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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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US in October, Europe in November

US in October, Europe in November

If anyone would like to meet I am on the move in October and November.  October 23rd sees the official launch of the Shackleton and Selous Society in New York and November 11-15 see the PURE trade show in Marrakech.  In between I will be in the US and the UK/Europe. So if someone...

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What Makes an Iconic Trip?

What Makes an Iconic Trip?

I was really pleased to be able to put this one together.  The brief was for 5 guys who had been everywhere, done everything.  They wanted extreme.  They wanted iconic NZ.  They wanted some real offroad self-drive in iconic scenery.  In terms of accommodation, they wanted...

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Shackleton & Selous

Shackleton & Selous

Most of us travel professionals at the top end keep asking ourselves what makes travel special?  What makes a happy client?  What makes a seamless itinerary?  It is of course not a simple question and the many different people on this planet are delighted by many different...

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It's Official - I'm not a Hobbit

It's Official - I'm not a Hobbit

We made the Conde Nast Traveler 'top travel specialist' list this year.  Like the A-List, there are only 130-odd agencies worldwide on this one.  So, after 10 years of hard work and satisfied clients it looks like we may have "arrived".  The National Business Review...

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Getting it Right

Getting it Right

I was away for the last ten days taking a high-profile journalist around the country and exploring some themes in more depth than is usual.  The identity of the journalist and publication has to remain secret for the moment - until the article is published - but some of the places and themes...

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The Experience List - Peer Group Association

The Experience List - Peer Group Association

“The Experience List” is a first-ever grouping of country experts, known in the travel trade as luxury DMCs. These Destination Management Companies manage every aspect of an itinerary in their country from touchdown to wheels-up - bringing a very high level of service to their...

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Split Apple Retreat - Lee Nelson's Masterpiece

Split Apple Retreat - Lee Nelson's Masterpiece

I did a lightning fast trip around the top of the South Island last week and fell in love with Split Apple Retreat.  Here are my notes on the property: Abel Tasman, Nelson If a masterpiece is a man-made work with nothing out of place, a composition pleasing on a number of levels...

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