High-End Experiential Travel in New Zealand
What does "luxury" mean?

What does "luxury" mean?

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The Travel Designer as Chef

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The Travel Designer as Chef

Years ago, as I was trying to find ways of explaining to Tourism New Zealand what someone like me did in tourism and why it was important, I thought of the analogy of the chef.  The beautiful chef pictured above is of course the very talented Pen Lee of Split Apple Retreat, bringing high-end authentic and deeply innovative cuisine to New...

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Ahipara - what's in a name?

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Ahipara - what's in a name?

Well, there's actually quite a lot to this one as I rediscovered when I explained it to one of the team.  Like many Maori words, it works on several different levels. The most obvious level is a place name.  Ahipara.  A lovely little town at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach way way up in remote Northland.  This unspoilt...

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France

France

This was a photo I took when visiting Paris with my daughter.  The beautiful French flag flying during Bastille Day in the equally beautiful Arc de Triomphe.  Like most of the rest of the world a part of my mind is taken up with what happened over there a few days ago.  Trying to make sense of it.  And I started thinking... read more

It's All About The Timing.....

It's All About The Timing.....

This little beauty was snapped in a magical inlet in the Abel Tasman National Park in October of this year.  They are only there at certain times of the year and you can only get into the inlet at low tide.  We were lucky to see one this late in the season and our day was organised around getting here first thing in the morning.... read more

Greenhill is back!

Greenhill is back!

Long one of our favourites, we drifted away from Greenhill Lodge (in Hawkes Bay) after Neil and Craig had sold it.  We thought no one could do better.  Wrong again!   John Dick is a longtime senior hospitality professional.  Just the sort of background I tend to avoid when looking at luxury hosting!  However, you... read more

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, authentic 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 New Zealand luxury vacation 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 just a booking agency - we're a global leader in innovative, personal, responsive and experiential tourism based in New Zealand.