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Departures + Arrivals: Autumn 2022 in Review

🍂 Autumn in New Zealand covers the months of March, April + May each year. Across the motu we enjoy some of the most settled weather of the whole year. Soak up long, sunny days and golden leaves with hiking, cycling or kayaking.

Today marks the last day of Autumn in Aotearoa, and our fourth edition of Departures + Arrivals - a seasonal recap showcasing our 'Surprise' escapes around New Zealand to Kiwi's that live here! As New Zealand is now re-open to the rest of the world, we'll aim to include highlights from our visitors from around the world in upcoming issues too!

Our travellers differ in where they come from, their personal likes + interests, and where they want to stay, but are connected by their love of adventure.

Restrictions due to COVID have eased, perhaps giving more of you, more confidence to fly, road trip and get out exploring different parts of New Zealand. Our popular Surprise trips had most of you choosing to find out all your trip details only after you have already left home!



"We had such a great time. From the moment our destination was revealed. Luke, you planned our trip soo well. From all the stops along the way while driving, to the eating recommendations and of course the highlight being the boat trip on the Tasman lake. Annie at the bike hire was awesome as we decided we wanted E-bikes. She took it in her stride and organised those for us. The accommodation was perfect AND it included breakfast. We thought it was such value for money. We had an awesome time and will definitely book with you again. Thank so much."

Travellers: Karen, Julia, Michelle + Daryl Trip Type: Completely Surprise Me! Surprise Destination: South Canterbury


We booked our surprise get away in 2021 hoping to head away for my 40th in October. However, due to Covid we were unable to go as Auckland was in lockdown. From the get go Luke was awesome with keeping us updated and checking in. We decided to shift our holiday to the Easter Break. We booked for a surprise trip for four (two adults and two teenager) for 5 nights. We were so excited with the possibility of where we could end up. We ended up in Queenstown which we were all excited about, especially the kids as they had never been before. Everything was planned so well that we did not have a single moment of worry the whole time. The itinerary was clear and we knew where we had to be at what time every day. We also appreciated the suggestions for where to eat and additional things to check out. As we were away over the Easter break, the team also reminded us of additional cost on public holidays and tried to source places that did not cost extra. There was such a good balance between activities and down time too, which allowed us to enjoy our surroundings. We had an amazing view from our room balcony so it was nice to enjoy a few quiet afternoon drinks along with the awesome activities. Luke and his team thought of everything, including added little extra surprises on our trip like happy birthday signs and Easter fudge deliveries. Throughout the trip Luke and the team were there if we needed them (not that we did as everything went amazingly smoothly), and provided us any updates, such as letting us know that our Airport shuttle would be 10 mins early. I really can not praise Luke and his team enough for the effort and thoughtfulness that went into creating such a memorable trip away for us and our family. I would highly recommend this company and their surprise trip to anyone and everyone. We can not wait to go on our next surprise trip with the team!"

Travellers: The Allen Family Trip Type: Completely Surprise Me!

Surprise Destination: Queenstown


One Liners

"Enjoyed the experience and went to places I would not have taken myself normally" - Evelyn

"Wonderful time, thank's so much" - Rob + Leigh

"It's an easy 11/10 from us!!! Super chuffed" - Sam + Paige

"Couldn’t have done it better myself 👍 thank you from all of us. Already plotting our next trip!" - Michelle

"The glacial boat trip - that was so unexpected and a real blast!" - Julia


You could end up anywhere in New Zealand - from Cape Reinga, to Bluff, or even one of our gorgeous offshore islands - think Stewart Island, Great Barrier Island or even the Chatham Islands!

Find out where you can explore next on your very own New Zealand Insight trip.


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