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Transportation

Transportation

New Zealand's land mass is long and thin with small winding roads and frequent ridges and mountains.  A common mistake for overseas travellers is to expect distances to be covered as quickly as in their home country.  This is definitely not the case.  There is also a remarkable amount to be seen in a relatively small area. ...

Exclusive Experiences

Back in 2001 we set ourselves an objective - to provide our clients with super-quality daytime (or nighttime) experiences which would complement excellent accommodation.  It is a cornerstone of our philosophy that accommodation is only part of the equation and that therefore it was our duty to provide and if necessary invent top-quality...

Unterwegs

Unterwegs

Neuseeland wird von den Maori Aotearoa, das "Land der langen weißen Wolke", genannt. Diese schmale, lang gestreckte Form bringt kurvige kleine Straßen, unbefestigte Landstraßen und jede Menge bergiges Gelände mit sich. Den häufigsten Fehler, den Reisende bei uns machen, ist eine falsche Einschätzung der Entfernungen - meist...

Nur bei Ahipara

Nur bei Ahipara

Bei unserer Gründung im Jahr 2001 setzen wir uns ein wichtiges Ziel: Unsere Gäste sollen Tages- und Nachtprogramme erleben, die mindestens ebenso besonders und unvergesslich sind, wie ihre großartigen Unterkünfte. Exklusive, anspruchsvolle Lodges und Gästehäuser sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil unserer Philosophie, aber wir wollten dazu gern...

Helicopters in Tourism

Helicopters in Tourism

In many parts of the world, helicopters are restricted to flying set routes on a set flight plan, submitted days before the event. This has resulted in the development of fixed helicopter product. In New Zealand we are blessed with very few restrictions. It is possible to use a helicopter like a personal vehicle. Two weeks ago I was with some...

Speedy Responses

Speedy Responses

Many of you will have noticed that this year is a little different to last.  Being in close touch with the market, we've been close to emerging trends.  One of these is the rise of the world's most distant destination (New Zealand) as an impulse booking destination.  Over the Christmas period we had three very short lead-time...

"Ahipara Days" - The Pitfalls of Successful Marketing

"Ahipara Days" - The Pitfalls of Successful Marketing

At least our marketing is working at home! My daughter surprised me in July when she asked for an "Ahipara Day" as a special treat for her birthday. I was delighted and put together something based around her interests - a helicopter tour over the city and visits to a few designer boutiques as well as a trendy little French cafe. She's...

Auckland?  Why Auckland?

Auckland? Why Auckland?

There are many 'received wisdoms' in New Zealand tourism.  One of the more annoying of these is "to see New Zealand, you need to get out of Auckland".  Many itineraries, put together by junior people around the world with little product knowledge and very little client contact, follow this precept and shoot people out as...

An Exclusive Experience

An Exclusive Experience

In case you know anyone putting together "exclusive experiences", often preceded by words such as "ultimate" and "discerning", it might be worth putting this one in front of them... Our clients wanted a taste of "real New Zealand". They liked mountains, wildlife, food and real people. We suggested...

Focus on Auckland

Focus on Auckland

Now that the busy season is winding down in New Zealand, we have had a chance to think a little about how the market has moved on and how we can work with more people to everyone's benefit. One message which we are receiving at the moment is that inbounders are increasingly comfortable with using regional destination managers to enhance...

So, How are you Different?

So, How are you Different?

This is a question I am often asked. What sets us apart from most tourism providers? Last week, on tour with our Brazilian clients, I answered it this way: Others send their clients on day trips which can be found in websites, can be purchased by anyone. Many of these are excellent, but they are trips designed specifically to fit as many...

Delamore Lodge

Delamore Lodge

Auckland is often the entry and departure point for visitors, and therefore somewhere where some time is spent.  People often accept lower standards in Auckland, thinking that we have nothing as spectacular here as we do in other parts of the country.  That's wrong! Just a short scenic 10-minute helicopter ride from the...

Flexibility - Again!

Flexibility - Again!

We had quite a challenge last month - a VIP who wanted things to happen after the last moment, who wanted top quality, and who wanted costs carefully managed. It's very difficult to deliver all of those at the same time. Typically quality comes with a cost and resurrecting expired deadlines takes even more cost. However, we managed and were...

Treetops

Treetops

Die Treetops Lodge ist eine traditionelle Jagd-und Angellodge, die auf 12 Hektar Land etwas außerhalb von Rotorua liegt. Sie ist komplett von wilden heimischem Wäldern umgeben. Die Lodge besteht aus einem prächtigen Haupthaus mit einer Küche, einem Speisezimmer und vier Gästezimmern in einem separaten Flügel. Dieser Bereich eignet sich...

Fiordland Helicopter Extravaganza

Fiordland Helicopter Extravaganza

Lydia is the first lady to climb Everest with no additional oxygen. She lives in and loves the Wanaka region.  Together with her and the highly experienced crew at Aspiring Helicopters we have put together a highly successful day using a helicopter to see all of our favourite parts of Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland, gaining...

Adrenaline, Gasoline & Testosterone

Adrenaline, Gasoline & Testosterone

These events were created with flair and carried off with professionalism. Our Sales Managers all gave you a 100% rating, which speaks for itself. Two days of events Rally hotlaps on a 4.5km closed loop of NZ rally circuit Simulated divebombing of an island off Kawakawa Bay Scenic multi-heli transfer...

Sleek and Smooth - Russian Style

Sleek and Smooth - Russian Style

Thank you for a beautifully balanced, intelligent and sensitive service. We felt very comfortable and confident throughout our stay with you. It is extremely difficult to do what you do and especially to do it so well. Until the next time! 6 day chauffered & guided Auckland & Rotorua Airport VIP...

Horses & Greenstone

Horses & Greenstone

Thank you, we had a remarkable time and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Mike was wonderful, anticipating and addressing our needs, as was our pilot. 6 day combination helicopter & limousine tour Top lodges Late Model Mercedes limousine driven by advanced driver Exclusive tour of a 15,000 acre Wairarapa estate...

Breath-Taking VIP

Breath-Taking VIP

Firstly I would like to thank you for a wonderful trip you organized for our clients. To say they are happy is to say nothing. I'm sure they fell in love with your lovely country and will get back many times! You are the highest professionals, attentive and client-oriented. Thank you for taking care of our VIPs It is a real pleasure to...

Thanks!

Jean-Michel, Karen & Judy: We are finally settled back into our normal routines following our amazing trip to Australia & New Zealand. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & a festive New Years Eve. All the best to you in 2012! I can’t thank you enough for arranging our New Zealand trip. The accommodations were...

Truly Exclusive New Zealand

Truly Exclusive New Zealand

The man on the left is Andrei Kamenev, one of Russia’s most acclaimed photographers and a long-term National Geographic Russia professional.  The man on the right is Richard “Hannibal” Hayes, a few days before he was knighted.  Sir Richard is probably New Zealand’s most legendary helicopter pilot – 30,000...

People Are Important Too

People Are Important Too

One of the things I really enjoy about my job is continuously meeting special, wonderful people. Not just our clients, who can be tremendously entertaining, but the special people we select to make their time in this country memorable. Recently we planned and trialled another special day. This time it was the Southern Alps by helicopter - a...

Wilkin River Magic

Wilkin River Magic

Three short days ago I was privileged to spend some time with Wilkin River Jet, otherwise known as Inside New Zealand.  This small company of multi-talented individuals specialises in taking people beyond the normal tourist routes and deep into what those of us lucky enough to live here consider the "real New Zealand".  As...

Wild Food - Maori Style

Wild Food - Maori Style

Somewhere between Taupo and Napier lies a 5,000 acre block of land.  Access is either by helicopter or modified four-wheel drive vehicle.  It is remote, very remote.  It's also high, beautiful land, stretching from an elevated river plateau up to mountains still covered in native bush and trees.  On the land are a number of...

Delamore Lodge

Delamore Lodge

Die meisten Neuseelandbesucher kommen in Auckland an oder fliegen von hier wieder nach Hause und verbringen deshalb einige Tage in dieser Region. Viele sehen den Standard in Auckland als gegeben an und schließen davon auf das gesamte Land. Aber damit tun sie den neuseeländischen Unterkünften unrecht. Es gibt auch in Auckland etwas ganz...

Die Fjorde als Helikopter-Abenteuer

Die Fjorde als Helikopter-Abenteuer

Lydia ist die erste Frau, die den Mount Everest ohne zusätzlichen Sauerstoff bestiegen hat. Sie lebt und arbeitet in der Region rund um Wanaka und liebt es dort. Zusammen mit ihr und dem erfahrenen Team von Aspiring Helicopters haben wir eine sehr beliebte Helikopter-Route zusammengestellt, auf der wir unsere Lieblingsecken des Mount Aspiring...

Why Compromise?  We Don't.

Why Compromise? We Don't.

In my ongoing series showing people just what it is possible to expect from travel providers these days - here's something I'm working on at the moment. A US family approached me wanting 8 days in New Zealand based around taking special photographs.  They're highly technically proficient and the parents have been here before, landscapes...