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High-End Experiential Travel in New Zealand

Exclusive Experiences

Back in 2001 we set ourselves an objective - to provide our clients with super-quality daytime (or nighttime) experiences which would complement excellent accommodation.  It is a cornerstone of our philosophy that accommodation is only part of the equation and that therefore it was our duty to provide and if necessary invent top-quality experiences which allow our clients to get under the skin of the country.  At the time, New Zealand had very few off the shelf experiences which were of true luxury quality.

Since then, the country has evolved fast and many operators now provide some truly excellent experiences (Wilkin River Jets, Kai Waho, and Taiamai to mention three).  However, we have continued our focus on special days and continue to evolve new experiences every year.  Some of these are with tourism operators and some are with high achievers outside the tourist industry.  And we still retain our capability of putting together ad hoc days based on client requirements.

We have always worked closely with activity providers, coaching, tweaking, asking.  Spending time with them, truly understanding them and helping them understand our clients.  This investment has resulted in close relationships with a number of star performers who have created warm bonds with our clients over the years.  This is what we offer our clients.

Please be aware that almost every other operator in the business will be providing off the shelf packages dressed up as something exclusive.  Or providing promises while not even including activities in their itineraries.  This is because they have not invested the time in understanding the country and do not know what we know.

What you see below is a line-up of some of our favourites, but by no means a comprehensive list of all of our activities.  Given the tendency by some people in the market to copy some of what we do, or to make promises that they can do similar things, we have put these experiences together on a truly exclusive level.  Except for one or two we have kept on through loyalty, they are simply not available elsewhere.

We are also developing a number of new exclusive experience e-books and are proud to have the first five below, here - click the image to view e-book:

Ahipara - Powhiri
Ahipara - Kai Waho
Ahipara - West Coast Helicopter with Harvey Hutton
Ahipara - Jetboat Picnic
Ahipara - Backcountry Day
Ahipara - Hunting Sika Deer

Four Wheel Driving in Central Otago

Four Wheel Driving in Central Otago

David has been tramping, camping, skiing, gold prospecting, flying and 4WDriving and tour guiding all over NZ and it all began with great camping holidays in Central Otago, back in the 60’s. So you can be sure that your Guide has extensive knowledge and experience. Earlier ventures in...

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Night on Lake Rotoiti

Night on Lake Rotoiti

A day on a luxury catamaran on bush-fringed Lake Rotoiti.  Pure Cruise has been operating for a number of years now and are well known for excellence and service quality.  What they are not well known for is as a platform on which to have an extremely private night in the...

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Maori and the Art of War

Maori and the Art of War

Nga Puhi are renowned amongst Maori for their prowess at war.  Maori in general (although Maori will be the first to tell you Maori do not exist - they know each other by their tribal names and Maori is a word used by Europeans) are phenomenal warriors, and there is a famous instance when a...

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Winemaker, Grant Taylor

Winemaker, Grant Taylor

New Zealand Pinot Noir was put on the map in Central Otago by Gibbston Valley.  Their winemaker was Grant Taylor.  Grant is acknowledged as one of the New Zealand "fathers" of pinot noir.  Having spent 15 years in Napa Valley and Burgundy, Grant returned to Central Otago...

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Rally Driving

Rally Driving

Apparently unique in the world.  A rally school using champion drivers, current full-specification vehicles and part of the New Zealand official rally circuit.  Clients drive and are then driven.  Professional rally champions have rated this day highly in the past - as with all our...

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Private Gardens with Tony Murrell

Private Gardens with Tony Murrell

Tony Murrell has long been recognised as one of the country's top landscaping talents.  Extremely knowledgeable about our local and exotic plants, and high-profile in our media, he has been responsible for quite a number of beautiful private gardens throughout the country but mainly in the...

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Time with an All Black Legend

Time with an All Black Legend

Not just any All Black.  One of the greats.  Frano Botica is our man.  Of course we can also put together all sorts of hospitality packages, tailored events, special places and a supporting cast of many All Blacks and ex-All Blacks.  While Frano is not exclusive to us (he has...

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