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Mystery Adventures NZ

Take a chance, get an adventure, and guarantee an unforgettable memory

Have a Social Nature Movement Mystery Adventure and discover where in New Zealand you could go, what you might see and what you can do. Any one of our popular covert destinations or secret seclusions is sure to tantalize you, mixed with our amazing experiences and captivating tours.

Want a weekend away or simply can’t decide? On average, it takes people more than 22 hours and 139 website visits to research and book an experience; without even knowing for sure that it will be perfect. Why not make it a mystery getaway and simply pack up and go, because Social Nature Movement mystery tours are waiting for you here in NZ!

We covertly plan everything for you; just turn up! Open the front door, we’ll secretively get you around New Zealand, accommodate you, feed you, inspire you and take good care of you! Mystery trips takes the admin out of booking an unknown holiday – you don’t have to research and plan all the separate elements – all you have to do is pack up and go.

Perhaps you have already been there, done that with all your experience, want some spice in your life from the daily grind or are simply overwhelmed by all the choices in this modern world and committing to something is the hardest part.

What we offer is an outline, not a strict itinerary, because we adapt to you, the weather, etc.

Let us at SNM do everything for you - above and beyond - with a private guide and everything else taken care of.

If you’re not sure when you can go or perhaps you want to secretively treat someone in need of a weekend away; then buy a mysterious gift voucher now with the adventurous date decided later. It may be for yourself, your best friend, a loved one, family, friends or a simple act of kindness to a random person.


Make your adventures mysterious

Perhaps you find yourself wondering where Cleopatra's tomb is, is there a money pit on Oak Island, whether the Copper Scroll treasure is real, what the fate of the Ark of the Covenant was, if the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were real and if there is a City of Atlantis? Inquisitive questions like that might make you feel similar to famous mystery adventurers like Alexander von Humboldt, Marco Polo, Jacque Cousteau, Jean Batten, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dame Naomi James, Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Thor Heyerdahl, Steve Irwin or Bear Grylls. Imagine what Dutch explorer Abel Tasman experienced when he sailed into New Zealand waters for the first time.

Mystery trips give you a surprise travel vacation and time to think about that sunrise experience in Golden Bay, moonlight tours on the High Country Mackenzie Basin, or discovering penguins in the moonlit Catlins!

A mystery trip is your anonymous ticket, exciting curiosity and awe to secret far-flung NZ journeys, helping scratch that travelling itch, ensure you support local and discover more of this beautiful countries unidentified destinations you may not have seen.


Holidays during difficult times

Surprise holiday-makers are spending more than ever on holidays to make up for lost time. So, what does a dream holiday or mystery getaway look like when you've already been everywhere and bought everything? Some people are taking bigger, better, more higher-value trips; not holding back with their holidays.

It's more about the journey than the destination. Social Nature Movement sticks true to its roots in the art and science of immersive travel through mystery tours. You won't read about us using helicopters, super-yachts, sports cars and other exclusive superlative snobbery. We provide clients with experiences that can't be bought and manufactured; a desired feeling rather than a focused destination, and we do so using - as much as possible - human-powered movement and 100% nature-based immersions. It is based on travel principles that stimulate interest and adaptation, keeping everyone engaged.

Many of our trips are also kept secret, making holidays less about bragging rights or sharing with the public. Mystery escapes are personal and thus personalised.



Tourists who contact us want authentic deep-experiences; showcasing the natural beauty of New Zealand. Mystery escapes are about our people and unusual discoveries that capture audiences. Some clients also don't want themselves or their kids to feel entitled, so they want something really down-to-earth and authentic. Being away and being as natural as possible, is far more important than consumer goods. We won't put you on a scheduled and choreographed tour experience, being treated as another statistic to entertain.

Luxury expeditions. The emergence of adventure-focused luxpeditions follows that of glamping (Glamourous Camping). A luxpedition takes glamping a step further by adding rugged adventures to the mix. Imagine a Bear Grylls type experience, while retreating back to clean and cozy sheets, among other lavishing's during your Mystery Adventures!


Why choose a mystery adventure?

People want to do stuff that makes them feel like they have achieved things beyond their everyday norms. To feel a real sense of adventure, for a mum to feel closer to her daughter, and for mates to be better mates for life, a mystery getaway helps them discover themselves and each other through novelties and a certain lack of control. So, they are not just going places because they felt socially obliged.


Types of mystery tours

Our Pioneer package is often local and any day of the week, the Traveler is often over the weekend and further afield, Explorers usually extend the weekend taking Friday to Monday off and Adventurers like to go midweek Wednesday-Wednesday or Sunday-Saturday (allowing Saturday to prepare and Sunday to rest).

All of our Mystery Adventures are within Health and Safety scope and within our Adventurous Acitivity Audits, should this be the case.

We accept the inherent challenge with mystery escapes is subjectivity. But one must remember; subjectivity coupled with the unknown is in part essential to the true meaning of adventure and surprise travel vacations. So what we guarantee is not waking up to concrete walls, an annoying alarm clock, surprise expenses, cutting costs through cheaper alternatives and any other anxious annoyances which we have avoided.


Just Imagine!

Mystery Adventures are like winning the lottery only it’s anonymous, curious, vigorous, fabulous, glorious, spacious, desirous, wondrous, delicious and marvelous. But don’t let our wordsmithery slow you down from booking your Mystery Adventures getaway. If this all seems like you, book your tickets here and expect the unexpected. You need to get lost to find yourself.


How to book

1) Pick a package: Four packages to choose from – Pioneer (1 day), Traveler (2 days), Explorer (4 days) and Adventurer (7 days).
2) Pick a date: Choose dates that suit you.
3) Pick your preferences: let us profile you just a little.

Book with confidence and make changes to your Mystery Adventure booking with fair and reasonably low charges.


Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or fill an enquiry here.

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Left or right?

Yes, simply purchase and put as many details in as you can. When the recipient has decided when they'd like to travel, they need to get back in touch with us and our team will do the rest.

Around 3 days before departure. Even though the mystery is available to view at this time, you can still keep it closed for a full-immersion mystery

Simply take enough clothing for any common activities; swim wear, fitness gear, dress wear, camp clothes etc. and indeed know the seasons so pack accordingly (winter; bring extra warm layers).

Whenever you like. In fact, if you really want an even bigger surprise and mystery; we can make the date an unknown and we simply send you our Mystery Adventure package three days before departure and pick you up on that day.

We profile you a little bit so that helps ensure we are not climbing mountains if you are unfit, we also ensure that regardless of the weather, you will get a superb experience and we have never had a complaint!

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy



One+ staff

Staff carry:

First Aid Kit
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
Any other relevant items dependent on the mystery trip


Your everyday clothes