Discover the best of New Zealand’s wildlands and cultural heritage. We actively explore the wild beaches, bays, and mountains on both sides of the dramatic Alps of the South Island to the beautiful Kauri forests, beaches and clear waters of the Bay of Islands on the North Island. Led by local expert Kiwi guides, you journey through a spectacular range of landscapes, wildlife habitats, towns and villages, and Maori cultural lands in national parks and World Heritage Sites that provided much of the Middle Earth setting for the Tolkien trilogy movies, Lord of the Rings.
Hike along deserted beaches, through ancient rainforests on less-known local tracks, and over an active glacier. We ride the scenic Tranzalpine train over the Southern Alps, and sea kayak in Abel Tasman National Park and Doubtful Sound from a luxury overnight expedition vessel. Our ‘Wild style’ of travel presents opportunities to meet local Kiwis from ranchers to vintners, local Maori guides, and resident hosts in family-run B & B’s, boutique hotels, and comfortable inns serving local wines and fresh Kiwi cuisine. This custom itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted to meet your personal interests, budget and schedule.