About ten or so years ago, we were approached by Forbes' Robb Report. They wanted to profile us as one of ten destination specialists in an article which listed their top global picks. They asked us to produce an "ultimate itinerary". We sat down, as we usually do when someone asks us to think, and thought. And thought. And thought.....
After a few days they contacted us again and asked why they hadn't heard anything. Full of passion, determination, idealism and of course naivety, we responded that we couldn't come up with an ideal itinerary as what was ideal for one person was terrible for another. They promptly asked us to design one of 'our' favourites. Duh! Now why couldn't we have thought of that? So we came up with one, which was duly profiled.
Since then, every year when we look at this page we get confused. Last year's favourite doesn't quite cut it. Some people have moved on, others have appeared, some have gone off the boil, others have improved. And that really laid-back itinerary for that spiritually minded couple just doesn't appeal to those people who would have preferred that high-adrenaline helicopter legend trip we did the year before. So, we've ended up back where we started. The very best itinerary we can show you is the one we design for you based on our understanding of you.
In the last 15+ years we have never repeated an itinerary. We prefer to limit the number of clients we take rather than turn into another "cookie cutter" operation. So if you're here to get ideas for another agency or for something you want to book yourselves, you're out of luck. If you're here to engage with an award-winning professional outfit which goes well beyond what is commonly available in terms of content and service both, then you're in the right place. Tell us about yourselves and we'll start telling you about New Zealand.
Our itineraries at the moment range from roughly NZ$20,000 (our lower limit - below this we cannot cover our costs and there are plenty of good operations which work at those levels) to over NZ$1M. Each one has had its budget specified by you, the client, along with pace, style of accommodation and activities. They are also different from what else is out there as we make use of people who don't normally work in tourism but have an interesting story to tell - from businesspeople to winemakers, artists, radical thinkers etc.
For more in-depth discussions of the sorts of travel we design for people you can look at these pages, which we are adding to as we find the time:
- meaningful travel - overview
- meaningful travel - family travel
- meaningful travel - food
- meaningful travel - spirituality
We are also developing a number of new e-book itineraries and are proud to have the first two below, here - click the image to view e-book:
There's also an easy questionnaire on this page here. Often when people send us an email they forget a minor point, like how many people are travelling or when everyone arrives. The questionnaire helps ensure some level of completeness. Or if you prefer drop us an email or pick up the phone.