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ANZCRO: Demand for ‘untamed’ luxury a trend to watch in 2024

Luxury travel came back in full force in 2023, with an unprecedented number of travellers requesting stays in luxury lodges, indulging in private sightseeing and transfers to take their Australian or domestic holiday to new heights, according to Australia and New Zealand holiday specialist company ANZCRO.

The momentum of this trend appears unstoppable, and Nick Guthrey, CEO and managing director of ANZCRO, says 2024 is poised to emerge as the year of ‘luxury with a twist.’

‘I predict that untamed luxury will see a big surge in demand in 2024. Nowhere in the world does opulence in the wild better than Australia and New Zealand.’

He points to Minaret Station, one of the world’s most secluded lodges.

It is in a remote glacial valley accessible only by helicopter, yet just one hour from Queenstown airport.

‘Once there, clients can have their private hiking guide or upgrade to include privately guided scenic flight experiences around Fiordland, the West Coast and spectacular Mount Cook.’

Nightly stays at Minaret Station include private guided hiking, all meals and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Prices start from $3,639 per room, per night.

Guthrey says that across the Tasman, outback luxury is booming. Mount Mulligan Lodge, three hours west of Cairns, Arkaba Homestead in the Flinders Rangers and El Questro Homestead in The Kimberley all offer a chance to engage with the vast and ancient landscapes in luxury. 

‘Guests at El Questro can explore the gorges, mountains, thermal springs, rainforests and waterfalls by foot, four-wheel drive, helicopter, boat or even horseback. A personal tour guide is always on hand.’

A stay at El Questro Homestead includes daily gourmet meals, a selection of wine, beers and basic spirits, plus selected tours within El Questro. Prices are from $3,173 per room per night, with a minimum of two nights.

ANZCRO’s Luxury Collection showcases these properties and more and is commissionable to New Zealand travel agents.

Download the Luxury Collection brochure HERE.

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