The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
LUXURY TRAVELERS HAVE almost tripled their spending in New Zealand in the past decade and, as high-end lodges and tourism experiences notch up international awards and recognition, New Zealand is now firmly fixed on the luxury radar. For the world-weary, well-travelled superyacht set, New Zealand offers a genuinely refreshing approach that's strongly linked to the landscape and all about creating personal and unique experiences - world-class accommodation, wines, service and transport delivered in an intimate and engaging Kiwi manner. Drawn firstly to the unspoilt landscape, international visitors are often blown away by the sophisticated infrastructure and services providing all the trappings of a first-class experience topped off with priceless treasures like peace, privacy and safety. Discerning travelers are continually voting New Zealand their favourite destination. Condé Nast readers recently voted New Zealand their favourite country in the world for the fifth year in a row. And, even in times of economic downturn, those with money to spend are spending it in New Zealand showing they're prepared to go the extra mile for a quality experience. As a relative newcomer to luxury tourism, New Zealand has had the benefit of hindsight, able to draw from the experience of others and create a world-class product with a truly unique Kiwi flavour. Locally grown fine foods, award-winning wines, exclusive accommodation and tailor- made activities all exceed the expectations of the most discerning five-star traveler. Another element of the New Zealand luxury experience that moves international visitors is the chance to interact with the indigenous culture in an authentic sense. Whether joining a Maori guide to walk in ancient Kauri forests or meeting a contemporary Maori artist in their own studio. New Zealand's first luxury property is still the best known - the multi-award winning Huka Lodge in Taupo that's hosted heads of state and Hollywood stars, and become world famous for its seclusion, unique environment and luxury experience. Newer properties like The Farm, at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay, have quickly earned world-class status. The Cape Kidnappers golf course was recently voted top in the world by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. At no extra cost is New Zealand's natural asset, the landscape, with mountains, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, wide-open spaces and miles of sparkling blue seas. Luxury yachts provide travelers with an GSR | 215 With luxury travel now one of New Zealand's fastest growing tourism sectors it's no surprise that the well-heeled are seeking out their growing list of luxury travel possibilities. Photography Tourism New Zealand Wine, water and luxury; the perfect mix in New Zealand exclusive floating option to explore New Zealand by water, and there are hundreds of islands and secluded moorings within easy reach of the main centres. As well as the chance to cruise the subtropical waters of the Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand - where dolphins and whales are a common sight - many vessels, large and small, take passengers on a dramatic journey into Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park where bush-clad peaks rise from the still blue waters, waterfalls cascade hundreds of metres into deep coves, and wildlife abounds. Escaping the rat race is one of the main reasons luxury travelers come to New Zealand and visitors list the seclusion, easily achieved privacy, restorative health benefits and The award winning Huka Lodge.
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