June 29th 2015

Planning a winter getaway? Really get away from it all by heading south, way down south, to New Zealand or Patagonia.  Hiking - or "tramping" as the Kiwis call it - in New Zealand's South Island is like stepping out of your hotel and in to a beautiful wilderness. And our Walk in Argentinian Patagonia is absolutely guaranteed to dispel any January blues, in that wide, empty, silent paradise. For 2016 we have selected two new hotels in New Zealand and one in Patagonia - all to enhance the experience of getting "up close and personal" to faraway lands which really will guarantee the vacation of a lifetime. Sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords have made New Zealand's "mainland" one of the best hiking destinations in the world. The West Coast of South Island, hemmed in by the wild Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, is like nowhere else in the country. Lake Brunner Lodge, New Zealand That's where we find Lake Brunner Lodge. Hidden in the tranquil, rolling foothills overlooking the largest lake in the northwestern South Island, the Lodge is a luxurious hideaway offering natural beauty, seclusion, old-world charm and warm New Zealand hospitality. A unique heritage lodge built in 1930 set on 5500 hectares of privately owned land encompassing some of the oldest Podocarp rain forest in the world it is a classic wilderness retreat offering guests accommodation amid breathtaking scenery. A range of relaxing and private guests rooms surround the lodge's vast hallways, each individually decorated to create a truly unique Kiwi experience. It's the perfect backdrop to our experience in the Paparoa National Park where we marvel at the strange, limestone formations of the Pancake Rocks and the geyser-like blowholes. Our other new accommodation is the luxury boutique hotel, Nugget Point, Queenstown. The restaurant at Nugget Point In a situation that couldn't be more dramatic, Nugget Point is suspended above the famous Shotover River and surrounded by majestic mountains. The views from the bedrooms and restaurant of the rugged Queenstown landscape are awe-inspiring. And if you can tear yourself away from the windows or the terrace, there's a pool and spa too to ease away the day's hike in heritage-rich Arrowtown and along the famous Routeburn Track. Another bucket-lister is our Walk in Patagonia. Our Walk Leaders and Managers are renowned for their expert knowledge and we certainly do get off the beaten track, meeting locals and seeing the country up-close, while our guests know that their accommodation will always be top quality with the best of local food and wines to enjoy. New for next winter we have built in a stay at the Helsingfors Lodge, right inside the Los Glaciares National Park, near the astoundingly beautiful Blue Lagoon, which is yet another breathtaking 'must-see'! The lagoon near Helsingfors Lodge During the early 20th century, a Finnish adventurer, Alfred Ranström, settled at the foot of the Andes Mountains, on the shores of Lago Viedma. As a memory of his fatherland, he named his estancia after his country's capital city: Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish). And to conclude our trip, waking up in the morning in the unique Relais & Chateau Eolo Lodge, on a 10,000 acre property in the La Anita Valley, with unsurpassed views of the Patagonian Steppes stretching away into the distance, is simply unforgettable. Don't forget that our 13-night vacation in New Zealand and the eight-nighter in Patagonia are fully all-inclusive, so once we meet up at our rendezvous point, absolutely everything is taken care of - the ideal way to explore a new, big, country! Read about the spectacular  South Island Walk here or our Patagonian adventure here.

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