Aotearoa New Zealand
Our island home
'A country made for angels, not for men.'*
Secluded in the southern Pacific, New Zealand rewards travelers with sublime landscapes, friendly locals and wide-open spaces.
This far-flung archipelago was among the last places on earth to be discovered.
The first settlers, from the scattered islands of Polynesia, named it Aotearoa, long white cloud.
In time others arrived, from every corner of the world.
New Zealand’s culture today reflects its natural and human history:
indigenous roots and international influences shaped by landscape and climate.
This is our home, this is where we’re based year-round. We specialise in road-trips: traveling scenic highways and byways, stopping regularly to check out wilderness areas, small towns and local attractions. We make time to enjoy the outdoor adventures that Aotearoa is famous for; things like sea-kayaking, hiking, biking, whale-watching and swimming with dolphins.
As with our trips in Italy, Fiji and Australia, authentic cultural encounters are essential parts of our New Zealand tours. These can include visits to indigenous Maori communities, remote sheep-farms and artists’ studios; talks with wine-makers, wildlife-specialists and local historians; culinary experiences at farmers’ markets, boutique breweries and unique eateries.
We’ve been guiding in Aotearoa New Zealand for more than 25 years. We've worked with groups of families and friends of all ages and abilities as well as hiking, biking and sea-kayaking clubs. Some tours are guided while others are 'virtually-guided'. Our tailor-made itineraries can include any of New Zealand's untold attractions, activities and places of interest.
*From a poem by New Zealand's James K Baxter.Enquire now
Authentic experiences of indigenous culture, lifestyle, language and history.
Dolphins & whales
Up-close encounters with majestic marine mammals. Unforgettable environmental education.
Aotearoa NZ: home to an infinite range of great hikes. Whatever your level of ability and experience, we're ready.
Access remote beaches, outer islands and alpine areas by helicopter and small plane.
Paddle NZ's pristine and historic waterways. Outer islands, National Parks, fiords, sounds, lagoons, rivers and lakes.
Rare birds, living dinosaurs, glowing insects, shy penguins, cheeky parrots, slippery eels and beautiful sheep.
So many great rides to explore throughout NZ, many of them on vehicle-free bike paths.
Beach picnics, farmers' markets, food festivals, cafés, wineries, craft-breweries and slow-food restaurants.
Sea-kayak the south
Paddle through time
Sea-kayak the north
Wildlife & wilderness
South Island day-hikes
Walk like a kiwi
Fully supported / virtually guided
Great Barrier Island
Aotea Long Weekend
Rakiura Long Weekend
Rakiura yoga adventure
Dusky Sound, Fiordland
Photo credits. Horse-riding, Biking: both by Miles Holden. Maori perspectives: Graeme Murray. Sea-kayaking: Chris Sisarich. Sea-kayak the South: Ian Trafford. Whale-watching: Chris McLennan. Sea-kayak the North: Scott Venning. Southern Frontier: Jocelyn Carlin. Wildlife encounters: Gilbert van Reenen. Scenic flights: Raymond Hector. Food, Walk like a kiwi: both by Fraser Clements.