"Stuart and his team gave my family an absolutely wonderful trip to Australia. Their hotel choices were excellent and suggested activities that were perfect for us ... I would absolutely use them again and would be happy to refer them to any of my friends. We are already trying to figure out our next trip to Australia "
"Everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations! .. hotels we NEVER would have found on our own .. great advice as to the order and scope of our trip .. went off without a hitch."
"You really did a phenomenal job planning a fantastic experience for us. We ABSOLUTELY LOVED NZ and cannot stop talking about how we wish we could move there. :) The places you chose for us were fantastic in terms of activities and also top-notch accommodations. You are top-notch and we feel so lucky to have been able to work with you."
"My husband and I had a trip of a lifetime for three weeks in New Zealand. Southern Crossings did an outstanding job putting together an itinerary along with booking the activities, hotels, car rentals, airfare and supplying detailed suggestions of free time activities."
"I want to thank you and your team for organizing such a truly magnificent visit to New Zealand! We had a phenomenal time literally from start to finish, with each venue being the kind of place (and lodging) that we felt like never leaving. All the guides, activities and meals were outstanding, and the people could not have been nicer."
"The best parts of our time (in Australia) were the things we would not have thought of .. We knew we had a non-stop agenda to see as much as we wanted to, but Stuart and his crew managed to fit it all in while leaving us just enough leisure and spontaneity. "
"We not only loved your beautiful country but thank you for the choice of amazing and different accommodation. It certainly made our holiday of a lifetime to New Zealand a wonderful experience and we cannot recommend Southern Crossing enough. We have life long memories of beautiful places and magical views around every corner."
"Thank you for organizing a superb trip. Everything was seamless and we loved New Zealand and hope to return soon."
"My wife and I used Southern Crossings to organize and book our 17 day trip to the South Island of New Zealand per the recommendation of a friend. We were not disappointed. In fact, this was the best planned International trip that we have completed. All of our lodging and planned excursions significantly surpassed our expectations. "
"My family and I were truly impressed with your services and thought the whole trip was first grade… we felt we discovered a truer side of Australia ... The choice of hotels was also truly perfect for our needs as a family. We enjoyed all locations .. You always do more than the client wants so congrats…and all this, at a reasonable price point."
"Wow! What can I say? I don’t even know where to begin. This was an amazing trip for my family! My two daughters, husband, and I had an awesome time in Australia– many thanks to Stuart for such great planning, execution, and many memorable touches! .. could not have asked for a more memorable holiday."
"Our experience with Southern Crossings was wonderful. We really enjoyed the luxury lodges that were presented to us, and the side trips and private tours were really special. Unique and so memorable... Our family trip exceeded our expectations. Thank you Southern Crossings!"
"The trip to Australia has been perfect; flawless execution at every step. All the resorts and activities have exceeded expectations. We have had an amazing time. As always, thank you for your wonderful work."
"Every excursion we took arranged through Southern Crossings was first rate and exceptional. The guides we had were personable, friendly and knowledgeable... The helicopter excursion we took at Hamilton Island was the memory of a lifetime. Southern Crossings is a high quality operator and I only wish we could use them in other parts of the world."
Hello from the great southern land.
When Southern Crossings began in 1986, we saw the dramatic landscapes of Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific as the perfect canvas to create personally designed holidays, catering to the most discerning travellers - an entirely new concept at the time.
30 wonderful years later, we continue to lead the way in luxury vacations to the Southern Hemisphere. We enjoy consistent praise for attention to detail and impeccable levels of service, exceeding the expectations of even the most exacting of clients. Above all though, it is the personal touch that keeps our clients coming back to book their next trip with us. We are proud to say that every holiday we design is still unique to each client - tailor-made to create their trip of a lifetime.
Awards & accolades
Alongside praise from clients, the recognition we receive from our own industry is another positive indicator of the quality of our service.
We are often recognised by industry experts as a 'destination specialist', or best-in-class for the regions we service. We are invited members of several elite travel industry groups, and have been recognised twice in the past four years as one of the Top 5 inbound travel companies in the world by the prestigious Virtuoso network.
Our travel experts
At Southern Crossings, our outstanding travel designers are our greatest asset, and their experience and expertise in the destinations they service is unparalleled.
Collaboration is an important part of our design process - with you, and also internally. Every itinerary we design is discussed during daily meetings with our full team; this ensures all clients receive the benefit of our combined knowledge and input, from junior designers through to partners.
We hope to be of service, and thank you for visiting our site!
An inveterate traveller of over 40 years, Trevor's passion for all things travel was first nurtured by a love of geography, resulting in his becoming a University graduate in the subject. As a fellow of Conde Nast Travel's prestigious “Top Travel Specialist” list for New Zealand, Trevor has masterminded everything from coastal self-drive trips, helicopter landings atop glacial peaks, to meetings with indigenous Maori elders on their tribal lands. With forensic attention to detail and an overriding demand for excellence, Southern Crossings has provided Trevor with the perfect vehicle to channel these passions into creating stunning experiences for discerning clients all over the world.
British-born Stuart's tourism and travel career has spanned across continents and all levels of the industry. Together with his personal travels around the globe and to every corner of Australia, this experience has provided him with a true appreciation and understanding of both traveler and travel trade needs; a thorough knowledge of the region's best travel experiences and an invaluable network of strong industry connections. Stuart has been personally recognised for his professionalism and expertise as an Australian destination specialist, having been named on the prestigious “Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist” list, and as one of Wendy Perrin's “WOW List” of Trusted Travel Experts.
With a Kiwi mother and Portuguese-English father, Sarah's love of travel began at a young age with trips to Europe. These trips opened her eyes to the incredible world away from home, but also fostered a new appreciation for the natural beauty of her own country. Close to 20 years ago, Southern Crossings provided the perfect platform for sharing this passion for New Zealand with travellers from around the world. Sarah leads her team through devotion, passion, and a natural instinct for matching people with wonderfully appropriate experiences. With two young children of her own, she still loves travelling New Zealand, and now has the pleasure of re-experiencing the country through her children's eyes on family adventures.
30 years ago, Patrick purchased Southern Crossings with a vision to create a new kind of boutique luxury travel company; one that would deliver the absolute best of New Zealand (and soon to be Australia and the South Pacific) to refined international travellers. There's not an inch of the land Downunder Patrick has not personally explored, and he loves channelling his experience into creative itineraries. His simple mantra has always been: 'Tell us how you like to travel, and we'll put the pieces together for you'. His love affair with New Zealand has expanded to include the South Pacific, where he spends much of his free time exploring luxury properties and destinations, and ensuring they are still worthy of being counted among 'the best of the best'.