Why Latitude South
Since 2001, Latitude South has been a different kind of travel company. A travel company that values the individual and celebrates the magnificent countries of Australia and New Zealand. Our goal is to understand each client that we work with, get under the skin of the individual and match client interests, dreams and time parameters with vacations that honour the unique travel aspirations of each of our clients. By getting to know you; understanding your ideas and expectations, we create journeys that resonate with you, very individually in a mindful and meaningful way.
Our clients love us…
It’s in our hearts…
You may have noticed the little heart that pops up in various places on our website. While it’s a wonderful little design feature that we love, it has a deeper meaning. We care about what we do and we think it shows in the trips that we design and the journeys that our clients ultimately experience when travelling with Latitude South. We do not ‘sell’ vacations. Rather, your interests, expectations and overarching goals for your time in our part of the world are of paramount importance to us and we are not going to simply ‘sell’ you a trip for the sake of making a sale. You are entrusting us with days of your life and, more often than not, a reasonable amount of your money and we will not waste days of your life or take your money if we do not feel that we are able to offer something extraordinary in return.
A few other points as you ponder the question, ‘Why Latitude South’…
We are New Zealand natives with offices in Nelson and Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.
Our proprietary blend of accommodations, guides and other related travel providers who will be involved in the successful delivery of your vacation arrangements are known to us and vetted by us – personally. Most of our partners are not just known as suppliers, we have friendly, transparent and long-standing relationships with them and without a doubt, this translates to some pretty wonderful, personalized experiences for our clients where our partners go ‘above and beyond’ on a regular basis.
Our company is family owned and operated and we take a great deal of pride in the level of service and exclusivity delivered to our clients – this is evidenced by consistently outstanding reviews from our past clients – many of whom are prepared to provide in-person references based on their own experiences with our company.
We are committed to being 100% accountable – before your vacation, during your vacation and beyond. If you need support whilst travelling, we are based in Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island and are passionate about ‘getting it right’ and ultimately elevating your experience. We approach your vacation as if it were our own and take that responsibility seriously.
We are passionate about providing our clients with authentic, hyper-personalized vacations that focus on both the iconic aspects of Australia and New Zealand along with the rarely seen wilderness spaces, the unique indigenous culture and excellent, locally sourced, beautifully executed food and wine in each of New Zealand regions you will visit.
In addition to ‘seeing’ Australia and New Zealand, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer opportunities for you to touch and feel the countries by meeting the local characters that we feel connect you to local life in Australia and New Zealand. In these opportunities for human connection lie the unexpected moments during which you’ll live, laugh, touch and taste what it is to truly experience these remarkable countries near the end of the earth.
This company did an outstanding and amazing job in planning and coordinating our vacation. Every detail was taken care of and everything went smoothly. We could not have asked for a more perfect time. I would use their services again in a heartbeat and have recommended them highly to all of my friends.
My wife and I had an absolutely amazing experience with Latitude South. Claire and Karen went above and beyond to make our Australian vacation excellent and hassle free. Their service and the trip itself exceeded our expectations and the personal touches were greatly appreciated. Without hesitation, we would recommend Latitude South to anyone and would definitely use them again if/when we travel to New Zealand or back to Australia!
We are home with a suitcase full of memories that we could not have created without Karen's help.
Karen was immensely patient as we worked through multiple iterations of our itinerary till we came upon the one that was perfect for us. We were all over the map when we started and are so thankful for her guidance and her willingness to offer different alternatives for us till we landed on one that was just right for us.
The cultural experience that Karen arranged for us was most authentic and allowed us to really appreciate the Maori culture. It was an experience that allowed for introspection while enjoying a taste of a different lifestyle among the Maori, in a private home. It was far from the hokey tourist cultural experience that most visitors will have.I won't spoil it but if you book this with Karen (and you must) you will meet some pretty famous locals who will welcome you and share their culture with you.
I would highly recommend Latitude South to all our friends who are contemplating a trip Down Under.
Working with Latitude South was as good as could be. In the planning stage, Karen spent as much time as we needed to assist in developing our itinerary. She is delightful, fun, flexible and extremely knowledgeable about all things New Zealand. Nothing was too much trouble to adjust or change as our preferences became clearer. Her entire team, whom we were lucky to meet while in Nelson, couldn't have been nicer nor more accommodating. They were helpful on the ground as needed and always had a good suggestion. We would choose to work with Latitude South again and again and would definitely recommend them to anyone planning a trip to New Zealand.
New Zealand had always been on my husband and my travel bucket list, but when we decided to go, we really needed help in narrowing down our to do and see wishes. Latitude South Travel Company was our answer to getting a taste of New Zealand in two weeks. LSTC was absolutely the most professional and organized company we’ve ever worked with. They listened to our ideas, made up an itinerary based on them, and then submitted it to us. After we approved it, they made all the reservations (including all air travel), and all we had to do was show up and ENJOY. We were not disappointed in anything.
What an amazing trip we had to Australia and New Zealand! It was everything we had hoped for and so much more! Every day unfolded with a new adventure or wonder of nature. Latitude South absolutely listen to our desires but also added their own expertise to ensure that each day was seamless and every minute well-spent. Even our down-time was perfectly timed to when we needed to stop, breathe and do laundry.😊 After 4 weeks - 2 each in Australia and New Zealand - we still weren't ready to head home! Trip of a lifetime and memories of a lifetime indeed! Thank you Karen and Team Latitude South!