From ancient knowledge to epic adventures
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. Ahipara's in-the-know local knowledge and expertise allow unrivalled travel advantages in this extraordinary country. They take the time to understand each client, putting experiences together on a truly exclusive level, simply not available elsewhere.
There are fewer finer feelings than experiencing a VIP welcome on arrival to a country. Toby Clark, a legend in the New Zealand helicopter industry, meets clients directly off their aircraft. He flies them privately by helicopter via active volcano Whakaari (White Island), to Huka Lodge. Set exclusively on the banks of the Waikato River, upstream from the mighty Huka falls, guests stay at the top-end Alan Pye cottage.
The Maori are the soul of New Zealand and Powhiri or welcome ceremonies, are known to be life-changing, providing an inimitable opportunity for travellers to experience Maori traditions in action. Ahipara take it one step further, arranging private Powhiri ceremonies on the holy mountain of Titiraupenga, exclusively for their guests. After the stirring experience of a Powhiri, it is said the guardian spirits of New Zealand travel with you on your journey.
Few Opportunities arise in life that resonate, restore and relax, but spending time with multi-talented Maori chef Tom Loughlin is, without doubt, one of them. Tom is a 'tangata whenua' (person of the land) - an outdoorsman, search and rescue tracker, hunting guide and repository of Maori knowledge about food. Ahipara have been creating experiences with Tom for ten years. Kai Waho, Tom's company, brings Maori food experiences exclusively to clients. These experiences can happen up in the mountains on a 5,000-acre block of Maori land which Tom has been managing, or near a geothermal reserve, a lake or on a beach.
Experience days with Tom are bespoke to each client to ensure their travel aspirations are matched, with activities including one-on-one traditional weaving lessons, fishing for eels at night, sustainable hunting based on a Maori philosophy, guided and non-guided walks, mountain biking and horseback riding. Spending quality time under his personal guidance remains an unforgettable experience that cannot be replicated.