From towering snowcapped mountain ranges and verdant forests to sparkling glaciers and turquoise lakes, the landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island (officially known as Te Waipounamu) are some of the most dramatic on the planet. The Southern Alps run the entire length of the island and are home to the magnificent Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3,742 meters. Fiordland National Park is in the southwest of the island, a place of extraordinary beauty and remoteness dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling. The steep-sided Milford Sound is one of its top attractions. The Abel Tasman National Park in the north is known for its trails and ocean kayaking, while Queenstown is famed for adventure sports like bungee jumping and skiing. For animal lovers, the waters are filled with whales, fur seals, dolphins, and penguins, and distinctive birdlife populates the forests. There’s so much to discover.
The experts at Alpine Luxury Tours offer the gateway to exploring this incredible wilderness. The family-owned business is based in Queenstown and prides itself on providing its customers with a unique service and the opportunity to discover New Zealand in ways no one else can. The impressive knowledge of its guides enables exclusive access to some of New Zealand’s most stunning destinations seen through the eyes of the locals who have called it home for decades, while traveling in the comfort of a luxury Mercedes SUV or Mercedes van.
The range of bespoke experiences includes private transfers, sightseeing, wine experiences at the many world-class wineries in the region, hiking, helicopter flights, boat tours, and skiing in the winter season. There’s a good selection of five-star hotels and luxury accommodations, vibrant cafés and nightlife, fine dining restaurants, golf courses, and ski fields. Each tour can be tailored to suit personal interests and tastes, designed with a flexible itinerary.
The country of exceptional beauty has many highlights. From the majesty of Aoraki Mount Cook, surrounded by 22 peaks, each exceeding elevations of 3,000 meters, to the pristine natural habitat of Staircase Creek and the spectacular Earnslaw Burn, which was the location for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Alpine Luxury Tours have the exclusive landing rights to, so there’s excitement around every corner.
Guests can opt for a scenic drive, helicopter flight, or take to the waters for a cruise. They can breathe in the crisp mountain air on an invigorating hike, enjoy a picnic under the numerous waterfalls and dramatic glaciers and experience the incredible warmth and hospitality of the locals. The West Coast is the narrow strip of land between the South Island’s Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, and is the longest region in New Zealand, stretching from cold and snowy coast to the sunny forests of Kahurangi. Its most well-known destinations are the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the perfect base camp for glacier exploration. The scope for intrepid exploration is endless.
The exceptional individualized services offered by Alpine Luxury Tours means it stands out as the company to go to for exploring one of the last great wildernesses in the utmost luxury and comfort. That is why the panel of expert judges at Luxury Lifestyle Awards has selected Alpine Luxury Tours as the winner of an illustrious award in the category of Best Luxury Tours in New Zealand for 2022. A well-deserved accolade for a company that always goes the extra mile to make every customer’s experience truly unforgettable.