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New Zealand Regions

Any analysis of this country's regions will be either academic or subjective.  This one is unashamedly subjective and open to constant improvement.  Keeping abreast of everything wonderful and new which makes its appearance is impossible.  It's a particularly enjoyable part of our job, but time and money - sadly - are not...

Regionen Neuseelands

Will man die verschiedenen Regionen Neuseelands charakterisieren, kann man das entweder von einem akademischen oder persönlichen Standpunkt aus. Wir bevorzugen hier ganz klar unsere subjektive Einschätzung. Immer auf dem neuesten Stand der Dinge zu bleiben, ist auch bei einem so kleinen Land wie unserem nahezu unmöglich.  Wir versuchen...

A Beach is a Beach - right?

A Beach is a Beach - right?

Well, not quite. Like many things, they seem similar on the surface but once one gets below the surface they're all different. Consider these different beaches we have used (and yes, most of them were deserted): - a beach in the far north where the top quad bike ride in the country takes people up 300ft sand dunes. Remote and wild. - a...

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 consistent luxury level requires management of a...

Greenhill

Greenhill

The Hawkes Bay is undergoing an understandable tourism boom.  Previously, most itineraries went south to Rotorua and then flew to the South Island.  The emergence of Hawkes Bay as a lovely destination has added an extra step to many itineraries. The area is relaxed - very New Zealand, beautiful coastline, established and...

Central North Island

Central North Island

This is a traditional tourism area which also includes some offbeat gems.  The destinations of Rotorua (geothermal activity), Taupo (lake) and Waitomo (glow-worm caves) have enjoyed significant popularity for a long time.  Unknown are remote East Cape and Taranaki, for those who wish to explore.  The area includes mountain, bush...

Accommodation - More Than Meets the Eye

Accommodation - More Than Meets the Eye

Some people think booking accommodation is easy. You just get a good rate and book it! I suppose in the same way, cooking is easy. Everyone can cook. And everyone can drive, too. I've been driven by plenty of poor drivers, eaten too much bad food and have stayed in some truly awful accommodation. So maybe it isn't that easy after all? I've...

Cape Kidnappers - Hawkes Bay

Cape Kidnappers - Hawkes Bay

The second Robertson lodge has elements we recognise from Kauri Cliffs - architectural elegance, superb cuisine, top-grade trophy land; an even better golf course (often rated the best in the country), and a requirement to wear jackets for dinner. Again, highly recommended if you have the budget and don't mind the jacket.

Cape Kidnappers - Hawkes Bay

Cape Kidnappers - Hawkes Bay

Die zweite der Robertson Lodges hat viele Elemente, die wir von den Kauri Cliffs bereits kennen: eine elegante Architektur, eine großartige Küche, einen noch besseren Golfkurs (er wird häufig sogar als der beste in ganz Neuseeland angesehen) und die Vorschrift, beim Dinner im Sakko zu erscheinen.  Genau wie bei den Kauri Cliffs...

Zentrale Nordinsel

Zentrale Nordinsel

Diese Region ist bei Touristen überaus beliebt, aber es gibt hier noch viele Geheimtipps zu entdecken. Da wäre natürlich Rotorua mit seinen geothermalen Quellen, der Lake Taupo und die Glühwürmchenhöhlen in Waitomo - alle drei Orte werden zu Recht gern besucht. Viele horchen überrascht auf, wenn wir zusätzlich das East Cape und Taranaki...

New Year's Update

New Year's Update

Having just arrived back in the office after a number of tours over the Christmas/New Year period, I thought it might be useful to give a general update to the travel community. Firstly - the doom and gloom of the financial crisis has largely passed us by.  New Zealanders have borrowed less than many others and are consequently hurting...