A little inspiration...
New Zealand offers a wide range of accommodation, given our relatively small size. From fancy and posh hotels in our main cities to smaller, family-owned boutique hotels in our smaller towns to country style retreats and holiday homes across the country.
What stands out however is a network of 20 to 25 Luxury Lodges. Most of them have less than 20 rooms but offer fantastic views in some of our most stunning locations. They all share a love and dedication to showcase New Zealand’s best food & wine, paired with impeccable service and true New Zealand hospitality.
We know that it takes much more than providing a nice room with a view to become a ‘luxury hotel’. This is why we spend so much time, year after year, staying in these properties ourselves to inspect and test every single aspect of your guest’s stay. Be it the welcome upon arrival to the pre-dinner drinks to the quality of the house keeping, the upkeep of the gardens and talking to the hosts, we make sure what we sell is unique and ‘delivers’. We know which hotels work – and which don’t.
We believe travel is about creating emotions and connecting with local people. Our Unique Experiences allow your guests to enjoy a day (or more) with some very special people. These are people who are not only experts in their own field but true ‘passionistas’ about what they do. Be it our fishing guides, our local Maori culture heritage experts, our dedicated hiking- and conservation guides or our food & wine experts; they have all been hand-picked by us and we have developed a special relationship with them over the years. They know what is expected of them and they know how we work.
Many of these Unique Experiences are not available to the public nor can they be found on the internet. They have been invented and designed over many years, often with inputs from our most loyal guests, to make an already special activity a truly Unique Experience. Contact us for more information and inspiration.
While everything we do is always tailor-made, we couldn’t resist the temptation of creating some inspirational sample programs, showcasing the best New Zealand has to offer; from our boutique hotels to our luxury, lodges to activities and Unique Experiences.
Food & Wine Trails
This epic 17 days journey will introduce you to New Zealand’s very best food & wine offerings, passing not only through major wine regions like Hawkes Bay or Marlborough but you get to experience fabulous wines from boutique wine regions like Kumeu west of Auckland or the Wairarapa north of Wellington.
The Great Outdoors
For those who wish to experience a bit more of New Zealand’s Great Outdoors, this may be just the perfect trip. From hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to a small-boat overnight cruise on remote Doubtful Sound to the epic finale with a heli-hike on the famous Kepler Track, this 17 days trip has it all.
Boutique Luxury South Island
In our humble opinion, this unique 12 days trip will introduce you to the very best New Zealand’s South Island has to offer. From epic luxury lodges to family run wineries in the Waipara wine region to exclusive helicopter-only access to alpine chalets to gourmet lunches with wine pairings in Lake Hayes.