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A traditional welcome by local Maori on sacred mountain Titiraupenga. In recognition of the special relationship with Ahipara this location is exclusive to us. Working on a spiritual as well as a physical level, this is often a highlight of our clients' time in New Zealand. The full welcome, sharing session, walk and lunch takes at least half a day, with transportation taking another couple of hours. Most people take a whole day. This is an abbreviated 3 minute clip of the first welcome on this mountain which we put together for some top European travel agents.

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Meaningful Travel

Meaningful Travel

There are three main questions in our mind when we communicate with prospective clients.  These are "why", "how" and "who".  Quite a few people, when contacting us only tell us "what", which tends to miss out on what they don't know about New Zealand.  Which is usually quite a lot. So,... read more

Meaningful Travel - Travelling as a Family

Meaningful Travel - Travelling as a Family

The first in our series exploring why, over the years, families have travelled to New Zealand. People often talk about "creating memories" - something which makes me a little uncomfortable, a bit like saying "the weather's going to be good tomorrow" or the worst one of all and I hope I don't get struck by lightning for... read more

Meaningful Travel - Fishing

Meaningful Travel - Fishing

Starring in the photo above - a juvenile Yellowtail Kingfish caught off Golden Bay up in Nelson.  In a supporting role, Alex Waller, one of our favourite fishing guides.  New Zealand is well known as a trout fishing destination and has attracted people from all over the world.  We're not going to talk about that.  We're going... read more

Meaningful Travel - Spirituality

Meaningful Travel - Spirituality

This is a difficult one to write about as it means so many different things to so many different people.  So we'll focus just on what we know and have observed with our clients and partners. In this photo, Singaporean journalist Mavis Teo is having elements of a powhiri (sometimes known as a Maori Welcome) explained to her by John Paki.... read more

The Travel Designer as Chef

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... read more

We specialise in luxury NZ holidays

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 and vacations 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
  • Since we started in 2001, we have never once repeated an itinerary.  We welcome having to think and create for every single client.  Without exception.
  • 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.  You can see 15 years of articles in our News section 
  • 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

We're not just a booking agency - we're a global leader in innovative, personal, responsive and experiential tourism based in New Zealand.  This was rewarded in 2015 with Traveller Made's award for creating the finest experiences in the world.  This is a tough insider award where the finest agencies in the world vote confidentially.

We only promote and sell responsible animal encounters and most definitely have nothing to do with places which hold whales, dolphins or porpoises in captivity.  We work closely with special people in New Zealand who are the true guardians of our natural environment, which we hold very dear.