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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Silver Pine

Silver Pine

Silver Pine is a special place.  The view from this small lodge is the closest thing we have seen to the view from a helicopter, the place is owner-hosted by a delightful couple, the food is excellent and the location fantastic. With only four rooms, Silver Pine is probably the smallest lodge we recommend.  Built high up on a ledge...

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...

Wild jetboating, wild country, wild food

Wild jetboating, wild country, wild food

You will all know about jetboats, particularly the Shotover Jet – that iconic experience which William and Kate went on down in Queenstown.  A thrill-ride in a canyon on a big red boat.  But is that how New Zealanders use jetboats?  Tourists, yes.  But people in the know?  You’ve guessed it – of...

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...

Silver Pine

Silver Pine

Viele Unterkünfte in Neuseeland haben fantastische Ausblicke. Aber keine blickt so weit ins Land, wie die Silver Pine Lodge. Der Blick ins Tal gleicht dem Panorama, das sich bei einem Hubschrauber-Flug bietet. Hinzu kommen ein überaus nettes Gastgeberpaar, exzellente Speisen und die sensationelle Lage.  Silver Pine ist wahrscheinlich...

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...

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...

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...