New Zealand

Minaret Station
New Zealand is renowned for exceptional snow experiences, but the very best could well be one you’ve never heard of, as Craig Tansley discovers.

Things to do in New Zealand

Rahimoana, New Zealand
Destination // New Zealand

Katrina Holden visited three of New Zealand’s best luxury lodges, set amid the endless …

Poronui Lodge Taupo New Zealand
Experience // Auckland

Just a short journey by air is all that separates Australia from a dazzling choice of …

Wharekauhau Lodge in New Zealand
Experience // Wellington

When in New Zealand's capital discover luxurious Wellington accommodation and all the …

Blanket Bay overlooking Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
Experience // Queenstown

There's nowhere quite like Queenstown for pushing your limits and then repaying the …


Unique Experiences

Helicopter ride miles holden milford sound fiordland

Heli-tour New Zealand's stunning scenery.

Lake Rotoiti Rotorua Pure Cruise

Luxury cruises on the lakes.

Kawarau Bungalow, New Zealand

Bungy Jump from Kawarau Bridge.

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Health & Wellness // Glenorchy

There's a wellness retreat and luxury lodge in New Zealand’s Glenorchy that is all …

New Zealand // Wildlife

With natural attractions on both land and sea, Kaikoura truly is a wildlife-lovers’ …

Canoe, New Zealand
Art & Culture // Nelson

At the sunny top of the South Island, Nelson is a small city with a big heart that …

Walk, New Zealand
Walk // New Zealand

Helen McKenzie takes time out to smell the flowers on a rewarding, three-day walk …


Food & Wine

Sam Neill

The much-loved star of screens big and small, New Zealand native Sam Neill talks to …

Food & Wine // Hawke's Bay

New Zealand’s Hawke's Bay is all about indulgence – fine food, noteworthy wines and …

Drive, New Zealand
Food & Wine // New Zealand

The only problem with food writer Michael Shaw’s five-night, five lodge New Zealand …

Otahuna Lodge dining
Food & Wine // Christchurch

New Zealand is at the forefront of the new world truffle industry writes Winsor Dobbin …


Get out of town

Tree tops
Get out of town // Rotorua

There’s nothing like a helicopter ride to the crater of a volcano to distract the kids …

Heli ski, New Zealand
Ski // Central Otago

“When there’s fresh snow, making turns from a high windswept cornice to a white- …

New Zealand
Get out of town // New Zealand

Formed by two flooded volcanic craters, Banks Peninsula harbours Canterbury’s port of …

Nature, New Zealand
New Zealand // Get out of town

At the heart of the North Island’s thermal activity lies Rotorua, famous for its …


Staying here

Luxury winter getaways, winter holidays, luxury hotel deals winter
Stay here // Winter getaways

Summer holidays enjoy much of the attention, but there’s plenty to love about a winter …

Suite Life // Auckland

The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel is set on the water on Auckland’s Waitematā …

Stay here // Sofitel Wellington

Katrina Holden visits Wellington’s newest five-star hotel addition.

Suite Life // Auckland

The celebrities’ choice when visiting Auckland, the two-storey Penthouse Suite is …


New Zealand Tours

5-day itinerary // Wellington

Savour the food and wine of Wellington, the Wairarapa and Marlborough on this luxury …

7-day itinerary // Auckland

Take in culture and natural beauty in the top of New Zealand's North Island on this …

6-day itinerary // Christchurch

Explore New Zealand's Garden City and the surrounding Canterbury plains with this …

Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand
6-day itinerary // Queenstown

Soar above the South Island’s spectacular scenery, tee off at award-winning golf …


Art Deco wooden car

Art Deco Festival

Queenstown Winter Festival fireworks

American Express Queenstown Winterfestival

New Zealand festival

New Zealand Festival

For more information about these events and others, visit

Seascape, New Zealand

Get out of town at the remote and charming Seascape, one of the luxury villas …

Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

Unwind this winter at Matakauri Lodge, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property …

Otahuna Lodge daffodils

A cosy winter escape at Otahuna Lodge in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.


We might not wear the crown – but their kind of luxe is within reach in New Zealand. …


Latest articles

Best place to stay // New Zealand

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The Marlborough Lodge


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Best place to stay // New Zealand

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Wherekauhau Country Estate


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Best place to stay // New Zealand

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Eagles Nest


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Best place to stay // New Zealand


Minaret Station Alpine Lodge


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Weather to go

New Zealand’s climate is largely temperate, and in some places the weather can go from one season (e.g. sunny) to another (e.g. rainy) in the space of a day! The inland alpine areas can be as cold as minus 10 degrees celsius and snowy in winter (June - August), and the ski season begins in June, running through September and sometimes into October. 

High season is during summer, from December to February, with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees celsius, and the UV rays are strong - best to pack sunscreen if you’re travelling there in summer.


Best places to stay

See the best places to stay in New Zealand here.

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