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Our trip to New Zealand was one of the most amazing trips we’ve ever had. Lizzy took care of us in such a personal way that it felt like we were family. She took the time to hear what we wanted and we were so spoiled!. The team was always making sure we were comfortable and kept checking on us, giving us restaurant recommendations and were available for us 24/7. Ahipara raised the bar for all the other travel agencies!.Krystal and Don Stelling, United States

Hi Fabienne, Thanks for the message. Our trip was absolutely wonderful. From start to finish, we would absolutely love to do it all over again. Fiordland Lodge was a dream, our guide Tara was wonderful, and the hiking was phenomenal. JT and Paddy with Prestige were kind, generous and incredibly fun. Those two days blew our minds, from the scenery to the modes of transportation and delicious food. And of course, Split Apple Retreat was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful introduction to New Zealand! Thanks again for everything, Ryan and AlexAlex and Ryan, United States

To all at Ahipara Travel We have just arrived at AKL after our fabulous, but too brief a tour of NZ. We loved every minute. Everything went seemlessly and on time thanks to all of the arrangements which you put in place for us. Thank you for looking after us so perfectly and we look forward to our next visit with you. Off to Fiji now for a much needed week of rest! Best wishes Graham and PennyGraham and Penny, USA

Lizzy - Thought I should write you a quick note while we are waiting at the airport for our flight to Australia. Thank you for all your assistance in planning our trip. Has really been a great trip! Feel like we saw a very good “slice” of New Zealand ... knowing that there is still a lot more to see if we ever get to come back. And if we do get a chance to come back, you will be one of the first people we call! Thanks again, Terry & LaurieTerry & Laurie

We had a wonderful 2 week trip to New Zealand this past February, arranged by Ahipara. We wanted to see a range of places on both islands and especially to learn about the Maori. Fabienne rapidly produced an initial itinerary which included almost all the things we had asked for, with stays at luxury lodges and much of the travel by helicopter. It took only a few adjustments to coordinate with the friends we wanted to visit. The trip was well paced and we loved the variety of activities, but the highlight for us was being able to spend so much time talking with Maori people about their history and culture. We would highly recommend Apihara to anyone planning a vacation in New Zealand.Colin Masson, United States

First, our thanks for a wonderful trip. Your attention to details, and our interests, and the planning that transpired in advance of the trip was excellent. We very much appreciated Leigh-Ann's outreach as soon as we arrived and her responsiveness to our needs as it related to weather and sailing and weather and driving. She was on top of all of our outdoor activities to make certain they were not impacted negatively as a result of the weather. Each of the guides, with one exception, was excellent and that included Mick, Madeleine, Hen, and Erich who were all great. Special kudos to Madeleine who wanted us to enjoy all of the aspects of nature during our walk, and Mick who was a charming and very knowledgeable guide about food and wine. Our guide on Waiheke Island was not particularly good. . She really, despite her efforts, wasn't an expert on food and wine and in the end, was just "annoying." The accommodations were also terrific. Garth and Angie were wonderful at their bed and breakfast/ lodge and getting to know them added a great deal to our experience. They are exceptional hosts. With the exception of the noise on Saturday night we loved the Spire, and got a kick out of the cinema suites. The Hilton was also very comfortable. Getting to know about the Mauri culture became an important part of the trip which we enjoyed immensely. Both Delani and Tom are special men, committed to making the community a better place using the values of their ancestors ...learning about that and them was very interesting. All of the logistics went smoothly, Including the incountry flights and auto pick ups. In sum it was a wonderful trip. We won't hesitate to recommend your agency wholeheartedly. Many thanks. Audrey Weiner and Jeff SolomonAudrey and Jeff, United States

We had a wonderful time on our vacation and we have both you and Leigh-Ann to thank. Our travel, our trips and associated guides, all of our accommodation...it was all great. We appreciated Leigh-Ann keeping us appraised of the weather and its possible influence on our daily activity and also her concern for Rich after his fall. Everyone, was so friendly and informative. You company has chosen their associates very well. They made our visit special. We feel we have had a real adventure vacation and have come home with many glowing tales of your beautiful country, countrymen and your company. Thank you so much......Susan and Wayne FisherSusan and Wayne Fisher, Canada

What an amazing time we had in New Zealand! It was truly the best trip we have ever taken as a family (2 parents, 2 boys ages 18 and 22). We started with a simple email to Ahipara outlining our interests of high adventure with a lot of exposure to the local people and culture. We wanted local lodges owned by proprietors and not big, typical chain hotels. We wante d hikes, helicopters, extreme adventures and memorable experiences. We wanted a bespoke trip that nobody had replicated previously. Marina and Ahipara delivered in EVERY respect! We were not disappointed by a single lodge, activity or encounter on our 10 day trip; on the contrary we are hard pressed to see how it could have been any better. Furthermore, we made in-country adjustments due to weather that required moving things around (including lodging) and Marina was always readily available and super accommodating. That truly helped us make the most of the trip vs. having some disappointments along the way. All-in-all I highly recommend Ahipara for your trip to New Zealand, and if you are wavering on whether to visit New Zealand, DON'T! It is one of the most amazing places you could ever visit. Kent SorrellsKent Sorrells, United States

A World Of Thanks Hello Kim , I hope this correspondence finds you doing well . I wanted to be sure to take the opportunity to thank you , on behalf of Kathy and I for a job well done ! I honestly would not tell you that I wish we had done a single thing differently . When asked what I enjoyed the best , I honestly could not think of a reply . The entire trip was surreally exceptional . You did a fine job of showcasing your beautiful country , its people , culture and history . Thanks again ! You are gifted at your job , and both Kathy and I feel blessed to have found Ahipara and you !!! Sincerely, Bill Silwones and Kathleen MalkiewieczBill Silwones, United States

A helicopter trip to a volcanic island and a private wildlife tour… REGINA OLSHAN | APRIL 7, 2019 I should say I didn’t actually have any contact with Jean Michel beyond the first phone call. But his team member Gillian Buckley did a great job planning our itinerary which resulted in an extremely memorable trip – New Zealand is an amazing country and our trip included highlights like a helicopter trip to a volcanic island and a private wildlife tour where we saw yellow eye penguins and tripped over sea lions. The hotels were all excellent yet I never had the feeling which I occasionally have had with other wow list agents that the itinerary was designed around luxury hotels rather than our interests. As always the more involved in planning you are and the more research you do on your own, the better the trip will be. A great and memorable family vacation. https://www.wendyperrin.com/reviews/jean-michel-jefferson/Regina Olshan, United States

I wanted to be sure to take the opportunity to thank you, on behalf of Kathy and I for a job well done! I honestly would not tell you that I wish we had done a single thing differently . When asked what I enjoyed the best , I honestly could not think of a reply . The entire trip was surreally exceptional . You did a fine job of showcasing your beautiful country , its people , culture and history . Thanks again ! You are gifted at your job , and both Kathy and I feel blessed to have found Ahipara and you!!Roy & Kathy

Thank you for all your hard work planning an amazing honeymoon for us! We absolutely had the trip of a lifetime! We took over 1900 pictures -- everywhere we turned there was a postcard photo! The itinerary you designed for us was amazing, and the perfect blend of active and luxurious. From the champagne you had for us at the Hilton, to your (daily!) calls to our lodging, to your lighting-fast text responses to us, we're so grateful for all of the little touches, too! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!Ryan & Corey

My wife and I have recently returned from a wonderful 16 day vacation in New Zealand, planned by Ahipara. We are very experienced travelers to many exotic places and found the process of working with Ahipara among the best. With their guidance, we had wonderful experiences with much of what this fabulous country has to offer. From lodging, food and wine, to exploration of the Maori culture, to bird and sea creature watching, to helicopter hiking on Fox Glacier, to a terrific helicopter tour of the Southern Alps – not to mention visiting Middle Earth – the guides and tour providers were excellent. The planning process was very smooth, and they were very flexible in adjusting the initial suggested itinerary to accommodate our timing and budget. Turnaround of itinerary changes and reservations were very prompt. Most importantly, they watched over us during the trip to be sure everything was going smoothly, and made a few adjustments on the fly to accommodate weather issues. I heartily recommend them for a memorable trip to New Zealand.Chris Gebelein

We had a fantastic time in New Zealand! Really appreciated all of your help and responsiveness. You made things really easy. We actually did a seal snorkeling trip yesterday on our "free day" which was another great experience. The Factory was fantastic and the food and accommodations were great. The owners are really nice and we would highly recommend it to other clients you may have in the future. Thanks again for all of your help!Scott & Chloe

We were so thrilled to work with Ahipara on this holiday. We picked them because they worked exclusively with New Zealand, and because they specialized in one-on-one experiences, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Their knowledge of the country and attention to every detail was exceptional.Ted Faiella & Lindsay Bosch