Where are the best areas for luxury travel in New Zealand

Queenstown is one of the central hubs of luxury travel in New Zealand ... photo by CC user 22699083@N04 on Flickr

Being one of the best nations in the world when it comes to a boasting a variety of different natural scenery, it’s no surprise that New Zealand luxury travel is booming these days. From subtropical beaches in the north, to soaring snow-capped peaks in the south, there is much to choose from.

What are the best areas for luxury travel in New Zealand? The three destinations profiled below have much to offer the discerning traveler: all you have to do is to choose which one meets your needs best.

1) Queenstown

Nestled up against the shore of picturesque Lake Wakatipu between the peaks of The Remarkables, Queenstown offers a wide slate of opportunities to experience the outdoors of New Zealand and to push one’s personal limits. From bungy jumping to jet-boating, the possibilities available to you for spiking your adrenaline are seemingly endless.

For those looking for something a bit calmer but still looking for a fun activity, the local wine regions nearby produce some of the best vino in the nation, and with tour companies offering shuttles to various vineyards, you can enjoy the varietals without worrying about a designated driver.

When heading out to dinner at night in Queenstown, most of the best places in town strongly recommend reservations, so be sure to pre-arrange a table before commencing the day’s activities.

2) Bay of Islands

With many widely scattered islands, coves, and beaches within a small area on the eastern side of the Northland Peninsula, this idyllic corner of New Zealand will appeal greatly to those that yearn to breath in the salt air deeply while digging their toes into some of the most perfect white sand in the world.

Some of the world’s best preserved old growth forest and stunning waterfalls like Haruru Falls are also well worth seeing, while those wishing to fully experience the region’s marine environment should make plans to go out on an overnight cruise. The extra time that it takes compared to day trips will allow you to better appreciate how special this part of the globe really is.

3) Abel Tasman National Park

Located within a short drive from Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park combines mountains and paradisaical beaches in a package that no visitor to New Zealand can possibly pass up. The Maldives-esque (less palm trees and year round tropical weather) silky sands will invite you in for a swim during the summers, while tours to the nearby Tonga Island Marine Reserve will grant you the chance to sight animals like the blue penguin and the boisterous fur seal.

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