New Zealand is rightly on many peoples bucket lists, famous for its beauty and the friendliness of its people. We take it one stage further and recommend carefully selected small properties, from 4*+ to 5*+, complemented with very special experiences which connect you to the country.
Not for us a simple helicopter flight to Milford Sound - we put you in a machine with a legendary pilot for a day, and incorporate his favourite places, larger than life characters and a gourmet wild food barbecue. Similarly, we avoid cultural “shows” and instead take you to a holy mountain with a Maori master carver and some fierce warriors.
We take the same “far from the madding crowd” approach to all our experiences, from fly fishing on a forgotten river to hiking on deserted tracks or private land, to gourmet walking / taxiing food tours, or even a lesson on a rally car or being taught to spearfish or gather lobster and abalone. These activities set against a backdrop of beautiful scenery and superb accommodation are what delight our travellers to New Zealand.
There is nowhere quite like Queenstown to indulge in some adrenaline activities that will get your blood pumping. Sat on the shores of the South Islands Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the base for unforgettable outdoor activities.
From bungy jumps, to zip lining; and alpine heliskiing to white water rafting, Queenstown certainly lives up to its name of the ‘adventure capital of the world’. If you are looking for a slightly more relaxed thrill, then the idyllic walks through the forests and mountains with breathtaking views from every angle will be for you.
Queenstown is a place where every turn brings a sight that tops the previous view of the snow-capped mountains, and incredibly peaceful surrounding lake.
The indigenous Māori culture in New Zealand is a vital part of Kiwi lifestyle and philosophy, and adds a unique experience for travellers to the country.
The best place to observe Māori traditions is on a marae, which is a tribal meeting ground found in Northland, Auckland, Rotorua and Canterbury.
There are many traditions within the Māori culture that are incredible to witness and be a part of. You can have the opportunity to see the famous Māori war dance, the haka, and other traditional art forms such as carving, weaving and tattooing.
Once described by Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World, and carved by glaciers over 100,000 years ago, New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park is utterly beautiful.
Found in the south west of the South Island, the Fiords can be explored by boat, kayaking and you are even able to take a scenic flight across this dramatic region.
It’s said to be one of the world’s last great wilderness areas in New Zealand and is home to an extraordinary selection of wildlife and flora and fauna. Some species that are often spotted throughout the region are the kea, bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
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