Sarah Farag


Black and white portrait of a person who is listed as an A List Travel Advisor

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For 27 years, Farag has provided experiences like viewing the flightless kakapo parrot in its natural habitat, or kayaking the Hawea River to arrive at a picnic lunch by the riverside—with New Zealand wines, of course. Obsessed with creating the perfect trip, she has never suggested the same itinerary twice in her 35 years of business.

She's adept at sourcing insider tips from locals and creating money-can't-buy experiences with a philanthropic bent, such as learning about endangered marine life with Live Ocean, a conservation charity founded by two New Zealand Olympians. She is also keen on organizing private activities like a helicopter ride to the rarely visited Lyell Glacier and a hands-on foraging cruise around the Marlborough Sound.

"For active and adventurous travelers, I can arrange a fabulous personalized and private day out from Wanaka or Queenstown, far from the crowds and the regular tourist trail," Farag says. "Begin with a morning of rafting or kayaking on the crystal-clear waters of Hawea River (a grade 2 river with a mix of fun rapids and stunning swimming holes) before pulling in to a secluded riverside setting where a private chef is waiting with a delicious lunch of New Zealand regional favorites and fine local wines."

Languages Spoken: English, French, and Spanish

Additional Specialties: Australia

Average Daily Spend: $750 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: $350

Contact Info | +64-93-095912 | Auckland, New Zealand


"Our family had planned a trip to New Zealand and when the pandemic broke out our plans become very fluid. We were able to connect with Sarah Farag and her wonderful team without much notice, and they put together an amazing trip for us, including North and South Islands, private flights and wonderful luxurious accommodation such as the The Lindis and Minaret Station, all while understanding our need for adventure and excitement as well. We were taken care of from top to bottom, with wonderful attentive drivers, terrific hotel operators, fly fishing guides, and amazing golf courses. Sarah provided wealth of lovely recommendations to fully experience the magnificence of New Zealand. In addition to this, our son and his bride were separately taken care of with detailed care for their honeymoon. We both experienced trips that were perfect for our specific request and also full of a few surprises that we will never forget. From the first moment we spoke on Zoom, we knew we were in good hands with Sarah and would not hesitate a moment to recommend her or use Southern Crossings in the future."- Maria D.

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