Celebrating 35 Years of Travel Excellence
For three and a half decades we have been designing one-of-a-kind luxury travel experiences for the most discerning travellers, all delivered with Southern Crossings’ signature silky smooth service.
Founded in 1986, we pre-date www, instagram and facebook; we’ve navigated countless challenges: from fires and floods to 9/11, the GFC and this current pandemic; and whilst the definition of luxury travel has changed, our unwaivering commitment to delivering unrivalled luxury travel experiences with unparalleled levels of service certainly hasn't!
So we are are celebrating this anniversary by sharing 35 Great Reasons to dust off those passports as inspiration to start planning even more meaningful and memorable travels Down Under:
Enjoy an exclusive slice of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
Heli to a private pontoon in the Whitsundays where, far from the madding crowds, you can enjoy an up-close private tour one of the great wonders of the world, including iconic Heart Reef. Whether you have just a few hours or a few weeks, we can find you a private piece of the Great Barrier Reef: picnicking on a secluded sand cay or cruising the otherwise inaccessible aboard a private superyacht.
Adopt a Manta Ray in Fiji
Swim alongside a marine biologist, surrounded by majestic manta rays (April-September) in Fiji’s turquoise waters and photograph these graceful creatures to assist with local research and conservation initiatives. We can also arrange for guests to adopt (and name) a manta ray to receive regular updates about their new ‘baby’ even when you’re back at home.
Be among the first to tee-off at what will undoubtedly be one of the world’s finest golf courses.
From Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers to Kinloch and Queenstown, New Zealand already has golfers (and their non-golfing partners) spoilt for choice. From 2022 we look forward to introducing world-class newcomer and next-level Te Arai Links and luxury lodgings, nestled in the dunes of New Zealand’s North Island. Be among the first to enjoy a round!
Hike ancient landscapes without leaving modern comforts behind
Stretch your legs in some of Australia’s most scenic settings – from the ancient Gondwana rainforests of South-East Queensland to the rugged outback landscapes of Australia’s Red Centre, from Tasmania’s dramatic coastlines to the vine-backed-beaches of the Margaret River, there are dozens of short walks and multi-day catered, accommodated and guided walks to choose from.
Heli-ski untracked powder runs
If you like your ski runs all to yourself, we know just where to find them in New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps. Heli-just-about-anything is a speciality of ours with personalised touring experiences to take you above and beyond: heli-hike unmarked trails and heli-fish in secret streams all from an exclusive luxury alpine lodge, accessible only by helicopter.
Escape to a luxury private villa for two … or a few more
Whether you’re looking for somewhere special to get away from them all – or with them all, we have that place! We can introduce you to a collection of New Zealand’s most luxurious private villas, from country to coast. These are the places that provide the perfect combination of space to spend time together, and space to call your own – complete with private chefs, butlers, nannies, trainers and concierge or complete privacy – the choice is yours.
Surround yourself with the spectacular sights and soothing sounds of the world’s oldest rainforest.
Be one of the first to experience the tranquil indulgences of a reimagined Silky Oaks Lodge. Overlooking the Mosman River, on the edge of the World Heritage Daintree rainforest, this iconic Australian rainforest lodge will reopen under the Baillie Lodges brand in November following a stunning $15m refurbishment including the lodge, guest rooms, Treehouse Restaurant and Healing Waters Spa.
Dial up the luxe!
Whether you’re seeking an under the radar getaway or an over-the-top vacay, we take great pride in accessing the inaccessible and making the seemingly impossible, possible. Tailored heli-safaris and personal chefs, sleek superyachts and private planes; from dream suites and beautiful beach houses to secluded estates and exclusive-use islands, UltraLuxe is our speciality!
Embrace island pace
When today’s busy schedules and hectic lifestyles all get too much, there is quite simply no better antidote than to slip away to the islands of the South Pacific and embrace their sublimely unhurried pace of life. Time here is measured only by the sun and the tides, and we know exactly the place for you to find plenty of time to do exactly as you please in fabulous Fiji, idyllic French Polynesia and in the gorgeous Cook Islands.
Sleep under a blanket of outback stars.
World renowned for beautiful sunsets and breath-taking sunrises, the outback shines just as brightly in all the hours in between. Far from any city lights, the Australian outback night skies are best enjoyed from the comfort of a cosy deluxe swag. From Arkaba to Uluru, we can curate dreamy outback swag experiences that will light up your dreams for years to come.
Slip away to your own private island
The ultimate ultraluxe escape! Barefoot and relaxed or polished and pampered. Get away from it all - or with them all! For sublime isolation or when privacy is paramount, we can arrange private island escapes, from Tasmania to the tropics, with exclusive-use islands for two .. two dozen, or two hundred of your nearest and dearest!
Marvel at the Milky Way from an outdoor hot tub
Sink into the hot tub on your lodge’s private deck (glass of sparkling in hand!), to soak up uninterrupted star-filled views of the twinkling Southern skies, which are also mirrored in the glass walls of your private luxury pod at the Lindis. In the South Island’s remote Ahuriri Valley, which neighbours the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Lindis lodge offers some truly amazing stargazing!
Cruise some of the most spectacular and inaccessible places on the planet
Sail Western Australia’s remote and rugged Kimberley Coast in superyacht style. Call in to marvel at the region’s many natural wonders such as the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and Rowley Shoals: to name only a few! Access the otherwise inaccessible: secluded swimming holes, secret fishing streams and some of the world’s most ancient artworks.
Travel lightly (and well!)
Whether you’re looking to travel green or eat clean, our Travel Design team can curate luxury travel itineraries that minimise your footprint whilst also including rewarding eco-friendly experiences and exclusive opportunities to participate in authentical local cultural experiences, important wildlife research initiatives and hands-on conservation projects to deliver the most memorable and meaningful luxury journeys.
Branch out of the everyday to sleep in a treetop hideaway
Sleep among a canopy of native Manuka Trees, some 10m off the ground in an eco-friendly treetop suite. Soak up the views from your balcony, the bath or from beside the cosy fireplace looking out to the dramatic Kaikoura Mountains, over the lodge’s deer-dotted farmlands to the sparkling Pacific Ocean beyond. Hapuku Lodge is also the ideal base for outdoor adventures from bush to beach: mountain-biking, hiking, surfing – and the bucket-list experiences of swimming with dusky dolphins and fur seals on the Kaikoura Coast!
Immerse yourself in the oldest living culture on earth.
From Arnhemland to Tasmania, Bremer Island to Rottnest Island, we can introduce you to authentic indigenous Australian experiences through personalised walking tours, remote wilderness camps and interactive workshops. For a true connection to country and culture, who better to show you around the oldest continent on earth than the Traditional Custodians of this land?
Feast and forage on Marlborough’s finest produce
Meet a collection talented local wine makers, legendary anglers and artisan producers whilst collecting the ingredients for a decadent chef-prepared degustation private dinner in the comfort of your exclusive Cloudy Bay estate accommodation - accompanied by some of New Zealand’s favourite wines and rare back vintages from the Cloudy Bay Wine Library. Exclusive, beyond the scenery, experiences are our speciality!
Take your next golfing getaway to new heights
Play some of Australia’s most remote (and highly-ranked) golf courses with a tailored private air-tour. In four days, enjoy playing four of the country’s top-rated courses (Barnbougle Lost Farm, Barnbougle Dunes, Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham) whilst also enjoying a taste of Tasmania’s finest produce and spectacular scenery with the comfort and convenience of your private aircraft.
Cruise without the crowds in New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Islands
Set sail aboard a super-sleek and super-speedy superyacht to explore the hidden bays and heavenly beaches that line some of New Zealand’s most picturesque cruising grounds. With nearly 27m (88ft) of floating indulgence - from the heated spa on the foredeck to the submersible beach platform at the stern, along with en-suite accommodation for eight guests – this is sublime seclusions at its finest!
Hike alongside one of Australia’s most preeminent koala researchers
Head off the well-trodden tourist trail and deep into the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains to learn about, and assist with, important koala bushfire recovery research initiatives. Privileged access and exclusive experiences are our specialty, whatever your passion.
Honeymoon (or rediscover romance) in the South Pacific
Whether you're looking to 'pop the question' or 'tie the knot' in a romantic holiday setting; whether your honeymooning, celebrating a special anniversary or simply looking to spend some time reconnecting with the one you love, tropical palm-fringed islands ringed with white sandy beaches and surrounded by turquoise lagoons are the idyllic backdrop for any romantic escape. Beautiful bures with private plunge pools and decadent spa treatments designed for two; secluded beach picnics, sunset cocktails and romantic candlelit dinners.
Hit the road to explore Australia’s epic (and most scenic) self-drives.
From the ocean to the outback, the Great Ocean Road to the Gibb River Road, north, south, east or west, explore Australia at your own pace with our carefully curated road trips that reveal local hidden gems at every turn.
Get your adrenalin pumping with kiwi-invented adventures
From Bungee jumping to Zorbing (both kiwi-invented adventures!), we can curate action-packed itineraries for every level of thrill-seeker. Ride or raft, hike or bike, swim, sail, ski or surf; enjoy breath-taking adventures in New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring natural surrounds.
Swap the city-slicker life for life on the land
Immerse yourself in station-life on one of Australia’s iconic outback ranches. Explore these remote landscapes on foot or by 4WD, on horseback or by heli; lend-a-hand to the farm activities and hands-on conservation initiatives, or simply relax and enjoy listening to the legends woven around these very special places that have helped shape Australia’s history and culture.
Live it up in the world’s most liveable city!
Staycation or vacation, our Travel Design team (who live in and love the world’s most liveable city) can curate creative city breaks that introduce Auckland’s hottest new hotels and cool places to eat, combined with hidden local secrets and exclusive personalised experiences that are sure to delight visitors, from near or far!
Find your inner artist to create a uniquely Australian souvenir
Learn the secrets to eye-catching street art from a Melbourne laneway artist or the ancient techniques of Aboriginal dot painting from an engaging local elder; either way we can curate personalised experiences that will leave you with treasured memories and the most authentic Australian souvenirs.
Enjoy the best of both worlds: family friendly AND adults only
Who said a family holiday couldn’t tick everyone’s boxes? Adults-only dining and a swimming pool just for grown-ups; dedicated Baby Butlers and a creative kids club that they’ll never want to leave: all delivered with equally warm and wide Fijian smiles. And for some together-time, there’s also family-friendly fishing trips, water sports and snorkelling safaris; as well as junior scuba diving lessons for kids as young as 10.
Take a dip in a remote outback waterhole.
There are few more refreshing (or romantic) experiences than slipping into the crystal-clear waters of a secluded outback swimming hole. From breathtaking gorges to palm-fringed thermal springs, we know the way to the remote Champagne Pools and can even arrange for you to enjoy an exclusive natural outback ‘spa’, glass of bubbly in hand!
Come face to face with a Kiwi
Unlike the genuinely welcoming locals (affectionately also known as ‘kiwis’), the iconic kiwi bird is a shy character and is notoriously hard to find. However, a stay at Cape Kidnappers offers the opportunity (exclusive to lodge guests) to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s rare and endangered national icon. Head out with one of the expert rangers to assist with their Kiwi research and medical checks: without doubt, one of New Zealand's finest ethical wildlife encounters!
Drift off to sleep in a dreamy overwater bungalow
From Bora Bora to Likuliku we can introduce you the most spectacularly dreamy places to stay: watch the underwater world through the glass floor of your overwater bungalow, fall asleep to the lapping of the waves beneath you and wake up to breakfast delivered by canoe. The dreamiest of South Pacific vacations are made of these!
Find your wellness
Whether the goal is to detox or destress, recharge or reconnect, relax or reboot, our Travel Design team knows the perfect place to find your kind of wellness. Surrounded by New Zealand’s crystal-clear waters and fresh mountain air, majestic peaks and bubbling thermal pools we can lead the way to help you eat better, sleep better, be more mindful, move more; learn a new skill, get lost in the landscape or simply relax and lap up some luxe.
Swim with whale sharks on Western Australia’s Ningaloo Coast.
Australia’s other “great reef” welcomes these migrating gentle giants of the sea between April and July each year. The region also offers spectacular snorkelling with turtles and tropical fish, dolphins and dugongs, manta rays and so much more. Elsewhere around the continent: take a selfie with a quokka, come face to face with a koala and enjoy canapes with kangaroos: we can curate ethical wildlife encounters right across the region.
Meet New Zealand’s master winemakers and sample straight from the barrel
Whether you prefer a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir, a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon, we can introduce you to the names and faces behind New Zealand’s most famous labels and in the country’s most picturesque boutique cellar doors. Go behind-the-scenes to enjoy the exclusive experiences that will stay with you forever.
Try something completely different
Sleep underwater on the Great Barrier Reef or learn to fly a glider over New Zealand’s Southern Alps, eat Balmain Bugs (an Australian seafood delicacy) and tuck in to some Hokey Pokey (New Zealand Honeycomb toffee ice-cream), try zorbing in Rotorua; take a selfie with a quokka or dive into the deep with a great white shark! Travel with us to get out of your comfort zone, without leaving life’s comforts behind!
Dream Big! And we’ll make it happen
Our 35 years’ experience curating one-of-a-kind luxury travel experiences in the amazing lands Down Under, along with our unparalleled local connections and the keenest eye for the details that count, are the ingredients to bring your wildest travel dreams to life! Now is the time to stop dreaming and start planning those epic Australian holidays, extraordinary adventures in New Zealand and dreamy South Pacific escapes; because it’s never too soon to have something to look forward to!
Fine food or fabulous fishing, wildlife or wines, outback ranches or over-the-top romances, closed-to-the-public golf courses or behind-the-scenes private art collections, floral gardens in exclusive estates or coral gardens in World Heritage locations – Southern Crossings can tailor personalised luxury travel experiences to indulge any pursuit or passion.
To start planning your dream vacation Down Under, contact our Travel Design teams today:
New Zealand and South Pacific: firstname.lastname@example.org