New Zealand is renowned for its remarkable landscapes, adventurous thrills and bucket-list worthy experiences, welcoming travellers back time and time again to discover its rich traditions and jaw-dropping scenery.
Globally, more and more travellers are including wellness retreats in their itineraries. And where better to de-stress and unwind than the glorious volcanic peaks and awe-inspiring lakes of New Zealand? Ahipara offer exclusive retreats, yoga lessons on private mountains and hikes unlike any other in the world.
New Zealand has clear blue skies and fresh mountain air, activities for the adventurous, fabulous food and fine wine alongside wondorous luxury accommodation. But what sets it apart is the space it affords.
There is a saying amongst the Ahipara team: "Great Walks, Great Marketing, Great Crowds". For the last 15 years, the team have been putting together spectacular hikes with excellent guides well away from the hype and traffic of the Great Walks - Milford Track, Tongariro Crossing etc.
In the Maori world, the carver is second only to the chief and that is because the carver is entrusted with holding and communicating knowledge, stories and history. Maori has no written language, as Europeans understand the concept, keeping knowledge in carvings instead.
For most people, the Marlborough Sounds are their first overwhelming sight of the South Island. Formed by the glaciers of an ancient ice age, deep valleys were flooded by the sea, leaving a mass of bays, inlets and hidden coves.
New Zealand Pinot Noir was put on the map in Central Otago by Gibbston Valley. Their winemaker at the time was Grant Taylor and he is acknowledged as a "father" of New Zealand Pinot Noir. Having spent 15 years in Napa Valley and Burgundy, Grant returned to Central Otago to pioneer the Pinot Noir grape at Gibbston Valley Vineyard.
So why Milford Sound? The answer is accessibility. Milford is unique in that it has a road going to it. This allows lots and lots of people to get into buses and then get into lots and lots of ships and see Milford Sound. That's why lots and lots of people talk about it, and why lots more keep asking Ahipara to send them there.