As summer down under approaches, New Zealand is one of our top destinations for the coming season. Whether you plan to spend a week, or two, or more, Tribù has a pulse on the latest in New Zealand from its newest luxury South Island lodge to rafting and helicopter adventures and Auckland’s brand new Park Hyatt hotel. Here are a few of our latest experiences we don’t want you to miss.
Explore The Lindis
New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge, The Lindis is a highly rated property with a spectacular location and cutting-edge design. Visitors to The Lindis can check out its unique gliding experience using the property’s grass air strips, or take advantage of a plethora of options for fishing, hiking and horseback riding as far as more traditional activities. Helicopter safaris also offer yet another way to see the area from a bird’s eye view.
Luxury suites are one option at The Lindis, while brand new “pods,” are the latest way to stay here. Nestled into the landscape near the main lodge, the pods provide a way to blend into the surrounding nature in a completely private setting, while still maintaining all of the modern conveniences of today’s exclusive luxury accommodations.
Ultimate Add-On: Paddle in inflatable kayaks for a luxury camp experience at the nearby Clay Cliffs. Continue on over Omarama Saddle to the West Branch of the Manuherikia River, before continuing downstream to St. Bathans, across Thompson Gorge and Dalrachney Station. The excursion is a must for cyclists exploring New Zealand by bike, or outdoor enthusiasts seeking a unique area tour. Additional experiences include luxury 4WD transportation, scenic flights, a spectacular glacier climb and more.
Experience Pioneers Wilderness Camp — Coming soon!
Brand new, with a November 1 opening, it does not get much more exclusive than Pioneers Wilderness Camp. The three tents accommodate just six guests on the shores of Lake Hawea, a short drive from Wanaka. This is a very special and unusual way to experience New Zealand, geared toward travelers who are game for an adventure, but who still like to enjoy the comforts of home.
Settle in to Auckland’s New Park Hyatt — Coming soon!
Don’t miss this new harborside property — the first truly 5-star hotel option in New Zealand’s most populous city. With a winter 2019 opening, the Park Hyatt here aims to please with ultra luxe accommodations, fine dining options, sleek design, and sweeping city and water views. The Park Hyatt is the latest luxury home base from which to explore this city gem in New Zealand.
Embark on a South Coast Adventure Journey
Starting on the shores of Lake Hauroko, this 4-day Tribù excursion by raft and by hike is a bit of a choose your own adventure with a guided tour from camp to camp, with a more self-supported hike on the latter half of the trip. The fast-flowing Wairaurahiri River offers Class 2 rapids en route to beach camping and Stewart Island views, while the second portion of the journey brings the group for a hike along the South Coast Track and exhibition-style camping.
Traverse Abel Tasman
The smallest of New Zealand’s national parks, Abel Tasman is known as a coastal paradise filled with sandy beaches that can be experienced by land, water or air. Water enthusiasts will enjoy kayaks, catamarans and water taxis across the area, while heli tours provide a bird’s eye view of the park.
We recommend a stay at Split Apple Retreat, a luxury wellness retreat that serves as a serene home base for exploring Abel Tasman with massage, yoga, cooking lessons and relaxation at its core.
For those seeking an adventure, board a private charter to explore the coast, past Split AppleRock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau and along to Tonga Island seal colony. The journey offers a flexible itinerary with plenty of opportunity to kayak, walk, snorkel or simply relax on board while exploring the impressive Abel Tasman coastal track.
Known as a resort town on the shores of New Zealand’s South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is filled with adventure sports, vineyards and historic mining towns.
By Raft: We recommend reserving a day to explore the area by raft, where our Blue Pools Rafting Adventure brings groups together for a full day of rafting, swimming and outdoor cooking, along with a scenic drive through the small hamlet of Wanaka.
The adventure features a private guide through the fun rapids, deep blue swimming holes and secluded picnic spots, as well as a gourmet cooked lunch, famous Black Peak Gelatos, and shopping and walking along the famed lake front.
By Helicopter: For an experience by sky, consider a private helicopter safari of national parks from Queenstown. This three-quarter day journey by air explores Fiordland and Mt. Aspiring National Parks via unique flight plan and optional outdoor adventures. This is an awe-inspiring way to experience New Zealand’s rivers, ocean, beaches, glaciers, lakes and rainforest from an exclusive and private vantage point, with options to choose two activities from hikes, glacier encounters, stand-up paddle boarding, and rafting excursions along the way.