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Nature in the Raw

Huge, yet compact. Imposing, yet friendly. Wide open, yet intimate. The dichotomies of New Zealand take some time to process (usually an hour; after that, you stop trying). Beauty is served raw down here. You see it carved in the face of mighty Mt. Cook, shimmering in the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and spread across the sheep-sprinkled farmlands that line the South Island. It’s just as impressive indoors, too: luscious salmon, distinctive sauvignon blanc and stunning views from exclusive lodges.

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The best time to visit New Zealand is from September to April.

Trip Ideas

A Family Affair

Be you a big kid, a little kid or any aged kid in between, New Zealand is a superb family destination for young and old alike. For the adults there’s stunning scenery, biking along turquoise canals, friendly locals, beautiful Maori culture, delicious food and award-winning wines. For the younger folk there’s bubbling geysers, hot water beaches, swimming with dolphins and the watching of whales – not to mention jumping off bridges (attached to a bungee, of course), swinging on ropes, canyoning down waterfalls and jet boating along flowing rivers.

  • Visit the Antarctic Centre and take a ride on the awesome Hagglund – the vehicles used at Scott Base and McMurdo Station
  • Stargaze with the Southern hemisphere’s largest telescope under one of the clearest skies in the world
  • Drive out on a stunning glacial moraine lake getting up close and personal with towering icebergs

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Active South Island

World famous for its stunning scenery, friendly locals, pristine environments, beautiful cuisine and, of course, multitude of award-winning wine regions, this active adventure will get you deep into the heart of what makes New Zealand so special. Start in the Sounds of Marlborough, wander through the mountains of Kaikoura and finish with superb hiking in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. If it’s some culture you want, no problem. If it’s just taking in the magnificence, done. It’s how we roll down here.

  • Enjoy the cultural and bustling vibe of Wellington, ‘the Coolest Little Capital in the World’ as voted by Lonely Planet
  • Take in the Marlborough Sounds, the Kaikoura coast and finish in breathtaking Fiordland with its Jurassic-like landscapes
  • Visit New Zealand fur seals in their natural environment, swim with dolphins, and experience the splendor of Milford by boat

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Kiwi Grand Journey

If there’s one thing that New Zealand does well, (other than people, scenery, cuisine, wine…) it’s luxury travel with an incredible network of properties. With this Grand Journey, you’ll get remarkable biking, walking, wine, food and superb B&R touches, complimented by a lodge line up that can’t be beaten. From the tip of the far north to the depths of the wild south, there will be biking and hiking, eating and exploring, wining and dining, wildlife and nature, resting and rejuvenating… and that’s just in the first week!

  • Take an incredible chopper trip out to White Island, New Zealand’s only highly active marine volcano
  • Get up close and personal with 300 Dusky dolphins when you take a swim with them off the stunning Kaikoura coast
  • Spend a night in Doubtful Sound on your own private luxury vessel, with kayaking, hiking and sightseeing galore

Inspired? Craft a similar Bespoke guided trip starting from $1,500-$2,000 per person per night.

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Feature Hotels

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown

As soaring mountains rival the vibrant blue of Lake Wakatipu, Matakuri Lodge is an especially remarkable destination. Revel in its beauty from the viewpoint of your private, sun-soaked porch, or curl up beside the open fireplace inside the luxe sitting room. Activities and excursions await, ranging from horseback riding, to jet safaris, canyon adventures to wine tours. View hotel website »

Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

In a community internationally recognized for its environmental efforts, the Hapuku Lodge is both sustainable and outdoors-inspired. Their eco-vision combines environmental restoration, support of local farmers, and eco-friendly architectural and interior design among many other initiatives. World famous for whale watching, giant albatross encounters, and dolphin and seal swimming, the Lodge is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts alike! View hotel website »

Minaret Station Luxury Wilderness Camp, Wanaka

In the heart of the Southern Alps, this Luxury Lodge is accessible only by helicopter and boasts sensational views of a rolling glacial valley. Canvas suites, complete with wall to wall sheepskin carpet, king beds, and large, soaker hot tub, offer an unmatched experience of luxury tenting that has never before been available to guests in the New Zealand mountains. View hotel website »

Our Trip Designers are a special breed. Part guru, part collaborator, part mind-reader, they have the full breadth of B&R resources at their fingertips. Extraordinarily well-travelled, they’ve been there, lived there, done it, planned it and eaten it, too. With a combined geographic knowledge that’s nothing short of staggering, they can save you literally years of research. Above all, they’re incredibly good at what they do.

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Accolades

“B&R travel is seamless. The pre-trip informational packet was amazing, the guides were awesome, the food was delicious and the wine was flowing We loved our experience and would definitely return to ride skinny tires with your company again.”

— Julianne Major, 2013

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