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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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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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