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Crowdfunding Buys a New Zealand Beach :)

Crowdfunding Buys a New Zealand Beach :)

Dear Jean-Michel Jefferson, Thanks for your support of the following Givealittle page: https://givealittle.co.nz/project/abeltasmanbeach2016 We can confirm that Duane Major was successful in purchasing the Awaroa beach property. The total pledged on Givealittle by the public was...

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France

France

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...

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The Travel Designer as Chef

The Travel Designer as Chef

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...

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It's All About The Timing.....

It's All About The Timing.....

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...

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Ahipara - what's in a name?

Ahipara - what's in a name?

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...

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Greenhill is back!

Greenhill is back!

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...

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Silolona - Indonesian Archipelago

Silolona - Indonesian Archipelago

 It's not often I talk about something which isn't New Zealand.  And it's not often I rave and gush.  This is one of those occasions.  If someone has too much money which they would like to exchange for an experience they will remember forever, then go and spend a week or two...

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West Coast Review - By Louis Jefferson (13 y.o.)

West Coast Review - By Louis Jefferson (13 y.o.)

Hello! My name is Louis and this is my first review of one of my experiences. This review is about my trip to the West Coast last year. So for this trip my family and I were very lucky as we almost got all of this for free! On this trip we started off with a drive from our home to...

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Interview with Tom Loughlin from Kai Waho Outdoor Experience

Interview with Tom Loughlin from Kai Waho Outdoor Experience

Tom Loughlin is someone I would describe as a real character he has single-handedly brought to life an ambitious, deep and totally authentic Maori food experience. He took the blank canvas of a 5,000 acre high country block of Maori-owned land and on that has, largely with his own sweat,...

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South Island's West Coast with a Kiwi Legend

South Island's West Coast with a Kiwi Legend

Harvey Hutton has 18,000 flying hours over some of the country's most rugged terrain.  He also has his fair share of associated legends and stories and has helped many people out of trouble.  He has made the West Coast of the South Island his playground and is a hunter/gatherer...

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