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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...

Nur bei Ahipara

Nur bei Ahipara

Bei unserer Gründung im Jahr 2001 setzen wir uns ein wichtiges Ziel: Unsere Gäste sollen Tages- und Nachtprogramme erleben, die mindestens ebenso besonders und unvergesslich sind, wie ihre großartigen Unterkünfte. Exklusive, anspruchsvolle Lodges und Gästehäuser sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil unserer Philosophie, aber wir wollten dazu gern...

Cavalli Island Retreat

Cavalli Island Retreat

We used this place in February of this year as the setting for a billionaire's birthday party. We think it is unique in giving luxury clients a taste of how New Zealanders would spend their luxury dollars if they had enough of them. Eco-friendly design, just 6 beds on a private island of 80 acres, excellent fittings, and the best view from a...

A Beach is a Beach - right?

A Beach is a Beach - right?

Well, not quite. Like many things, they seem similar on the surface but once one gets below the surface they're all different. Consider these different beaches we have used (and yes, most of them were deserted): - a beach in the far north where the top quad bike ride in the country takes people up 300ft sand dunes. Remote and wild. - a...

Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest

A lovely sophisticated experience in the Bay of Islands.  A good place for some rest and relaxation in one of the warmest parts of the country blessed by beaches, islands, dolphins and excellent game fishing. Eagles Nest is not what we call "lodge style" accommodation.  It is more villa style accommodation with...

Treetops

Treetops

Die Treetops Lodge ist eine traditionelle Jagd-und Angellodge, die auf 12 Hektar Land etwas außerhalb von Rotorua liegt. Sie ist komplett von wilden heimischem Wäldern umgeben. Die Lodge besteht aus einem prächtigen Haupthaus mit einer Küche, einem Speisezimmer und vier Gästezimmern in einem separaten Flügel. Dieser Bereich eignet sich...

Luxury is more than an expensive property!

Luxury is more than an expensive property!

One of our themes over the last few years has been flexibility. Typically, the individuals at the top end of the travel market are used to flexibility in their day to day existence. Meanwhile luxury tourism in New Zealand delivers a high quality but inflexible product. At the lower end of the scale are the "luxury packages" with...

Wild jetboating, wild country, wild food

Wild jetboating, wild country, wild food

You will all know about jetboats, particularly the Shotover Jet – that iconic experience which William and Kate went on down in Queenstown.  A thrill-ride in a canyon on a big red boat.  But is that how New Zealanders use jetboats?  Tourists, yes.  But people in the know?  You’ve guessed it – of...

1oo% Custom Kingfish

1oo% Custom Kingfish

I hope everything is well down under. I would like to thank you for the exceptional courtesy and experience we had. With your connaissance, experience and exceptional finesse in the management of such a beautiful destination we now have memories we will cherish for ever. 11 Day Self-drive Northland &...

Breath-Taking VIP

Breath-Taking VIP

Firstly I would like to thank you for a wonderful trip you organized for our clients. To say they are happy is to say nothing. I'm sure they fell in love with your lovely country and will get back many times! You are the highest professionals, attentive and client-oriented. Thank you for taking care of our VIPs It is a real pleasure to...

5-Star Exclusive

5-Star Exclusive

A special itinerary making use of some favourite places and liberally served with a number of our custom signature activities which help the traveller get an in-depth appreciation of what really makes New Zealand.  Well away from standard commercial and off-the-shelf itineraries. Sensibly priced from NZ$60,000 for a couple, there is...

Huka Lodge - Taupo

Huka Lodge - Taupo

Huka Lodge has long been known as the pioneer of our luxury lodges, blazing the trail for our current world-class line-up.  Award after award has attested to its pre-eminence.  But all was not always right.  A few years ago we used to not recommend Huka as some clients weren't that happy with the service they received....

Poronui - Taupo

Poronui - Taupo

One of my favourites in the Taupo region and something truly different.  A 16,000 acre property in the mountains on one of the country's top trout rivers.  The fishing is rightly acknowledged as some of the best in the country, and this is the place where Sika Deer were introduced into New Zealand.  In a country made famous by...

Kahawai!

Kahawai!

The Kahawai is a native New Zealand fish which resembles the mackerel.  Renowned as a fighting fish, the kahawai is targeted by fishermen as well as spearfishermen.  Recently we were asked by one of our clients, a gentleman from the US with no less than 58 years of fishing experience to put together a special day for him.  While...

Wilkin River Magic

Wilkin River Magic

Three short days ago I was privileged to spend some time with Wilkin River Jet, otherwise known as Inside New Zealand.  This small company of multi-talented individuals specialises in taking people beyond the normal tourist routes and deep into what those of us lucky enough to live here consider the "real New Zealand".  As...

Poronui - Taupo

Poronui - Taupo

Dies hier ist meine Lieblingslodge in der Region um Taupo - weil sie einfach anders ist. Sie liegt an klaren Forellenflüssen in den Bergen und erstreckt sich über 6.400 Hektar. Völlig klar, dass die Bedingungen zum Angeln hier erstklassig sind. Aber hier ist auch eine der wenigen Gegenden Neuseelands, in die Sikahirsche eingeführt wurden. In...

Huka Lodge - Taupo

Huka Lodge - Taupo

Die Huka Lodge war lange die Vorzeige-Luxuslodge in Neuseeland und ebnete vielen heute vorhandenen Sterne-Häusern den Weg. So ziemlich alle Auszeichnungen der Hotelbranche stehen hier im Regal. Aber das Niveau war nicht immer gleich. Vor einigen Jahren empfahlen wir die Lodge nicht mehr, weil sich einige unserer Kunden kritisch über den...

Wild Food - Maori Style

Wild Food - Maori Style

Somewhere between Taupo and Napier lies a 5,000 acre block of land.  Access is either by helicopter or modified four-wheel drive vehicle.  It is remote, very remote.  It's also high, beautiful land, stretching from an elevated river plateau up to mountains still covered in native bush and trees.  On the land are a number of...

Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest

Im Eagles Nest wird jeder Aufenthalt in der Bay of Island zu einer raffinierte Erfahrung. Diese Unterkunft bietet Ruhe und Entspannung in einem der wärmsten Teile des Landes mit ihren Inseln, Delfinen und Edelfischen.  Eagles Nest ist keine Unterkunft im Stil einer klassischen Lodge. Es handelt sich vielmehr um fünf Villen, jede mit...

5-Sterne-Urlaub in Neuseeland

5-Sterne-Urlaub in Neuseeland

In dieses ganz spezielle Reiseprogramm haben wir nicht nur unsere Lieblingsplätze in Neuseeland eingebaut, sondern auch einige der Aktivitäten, die Sie in dieser Form nur bei uns erleben. Wir möchten ihnen Neuseeland nicht nur zeigen, Sie sollen eins werden mit unserem Land, tief in die Kultur eintauchen und sie verstehen.  Für...