Urban List and Intrepid Travel are helping you explore like a local. 

Our friends at Urban List have been uncovering the best places to eat, drink and stay for years, so we're thrilled to be teaming up with them on our new Intrepid Retreats: Urban List Editor's Picks. We both agree that the ingredients for an adventure are simple: discovering under the radar spots that only the locals know about, incredible experiences you can’t find on your own and hidden foodie gems that you’ll dream about forever. These short getaways in Australia and New Zealand combine good food, wellness and relaxation, cultural experiences and the opportunity to reconnect with nature after too much time at home. Designed for solo travellers or small groups of friends, this style of travel offers adventure, without the rough edges.

Browse our range of Intrepid Retreats: Urban List Editor's Picks

Highlights from Urban List editors

Byron Bay surf

Byron Bay Retreat

“Get a behind the scenes tour at Byron Bay’s award-winning distillery before partaking in a special cocktail masterclass where you’ll source ingredients for your tipple straight from the family farm.”

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The Garden Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires Retreat

“This trip is packed with so many Insta-worthy photo ops you’ll have no trouble filling your camera. Our fave spot? Hiking to the red rocks and crystal-clear waters of The Garden where you’ll find a slice of paradise in your own backyard."

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Wanaka tree in water

Wanaka Retreat

"This dreamy corner of New Zealand’s South Island has to be seen to be believed – it’s straight-up stunning with unrivalled natural beauty. You’ll lose track of time in Arrowtown, a village that looks like it’s been ripped from an old Western film set. It’s magic."

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Traveller and guide in the Daintree

Daintree Retreat

“Spend most of the day picking your jaw up off the floor as you explore the world’s oldest (and in our opinion, the most magical) rainforest—including a private area that isn't open to the general public.” 

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Why choose an Intrepid Retreat: Urban List Editor's Pick?

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Combined expertise

Intrepid Travel and Urban List have teamed up with a range of Retreats designed for independent travellers or small groups of friends who want a holiday that equally mixes adventure, wellness and relaxation.

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Local hosts

You’re here to kick back and focus on being in the moment, so make the most of being hosted by a local who’ll take care of all the important bits and give you unique insights only the locals know about.

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Sustainable travel

Since we started running small group tours over 30 years ago, we’ve known travel has the power to support the livelihoods of local communities. By exploring our regional areas and supporting local businesses and people, we can use travel as a force for good.

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Local experiences 

Intrepid Retreats give back to the community, but they’re also about giving back to yourself. Our included experiences – from walks and yoga, surfing and cycling, to cooking lessons, tastings, artisan masterclasses – are crafted with local expertise and will help you connect with nature, local culture and cuisine, and your own body and mind.

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Small groups

Now more than ever, we know how important our connection with each other is, and how sharing a story and making a new friend can be the highlight of a trip. With 10 travellers on average, our groups are small, safe, and if you’re travelling solo, it’s the perfect number of new friends.

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Relaxing getaways

We’ve carefully selected memorable, comfortable, locally run accommodation where you’ll connect with and support the local community. And with the ease of unpacking once for your whole trip, you’ll get more time to travel slow and properly immerse yourself in the local area.

How we're giving back

At Intrepid, we believe that it’s our responsibility to help preserve the planet for the next generation of travellers and the communities that call these places home. That's why we offset carbon emissions on behalf of our travellers by purchasing carbon credits with a range of renewable energy projects, such as wind power in India and rainforest restoration in Kenya.

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