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.


Private Jetboating

Private Jetboating

Jetboats use a water propulsion unit called a jet, not a jet engine.  This is the same sort of water propulsion unit which you see on jet-skis.  The jet was invented in New Zealand as a clever way of navigating the very shallow water we get on our South Island braided...

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Private Rafting

Private Rafting

Spend a day with a long-term family owned operation on one of New Zealand's finest rafting rivers.  The Rangitikei is a beautiful river, far from anywhere and the day we have put together involves a relaxed schedule and one of the family's own favourite rafting days, together with a...

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Kai Time!

Kai Time!

Kai is Maori for food.  In Maori communities (like many tight communities around the world) there are often people or families entrusted with certain tasks.  Tom Loughlin's family has long been associated with food.  Providing and cooking food whenever the community needs it -...

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West Coast Wilderness - Local Colour

West Coast Wilderness - Local Colour

We met Mark Dewsbery when a client of ours was buying his high country station.  Subsequent conversations and a shared interest resulted in our putting together a number of special days for people interested in back-country hiking and skiing on the South Island.  Out of quite a number...

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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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A Day with a Maori Carver

A Day with a Maori Carver

In the Maori world, the carver is second only to the chief.  That is because the carver is entrusted with holding and communicating knowledge, stories, history.  Maori had no written language as Europeans understand the concept, keeping knowledge in carvings instead.  Hence 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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Fiordland Helicopter Extravaganza

Fiordland Helicopter Extravaganza

Lydia is the first lady to climb Everest with no additional oxygen. She lives in and loves the Wanaka region.  Together with her and the highly experienced crew at Aspiring Helicopters we have put together a highly successful day using a helicopter to see all of our favourite parts of...

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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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Warbirds Harvard Divebombing

Warbirds Harvard Divebombing

  In South Auckland there are a number of 2-seater aircraft from the 1930s called Harvards.  We have put together an event where these are taken up together, wingtips 20ft apart, in a simulated formation divebombing mission of an island in the Hauraki.   The pilots all...

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