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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 that Tourism NZ look like they are becoming a lot...

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 developing more permanent horse riding and...

New Jetboating Safari

New Jetboating Safari

Moving into the less busy season, it's of course time to put together new product.  Our reputation hinges not only on flawless logistics and accommodation recommendations but very much on innovative days which connect our travellers with our country in a high quality, unique, complex and enjoyable way.  Jetboats have long been one of...

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 unique history, geography and culture.  Just...

Winemaker, Grant Taylor

Winemaker, Grant Taylor

New Zealand Pinot Noir was put on the map in Central Otago by Gibbston Valley.  Their winemaker was Grant Taylor.  Grant is acknowledged as one of the New Zealand "fathers" of pinot noir.  Having spent 15 years in Napa Valley and Burgundy, Grant returned to Central Otago to pioneer the pinot noir grape at Gibbston...

Private Jetboating

Private Jetboating

Jetboats use a water propulsion unit called a jet, not a jet engine.  This is the same sort of water propulsion unit which you see on jet-skis.  The jet was invented in New Zealand as a clever way of navigating the very shallow water we get on our South Island braided rivers.  It is smooth, fast and very...

Southern South Island

Southern South Island

An area of contrasts. Home of “adventure capital of the world” Queenstown, which unfortunately not many travellers get beyond.  Queenstown is a picturesque alpine village with a great buzz where you can find lots of young people, and lots of easily accessible commercial activities - bungy jumping, jetboating, rafting, and now...

Olivers - Central Otago

Olivers - Central Otago

Olivers was indeed fortunate when bought by David and Andrea Ritchie.  With immense style and no small budget they have brought this iconic historic property not only up to where it was in its heyday, but well past it.  With superb ethics, they have carefully preserved these lovely historic buildings, enhanced them with a light touch...

Olivers - Central Otago

Olivers - Central Otago

Das Olivers kann sich wirklich glücklich schätzen, in die Hände von Andrea und David Ritchie gefallen zu sein. Die beiden haben es geschafft, ein ehemaliges Ladengeschäft aus Goldrausch-Zeiten mit viel Stil und Geld zu Leben zu erwecken und darüber hinaus in eine Architektur-Ikone zu verwandeln. Sie sind bei der Restaurierung der Gebäude...

Süden der Südinsel

Süden der Südinsel

Eine Region der Kontraste. Hier liegt die "Adrenalin-Hauptstadt" Neuseelands, Queenstown, dessen Umgebung viel zu wenige Reisende erkunden. Queenstown ist wie eine Art Kiwi-Version von Ischgl, überschaubar, mit hübschen Häusern und immer ein Anziehungspunkt für das Partyvolk und abenteuerlustige Besucher. Die meisten kommen zum...

Im privaten Jetboot

Im privaten Jetboot

Jetboote nutzen als Antriebskraft im Wasser keinen klassischen Propellermotor, sondern pressen durch eine Düse das Wasser knapp unter der Oberfläche hinter dem Fahrzeug heraus. Der sogenannte "Jet" wurde in Neuseeland erfunden und gilt als besonders clevere Erfindung, um ein Boot beispielsweise durch die flachen Flüsse der Südinsel...

Der Winzer Grant Taylor

Der Winzer Grant Taylor

Pinot Noir aus Neuseeland und die Weinregion Central Otago als solche wurden vor allem durch das Weingut "Gibbston Valley" bekannt.  Der Winzer, der diese Rebsorte hier etablierte, war Grant Taylor.  Grant gilt als der "neuseeländische Vater" des Pinor Noir.  Nach 15 Jahren im Napa Valley und im Burgund...