Southern Crossings New Zealand

Designers of luxury travel arrangements throughout New Zealand

Southern Crossings New Zealand

We are the bespoke travel specialist in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. For 30 years we have dazzled discerning travellers with unsurpassed local knowledge, silky smooth service and a sharp eye for the finest details. From exquisite pampering to cliffside clambering, Southern Crossings is luxury travel Down Under.

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Best Trip Ever

By: julieh

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Loved our amazing adventures in New Zealand provided by Southern Crossings. The accommodations, activities and transfers were all first class and handled seamlessly. We have traveled all over the world and this was without a doubt our best trip ever, we highly recommend Southern Crossings!
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder

Amazing time in Australia

By: julieh

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

We were only there for 5 days on our way to New Zealand but Southern Crossings made our time in Australia unforgettable. From top notch accommodations and activities to smooth transfers, Southern Crossings made our trip carefree and we know we want to return to this beautiful country.
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder

Highly Recommended

By: Traveler123

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2014

Southern Crossings did the work behind the scenes. They set up things after discussing the itinerary with my primary travel agent. Everything ran very smoothly including transfers, tours, private guides, flights, hotel chek-ins, etc. Highly recommended as things went very smooth. They even called me to welcome me to the area.
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder

2 nice days in the Sydney area

By: sunsfanatic

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2014

This was actually Australia not New Zealand. The seaplane ride to and luch at Cottage Point was terrific with a beautiful reide back to Sydney. The next day's trip to the Blue Mountains was also wonderful including the lunch at Echoes.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Expert Friendly Service

By: ljarema06

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2015

We did the glow worm cave and hobbiton! We loved each destination and glad that we had our reservations/confirmations done ahead of time since lines could be lengthy at times. Everything was smooth sailing. Would definitely use Southern Crossings again!
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Goldman

very helpful

By: tom

Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2015

We planned most of our 20 day trip to Australia, but the highlight of the whole trip was one of her arrangements, a visit to Kangaroo Island. Both the guide and the B&B were superb. She also encouraged us to go Platinum on the Ghan which we are glad we did.
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder

First Rate

By: Paint Horse Girl

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Southern Crossings has been our ground operator on three tours (two in NZ and one in Australia) and they do a first rate job. We hadn't experienced a really great ground operator previously, sort of doing things on our own, and it really makes a big difference. It's nice to have someone in country, in the same time zone, to call if you need something. We were low maintenance on this trip, but on a prior trip used their expertise quite a bit, and really appreciated their help.
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder

Superb travels to Down Under

By: Andy & Lisa

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

We had excellent experiences in New Zealand. Though we never had to utilize the local numbers provided, we felt Southern Crossings presence all along the way. Drivers and tours were professional, courteous and very reliable. Our trip was certainly enhanced by the details being taken care of!

Superb travels to Down Under

By: Andy & Lisa

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

We really enjoyed the portion of our trip that came under this providers purview. Southern Crossing had us booked into Longitude 131 where we had a most enjoyable experience at Uluru! The accommodations were magnificent, and the food was superb! Our tours were professionally executed with courteous, knowledgeable and fun guides. Our experience with Southern Crossings was exemplary.

Trip to New Zealand and Fiji

By: KAS Bama

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2016

Southern Crossings planned the trip of a lifetime for my wife and me. Every detail was taken care of and all went according to plan per our itinerary. I highly recommend this travel agency.
Travel Advisor:  Louisa Gehring

New Zealand Adventure

By: Kate

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

New Zealand is now one of my favorite places in the WORLD! Queenstown especially, can't wait to get back. We loved and did everything on our literary and then some: bungee, helicopter ride, Rain Forest hike, wine tasting, great food, boat ride amazing accommodations! FANTASTIC!! In Q-town even did more than expected... visited an active sheep farm during spring shearing and witnessed sheep shearing, had lunch at a private golf tour, then got on golf cart and toured the golf course to see sculpture, visited artist barn on site. JT (John Thomssen) was amazing, he made us feel like we were visiting family and he made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, we felt we had know him for a life time, he was not just a tour guide.. he was a local and knew everyone. AWESOME
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Andersen

Southern Crossings Tours

By: Mel b

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2017

Exceptional! Very organized. Very informative
Travel Advisor:  Malaka Hilton

New Zealand

By: Val

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

they set us up to stay at the Greenhill Lodge - what a fabulous place - way better than I had imagined...also our drivers were very nice and punctual - made for a great second half of our vacation
Travel Advisor:  Gail Rosenberg


By: DB

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

Great. Every detail covered!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Ward

I canno respond to this question

By: George

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

I am not sure what I am supposed to rate here.
Travel Advisor:  Katie McCormack Krinkie


By: Jenn

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Southern Crossings was a great experience for our honeymoon. Every tour guide and driver was just wonderful. You could tell that each person truly loved their job and our interactions were fabulous! They know every in and out in Australia and made our honeymoon go off without a hitch! Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Lindsey Epperly

Worked like clockwork

By: Shoe

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

Southern Crossings did a nice job planning the details of our trip. Everything happened "magically" that was on our itinerary. Literally all we had to do is show up.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Butler

First Class in New Zealand!

By: Michael Palermo

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

Southern Crossings New Zealand was an absolute pleasure to deal with during our trip to NZ. The tour guides and operators were always on time and entertaining. Each of them provided us with a great deal of knowledge about the country and activity, be it wine tasting, cruising over Milford Sound, or simply riding to the airport. Their attention to detail is second to none.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry

Great trip to New Zealand

By: Frenesa

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Great. One hotel thought that we had not paid in advance. I called Southern Crossing & they took care of it!
Travel Advisor:  Christie Soper

Australia 2017

By: Marc

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2017

Everything happened exactly as planned. People were very responsive, professional, knowledgeable and, importantly, friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman

NZ 2017

By: Marc

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2017

Terrific. All there people were very friendly and knowledgeable. And, when I wanted to make a change to my itinerary during the trip, the changes went through seamlessly.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman


By: Randy Epstein

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Very well organized and coordinated. Our only issue was that we missed a plane connection to Queenstown due to Air New Zealand’s catererer/mis-communication, causing us to have to be accomodated (by Air NZ) overnight in Christchurch. We were hoping to receive a credit for our unused hotel room in Queenstown, but only received mileage credit from Air New Zealand.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Weiss

Honeymoon in Australia

By: Merrin

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2018

Upon our arrival, Sourthern Crossings provided us with a bag information to ensure our honeymoon was perfect. They provided contact information, additional recommendations, and a hard copy of our trip itinerary. Our trip was perfect and the excursions they recommended were excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Lauren Saiger Machowsky

New Zealand

By: Talhoiston

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Great service and friendly staff.
Travel Advisor:  Samantha Collum

Fantastic service

By: Winnie

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

I was so pleased by the accuracy and presentation of my tour itinerary. Southern Crossings had every pre arrangement for tours and excursions set up ahead of time. There were no glitches. Gail, their driver was on time, funny, and knowledgeable. I would definitely use Southern Crossings again,
Travel Advisor:  Malaka Hilton

A great adventure


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2018

Southern Crossings performed very well to our customized tour of Sydney. The guides were prompt, well groomed and suited us just fine. They were able to answer any questions that we had and were very well versed in the sites that we wanted to see. The transportation was comfortable and clean and ice water was available for our comfort.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Pedersen

Kiwi connection

By: poppy

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2018

SC did everything wonderfully. People were most kind and knowledgeable. the recommended hotels, restuarants and tours were great. Of course working in one of the most spectacular countries in the world helps also.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Aussie advisors

By: poppy

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2018

All arrangements were what we wanted and as advertised. Socible and knowledgeable tour guides enhanced the trip. Our desired schedule required us to leave Australia early on Australia Day but it would have been fun to party with them.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

Southern Cross Review

By: Jerry

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

Every excursion we took arranged through Southern Cross was first rate and exceptional. The guides we had were personable, friendly and knowledgeable. That includes Tase in Melbourne, Allane in Sidney, Patricia on the convict tour and Jeff in Phillip Island. The helicopter excursion we took at Hamilton Island, piloted by the very capable Damian, was the memory of a lifetime. Southern Cross is a high quality operator and I only wish we could use them in other parts of the world.
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Goldman

Australia vacation

By: mccartjd

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2018

Put together a four week itinerary for eastern Australian. Nice balance of important sites and leisure time. Great selection of hotels. The only real negative was late notification of a planned Segway tour. Hard to tell whose fault that was as we were unaware of when the Segway provider actually closed operations. Overall we had a great time.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Australian Family Vacation

By: Denise

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

Our experience with Southern Crossings was wonderful. We really enjoyed the luxury lodges that were presented to us, and the side trips and private tours were really special. Unique and so memorable. Everyone was on time, and the places we stayed and what we toured were exactly as explained to us in the brochures and information provided. Along with Lisa Baker's invaluable input, our family trip exceeded our expectations. Thank you Southern Crossings!
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Baker

Viaje Australia

By: Annie

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2018

Tuvimos buena experiencia con Southern Crossings Australia. Todos los tours que solicitamos fueron como lo pedimos. El guía que nos recogió cuando llegamos a Australia muy simpático y ameno. Llenó todas nuestras espectativas. Los otros guías también fueron muy profesionales con su trabajo. Tuvimos un lindo viaje.
Travel Advisor:  Mayda Mole

New Zealand Trip

By: The Nashes

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2019

Southern Crossings provided excellent service while we were in New Zealand. We had one day that the weather prevented us from our planned activities. We were able to contact Southern Crossings and was able to schedule a different activity for the day. All of the providers they used were extremely knowledgeable about the area and professional
Travel Advisor:  Susan Butler


By: Tom

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2018

Paddy was great! Airport reception poor as no warning about severity of having a piece of fruit In carryon; received a $400 fine as a welcome to NZ!
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

Honeymoon to Australia & Fiji

By: The Leos

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

We highly recommend Southern Crossings! Southern Crossings, along with our Smartflyer Travel Advisor, put together an incredible itinerary for our honeymoon to Australia and Fiji. We very much enjoyed every resort and activity they arranged for us. They were also very responsive during our trip, helping to make last minute changes to some of our reservations and confirm appointments. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!
Travel Advisor:  Barrett Hollo

New Zealand Trip

By: Josh G

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2019

Very reliable. The entire trip was smooth, and we had all the information we needed to have a stress-free adventure in New Zealand. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  David Bragg

Long Distance Expertise and Support

By: Stephen

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2019

Tanya Knobel of Southern Crossings is an extremely well-informed and supportive travel agent. She worked to book great hotels, arranged excellent theatre tickets, offered informed restaurant suggestions, and kept an eye on me throughout my time in Australia. While traveling there, I would sometimes share the details of my itinerary, and every person I spoke to agreed that it took into account all the highlights of the country. This is a credit to Tanya's abilities. During the trip, I always felt that there was someone nearby who I could turn to in case of an emergency. Working with Nora Winsberg, Tanya covered every detail of the trip. I feel extremely fortunate to have had Tanya's support, and would recommend her without reservation.
Travel Advisor:  Nora Winsberg


By: Gary

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

They were great. They provided all of the necessary information in a timely fashion, so we never were wondering where things stood. ALL of their people on the ground were excellent. They were very friendly, timely and thorough. When we got to one hand off location ahead of schedule, they stayed with us to make sure everything went smoothly. The only comment where there is room for improvement is that as I came to understand there were more options than we were aware of. The final selections were great but it would have been nice to know what the options were.
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Brooksbank

Australia 2019

By: Bari Baker

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2019

They were amazing and so on top of everything! Knowledgeable, personal & friendly. Definitely would enjoy using them in the future!! They enhanced our experience and were a joy to be with on our travels!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Great tours planned to fit our interests.

By: lynnkfried

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2019

Southern Crossings did a great job planning itineraries in all ports with experienced tour guides/drivers. All of our guides were knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. They were flexible with changes in our itinerary and we had a great time. The vehicles were comfortable too.
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Taylor

Australia/ New Zealand

By: Mike G

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2019

Delightful guides in all ports.
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Taylor

Fabulous New Zealand Tour agency

By: Caroline

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

My husband and I had a trip of a lifetime for three weeks in New Zealand.! Southern Crossings did an outstanding job putting together an itinerary along with booking the activities , hotels, arranging car rentals, airfare, and supplying detailed suggestions of free time activities. We spent three weeks driving through the North and South islands during the busiest summer season with everything perfectly arranged for hotels and activities. It would have taken any individual countless hours/days to make these arrangements. Everywhere we traveled all of the accommodations were completely booked and we were so happy that we did not have to worry about lining up the hotel/condo rooms and activities. The accommodations and the cities/towns chosen to visit on the itinerary were all amazing, and we would have loved to have had more time in each location if we had extra time allotted. I highly recommend Southern Crossings for any traveler that would like to drive through New Zealand.!
Travel Advisor:  Vicky McGlynn

Far Away Country

By: Kiwifan

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2019

Terrific altho we cannot understand why we were whisked out of Wellington immediately the ferry from South Island docked. Wellington is one of the great capitals of the world.
Travel Advisor:  Lynne Adams

New Zealand

By: susie

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2019

Tom did a super great job organizing our trip. We liked all the hotels and excursions he had planned on our itinerary. I would definitely use them again or refer friends to them.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Mohammed

Great Service

By: Marc

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2019

Southern Crossings did a great job picking lodges and places to stay. There were a few things that seemed like they were not as cost conscious nor transparent about what the bigger ticket items were as they could have been (e.g. having a car in places we did not need one or being clear which were the expensive activities pushing the budget were). Still, we had a great trip and the route, order and pacing was very well planned.
Travel Advisor:  Lesley Cohen


By: FUN!

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2019

All good excursions-on time, good guides, good experience!
Travel Advisor:  Katie McCormack Krinkie


By: Wendy

Reviewed on: 04 May 2019

While I didn't work with Southern Crossings directly, we loved their choice of accommodations for our recent trip to Australia.
Travel Advisor:  Liana Kraushaar Merriman

Beyond my wildest dream

By: Leslie R

Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2019

From their knowledgeable lay of the land and laid back approach to their excellent recommendations they delivered a trip of a lifetime . Sebastian Partnered with Eileen and took time constraint and our budget and delivered everything we wanted and more . From the itinerary which was delivered in a beautiful book to calling us to welcome us in our first hotel to anticipating how weather was impacting our tour . He nade sure everything was seamless providing an experience beyond our wildest dreams If you. Are traveling to New Zealand working with Sebastian from Southern Crossings is a must of course in partnership with Eileen the US cohort !
Travel Advisor:  Eileen O'Keeffe

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