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The Ultimate Checklist for Booking Last Minute Cruises in New Zealand

Are you looking for a thrilling vacation experience that combines luxury and adventure? Look no further than last minute cruises in New Zealand. With stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage, New Zealand offers an unforgettable cruising experience. If you’re planning to book a last minute cruise in this beautiful country, we’ve got the ultimate checklist to help you make the most of your trip. From choosing the right cruise line to packing essentials, read on to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Research and Compare Cruise Lines

The first step in booking a last minute cruise in New Zealand is researching and comparing different cruise lines. Each company offers its own unique itineraries, onboard activities, and amenities. Consider your preferences and priorities when selecting a cruise line. Do you want a family-friendly ship with plenty of entertainment options? Are you interested in exploring remote destinations off the beaten path? Look for reviews online, read about past passengers’ experiences, and compare prices before making your decision.

Check Availability and Flexibility

When booking a last minute cruise, availability can be limited. It’s important to be flexible with your travel dates and destinations to increase your chances of finding the perfect cruise at the best price. Some cruise lines offer special deals for last-minute bookings or have specific promotions during certain times of the year. Keep an eye out for these opportunities while planning your trip.

Pack Smartly for Your Cruise

Packing smartly is essential to ensure you have everything you need during your last minute cruise in New Zealand. Start by checking the weather forecast for the duration of your trip so that you can pack appropriate clothing layers for varying temperatures. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, hats, comfortable walking shoes, swimwear, and any necessary medications.

Additionally, consider any specific activities or excursions planned during the cruise. If there are opportunities for hiking, kayaking, or other outdoor adventures, pack appropriate gear such as sturdy boots, waterproof jackets, and backpacks. Lastly, don’t forget to bring any necessary travel documents such as passports and visas.

Make the Most of Onboard Activities and Shore Excursions

Once you’re on board your last minute cruise in New Zealand, take advantage of the various onboard activities and shore excursions available. Many cruises offer a range of entertainment options such as live shows, spa treatments, fitness classes, and cooking demonstrations. Participate in these activities to enhance your cruise experience and make lasting memories.

When it comes to shore excursions, research the destinations you’ll be visiting beforehand to determine which activities interest you the most. Whether it’s exploring national parks, visiting cultural landmarks, or indulging in local cuisine, there’s something for everyone in New Zealand. Book your desired excursions early to secure your spot and avoid disappointment.

In conclusion, booking a last minute cruise in New Zealand can be an exciting adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable experiences. By following this ultimate checklist – researching cruise lines, checking availability and flexibility, packing smartly for your trip, and making the most of onboard activities and shore excursions – you’ll be well-prepared for an incredible journey through the stunning waters of New Zealand. Bon voyage.

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When you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury holiday packages, there’s only one call to make. The Luxury Holiday Company customises premium holiday package, luxury travel and cruise deals all over the globe. We take all the hassle and complication out of planning your perfect break. You are free to relax and enjoy your African safari , Pacific cruise or European escape , knowing knowing that even the smallest detail has been taken care of.

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New Zealand Luxury Escapes offer the country’s top New Zealand luxury vacations . Arranging stress-free vacations for solo travellers, couples, groups, corporates and families is our passion as luxury travel agents NZ. Visit top New Zealand destinations, stay in the country’s best luxury lodges and accommodation and experience exclusive New Zealand tours.

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“It is with great pleasure that I and on behalf of Yennie and Luk Family (Larry, Connie & Ka Yui) write this testimonial to you, Francine and your whole team. We have been back only a short while and have not stopped talking about how wonderful the vacation was, how well everything was organised. You replied to us really efficiently every time and there were no hiccups during the journey. We would like to thank you for arranging a wonderful trip for us that exceeded all our expectations! It was a great idea and our fortune that you got Patrick as our personal chauffeur and guide to escort us around. We just had an amazing time from the minute we landed in Christchurch until we left. All the tours were amazing. We would definitely recommend your services to anyone who asks. We are so grateful that Ka Yui (Luk Family) found your company when she was googling for the NZ vacation on internet. We intend to do it again one day. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to you and Patrick for making our NZ Trip memorable! You will be the first person we contact when we plan our next vacation to New Zealand.”  – Toh & Luk Family (SawTin, Yennie, Larry, Connie & Ka Yui).

“I just wanted to say how much Jo and I enjoyed our time in New Zealand. We really loved all the things we did and saw during our tour. I would also like to say how impressed we were with all the luxury lodges we stayed in. The experiences recommended by our personal consultant Francine were outstanding. Thank you for helping to make it a truly memorable holiday.” –  Fran Franks.

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New Zealand Luxury Escapes is part of the New Zealand Travel Organiser group. After working in the Tourism industry for 20 years, and with a Bachelor of Tourism, and a Bachelor of Commerce, Francine saw a gap in the market.  “There were so many travellers coming to New Zealand with little knowledge about where to travel to, how far the travelling distance was to their next destination, where best to stay and the general structure of their holiday around New Zealand. This is the very reason we specialise in offering top rated New Zealand vacations, crafted just for you.”

The business was set up with thought and care, the team of luxury travel agents NZ has grown and the amount of thrilled clients has also rapidly grown. Bringing us to the current day, 11 years on, New Zealand Luxury Escapes operate a highly successful business with professional consultants working alongside high-end clients, like you, to ensure the perfect New Zealand Luxury Vacation is booked on your behalf.

Our company philosophy is to deliver the most incredible New Zealand vacations available on the market. We achieve this through our expert local knowledge, our attention to detail, our extremely high level of customer service and our passion for ensuring the New Zealand vacation you book through us is without a doubt your best vacation yet. Our luxury travel agents NZ will work with you every step of the way to guarantee quality and simplicity of planning.

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I am the owner of New Zealand Luxury Escapes. Originally from the North Island, I now call the South Island home, having lived in Wanaka for the last 15 years. I am very passionate about presenting and sharing New Zealand with the rest of the world. New Zealand is one of the most stunning places on earth and our goal is to ensure you get to experience an outstanding New Zealand experience, that is personalised and very memorable! I plan and book New Zealand vacations for clients and feel it is important to maintain this contact to ensure we are consistently exceeding customer expectations. I am also heavily involved in the design and usability of our website and virtually all aspects of the company.

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Patrick Griffin – Guide, Chauffeur

I am a New Zealand guide and chauffeur. I am passionate about showcasing what New Zealand has to offer and have intricate knowledge about New Zealand’s secret locations and of course all the must visit destinations and attractions. Constantly travelling throughout New Zealand with our highly valued clients, means I bring the company up to the minute knowledge about what is happening around the country and anything new that is on offer. If you are interested in a guided vacation of New Zealand and want a personalised experience taking advantage of priceless local knowledge, I would love to show you our piece of paradise.

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Sam Horlock – Logistics & Administration Manaager

I am the Logistics and Administration Manager here at New Zealand Luxury Escapes. I was born in England and absolutely love New Zealand, I am lucky enough to now call New Zealand my home. I have travelled throughout a large number of countries in the World and New Zealand is by far the greatest. I deal with anything Administrative in our friendly office and have the pleasure of dealing with our trusted suppliers to help make your New Zealand vacation a once in a lifetime experience.

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Jamie Dennison – Luxury Travel Manager

I am the Luxury Travel Manager at New Zealand Luxury Escapes. I am originally from Queenstown and I have grown up surrounded by the mountains and lakes! After spending 5 years travelling the world, I am now lucky enough to be able to call Wanaka home. I have travelled New Zealand extensively and I love to showcase what our amazing country has to offer. From the beautiful beaches in the North Island to the white capped mountains in the South Island, there is a piece of New Zealand for everyone to love and enjoy! Get in touch, tell me about yourself and  I cannot wait to plan your New Zealand Luxury Escape!  

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Alex Gillespie – Luxury Travel Consultant

Avid traveller, passionate luxury sales consultant. I’m here to help create unforgettable, luxury New Zealand experiences for you. Having a sense of adventure and interests such as skiing and hiking lead me to move to spectacular Wanaka. I have been lucky enough to travel New Zealand extensively, with a keen interest for heading off the beaten track to seek out hidden gems… I now get to share these hidden gems with you! I can’t wait to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, let’s get planning!

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Travel lover and experienced luxury travel consultant. I’m here to book an amazing New Zealand Luxury Escape for you. Born and raised on the West Coast of the South Island, I am local and love exploring the natural beauty of New Zealand and now I get to share my experience and passion with you. My love for the great outdoors has only grown since making the move down to Wanaka. I can’t wait to share our stunning country with you, let’s start planning your New Zealand Luxury Escape!

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Sarah Christie – Luxury Logistics Specialist 

I am a Logistics and Administration Specialist here at New Zealand Luxury Escapes. Originally from Dunedin, New Zealand, I shifted to Wanaka many years ago and have been working within the company ever since. I have extensive knowledge of New Zealand and the amazing luxury offerings available. I work behind the scenes to ensure your New Zealand Luxury Escape is seamless.

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I am a Logistics and Administration Specialist here at New Zealand Luxury Escapes. Originally from Southland, New Zealand, I love being part of a team offering the most incredible experiences New Zealand has to offer. I started my career in aviation in the worlds coolest capital, Wellington, which enabled me to frequently travel to some of my favourite parts of New Zealand. I work behind the scenes to ensure your New Zealand Luxury Escape is outstanding.

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The luxury suites at Kokomo Private Island are designed for privacy, comfort and relaxation, and all feature a private infinity pool. Featuring sustainable design and traditional Fijian nuances, your home at Kokomo is alive with both opulence and character.

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Set upon 3,500 exclusive acres, Laucala Island Resort is set amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, rich green mountains and breath-taking natural beauty. True luxury is appreciated in the privacy of the resort’s villas widely spread on the northern tip of the island. Seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living creates an inspiringly relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere.

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From Tahiti’s palm-lined private beaches to the secret ski runs of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Seasonz knows the South Pacific’s sweetest spots. Wherever you want to explore, we will create a luxury travel itinerary that is suited exactly to you.

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Endless amazing luxury stays such as Falcon Brae Villa

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Antipodean Luxury Travel has been recognised as a Travel+Leisure Magazine A-List Top Travel Advisor for NZ since 2018. Specialists in creating luxury family holidays, high-end luxury vacations for couples and honeymooners, along with unique fishing & hunting expeditions; private access to New Zealand’s most pristine destinations, luxury accommodation & prestigious golf courses. NZ-born founder, Alexandra Stewart has a passion for her country & her deep community ties ensures unique travel experiences finely crafted to the interests of each traveller. "I’ve never worked with a travel agency so knowledgeable about its region and so passionate about building an experience expressly customized to my needs and desires.” - D.J USA

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Wonders of all kinds are at your fingertips in New Zealand. Marvel at dramatic fjords from a soaring helicopter, traverse rugged landscapes in search of sprawling vistas, and encounter a fascinating culture that welcomes you unconditionally. Design your adventure of a lifetime today with Zicasso’s travel specialists for a perfect luxury New Zealand tour.

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The romantic view of the snowcapped Remarkables Mountain Range sits outside your veranda. Your secluded room in the treetops gives you the vast expanse of the open valley. The luscious flavors of award-winning vineyards are yours to taste. The opulent water of the river rushes below you. This is your honeymoon in New Zealand, where the landscape is breathtaking, the people are friendly, the fun is never-ending, and the honeymoon never has to stop.

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New Zealand remains a world apart and presents visitors with an abundance of untouched wilderness and pristine landscapes, all of which will be yours to enjoy on this 11-day luxury tour of Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, and Queenstown. From the North Island to the South, the country's fantastic cuisine, unparalleled natural beauty, and warm hospitality will be highlighted with a delightful balance of leisurely and active explorations of the beautiful country.

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Every day on this opulent 17-day retreat of New Zealand will provide you with limitless opportunities to discover the country at your own pace and in your own way. Resplendent experiences abound across the hypnotizing destinations of New Zealand, and you will be continuously blown away as you explore the idyllic landscapes and cultural nuances that sweep from Keri Keri to Auckland. The choices will be entirely yours!

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The dramatic landscape and natural wonder will captivate you on your complete 19-day New Zealand tour. Touch a glacier’s ancient icy colors. Watch for whales breaching the turquoise sea. Listen to the sounds of traditional Maori chants accompanying a customary feast. Embrace the inspiring features of Middle Earth. Enjoy Art Deco architecture, Alpine scenery, and soft sands as you experience New Zealand’s unparalleled diversity.

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Effortlessly blending natural superlatives with child friendly adventure, this custom tailored luxury vacation brings New Zealand to life for the whole family. Tranquility merges with exhilaration, sumptuous lodges hide amongst inspiring landscapes, and every activity holds the attention of both children and adults. Travel time is kept to a bare minimum and each of your four destinations burst with endless opportunity to explore New Zealand at its most authentic.

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Superlatives cascade from this vacation of ultimate luxury. Private islands, private yachts, cooking lessons from celebrity chefs, exclusive journeys by helicopter and private jet; and that’s just the start of the opulent indulgence. This prestigious vacation bursts with exacting wonder, New Zealand’s breathtaking natural spectacle unveiled in aristocratic elegance and inimitable style. Raise your expectations and prepare to be amazed.

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Your 13-day New Zealand Tour has you explore the culture and landscape in a way only Tolkien could have imagined and Peter Jackson could have captured, on this ultimate Lord of the Rings adventure. Lush hills roll over hobbit-holes. The all-seeing Eye of Mordor burns in the distance, magma bubbling below. Welcome to Middle Earth, where the majesty of the Lord of the Rings films come alive.

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On your 11-day New Zealand tour.  Zicasso, together with a fellowship of Lord of the Rings experts in Middle Earth, has forged the One Tour to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the epic Lord of the Rings series. This customizable journey showcases New Zealand’s quintessential destinations while celebrating the iconic filming locations. Traverse the majesty of Middle Earth the way Tolkien imagined it and the way Peter Jackson captured it.

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When you choose New Zealand Luxury Travel Agents, you gain access to a trusted local contact who can assist you in real-time. Whether it is assistance with last-minute arrangements or recommendations for hidden gems off the beaten path, we are here to make your travel dreams come true – and then some.

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We find lots of our guests like to combine their New Zealand vacation with a visit to Australia at the same time. Talk to us about combining both countries to create your ultimate New Zealand and Australian adventure.

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“I can't say enough about Kathy, her husband Wayne. They both have incredible knowledge of the country, present great ideas for an itinerary given your time, show incredible commitment and are able to work changes on the fly, all with fantastic attitude and desire to help. They clearly have contacts within the travel service industry second to none as they pulled off miracle after miracle as our schedule was jostled due to weather and related logistical challenges. Kathy and Wayne managed our schedule(4 adults) from start to finish, starting several months before arrival, managed all in country travel and transfers, all events, all lodging and some of the meals. This included the best hotels, helicopter transfers and excursions, boat excursions, hikes, golf and resort visits, adventure sports and 5 star meals. No way we could have come up with this schedule ourselves and or managed it when weather forced changes. They managed every needed change and left us to enjoy our days. We have and will continue to recommend Kathy and Wayne to anyone thinking of visiting New Zealand”

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Sublime Mountains

Marvel at the stunning snow-capped mountain ranges


Amazing Coastlines

Relax at the pristine beaches, or spot whales and dolphins


World-Class Cuisine

Fresh and diverse, Kiwis are known for their food


Unmatched Hikes

Discover one of its nine 'Great Walks'


Delicious Wine

Enjoy some of New Zealand's world famous wine

Sublime mountains, rugged coastlines, world-class cuisine and welcoming people

Escape to the other side of the world and discover this small country that packs a punch.

The country’s two main islands are dramatically diverse. The less inhabited but larger south is home to striking lakes, epic alpine ranges , remarkable marine and birdlife and rugged coastlines. The north is rich in Maori and European culture and is home to miles of sandy beaches, surfing, verdant vineyards, thermal reserves and the country’s cosmopolitan cities of Auckland and Wellington .

A bucket list country for any lover of the outdoors, New Zealand has some of the world’s best hiking and with a population of just 4.6 million it’s easy to get a piece of this spectacular scenery all to yourself. Discover one of its nine ‘Great Walks’ or simply head out into its easily accessible wilderness to kayak tranquil inlets, hike through native bush alive with birdsong or take your pick of the endless secluded beaches. Its diverse environment is a playground for adrenaline junkies who come here in pursuit of white water rafting, skiing, caving, canyoning, skydiving, paragliding and bungee jumping.

New Zealand retains a distinct and fascinating history and culture. Traditional Maori customs are laced with colonial European heritage and a strong Asian influence – all together creating a vibrant and contemporary urban life. The locals are easy going, welcoming and their trademark self-effacing humour is infectious.

The country’s food, which was once a poor spin-off of British fare, is now a fresh and inspiring blend of new world cuisines. It boasts some of the best coffee, an exploding craft beer scene, internationally renowned wines as well as an abundance of fresh seafood.

Best of all? Thanks to its remote location and small population you can discover this country’s treasure trove of wonders away from any crowds and get an authentic taste of the life that is lived and loved by its inhabitants.

Discover the incredible coastal scenery in the Bay of Islands

Explore the volcanic landscapes of Rotorua and Taupo

Sample the wonderful wine produced around Hawke’s Bay

Wake to the vibrant streets of cosmopolitan Wellington

Spot whales and dolphins on the waters around Kaikoura

Hike on the ice of the striking West Coast glaciers

Seek some adrenaline with a range of adventure sports in Queenstown

Rachel O’Leary

Travel Designer

New Zealand is a small country that offers so many great places to visit – you could spend months here and still not see everything! Awe-inspiring scenery, spectacular nature, thrilling adventures, unique culture and delicious food and wine are the standard here, what you will leave you longing to return is the friendly locals who welcome you to their home with open arms and the sense of serenity you feel, whether your stargazing under the vast night sky or standing on a top of a mountain with no one in sight.

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Rotorua and Taupo

Hawke's Bay

Nelson and Abel Tasman


Queenstown and Wanaka

Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park

Dunedin and Coastal Otago

Trip Inspiration

15 Day trip

10 Day trip

13 Day trip

Whatever you want from your New Zealand tour, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.

Where to go

Bay of Islands

Equally beautiful and historically significant, the bay is peppered with 144 vastly untouched islands that are renowned for their inviting clear waters, subtropical climate and diverse marine life.

New Zealand’s largest cosmopolitan centre is a lively mix of culture, cuisine, music and art with ample green spaces and easily accessible beaches.

A classic Kiwi beach holiday destination made up of petite coastal towns, velvety white-sand beaches and native rainforests teeming with birdlife.

Steaming mud pools, erupting geysers and Maori traditions all make Rotorua and Taupo a special area to visit – one that is distinctively unique to the rest of New Zealand.

The North Island’s wine country is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions with golden colours stretching across arid plains.

Nestled on rolling green hills that spill down to a charming harbour, New Zealand’s capital is an epicentre of culture and creativity – renowned for its arts, gastronomy, heritage and bohemian character.

New Zealand’s sunniest region has a diverse geography ripe for exploring from golden sand beaches to dense forests, the clearest fresh water lake in the world and secluded, enticing rivers.

Marlborough Sounds and Wine Region

Hop from vineyard to vineyard on the wine trail in this diverse, sun-drenched plateau and sample some of the country’s finest wines, most notably the internationally renowned Sauvignon Blanc.

With the swelling Pacific Ocean on one side and the snowcapped Kaikoura Range on the other – Kaikoura is a quaint peninsula village that is a base for discovering some of New Zealand’s best wildlife.

Lake Tekapo and Aoraki Mount Cook

New Zealand’s highest peak, Aroaki Mount Cook, is an arresting sight dominating the skyline of the national park which surrounds it.

West Coast and the Glaciers

The narrow strip of coastline squeezed between the Southern Alps and Tasman Sea plays host to some of New Zealand’s most dramatic landscape, which is quite some claim.

Curious travellers will relish all the new eclectic hubs to discover in a city and region that is full of surprises, friendly locals and an inspirational community spirit.

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque towns, sitting on the tip of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. It’s a bustling hub of international and local visitors come to seek out one of the endless thrills on offer here from skiing, white water rafting, canyon swinging, jet boating, mountain biking and bungy jumping.

Dunedin is a university town and there is a good selection of lively restaurants and bars. It is also a great base from which to explore the Otago Peninsula with its rugged landscape, beautiful beaches and wildlife.

With the snowy-peaked Southern Alps sloping down into deep blue waters and lushly forested shores bursting with wildlife, the spectacular Fiordland National Park area in the south-western corner of the South Island is known for its stunning vistas.

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When to visit.

New Zealand is a year-round destination. In summer visit the beaches and explore the country’s National Parks. Spring is a mild time of year to travel and the countryside comes to life. In winter the South Island is a playground for outdoor adventures and epic scenery. Autumn sees cold, crisp days in the South Island and more mild rainy days in the North Island.

Go Wine Tasting

Go Wine Tasting

March - April

Ski and Snowboard

Ski and Snowboard

June - September

Go Whale and Dolphin Spotting

Go Whale and Dolphin Spotting

When is the Best Time to Visit New Zealand?

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Whatever you want from your adventure in New Zealand, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.

Why book with Jacada?

Personalised design

We’ll plan your trip around your specific interests, tastes and preferences, providing helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.

Authentic experiences

Our expert guides and brilliant travel concierges are hand-picked to provide a genuine experience, bringing your destination to life with care and passion.

Responsible travel

Our luxury trips are designed with responsible travel principles that prioritise travel experiences that are both good for you and good for the planet.

Flawless experiences put together by the best team in the industry. We will be returning to Jacada for our next trip as soon as possible.

Wonderful! Everything worked out beautifully. We had an amazing trip and are so grateful for the terrific staff at Jacada for making this such a special experience for us. Thank you!!

We had an extraordinary family trip of 5 to New Zealand and Bora Bora. Keith designed this trip with the utmost attention to detail and care. We were traveling with 3 college students and are strict vegetarians. Keith was patient and very accommodating with our activities and meal selection. He also was able to help with last minute changes and…

The Jacada Team did a phenomenal job! We've traveled with them 4 times to South America, Japan, Indonesia, Europe. This latest trip was to Australia, New Zealand, Maldives and Dubai. It was a monthlong trip with 16 flights and 8 hotels to celebrate my 40th birthday. We're a picky gay couple, and they surpassed our expectations. The team did a…

Amazing experience and great to deal with.

Plan with peace of mind

When you book a trip in today’s world there’s a lot to think about. But with the right advice and expert planning, you can do it with confidence.

If you book to travel with us but your plans are impacted by circumstances you can’t control, we’ll change your reservation or cancel your booking for a full credit towards future travel.


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The new zealand landscape can change dramatically in the space of a day,  this is the closest you will come to time travel. from coastal rainforests to pristine alpine environments – within hours. we will attentively, reassuringly and expertly – guide this traveller’s paradise into the palm of your hand. your experience of new zealand will be a pure reflection of your personal style and taste., travel styles.

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