An Interview with Luxury Touring
Where’s your favourite destination in the South Island?
The entire South Island has its hidden secrets but the one thing you can’t hide is Aoraki Mt Cook. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, glaciers, the aqua blue of Lake Pukaki and its sheer natural beauty is awe-inspiring. I love to listen to the quiet and appreciate the pure environment you are in – it is quite spiritual.
However, I cannot ignore the beautiful beaches of the Nelson/Tasman region, or the rugged coastline of the West Coast. Then there is the glacial lakes of the Mackenzie and the autumn colours of Central Otago. Let’s not forget the amazing wine regions….hmmm I could go on!
What do you love about New Zealand?
It has to be the people. Kiwis are true to themselves and so friendly! Whether you are engaging with the highest echelon of politician, sportsperson, celebrity or the local farmer – there is no pretentiousness. Everyone sees themselves as simply good kiwi blokes or girls.
Having said that – the South Island offers so much that we sometimes describe it as “the world in a nutshell”. The lakes of Canada, the Alps of Switzerland, the plains of the USA prairies – you only have to travel an hour or two to see the landscape changing in front of you.
Your favourite winery?
New Zealand punches well above its weight on the international wine stage and in some cases, we are leading the race. Here in the South Island there are three primary wine regions:
- Nelson/Marlborough, great for Savignon Blanc,
- Waipara in North Canterbury, an emerging Chardonnay and Pinot Noir region
- Central Otago – definitely renowned for its Pinot Noir but also its Rosé and Pinot Gris
But there are also pockets of pure wine gems – Kurow in the Waitaki Valley being one of them. The Ostler winery is stunning and the wines are to die for!
The whole of the South Island! The road between Christchurch and Queenstown is spectacular with plenty of things to do and see along the way. I also love the ruggedness of the West Coast through Haast and into Queenstown.
One of the less promoted routes is through the Mackenzie then the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru on the East Coast. We then head down to Dunedin and then inland through to Central Otago and Queenstown.
What is the best time of year to visit?
Tourism in the summer months is growing rapidly and often this can affect the traveller with a shortage of accommodation and queues for attractions. I love the spring and autumn shoulder seasons when the plants are coming alive and when the trees are changing colours. The weather may be a little chillier, but the weather is often more settled and there is so many more accommodation options available at great rates!
Do you only provide scenic tour options?
Goodness no! It’s only natural to talk about our beautiful scenery as it surrounds you wherever you go. But we can arrange the most amazing hunting and fishing experiences, food and wine tours, special interest tours, agricultural and farm visits and so much more.
Imagine spending time on a private property (over 40,000 acres) in the mountains with a braided river valley below. Meet your personal hunting/fishing guide who will help you locate the best hunting trophies in the country, including Red Stag, Himalayan Tahr, Elk, Fallow, Chamois, Salmon or Trout!
Our partnerships have been forged with like-minded businesses who are focussed on personal, unique and truly kiwi style experiences – it’s all about you!
We can also assist you if you want the fredom to self-drive. Having your tour designed by a local means we can point out the local attractions (often overlooked) and ensure your journey captures everything possible in the time you have available. Planning a tour yourself may find you backtracking when there is no need.