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AT14 – South Island Spectacle

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £3995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £3995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Queenstown is the heart of South Island’s action zone. Elegant snow-capped mountains, giant creaking glaciers, fresh clear lakes, roaring waterfalls and towering fjords surround you. The people of this beautiful region practically invented adventure sports, such is their dedication to fun in the great outdoors. Join in, you will be amazed! 

What to do there…

Queenstown is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Heli-skiing, Glacier-treks, Jet-boating, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Wine-tasting, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Bungee, Rafting, Kayaking, Scuba-diving, Golf, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Jacuzzi, Games, Library, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

The 5* Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, is one of the world’s very best super-luxury activity hotels. A stylish lakeside lodge nestled beneath beautiful mountains, this place offers something of everything adventurous. Add fine dining, great wine and Jacuzzis, and the full package will keep even the most demanding guests satisfied.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Queenstown (<1h from Glenorchy) is a 1h flight or 6h scenic drive from Christchurch, or a 2h flight from Auckland.
  • Weather: South Island is mild with relatively few rainy days per month year-round. Jun-Aug is coolest, Dec-Feb warmest.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

New Zealand’s amazing environment has long made it an adventure traveller’s destination of choice. Now it has found a whole new gear: luxury overdrive! To differentiate from the many good basic hotels, the very best lodges use helicopters to whisk you around, getting you off the beaten track and giving you a month’s worth of experiences in a week. If you have the means, this is truly the ultimate package. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: South Island Spectacle

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AT15 – North Island Nexus

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £2450pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £2450pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Captivating caverns, icy mountain peaks, thunderous waterfalls, boiling mud pools, shimmering lakes, pristine beaches, the North Island is almost beyond belief. Excitement waits around every corner and now it comes served with supreme luxury, fine wine, elegant cuisine and a dose of culture. What more could you need? 

What to do there…

Taupo is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Scenic-flights, Cultural-visits, Wine-tasting, Caving, Jet-boating, Sky-diving, Micro-lights, Rafting, Kayaking, Bungee.
  • Other: Motor-racing, Para-sailing, Tennis, Swimming, Pètanque, Croquet, Beauticians.

Where to stay…

The 5* Huka Lodge is located right on the Waikato River, which borders the stunning Wairakei Park Reserve. The stylish country manor design blends in perfectly and offers so many fantastic activities you could do something new every day for a month.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Taupo is a 3.5h drive from Auckland, 4.5h from Wellington, 1h from Rotorua. Flying halves the journey time.
  • Weather: Mild and dry all year round.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Nothing can quite prepare you for the variety of amazing landscapes you find in such a compact area here, making North Island a ‘must see’ on every world traveller’s itinerary for years. Now, though, you can do it in supreme luxury, and without taking a month off. Flying around by helicopter lets you sample all the best bits in just a week or two, and there is no better base than Huka Lodge. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: North Island Nexus

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AT16 – Rainforest Reef

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £1850pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1850pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Great Barrier Reef is an immense and beautiful natural wonder. Teeming with life and colour, it would take more than 10 hours to drive its length. The warm sea laps the white-golden sands of the surrounding islands and coasts, and jungle palms flutter and wave back at the giant clams and turtles in the shallows. 

What to do there…

The Barrier Reef is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Boat-trips, Spa/Massage, Wine-tasting.
  • Other: Snorkelling, Swimming, Gym/Fitness, Golf, Library.

Where to stay…

5* Qualia sits on the white-sand jungle islands of the Whitsundays at the south end of the Barrier Reef. Dedicated to sensory experiences, the blend of exciting water sports, relaxing spas and fine dining make it a magnificent resort. 5* Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas, at the north end, is a great alternative, with direct access to rainforests and reef.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Hamilton Island is 1.5h from Cairns or Brisbane by air, 2-3h from Sydney and Melbourne. Port Douglas and Daintree are 1-2h north of Cairns by car.
  • Weather: hot and wet year round (dryer in winter, Jun-Aug)

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world to get a perfect aquarium-style underwater view. It is so huge, bright and interesting at relatively shallow depths that even non-divers see it in style. The decadent hotels and yachts offer plenty of relaxing luxuriousness to accompany the exciting adventures on the water. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Rainforest Reef

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AT17 – Outback Rocks

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £9995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £9995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Australia's 'Top End' wilderness region around the Kakadu National Park is a simply stunning wetland region, with miles of beautiful winding rivers, deciduous forests and sunny grasslands as far as the eye can see. Crocodiles laze on the banks, a menagerie of birds flit among the trees and buffalo roam the plains. 

What to do there…

'Top End' is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Boat-trips, Nature-walks, Bird-watching, Fishing, Cultural-visits, Scenic-flights, Crocodile-watching.
  • Other: Safari, Air-boats, Buffalo-mustering, Historical-sites, Swimming.

Where to stay…

Getting back to nature – the simple life – couldn’t be easier at 5* Bamurru Plains. A working buffalo station in a truly beautiful wetland area, each ‘safari suite’ is designed for luxurious comfort and total escapism. They take care of everything, leaving you free to explore the wonders of nature and relax.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Kakadu and Darwin Airport are both 3h drive or 0.5h flight away. From Darwin, flights to Alice Springs take 2h. Travel to Ayers Rock takes 6h by car or a 1h flight and 0.5h drive. Flight connections vary.
  • Weather: Darwin is hot all year round with tropical rain Nov-Mar; Alice Springs/Ayres Rock are hot and dry almost all year.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The scale of the outback wilderness is difficult for modern urbanites to comprehend. With mile after mile of undisturbed natural beauty, it really is just you and a lazy crocodile or two, staring at the sun glinting off the serene scenery. You can fly in and out in minutes, but we recommend spending time travelling overland. Hour after hour of nature, with nowhere to be but here and now, is truly liberating. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Outback Rocks

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Country – Australia

7:41 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

What it feels like to be there… From Uluru in the centre, through virgin rainforests filled with wildlife unique to the area, to the G   Find out more.

What it feels like to be there...

From Uluru in the centre, through virgin rainforests filled with wildlife unique to the area, to the Great Barrier Reef, there is nothing like Australia. Its vast scale can be intimidating, but the highlights are very much worth the journey. 

Some practical information worth knowing…

Whichever major city you arrive in, there is a good cheap-flight service to all the others – just be aware how far apart they are when planning your trip. Climate-wise, pack skimpy, airy and light, with long-sleeved items for the sun and a jumper or two for the evening.
  We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Australia

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Country – New Zealand

7:40 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

What it feels like to be there… New Zealand’s natural environment has long been a source of inspiration to its people, who specialis   Find out more.

What it feels like to be there...

New Zealand’s natural environment has long been a source of inspiration to its people, who specialise in inventing new adventure sports to show it off. It manages to pack such a wide range of fascinating landscapes into a small area that there is something for everyone. No wonder it is the film set for so many fantasy pictures. 

Some practical information worth knowing…

Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are the main airports, and after that the great road network makes travel to your end destination easy. While the climate offers a large number of sunshine hours for most of the year, it gets very cold in the mountains so buy your NZ Merino wool ‘undies’ before you head out of the city.
  We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: New Zealand

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Hotel – Bamurru Plains

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

Getting back to nature – the simple life – couldn’t be easier at the award winning Bamurru Plains. A 600 sq km working buffalo station   Find out more.

Getting back to nature – the simple life – couldn’t be easier at the award winning Bamurru Plains. A 600 sq km working buffalo station on the edge of Kakadu National Park. Each of the 9 ‘safari suites’ have views over the wetlands and are designed to blend with the surrounding bush and expose guests to the sights and sounds of the environment around them. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of this unique bush camp that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to a remote and beautiful wilderness. 

  The floodplains of the Mary River region form one of the most significant ecosystems in Australia. Dominated by the climatic extremes of the tropical monsoon, the wetlands and savannah woodlands that fringe the coastal regions between Darwin and Kakadu National Park harbour an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT17 Outback Rocks We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Bamurru Plains

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Hotel – Blanket Bay

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – 5* Blanket B   Find out more.

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – 5* Blanket Bay. Here you can celebrate the art of pure relaxation. An elegant yet rustic alpine structure framed by a crystal lake and majestic mountains; Sir Ian McKellen exclaimed: “Blanket Bay was really the most splendid property, possibly the best in the world”. 

  In this spectacular corner of New Zealand discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual well-being. There is nowhere else on Earth where there are so many activities so close by – fly-fishing and heli-skiing, the country’s best hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jetboating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT14 South Island Spectacle We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Blanket Bay

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Hotel – Huka Lodge

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

Founded in the 1920s, 5* Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by the world’s most discerning travellers   Find out more.

Founded in the 1920s, 5* Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic New Zealand retreat. Sought by the world’s most discerning travellers – enjoying an unrivalled riverside location, offering superb hospitality and an attentiveness as palpable as the force of the Waikato River itself. 

  Welcome to a world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style - creating a welcoming haven, whose reputation and awards are richly deserved. The retreat was born from a desire to create the most exceptional hospitality experience. Truly worlds apart; intimate, sensual, elegant and yet unique in every possible way. Sharing qualities as defining as the vision that created them – passion, resource and an unrivalled commitment to absolute style.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT15 North Island Nexus We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Huka Lodge

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Hotel – Longitude 131

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, 5* Longitude 131° lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tju   Find out more.

Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, 5* Longitude 131° lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It offers direct, private views of the sun setting over Ayers Rock, and with just 15 tents in total, this amazing experience is wonderfully intimate. 

  Venture out early to Uluru and Kata Tjuta and you are exposed to an expansive living cultural landscape which few are able to experience in secluded privacy. Whether you spend your time learning of the ancient cultures of traditional owners, or exploring the stunning flora and fauna with expert guides, face to face with this irresistible land, your senses come alive.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT17 Outback Rocks We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Longitude 131

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Hotel – Mollies

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

To cross the threshold at 5* Mollies, a small luxury boutique hotel in Auckland city, New Zealand is to enter another world. Mollies is the   Find out more.

To cross the threshold at 5* Mollies, a small luxury boutique hotel in Auckland city, New Zealand is to enter another world. Mollies is the creation of Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald and husband Stephen Fitzgerald. Their passion for opera, attention to detail and their fine antiques, combined with sleek modern furniture, results in a wonderfully eclectic, romantic hotel. 

  Overlooking Auckland Harbour Bridge, this boutique hotel offers spacious luxury accommodation, a stroll from fashionable Ponsonby Road. Expect impeccable service and gourmet dining, with exquisite pampering and refined artistic touches in every corner.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT15 North Island Nexus We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Mollies

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Hotel – qualia, Great Barrier Reef

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

Qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah) in Latin means “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”. A byword for luxury, 5* boutique ho   Find out more.

Qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah) in Latin means "a collection of deeper sensory experiences". A byword for luxury, 5* boutique hotel 'qualia' is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. With a relaxed aspect and mesmerising calmness, time seems to stretch forever. 

  A unique Australian expression of world-class luxury in Queensland's tropical Whitsundays, this is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses. Feel time unravel in exquisitely appointed pavilions that sit in perfect harmony with the rare, natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Two exclusive restaurants whet the appetite with the fresh and innovative dishes and Spa qualia, offers an extensive range of luxurious local and international treatments. The hotel's distinctive style combined with its sun-drenched location and intuitive service makes it exceptional even by global standards.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT16 Rainforest Reef We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: qualia, Great Barrier Reef

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Hotel – Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

The tranquil setting of 5* Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas is challenged only by its luxurious facilities. Its neighbour Golf &   Find out more.

The tranquil setting of 5* Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas is challenged only by its luxurious facilities. Its neighbour Golf & Country Club’s 18-hole, par-71 course is designed to challenge the professional and novice alike, while the sophisticated hospitality, casual dining and pristine facilities are set to attract those with the finest taste. 

  Port Douglas is located in one of Australia’s most celebrated international tourism destinations. Nestled between Tropical North Queensland’s rainforest-covered mountains and the Coral Sea, it provides easy access to world-renowned natural attractions, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, and the cosmopolitan dining, shopping and entertainment facilities of Port Douglas’s trendy Macrossan Street.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT16 Rainforest Reef We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas

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Hotel – Silky Oaks Lodge

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia by Australasia-Polynesia

Spectacularly situated on the Mossman River, 5* Silky Oaks Lodge is the ultimate destination from which to explore Far North Queensland. T   Find out more.

Spectacularly situated on the Mossman River, 5* Silky Oaks Lodge is the ultimate destination from which to explore Far North Queensland. This luxury boutique hotel lodge and Healing Waters Spa consists of elegant spacious lounges and living areas adjoining the stunningly located open sided Tree House restaurant which overlooks the surrounding rainforest and river. 

  The contemporarily designed River and Treehouses that connect with the natural environs each featuring wide verandas and luxurious spa baths. From the comfort of this award winning iconic eco Lodge experience the adjoining Daintree National Park and explore the nearby Great Barrier Reef as well as the many other attractions and activities the region has to offer. Silky Oaks Lodge is located just downstream from the Mossman Gorge and offers complete privacy and isolation yet only a 20 minute drive from down town Port Douglas.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT16 Rainforest Reef We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Silky Oaks Lodge

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Hotel – The George

11:48 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

5* The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive sta   Find out more.

5* The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff as well as two award winning restaurants. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio. 

  You can also enjoy the luxurious world of fine dining in Christchurch’s most exclusive hotel. Executive Chef Andrew Brown and his team, delight with their skilfully prepared innovative cuisine at the '50 On Park Restaurant and Bar' and 'Pescatore'.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT14 South Island Spectacle We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: The George

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Region – Australasia & Polynesia

7:40 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

What it feels like to be there… Snowy mountains, white sandy beaches, parched deserts and volcanic mud moonscapes – this region allo   Find out more.

What it feels like to be there...

Snowy mountains, white sandy beaches, parched deserts and volcanic mud moonscapes – this region allows you a taster of almost every environment on Earth. Take the opportunity to challenge yourself physically with a bewildering range of adventure sports, and sample the accessible and friendly native cultures. 

Some practical information worth knowing…

Flights into the region typically land in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland, but because of the wide geographical spread, all the big cities have international and regional airports these days. The weather in the tropical north is hot and humid, and while it is dry further south, it only really gets cool up in the mountains. English is the main language, but other European languages are not widely spoken because Japanese is the foreign language learnt in schools.
  We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Australasia and Polynesia

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