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They say beauty comes from within. This statement resonates true in New Zealand. The country is undoubtedly esthetically pleasing; however, it is the people, the culture, and the experiences that truly make New Zealand extraordinary.

New Zealand is a young country and one of the last landmasses to be settled by humans (established by the Polynesians and Dutch). This land of ‘Kiwis’ – not the fruit or the bird, rather the term reserved for a person born in New Zealand – is a wonderful mix of Maori and British culture and language.

On the North Island, the city of Auckland offers a wonderful introduction. A coastal metropolis, Auckland is known for its sailing culture. Visitors can enjoy a day aboard the America’s Cup yacht exploring the harbor and environs. Nearby, the Bay of Islands is a mecca for golfing, fishing and beach hopping while in Rotorua, the Maori culture and the thermal pools offer soft adventure in abundance. A visit to the North Island wouldn’t be complete without an iconic glass (or bottle) of wine in Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough.

Whether by ferry or by plane, the journey across Cook Strait will lead you to the beautiful South Island. From wine tasting in Marlborough, journeying by train over Arthur’s Pass, ice climbing the glaciers, or overnighting aboard a boat in Milford Sound, you’ll think you’ve seen it all until you arrive into Queenstown: the jewel of the South Island. The unsurpassable beauty (captured in films like “Lord of the Rings”) offers only a backdrop to endless hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, bungee jumping, paragliding, and skydiving.

No matter your style, the luxury lodges, hotels, and resorts only mirror the natural beauty of the country and showcase the warm hospitality of Kiwis, making this one of the most desired destinations.

Having spent over two years of her life in New Zealand, Melissa Pugh is sure to design and deliver the ultimate itinerary to this amazing country.  Contact Melissa at to dream up your very own adventure!