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Just Back: New Zealand

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Virtuoso’s Amy Bailey recently returned from a trip to New Zealand, where she explored the best of the country with several Virtuoso travel advisors.
Here, she remembers some of the highlights.

Why Go

“New Zealand has an incredibly diverse landscape, cascading vineyards, and myriad cultural attractions. It’s like a one-stop-shop for everyone, from adventurers wanting hiking, biking and off-roading experiences to foodies looking to expand their culinary palate.


Soaring High

The helicopter tour we did through Milford Sound was breathtaking. We soared over mountain tops and gazed at the landscape below. Our expert pilot wowed us as he zoomed through valleys and took us directly in front of a waterfall. We touched down a few times during the tour. First, we watched seal pups in the bay frolicking in the rock ponds. Then we stopped in a spectacular valley with a river running through it to see the views. Lastly, we stopped at a luxury alpine lodge only accessible by helicopter.

Where To Stay

Otahuna Lodge

Otahuna Lodge is a great hotel.