Beginning October 1, there will be changes to the New Zealand entry requirements. Most visitors traveling to New Zealand will need to request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter the country. This new travel document joins the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy implemented earlier this year, and both will be making a positive impact on New Zealand’s future.
In a world where it seems every corner has been affected by human touch, New Zealand remains one of the few places where raw, natural beauty abounds. The country’s population is tiny in comparison to its awe-inspiring glaciers and sweeping vistas. If you are seeking peace and quiet with a grand dollop of luxury, then may we suggest a journey to New Zealand? Our top experiences in New Zealand span throughout the north and south.
Ker & Downey travels to Waiheke Island and finds it firmly planted on her “do not miss list” when you find yourself in Auckland. Hop on a ferry from the Queens Wharf for the short morning sail over to Waiheke Island. Most notable for an impressive collection of wineries, olive growers, and an annual outdoor sculpture exhibit, Waiheke’s heritage dates back to the 14th century and is best learned through the stories of locals. In true Kiwi fashion, finding a local on Waiheke who would delight in sharing their knowledge of the island isn’t terribly difficult. Walk into any storefront, […]
In September, Luxury Travel Consultant Catherine Brown spent a week and a half exploring New Zealand where she had the opportunity to take a New Zealand helicopter tour with pilot Alfie Speight. She describes the experience below. We woke on our last morning in Queenstown to a brilliant sunrise and clear skies. With fingers crossed, we headed to breakfast – and over our first cup of coffee got the call. “The weather has cleared at Milford Sound, and we are good to go!” Excited, we jumped in the car, and headed straight over to the hangar. After a safety briefing, […]
Waiheke Island is among Lonely Planet’s list of top ten destinations for 2016. The recently released list ranked it fifth in the list of best places to visit next year. From Auckland, Waiheke Island is a 35-minute ferry ride away – an easy day trip well spent exploring one of the hottest regions for 2016. Here are three reasons why we think you should go! Thriving Artistic Community Waiheke Island is a creative haven, home to over 100 glass-blowers, sculptors, painters, woodworkers, and the like. You can see some of the sculptures showcased at the Connells Bay Waiheke Sculpture Park – […]
Ker & Downey’s New Zealand Bucket List represents the best of “Kiwi Country.” From scenic flights through stunning landscapes and private wine tastings, to snowmobiling on glaciers and fly fishing for trout, this list has something everyone will want to check off. Seaplane to Connells Bay Waiheke Sculpture Park Art and nature merge at Connells Bay Waiheke Sculpture Park, an outdoor gallery showcasing the work of New Zealand sculptors. See it by air first as you arrive by seaplane for your guided tour of the “by invitation only” sculpture park.. Golf at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers New Zealand is a […]