suites that blend the latest technologies with luxurious fittings and furnishings.
The Hotel Windsor is one of the world’s oldest grand hotels and celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2013. The hotel pre-dates The Savoy in London, The Ritz in Paris, Raffles in Singapore, and The Plaza and Waldorf Astoria in New York. The Hotel Windsor has been the haunt of a distinguished list of celebrities since opening its doors. Notable guests have included Katharine Hepburn, Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Meryl Streep, Barry Humphries, Sir Robert Menzies, Paul Keating and Sir Richard Branson. Commanding one of the city's finest locations for shopping, business, dining and entertainment, the hotel enjoys a prestigious position opposite Parliament House. The Princess Theatre and Treasury Gardens are across the road, with public transport facilities on the hotel's doorstep. The Hotel Windsor's afternoon tea is a quintessential Melbourne experience that has been served daily since 1883.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel A row of historic warehouses and a former jam factory have been transformed into one of Australia’s first dedicated art hotels, on the edge of Hobart’s harbour. Most suites feature close waterfront views. Furnished with more than 300 artworks, the award-winning hotel is a fusion of culture, heritage and tradition. The 56 rooms and suites feature glass and stainless steel bathrooms, and magnificent sandstone walls.
North Adelaide Heritage Accommodation Choose from 20 self-contained heritage properties situated in prestigious North Adelaide. All are spacious–with romantic bedrooms, beautiful drawing rooms and fullyequipped kitchens–and furnished with bespoke Australian antiques. Properties include the Bishop’s Garden and Residency Penthouse, the Fire Station Inn, Buxton Manor and the Friendly Meeting Chapel.
Islington, Hobart - A luxe Hobart hotel commanding breathtaking views of Mt Wellington At this remarkable hotel, originally built in 1847 in Regency style, the Library, Conservatory, Morning and Rose rooms offer perfect places to relax and meet other guests. The 11 sumptuously furnished guest rooms are eclectically decorated, mixing characteristics of a bygone era with contemporary elements. Custom-made Angel Islington beds, original artworks and antiques all add to Islington's character and individuality. In the Islington kitchen, the focus is always seasonal, local and organic where possible. The bespoke menu changes daily, with an emphasis on the best Tasmania has to offer.
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Lindenderry at Red Hill
Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel
- Set in a magnificent estate amid gardens, lawns and vineyards
- Unwind in a Heritage-listed Victorian mansion beside the Yarra River, among lush gardens dating back to 1854
Lindenderry at Red Hill is a secluded retreat in the heart of Victoria's beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Each room reveals its own view of private courtyards or of the spectacular gardens and vineyards surrounding the estate.
Combining history, sophistication and luxury in one of Australia’s finest winegrowing regions, Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel in Victoria’s Yarra Valley represents true indulgence.
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Throughout the exquisitely designed property, you will discover a grand and eclectic collection of artworks, antiques, artefacts and sculpture. The Linden Tree restaurant–with its flower-filled dining courtyard overlooking the gardens and a welcoming cellar door serving antipasto and cheese platters–provides you with multiple picturesque dining options.
Just one hour’s drive from Melbourne, and situated on 250 acres, this magnificent property offers 32 luxury suites. It has hushed, stately rooms in which to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or relax with a good book, as well as two award-winning restaurants–Eleonore’s fine dining restaurant for dinner, and Sweetwater Café for breakfast and lunch.
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Hotel Lindrum Hotel Lindrum is a boutique-style property that combines modern design with the ultimate in contemporary facilities and personalised service. It's ideally located in cosmopolitan Melbourne, close to countless fashion, dining, cultural and sporting venues. The stylish guest rooms are spacious and feature satellite TV channels and complimentary Wi-Fi. Hotel Lindrum also boasts an on-site restaurant, bar and billiards room.
City Chic Living Glossy rooftop bars overlooking glittering skylines. Hidden cafés serving fabulous espresso. Tiny boutiques proffering cutting-edge fashions, quirky jewellery and oneof-a-kind shoes. Sophisticated hotels with a confident sense of style. If these are the touchstones you seek when you travel, you will be in your element in Australia. Tour the secret arcades of Melbourne with a local guide, then repair to a chic hotel on the Southbank promenade or in trendy South Yarra. Stay in an intimate retreat replete with sleek modern touches in Brisbane or Perth. Delight in fine linens and luxurious bathrooms. Just steps from your front door, discover urban living– restaurants, clubs and theatre.
The Richardson Hotel & Spa The Richardson is one of Perth's leading boutique hotels. Spacious and elegant, the rooms and suites provide luxury accommodation. The property is superbly located within walking distance of Perth's city centre, King's Park and Botanical Garden, and cosmopolitan Subiaco. Highlights of a stay at The Richardson include pampering ESPA treatments designed for The Spa and innovative dining in the celebrated Opus Restaurant.
- Never judge a book by its cover Positioned in the cosmopolitan Brisbane suburb of New Farm, just minutes from the city centre, this hotel puts you in the centre of a vibrant shopping and dining scene. From the outside, it resembles many of the classic Queenslander homes found in the neighbourhood. Yet inside, the property offers you an intimate inner-city sanctuary with a level of sophistication more commonly reserved for Europe’s most fashionable boutique hotels. Nine guest rooms, each with its own unique look, come together in an eclectic contemporary design: chic yet comforting, modern yet warm, and stylish yet quirky.
Quay West Suites Melbourne This deluxe apartment-style hotel is located on the picturesque Southbank promenade overlooking the Yarra River, minutes from Melbourne’s city centre. Each stylish suite features a spacious sitting room, fully appointed bathroom, professionally stocked kitchen and laundry. The 15-metre lap pool, spa, sauna and gym ensure you stay relaxed and energised, while the Jarrah Restaurant and Bar offers contemporary cuisine.
Café Culture Walk
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Melbourne’s laneways are breeding grounds for cafés and tiny coffee shops, if you know where to look. This small group guided tour is perfect for any caffeine fiend–wander through the locals’ streets, savour sensational coffees, indulge in the foodie scene and meet the people who are setting Melbourne city abuzz. What better way to get to know Melbourne like a local?
Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour - Join passionate local guides on a three-hour walking tour of mesmerising Melbourne Meander through beautiful lanes and arcades to discover local designers, quirky galleries and specialty retailers. Learn a little about the city’s history while seeing well-kept secrets that even many locals don’t know about. On these small group tours, no stone is left unturned when it comes to showcasing Melbourne’s food, art and fashion. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. See more than 30 stores, then return to those you like best in the afternoon. Make a day of it in marvellous Melbourne.
Lyall Hotel and Spa - Grand hotel services and facilities on a more intimate and personal scale Situated in the heart of the fashionable Melbourne district of South Yarra, the Lyall Hotel and Spa is just a short stroll from dozens of Australia’s top designer fashion stores and world-class restaurants. Small, and privately owned and operated by Melbourne couple Peter and Rowina Thomas, the Lyall offers a club-like ambience. It attracts guests who appreciate personal recognition and discreet attention to their individual needs. The Lyall’s suite accommodations are of a deluxe standard. Choose from oneand two-bedroom configurations, including grand suites and stunning rooftop suites with fabulous views. Beautifully textured finishes and opulent fabrics create a contemporary Asian mood. All suites enjoy the added luxury of fresh air: enjoy a furnished balcony and windows that open. The Lyall Hotel and Spa pays close attention to the smaller details, including mist-free mirrors, bathroom under-floor heating, king-sized beds and a mini-bar with a difference. As most suites include kitchen facilities, you can easily keep to your own regime, should you so desire.
A distinctive feature of the Lyall Hotel and Spa is its series of mini art galleries on each floor, where guests can lounge in front of the fire and appreciate the original art. Bistro Lyall provides an elegant yet relaxed setting in which to dine. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner inside, or al fresco on the terrace. The menu offers contemporary, seasonal cuisine that captures Melbourne’s multicultural influences. The Lyall Spa is the embodiment of a relaxed and revitalising environment for men and women. The program of services features a variety of therapies for the face, body and mind, incorporating natural products and personalised, one-onone service to provide an unforgettable wellness experience.
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Cosmopolitan Collection Sophisticated Melbourne offers endless amusements during the day, from superb spas and hidden cafĂŠs to world-class shopping. But at night, the town takes on a whole new gloss, with of-the-moment bars, pumping nightclubs and a high-rolling casino. The Crown Entertainment Complex is at the heart of the action and features not one, but three, sensational urban hotels. Start your evening with an unforgettable meal at a fine dining restaurant, dance the night away in an exclusive club, then try your luck at the glittering casino...which never closes. It's just a few steps back to your elegant room, where you can catch a bit of sleepâ€“before doing it all again the next night.
Crown - Offering an unforgettable Melbourne experience Crown features three jewels of hotel luxury, all strategically located on the banks of the Yarra River–within easy reach of the city centre, as well as the arts and leisure precincts. The Crown Entertainment Complex features more than 40 restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs. The Palms at Crown, Village Gold Class Cinemas–and, of course, the 24-hour, world-class Crown Casino–all provide guests with a wealth of entertainment options during their stay. Designed with sophisticated opulence, Crown Towers offers spacious guest rooms, elegant suites and exclusive villas. Guests may also relax at the Crown Spa or experience the privileges of Crystal Club. Enjoy the restful suites in the Crown Spa, with their exquisite finishings and textures, where you will be pampered with innovative La Prairie products and exceptional services. Bask in the benefits of the lavish Aqua Retreat, which features a vitality pool, hammam, private lounge and 25-metre lap pool. Crown Metropol Melbourne, the newest of Crown’s hotels, features 658 designerinspired guest rooms, including 34 studio-style rooms, 12 residential spa rooms
and 32 loft-style suites. Guests staying at Crown Metropol Melbourne can enjoy a range of memorable experiences. Indulge yourself at the signature restaurant, Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar. Be spoilt at ISIKA, an urban day spa and retreat, or relax at 28, the exclusive club sky bar and lounge with spectacular city views. Crown Promenade Melbourne features the perfect mix of relaxed and modern style, and offers a host of exceptional leisure facilities. Contemporary rooms with city and bay views are complemented by Mesh restaurant, Tonic bar and The Deck–an extensive leisure centre with a 25-metre infinity indoor pool and two sun decks.
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Style, Design and Interiors Every so often, you come across a hotel that is more than just a place to rest your head. Whether they offer one-of-a-kind artworks, a retro lounge or penthouse apartments with private spas, these hotels are light years away from ordinary. In fact, they are destinations in themselves. Delight in the imagination and verve these hoteliers have employed to create spaces that are unorthodox and truly memorable. You may even come home with some ideas you can incorporate into your own home! Let your hotel be an unforgettable introduction to Australia's cuttingedge style. The country is bursting at the seams with creativity. You just have to know where to look…and stay.
Art Series Hotel Group - Experience a stay that’s a little extraordinary at one of the three Art Series Hotels–The Cullen, The Olsen and The Blackman are still turning heads Four years in the making and three art-inspired boutique hotels later, the Art Series Hotels have become an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning luxury hotel group. Each hotel is inspired by and dedicated to a contemporary Australian artist — Adam Cullen, John Olsen or Charles Blackman — and embodies the artist’s style and characteristics. With The Larwill, the fourth hotel in Melbourne, and The Watson in Adelaide, the trend is on the move. The Cullen sits boldly on bohemian and eclectic Commercial Road Prahran, featuring lashings of edgy colour. Street Art Suites have markings left behind by renowned street artists (and previous guests) Blek Le Rat, Swoon, Stormie Mills and D*Face. In true Adam Cullen style, stay and play at The Cullen, then enjoy a sleep in and a Bloody Mary the next morning. The Olsen is set on Melbourne’s premier shopping strip, Chapel Street, the quintessence of the city’s good life. Enjoy a day spa, an elegant glass-bottomed
pool, bars and fine dining, including Spoonbill, The Olsen’s in-house restaurant and bar, which features seasonal menus focused on fresh, regional produce. When the day is done, retire in Art Series signature bedding. The Blackman, on St Kilda Road, is in Melbourne’s sporting and cultural epicentre, just a short walk from the city centre and the chic suburb of St Kilda. Best known for his Alice in Wonderland series, Charles Blackman articulates life with dream-like poetry. Dream a little Blackman dream with an enchanting sleepover in one of The Blackman’s spacious suites, featuring designer furnishings and overlooking one of Melbourne’s most beautiful tree-lined boulevards or Albert Park Lake.
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Unique Places to Stay Australia boasts an endlessly varied landscape: sunny ocean shores, great mountain ranges, verdant rainforests, deep red gorges and sweeping stretches of outback. Is it surprising, then, that it also offers travellers an almost infinite variety of unique places to stay? Follow your imagination and see where it takes you. You might find yourself in a luxury tent, an historic home, a romantic bungalow or villa, or a penthouse. Intimate, secluded and special: those are just three of the words that describe these uncommon places to unwind. Each is located in a setting just as remarkable as the property itself. Your holiday is precious. Why not treat yourself to something extraordinary?
Spicers Canopy - Escape city life, swap camping for ‘glamping’ and enjoy luxury beneath the stars at a remarkable safari-style retreat In the heart of the spectacular Scenic Rim region, just 90 minutes southwest of Brisbane, this property offers luxurious adventure for a select few. This is far from ‘roughing it’–your airy tent features a king-sized bed, fine linens and polished floorboards. A rich eco-tourism experience, your stay will be about the simple pleasures of Australian living: walking through the bush to the songs of native birds, seeing a curious Australian wallaby and exploring one of Australia’s most delightful private nature refuges.
Villa Howden, Hobart - On the edge of the Huon Valley tourist route and nestled on the tranquil shores of the North West Bay, just 15 minutes south of Hobart
Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel, Port Fairy - Boutique accommodation along the Great Ocean Road Less than 186 miles from Melbourne, Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel in Port Fairy offers lovely Moyne River frontage and is near all of Port Fairy’s many attractions. The boutique style of Oscars is French Provincial, with interesting pieces of furniture in the grand drawing room and breakfast room. Multiple lounging areas provide a wide choice of places to relax. Oscars offers one suite and a range of individually decorated king-sized rooms, all with stunning views.
Villa Howden features magnificent views over the water, stunning manicured gardens and natural serenity. It all provides a picturesque backdrop to the ten luxury suites located throughout the property. Enjoy the indoor heated swimming pool, complimentary on-site parking and Wi-Fi, evening drinks in the piano bar, and open log fireplaces. The hotel accommodates the most discerning of travellers year round. The estate also boasts a fine dining restaurant, where you can savour the tastes of the region. Using locally sourced fresh produce, the award-winning head chef creates delicious cuisine, from exquisite evening meals and gourmet picnics to weekend high teas. Every detail is thoughtfully taken care of, from the warm welcome on your arrival right down to the Australian-made Serendipity bathroom amenities. Villa Howden is the ideal base from which to explore the region or simply unwind and relax.
Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge
- Architect-designed, sustainable, luxury tented camp offering a true escape from modern life
- A great base for exploring the Sunshine Coast
Paperbark Camp is located near Jervis Bay, just over two hours’ drive south of Sydney. The area boasts award-winning national and marine parks, and is home to spectacular coastal scenery, deserted white beaches with crystal-clear water, and amazing marine life. The stylish safari tents provide a cosy retreat, nestled amongst soaring gum trees in pristine hand-cleared bushland. A highlight of any stay is a candlelit dinner in the Gunyah, a chic treetop dining room featuring modern menus and excellent local produce. It is the perfect place to spot resident possums and sugar gliders.
In the heart of a national heritage treasure, the Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge–located 60 minutes from Brisbane–offers an excellent nature-based experience in a fascinating area of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in South East Queensland. It makes a great base for walks: visit 26-million-year-old volcanic peaks, go birdwatching or stroll the lodge's own sub-tropical orchard. Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is less than ten minutes' drive away and the local beaches are 30 minutes away. Choose from a variety of accommodation types, including bungalows, family rooms, historic train carriages and even a restored 120-year-old timber church, complete with loft.
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Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
Mandalay Luxury Stay
- Nestled away from the crowd, yet close to all the local attractions, offering beachfront privacy
- This remarkable Darwin holiday house offers guests self-contained luxury in an enviable location
Having protected the thriving native habitat, Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa reflects the very essence of Australia’s tropics. Set discreetly around a natural lagoon in stunning surroundings, its spacious, recently refurbished and elegantly appointed bungalows feature private balconies.
The Mandalay features opulent beds and linens, along with antique and modern furnishings, and quality art adorns each room. With three bedrooms, a lavish lounge, separate dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen, the Mandalay is an unforgettably luxurious place to stay in Darwin.
Enjoy a sumptuous meal or cocktail at the award-winning Paperbark Restaurant & Bar, or sit back, relax and take in the views of the Coral Sea from the Beach Bar, located right on the resort's lovely waterfront. Enjoy complimentary yoga and Tai Chi classes, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi access in all guest rooms.
Supremely situated on Darwin’s Esplanade, the Mandalay encompasses sweeping views of picturesque Darwin Harbour. It is just a brief stroll to gourmet restaurants and cafés, city shopping, and tropical nightlife.
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Private Retreats Savour that first cup of coffee on your private terrace... in your pyjamas. Soak up a breathtaking view or stroll through a sumptuous garden redolent with the scents of exotic flowers. Linger over dinner with your family or close friends at your own dining table...with no need to hurry. Staying in a private villa is just like being home...but much, much better. These lavish retreats from the everyday world feature perks like gleaming commercial kitchens, home theatres and private boats. You may not even have to lift a finger to make lunch, if catering is included. Set in locales of unparalleled beauty, these exclusive lodgings promise relaxation, rejuvenation and the ultimate in privacy.
Molori Great Barrier Reef - Designed to feel like a luxurious second home, Molori Great Barrier Reef is an ultra-exclusive, high-design, five-suite retreat in Port Douglas The exquisitely designed private retreat can accommodate up to ten guests and is available in its entirety. Molori, meaning ‘to dream’, is a bespoke lifestyle brand that consistently delivers the exceptional. With a full-time team comprising personal chefs, housekeeping staff, butlers and concierges, Molori Great Barrier Reef offers an exceptionally private experience catering to the discerning traveller. It features three king bedrooms and two queen bedrooms; a TV and audio room with a home cinema, Apple laptop and wireless Internet; and an open lounge that combines the kitchen and dining room. The entire back of the home features retractable, floor-to ceiling glass walls and opens up to a private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and several deck lounging areas with views of the adjacent golf course. Beyond exceptional service, Molori Great Barrier Reef offers unparalleled access to Australia’s iconic reef and is steps from pristine Four Mile Beach. Whether indulging in all that the property has to offer, or enjoying authentic
experiences beyond it, you will have a wealth of choices at your fingertips: scenic helicopter flights and private rainforest waterfall picnics; exhilarating hikes and jungle surfing in the Daintree Rainforest; guided bush walks and wildlife encounters with elusive species of kangaroos, crocodiles and tropical birds; premier scuba diving, snorkelling, and sport and reef fishing; Aboriginal experiences; unforgettable visits to local wineries, ice cream factories and museums; personalised golf outings at the region’s top courses; and an array of customised spa services, complete with champagne and canapés. Full use of facilities, along with the services of a private chef (food additional), gourmet breakfasts, housekeeping, butler and concierge services, a basic bar, and coordination of activities are all included.
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Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Country Food, Wine and Spa Retreats Run away to the country and discover a world of sophisticated pleasures. Indulge your five senses in a multitude of ways. Let the touch of a skilled masseuse soothe your tired feet. Inhale the energising scents of essential oils during a full-body signature spa treatment. Rejoice in unspoiled vistas: seascapes and vineyards, misty lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Delight your palate with gourmet dishes prepared with fine cheeses, fresh produce, sweet butter and superb meats from surrounding farms. Sample exquisite vintages from boutique wineries, each redolent of its particular terroir. Then let the whispering of surf on the beach or wind in the trees usher you into a restful, dreamless sleep.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat
- Nestled on the shores of idyllic Lake Daylesford in Victoria
- Intimate, private and romantic, 12 pavilions form a serene retreat
Lake House boasts one of Australia’s top restaurants, which has received multiple awards for its food and wine list. Culinary director Alla Wolf-Tasker and Executive Chef David Green produce modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and regional ingredients. Rooms and suites, set within six acres of lush gardens, are decorated in a contemporary country style and are individually appointed with original paintings from artist Allan Wolf-Tasker's studio. The Salus Spa is a sanctuary of indulgence, utilising premium Elemis products. Condé Nast Traveller magazine has noted Lake House as one of the top hotels in the world.
- Tucked amongst lively cafés and restaurants in North Adelaide, and adjacent to city parklands
Spicers Vineyards Estate
This spectacular guesthouse is nestled between a private eight-acre vineyard and natural bushland. The 12 suites offer an intimate and romantic escape–your own personal haven after a day of exploring. Unwind with a complimentary bottle of local bubbly in front of your own wood-burning fireplace or in your personal spa bath. The estate is home to Restaurant Botanica, a garden-to-plate dining experience.
In the creative heart of the Sunshine Coast, immerse yourself in relaxation and nature. Explore lush bush-walking trails in Kondalilla Falls National Park and nearby Obi Obi Creek and waterhole. Rejuvenate at the Anise Day Spa. Polish your culinary skills at the Asian cooking school, and savour fine wines paired with modern street-style Asian cuisine at the property's acclaimed The Tamarind Restaurant.
Prairie on O'Connell
- Relax in a private vineyard in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, with views of the stunning Brokenback Mountains
Next to Gardner’s Waterfall in a stunning rainforest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Maleny, Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a distinctive property, where Asian style meets the tranquillity of the Australian bush.
Offering good food, great wine and pure indulgence, Spicers Vineyards Estate is much more than a luxury guest house in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. It is a private, unforgettable wine country retreat.
Prairie on O'Connell is a first-class boutique property consisting of 24 spacious guest suites, which brings the warm country hospitality of the celebrated Flinders Ranges Prairie Hotel to North Adelaide. The hotel is well located for easy access to Adelaide's premier cultural and entertainment precinct, sports venues, and shopping. The beach and airport are a 20-minute drive away, while the internationally renowned wine and food regions of Barossa, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale are within an easy distance. Enjoy ‘feral’ and retro country fare featuring South Australian-sourced produce and wines in the friendly ambience of the Art Gallery café/restaurant.
The Louise and Appellation - Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await you at The Louise Barossa Valley The on-site restaurant, Appellation, is a world-class destination for dining in South Australia, with food that unashamedly reflects the local growing seasons. Executive chef Ryan Edwards and his team are passionate advocates for freshness, seasonality and regionalism.
Spicers Clovelly Estate - A three-bedroom cottage and ten suites offer Old World charm in a contemporary setting
The 15 suites offer absolute luxury, inspired design and extensive private guest space, with individual terraces overlooking the surrounding vineyards. Highlights include contemporary furnishings, king-sized beds with crisp linens, original art pieces, and spacious en-suites with dual rain showers and spa tubs. A proud member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.
Succumb to the romanticism of Spicers Clovelly Estate. Set on 22 acres of lush countryside in the tranquil Sunshine Coast Hinterland, just 35 minutes from the coast and 60 minutes north of Brisbane, the property’s stately grounds–including a driveway lined with liquid ambers–and French Provincial architecture create an elegant sense of arrival. A gourmet’s paradise, the estate is home to the Long Apron restaurant. It specialises in innovative, European-inspired menus utilising fresh, local ingredients, also featured in the French and Italian cooking school on-site.
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Bells at Killcare
Sails in the Desert and Tali Wiru
- A boutique hotel, restaurant and spa only a 90-minute drive north of Sydney's city centre
- Unique dining and accommodation at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Set high in the beautiful seaside hamlet of Killcare Heights, this property is surrounded by untouched national parkland, secluded picturesque beaches and tranquil bays. Private coastal-style cottages sprawl over eight acres. Designed for adults only, they feature luxury furnishings. An award-winning restaurant featuring the authentic cuisine of renowned Italian-born chef Stefano Manfredi serves up a gastronomic experience for all food lovers. The 20-metre lap pool and a luxurious day spa offer guests total relaxation. Bells at Killcare is a special oasis of privacy and seclusion for discerning travellers and foodies alike.
Complement your visit to Uluru in Red Centre country with dinner at Tali Wiru. 'Tali Wiru', meaning ‘beautiful dune’ in the local Anangu language, offers the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert sky. Limited to an intimate group of 20 people, the Tali Wiru experience begins with French champagne and canapés around a fire pit and progresses to the dune top for a table d'hôte four-course dinner, matched with premium Australian wines, all whilst watching the sun set at Uluru. Complete your adventure with a stay at Sails in the Desert Hotel, named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof.
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Golf, Gourmet and Spa Indulgence You've spent all year honing your swing or practising your putt, but when you see Australia's jawdropping golf courses, your mind may not be on the game at all. From the windswept dunes of Tasmania to the island-dotted waters of the Whitsundays, and from rolling hills to lush rainforests, the views from the fairways are some of the best in the world. And when it's time for some post-game fun, the options are equally enticing. Ease tired muscles with a relaxing massage or a soak in the spa. Relish incomparable cuisine paired with fine Australian wines. And delight in exclusive hotels where the superb service, amenities and recreational facilities are ample rewards for a game well played.
Château Élan at The Vintage Hunter Valley
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa
- In the Hunter Valley, just two hours from Sydney, Château Élan is one of Australia’s finest golf and spa resorts
- A renowned haven for relaxation in one of Australia's most beautiful destinations
A luxury escape for up to 200 guests, the resort comprises a spa with 17 treatment rooms, 20 super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas.
This multi-award-winning resort is set amid almost two acres of manicured gardens, overlooking spectacular scenery in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
At the heart of the community is the Greg Norman-designed golf course, a championship course that is ranked number two in the state. Tony Maher is your executive chef, heading up the Château Élan kitchens, and designing menus to bring the very best of Australian produce and local wines to your table.
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa is a luxury resort with 85 deluxe rooms and suites, along with the multi-award-winning Darleys restaurant. On-site recreational facilities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court, a billiard room and a gym. Lilianfels is well located, within a five-minute walk of the iconic Three Sisters rock formation at Echo Point and close to major attractions, including Scenic World and Leura shopping village.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa - Located on the secluded beachfront of Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, and blending seamlessly with its landscape This property is a luxurious base for your Tropical North Queensland and Great Barrier Reef experience, comprising beautifully appointed studio rooms; elegant apartments and villas with exclusive plunge pools; luxury swim-out apartments; and penthouses with rooftop Jacuzzis.
The resort has a 3,000-square-metre lagoon-style pool, promising hours of chillout time in or out of the water. The sophisticated hospitality, casual dining and extensive facilities of the resort are exemplary. The day spa features couples rooms and Vichy shower treatments.
Chateau Elan, The Vintage Clubhouse
Yarra Valley Wine Experience The extremely well-received Yarra Valley Wine Experience provides a fantastic social group tour environment that is fun, entertaining and educational. Learn how to sniff, swirl and slurp your way through one of Australia's premier wine regions. If you enjoy food and wine and like to socialise with new friends, you will love this day out, when you will visit four premium wineries. All tastings and lunch are included.
Cape Lodge, Margaret River - A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, representing a new era of Australian luxury experiential travel Sitting in its own vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine country is one of Australia’s finest new-generation gourmet establishments. Cape Lodge features 22 luxury rooms and a four-bedroom private residence spread throughout 40 acres of manicured parkland, along with an all-weather tennis court, beautiful free-form swimming pool, mini spa, multi-award-winning restaurant and eightacre vineyard. A small, sophisticated vineyard retreat with a focus on food, wine and indulgence, Cape Lodge offers you the chance to relax and rejuvenate in exclusive luxury.
- Luxury accommodation in the Margaret River wine region Windmills Break is a small luxury hotel located in Yallingup, Western Australia. Set amid ten acres of stunning gardens, the luxury property has a quiet and intimate atmosphere. Situated adjacent to a national park and within three minutes of Yallingup and Dunsborough beaches, the property is an excellent base for relaxing and exploring the region. Each guest room has luxury furnishings, including king-sized beds and bigscreen televisions. Hotel features include a restaurant, bars, a swimming pool, an outdoor heated spa, a tennis court, walking and jogging tracks, a massage centre, beautiful gardens and lawns, and complimentary Internet services.
Hamilton Island Golf Club - On the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, offering some of the world's most spectacular golf course views Designed by champion golfer Peter Thomson, this par-71 course on Dent Island, accessible by boat transfer, is the only 18-hole championship golf course on its own island in Australia. Featuring a golf pro shop and clubhouse offering fine food and wine, the course has been designed to challenge all levels of golf enthusiast, from novice to professional. With its fantastic views of the Whitsundays, and holes laid across dramatic ridges and across steep valleys like green gems on a necklace, this course makes it hard to keep your eye on the ball.
Progressive Degustation Walk With countless fantastic restaurants and a world-class wine region on its doorstep, Melbourne has so much to offer. With Hidden Secrets you can experience three of the city’s leading restaurants all in one night. Savour the city with short walks between venues, and enjoy a total of nine exclusive wine tastings and nine divine seasonal dish samples carefully chosen to enhance the wines.
1. Château Élan at The Vintage Hunter Valley 2. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa 3. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa 4. Cape Lodge, Margaret River 5. Hamilton Island Golf Club 6. Yarra Valley Wine Experience 7. Windmills Break 8. Progressive Degustation Walk
Auckland North Island Hamilton Rotorua
Ta s m a n S e a New Plymouth
Napier Hastings Palmerston North
Westport Greymouth Hokitika
Franz Josef Fox Glacier Haast
Queenstown Te Anau
Milford Sound Wanaka
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If New Zealand’s landscape were a Hollywood starlet, it would undoubtedly be a drama queen. From snowcapped mountains and rocky coasts to lush rainforests and active volcanoes, almost every eye-popping landscape imaginable is packed into a country roughly the size of the U.S. state of Colorado. From the moment you get off the plane, you’ll be itching to explore.
Bring your cycling shorts, your hiking boots, your skis and your sense of adventure. Tramp the world-famous Milford Track through glacial valleys and fields of alpine wildflowers. Cycle past the rolling vineyards of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. Gasp as you dive headfirst off a bridge, tethered only by a super-strong bungee cord. Surge through churning waters on a jet boat, soar above jagged peaks in a sightseeing plane or meander along quiet rural byways in a campervan. At day’s end, relax with a long soak in a natural geothermal pool, followed by a glass of fruity sauvignon blanc. Then drift to sleep beneath crisp linens in a luxurious country inn, lulled by crashing surf and whispering winds. New Zealand is also home to the Maori, whose influence is visible in everything from musical place names to the sinuous carvings that embellish many public buildings. Thrill to a traditional welcome ceremony at a Maori cultural village and share in a ‘hangi’ feast of chicken and sweet potatoes. That’s not the only spectacular meal you will enjoy in New Zealand. Savour the country’s world-famous lamb, fine cheeses and luscious produce in a sleek restaurant in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Explore the gentle charms of these human-scaled cities. At your hotel, revel in attentive service and superb amenities. Throughout this friendly island nation, you’ll receive a warm Kiwi welcome—or, as they say in Maori: ‘kia ora’.
Day 5 Transfer To Rotorua Airport And Fly To Christchurch. On arrival you’ll be transferred to the George Hotel (one night), and this evening enjoy dinner at Pescatore. Pescatore has a long-standing reputation as one of New Zealand’s best contemporary dining experiences. Andrew Brown and his award-winning chefs create fine Pacific Rim cuisine with a special emphasis on seafood. Day 6 Transfer Today By Private Car To Wanaka. Travelling via the alpine village of Mount Cook, you’ll arrive at Tiritiri Lodge, Wanaka (two nights). Tiritiri Lodge is a sumptuous alpine retreat of elegant environmental design with superb views of the mountains and lake. Enjoy every luxury, wonderful food and the warm hospitality. Day 7 Today enjoy a half-day Siberia Experience tour with Southern Alps Air. Your experience starts with a 25-minute scenic flight before landing in the Siberia Valley. Tramping down the valley you enter the native beech forest for a two and a half hour self-guided trek. The marked track leads you to Kerin Forks in the Wilkin Valley where the jet boat is waiting to skim you back to Makarora – a 30-minute ride.
Ultimate New Zealand – A Custom Itinerary in Exploring New Zealand Day 1 Arrive Auckland. Your New Zealand representative will meet you on arrival and assist you to your charter light aircraft, which will take you to Waiheke Island. On arrival on Waiheke, you will be transferred by courtesy vehicle to the Boatshed (two nights). This intimate island-style hotel started its life as a small holiday cottage, which has realised a perfectly executed transformation to what is now one of New Zealand’s best-loved small hotels. Day 2 Spend a day at leisure on Waiheke Island, an eclectic mix of vineyards, sophisticated and alfresco restaurants, artists’ studios and galleries, holiday homes and golden sand beaches for swimming and seaside adventures. The Boatshed is just a five-minute stroll to the local Oneroa shopping and markets and three minutes to the beach. Day 3 Fly To Rotorua Airport. You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation at Peppers on the Point (two nights). Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an exclusive retreat offering guests the opportunity to experience the rich New Zealand culture and geothermal springs of Rotorua. Day 4 Today you will be collected from Peppers on the Point by Helipro for your White Island Helicopter flight. The unique lunar landscape of White Island islocated 32 miles off the Bay of Plenty coastline. Land on the island and enjoy a guided tour before flying back to your lodge.
Day 8 A scenic helicopter flight to Manapouri then depart on your Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise aboard the ‘Fiordland Navigator’. Enjoy the stunning views and to discover the hidden arms of Doubtful Sound. Day 9 You will be transferred by private vehicle to Azur Lodge in Queenstown (four nights). Azur is one of New Zealand’s finest luxury hotels. Don’t just see the world, feel it at Azur. Day 10 Today enjoy a small, personalised full-day guided tour including superb scenery, gourmet food and the finest wine. Your wine tour is planned so there’s time to enjoy every aspect of each visit, with wine as the perfect accompaniment.
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Day 11 Spend a full day relaxing in Queenstown today. For thrill-seekers Queenstown has it all. You might like to go bungy jumping, white water rafting, jet boating, mountain biking, horse riding or parachuting. Leisurely favourites include the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship, Walter Peak Station, the Skyline Gondola, walks and excursions to Glenorchy. For golfing enthusiasts, a Bob Charles designed course is nearby Millbrook Resort. Day 12 This morning enjoy a private half-day Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour. Visitors to this area never fail to be amazed by the manmade and natural features of this unusual landscape. Following the Shotover River Valley the Skippers Road (which was hacked by hand through solid rock) clings to sheer cliff sides with breath-taking drops into the river gorge below. On the return journey enjoy a thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride. Day 13 Transfer to Queenstown Airport today by private vehicle for your departing flight.
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Glacier and Alpine Adventures Soar high above jagged peaks in a helicopter. Ski or snowboard through challenging runs of pristine powder. Hike dramatic cliff paths or bask beside an alpine lake. Don high-tech equipment to explore an ancient glacier in the company of an experienced guide. Inhale deep breaths of crisp, clear air. Whatever your dream of mountain perfection, New Zealand’s iconic Southern Alps embody it. And however you choose to spend your days, you can spend your nights in comfort in an opulent lodge. Unwind before a roaring fire with a single-malt scotch. Linger over a gourmet dinner. Relax as a skilled spa therapist works magic on your tired muscles and the unspoiled surroundings work magic on your soul.
Milford Ultimate with Over The Top - Encounter areas of spectacular alpine beauty in World Heritage-listed areas Stroll on an uninhabited beach, soar amongst mountains or dine overlooking a remote alpine lake suspended above Fiordland. Learn of age-old glaciers and prehistoric rainforests in a habitat seldom disturbed by man. In a relaxed and unhurried helicopter expedition to Fiordland, Over The Top gives the discerning visitor the opportunity to experience a New Zealand that few ever see. Over The Top is one of New Zealand’s premier helicopter companies, meeting the highest standards of service, product quality and safety whilst offering excellent passenger comfort.
Peppers Beacon Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown - The secret is out! Queenstown is one totally hip, chic alpine playground Millennium Hotel Queenstown is beautifully positioned, just a short stroll from the central shopping, entertainment and gastronomic delights that unfold regularly in this vibrant little town. The sophisticated hotel is an inspiring combination of modern floor-to-ceiling glass and robust concrete with glorious views. It offers a warm and welcoming haven in this year-round resort. Its Observatory Restaurant is one of Queenstown’s finest dining experiences, specialising in contemporary New Zealand cuisine and offering a superb selection of New Zealand wines. All rooms at Millennium Hotel Queenstown have been refurbished in 2013.
Peppers Beacon is located on New Zealand’s South Island, just a ten-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and a short walk from the heart of Queenstown. Choose from four luxury accommodation styles, including lovely hotel rooms, two- and three-bedroom suites, and a penthouse suite. Prepare your own barbeque in the manicured hotel courtyard, or choose from more than 100 fine dining restaurants, cafés and bars in Queenstown.
When not exploring the town centre, choose from four ski fields to suit all abilities, an extraordinary network of hiking trails through the surrounding mountains and a huge variety of adventure tourism activities, from jet boating to bungee jumping.
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Mount Cook (Aoraki) und Lake Pukaki
Fox Glacier Walk
Millbrook Resort - Offering luxurious accommodations in Queenstown Situated on the 45th parallel on the South Island of New Zealand, nestled within the Southern Alps and framed by the aptly named The Remarkables mountain range, are the 500 acres of lush green fairways, rolling hills and gentle babbling streams of Millbrook Resort. Voted the 'Number One Hotel in New Zealand' in the 2013 Travellers' Choice Awards, Millbrook features deluxe accommodations, four restaurants, a worldclass spa, a health and fitness centre, a championship 27-hole golf course, a covered driving range, a swimming pool, outdoor spa pools, tennis courts, and miles of biking and walking trails.
Enjoy a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coastâ€™s longest and most accessible glacier. Fox Glacier Guiding has a long, proud guiding history and ensures safety by training its guides through the internationally recognised New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. Choose from trips designed to suit all fitness levels. Access onto the ice is either by helicopter or on foot.
Scenic Helicopter Flights and Snow Landings Stand awestruck amid the pure beauty of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight with snow landings above the Fox or Franz Josef glaciers. Soar to Mount Cook and Mount Tasman in a modern turbine helicopter. From bases at Franz Josef and Fox glacier villages, you will be whisked away for the experience of a lifetime. Cameras and sunglasses are musts. Operates daily, subject to weather.
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Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier
- A private retreat on the shore of glacial Lake Wanaka and an exclusive hideaway in the Southern Alps
- A stunning, lodge-style hotel, surrounded by native rainforest on New Zealandâ€™s beautiful West Coast
Whare Kea Lodge, a six-room lakeside lodge on New Zealand's South Island, offers an appealing combination of expansive views and small-scale intimacy, sophistication and informality, matched with fresh, innovative cuisine and superb service.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, with Franz Josef Glacier just minutes away, this exclusive retreat offers guest rooms that have been designed with both comfort and environmental preservation top of mind. As well as providing a quiet, cosy ambience, the rooms offer exceptional amenities. Choose from a personal pillow menu and drift off to sleep on natural wool mattress underlays.
Whare Kea Chalet, meanwhile, is a distinctive alpine getaway accessible by helicopter, or a serious days hike. At 1,750 metres above sea level, this twobedroom chalet provides superlative comforts: solar electricity, hot running water, sumptuous beds, divine cuisine, a chalet host and a mountain guide.
The lodge also includes Canopy Restaurant, whose renowned five-course degustation menu features fresh West Coast and South Island ingredients.
1. Millennium Hotel Queenstown 2. Milford Ultimate with Over The Top 3. Peppers Beacon Queenstown 4. Millbrook Resort 5. Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet 6. Fox Glacier Walk 7. Scenic Helicopter Flights and Snow Landings 8. Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier
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Volcanic, Thermal and Spa New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most indulgent spas. Given the thermal activity of the land and the healing properties of the flora, in fact, it sometimes seems as though New Zealand is Mother Nature’s private spa. Absorb the unique healing properties of mineral-rich volcanic mud. Soak in geothermal hot springs and savour the therapeutic touch of traditional Maori techniques. Pamper yourself– and restore your sense of balance and calm–with soothing facials and relaxing massages. Once you’re feeling rejuvenated, explore New Zealand’s fascinating geothermal sites. Tour steaming geysers in the company of knowledgeable experts, and stand awed before the untamed power of the Earth.
White Island — Mount Tarawera Helicopter Tour
- Experience an unforgettable flight with HELiPRO
- The Te Puia tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends back many generations
Join HELiPRO for the journey of a lifetime. Fly 29 miles off the Bay of Plenty coastline to touch, smell and feel New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano, White Island. Marvel at its lunar landscape, active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake and desolate sulphur mining ruins. Returning to the central North Island, enjoy the contrast of landing on the summit rim of Mount Tarawera. This awe-inspiring dormant volcano is sacred to many and the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s recent history, in 1886. HELiPRO is currently the only company landing here. This spectacular tour departs from both Rotorua and Taupo bases.
See live kiwi, boiling mud pools and native bush, and visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Te Po is an evening feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine. It is an in-depth experience starting with the traditional powhiri (welcoming ceremony), a warrior’s challenge and a full kapa haka (performing arts) concert. The meal incorporates indigenous ingredients, meats and vegetables that are cooked in a hangi (earth oven), along with contemporary Maori dishes. The evening culminates with a hot chocolate under the stars next to Pohutu geyser.
Volcanic Air Safaris
Overlooking Lake Rotorua, relax and unwind in the hot mineral pools of the famous Polynesian Spa. Two types of hot mineral water, each with its own therapeutic properties, feed into the thermal pools. Indulge in a spa treatment incorporating Rotorua thermal mud, New Zealand manuka honey or other natural ingredients. Centrally located in Rotorua and open daily from 8am to 11pm.
- A flight experience far beyond the ordinary Be whisked away from your accommodation and fly over some of the most dramatic geothermal and volcanic landscapes on the central Bay of Plenty. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Mount Tarawera, a dormant volcano that erupted in 1886, leaving a four-mile crater scar.
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Visit the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako, home to hot springs, gushing geysers and fascinating silica terraces. Experience White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano, with its ever-changing crater floor. Or create your own personalised itinerary, comprising cruising, fishing, hunting or golf. Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua - Restore your equilibrium in a luxurious spa hotel in New Zealand’s celebrated geothermal destination Rotorua has long been recognised as a spa destination of choice, mainly due to the healing properties of its mineral-rich geothermal bathing pools. The Millennium Hotel Rotorua, one of the district’s largest deluxe hotels, is perfectly situated in the heart of the city, next to Lake Rotorua and the acclaimed Polynesian Spa. Start your day with an al fresco breakfast beside the hotel’s geothermal pool. Then escape from the everyday in the Millennium's delightful spa. Treat yourself to indulgent beauty and body treatments featuring natural skincare products that will both nourish your skin and nurture your soul. Don’t miss the chance to try a Rotorua mud wrap. In the evening, linger over fine fare like peppered venison carpaccio in the hotel’s Restaurant Nikau. Bar Zazu, with its dramatic contemporary décor, is the perfect spot to bring a wonderful day to a close with a festive nightcap.
The Spa at Millbrook
1. White Island – Mount Tarawera Helicopter Tour
- Immerse your spirit in the beauty of the landscape and your body in the peaceful Spa at Millbrook
2. Volcanic Air Safaris
Offering a tranquil haven, The Spa at Millbrook is well known both locally and worldwide, having being chosen as one of the Top Ten Hotel Spas in the World by luxury lifestyle website gayot.com. The Spa at Millbrook epitomises the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
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Located in an idyllic position, the treatment rooms offer stunning views of manicured fairways, rolling hills and the surrounding mountains. The selection of spa packages allows you to experience and enjoy all The Spa has to offer. Each package includes multiple treatments to leave you feeling thoroughly refreshed and revitalized.
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Wildlife and Wilderness Encounters Immerse yourself in nature, along thousands of miles of pristine shoreline, in lively seas, in rich rainforests and along stunning alpine trails. Keep your camera handy to capture photos of breaching whales. Splash in sparkling waters with wild dolphins. Delight in a wide range of bird life, from majestic albatrosses to the ever-popular penguins. New Zealand’s wilderness tour operators cherish hospitality and the natural world in equal measure, so you will travel in first-class comfort while leaving a light footprint. Whether you cruise the Bay of Islands or the Otago Peninsula, hike through coastal forests or visit a seal colony, you will marvel at New Zealand’s natural wonders.
- Take this unique opportunity to experience dolphins in their world Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals in their natural environment. Enjoy the Swim with the Dolphins experience in the warmest waters in New Zealand. The catamaran you will travel on is purpose-built for dolphin viewing and swimming, with easy access to the water and ample observation areas. Once the trip encounters dolphins, the crew will assess their behaviour and age. If conditions and government regulations permit, you can swim with them. Equipment provided includes a mask, a snorkel, fins and a wetsuit. Swimmers must be competent in the water, and swimming itself is optional. A hot shower and complimentary hot drink are provided after your swim.
Boutique Guided Walks Wilderness Guides offers an extensive range of guided and independent hiking packages along the Queen Charlotte Track. Consider the award-winning boutique guided walk, acclaimed by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Learn about the flora and fauna of the Marlborough Sounds from experienced local guides. Unwind each night at a luxurious boutique lodge. This is luxurious New Zealand hiking.
Kiwi Dundee Adventures One of New Zealand’s premier guiding companies, Kiwi Dundee Adventures invites you to share an unforgettable nature experience. Choose from a variety of deluxe, private customised tours on the Coromandel Peninsula and throughout New Zealand. Passionate, knowledgeable guides will lead you through a paradise of forests, mountains, national parks, horticulture, farming, coastal scenery, unique culture and friendly people.
Marlborough Sounds, South Island
Swim with the Dolphins
Canterbury Trails specialises in multi-day tours of the South Island and day tours out of Christchurch for the inquisitive and discerning traveller who enjoys nature, wildlife and stunning landscapes. All tours are small group (maximum eight people), with scheduled day tours to Arthur's Pass, Akaroa and Kaikoura. The firm also offers a scheduled nine-day tour of the South Island, as well as tailor-made tours.
Kaikoura Wilderness Walks and Shearwater Lodge - Experience the wilderness walk of a lifetime through internationally renowned Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve This wilderness encounter is holistic in the true sense of the word and offers a very distinctive experience. Enjoy an exclusive two- or three-day guided walk through some of the highest privately owned land in New Zealand. After a day of unforgettable sights and sounds, relax at the luxurious Shearwater Lodge, nestled at the bush edge 1,000 metres above a spectacular alpine valley. This eco-friendly lodge is an unforgettable retreat, offering private en-suite rooms and private balconies. Walk, relax and rejuvenate in a stunning alpine environment.
Monarch Wildlife Cruise - Enjoy the best of the Otago Peninsula and its attractions with award-winning Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours Delight in close-up views of wildlife–including northern royal and other albatross species, seals, penguins, and up to 20 species of other ocean birds and marine mammals–in their natural and otherwise inaccessible environment.
Join a one-hour cruise in the waters off the peninsula or relax on one of the firm's popular tours from the city, which include guided tours of Larnach Castle, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve and the Albatross Centre. Experienced guides, interactive commentary, information sheets, binoculars and jackets all enhance your experience.
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Elm Wildlife Tours
- Watch for sea lions, penguins, seals and rare birds on multi-award-winning tours of the Otago Peninsula and Southern Coast 1. Swim with the Dolphins
- The pure New Zealand landscapes you have been promised
Whether you join a small group on a half-day Peninsula Encounters tour or arrange a custom-tailored Wild Coast Explorer tour, you will be in awe of the animals and landscape. Both tours offer unforgettably close wildlife experiences.
Deep in virgin rainforest, take an unforgettable three-hour journey suitable for all ages. Be transported high into the treetops of a forest that has stood for over a millennium. See tree and plant species that you won't see in any other country on earth.
One of the top reasons many people visit New Zealand is to experience the pristine nature of the country. Seeing the crashing sea, lush rainforests, towering peaks, glaciers, caves and beaches is usually easy to do, but seeing wildlife can be a challenge.
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Secure, top-of-the-line safety equipment flies you between the trees on an incredible network of ziplines and swing bridges high in the forest canopy. Treetop platforms at heights of up to 22 metres and zipline flights of over 200 metres mean you will remember this experience for the rest of your life. Be part of an inspirational conservation program to restore the forest ecosystem to its natural state.
Let Elm Wildlife Tours give you a fascinating perspective on the habitats and behaviours of internationally significant wildlife, particularly royal albatrosses, yellow-eyed and blue penguins, New Zealand sea lions, and fur seals. Observe animals from viewing hides in the company’s exclusive conservation area. Generally, guests spot 30 to 40 bird species on these tours–a wildlife enthusiast’s dream.
Rotorua Canopy Tours
2. Kiwi Dundee Adventures 3. Canterbury Trails 5. Kaikoura Wilderness Walks and Shearwater Lodge 6. Monarch Wildlife Cruise 7. Rotorua Canopy Tours 8. Elm Wildlife Tours
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Exploring New Zealand Succumb to the call of the open road and the allure of the clear blue sky. With scenic highways winding along dramatic coastlines, across rolling hills, and through pastures of sheep and picturesque country towns, New Zealand beckons the adventurous traveller in myriad ways. Settle behind the wheel of a luxurious campervan and go where your whims take you. Put yourself in the hands of a seasoned driver-guide and discover hidden corners of this fascinating country. Or clamber into an ultramodern helicopter and fly to pristine mountain peaks and secret lakes even the locals don’t know about. However you explore New Zealand and wherever you go, astonishing beauty awaits around every corner.
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United Campervans - Experience the excellence that is United Campervans– choose a luxury Mercedes-Benz motorhome and discover the wonders of New Zealand in style Do you enjoy exploring new worlds spontaneously, choosing what you want to do and when? Do you dream of discovering the true heart and soul of New Zealand and its people? Do you prefer to travel in style? Then you need United Campervans, operated by one of New Zealand’s premier tourism companies, Tourism Holdings Limited. When you choose a prestigious United Campervan from thl, you are assured of excellent service and support, both at the branch and on the road. A United Campervan offers pure freedom coupled with style and comfort in a luxuriously appointed, fully-equipped Mercedes-Benz motorhome. Whether you select a compact two-berth or two-plus-one model, or one of the larger fouror six-berth motorhomes, you will enjoy the benefit of a spacious living area. Hires are available from modern branches in both Auckland and Christchurch. Automatic transmission in all models ensures easy driving, and standard in every motorhome are a fully-equipped kitchen, large comfortable beds and bedding, and a bathroom offering shower and toilet facilities.
Bicycles and bicycle racks are available for hire with every model, allowing you to explore New Zealand’s countryside even more intimately. With the freedom to plan each day’s itinerary as the mood strikes you, your holiday will become an indelible memory. Forget about accommodation worries as you seamlessly experience beautiful New Zealand at your own pace. To New Zealand tourism’s prestigious Qualmark endorsement, United Campervans has added Qualmark Enviro Gold, recognising an ongoing commitment to the global environment. thl also offers Maui Rentals, another iconic New Zealand motorhome brand.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise - Experience the unspoilt and remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound by staying overnight on board the Fiordland Navigator World Heritage-listed Doubtful Sound is an overwhelming environment. Three times longer than Milford Sound, with a surface area ten times larger, it is a place of towering peaks and bush-clad islands, of twisting, hidden arms and sheltered coves. As it is renowned for its fantastic marine life, you are likely to see seals and dolphins during this cruise.
The Fiordland Navigator offers private cabins, spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining salon for dinner and breakfast, and the opportunity to launch kayaks or explore in tenders with an expert nature guide. It is truly a special experience.
Queenstown Scenic Flights with Over The Top
- A great opportunity to explore New Zealand’s remote – and normally inaccessible – areas Exploring New Zealand’s spectacular alpine landscape tops many visitors’ wish lists, but few gain superb access to this impressive expanse. The diversity of pure and unspoilt terrain within a compact area makes southern New Zealand well suited to the helicopter, from both a visual and safety perspective. What better way to reach New Zealand’s soaring peaks than from the sky?
1. United Campervans 2. Queenstown Scenic Flights with Over The Top 3. Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Visiting Queenstown, Milford and the fiords of southern New Zealand– areas rich with alpine glaciers and remote lakes–Over The Top specialises in accessing the extraordinary. Using the latest helicopters, the company offers a range of interpretive excursions. Choose a shared experience or an exclusive private flight. Modify a popular tour to your requirements, or create an itinerary limited only by your imagination. Escape the everyday on secluded beaches, remote lakes and isolated mountain peaks.
Doubtful Sound, Fiordland
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Lake Taupo, North Island New Zealand
Peppers on the Point
Luxury Lakeside Living New Zealand offers an astonishing range of lakeside escapes, whether you dream of running away to a geothermal spa, a luxuriously rustic mountain retreat or a country idyll in an historic inn surrounded by formal English gardens. Savour a cup of freshly brewed coffee on your private verandah as dawn dapples the lake with colour. Then spend the day revelling in all the fun of lakeside living: paddle a kayak, fish for trout, enjoy a brisk swim or bask on the shore with a good book. Or try something more adventurous – perhaps a helicopter flight over the stunning landscape? As dusk steals over the lake at the end of a supremely relaxing day, delight in the restorative power of being by water.
Surrounded by the waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an exclusive lakeside retreat. Just five minutes from the heart of Rotorua city, the property offers nine spacious suites featuring stunning lake views. Peppers on the Point is in the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture, set amidst a landscape of erupting geysers, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools.
Lake Timara Lodge - Overlooking a private lake, 25 acres of English-style gardens and Marlborough vineyards Nestled in a peaceful country setting, Timara Lodge is, quite simply, a perfect spot to unwind. Choose from four charming rooms, tastefully furnished with fine art and antiques, each with spectacular views of the grounds, adjacent lake or surrounding hills. Within the spacious grounds, you’ll find an in-ground pool, a tennis court and extensive gardens. Experience the gourmet pleasures of Louis Schindler, the property’s internationally renowned and Michelin-experienced chef. Enjoy an impressive menu matched perfectly with world-famous Marlborough wines.
Solitaire Lodge - Opulent comfort on a private peninsula overlooking the still waters of legendary Lake Tarawera Solitaire Lodge, Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded accommodation in a stellar lakeside location. The lodge’s ten luxurious suites feature 180-degree views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano, Mount Tarawera. Feeling adventurous? Embark on a scenic helicopter ride, skim across the lake in a kayak or enjoy world-class trout fishing. The lodge is also the perfect setting to simply relax, indulge and rejuvenate. Leave all the arrangements in the capable hands of your warm, friendly Kiwi hosts.
Koura Lodge - Affordable lake-edge luxury Unwind on the shores of Lake Rotorua, in a private, peaceful location just five minutes’ drive from Rotorua city centre. This distinctive lakefront retreat nestles in an established garden setting with panoramic views over Lake Rotorua and beyond, and offers private lawn-to-lake lodging. Sheltered from prevailing winds and away from traffic noise and sulphur fumes, Koura Lodge makes for a stress-free, relaxing holiday.
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The lodge offers a variety of luxury accommodation, with all ten rooms featuring magnificent lake views. A private jetty, a lakeside spa/sauna, canoes and a tennis court are just a few of the on-site facilities you can enjoy. A fresh buffet and cooked breakfast is included.
Peppers Bluewater Resort A scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Christchurch or Queenstown, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers accommodations ranging from hotel rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. With a colour scheme inspired by the lake’s characteristic turquoise hues, the resort exudes a tranquil ambience. Kayak on Lake Tekapo, or fish for brown or rainbow trout. A restful retreat and base for exploring the region's natural wonders.
Peppers Clearwater Resort A short drive from Christchurch's international airport, this elegant hotel’s accommodation includes modern rooms, suites and villas. Built in a contemporary boathouse design, all apartments feature premium facilities and services. Accommodations offer marvellous lake or fairway views, while the spacious twobedroom apartment boasts a cosy fireplace. Try a spot of fly-fishing or play the championship golf course.
- Awaken to a glorious mountain sunrise over Lake Wakatipu in a private, open-plan villa
Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel - With views over New Zealand’s largest lake and the mountains beyond, Hilton Lake Taupo is a distinguished international hotel in the Central North Island region Since 1885, the iconic landmark of this hotel has been The Heritage Wing, and today the refurbished historical building combines Victorian grandeur with contemporary comfort and amenities. Choose from a wide range of room types, ranking from Hilton guest rooms to a presidential suite. Rejuvenate with a round of tennis or a workout in the fitness centre. Enjoy a dip in the thermally heated outdoor pool and spa-pool, then relax in the sauna or steam room. Indulge in the flagship restaurant and bar, Bistro Lago, with its inspired menu created by New Zealand master chef Simon Gault.
On par with the finest luxury lodges in New Zealand, offering impeccable service and fine hospitality, Azur justifiably bills itself as a total experience. For the friendly, capable staff, nothing is too much trouble.
1. Peppers on the Point 2. Solitaire Lodge
Set amongst three and a half acres of native bushland, Azur features a magnificent lodge and nine villas, all offering superb lake and mountain views. Each villa has been constructed with materials that reflect the Queenstown environment. The main lodge is a fabulous place to contemplate the expansive view or enjoy a book from the library.
3. Lake Timara Lodge
As evening draws near, the Azur team can assist with making dinner reservations at one of Queenstown's world-class restaurants and offer door-to-door transfers, or arrange for you to dine privately in your villa any night during your stay. All rates include personal airport transfers, full breakfasts to be enjoyed either in the lodge or in the privacy of your villa, homemade afternoon tea, and predinner drinks and canapés. Azur is only five minutes from the town centre by complimentary transfer.
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4. Koura Lodge 5. Peppers Bluewater Resort 6. Peppers Clearwater Resort 7. Hilton Hotel Lake Taupo
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White Island Tours Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to White Island, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes. After donning a hard hat and gas mask, follow your guide on an exploration of the crater. Experience roaring fumaroles, sparkling sulphur chimneys, bubbling pools of mud and the spectacular main crater. The return journey often provides the opportunity for dolphin or whale watching.
New Zealand Adventures The thrills and spills of New Zealand's adventure scene are enough to make the hearts of even the most daring of travellers beat just a little faster. And for the rest of us, it's time to buckle up, and hold on tight. Get soaked on a thrilling jetboat ride through towering canyons. Don a hard hat and explore the crater of an active volcano. Delight in the snap of the wind in the sails of an opulent yacht. And try a helicopter ride, mountain bike cycle, kayak or floatplane ride after a thrilling sailing adventure. In the birthplace of bungy jumping and tandem paragliding, just two of New Zealand's myriad world-first thrills, 'swoop', 'swing', or 'fly'–you're never far from adventure.
Pure Cruise New Zealand - Feel the breeze in your hair with an exclusive eco-sailing experience on Tiua, a 16-metre luxury catamaran
America's Cup Sailing Experience - A rare opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders, or simply sit back and enjoy the action as you sail beautiful Waitemata Harbour, with Auckland’s skyline as a backdrop, on this two-hour sailing experience. The America’s Cup is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophies, and a famed yachting regatta. Usually the domains of billionaires and elite professional yachties, these America’s Cup yachts are grand prix racing machines, and this experience gives you a rare opportunity to help sail one. NZL 41 was originally raced by Japan in 1995 and came second to Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton Challenge. NZL 68 was originally commissioned in Germany in 2003; Team New Zealand acquired and used her as a trial boat before its 2007 America’s Cup campaign.
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The America’s Cup took place in these very waters in 2000 and 2003. No trip is complete without experiencing Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, from the sea. No experience necessary!
Cruising the sparkling waters of Lake Rotoiti with Pure Cruise introduces you to some of the best of Rotorua: a pristine environment, natural thermal bathing pools, trout fishing and rich Maori history. Take the helm, trim the sails, swim off the boat, or just relax and savour the scenic splendour, complemented by fine New Zealand cuisine, quality beverages and unsurpassed service. For the ultimate Rotorua experience, add a HELiPRO helicopter, mountain bike, kayak or floatplane component to your sailing adventure.
Black Cat Cruises Join the award-winning Black Cat Cruises on a stunning two-hour harbour and nature discovery cruise in Akaroa, a 90-minute scenic drive from Christchurch. Keep an eye out for rare Hector’s dolphins–found only in New Zealand–as well as little blue penguins and seals. Learn about the area’s fascinating history from your skipper’s entertaining and informative commentary. Cruises depart daily, all year round.
Agroventures Adventure Park Agroventures Adventure Park offers five memorable New Zealand adventures suitable for all ages and comfort levels. Succumb to high adrenaline thrills and finger-tingling excitement! Proudly home to the Shweeb, one of the only human-powered monorail racetracks in the world; Swoop, a giant swing; Agrojet, one of the country's fastest jet boats; Freefall Xtreme body flying; and Rotorua Bungyâ€“the ultimate leap of faith!
NZONE Skydive Queenstown Tandem skydive with NZONE Skydive in Queenstown and see some of the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand, from 4,500 metres! NZONE Skydive is New Zealand's first tandem skydive operation, starting out in 1990, and has run more than 200,000 tandem jumps to date. NZONE is the only tandem skydive company to have received the Supreme Tourism Award.
1. Americaâ€™s Cup Sailing Experience
Abel Tasman Sailing Tours
2. White Island Tours
- Sail glittering waters, stroll beautiful sands, swim in crystal-clear lagoons and delight in the antics of playful fur seals
3. Pure Cruise New Zealand
Experience the highlights of Abel Tasman National Park on a scenic sailing catamaran cruise along the coastline. The skipper is your guide as you discover the delights of this spectacular natural area.
7. Abel Tasman Sailing Tours
Cruise by secluded islands. Picnic on a golden beach. Get involved in the sailing or sit back and relax, enjoying the warm sun on your face and the salty sea air. Take a day trip, sign up for a multi-day tour or have a personalised tour custom designed for you.
4. Black Cat Cruises 5. Agroventures Adventure Park 6. NZONE Skydive Queenstown
Bungy at Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown
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Maori and Modern Culture Explore New Zealand’s spectacular landscape and experience the culture that shapes its people. Discover the fascinating traditions of the Maori, the indigenous people of the land they call Aotearoa. Gain insights into native artworks, see tattooed warriors re-enact the dances that once terrified their enemies–and delight at the songs that followed, once the two sides had come to terms. Varied experiences illuminate the country’s global cultural footprint, including its vibrant movie culture. Marvel as you stroll through the real-life rolling hills and gentle valleys that played the role of Middle-earth in The Hobbit prequel to the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings, shot in New Zealand.
TIME Unlimited Tours - Experience Auckland away from the crowds with a company that the United Nations has recognised for excellence TIME ('To Integrate Maori Experiences') Unlimited Tours offers highly personal luxury experiences in the Auckland region. Choose from Auckland tours, Auckland Maori tours, guided wilderness walks, shore excursions and Auckland private luxury tours. See Auckland and such world-famous destinations as the Hobbiton movie set, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Taupo and the Bay of Islands in luxury and style. TIME Unlimited Tours has won multiple awards for its leading environmental approach.
Tamaki Maori Village Evening Cultural Experience
- One of New Zealand’s most awarded cultural experiences
- This unique trilogy combines some of the best that the North Island of New Zealand has to offer
Experience an evening of ceremonial rituals, cultural performances, storytelling and hangi feasting. Share in the Powhiri, the ancient ceremony of welcome, before entering the pre-European Maori village nestled in a native tawa forest.
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Glowworm Strings, Ruakuri Cave
The village comes alive with the sights, sounds and activities of days gone by, including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training–all of which you can try! Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked underground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a cultural performance, including the spine-tingling haka, before feasting on a traditional hangi meal!
Experience the Hobbiton movie set, the picturesque setting for the Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, directed by Sir Peter Jackson. Visit Te Puia, the home of Maori culture and cuisine. Be mesmerised by a starlit visit to the world-famous Pohutu geyser, following a delicious Indigenous meal. Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves under a galaxy of glowworms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular place full of legends, tales and magniﬁcent formations.
A slice of the real Middle-earth - Middle-earth, glowworms, caves, black water rafting and more await you in the heart of New Zealand’s spectacularly scenic North Island The Hamilton and Waikato region offers something for every visitor, from Hamilton city’s urban attractions to the black sand surf beaches of Raglan, and the area's rolling hills and ancient bush-clad mountains. It’s no wonder, then, that when scouting for settings for his epic movie adaptation of the Lord of the Rings, director Sir Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green paddocks just outside Matamata. Experience the real Middle-earth and visit the Hobbiton movie set, the bucolic setting for the Shire in the Lord of the Rings films. Start with a drive through the picturesque farm, with its spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten-acre site, recounting fascinating details of how it was created. See the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, mill, gardens and other structures, and learn how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire. After your tour, return to the Shire’s Rest, where you can enjoy a meal in the café or shop in the Shire Store.
Below ground, delight in the magic of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, as experienced guides share the rich history of the area. Highlights include the cathedral–a huge cavern with fantastic natural acoustics–and a boat ride through the caves under thousands of sparkling glowworms. Equally aweinspiring is a visit to Ruakuri Cave, full of legends and tales, with its spectacular spiral entrance, or Aranui Cave, with its high chambers and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. In Waitomo, visit the iconic Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, with its innovative roof, gift shop and excellent restaurant. Feeling adventurous? Weave, jump and float your way through a labyrinth of subterranean streams with one of three tours offered by the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
1. TIME Unlimited Tours 2. Tamaki Maori Village Evening Cultural Experience 3. Trilogy Experience 4. A slice of the real Middle-earth
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Lake Matheson, South Westland, New Zealand
Private Retreats and Country Estates On the sun-splashed patio of your private villa, relish delicious meals prepared by an award-winning chef from fresh local produce, complemented by fine New Zealand wines. Or enjoy a leisurely dinner in the elegant dining room of a country estate. Revel in thoughtful service and legendary Kiwi hospitality, in properties as luxurious as the settings are spectacular. Fill your days with outdoor pleasures: kayak a secluded lake, cast a fishing line or play a game of tennis. Cycle peaceful side roads and trek scenic trails. Ride horses through endless farmlands. Everywhere you go, the rural New Zealand lifestyle and down-toearth nature of those you meet are guaranteed to refresh your spirits.
Eagles Nest - Eagles Nest…somewhere between the stars and heaven Eagles Nest is a multi-award-winning, 75-acre retreat. It offers just five secluded villas, with serene views over the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s Northland region. This amazing maritime playground is an ever-changing backdrop against which a gracious Kiwi staff caters to your every whim. Revel in fabulous in-villa dining experiences created by your personal chef. Spa treatments, a resident personal trainer and almost every water sport known to man–including some of the best fishing in New Zealand–complete the dream. Expansive glass doors open to the sea and subtropical landscapes, seamlessly connecting interiors to generous outdoor spaces with luxurious hot tubs and heated horizon-edged pools–all just two minutes from the romantic town of Russell.
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Bay of Islands
Bay of Many Coves Resort
The Point Villas
- Where lush green hills kiss azure waters, a tranquil and restful sanctuary awaits
- Indulge in luxury, nestled in a private bush-clad estate overlooking the blue waters of Lake Taupo
Bay of Many Coves Resort is a luxurious retreat in the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Relax in a spacious one-, two- or three-bedroom hillside apartment with an uninterrupted vista of coastline and native bush-clad hills.
Conde Nast recommended and just ten minutes from Taupo village, you will find two luxury self-contained villas, each accommodating up to four people. Each villa features two beautifully appointed bedrooms with en-suites, a kitchen, and a large living/dining area opening onto expansive decks, dining areas and a private heated swimming pool. Enjoy self-catering, the services of a private chef or an all-inclusive lodge experience.
The restaurant’s irresistible cuisine reflects the region’s superb harvests, from succulent seafood to delicious olives and fruit, complemented by excellent hand-selected wines. This exclusive picture-postcard retreat is an extraordinary playground for sailing, fishing, walking and kayaking in an unspoiled natural environment.
Amenities include a heli-pad, kayaks, tennis courts, a petanque area and spa services. Nearby, you can golf at Kinloch (a Jack Nicklaus Signature course) or Wairakei International, tramp the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or go fly fishing.
Grasmere Lodge, Southern Alps
Glen Aros Country Estate
- Stunning alpine scenery surrounds this gracious lodge, set in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps
- An elegant country estate set in beautiful gardens overlooking the picturesque Raukawa Valley
A working farm since 1858, Grasmere allows guests to enjoy all this region has to offer, or simply revel in the space and serenity. Just 90 minutes from Christchurch airport, Grasmere is tucked into a mountain landscape that will leave you with lasting memories.
Leave the bustle of city life behind at this luxury retreat, where locally sourced gourmet food complements the high standard of accommodations and facilities. Choose from six super-king rooms, each with en-suite. Delight in 24-hour concierge services and cuisine prepared by a Michelin-experienced chef. Enjoy the heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, billiard table, gym and petanque area.
The 1858 limestone house has been retained within the homestead, featuring beautiful rooms such as the library, lounge, bar and evening dining rooms. Arthur’s Pass National Park, with its many lakes and rivers, borders Grasmere and offers a range of activities. Relax beside the heated swimming pool or in the spa studio, or turn your energies to kayaking or mountain biking.
Although beautifully secluded, Glen Aros is just a short drive from the many attractions of the Hawkes Bay region. Take a wine tour and savour lunch al fresco at a world-renowned vineyard. Visit pristine beaches, trout-laden rivers and superb golf courses.
1. Eagles Nest 2. Bay of Many Coves Resort 3. Grasmere Lodge, Southern Alps 4. The Point Villas 5. Glen Aros Country Estate
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Maison de la Mer
Unique Places to Stay A holiday is an escape from the everyday. So why not choose a place to stay unlike anything you’ve ever experienced? Admire the stars from a slipper bath tucked into a country garden or from a hotel’s private observatory. Awake to birdsong in a tree house high in the forest canopy. Settle into a sleek urban hotel where you can mingle over canapés with your fellow guests. Curl up before a huge stone fireplace in a rural lodge built of logs. Delight in the clever conveniences of an ecofriendly resort that draws its power from the sun and its produce from organic gardens. To enjoy all this and more, you don’t have to give up a whit of comfort; top-notch service ensures a holiday to remember.
Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat - This Coromandel luxurious lodge on five acres of manicured park-like grounds is personally hosted to six fortunate guests Savour innovative gourmet cuisine prepared by a gregarious private chef. Delight in the on-site glowworms and abundant bird life in the lodge’s springwater grotto. A secluded double slipper bath in the garden is the perfect spot for stargazing and relaxation. Bush walks to the famous Wentworth Falls start at the doorstep, and glorious white-sand beaches are only a few minutes’ drive away. Try your luck at one of two nearby golf courses. Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat has its own glass-fusing art studio on site, and dinner can be served on art glass tableware. A destination in its own right.
This chic boutique hotel features 19 spacious designer rooms–it's a niche luxury experience. Relax with views of the gondola or The Remarkables mountain range. Enjoy a delicious à la carte breakfast, and return in the evening to the stylish Remarkables Lounge for complimentary pre-dinner canapés and wines.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, near Kaikoura
Architect-designed Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses lies between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains and famed Mangamaunu Bay, overlooking a deer stud and olive grove.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel - A haven of luxury for all seasons, just a five-minute stroll from Queenstown’s cosmopolitan centre
- Sleep ten metres above the ground in a stylish tree house, just north of the prime eco destination of Kaikoura
Enjoy timeless elegance on the waterfront in Akaroa, in a private world just steps away from countless activities and restaurants. Maison de la Mer offers sumptuous suites overlooking the harbour, with many luxurious extras. Savour complimentary gourmet breakfasts and evening cocktails and canapés, and revel in attentive service. Recently selected by TripAdvisor as one of the Top Ten to-die-for inns and B&Bs in the world.
Stay in the contemporary country lodge or the Olive House suite. For something unusual, try one of five luxury tree houses built into the canopy of a native Kanuka grove, where huge windows bring the outdoors in. All accommodations are accented by stunning, locally made wooden furniture. On-site facilities include a restaurant, outdoor lap pool, guest change room, sauna and gym.
Downtown Queenstown features a wide range of restaurants, cafés and great shops. Take an excursion or drive into the countryside to any of a number of world-renowned wineries for an al fresco lunch. For more adventure, there is hang gliding, bungee jumping and jetboating–and, of course, skiing in winter.
Pen-y-bryn Lodge, Oamaru Set in landscaped gardens, this historic, luxurious boutique hotel offers exclusive lodgestyle accommodation. Gather with other guests in the evening around the warmth of blazing log fires to savour first-class table d’hôte cuisine. Relax with a good book in the library, play billiards on the antique slate table or enjoy the local wildlife. Each of the five en-suite guest suites has its own remarkable character.
Indulge in a gorgeous wilderness location in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park, surrounded by native bushland, picturesque bays and beaches. Enjoying impeccable service and superb food, you will easily relax in one of the 26 contemporary villas at Peppers Awaroa Lodge. Located on the renowned Abel Tasman Coastal Track, the resort is accessible only by foot, sea kayak, water taxi or air.
- Luxurious self-contained accommodation with outstanding lake and mountain views Tiritiri Lodge features the stylish Courtyard House which has three-bedrooms each with fine linens, complimentary Wi-Fi and stunning views. Enjoy beautiful gardens and a four minute walk to the lake. Chef Tiffany is available if you would like to be pampered with great food or enjoy self-catering in the fully-equipped kitchen. Beyond the lodge explore Mt Aspiring National Park, enjoy superb fly fishing and the great wineries of Central Otago and take a flight over the Southern Alps to Milford Sound.
- Nestled in a private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, a 50-minute drive from Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park Stonefly Lodge provides luxury accommodations and an ideal base from which to explore this region of the South Island. Architecturally designed and built from local stone and timber, the lodge is centrally located between three spectacular national parks. Four guest rooms, each with en-suite, feature private balconies overlooking the river and surrounding mountains.
Hilton Auckland Hotel - A short five-minute walk from Auckland city centre, the vibrant Viaduct and Britomart precincts Located at the end of Princes Wharf and surrounded by Auckland’s harbour, Hilton Auckland Hotel offers a modern design, a central location and exceptional facilities. Don't miss the chance to take a dip in the heated lap pool with its underwater viewing window. The hotel showcases contemporary cuisine at the stylish FISH restaurant, and creative cocktails and fine wines at Bellini Bar. All rooms feature contemporary décor and a furnished balcony. Upgrade to a deluxe harbour view room to enjoy a panorama of Auckland’s waterfront and harbour.
Activities available near the lodge include fly fishing, helicopter scenic flights, sea kayaking, guided and unguided hiking tours, wine tasting, white water rafting, horse riding, and exploring the many art and craft studios in the region.
The Rees Hotel Queenstown Showcasing breathtaking lake and mountain views, The Rees is a sophisticated hotel that's just a gentle stroll away from Queenstown’s city centre. The Rees boasts luxurious accommodations and amenities, including 60 hotel rooms and 90 apartments, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, a spa treatment room, a gym, ski lockers, a private jetty, mountain bikes, a courtesy shuttle, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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1. Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat 2. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, near Kaikoura 3. Maison de la Mer 4. Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel 5. Pen-y-bryn Lodge, Oamaru 6. Tiritiri Lodge 7. Hilton Auckland Hotel 8. Peppers Awaroa 9. Stonefly Lodge 10. The Rees Hotel Queenstown
Peppers Carrington Resort
Food, Wine and Golf Indulge your gourmet dreams in New Zealand, where exceptional beef, lamb and seafood, and the freshest fruits and vegetables, underpin a progressive culinary scene. Accent your meal with a bottle of crisp sauvignon blanc–the country’s signature wine and its calling card around the world–or one of the chardonnays, pinot noirs or cabernet sauvignon/merlot blends that are gaining global recognition. And no exploration of the finer side of life in New Zealand would be complete without a few rounds on some of the country’s championship golf courses. Blessed with mountains, seashores, cliffs, forests and sinuous hills, New Zealand offers golfers some of the most breathtaking settings on Earth.
Peppers Carrington Resort is a luxury Northland estate with two miles of secluded white-sand coastline, an 18-hole championship golf course, and the award-winning Karikari Estate winery and vineyard. Guests stay in spacious lodge rooms or self-contained three-bedroom villas with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Recreational facilities include a heated infinity swimming pool, a spa pool and tennis courts.
Peppers Parehua Martinborough Little more than an hour by road from Wellington, over rolling hills and past scenic vineyard vistas, is the charming historic village of Martinborough. On its outskirts, you'll find the grand estate of Peppers Parehua Martinborough, with its great tree-lined lawns and sweeping views. Your heart will tell you this is somewhere special, a place that truly romances the soul–and an ideal couples escape or wedding venue.
Capital Tastes Tour, Wellington Enjoy a gourmet walking tour that presents three hours of Wellington culinary experiences. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand's café and culinary capital with this introduction to local tastes and people. With a guide telling fascinating stories, you will taste gourmet products, such as coffee, chocolate, cheeses and other regional delights. Receive bonus vouchers for three top eateries to enjoy on your own time.
Acacia Cliffs Lodge
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Revel in stunning lake and mountain views, and a spectacular Lake Taupo location. Acacia Cliffs offers stylish boutique accommodation in four delightful guest suites, each with a private deck or courtyard. Enjoy relaxed luxury, superb cuisine and genuine New Zealand hospitality. World-class golf, fishing, lake and alpine walks, geothermal and volcanic wonders, rivers and lakes, and so much more are all on your doorstep. Golf under the Nguaruhoe volcano
The George, Christchurch
- Challenge yourself at the property voted best golf resort in Australasia at the World Travel Awards
- Discerning travellers receive individual attention in an intimate ambience at this Christchurch boutique hotel
Set in a natural alpine amphitheatre, this is one of the most scenic golf courses in New Zealand. Millbrook exploits the dramatic terrain fully, delivering worldclass golf. This 27-hole golf course offers extraordinary photo opportunities at every turn. The championship property comprises of three fabulous nine-hole courses, each named after a prominent local landmark: the Remarkables, the Arrow and the Coronet Nine.
To stay at The George is to experience the essence of supreme comfort. Its spacious rooms have been designed with an eye for stylish detail. With an equal staff-to-guest ratio, impeccable service is assured. The George has been recognised many times as New Zealand’s leading boutique hotel at the World Travel Awards.
Millbrook Resort offers excellent golf facilities and services, which include instruction by NZPGA-qualified golf coaches, golf schools for individuals or groups of up to six, putting and chipping greens, a covered driving range, a large fleet of electric carts, and New Zealand and Australian Golf Club Affiliated green fees. Millbrook's courses are best described as a mix between immaculately manicured parklands-style courses and links courses, offering a variety of natural hazards, including tussocks, streams, schist stone, trees and buildings.
Savour inspirational cuisine in The George's signature restaurant, Pescatore, a modern space offering a minimalist approach to formal dining. Seasonal menus are matched with top vintages from Pescatore’s comprehensive wine list, honoured by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the world’s outstanding restaurant lists. The 50 Bistro, meanwhile, serves inspired bistro food with excellent wines. Located opposite Hagley Park, The George is in the heart of the arts district and just a short stroll from the museum, the art gallery, cafés and boutique shopping.
1. Peppers Carrington Resort 2. Peppers Parehua Martinborough 3. Capital Tastes Tour, Wellington 4. Acacia Cliffs Lodge 5. Millbrook Golf 6. The George, Christchurch
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Labasa Nanuku Passage
Vanua Levu Yasawa Islands
Nabouwalu Bligh Waters
Sigatoka Korolevu Pacific Harbour Beqa
South Pacific Ocean
Have you ever dreamed of being a castaway on a South Pacific island—an island where the drinks are icy cold, the spa treatments are hypnotically relaxing and your thatched-roof bungalow (bure) is stocked with luxurious amenities? Then welcome to Fiji. It’s the tropical paradise you’ve always imagined, scattered across 333 lush islands. Welcome the dawn with a stroll along a sugar-sand beach, as a gentle breeze ruffles the fronds of the towering coconut palms fringing the shore. Linger over a leisurely breakfast served on the verandah of your private bure, admiring the delicate orchids blooming in the surrounding gardens. After breakfast, the choices of ways to indulge, unwind and rejuvenate are boundless.
Scuba or snorkel through crystalline waters along a spectacular coral reef teeming with fish. Glide high above the archipelago in a hot air balloon. Hurtle
along a rushing inland river aboard a whitewater raft. Gasp as the air fills your parasail and whisks you high above the turquoise ocean. Delight in the chatter of cuckoos, warblers and lorikeets on a bird-watching trek. Swim in a sparkling pond beneath a jungle waterfall. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Fijians, and learn more about the art, music and language of a fascinating culture that stretches back more than 3,000 years. After your explorations, perhaps a sojourn by the pool with a good book is in order. Late in the day, raise a cocktail to the sun as it dips below the horizon in a fiery display of scarlet and gold. As the tropical dusk closes in, sample tantalizing fare from world-class restaurants, complemented by vintages from extensive wine lists. Stroll back to your bure, utterly pampered and utterly relaxed. If this is life as a castaway, you’ll never want to come back to the real world.
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Luxury Fiji Let Fiji’s fabulous resorts and yachts work their magic on your weary soul. Once ensconced beneath a swaying coconut palm beside the glittering South Pacific, you’ll soon find it impossible to remember a life of deadlines and traffic jams, to-do lists and responsibilities. The superbly trained staff responds to your every wish, whether you yearn for breakfast in bed, a massage by the sea or a nightcap under the stars. Your days unfurl in a leisurely progression of amusements. On land, try yoga or tennis. At sea, dive along remote reefs. Delectable cuisine, fine wines, sun-drenched beaches and luxurious accommodations await you. What are you waiting for?
Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji - Luxury in the heart of Fiji’s Coral Coast Just an hour’s drive from Nadi International Airport, this luxurious resort is set on a white-sand beach, amongst 40 acres of tall palms and lush tropical gardens. Leave your cares behind from the moment you arrive, when your butler will greet you. Throughout your stay, your butler will bring you complimentary champagne and canapés each afternoon, unpack or pack for you, and make restaurant reservations. Choose from 127 deluxe ocean-view rooms or 47 traditional Fijian bures, whose vaulted ceilings are lined with exquisite hand-painted cloth. Enjoy the huge lagoon swimming pool or the adults-only private pool, 24-hour gym, five bars, five restaurants and spectacular Bebe Spa Sanctuary.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa - Authentic Fijian style on a glorious palm-fringed, white sand beach Snorkel nearby reefs or hit the rolling surf. Located on Natadola Beach on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, the InterContinental is perfectly positioned to offer breathtaking views of the bay. Crystalline waters and natural white sands complement an island resort that offers all the comforts and conveniences of a mainland property. Each room or suite opens onto a terrace or balcony, where you can relax on your day bed or in your private Cleopatra bath as the sun sets over Natadola Bay. The luxury resort offers facilities for guests of all ages, with five restaurants and bars, a serene spa, an 18-hole golf course, four swimming pools (including a dive pool), a kids' club and a wedding pavilion.
Club InterContinental, 55 suites set high in the hills with sweeping panoramic views of Natadola Bay, is your exclusive resort within a resort. Soak in your luxurious spa bath or take a quick dip in your own plunge pool. Savour a languorous afternoon tea, and complimentary sunset cocktails and canapés, at the exclusive Club Lounge overlooking an infinity pool.
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1. InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa 2. Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji
Unique Island Hideaways As if Fiji itself weren’t secluded enough, an even greater level of privacy is available – on one of the many private islands dotting the turquoise waters just off ‘mainland’ Fiji’s shores. But just because you’ve left the bigger islands behind doesn’t mean that you have to rough it. Quite the contrary, in fact. On these delightful enclaves, hoteliers have created exquisite retreats for a savvy, privileged few. Decorated with Fijian fabrics and carvings, your serene bure seems miles from the ‘real’ world – yet the wine fridge is stocked with fine vintages, a tantalizing aroma is wafting from the kitchen and your favourite music is playing on a state-of-the-art sound system. Pure island bliss.
Red sea fan and diver, Fiji
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort - Fiji - An intimate, inclusive, multi-award-winning resort acclaimed for its authentic luxury, hospitality, eco-sensitivity and socially responsible culture Overlooking secluded Savusavu Bay on the island of Vanua Levu, this resort is one of the gems of the South Pacific. It is surrounded by a marine sanctuary, brilliantly coloured pristine reefs that are world renowned, secluded beaches, tropical gardens and magnificent ocean views. Offering an authentic journey into Fijian culture, the resort allows discerning travellers of all ages to delight in a combination of culture, well-being, nature, relaxation and exceptional cuisine. Reminiscent of a Fijian village, this resort provides a romantic luxury experience–complete with adults-only pool and dining areas–whilst also offering one of Fiji’s most comprehensive and responsible children’s programs. Families have a separate area, The Bula Club, which features pools with water slides and much more. Each child under six has an exclusive nanny from 9am to 9pm, and six- to 12-year-olds have a Fijian buddy. Guests enjoy an exceptional variety of daily complimentary activities, boat snorkelling trips with the resident marine biologist, yoga classes, sailing,
kayaking, night snorkelling, eco walks and more. Complimentary off-site excursions include a local village trip, a visit to the Savusavu market, a guided rainforest and waterfall hike, and an ecological tour with the marine biologist. The 25 individual, Fijian-style one- and two-bedroom bures (bungalows) exude tropical elegance. Designed in an environmentally friendly style, they feature contemporary décor, Wi-Fi, windows screened with timber louvers, and double vanity bathrooms. The ultimate in luxury is the villa, which includes a pool, four-poster bed and sunken Jacuzzi. Romantics can take pleasure in an intimate lantern-lit pier dinner, a gourmet picnic on a deserted private island or a traditional nurturing massage in the oceanfront spa. Explorers, meanwhile, can dive with Jean-Michel L’Aventure.
1. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort - Fiji
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