Years ago, as I was trying to find ways of explaining to Tourism New Zealand what someone like me did in tourism and why it was important, I thought of the analogy of the chef. The beautiful chef pictured above is of course the very talented Pen Lee of Split Apple Retreat, bringing high-end authentic and deeply innovative cuisine to New...Find out more
Well, there's actually quite a lot to this one as I rediscovered when I explained it to one of the team. Like many Maori words, it works on several different levels. The most obvious level is a place name. Ahipara. A lovely little town at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach way way up in remote Northland. This unspoilt...Find out more
This was a photo I took when visiting Paris with my daughter. The beautiful French flag flying during Bastille Day in the equally beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Like most of the rest of the world a part of my mind is taken up with what happened over there a few days ago. Trying to make sense of it. And I started thinking... read more
This little beauty was snapped in a magical inlet in the Abel Tasman National Park in October of this year. They are only there at certain times of the year and you can only get into the inlet at low tide. We were lucky to see one this late in the season and our day was organised around getting here first thing in the morning.... read more
Long one of our favourites, we drifted away from Greenhill Lodge (in Hawkes Bay) after Neil and Craig had sold it. We thought no one could do better. Wrong again! John Dick is a longtime senior hospitality professional. Just the sort of background I tend to avoid when looking at luxury hosting! However, you... read more
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