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Waitangi with Maori - National Geographic Traveler 2012 Ultimate 50 Trips of a Lifetime

Waitangi with Maori - National Geographic Traveler 2012 Ultimate 50 Trips of a Lifetime

Well, Hone did it, just this February.  This was a full immersion programme we planned and marketed with Hone (Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys) and Carrie McDougall (Cultural Crossroads).  The experience was included in National Geographic Traveler's Ultimate 50 Experiences of a...

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Edgy Tourism - How About a Touch of Healing?

Edgy Tourism - How About a Touch of Healing?

Both the ladies were former psychology professors from Texas.  They had long CVs and an enormous amount of experience.  They were also open to new thinking.  One of them had come to New Zealand a year previously and we had struck up a friendship based on common values and humour,...

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Currents of New Zealand - The Worm Farm

Currents of New Zealand - The Worm Farm

The first of a number of occasional articles looking at currents which are helping to define modern-day New Zealand.  These currents are something which we mention that we introduce our visitors to.  So I thought I would go into some of them in a little more depth to highlight the...

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Tourism New Zealand will Market me!!!

Tourism New Zealand will Market me!!!

For the last few years I've tried to stay away from criticizing Tourism New Zealand and associated government bodies, thinking it's time to grow up and become a team player. But the latest "initiatives" and "communication" to come out of that body have revealed such a lack of...

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The Future of Travel - Where are we all going?

The Future of Travel - Where are we all going?

With high-end travellers, it's quite easy.  They have someone they trust to look after their global travel needs.  This person could be based in the same country as the traveller but increasingly location is becoming immaterial.  Then when these travellers want to go somewhere they...

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Matakauri Lodge comes of age

Matakauri Lodge comes of age

When Matakauri Lodge last changed hands a few years ago, I thought "finally".  Someone's going to get it right.  The place had been blessed with some good architecture and superb views but kept falling over in service terms.  Anyway, we tried it out and it didn't work....

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Feedback

Feedback

We liked this feedback so much, we thought we would share it.  Beautifully written and typical of how much our clients enjoy themselves.  Rather than go on and on as to how we try and deliver the best quality possible, and it always sounds a bit strange coming from your own mouth, here...

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Wild Wild Food, Wild Wild Earth

Wild Wild Food, Wild Wild Earth

In our never-ending quest to scour this land for the people and places who define it, who use it, enjoy it, who "get it", and who then want to share it with our clients, we have found another one! Quintin Quider is the force behind award winning Pinot Noir, Wild Earth.  This is...

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Off Piste Hiking in New Zealand

Off Piste Hiking in New Zealand

And another one!  In assisting one of our clients with the purchase of a high country station here in New Zealand, we got to know and appreciate the outgoing owner.  Passionate about this country (and one of the passionate ones who was born here), Mark Dewsbery has hiked, heli-ski'd,...

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Mystery Sporting Event

Mystery Sporting Event

That unmentionable event which we did not pay unspeakable amounts to be a part of and therefore have to keep our distance from - has finally started. Despite the best efforts of the IRB to put everyone off rugby with their heavy handed approach to the commercialisation of the event - it seems...

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