Rugged snow-capped peaks, sun-filled skies, iconic Maori culture, winery-dotted islands, and innovative cuisine served by Michelin-star chefs. New Zealand treasures quality, and you’ll eat and drink very well. It’s wild, too—cliff-hugging drives to lost valleys, biking between wine tastings, picnic spots literally straight out of Hobbit movies.
A spine-tingling, foot-stomping Maori haka war dance. A helicopter ride from the Kiwis’ adventure capital to waterfall-splashed picnic spots. Michelin-star chefs preparing specially arranged meals at the country’s oldest wineries. Biking winery to winery along a perfect coastline. Along the way, stay in style: luxurious cottages looking out over neighboring vines, or below peaks near the lip of glimmering lakes.
From the casual wine lover to the outdoor enthusiast who gets a rush from helicopter rides to secluded hikes, New Zealand has something everyone can learn from and be inspired by.
New Zealand’s peak times are the southern hemisphere's summer: December thru February. March and April, too, offer prime weather, long evenings and autumnal colors.
Only in it for the wine? We get it. Want to dial up the adventure? Always possible in New Zealand. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll make your trip unforgettable.
Prepare for high style and design in some of New Zealand's most stunning locations—on the water, in the vines, at the base of mountains.
The city’s emerging harborfront district—home to best restaurants and theater—is an ideal and indulgent base to settle, packed with Maori-inspired design and local art, with rooms with city views.
We’ll get in deep with the setting, by setting up in boutique cottages with luxurious living rooms looking through huge windows to craggy peaks and rows of luscious vines.
Situated at the entrance of Martinborough’s quaint village square, our hotel has been the talk of the town sine the 1850s. It's still considered one of the finest hostelries in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Southern Island amps up the adventure. We’ll stay in Queenstown’s best boutique digs, an intimate base overlooking the city’s snow-capped peaks and silvery waters of Lake Wakatipu—the perfect base for mountain journeys.
We can plan a custom, private departure for any group size. Our custom trips are perfect for a couple wishing to travel on their own, a family, or a multi-generational group. If you’re looking to travel on one of our group departures on a private basis, a minimum number of travelers may apply.
Yes, we can craft an unforgettable milestone celebration or company retreat for groups as large as 40 or more.
Our level of curation, care, and in-country connections. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We support you every step of the way with comprehensive itineraries, detailed day-by-day descriptions, insider destination info, and 24/7 dedicated support.
Preferably six to nine months in advance and earlier for holiday travel. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible. We can help with last-minute travel planning, however availability may be limited.
We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.
MO/AD Private Departures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.
MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, gratuities for local guides, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.
After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to design a detailed itinerary and check availability, there is a $500 non-refundable planning deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. Once your itinerary is perfect, we require a 25% non-refundable confirmation deposit to start confirming all of your arrangements. Many of our local partners and hotels require additional advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to travel.
US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure from New Zealand. US citizens are eligible for a visa waiver and therefore do not need a visa for tourists stays of three months or less. Under the visa waiver program, US citizens will be required to have a NZeTA, which can be applied for prior to travel and is valid for multiple visits for up to two years. For full requirements and information visit the New Zealand Embassy. For citizens of other countries, please check with New Zealand’s embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
See our Terms & Conditions for complete details about our policies regarding your MO/AD Private Departure booking.