Keen attention to travelers’ preferences continues in New Zealand, where three cultural routes are orchestrated: Falls, Volcanoes and Maori; Food and Wine; or South Island Force of Nature.
The first option heads to Taupō, formed from a volcanic eruption; today, its steaming craters, bubbling-boiling mud and ample geysers intrigue visitors. Beaches are serene; warm geothermal water currents welcome swimmers. Taupō region is a fishing haven for ardent anglers. Hike Tongariro National Park’s Alpine Crossing. Or ski at Turoa and Whakapapa. On the Waikato River, with its powerful Huka Falls, stay at Huka Lodge in private parkland.
The second option lifts off via helicopter, heading to Waiheke Island. Its white-sand beaches and azure waters please aplenty. Touch down at Stonyridge vineyard, for lunch and tastings. Also fancy an evening champagne cruise aboard a private yacht and a welcome dinner back on land by locally acclaimed chefs. In addition to days of abundant culinary and wine indulgences, consider biking or golfing, as well as perusing art galleries. Stay at the Korora Estate, replete with tennis court, or the Te Rere Estate with 21 acres of private gardens and vineyards.
The third option zooms in on one of New Zealand’s riveting refuges: Milford Sound — a fjord with rainforests, cascading waterfalls, as well as wildlife, such as dolphins, whales, fur seals and penguins. Ideal for athletic travelers. Via helicopter, the flight travels over glaciers and fjords; then guests board Fiordland Jewel, a private three-deck catamaran. Partake in kayaking, Zodiac excursions, nature walks and stargazing.