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New Zealand Luxury Resorts

New Zealand luxury resort hotels are located a land of impressive and dramatic landscapes, from lush green vegetation, icy glaciers to pristine waters and idyllic beaches lined with magnificent New Zealand luxury resort hotels. Discover this diverse country, also named  the land of the long white cloud, with its glorious scenery in an uncrowded land on an exclusive luxury travel holiday. The Bay of Islands is one the major highlights of a visit to New Zealand, and is a graceful fusion of water with land that is virtually untouched by civilisation making it a popular luxury travel holiday destination. The islands combine early New Zealand history with spectacular natural scenery and wildlife providing a unique mix of attractions to explore while staying at a New Zealand luxury resort. Further south, explore the Coromandel Peninsula, a picturesque town of Victorian and gold rush times that is now a yachting haven on your exclusive luxury travel vacation. Or enjoy the flourishing yet relaxed Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds in the Marlborough region with beautiful New Zealand luxury resort hotels. Throughout New Zealand, Maori carvings scattered around the country speak of the rich ancient past and Maori culture of New Zealand while the thermal pools found in Hamner Springs and Rotorua heal rejuvenate the body. In the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park boasts hundreds of spectacular bays and beaches along the broken coastline with spectacular New Zealand luxury resort hotels. Exclusive New Zealand luxury resorts include Wharekauhau Country Estate and Carrington Hotel on the Karikari Peninsula.

Exclusive New Zealand luxury resort hotels are nestled amongst rare scenic natural beauty for you to marvel in awe at on your wonderful luxury travel vacation. The Bay of Islands is approximately 250 kilometres north of Auckland and boasts pristine white sand beaches lined with magnificent New Zealand luxury resort hotels. The Bay of Islands is New Zealand's major airport city, and is the location of the historic Waitangi treaty settlement. In 1840 Maori tribal leaders and British colonisers forged a treaty for uniting the people of New Zealand into one nation. The document remains a watershed for New Zealand nationhood despite some major flaws. The Bay Of Islands comprises of 150 islands and bays spread over 200 nautical miles, and mainland townships and opens out into the South Pacific with numerous beautiful inlets and coves to enjoy on a luxury travel holiday. The islands boast the best marine park in New Zealand, and the bay itself is home to a myriad of marine life such as dolphins, the big marlin, penguins, whales, gannets and other species within the many spectacular, secluded bays to enjoy while staying in an exclusive New Zealand luxury resort hotel.

New Zealand luxury resort hotels are situated amongst dramatic mountain ranges where visitors can experience panoramic views on their luxury travel vacation. The Bay of Islands has many spectacular New Zealand luxury resorts set amongst lush picturesque surroundings. The natural pristine environment is a renowned gathering spot in the South Pacific for sailing/ cruising yachts from overseas on world cruises, marine enthusiasts and fishermen and golfers. Many visitors to New Zealand remark on the outstanding hospitality and service the locals deliver at any one of the magnificent New Zealand luxury resort hotels in  the land of the long white cloud.  On your luxury travel vacation, you will be impressed by a cruise to Urupukapuka Island where you can experience the natural wonders on offer at the Nautilus Subsea Adventure. You can cruise amongst the islands and introduce yourself to wildlife in their natural habitat or enjoy the ultimate marine experience and swim with the dolphins here in the Bay of Islands while staying in a New Zealand luxury resort hotel. You can also visit Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise or Cape Reinga via a 90 mile Beach Tour while staying at an New Zealand luxury resort. The Bay of Island's Copthorne Resort has suites with luxurious waterfront decks overlooking the bay and a swimming pool. The island itself has an abundance of white sandy beaches with safe swimming in pristine waters accompanied by innumerable amount of leisurely island walks.

The Bay of Islands is home to several magnificent New Zealand luxury resorts and enjoys a semi-tropical maritime climate, produced by the warm water of the tropical South Pacific flowing westward along the equator when the current turns south. This environment prevents the summer from getting too hot and the islands are referred to as  winterless . Air New Zealand Link offers daily flights from Auckland to Kerikeri Airport, which takes approximately 24 minutes in duration. Kerikeri is the largest town and business and commercial centre with New Zealand luxury resort hotels.

Further south in the North Island, you will be impressed by the spectacular New Zealand luxury resorts and Tongeriro National Park, where the highlight of the park, Mt Ruapehu, stands dramatically above tussock and a volcanic rock plateau. Rotorua is the centre of an active thermal area where you can see geysers of hissing, scalding water roar from deep within the earth's crust and hurl spray 30 metres into the air. Wai-O-Tap Thermal Park is of an international standard and gives a superb geothermal experience on your luxury travel holiday. Or marvel in quiet awe of Mt Egmont, or Mt Taranaki, that is New Zealand's most picturesque volcano that is climbed by many who want a taste of adventure on luxury travel vacations. Contrast this with a visit to the bustling metropolis of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.

Auckland boasts many internationally renowned New Zealand luxury resort hotels and is located on a narrow piece of land between Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. Auckland is New Zealand's largest urban area with a population of approximately 1 million people to explore on an exclusive luxury travel vacation. The city boasts stunning beaches, fantastic culture, restaurants, shopping and nightlife and a beautiful harbour. The Hauraki Gulf stretches for 250km north and south of the city along the coastline and Auckland is commonly referred to as the City of Sails.

East of Auckland is the Coromandel Peninsula, which is one of New Zealand finest and most popular luxury travel holiday destinations with numerous lovely New Zealand luxury resort hotels. Across the Hauraki Gulf, and 90 minutes away from Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula has a stunning, dramatic unspoiled coast, which is rugged and mysterious, with spectacular sandy beaches on the east and pohutukawa trees on the west. The Coromandel was discovered in 1852 by NZ's first gold rush and this is reflected in the charming colonial architecture which you can explore while staying in a New Zealand luxury resort hotel. The peninsula's unspoiled beauty and sophistication offers pampering at boutique New Zealand luxury resort hotels within towns with unique old-fashioned charm. The Coromandel boasts a unique thermal beach, Hot Water Beach, with hot water bubbling up from deep within the earth's surface and hot pools.

The Coromandel has numerous spectacular New Zealand resort hotels that stand in contrast to the centuries-old Maori Village sites with wonderful remnants of the rich pioneering and cultural past that shaped the colony of New Zealand. Explore historic Thames and experience the local culture that has evolved, formed by the early Maori, colonial settlers, farmers and the hippies of the seventies, to the many holidaymakers that come repeatedly each year on luxury travel vacations. Unlike anywhere else, it is idyllic with azure waters; tree lined coastal roads, innumerable secluded bays and New Zealand luxury resort hotels. Unforgettable and breathtaking, the Coromandel Peninsula juts like a claw from South Auckland coastline, and the volcanic Coromandel and Moehau Ranges run out to Port Jackson.

Enjoy a scenic harbour cruise around the stunning beaches lined with magnificent New Zealand luxury resorts, magnificent coastal scenery and forest-cloaked interior. The sea laps numerous stunning golden beaches at other times it crashes on jagged rocks at the bottom of precipitous cliffs surrounds by native trees. Below, the sheltered western coast is usually flecked with yachts on luxury travel vacations. You can marvel in awe at enormous 1000-year-old kauri trees, do the awesome Cathedral Cove walk or take a short coastal mosey and bird watch while staying at a New Zealand luxury resort hotel. The Coromandel also boasts many elegant cafes and restaurants, which specialise in freshly caught seafood.

The Coromandel is approximately one hour's drive from the major centres of Auckland and Hamilton and their international airports and located nearby all of the magnificent New Zealand luxury resort hotels.

In the South Island of NZ, the thriving scenic area of Marlborough, The Region With Heart, is your ultimate New Zealand destination endowed with mist-covered hills, New Zealand luxury resorts and pristine waters that change with the natural procession of the seasons. This flourishing province boasts the highest number of sunshine hours in all of New Zealand! Located in the northeastern corner of the South Island, above the Canterbury region the region runs to the shores of Cook Strait with the Tasman Sea to the west. The popular province is 210 kilometres long by 80 kilometres wide has three varied district components: the Wairau Plains, the vast tussock backcountry sheep farming area and perhaps most importantly, the sounds. The region also includes Picton, Blenheim and Havelock and must-see places such as Motuara Island, Ship and Double Cove, discovered by Cook.

Marlborough is renowned for its 1500 kilometres of coastline with New Zealand luxury resort hotels where visitors and locals alike can enjoy dolphin watching, independent sea kayaking, hiking through the abundance of bush, mountains and rugged coastline, fishing or a peaceful retreat. The Marlborough Sounds has spectacular drowned valleys and islands, which have two major arms, Queen Charlotte Sounds and Pelorus Sounds to explore while staying in a New Zealand luxury resort. They are home to a tranquil maze of inlets and coves, which make it an attractive location for boating of all types. You will also be impressed by a visit to the spectacular and unique beauty of the Awatere Valley with New Zealand luxury resorts. The Marlborough Sounds National Park boasts a myriad of water activities, an excellent, unsurpassed climate and lush native bush. This thriving, authentic province refreshes visitors with its striking beauty with stunning waterways and landforms, which offer the ideal backdrop to relax while cruising around in shimmering waters or to relax in the gorgeous surroundings of the numerous wineries in the area. The central location of the sounds offers the ideal climate for many international wine companies, where some of the best Sauvignon Blanc is produced, and captivating gourmet restaurants.

The Marlborough Sounds are easily accessible by boat or by walking the beautiful renowned Queen Charlotte Track. Daily ferry services link up Picton to Wellington. Picton is a small seaport located at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sounds.

You can prolong your adventure of the South Island with a walk or kayak through the Abel Tasman National Park and explore numerous golden sand beaches lined with New Zealand luxury resorts with shimmering turquoise waters, from superb viewpoints. While it is one of the smallest of the country's 12 national parks its shoreline is rich in historical associations. The park stretches 22370 hectares along the beautiful shores of Tasman Bay in Nelson and included numerous offshore islands and New Zealand luxury resorts.

Abel Tasman National Park is home to several magnificent New Zealand luxury resort hotels where you are sure to experience first-class hospitality and service. The region was once populated with Maoris and there are many sites of their occupation. The curved beaches of sand, granite headlands and native bush are truly spectacular to explore while staying in a New Zealand luxury resort hotel. The coast track that links Wainui to Marahau takes three to four days and is an interesting and beautiful circuit through the park's high country that you will never forget because of its natural beauty. The region also boasts popular beaches such as Totaranui and Kaiteriteri where there is a lot of small boast traffic.

There are many spectacular New Zealand luxury resorts in the South Island, particularly in Queenstown and Mt Cook. Further south is Paparoa National Park, which is renowned for the dramatic Punakaiki Pancake rocks and blowholes. Continue on to Arthur's Pass, where you will see spectacular alpine scenery of the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, with sheer gorges, which you can see from the comfort of the Transalpine. On the West Coast, discover the spectacular Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and continue further south to Haast Pass while on an exclusive luxury travel vacation. Aoraki, or Mt Cook, will further amaze you, and is NZ's highest mountain, where you can climb the trails or stand below and marvel in awe of the beauty above on a luxury travel holiday.

Discover Fiordland by exploring this beautiful part of NZ by air with the most dramatic landscapes and visit Queenstown with spectacular New Zealand luxury resorts and view the rugged mountains and crystal alpine rivers. It is no surprise that Peter Jackson chose this as this region for many of the locations for Lord of the Rings Trilogy! Take an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet, bungy jump or cruise Lake Wakatipu on the Earnslaw while staying at an exclusive luxury resort hotel. The region also boasts 5 ski-fields such as Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Just 10 minutes drive from Queenstown over the Crown Range Highway, Wanaka is located on the southern shore of a magnificent lake across from Mt Aspiring with New Zealand luxury resorts. Nearby, Arrowtown retains the historic settlements of gold-mining days where you can see ancient mud houses. Contrast this with a visit to the Canterbury region where you can visit the small French settlement of Akaroa, experience the calming thermal Springs of Hamner and experience Christchurch's nor-west wind painting white arches in the sky with New Zealand luxury resorts.

The North Island is warmer than the South Island by a few degrees. In NZ, the land of the long white cloud, summer is from December to February and winter is from is from June to August. However, there are some regional variations: the Northland region is warm at any time of the year and snow is usually only seen in the mountains, but snowfalls can occur at sea level on the Canterbury plains and the high plateau of Tongariro National Park. NZ's weather is prone to changing rapidly as a maritime climate.

Planning a vacation in NZ is easy and hassle-free. Non-stop flights operate from Los Angeles and San Francisco. The two airlines offering a non-stop service between the US and NZ are Qantas and Air New Zealand. You can stop over at various Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Hawaii or the Cook Islands. If you are travelling from Europe you can also stop over at a relaxing Pacific Island. Air New Zealand flies from London/ Heathrow to Los Angeles to Auckland, NZ. All of the major magnificent New Zealand luxury resort hotels are located within easy driving distance of at least one of NZ's airports.

NZ has its own currency, the NZ dollar with bank notes that are made out of plastic rather than paper.