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Your dream is our home.

So what makes Black Sheep different from other companies? Well, it's hard to describe, but there's just something about our trips--something that, at tour end, inspires poems to be written and songs to be sung, black sheep kitsch to be bought, and guests to come back and travel with us again and again. But there are also some very tangible things that we think make all the difference:

Unsurpassed value. We believe we provide the best value-for-quality tour to New Zealand available, and invite you to compare for yourself against other reputable companies. Black Sheep jam-packs its guided tours with quality accommodation; gorgeous food and wine; daily life-enriching activities; the best locations, both known and unknown; guided transportation and ultimate service. We have intentionally kept our company small and focused, and our overheads low, so we can give you trips beyond compare.

Local knowledge. Unlike most travel companies where New Zealand is one of many destinations, New Zealand is our home, our passion and our business, so all our resources go into being the best hosts we can be. And because we are the locals, we have our finger on the pulse of what's new and interesting. The best accommodation, the best dining, the best activities--we're here to hear about them and to incorporate them into your tour.

Based locally, available globally. While New Zealand is home base, we have team members stationed worldwide. That means, with time zone changes, we're available and thinking of you and your trip around the clock.

Size matters. When we say small-group tours, we mean it. We limit our guided group size to 8 guests so you can travel around the country unobtrusively, enjoying the freedom and flexibility of small numbers as well as the stress-free benefits of guided travel.

Choice. You choose when and how you see New Zealand. We offer a range of departure dates and tour styles varying in length and budget, from all-inclusive, three-week guided packages, to personalized self-drive adventures, to fully bespoke, private tours. All are meticulously researched, so you can sit back, let go and enjoy the ride of a lifetime.

Variety is the spice of life. We are not solely a Walking Tour company or a Biking Tour company. We include a huge range of activities, as diverse as your interests. All are chosen to enhance your experience of each region, whether it's hiking through rainforests, sea kayaking along golden beaches, wine tasting at award-winning vineyards, sailing aquamarine waters, or viewing rare wildlife.

Bon appetit. Dining can have a great impact on your enjoyment of an overseas vacation, and we hate the notion of limiting your choices when on tour. For trips that feature dining with us, it is off-the-menu at the best restaurants a region has to offer, accompanied by a selection of gorgeous local wines.

Guides extraordinaire. All Black Sheep guides make their home in New Zealand, providing well-informed, articulate, entertaining discussion about the country. They also love sharing local knowledge of secret walks, favourite watering holes, hidden bookshops, best coffee carts, etc. Importantly, our guides are world travellers themselves, so understand expectations and can translate cultural nuances through a common lens. Black Sheep service is legendary, and our guides are available 24/7 to fuss over you while you have the trip of a lifetime.

What you see is what you get. Unlike many international companies, we do not contract our tours out to third-party operators. We are here and hands-on, full-time, assuring our high quality standards are maintained.

Owner operated. Black Sheep's pioneering founders are still actively involved in the company for over 20 years after they first started a fresh new way to travel in New Zealand. This means the core values of the company, to provide the best-quality, best-value trips available, have remained our focus.