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Westhaven - the Advance of the Retreat

Westhaven - the Advance of the Retreat

There are all sorts of different lodges in New Zealand.  The mainstream mega-lodges are as well known and well marketed as the Great Walks, with resultant crowds beating a path to their door.  These are usually beautiful places with lovely service but can suffer a little from...

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Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose

In 1839 Alphonse Karr became editor of Le Figaro, to which he had been a constant contributor; and he also started a monthly journal, Les Guêpes, of a keenly satirical tone, a publication which brought him the reputation of a somewhat bitter wit. His epigrams are frequently quoted, for...

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Meaningful Travel - Fishing

Meaningful Travel - Fishing

Starring in the photo above - a juvenile Yellowtail Kingfish caught off Golden Bay up in Nelson.  In a supporting role, Alex Waller, one of our favourite fishing guides.  New Zealand is well known as a trout fishing destination and has attracted people from all over the world....

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Meaningful Travel - Spirituality

Meaningful Travel - Spirituality

This is a difficult one to write about as it means so many different things to so many different people.  So we'll focus just on what we know and have observed with our clients and partners. In this photo, Singaporean journalist Mavis Teo is having elements of a powhiri (sometimes known...

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Meaningful Travel - Food

Meaningful Travel - Food

The photo above is of Tom Loughlin, our favourite Maori chef, experimenting in the outdoors with a combination of traditional and exotic.  The greenshell mussels are placed in flax leaves within a paua (abalone) shell and in hot water coming up naturally from the earth at Lake Tarawera....

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Meaningful Travel - Travelling as a Family

Meaningful Travel - Travelling as a Family

The first in our series exploring why, over the years, families have travelled to New Zealand. People often talk about "creating memories" - something which makes me a little uncomfortable, a bit like saying "the weather's going to be good tomorrow" or the worst one of all...

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Mexicans?  With Pleasure!

Mexicans? With Pleasure!

As the world enters a strange and unwelcome new phase of intolerance we're happy to announce a special offer for lovely citizens of Mexico.  20% off our management fee and we will commit to talking with all the suppliers in your itinerary about also contributing something.  If you wish,...

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Meaningful Travel

Meaningful Travel

There are three main questions in our mind when we communicate with prospective clients.  These are "why", "how" and "who".  Quite a few people, when contacting us only tell us "what", which tends to miss out on what they don't know about New...

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Maori Welcome on Mount Titiraupenga

Maori Welcome on Mount Titiraupenga

Our first video clip

We believe in reality and authenticity.  As such, 95%+ of the media on our site is taken by us.  Not as pretty nor as cheap as a paid piece of boilerplate, an image from an image library, or someone else's video.  But real, authentic and ours.  We have now taken the next step...

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Losing a Mountain

Losing a Mountain

Peter Cooper's labour of love up north in the Bay of Islands is now definitely back on the scene.  After a few years under the horizon, the place now boasts an excellent hospitality team and a new-found commitment to connect with the high-end tourism sector.  For us this is nothing but...

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