New Zealand FAQs
On this page, we’ve addressed some of the questions that pop up when we’re working with clients along with some points we feel it’s important for our current and prospective clients to know. Should you have a specific question in relation to your Latitude South enquiry or proposal; please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What type of New Zealand journey can I expect with Latitude South?
A journey that is uniquely curated for you by bringing together our community of accommodations, guides and other partners. Latitude South does not operate. ‘off the shelf’ itineraries and many of the experiences you will enjoy during your Latitude South journey have been hand-picked (and often created) especially for you. Your New Zealand journey with Latitude South is designed and managed around your unique interests and this will be evident in the ‘living’ of your journey. The ‘ingredients’ that will be blended together to create your bespoke itinerary are hand-picked by your Luxury Travel Curator and include accommodations that fit, guides that match your travel style and interests, overland travel that covers the destinations to which and between you will travel and all other services that we feel match your unique goals and expectations for your time in New Zealand.
What can I expect to spend on a New Zealand vacation with Latitude South?
Our bespoke vacations are customized around your individual budget. As part of the initial consultation phase of your trip planning relationship with Latitude South; we cover your expectations for your trip in depth and your vacation budget is a natural part of this conversation. . In order to assure the quality of vacation that Latitude South specializes in, we have included a guide below on average daily budget:
Moderate – NZ$450.00 – NZ$700.00 per person, per day
This level of planning, accommodation and touring includes comprehensive consultation in curating a vacation itinerary that fits with your needs, very personally, 3.5 – 4-star accommodation, all in-country ground transportation in luxury, private vehicles, a blend of small group and privately guided touring, some meals and 24-hour on the ground support from our Nelson, New Zealand based team whilst travelling.
Moderate accommodations offered by Latitude South include full-service, 3.5 – 4 star international class hotels, self-catering apartments (most with kitchen and laundry facilities), bed & breakfast lodgings and boutique hotels.
Moderate touring offered by Latitude South includes touring with our trusted small group partners.
Luxury – NZ$750.00 – NZ$1,000.00 per person, per day
This level of planning, accommodation and touring includes comprehensive consultation in curating a vacation itinerary that fits with your needs, very personally, 4.5 – 5-star accommodation, all in-country ground transportation in luxury, private vehicles, predominantly privately guided touring, many meals and 24-hour on the ground support from our Nelson, New Zealand based team whilst travelling.
Luxury accommodations offered by Latitude South include 4.5 – 5 star full-service, international class hotels, boutique hotels and unique, luxuriously remote super lodges.
Luxury touring offered by Latitude South includes experiences by our locally based, expert private guides and occasional touring with our trusted small group partners.
White Glove – NZ$1,000.00 plus per person, per day
This level of planning, accommodation and touring includes comprehensive consultation in curating a vacation itinerary that fits with your needs, very personally, 5-star plus accommodation, all in-country ground transportation in luxury, private vehicles, incomparable privately guided touring, many meals and 24-hour on the ground support from our Nelson, New Zealand based team whilst travelling.
White Glove accommodations offered by Latitude South include high luxury urban properties and luxuriously remote super lodges.
White Glove touring offered by Latitude South includes one-of-a-kind experiences curated for each of our White Glove clients along with experiences by our locally based, expert private guides.
Why should I book with Latitude South?
No two Latitude South journeys are the same and it’s our skilled, well-connected Travel Curators that protect and celebrate this level of exclusivity. Behind our Luxury Travel Curator’s stand our operational team – a pivotal group of specialists who guarantee the meticulous preparation and execution of each and every one of our client itineraries. This is probably one of the few, if not the only time in your life, you will visit New Zealand and you want to get it right! The small and quite perfectly formed team at Latitude South recognizes that travelling to New Zealand is a significant investment of your money and time and Latitude South journeys have a genuine focus on quality, authenticity and exclusivity. Latitude South is fully bonded and holds a statutory client trust account in compliance with the California Seller of Travel program, overseen by the Attorney General’s Office. In addition, Latitude South has been in business since 2001 and is recognized by both Tourism New Zealand and the Tourism Australia.
Once I’ve had my initial conversation with Latitude South, what happens next?
Once you have concluded your initial consultation with your Luxury Travel Curator and we have obtained enough specific information about you; your Luxury Travel Curator will set about handpicking the accommodations, guides, overland travel providers and other experiences in preparing your itinerary. We will then send you a journey itinerary curated specifically for you that includes local information and arrangements tailored to fit. We then move further into the trip planning phase; refine your itinerary if necessary and start planning a truly remarkable New Zealand journey.
Can Latitude South assist me with my flights?
Yes, we partner with a licensed Air New Zealand ticketing agent through which all of our client flights are purchased and ticketed.
If I require assistance while travelling, does Latitude South provide this?
The Latitude South office is located in Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. We provide comprehensive on the ground support for our clients whilst travelling in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to our Nelson based staff, we have client support teams in both Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. This support extends through to guaranteed 24-hour roadside assistance for independent travellers with rental vehicles.
What kind of weather can I expect in New Zealand?
New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine. Because of New Zealand’s situation in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January, February and March and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 – 30ºC and in winter between 10 – 15ºC.
Besides a valid passport, do I require any other travel documents to travel to New Zealand?
If you are an American citizen, you are required to have an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to entry into New Zealand. Latitude South processes client ETA’s as part of our specialist service. If you are not an American citizen, there will be visa requirements; these will depend on your nationality and will be discussed during the Latitude South trip planning phase.
I have various other questions specific to me and my individual trip; who can I contact to discuss these points?
Please contact our specialist New Zealand team at email@example.com