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Ahipara connects travellers with New Zealand

The world grew smaller when the telephone and the airplane came along, but it took a Hollywood version of an Oxford’s professor’s trilogy of fantasy novels for the rest of the world to discover New Zealand. Since that glorious production, filmed entirely on the soils of the island nation, bespoke touring and luxury hotels have blossomed throughout the region. Ahipara is the country’s foremost bespoken touring outfit, ready to guide you to the islands’ roughest terrains or their most luxurious urban resorts.

New Zealand sits in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, a 1000-mile-long flight east from Australia, and is composed of two main islands, along with a large sprinkling of lesser ones here and there. At its most southerly point, New Zealand verges down into the latitudes of the Roaring Forties, where the Antarctic waters meet the Pacific Ocean, and gales and storms spring up unannounced every day. This gives the country a moist climate, cool in winter and warm in the summer, akin to Europe’s range of weather, and oak trees and willows thrive on the soil of the land.

The Beginning of Ahipara

In 1998, Jean-Michel and Karen Jefferson were new parents in search of a way of life. They headed for Karen’s birthplace, the city of Auckland, New Zealand, and soon founded Ahipara. Today Ahipara brings years of experience to the world of luxury touring, pairing eco-tour adventures with challenging explorations throughout the island nation. The outfit will be glad to arrange your stay at one of the top luxury hotels of New Zealand, which is now the site of several five-star residences, including of the oldest and most renowned establishments, the Huka Lodge. A close review of your interests gives Ahipara the data it needs to offer the perfect residence to match your budget and your itinerary goals. Whether luxuriating in the lavish European comforts of the Otahuna Lodge near Canterbury, luxury camping at Minaret Station, in the high country above Wanaka, or pursing salmon and trout in the Poronui-Taupo fishing lodge, Ahipara will provide you with bespoken comfort in one of the most unexplored nations of the Pacific.

The Best Kind of Exploration

The Jeffersons and Ahipara are proud to offer encounters with the Maori people outside of the popular Haka crowd performances, on a more intimate and meaningful level. A bespoken introduction to these individuals begins with the explanation that the word “Maori” refers to an overall culture, but the people themselves prefer to be referred to by their tribal associations. You may be interested in learning Maori carpentry from a master, or handling the weapons of Maori warriors with a tribal leader. Every variation of outdoor activity can be booked by Ahipara, of course, from jet-skiing to mountain climbing, and you can, if you wish, end your day’s exertions with a visit to one of New Zealand’s wineries, or to a lovely evening sunset sail on a catamaran in wild Lake Rotoiti. One family even created a bespoke overnight visit to the Hobbiton set from the Lord of the Rings, where a crew of performers awaits guests! Ahipara is the true bespoke touring outfit, providing its clientele with unique experiences and luxurious comfort wherever on the islands they may roam.


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