A&K: Australia and New Zealand 2020

Fleurieu Peninsula, Waiheke Island, Dunedin added to latest program

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Abercrombie & Kent has unveiled its new collection of inspiring journeys around Australia and New Zealand. Capturing the quality and diversity of the travel experience close to home there is something in the portfolio to suit travellers in any season and for any duration.

Whether travellers are looking for a gourmet getaway, an expedition cruise, a family holiday or a luxury rail journey, A&K offers a plethora of choice. The journeys in this portfolio are, for the most part, handcrafted for individual travellers and are ready-to-book and ready-to-travel as presented. Each one, though, can also be adapted, amended and extended according to the guest’s individual requirements with the guidance of A&K Travel Specialists who are on hand to offer customised journey planning.

New destinations for 2020 include South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, where food and wine take centre stage. Guests explore McLaren Vale with an exclusive masterclass at Wirra Wirra’s Old Barrel Hall, a behind-the-scenes experience at the d’Arenberg Cube wine sensory room and an 11-course degustation lunch. Spend two nights there on A&K’s six-day South Australia: Flinders Ranges to the Fleurieu private journey priced from $8,385 per person twin share.

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania | Complimentary Marine Farm Experience
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania | Complimentary Marine Farm Experience

Across the Tasman, New Zealand’s Waiheke Island is a new addition to the portfolio. A haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, it’s only two hours from Auckland via road and ferry. Experience this on a two-night stay as part of A&K’s eight-day Connoisseur’s North Island private journey priced from $10,995 per person.

Dunedin also makes an appearance in the new portfolio. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of NZ’, the city has a rich Scottish heritage with one of the southern hemisphere’s best-preserved collections of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Explore its iconic buildings and take in the beautiful Otago Peninsula to the east where rare wildlife includes penguins, albatross and fur seals. A&K’s seven-day South Island Traverse journey is priced from $9,775 per person.

The new week-long Kiwi Epicurean Adventure itinerary takes in New Zealand’s cosmopolitan capital Wellington whose edgy vibe is fuelled by great food, wine and craft beer which guests discover on a private gourmet tour. There’s also a fascinating behind the scenes tour of Weta Studios and three nights in the Marlborough wine region with ample opportunity for cellar door visits and tastings. Prices from $5,370 per person twin share.

There is also an active journey in Tasmania combining golf at Barnbougle with the breathtaking Bay of Fires Lodge walk. There are gourmet themed holidays in Queensland and Tasmania, both celebrating local produce and award-winning cuisine. For families, a Lord of the Rings experience in New Zealand reveals the Hobbiton movie set, the thermal wonders of Rotorua and an introduction to the iconic kiwi bird at the A&K Philanthropy supported National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa. There are also adventures in Ningaloo Reef, the Top End and the Red Centre.

Travellers are invited to explore the Kimberley in a number of ways including aboard new luxury vessel Le Laperouse on A&K’s 13-day exclusive expedition cruise along its remote coastline. Guests are accompanied by A&K’s award-winning expedition team who bring the region to life with special insights into the ecology, geology, marine biology and history of the area. A special offer applies on the 2020 expedition with prices from $19,395 per person (was $21,635). Tour dates: 25 June – 7 July 2020.

In Tasmania, A&K Philanthropy supports the one-of-a-kind Raptor Refuge which takes in injured birds of prey and rehabilitates them for return to the wild. A&K guests have the unique opportunity of visiting the refuge and enjoying an unequalled level of access, highlighting the aviaries and tactile displays there as well as the bird care and exercise areas to observe individual patients in the various stages of recovery. This unique experience is included on A&K’s seven-day Gourmet Tasmania private journey priced from $6,550 per person.

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