If you love to travel the world in style or are in the middle of planning a dream holiday then read on to discover what luxury experiences you should not miss out on in 2019. Whether its endless hours spent snorkelling a remote coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with Manta Rays, skiing down Mount Cook straight out of a helicopter or exploring the Red Centre Experience Oz has got you covered.
We’ve handpicked 6 luxury experiences across Australian and New Zealand that will make your next holiday unforgettable.
1. South Island Scenic Flight with Lunch and Wine Tasting
Flying over New Zealand’s Tasman Nelson region, this is a gourmet tour via helicopter with unbelievable scenery and food and wine that is to die for. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is the choice between an Alpine Banquet with a lunch on a mountain top and 3 glorious landings or a Beachfront Banquet overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and 2 landings in remote locations after flying in a luxe Eurocopter. This experience is best suited to couples so if you are celebrating a special occasion or planning an unforgettable wedding proposal/elopement then this is one luxury experience that you should absolutely consider. (And if you do decide to pop the question- please send us the gorgeous pictures!)
2. Bay of Fires 4 Day Walk
Love to hike but don’t want to rough it in base camps this time? Well, you don’t have to on this epic 4 day adventure that incorporates some of Tasmania’s best scenery, beaches and rugged rock formations with cosy minimalist overnight accommodations at the Bay Of Fire Eco Lodge and Spa. Built on a hilltop, you’ll be within steps of the Bay of Fires beach and after a long day of hiking what better way is there to relax and unwind than soaking in an ocean front bath or treating the feet to a foot spa? You’ll be kept busy during the day taking in walks at Mt William National Park with views of the Bass Strait and beyond but kickback in the evening with a glass of wine in hand.
3. Winter Wonderland Mount Cook Heli Ski
As we begin to approach the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere, snow bunnies are probably counting down the days till they hit the ski slopes again. Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain boasting some of the best snow conditions for skiing and snowboarding in the world. The helicopter flight to these mighty peaks is only half the fun as you step straight out of the plane and down incredible skiing territory. The once in a lifetime experience is available between July and September taking you on 5 ski runs in a day but you will need to bring your own ski board or hire equipment.
4. Stunning Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru is on many traveller’s bucket lists but make ‘some day’ happen this year with a comprehensive 4 day tour package complete with accommodation, wine, canapés and activities included. The Red Centre no longer has to be a mystery with deluxe packages taking care of all the travel details so you can simply enjoy travelling to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders without having to worry about a thing. From luxurious coaches to superior accommodation, magnificent Uluru sunsets and tours to Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta – a guided tour has everything that you could possibly desire when exploring Central Australia.
5. Lady Elliot Island Dream Escape
If you are an underwater adventurer than a visit to Lady Elliot Island is a must. The remote coral cay in the Southern Great Barrier Reef is highly regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations on the reef with unspoilt coral and mind blowing encounters swimming alongside curious turtles and the biggest Manta Rays you have ever seen. Given its location, the only way to travel is by plane and honestly, the scenic flight is worth the money alone as you soar over the Coral Sea. During your time on the island guests are treated to a glass bottom boat cruise, buffet lunch, guided snorkel and island reef walks. And while one of its biggest selling points is that you can visit the reef in a day, don’t discount the fact that this is one of the most unique and highly sought after coral cays in the world and it is right here in Australia’s backyard. Flights are available from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Hervey Bay.
6. Swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef
There are only a handful of exotic locations in the world where you can swim with Whale Sharks and one of them is Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Western Australia. The UNESCO world heritage site is home to over 500 species of sea critters but the Whale Sharks are the star attraction found in the waters between March to July. Ocean cruises depart daily from Exmouth accompanied by a spotter airplane travelling ahead to find the whale sharks ensuring that you enjoy more time in the water swimming alongside the gentle giants. This is one of the best marine experiences in Australia and a dream excursion for quite a few members of the Experience Oz crew too.
Experience Oz has got you covered with a huge range of award winning food and wine experiences, once in a lifetime adventures, mind blowing wildlife encounters and unique natural attractions that can make any holiday extraordinary.