Experiences

Antipodean Luxury Travel goes one step beyond all other travel agencies with our exclusive New Zealand partnerships which boast exclusive, unrivalled access to some of the most authentic experiences, designed to better connect travellers with the undiscovered wonders of New Zealand. Experiences are designed to cater to individual passions and interests, from the finest food and wine excursions, the arts, wellness and outdoor adventures.

WINE APPREACIATION

For the wine connoisseurs, Antipodean Luxury Travel will organise a once in a lifetime experience with one of New Zealand’s best wine makers. At the desired winery, clients will customize their own wine from a single vintage, take part in harvesting the grapes, select the oak barrel to age the wine, have an intensive tasting session to refine the final taste, before naming and designing the label to take home for one’s own private collection.

GOURMET CUISINE

The gourmet traveller can enjoy culinary adventures, staying at the finest luxury lodges in the South Island and explore the best farm to table food in New Zealand. Arrive at Luxury Alpine Lodge, Minaret Station in style – it’s only accessible by helicopter –  and explore the freshest foods from the property’s own ‘back yard’.  Throughout the trip Antipodean Luxury Travel will ensure VIP reservations at Queenstown’s best restaurants and visits to local farms and organic working gardens that work closely with your luxury resort, Eichardt’s Private Hotel. Then travel to Canterbury to take part in cooking demonstrations with the executive chef at Otahuna Lodge with produce from their farm and pottager garden. Something special for foodies to get in touch with the source of New Zealand’s dishes.

INTO THE WILD

New Zealand is internationally renowned for its unique and spectacular scenery. Absorb the wide-open spaces and remove yourself from 21st century living – get up close and personal with the wild animals that grace the valleys and mountain tops. Take a guided 4WD tour across a high country farm and watch sheep dogs at work. Enjoy an alpine picnic of fresh crayfish, lamb or beef cooked on an ingenious keg converted barbeque.

Access some of New Zealand’s finest fishing spots by helicopter and take in the lush rainforests below. The Southern Alps provide some of the most extraordinary trout fishing on earth, suitable for both the novice and expert anglers. Our highly knowledgeable and skilled guides will ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

Antipodean Luxury Travel has exclusive helicopter rights and private access to UNESCO sites, wilderness fisheries and coastal coves, offering endless opportunities for clients to explore the great outdoors. From private picnics on secluded mountain peaks surrounded by natural landscapes and wildlife to fly-fishing for trout with an expert guide and a personal chef to cook up the freshest catch. There is no limit to what Antipodean Luxury Travel can offer.

ANNUAL WILDERNESS MUSTER

For a unique wilderness experience, catch the annual sheep mustering and shearing. A quintessentially New Zealand event, guests will be surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of one of the North Island’s largest sheep high country station. Antipodean Luxury Travel will organise a helicopter transfer from a luxury lodge at Cape Kidnappers to the station where 46,000 sheep will be shorn. Learn how the wool is graded into classes and which products are made from each type of wool. Guests will be able to choose their own wool to be spun into a garment of their choice to take home as a memento of their visit.

WELLNESS RETREAT

A wellness experience with Antipodean Luxury Travel is sure to recharge anyone’s batteries. Take a digital detox and feel the exhilaration of mountain yoga, accompanied by a professional yogini before retreating to a SPA bed for the ultimate pampering experience, taking in breath-taking views and enjoying healthy meals prepared by nutrition specialists.

UNTOUCHED PEAKS

Take on the finest off-piste skiing experience in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Soar over sparkling azure lakes and lush green meadows, cruise above ancient glaciers and mountain ridge tops in search of the perfect run.

As your helicopter lands, you are on top of the world with acres of pristine powder, glacial bowls and basins surrounding you – and utter silence. This precise moment, when you prepare yourself for one of the most incredible experiences, is one you will never forget. Step into your skis and edge your tips over the lip before slicing through untouched powder mile after glorious mile. Re-live the thrills of the day whilst relaxing in your private outdoor hot tub at your luxury wilderness retreat. Dine in style with canapés followed by a three-course gourmet dinner to reward yourself after a monumental day on the mountain. Each itinerary is curated to your requests and ski level, in order to provide you with a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

ART and DESIGN

Antipodean Luxury Travel will take guests on an artistic journey, with exclusive access to private residence art collections and sculpture gardens, private tours of CHCH Art Gallery with the Gallery Director / Curator and visits to local artist studios. Guests can stay at historic Otahuna Lodge which is influenced by the style and scale of noble English country estates and spend their days being chauffer driven in a classic Bentley around the sites.