The Haast River, just down from Haast Pass

We specialise in luxury tourism (6, 5 and 4+ star) focused on connecting you with New Zealand through special people, places and activities.  Truly special New Zealand holidays that you will remember for many years.  We don't just sell luxury accommodation.

What does this mean for you?

  • We understand, monitor, and have relationships with a wide variety of New Zealand accommodation, activity, and transport providers.  Some of these are commonly available, some are not.
  • We know who is performing, who isn't and what the latest changes of management mean.  We know this first-hand, not from the internet and not through other people
  • We regularly and consistently put together leading edge luxury tours of New Zealand for our clients from all around the world
  • We have the ability to create, innovate, and take things as far as you want. We don't just package what other people do
  • Every luxury tour starts with a blank sheet of paper as we build up our understanding of you.  We do not put together packages and then sell them to everyone as a "one size fits all"
  • We have for years been perfecting our ability to meaningfully connect our clients into the more important currents which define New Zealand
  • Over the years we have built up access to some very special people and places
  • We have a true in-country concierge service - responsive, intelligent and effective
  • Our pricing is detailed and transparent

We're not a booking agency - we're a global leader in innovative, personal, responsive and experiential tourism based in New Zealand.

New Zealand Highlights

Example Itineraries

New Zealand Highlights

A short New Zealand luxury holiday itinerary providing value for money as well as very high quality.

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Cathy Hazzard, Travel Wholesaler, Florida, USA

Client Feedback

Paua Pearls & Maori Chiefs

Cathy Hazzard, Travel Wholesaler, Florida, USA
Patrick conveyed to me how much he appreciated the superb service you extended while in the North.

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Our Staff

Smith - Accounts

Karen joined our itinerary team for over a year where we were impressed with her sure handling of complex details.  Unfortunately we took too much of her time, especially...

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Jacks Point Golf Course, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Jacks Point Golf Course, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

  • Jacks Point Golf Course, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
  • Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, North Island, New Zealand
  • The Hills Golf Club, South Island, New Zealand
  • Kinloch Golf Club, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Ideas for celebrating Christmas in New Zealand: at the beach
  • Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, North Island, New Zealand
  • White Island, New Zealand
  • Best diving spots in New Zealand: Stewart Island, New Zealand
  • Diving in Riwaka Caves
  • Resident of White Island, New Zealand - a Spanish lobster
  • Diving in New Zealand
  • Ideas for celebrating Christmas in New Zealand: Silver Pine Lodge
  • Ideas for celebrating Christmas in New Zealand: in the midst of the ocean
  • Mount Nicholas Station, Queenstown, 100,000 acres of lakeside wilderness.  Good for heli-hikes, horse riding, and an extremely private simple homestead.
  • Lodge at The Hills, South Island, New Zealand
  • Mountain Landing from the Jetty.  1,000 private acres, 7 beaches.  Close to the excellent fishing available from the Bay of Islands.  Extremely private, peaceful, and high quality accommodation.
  • A private Maori welcome.  Days can be spent exploring whatever aspect of Maori culture is of interest.  From an introduction (welcome) through to healing, songs, carving, food gathering and preparation, hunting, celestial navigation, spirituality etc etc
  • Heli-hike-jetboat in Mount Aspiring National Park.  An awesome remote day in pristine wilderness
  • Quad Bikes on 90-Mile Beach.  Kilometres and kilometres of surf, rocky promontories, and dunes which reach up 100 metres from the beach.  And almost no people....
  • Milford Sound from a helicopter.  The only way to see it, away from the cruise ships, buses and crowds.  The helicopter also lands on a glacier, the west coast and flies over a lot of beautiful remote terrain
  • Delani, after meeting guests at Bridal Veil Falls, Treetops Lodge
  • Tom Loughlin points out spots in the Ripia River.  Tom is an accomplished outdoorsman, search and rescue specialist, hunter and, most importantly, expert on Maori food.  He finds, prepares and cooks Maori delicacies for our clients.
  • Claremont Estate - a unique geology.  Firstly a beautiful high country station, secondly an elegant lodge and thirdly a place used by geology students for study.  We're not telling why!
  • Karekare Beach - where The Piano was filmed.  Only 40 minutes drive from Auckland centre and home to black sand, crashing surf, rainforest, cliffs, and several lovely walks.  From a flat one kilometre walk to a hilly eight kilometre loop.
  • Cookie Cutter vs Cutting Edge & Return

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    Cookie Cutter vs Cutting Edge & Return

    "First, let me reiterate how grateful we are to have crossed paths with Ahipara.  In speaking with many other travelers (over dinner and drinks at Huka & Matakauri), they seemed genuinely surpised (and a bit jealous) of our creative and inspired itinerary.  I must have given out your name a dozen times.  Seems there...

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  • Matakauri Does It Again

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    Matakauri Does It Again

    I was lucky enough to be hosted a couple of weeks ago at the new Owners Cottage at Matakauri.  Wow!  Superb design which is very pleasing to the eye. (I felt like sitting still in the living room and just appreciating the sheer quality and the genius with which it was put together.  every detail I focused in on was rewarding in...

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  • Annandale - Inspired Vision

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    Annandale - Inspired Vision

    Well - thank you Mark Palmer for having this vision and then deciding to share it.   The photo we have here is of my favourite cottage in the country.  A beautiful historic cottage, impeccably (and I mean impeccably) restored on a promontory on a 4,000 acre coastal estate on the Banks Peninsula.  For those who don't know -...

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