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Experience Our New Zealand

Our customized, private insider tours of New Zealand feature our favorite places and experiences in the country.

Incredible luxury lodges...

Spectacular settings, luxurious accommodations and great food are the hallmarks of the super luxury lodges we use, including Blanket Bay, Kauri Cliffs, Huka Lodge and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

Iconic image...

Steep, forested mountains rising thousands of feet above the still water of Milford Sound.

Gourmet food...

Fresh, high-quality ingredients from the sea and local farms inform the New Zealand menu. A few of our favorites are green-lipped mussels, Bluff oysters, cheese, olive oil, kumara (sweet potato), cervena (farm-raised venison) and incomparable New Zealand lamb.

Fine wine...

Excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and other wines are made throughout New Zealand. We arrange tastings at top wineries, bike rides through vineyards, lunches at leading winery restaurants and more.

Unusual transportation...

Helicopters and jetboats are commonly used to reach remote and scenic parts of New Zealand. We offer private helicopter flights to Milford Sound, the Southern Alps and volcanic regions, as well as jetboat journeys up the Dart River and into Mount Aspiring National Park.

Maori culture...

The Maori people arrived in New Zealand more than 1,000 years ago. We can arrange a visit to a marae (tribal meeting ground) to meet local Maori and learn about their culture and traditions, including a hangi meal cooked underground.

Did you know...

That Napier, a town in the Hawke’s Bay region, is filled with Art Deco architecture?

Unique honey...

The flowers of native trees such as manuka, tawari, kamahi and rewarewa are used by bees to make delicious honey in a variety of delicate, bold and unfamiliar flavors.

Spectacular landscapes...

New Zealand has a remarkable range of stunning landscapes in a very compact area, including active volcanoes, spurting geysers and crater lakes on the North Island and fjords, primeval forests, rugged mountains and glaciers on the South Island.

Families love...

Visiting a sheep farm, seeing glowworms, learning about Maori culture, browsing farm stands and seeing geothermal areas.

For active travelers...

New Zealand is a paradise for hiking, horseback riding and kayaking. More adventurous travelers might like to try bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, paragliding or zorbing.

J.R.R. Tolkien fans...

Locations around New Zealand were used to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. We can arrange visits to the Hobbiton sets on the North Island, as well as touring of filming locations in the landscapes outside Queenstown on the South Island.

Fishing...

Whether a private trout fishing cruise on beautiful Lake Taupo, ocean fishing in the Bay of Islands or fly fishing on hidden rivers, this favorite outdoor activity is easy to fit into almost any New Zealand itinerary.

Native birds...

The elusive kiwi is the most famous native bird, but New Zealand is home to many other interesting species, including penguins, gannets and keas (a type of mountain parrot).

What to buy...

Wine, merino wool clothing, sheepskin rugs and blankets made with the luxuriant fur of invasive Australian brushtail possums (they devastate native flora and fauna, so hunting and trapping are encouraged).

Consider...

Having us make appointments for spa treatments during a stay at a luxury lodge.

Memorable wildlife encounter...

Seeing dolphins swimming through Milford Sound.

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My clients said it was the absolute best trip they have ever taken; it was flawless and fabulous. You delighted my clients in ways not previously attainable by other tour operators...
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