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Traveller Made Launches and Presents us with an Award

Traveller Made Launches and Presents us with an Award

Traveller Made Best Adventure Designer Destination Management Company 2015            Selection criteria: Adventuresome, creative, expert guide, wilderness chic What wonderful criteria.  When we heard we had been...

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Wendy Perrin moves up a gear with her new WOW List

Wendy Perrin moves up a gear with her new WOW List

Many of our most wonderful clients found us because of Wendy Perrin. Earlier this year Wendy left Condé Nast Traveler, where she was Director of Consumer News and Digital Community and wrote its popular practical advice column The Perrin Report. One of the greatest honors I have received...

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What does "luxury" mean?

What does "luxury" mean?

For the last few years people around the world have been debating what luxury means.  I've stayed quiet (sort of) because I couldn't really make my mind up.  I had scary incidences such as an aggressive lady calling from the US and demanding to know what "ahipara luxury...

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Truly Exclusive New Zealand

Truly Exclusive New Zealand

National Geographic Russia Travel with Ahipara

The man on the left is Andrei Kamenev, one of Russia’s most acclaimed photographers and a long-term National Geographic Russia professional.  The man on the right is Richard “Hannibal” Hayes, a few days before he was knighted.  Sir Richard is probably New...

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Wild jetboating, wild country, wild food

Wild jetboating, wild country, wild food

You will all know about jetboats, particularly the Shotover Jet – that iconic experience which William and Kate went on down in Queenstown.  A thrill-ride in a canyon on a big red boat.  But is that how New Zealanders use jetboats?  Tourists, yes.  But people in the...

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Cookie Cutter vs Cutting Edge & Return

Cookie Cutter vs Cutting Edge & Return

"First, let me reiterate how grateful we are to have crossed paths with Ahipara.  In speaking with many other travelers (over dinner and drinks at Huka & Matakauri), they seemed genuinely surpised (and a bit jealous) of our creative and inspired itinerary.  I must have...

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Matakauri Does It Again

Matakauri Does It Again

I was lucky enough to be hosted a couple of weeks ago at the new Owners Cottage at Matakauri.  Wow!  Superb design which is very pleasing to the eye. (I felt like sitting still in the living room and just appreciating the sheer quality and the genius with which it was put...

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Annandale - Inspired Vision

Annandale - Inspired Vision

Well - thank you Mark Palmer for having this vision and then deciding to share it.   The photo we have here is of my favourite cottage in the country.  A beautiful historic cottage, impeccably (and I mean impeccably) restored on a promontory on a 4,000 acre coastal estate on...

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How To Spend It (Financial Times) Features Ahipara

How To Spend It (Financial Times) Features Ahipara

One of the most respected travel publications in the world is the How To Spend It supplement put out by the UK's Financial Times.  We were delighted when Maria Shollenbarger, their most diligent and exigent travel editor selected us to profile in her publication. Quite apart from the...

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Jean-Michel Jefferson scores a double with Conde Nast

Jean-Michel Jefferson scores a double with Conde Nast

I think this press release says it best! Jean-Michel Jefferson of Ahipara Travel has just been named in the renowned Conde Nast Travelers’ 14th annual Top Travel Specialists’ list for 2013. It is the second year in a row that he has been selected from thousands around...

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