We specialize in tailor-made itineraries for interactive travellers who prefer independent travel around New Zealand. Our itineraries are tied to the season and how you prefer to travel – self-drive or with a chauffeur. We also take into consideration the type of accommodation you prefer – perhaps an overnight on a farm, a visit to a marae (Maori village) or a stay at one of our world famous lodges! If you have special interests – golf, trout fishing, hiking, scuba-diving, bird watching, wine tasting, etc..... these can easily be added to the itinerary!
Food and Wine
We can create a unique winery based itinerary for you or base the vineyard visits around your preferred wine styles. Often you can meet the winemakers and enhance your tastings with input from knowledgeable cellar-door specialists and enjoy memorable culinary experiences with talented chefs using fresh local produce. Let us take you there to indulge your senses or we can recommend our favourite local restaurants and cafés.
New Zealand has several of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World” and they are all set in magic locations. We will more than happily transport you and your clubs to play some of the most memorable rounds you’ll ever take part in. Alternatively clubs and carts are available for hire at most courses.
Nature and eco-touring
Our itineraries include a variety of outdoor activities and you may choose to include just some or all of our recommendations. Most days there is time allocated for at least a short walk, as there is always a secluded waterfall or a stunning vista to be enjoyed close by - and it's free! For more on New Zealand's Great Walks click here. Let us design an itinerary that best suits you, whether it be extreme adventure or soft adventure or in between – you choose.
Imagine enjoying the warmth and hospitality of your farming hosts in a historic country homestead, while eating dinner lovingly created with homegrown produce and fresh vegetables. Later stroll freely around the working farm and gardens. Perhaps even fish in the nearby streams. Or how about a high country sheep station where the lifestyle is quite unique. Meet the owners who will show you over their land and introduce you to the everyday working life of a large sheep or cattle farm.
What can I see in the time that I have ?
Ideally, you need a minimum of at least six weeks to be able to say "I have seen all of New Zealand" and to really enjoy and experience all that she has to offer...and that’s just the highlights! But most of us are not so fortunate. Please do not request a two week itinerary, with the instructions that you want to see everything - forget it, it's not possible! You will come away disappointed and with the feeling that the only thing you have really seen is the inside of your car, with lot's of countryside flashing by. To 'see' New Zealand, you need to have time to enjoy the attractions as well - and you can't do that if you're driving hundreds of kilometres per day! New Zealand is not the same as other countries such as Australia and the United States where you can drive for days to see something - this country is compact and full of surprises. Our roads are winding and steep. Our itineraries allow you time for a walk everyday – whether it be for 10 minutes or 7 hours. The choice is of course always yours.
If you only have one week, we suggest spending a short time in the North Island and the rest of your time in the more dramatically scenic South Island. Rotorua and Queenstown are the highlights of a short stay.
If you have two weeks, we suggest more time in Auckland, before driving to Rotorura via the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island, followed by the South Island where you will have more time to see Milford Sound.
If you have three weeks, your tour of the North Island might include the Bay of Islands, or the wineries of Hawkes Bay. You’ll have time to travel down the east coast of the South Island (see the whales at Kaikoura) and travel the length of the Southern Alps to Queenstown and the Milford Sound or perhaps go walking in the Marlborough Sounds.
If you have four weeks, you can do all of the above and then travel up the wild (and sometimes wet) West Coast past glaciers and old gold-mining towns to Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park.
If you have five weeks, you will have time to see everything south of Auckland, including all the main attractions in the South Island.
If you have six weeks, you will have time to see everything, from the Bay of Islands in the north, to the Catlins Coast in the south and maybe even Stewart Island in the very south if you wish. You can see it all, but remember it would still be pretty full on most days. There is so much to see and do, you will still find it hard to have a 'day off' from touring.
And if you have more than six weeks, well you're just plain lucky, because you'll have time to take a free day here or there instead of having to move onto your next destination. You will also have time to go fishing, play a round of golf or join multi-day excursions.
We know New Zealand – we live here!