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Mitre Peak, Milford Sounds, New Zealand
Mitre Peak, Milford Sounds, New Zealand

New Zealand is a country that is on a lot of bucket lists. People see New Zealand in photos, posters, movies, hear about it from those who have traveled there and it feeds a desire in them to go there. Many people think New Zealand is a beautiful country and it is. BUT this is where those that have been are different from those who have not been, New Zealand is an experience. People who have been to New Zealand are amazed at what they were able to see and do while there and the wonderful people they met. Many want to go back again. Whether it is your first time or your 8th time back all are welcome to join us on an adventure of a lifetime. On every visit to New Zealand you will discover and experience something new.

New Zealand offers something for everyone; from quiet and relaxing to full-blown off the chart adrenalin rushes. If you want breath-taking scenery & vistas, we have that. If you want amazing sandy beaches, we have them too. If you want something to make your adrenalin go through the roof, yep we can even accommodate you. If you golf we have many incredible golf courses throughout the country, including some PGA grade courses. For wine lovers…there are award winning wineries to be found, some are recognized worldwide and some are very well kept secrets. If you love sailing or any water sports we have it all. We even have some incredible beaches that are perfect for the surfers. Want to spend quiet days fishing, we have some amazing rivers where you can quietly fish or you can surf cast from some beaches or even go out on a boat for some deep sea fishing. Need to swish down some mountains on world-class ski runs, yep we have them too! Are you a hiker and want some incredible trails to walk? Got you covered too. How about sea-kayaking and interacting with some cheeky fur seals…yes we can help you out there too. Want to stroll through beautiful gardens and parks and have a picnic? You can do that too. How about experiencing heart-stopping culture or being massaged with mineral rich mud? Yep we got it!

Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

New Zealand is a magical country to experience. The scenery has been used as incredible backdrops in many movies. New Zealand has captured the imagination of many producers and directors with its diverse landscape. In a short period of time you can go from city to rolling farmland, to thick green bush and forests, to soaring mountains. We have it all!

When people ask me about New Zealand this is what I tell them,

“As someone who was born and raised in New Zealand I am often asked to describe New Zealand to those who have never been there. Most people think of New Zealand as Middle Earth thanks to Peter Jackson and his directing of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. But New Zealand is so much more. It is very hard to describe what you will experience when you travel to New Zealand. Everyone comes away with a different experience and most either don’t want to leave or can’t wait to get back there. 

The best way I can describe New Zealand to an American is this: “Take all 50 states and squish them into the state of Colorado, surround it by water, add 4 million people and about 60 million sheep. That’s New Zealand.” That description will give you a physical idea about what New Zealand has to offer, but New Zealand is something you have to experience to truly appreciate its splendor. It is a combination of the culture, people and scenery that will give you a true New Zealand experience. I can’t wait to share my homeland with you and hear about how New Zealand touched you.”

This year I have embarked on a mission to help people experience New Zealand and have been diligently planning an exclusive offer to New Zealand. With the assistance of Air New Zealand Vacations we have just finalised not one, not two but THREE amazing packages to New Zealand at the beginning of 2015. To make it easy for planning we have included airfare from Los Angeles to the start point of the package and then back to Los Angeles at the end of your adventure. We have made the packages as inclusive as we possibly can to make it easy for you to get the best out of the experience we are offering you.

Our first package is a Cruise Vacation. Not only will you enjoy a 12-night cruise onboard the beautiful Celebrity Solstice but we have included a pre-cruise night in Sydney, Australia with a city tour and a post-cruise night in Auckland, New Zealand again with a city tour and with a group farewell dinner. For more information on this package please click the Celebrity Cruise button


For our second package we are exploring Movie Locations around New Zealand. We will be visiting many places where films like Under the Mountain, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Last Samurai, Top of the Lake, Vertical Limits, X-Men Original: Wolverine, The Frighteners, Heavenly Creatures, Brain Dead, Goodbye Pork Pie, and many other movies were filmed. Almost everywhere we go we will be visiting movie locations and while in Wellington we will be visiting Weta Cave and Windows into Workshop. Now Windows into Workshop is VERY cool. There is magic behind the red door. I can’t tell you what is behind the red door as the ticket states we can’t talk about it. But it was awesome! If you would like to join us on an adventure to New Zealand and let us bring the movies to life for you then please click the Air New Zealand Vacation Button


Our third package is for those who can’t decide between the first two or just want more time in New Zealand. This package is combined to create the Ultimate New Zealand Sea & Land Adventure. You will be able to join us for a month! Yes we depart Los Angeles on January 24, 2015 and arrive back in Los Angeles on February 24, 2015. Yes, we will visit some of the same cities on both land and sea but we will plan to make each stop unique so you don’t double up on the sights and sounds of the cities we visit. If you want the Ultimate NZ experience then click the New Zealand Silver Fern button

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If you want to contact us for more information about New Zealand please fill in the form below and we will contact you.

Helen Brahms

World globetrotter, Helen Brahms, is your Luxury Travel Concierge. She specializes in creating unique once-in-a-lifetime travel memories and charity fundraising trips. Whether your travel dreams include exotic locations or time with your family, you can have it all. Helen loves to help people cross destinations off their travel bucket list before they take a dirt nap!

Helen is the host of the Have2Travel Radio Show ( and is the author of the book "Congratulations, You're Going On a Cruise! Now What?" and the co-author of the book "Passionistas Talk!: The Best of the Passion Point Interviews (Vol. 1)"


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