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High Country Safari

High Country Safari

And another one for the new season - a chance to see and understand a part of the country not normally open to visitors.  The high country sheep stations of the South Dunstan Range.  This is a 9,000 acre high country station (or ranch) which offers an interesting insight again into...

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Seasonal Thoughts

Seasonal Thoughts

I took that photo on a fine day earlier this summer, driving home from the excellent Silver Pine Lodge. It serves to remind me that the weather can't have been all that bad, although those days between Christmas and mid-January seem to blend into a morass of weather calls, helicopter...

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Trenz in Queenstown

Trenz in Queenstown

TRENZ is taking place in Queenstown this year, at the end of May.  This is the major New Zealand travel show which brings together hands-on outbounders from other countries and tourism suppliers from New Zealand. As a hands-on inbounder which makes use of a lot of non-standard product,...

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Cornwall Park Restaurant

Cornwall Park Restaurant

As part of our series picking out lesser known suppliers who deserve to be better known it's time to mention Cornwall Park Restaurant.  Most Aucklanders will think of this as a staid place to take their mothers for tea and scones.  No no no no no.  Since Dean Johnson took over a...

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Let us know what you think

Let us know what you think

We've now had 'feedback enabled' on our newsletters, allowing you to comment directly either in support or otherwise.  or alerting us to something we did not know.  We'll be running it as an experiment over the next few months.  Hopefully it will end up as a useful and positive...

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Primary Colours

Primary Colours

One of the things which attracts many people to New Zealand is idealism.  Originally set up to be a "Better Britain", we've led the world in a number of areas such as giving women the vote etc.  A side effect of this is that there is quite a residue of socialist thinking in...

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What game?  What competition?  When?

What game? What competition? When?

Please note that any resemblance to any international sporting competition, past, present or future is purely coincidental.  The fact that our CEO is alumni rep in New Zealand of Rugby School is fortuitous and we hope will not lead to any legal action against us - as we have nothing to do...

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Waitomo Luxury at Last

Waitomo Luxury at Last

For many years our secret weapon in Waitomo has been Kyle Barnes.  With the popularity of Waitomo as a destination and the absolute lack of luxury services there we were very keen early on to do something about the area for our clients.  Kyle was able to supply us with guides and with...

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Commercial in Confidence

Commercial in Confidence

People often ask me why I give out our "secrets" as competitors can just pick them up and attempt to duplicate our services, or at least say they can do the same as us.  So I started thinking about this and the answer, as with so much which just "feels right", is really...

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New Zealand - Growing all the time

New Zealand - Growing all the time

New Zealand has two growing seasons and our plants can grow enormously quickly.  Sometimes it feels the same in tourism.  I was driving through the country once again last month, undertaking some supplier visits and product updates and was delighted at the pace and style of change....

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