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
Is tailored travel valued enough and rewarded enough to survive in a world where the customer feels entitled to a tailored suit provided "at cost"? A ferrari with the same mark-up as a fridge? A tailor is understood and valued. Part of an established profession. And anyone going to a tailor understands... read more
The team recently went to Fiordland for our 6-monthly get-together. It's a time when we share the lessons of the last season and plan what we're putting forward for the next. As well as a time to bond. And - very importantly - we use the time to research a particular region. This time it was Fiordland - which is all I'm... read more
Steve Latty is one of our guides. But nothing with Ahipara is ever simple. He's not your normal sort of guide. Since 1981 he's been found behind a camera, as a cameraman, cinematographer and director. A lot overseas but more so in New Zealand. A native of the South Island, he has been round the country a number of... read more
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