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A selection of our favourite places to stay in New Zealand

Huka Lodge

Natures Ultimate Playground

A rich landscape of lakes, forests, waterfalls and mountains forms a stunning backdrop to this iconic New Zealand retreat in Taupo, the heart of the volcanic North Island and long considered as one of the world’s top retreats. Leave the real world behind as you enter the gates of Huka Lodge with it’s elegance and style evolved from a simple fishing lodge in the 1920’s and positioned on a beautiful stretch of the Waikato River. An adventure and nature lover’s paradise fish turquoise blue waters, hike through beautiful forests and volcanic mountains, take a heli flip over the magnificent Kaimanawa Ranges or float down Taupo’s spectacular Waikato River by kayak. Read More

The Landing

Far North Escape

The Landing is a unique luxury retreat nestled among a thousand acres of beaches, native bush, farmland, bird sanctuaries and protected historic sites in the Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand. Steeped in history, this is the landing place where Maori and European settlers first met, exchanged cultures and created a new nation, making it one of New Zealand’s most culturally and historically significant places to visit. Relax and rejuvenate in this idyllic setting with its panoramic ocean views and award-winning vineyard, or for the more active traverse the hiking and biking trails, kayak and snorkel across the glittering bay. Read More

Mahu Whenua

A jewel in the crown

Mahu Whenua is a luxurious high-country homestead in the middle of 55,000 hectares of some of the most iconic and dramatic natural alpine scenery just 20 minutes from Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Immerse yourself in one of the most majestic and pristine parts of the world as you reboot the soul and mind and be at one with nature. With only 5 suites this is an excellent base from which to enjoy the seclusion and privacy of this unique eco-sanctuary and a myriad of exclusive high-quality activities on your doorstep surrounded by spectacular scenery. From the moment you arrive in Mahu Whenua you’ll instantly know that you are somewhere special. Read More

Eichardt’s Private Hotel

The grand dame of Queenstown

The grand dame of Queenstown, Eichardt’s Hotel provides a collection of beautifully designed suites and apartments rich in history and the grandest views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains in the heart of Queenstown where everything is an easy stroll away. Soak up breathtaking views from your large spacious room as you curl up beside the cosy fireplace with a book, enjoy sumptuous diners as you watch the sun set behind the Southern Alps, or discover the wonderful array of shopping, restaurants and cafes on your doorstep. For the more adventurous traveller, explore the Southernmost wine producing region of the world, cruise across Lake Wakatipu by super-yacht or soar over the Milford Sounds by helicopter. Eichardt’s Hotel provides the perfect base to suit every taste. Read More

Split Apple Retreat

Abel Tasman Exclusive

Split Apple Retreat is an exclusive luxury lodge and wellness retreat located on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park at the top of the South Island. With the Abel Tasman on your doorstep, Split Apple Resort is the perfect spot to explore beautiful walking tracks, golden beaches and pristine nature by foot, kayak, or on horseback. Swim with seals, spot dolphins or try your luck at a spot of fishing. With a good mix of action and relaxation Split Apple Retreat is one of the most serene and restful places to stay in the Southern Hemisphere. Read More

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Eco Luxe in a maritime Serengeti

Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Hapuku Lodge is a 5 star Eco-Retreat set on rugged coastline a few kilometers north of the eco-marine town of Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand. Nestled 30 feet in the air, the tree houses sit snugly at the base of the majestic Kaikoura Mountains. Kaikoura, with its unparalleled marine life and spectacular landscapes, is one of the world’s premier eco-marine tourism destinations. Indeed, National Geographic has called Kaikoura “A maritime Serengeti” and “a Sea World without Walls”. Read More

Otahuna Lodge

Prime historic gem

Hidden in the lush green heart of the South Island, Otahuna Lodge is an easy 30-minute drive from Christchurch, making it the perfect spot from which to explore New Zealand’s largest and most diverse province. Relax in your beautiful suite with grand architectural features from the 19th century each with open fireplaces and stained-glass windows. Wander through 30 acres of it’s own century-old botanic gardens and enjoy superb farm to table meals as you sip top New Zealand wines all the while immersing yourself in the amazing array of experiences to incite your own personal sense of exploration. With only 7 suites for up to 14 guests Otahuna ensures an intimate ‘unique luxury’ experience in this stunning region. Read More

Cape Kidnappers

A Farmstay Like No other

Cape Kidnappers sits atop rolling hills and rugged cliffs on a 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm with spectacular sea views in Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. Step out from your luxurious suite to explore this rugged terrain by Can-Am as you travel to the very edges of this vast coastal property. Breathe in the southward views towards Ocean Beach and Bare Island before turning back to unrivalled vistas across the entire farm towards Napier and the surrounding ranges. Join a Shepherd for an introduction to life on a working sheep and beef farm, visit the largest, most accessible mainland colony of gannets in the world or watch the rare, endangered kiwi in its own natural habitat and so much more. Read More
Huka Lodge
The Landing
Mahu Whenua
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Split Apple Retreat
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Otahuna Lodge
Cape Kidnappers

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Elizabeth Mackintosh

Julia you did a fantastic job - everything was first class. Well organised, efficient and stress free. We all agreed it was the best holiday we've ever had. Cant wait to travel with CSC again.

Milford family

We are so happy we put our trust in CSC, we had an amazing adventure and would recommend them to anyone.

Kim & Brad Balance

The trip exceeded my expectations and was the best family holiday I have ever had. Our children simply loved it and now I know more about African wildlife than they do about our own farm animals.

Rowntree family

Classic Safari are the people who genuinely know other culture and offer incredible insight to perfectly meet your expectations.

Melanie McMillan & Iain Jones

We loved it all. Our son wants to go back tomorrow. We would ALL go back again!

Laurence & Remi Cunningham

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Sheryl & Robert Taylor

Thank you for making our trip to Africa so spectacular. The attention to detail really made it special. It was the trip of a lifetime for our family together.

Sarah & Paul Cozzi

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Jane & Robert Happell

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Tim Bradley

You can't improve on perfection. I had my best birthday and holiday with my family celebrating my 80th birthday in Africa. Everything that Julia organised was perfect and the whole trip was a highlight!

Buckingham Family

The trip of a lifetime, couldn't have dreamt of a better adventure if I tried.

Emma Jeffcoat

Absolutely everything was first class & so well organised.

Simon & Jackie Adams

Classic Safari Company has done it again! A unique experience that ticked all the boxes - wildlife, culture and dining experience. A dream come true!

Ros Wheeler

Their experience and knowledge of Africa is evident and we couldn't have been happier with the total package. This has given us a taste for Africa - now we are ready for more.

Andrew & Pip Stevens

If you want the most sensational experience in Africa let Julia and the staff at Classic Safari Co plan it for you! Their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for their job means your every wish will be fulfilled.

Miriam & Joseph Harrison

Classic Safari is the place to go to for "top end" adventure travel.

Ron & Alison Guthrie

Classic Safari Company were brilliant - 10/10

Di & Kingsley Yates

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Annette Whiley

It certainly was the best trip we have EVER had. The experiences were mind blowing.  We want everyone we know to experience Africa - the animals, the people - magical.

Jo-anne & Dean Mifsud

Would do it all again and not change a moment. Best holiday ever!

The McGowan Tribe

An absolutely fantastic travel company - every one of the many trips they have organised for us over 22 years have been faultless and fabulous.

Judith & Roger Williams

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