When you think of luxury New Zealand incentives, Auckland and Queenstown likely spring to mind – and for good reason. With dozens of international flights arriving daily, these beautiful major cities are both easily accessible and well-equipped for international visitors. Situated on stunning waterfronts but also close enough to the countryside, incentives can include a selection of incredible experiences such as four-wheel driving, cruises, scenic flights, wine-tasting, bungee jumping and more. The multitude of impressive venues, accommodation, activity and equipment providers on offer means these destinations can host the most ambitious of incentive experiences.
Known as New Zealand’s ‘City of Sails', Auckland is situated in the northern part of New Zealand’s North Island. It is New Zealand’s most diverse city—not only in terms of its population but also in terms of its landscapes. With the wild Waitakere Ranges to the west and the expansive Hauraki Gulf to the east, the city provides easy access to both native bush and sandy beaches, with excellent bars and restaurants, adrenaline activities and endless opportunity in between. One of the key advantages of holding incentives in Auckland is the number of activities that can be incorporated into a relatively short space of time.
Begin with a scenic flight above black sand beach of the west coast, embark on a private cruise of the Hauraki Gulf and finish at a peaceful winery situated on a peaceful island east of the city. For an exclusive event, we can privatise Eden Park stadium—home to the famous All Blacks—for a spectacular ceremony, finishing off a sumptuous lunch or dinner with a ball-kicking contest on the field where countless rugby legends have played.
Queenstown is just so beautiful that no written description can ever really do it justice. The sight of the soaring, snow-capped mountains over the serene Lake Wakatipu evokes a warm, content feeling that reminds you how lucky we are to inhabit this earth—and how privileged we are to see such sights. As one of New Zealand’s most popular tourism and incentive destinations, Queenstown is home to many luxury hotels and venues. It is recognised as the world capital for adrenaline and outdoor activities, many of which lend themselves well to team-building and trust exercises that are perfect for staff retreats.
After a morning filled with jet-boating and bungy jumping, relax for lunch at one of the many beautiful wineries situated just outside of Queenstown. Then, after enjoying a luxurious evening cruise on Lake Wakatipu, take advantage of the minimal light pollution in the region with a spectacular stargazing experience. Subsequent days can include helicopter flights and independent four-wheel driving adventures, complemented by exquisite meals from a Michelin-star chef. For special events, hire a boat in Doubtful Sound for a party of epic proportions with awesome music, delicious food and beverages galore.
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