See the surreal landscape of Waiotapu
Sip champagne atop Cecil Peak
Take a helicopter tour of the Milford Sound
Visit Mount Doom with a Lord of the Rings Tour
New Zealand – a land of glaciers, ribbon like fjords, stunning coastlines and majestic mountains. From the tip of Cecil Peak to the bejewelled waters of Blanket Bay, it’s no wonder Peter Jackson picked his home turf for the fantasy landscape of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings film series.
New Zealand is one of the adventure capitals of the world, and for super luxe travellers you can spend your days climbing volcanic spires, surfing, skydiving, simmering in hot springs, and sipping champagne all the way.
To help you understand why New Zealand is Mother Nature’s playground – here are our top picks for a luxury adventure…
See the Sacred Waters of Wai-o-tapu
The landscape surrounding the sacred waters known locally as Wai-o-tapu is a vision of volcanic sculptures, hissing steam and shores of wild untamed colour. Over the centuries the geothermal action has caused the terrace formations to take on rainbow hues – ranging from fiery crimson shades to turquoise and gold.
This area has been named one of the most surreal places on earth and with its daily geyser eruptions, bubbling pools, and Mars like vistas you will feel as though you have been transported to another world.
Champagne on Cecil Peak
Soaring 2000 ft. above the ground, Cecil Peak looks like a diamond with her snowy peaks set against a brilliant blue sky. For those who don’t want to make the climb, one of the ultimate experiences is taking a helicopter to the top of the world and celebrating at the summit with a bottle of Cristal champagne.
Afterwards spend the night at The Penthouse, the latest uber luxe pad in Lake Wakatipu where you can enjoy around the clock butler service, a private chef, copious amounts of Krug champagne, and a personal Land Rover and driver to show you the sights of Queenstown.
Helicopter Above the Milford Sound
Another of New Zealand’s most iconic sights is also worth seeing by air – the Milford Sound. Take a two-hour helicopter flight across the jaw dropping alpine landscape. Look down and see glaciers, shimmering lakes, island pockets and seals soaking up the sun. Touch down for a spot of golf on one of the world class teeing off spots called the 19th Hole, and sip and swirl award winning wines at the vineyard of Glenorchy.
Stay in a Blanket Bay chalet where you can curl up beside an old stone fireplace, dine on refined seasonal fare, and refresh yourself in the spa therapy suites.
See Tolkien’s Middle Earth
Lord of the Ring lovers and fans of The Hobbit will fall head over heels with a luxury tour of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Zicasso are offering a once in a lifetime experience to take a high-class adventure across New Zealand especially designed for fantasy addicts.
Hard to reach locations are suddenly yours to explore with the use of a private helicopter, behind the scenes movie sets invite you in for personal tours complete with costume and model making workshops, and you get to sleep in style in luxury Lord of the Ring themed hotel rooms.
Words by: Jodie Oakes