From bespoke New Zealand cycling tours to encountering indigenous life in the Outback, take a look inside Abercrombie & Kent’s Australasian private tours
Abercrombie & Kent announced its expanded portfolio in expectation of offering travellers unique Australasian private tours once it is safe to travel again. With tailor-made and small group options, guests can enjoy a variety of travel experiences from adventure travel to Outback retreats. A&K Australia Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director Sujata Raman says, “By travelling on these journeys, our guests will be giving vital support to the many local businesses right around the country who have been equally challenged throughout the pandemic.”
Adventure is just around the corner in Australia and New Zealand
The 10th edition of A&K’s Australasian private tour portfolio offers travel from tropical islands and red deserts to snow-capped mountains, glaciers and fjords. For those looking for more athletic adventures, A&K’s offerings include thrills such as golfing getaways, eco walks, fly fishing, swimming with whale sharks and more. Without further ado, here’s a look into some of the most anticipated new experiences:
A new eight-day Outback Adventure by private aircraft takes a small number of guests on a private air tour of the raw South Australian landscapes from Adelaide. Flyers can enjoy views of the Flinders Ranges, Parachilna and William Creek, Coober Pedy and the Eyre Peninsula. On this journey, travellers can obtain insight to the state’s pastoral heritage by visiting outback stations and meeting the people who reside there. Relax in pubs and hotels while tasting the myriad of local cuisine offerings from ‘feral fare’ and home brew to seafood. There are just five departures with prices from $14,900 per person.
Other South Australian offers for the private traveller include a walking and houseboating experience through the Murray River floodplains as well as McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley.
Explore Ningaloo Reef from the comfort of the beachfront camp, Sal Salis, where guests may enjoy adventures to spot whale sharks and humpback whales or follow a gourmet discovery of the Southwest. Guest can compliment these experiences with a quokka walk on Rottnest Island or hiking and gourmet picnics in Margaret River.
A&K adventures in the Northern Territory highlight the Outback through experiences such as an exclusive camping safari in Kakadu National Park that offers guests access to indigenous rock art galleries, gorge walks and billabong cruising.
Northern Territory add-ons include a special access visit to traditionally owned turtle breeding grounds and a self-drive adventure into the Red Centre, where travellers can marvel at the Field of Light installation.
Explore Queensland’s northern regions with a week-long road trip from Cairns to Cape York via Cooktown, the Daintree Rainforest and remote cattle regions. A&K guests can further explore the far north region of Queensland with a guided indigenous walk through ancestral lands.
Head south from Brisbane or west from the Gold Coast to hike the Scenic Rim, where the Abercrombie & Kent experience includes a stay Spicer’s Lodge. For an island experience, A&K offers guests golfing excursions in the Whitsundays.
New South Wales
A private Kangaroo Valley retreat for 14 guests is on offer in New South Wales with possible paired experiences including an insider’s discovery of Sydney’s Chippendale or a wildlife adventure on Lord Howe Island.
Australian Capital Territory
A&K’s take on Canberra leads guests through a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House as well as into the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum. Private gourmet experiences highlight the capital city’s cuisine.
Discover views of the Grampian mountains and the Bass Strait while driving the Great Ocean Road. A&K recommends pairing its in-depth Melbourne experience with add-ons such as a gourmet immersion in the Mornington Peninsula or an indigenous history and heritage experience at Worawa College in the Yarra Valley.
Explore Australia’s southernmost state by joining a walking tour on Maria island or discovering Hobart’s hidden gems before roadtripping to Freycinet National Park to reconnect with nature. Pair these experiences with an visit to the Raptor Refuge south of Hobart, which rehabilitates native wildlife and is supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy.
For golfers keen to be reunited with the links, a private charter plane can escort players away for a day trip to the Barnbougle golf courses on the island’s northern shores.
Active adventurers can join a local host on A&K’s six-day ‘Active Fiordland Adventure’. This South Island experience ranges from Queenstown to Te Anau through hiking, lake and fjord expeditions complemented by stays in two lodges. Four departures are scheduled with pricing from $7,200 per person.
A six-day overnight catamaran trip introduces travellers to the Abel Tasman National Park. This tour has just four departures with pricing from $7,700 per person.
Explore the Nelson Tasman region of the South Island with a bespoke cycling tour that balances views of natural landscapes with visits to artists’ studios, galleries and wineries. Guests can also enjoy the mountain experience at Minaret Station and Blanket Bay or travel northwards towards to bathe in the Marlborough Sounds. On the Northern Island, guests can golf at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs. Add-on experiences include glacier heli-adventures and wine tastings.
Each of Abercrombie & Kent’s unique experiences are crafted by team members who travel to regions to compile the guest experience firsthand. Travellers can book trips as created by the A&K team or tailor their adventure to suit individual tastes. See below for more information about A&K’s Australasian private tours.