Why Viva?

With Viva you will enjoy a richer, deeper, and more meaningful experiences. We bring colour to your world and offer connection through travel.

Experience is everything

Our trips are intimate, environmentally friendly, community focussed, and designed to offer a real connection with the cultures and landscapes in which you are travelling.

We will help you uncover the real wonders of New Zealand, Latin America, the Artic & Antarctica. By using our first-hand knowledge and expertise to offer creative, personalised itineraries that will challenge your senses. We are not offering only a trip to visit the main tourist sites, we are offering a glimpse into a different world, filled with many wonderful people and many fascinating cultures and colour!

Feel confident when traveling with us with 24/7 support through-out the duration of your journey. If you choose to travel on one of our Signature Journeys you will have a personal concierge in each location and the opportunity to meet the travelling community at the Viva Happy Hour. You can feel safe and confident when travelling with us.

We believe strongly in sustainability, and we select great quality boutique and locally owned hotels, where possible, that are environmentally friendly. We engage with local communities to ensure our presence in their lives has a positive impact, and we support many local initiatives.

If you are looking for run of the mill experience, viewing the world from a coach seat then Viva is not for you. But if you are looking for true connection with places you visit, we will place you on the ground, connecting with people and the environment in a truly enriching way.

This is our philosophy and is at the heart of everything we create.

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Our business is operated through Viva Expeditions Limited and Viva Aotearoa Limited, trading as Viva Expeditions

Meet the Team

Rachel Williams

Founder & Managing Director

Tara Sutherland

Operations Manager

Pia Knarston

Destination Specialist

Ersan Fedai

Marketing Executive

Melinda Cleaver

Tour Manager

Franco De Antoni

Tour transport & logistics

Marco Hidalgo

Photographer

Laura Pattara

Travel Writer

Dr Ian Griffin

Lead Astronomer, Astrophysicist & Aurora Junkie

Miranda Satterthwaite

Antarctic Academy Director

Stephen Voss

Guest Photographer: Southern Lights by Flight

Brad Phipps

Guest Photographer: Southern Lights by Flight

Ruth Topless

Guest Photographer: Southern Lights by Flight

Personalised Itineraries, Group Tours & Small Ship Cruises in some of the world’s most pristine destinations.

Peace of mind

We want you to travel with confidence. Knowing everything is taken care of and all your arrangements are guaranteed. We are with you 24 hours a day, and our team are just a phone call away at any time. So, whenever you need us, we will be there! We are NZ owned & are TAANZ affiliated.

Specialists

We use our expertise to offer creative, personalised itineraries that are individually designed for you, based on your preferred style, accommodation, and interests. We know our destinations inside out and have all travelled extensively, we also conduct regular checks of our hotels, ships, and services to ensure quality.

Real Experiences

Tailor made experiences and small group tours designed for you! We offer the major highlights but also the more off-the-beaten track regions always offering unique experiences and cultural interactions. Uncovering the local secrets and ensuring you have the trip of a lifetime

Value for money

All of our tours represent excellent value for money. We work hard to secure the best rates for our guests with no hidden costs, and once booked the services are guaranteed. We are ready to help, with no obligations, in fact we will save you valuable time in planning your incredible journey.

We use our expertise to offer creative, personalised itineraries that challenge people’s senses and allow them to travel with confidence. We believe that true inspiration and growth comes from real experiences and immersion in the world around us. It is about interacting with the people, discovering the culture, finding the best local cuisine, and being blown away by the hidden treasures, the beautiful scenery, and the majestic vistas. We will help you explore natural wonders and the diverse wildlife, seeking the best and most genuine experiences in some of the most remote places on earth.

It’s the little things
that count.

Our Custom Tours give you the freedom and flexibility to design an itinerary that is perfect for you. Choose from our selection of inspiring independent itineraries here on our website which can be tailored to suit you, or let us know your requirements and our specialists will be happy to design a perfect itinerary to suit your interests, dates and budget.

Alternatively embark on a fully escorted Small Group Tour with us. A group tour gives you the opportunity to explore these destinations in a fun and exciting environment surrounded by like-minded travellers. All our small group tours provide the perfect balance between organised sightseeing and free time for independent discovery.

Or how about a Small Ship Cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic? A river cruise up the Amazon? Sailing around the Galapagos Islands? Or discovering New Zealand’s magnificent Fiordlands from the sea? Small ship cruising allows you to access regions that are inaccessible by road, pristine and remote locations that are unspoilt, untouched and truly magical.

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