In June 2017, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron represented by Emirates Team New Zealand, were the winners of the 2017 America’s Cup with a triumphant 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.  Team New Zealand also claimed the Challenger Series prior to the cup challenge.

America’s Cup 2021 in New Zealand

The 36th America’s Cup, America’s Cup 2021, will be contested in New Zealand and it is expected to be sailed in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland in the North Island.

The nationality requirement, which is currently set to one crew member on board, is set to be increased in time for the 2021 America’s Cup challenge.  The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge will release the protocol for the 2021 America’s Cup later this month, however another important element will change – a ‘constructed in country’ ruling will ensure that more of each boat is built in the country of that team.  Anticipation is high to see what class of yacht will be decided upon and the venue.

Emirates Team New Zealand will challenge the America’s Cup 2021 in New Zealand (image: © Emirates Team New Zealand)

New Zealand luxury travel :  2021 will be a big year

New Zealand luxury travel is set for a big year in 2021.  As well as the America’s Cup 2021 challenge bringing the Auld Mug action to the waters of New Zealand, the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference will be held here.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific and leaders from 21 countries and economies will converge on Auckland including the presence of leaders from the US, Russia, China and Japan.  Auckland last hosted APEC in 1999, so expectations are high and Black Label Experience will be ready to arrange any premium VIP itineraries.

APEC attracts up to 22,000 international attendees (leaders, ministers, senior officials, business leaders, media and youth) to 12 significant events held throughout the year, reaching a pinnacle with the APEC Leaders’ Week.  Around 10,000 attendees are expected for Leaders’ Week alone.  The New Zealand Government has confirmed that APEC Leaders’ Week will be held in Auckland from 8-14 November 2021, with other meetings and events to be spread across other large cities.

Black Label Experience is ready to help our international clients make the most of visiting New Zealand with bespoke itineraries to discover the best of our nation.

APEC Leader’s Week 2021 has been confirmed that the host city will be Auckland from 8-14 November

1. Helicopter transfers & sightseeing

With high-profile leaders visiting New Zealand, Black Label Experience is happy to pre-arrange helicopter transfers which will save your clients precious travel time.  We have numerous supplier contacts which can guarantee a professional and discreet transfer service, or we can package up exceptional sightseeing where New Zealand’s beautiful cities and landscapes are viewed from a premium position in the skies.

Heli sightseeing is a fantastic way to see New Zealand’s diverse landscapes in limited time (photo: Lake Wanaka, @nzheliking)

2. Superyacht charter in New Zealand / Sailing trips in New Zealand

The America’s Cup 2021 is certain to boost the marine industry and tourism.  The America’s Cup held in New Zealand in 2003 generated an estimated NZ$495 million of value added (stat: NZ government) and all sectors from superyacht berths during the America’s Cup to superyacht services, refitters, hospitality, travel operators and transport are set to receive a boost.

With all eyes expected to be on Waitemata Harbour in Auckland during the America’s Cup racing, our largest city Auckland will be showcased with her volcanic cones, beaches, cityscape and islands.

America’s Cup 2021 will put the city of Auckland onto the global media stage with stunning scenery such as Waiheke Island (image: Natalia Cooper)

Beyond Auckland, the country is perfect for exploring by private yacht with picturesque coastlines, breathtaking fjords and island-hopping shore excursions.   As well as assistance with booking berths in New Zealand and ideas for New Zealand yacht charter itineraries, Black Label Experience is skilled in arranging unique and memorable options for your time ashore ranging from gastronomy experiences at the finest food and wine establishments, to private tours focused on special interests such as art or fashion, to outdoor activities with professional certified guides that show you New Zealand’s natural beauty and awe-inspiring scenery.

Spectacular locations for yacht charters in New Zealand including Milford Sound (image: Richard Withams)

3. Luxury accommodation in New Zealand

A luxury getaway to New Zealand is the perfect opportunity to indulge at some of New Zealand’s best luxury lodges, boutique hotels or modern city apartments.

Black Label Experience has an amazing network of first-class properties where you can indulge in magnificent surroundings, treat yourself for a romantic weekend or simply marvel at your own paradise on earth.

Luxury travel experiences in New Zealand thanks to Black Label Experience (image: The Hedonist Magazine)

4. Best Health, Wellness & Spa resorts in New Zealand

New Zealand is growing as a health and wellness destination and we have plenty of outstanding places where you can rejuvenate, recharge and refresh with itineraries ranging from day packages to week-long (or more) wellness retreats.

Escape to coastal retreats with private chefs concocting food to cleanse and nourish, recharge at yoga retreats overlooking crystalline lakes and towering mountain ranges or simply partake in a magnificent spa retreat with premium face and body treatments to soak away the stresses of daily life.

If you’re seeking a health, wellness or spa retreat in New Zealand, Black Label Experience can open the doors to your renewal of mind, body and soul.

Indulge in a health, wellness or spa experience in New Zealand at beautiful resorts such as Split Apple (image: Luxury Lodges NZ)

5. A cultural affinity : Maori culture experiences

Black Label Experience’s Founder, Tania Stoyanof, is the only luxury New Zealand DMC with Maori heritage and her unrivalled connections to Maori culture spread the width and breadth of our country.

We can arrange Maori culture experiences that offer personalised and private tours with Maori culture experts, off-the-beaten track itineraries that incorporate heritage, tribal storytelling and staying on native land or special interest options such as bone carving lessons, haka displays and Maori culture village visits.

Discover Maori culture and NZ heritage with Black Label Experience (image of Waitangi by José Carlos)

6. Bespoke sightseeing : North Island, South Island, Stewart Island

After the success of this year’s British and Irish Lions tour, the America’s Cup 2021 and APEC will again cast New Zealand on the international stage.  Black Label Experience is accustomed to premium requests; if you can dream it, we can deliver it – no itinerary is too far-fetched for us!

From private picnics to star gaze on secluded islands to helicopter sightseeing over the South Island’s remarkable glaciers, we can arrange everything from transport to accommodation and sightseeing.

Contact us today to plan your next luxury vacation in New Zealand.

Black Label Experience can arrange bespoke sightseeing across New Zealand (image: Pictaram)

7. Golf holidays in New Zealand

New Zealand is the ideal golfer’s paradise with world-class golf courses set across landscapes such as native forest, coastal peninsulas and sub-alpine farmland.  With testimonials from Golf Digest and leading golf media, we think New Zealand’s top golf courses are the perfect reason to visit our country.

New Zealand’s golf courses are world-class and offer marvellous views such as Kauri Cliffs in the North Island (image: Kauri Cliffs)

8. Gastronomy experiences : Food & wine tourism in New Zealand

Discovering a destination via the local cuisine is a huge element of travel, and food tourism (or culinary tourism) is convincing visitors to New Zealand to stay longer.  Gastronomy in New Zealand is world-class and extends beyond fine dining and culinary trends!

Eat and drink your way across the country and experience local culture through New Zealand’s authentic and innovative cuisine and wine making. Visit a food and wine festival, grab some snacks at a city food truck, learn traditional Maori cooking methods, follow a wine trail or visit a craft brewery.

We can also arrange private dining experiences at New Zealand’s top restaurants or private chef lessons with the country’s most dynamic chefs.

New Zealand’s abundance of fresh local produce, game and seafood results in outstanding cuisine to savour (Octopus, potato and saffron aioli dish from Rata Queenstown, image: Michael’s Dinner)

9. Special interest tours

We pride ourselves on connecting with our clients and finding their passion for travel.  Whether you travel for business or leisure – or both – we can open your hearts to the true New Zealand and a diverse range of special interest tours that ‘think-outside-the-box’ of standard tour company product.

We have partnerships with local operators who provide amazing luxury travel experiences that range from photography and art tours, private fashion shows, film locations and creative studio tours which will ensure you a dream New Zealand experience!

Black Label Experience can arrange special interest tours in New Zealand including film locations such as Hobbiton (image: Leslie)

10.  Adventure & outdoor activities in New Zealand

If you’re seeking a magnificent backdrop for adventure and outdoor activities in New Zealand, you will find crystal clear lakes, wild rivers, rugged mountains, secluded islands and lush rainforests.

If you love the great outdoors like we do, you’ll find plenty of reasons to plan your next vacation to ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’.  Explore untouched rivers bordered by native forest that are ideal spots for a New Zealand fly-fishing session, thrill with a black water rafting adventure in Waitomo, ride some unspoiled mountain bike trails in tussock land past geothermal springs or hike one of New Zealand’s beautiful National Parks.

New Zealand is a dream destination for adventure lovers and outdoor enthusiasts with a wide range of thrilling activities and tours (image: A. Janssen)

To book your luxury New Zealand holiday, contact Tania today via email at tania@blacklabelexperience.com to discuss your travel requirements.  

Author:  Rebecca Whitlocke