About New Zealand

For many, New Zealand is a mystical land characterised by toothy, snow covered peaks, geothermal landscapes, and dramatic coastline. If these are the images that thoughts of New Zealand conjure up for you, you wouldn’t be wrong. But ‘the land of the long white cloud’ is so much more than that.

A small country made up of two islands, with a combined area similar to that of the UK, New Zealand lies 1600km (1000 miles) southeast of Australia, on the boundary of two tectonic plates. Its positioning on a plate boundary is the reason for both New Zealand’s susceptibility to earthquakes, and the presence of its geothermal and volcanic landscapes.

In recent years some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets have become common knowledge, and that is the reason that our country is becoming one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations. New Zealand’s amazing walking and hiking trails, our fantastic wine industry, our fresh, seasonal fare, and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Fiordland National Park are appealing to travellers from all over the world. In our Blog we have detailed a handful of the most popular reasons for visits to New Zealand, and we’ll talk about the best time of year to experience each of them – so go check it out, or scroll down to find out more.

Walking and Hiking

We’re lucky enough to live in a country covered with amazing walking trails. Here we’ll talk about the Great Walks, and some of our favourite day walks.

Walking and Hiking

We’re lucky enough to live in a country covered with amazing walking trails. Here we’ll talk about the Great Walks, and some of our favourite day walks.

Milford Sound

Arguably New Zealand’s most recognisable destination, Milford Sound is one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth. Let us tell you why.

Milford Sound

Arguably New Zealand’s most recognisable destination, Milford Sound is one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth. Let us tell you why.

Wine Regions

New Zealand’s wine is a big draw card for visitors, and us locals love it too! Here we’ve written about the four regions you can expect to visit with us.

Wine Regions

New Zealand’s wine is a big draw card for visitors, and us locals love it too! Here we’ve written about the four regions you can expect to visit with us.

Best Time to Visit

New Zealand is a trip of a lifetime, whenever you chose to visit. Here we’re talking about what you can expect from a trip in each of the four seasons.

Best Time to Visit

New Zealand is a trip of a lifetime, whenever you chose to visit. Here we’re talking about what you can expect from a trip in each of the four seasons.

Photography

Lots of visitors to New Zealand come here for the wide range of photography opportunities. Landscapes, action shots, wildlife, we’ve got it all!

Photography

Lots of visitors to New Zealand come here for the wide range of photography opportunities. Landscapes, action shots, wildlife, we’ve got it all!

Local Fare

The delicious, locally produced food is often the highlight of our guests’ trips with us. Here we’re talking about some of our favourite Kiwi meals.

Local Fare

The delicious, locally produced food is often the highlight of our guests’ trips with us. Here we’re talking about some of our favourite Kiwi meals.

Why Travel With Us?

We’re a modest lot us Kiwi’s, but we really are the only New Zealand-based company to offer this level of service and expertise. With over 21 years of experience running life changing trips – we’ve perfected the art of small group travel, and we’ve introduced a slice of world-class elegance that’ll surpass every one of your greatest expectations.

Unbeatable Local Knowledge

Our team have spent their lives immersed in the places we go. Our trip itineraries are created based on our favourite childhood holiday spots, secret hideaways we’ve kept under our hats, the places where we proposed to our spouses, and areas we’ll keep going back to in our free time, for the rest of our lives. It’s made our New Zealand journeys authentic, timeless and beautifully crafted.

First-Class New Zealand Guides

A good guide points out features, provides information and context, and connects the dots on a trip. A first class guide is a host who pours their heart and soul into the trip, takes it personally, and will move heaven and earth make it all come together seamlessly. That doesn’t happen easily – we dedicate ourselves to selecting, training and supporting the absolute best travel leaders in New Zealand.

Superb Food & Wine

New Zealand is firmly on the map when it comes to fine wine and unique, refreshing dining experiences. We showcase the culinary uniqueness and local wines of the regions we visit. To us, they’re an equally important part of the New Zealand experience, complementing our beautiful landscapes perfectly!

Unique experiences in stunning locations

It’s as much about the ‘where’ as it is the ‘what’ when it comes to a beautiful New Zealand experience. We not only walk through stunning landscapes to unforgettable places, but we make sure the journey is dotted with captivating stories, great food & wine and a few surprises that will have you brimming with stories of your own when you return back home.

Adventure at a leisurely pace

What’s the rush? We’ll slip on our best pair of walking shoes and journey into the most beautiful places in New Zealand. And to soak it all in properly, it makes sense to take our time and not necessarily set ourselves challenges that are a race against daylight hours. That means having the choice to walk, explore and escape at a pace that suits you. Slow down, soak it in, breath in the fresh air, properly feel the ground beneath your feet.

20+ Years Experience

Good things take time, including learning to run first class New Zealand journeys. Time to learn and understand how to be amazing hosts, seek out those hidden places that aren’t so easily seen on a map, and bring together every ingredient to create the perfect trip. It’s a journey we’ve taken for the last 20 years, and a path we’ll stay on in pursuit of providing immaculate trips that you’ll never forget.

Our Trips

Elegant South

A walking experience that takes in the best of the South Island from top to bottom. From the picture perfect inlets and hidden coves of the Marlborough Sounds, pristine golden sands and lush forest of Abel Tasman, to wine country of Queenstown and grandeur of Milford Sound..

US$6999 + TAX10 Days

Timeless North

When it comes to variety, the North Island delivers superbly. Sample fine wine, walk in incredible geothermal landscapes in the volcanic central plateau and Rotorua area. Take a lake cruise surrounded by ancient podocarp forest and discover the wild west coast and iconic volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki.

US$6599 + TAX10 Days

Beautiful South

The far south of New Zealand is defined by dramatic and beautiful mountain landscapes waiting to be experienced on foot, in the air, and from the water. Relaxing, adventurous and comfortable in a location like no other on the planet – the Wakatipu basin, Fiordland and the Great Walks of New Zealand are all on show in this incredible trip.

US$5999 + TAX10 Days

Pristine New Zealand

Experience both islands in all their grandeur. This trip is the quintessential fine walking adventure, seamlessly blending beautiful landscapes with comfort and style.

US$8499 + TAX13 Days

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