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Is Luxury New Zealand Too Expensive for Tourists?

Is Luxury New Zealand Too Expensive for Tourists?

In a word.  Yes.  Ten years ago, no.  Why is that?  Quite simply, the strength of our currency.  Rates at top lodges were set with the US market in mind ten to fifteen years ago when the US dollar had twice the buying power.  At that time this country was more...

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I Want to go to Milford Sound!

I Want to go to Milford Sound!

How many times have all of us travel professionals heard that statement?!  The internet - which we love as without it we would not have our business or lifestyle - perpetuates and emphasizes those places to which most people go.  By letting the internet dictate your travel plans, you...

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Giving Back

Giving Back

Something I forgot to mention in last month's article about ethics was the fact that I have been asked to join the board of Odyssey Travel and have accepted.  Very important to me was that this is a not-for-profit organisation which is committed to directly helping financially disadvantaged...

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Wot I've Done!

Wot I've Done!

It's not normal in New Zealand to skite (boast) about what you have done.  Our legends are typically understated.  And that's a way of being which sits comfortably with me.  But then I read the marketing blurb put about by some people trying to invade our space as New Zealand's...

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What is a Powhiri?

What is a Powhiri?

Almost all of our high-end clients receive a Maori welcome at some point in their trip around New Zealand.  And almost all of them have no idea before they come here what it entails.  And again, almost all of them point to it as one of the highlights of their time in New Zealand....

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Ethics

Ethics

In the case of our ethics, as in the case of our itineraries, we walk the talk.  Not for us the gimmicky carbon levy "to plant a tree" nor the quick and convenient donation to pseudo-worthy causes.  We take our responsibility to our planet, our staff, our suppliers as...

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Michael Poliza - Photographer Extraordinaire

Michael Poliza - Photographer Extraordinaire

In April we organised Michael Poliza's trip to New Zealand.  As you can see from his website and his Facebook page, Michael is a superb photographer who has made his name in Africa.  Now it is the turn of Australia and New Zealand and you can see his latest works of art on Facebook....

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DMCs - Cinderellas of the Travel Industry

DMCs - Cinderellas of the Travel Industry

These days I seem to be reading article after article about wonderful agents with contacts all over the world who can arrange special things for their clients.  Much fanfare surrounds being able to call hotel management.  Red carpets are rolled out for those who know local guides. ...

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Pure Cruise - Rotoiti

Pure Cruise - Rotoiti

In this case, we were slow off the mark to adopt something new and high quality.  We were lucky enough to be hosted by Tina and Matt on Pure Cruise last month.  We had of course been aware of them for a while but had not been to see them yet - the Manuherikia has been too comfortable!...

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It's in the details

It's in the details

Everyone always says it's in the details.  Gets a bit boring, really.  Of course if you come off an aircraft and find the hire car which you expected is no longer there, then that's a fairly serious detail gone wrong.  But that's the basic side of tourism.  The mechanical...

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