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Land of Plenty

Land of Plenty

an article in Singapore's Prestige Magazine by Mavis Teo

Since discovering New Zealand a few years ago, Mavis Teo has been back a number of times.  Something which really took her fancy was the New Zealand "hunter gatherer" culture and her latest full article, beautifully written as usual can be seen here.  It focuses on the time...

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The Last Luxury Bargain on the Planet

The Last Luxury Bargain on the Planet

What other sector provides this phenomenal value for money?

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....

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Fiordland Research

Fiordland Research

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....

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Steve Latty

Steve Latty

Why not take away a documentary of your time here?

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...

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Tripadvisor - The Institutionalisation of Ordinariness

Tripadvisor - The Institutionalisation of Ordinariness

I was in Wellington the other day and was very keen to experience the local food scene.  One reason for the trip was a birthday present from my wife - to go and taste the paua ravioli at Logan Brown.  She knows that the way to my heart somehow makes a stop at my stomach!  But apart...

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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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