• Stunning Milford Sound.

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  • George Bernard Shaw's take on New Zealand? “Altogether too many sheep.” We beg to differ.

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  • Carved wood ornamentation on a Maori building.

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  • Rotorua. Think boiling mud puddles and spurting geysers.

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  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

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  • Ever walk atop a glacier? Here's your chance. Franz Joseph Glacier.

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  • Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and just this side of the towering Southern Alps.

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New Zealand: A South Pacific Switzerland?

Welcome to New Zealand, Land of the Kiwi. Begin in urban Auckland, whose breathtaking landscape is home to the America's Cup. Rotorua, next, a patch of geothermal wonders. Examine Maori culture in Te Puia. Onto Palliser Bay, Wellington, an exploration of Queenstown, lovely Milford Sound, Dart River, Glenorchy, and Lake Wakatipu.

      You have to remind yourself that you’re not in Ireland, not in Norway. Not in Yellowstone. Or England. Sure, there are green rolling hills, fjords, thermal geysers, the occasional bungee jumper. But there’s also the intricate body painting of the Maori. The Remarkables. And the Tasman Sea.

New Zealand

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Sample Journey

R. Crusoe & Son creates a New Zealand journey specifically for you and yours.

     How long should you set aside for your visit? That depends on who’s in your group and what exactly you would like to see and do. Generally speaking, you should plan for a journey of at least 11 days.

     Your R. Crusoe travel specialist will create a route for you and yours that maximizes your exposure to the  highlights of New Zealand. Destinations to consider on the North Island? Auckland & Waiheke, Bay of Islands, Rotorua & Taupo, Wellington, Palliser Bay, and Napier & Cape Kidnappers. And on the South Island: Nelson, Kaikoura, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, and Te Anau. Of course, there are many other destinations to consider as well. Speak to an R. Crusoe travel specialist for details.   

 Are you a golfer? Do you love fly-fishing? Speak to an R. Crusoe travel specialist about planning time on a course or a riverbank while you're in New Zealand. The possibilities are stunning.

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Sample Pricing

Estimated price per person per night, sharing room, from $1,250, plus internal airfare. Pricing depends on the properties chosen, the number of people traveling, the season in which you travel, and the number of days you want to spend in New Zealand. Please speak to an R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist for details.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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Hilton. A contemporary boutique hotel, the Hilton features 165 well-appointed rooms with balconies. Located at the end of Princes Wharf, this cruise-liner shaped hotel is a short walk from the city’s entertainment area. Amenities include a fitness room, jogging track, outdoor heated lap pool, and one restaurant-bar.

Mollies. Just a short drive from downtown Auckland in the suburb of St. Mary’s Bay. Mollies blends Victorian charm with contemporary art in a boutique hotel setting. 10 suites. Amenities include spa services, garden, library, one restaurant, and one bar.

Delamore Lodge. (Waiheke Island). An elegant and exclusive boutique hotel just a 35-minute ferry ride or five-minute helicopter flight from downtown Auckland. Designed in the shape of a traditional Maori fish hook, the property has luxurious yet simple rooms. Enjoy breathtaking views of Hauraki Gulf from your private courtyard. Four suites and one two-bedroom apartment. Amenities include spa services, outdoor heated pool, indoor Jacuzzi, bikes, helipad, gardens, and one restaurant-bar.

The Boatshed. (Waiheke Island). The beachside Boatshed combines nautical design with relaxed luxury in a boutique setting. Just 35 minute by ferry from Auckland or 10 minutes by helicopter. A short stroll gets you to Oneroa market, and the beach is a three-minute walk from the hotel. Five suites and two bungalows. Amenities include spa services, one restaurant-bar, gardens, and a nearby beach.

Rotorua & Taupo.

Treetops Luxury Lodge & Estate. Taupo. Nestled in a magnificent forest. The lodge’s elegant architectural style, with timber and stone finishes, reflects New Zealand’s pioneering past. Eight villas, four lodge rooms, and one cottage (sleeps eight). Full range of optional activities on and around the property. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, two outdoor Jacuzzis, access to a nearby golf course, and one restaurant-bar.

Solitaire Lodge. Rotorua. This exclusive retreat on a peninsula in Lake Tarawera offers exceptional views of Mount Tarawera as well as a full range of optional activities—fishing, biking, golf, and more. 10 suites. Amenities include spa services, lake beach, lakeside jetty with kayaks and dinghies, thermal hot springs, and one restaurant-bar.

Huka Lodge. Taupo. A legendary, sophisticated lodge founded in 1924 by Irishman Alan Pye. Huka sits on a manicured 17-acre spread along the Waikato River. 25 suites. Amenities include a spa, gardens, tennis courts, petanque, fishing, nearby golf course, full range of optional activities, and one restaurant-bar.

Palliser Bay.

Wharekauhau Country Estate. Built to resemble an Edwardian country mansion, this antique-filled lodge captures the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era. It is attached to a working sheep farm. Elegant cottages dot the extensive grounds. 17 suites in the lodge and cottages. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, tennis court, gardens, a full range of activity options, and one restaurant-bar.

Bay of Islands.

Kauri Cliffs. Set on 600 acres near Matauri Bay, this luxurious lodge afford great views of the Pacific, Cape Brett, and the Cavalli Islands. 22 suites and one two-bedroom cottage. Amenities include a golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, three private beaches, full range of optional activities, and one restaurant-bar (jackets required for men at cocktails and dinner).


Museum Art Hotel. This hotel combines a waterfront location with luxurious accommodations. The harbor and Te Papa Museum stand opposite the hotel, and shopping, dining, and entertainment are in walking distance. Modern art is on display in the public areas, and the guest rooms are classically elegant. 65 rooms and suites. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, one restaurant, and two bars.

InterContinental. Located opposite the city harbor. 232 rooms. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, two restaurants, and one bar.


Azur. Urbane and sophisticated, Azur boasts magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. The property stands on three acres of hillside and yet remains conveniently close to downtown Queenstown. Nine one-bedroom villas with sun decks. Amenities include access to a local fitness center, and one restaurant-bar.

Matakauri Lodge. On the banks of Lake Wakatipu and just minutes from downtown Queenstown. The lodge has dramatic lake and mountain views and boasts a world-class spa. 12 suites and one four-bedroom cottage. Amenities include a spa, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, and one restaurant-bar.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel. An elegant property on the lakefront in downtown Queenstown. The rooms are sumptuous, cozy, and classically appointed. Five suites, four apartments, and one villa. Amenities include one restaurant-bar.

Blanket Bay Lodge. A luxurious property not far outside Queenstown proper. All guest rooms have exceptional lake or mountain views. Five rooms and seven suites. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, Jacuzzi, outdoor heated pool (open in summer only), wine cellar, game room, and one restaurant-bar.

Te Anau.

Fiordland Lodge. This is the perfect base from which to explore Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The lodge is perched on a hill at the edge of Lake Te Anau. Its open architecture reflects the vastness of the environment, with high ceilings, trunk pillars, and a massive stone fireplace. Nine rooms, one suite, and two log cabins. Amenities include water sports, a helipad, and one restaurant-bar.

Hawke's Bay & Cape Kidnappers.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Hawke’s Bay. Set on 6,000 acres of rolling pasture land. This clutch of luxury lodge buildings resembles a working farm and offers panoramic views of the Pacific. 22 suites and one four-bedroom cottage. Amenities include an award-winning golf course, spa, wine cellar, heated pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, walking trails, a range of activity options, and one restaurant-bar.

Greenhill Lodge. Hawke’s Bay. An elegant, historic homestead, Greenhill stands in the heart of food and wine country. Two suites, two rooms, and one two-bedroom cottage. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool, gardens, billiard room, and one restaurant-bar.


Stonefly Lodge. Situated on 150 acres of private forest 50 minutes outside of Nelson, the lodge has been recognized for its environmentally-sensitive development. An ideal base from which to explore Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, and Kahurangi national parks. Four rooms. Amenities include billiards, library, massages, on-site hobby farm, a range of optional activities including fly fishing, and one restaurant-bar.

Split Apple Retreat. A tranquil luxury retreat and spa high above Tasman Bay near Abel Tasman National Park. With just three oceanfront suites, this a contemporary lodge is a joy. Amenities include a saltwater pool, spa, sauna, fitness center, helipad, and one restaurant-bar.

Edenhouse. Nestled in 50 acres in a valley in the heart of rural Nelson. On the property are eight acres of internationally acclaimed, award-winning gardens. Two suites in the lodge and one two-bedroom cottage. Amenities include a library, walking trails, helipad, and one restaurant-bar.


Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses. A modern country hotel near the Kaikoura Mountains. Two suites and four rooms in the lodge, one one-bedroom apartment in the Olive House, and five one- or two-bedroom tree houses that stand 30 feet off the ground. Amenities include a lap pool, sauna, and one restaurant-bar.

Franz Josef Glacier.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Nestled deep in a rain forest, this pretty eco-lodge features natural and sustainable luxury goods—organic cotton bedspreads and the like. 100 rooms. Amenities include a spa, one restaurant, and one bar.

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10 Things You Should Know About New Zealand.

  1. New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote (1893).
  2. Greens, Sheep, & Boats: There are more golf courses (more than 400) in New Zealand per capita than any other country in the world. There are seven sheep to every one person in this country (down from a 20:1 ration just a few years ago). The city of Auckland has the largest number of boats per capita of any city in the world.
  3. Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, was the first person to summit Mount Everest (1953).
  4. Ernest Rutherford, another New Zealander, was the first person in the world to split the atom (1919). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work.
  5. New Zealand is the first country in the world to see each new day.
  6. New Zealand is the birthplace of the Pavlova, a meringue dessert named for the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova.
  7. Hector's dolphin (the world's smallest marine dolphin) and Hooker's sea lion (the world’s rarest sea lion) live nowhere else but in New Zealand waters.
  8. New Zealand is home to the world's only flightless parrot, the kakapo, as well as the kea, the only alpine parrot in the world.
  9. The oldest living genus of reptile is the New Zealand tuatara, which can be traced back 190 million years to the Mesozoic Era.
  10. Nancy Wake (born in Wellington in 1912) was the Allies' most decorated servicewoman in World War II and the Gestapo's most-wanted person. The Germans code-named her the White Mouse because she was so elusive. She died in 2011 at age 98.
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