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Private Houses in New Zealand

Private Houses in New Zealand

Many people offer 5-star "private houses" here in New Zealand - but very rarely are they delivering what they are promising. To make a private residence 5-star rather than 4-star requires service.  Housekeeping, chef, concierge and transportation.  To offer this much at a...

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Moves for the New Season

Moves for the New Season

We all know that continuous evolution is a successful life strategy.  Wearied and battered after our 18-month effort culminating in our best season ever, trying to ignore the fact that a new season is around the corner, we have picked ourselves up and are moving ever forward with our vision...

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Cycling in New Zealand

Cycling in New Zealand

If I see a bandwagon, I usually run.  Bandwagons aren't cool.  For the last year or so I've been making clever remarks about John Key's cycleway plans, bandwagons, blinkered tourism chiefs, yes-men and so on.  Now I have to admit that it looks like it's working.  (and also...

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Horse Trekking

Horse Trekking

The other area we want to seriously look at is horse riding in New Zealand.  In the past, we have set up ad hoc luxury horseriding on private estates with a gathered seafood (abalone!) lunch, or visits to private equine establishments.  What we are now doing is turning our attention to...

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Motivating Finale!

Motivating Finale!

Huge apologies to our loyal client, fan, partner base.  We haven't sent out a newsletter since January because, with all your support, we've just posted our busiest year ever! It ended on Saturday with a highly successful visit by Tony Robbins' Platinum Partners.  A thoroughly...

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Connections

Connections

I was trained as a corporate strategist, my Masters thesis was about the future of IT, my childhood was spent travelling through inhospitable places.  The future, and especially the future of travel has always been a passion of mine.  Not satisfied with the two-dimensional (crispy...

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How Far Does Tourism Extend?

How Far Does Tourism Extend?

Just before the Tony Robbins group in March I spent a week or two with our fastest return visitor.  Everyone promises to come back, some do.  Mr X came back only three months after he left.  He'd fallen in love with the country on his first visit and came back to deepen his...

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Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

I was up in the Bay of Islands, yesterday, tacking a product inspection on to the end of a trip with some delightful Canadian clients.  This was a real hardship - conning a 70ft trimaran around one of the most beautiful harbours in the world in near-perfect weather conditions.  And to...

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Experience and Edginess

Experience and Edginess

People often talk about New Zealand as an "active" destination.  They also talk about the phenomenal natural beauty.  And also about the friendliness of the people.  And finally, most of them say their time here was the best they had of anywhere in the world. As a...

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Queenstown Excellence

Queenstown Excellence

We are known for telling our top lodges they are expensive.  In certain cases, though, this can be money well spent.  We have held off writing about Eichardt's in Queenstown as we have also been very impressed with The Spire.  So we've decided to write about both of them.  ...

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