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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...

Emerging High-End Maori Tourism

Emerging High-End Maori Tourism

One of the things which makes us different in New Zealand tourism is that we are hands-on.  We are hands-on with our clients, guiding them and walking into lodges with them, seeing their immediate reactions and answering for every aspect of their time in New Zealand.  That can be quite stressful at times, when some people are off...

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...

Authentic Waitangi

Authentic Waitangi

Waitangi Day is in essence New Zealand's national day.  It celebrates, on 6th February, the treaty signed between England and Maori chiefs in 1840, which forms the basis of modern New Zealand.  It was signed in the Far North, in the Bay of Islands at a place called Waitangi.  Every year, Maori tribes from all over the...

Major Travel Award

Major Travel Award

We are delighted to share with you the news that our US partner has won a major award. Cultural Crossroads (follow the link and see the award) and our longstanding Maori partner Taiamai Tours have worked with us in putting this together.  The tour features a 6-day in-depth cultural immersion with Ngapuhi, culminating in a day at prayers, on...

Waitangi with Maori - National Geographic Traveler 2012 Ultimate 50 Trips of a Lifetime

Waitangi with Maori - National Geographic Traveler 2012 Ultimate 50 Trips of a Lifetime

Well, Hone did it, just this February.  This was a full immersion programme we planned and marketed with Hone (Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys) and Carrie McDougall (Cultural Crossroads).  The experience was included in National Geographic Traveler's Ultimate 50 Experiences of a Lifetime.  Pretty special. Our clients joined...

What is a Powhiri?

What is a Powhiri?

Almost all of our high-end clients receive a Maori welcome at some point in their trip around New Zealand.  And almost all of them have no idea before they come here what it entails.  And again, almost all of them point to it as one of the highlights of their time in New Zealand. So, what is it, why should people do it and why does...

Maori warriors on Anzac Day

Maori warriors on Anzac Day

We enjoy creating experiences for clients. Not special soap in a qualmarked lodge. We're talking experiences. Up north we have been working for years with Hone Mihaka of Taiamai - www.taiamaitours.co.nz. Hone shares a passion for the authentic and also delights in creating. We had some clients earlier this month who were the owners of a...

Northland

Northland

This is the area north of Auckland. It can be characterised by beach life, yachting, diving, game fishing, a strong Maori presence, and the destinations of the Bay of Islands and 90-Mile Beach.  If you want sun, sand and sea, this is where to go.  For those after something more offbeat - the Hokianga (the cradle of Maori) and the far...

Maori-Kultur & Heisse Quellen

Maori-Kultur & Heisse Quellen

Diesen besonderen Tag haben wir uns zusammen mit Delani Brown ausgedacht, dem Meisterschnitzer des Tuwharetoa-Stammes. Es gibt auch eine Helikopter-Variante der Route, dann arbeiten wir mit der beliebten Firma Volcanic Air. Zu Beginn des Tages erklärt uns Delani zunächst, welche Legenden sich um die geothermalen Quellen ranken und wie sich...

1oo% Custom Kingfish

1oo% Custom Kingfish

I hope everything is well down under. I would like to thank you for the exceptional courtesy and experience we had. With your connaissance, experience and exceptional finesse in the management of such a beautiful destination we now have memories we will cherish for ever. 11 Day Self-drive Northland &...

Paua Pearls & Maori Chiefs

Paua Pearls & Maori Chiefs

Patrick conveyed to me how much he appreciated the superb service you extended while in the North. 6 day New Zealand "taster" Airport VIP Northland Maori cultural experience Winetasting at Waiheke Arthur's Pass Tour Auckand & Christchurch City Tours  Patrick and...

Maori and the Art of War

Maori and the Art of War

Nga Puhi are renowned amongst Maori for their prowess at war.  Maori in general (although Maori will be the first to tell you Maori do not exist - they know each other by their tribal names and Maori is a word used by Europeans) are phenomenal warriors, and there is a famous instance when a Maori warrior armed with a taiaha (quarterstaff)...

A Day with a Maori Carver

A Day with a Maori Carver

In the Maori world, the carver is second only to the chief.  That is because the carver is entrusted with holding and communicating knowledge, stories, history.  Maori had no written language as Europeans understand the concept, keeping knowledge in carvings instead.  Hence the beauty and depth of Maori tattoos.  These are...

Northland

Northland

Mit Northland ist die Region nördlich von Auckland gemeint. Hier dreht sich alles um Strände, Segelboote, das Tauchen, Angeln und eine sehr lebendige Maori-Kultur. Die meisten Besucher wollen hier unbedingt die Bay of Islands und den 90-Mile Beach sehen. Wenn Sie ein Sonnenanbeter sind und nicht genug von Strand und Meer bekommen können, sind...

Die Holzschnitzkunst der Maori

Die Holzschnitzkunst der Maori

In der Welt der Maori kommen die Holzschnitzer in der Hierarchie gleich nach den Chiefs. Das liegt daran, dass sie durch ihr Handwerk das Wissen und die Geschichten ihrer Urahnen festhalten und an die nächsten Generationen weiterreichen. Die Maori verfügen über keine Schriftsprache in der Form, wie wir sie in Europa kennen. An der Stelle...

Die Kriegskunst der Maori

Die Kriegskunst der Maori

Der Maori-Stamm Nga Puhi hat sich durch seine besondere Tapferkeit in Kriegen einen Namen gemacht. Maori sind im Allgemeinen großartige Krieger (Sie werden bei Ihrer ersten Begegnung mit ihnen schnell lernen werden, dass das Wort "Maori" ein europäischer Begriff ist und die Ureinwohner Neuseelands sich untereinander immer bei den...

Der Waitangi Day mit Hone - Anerkannt vom National Geographic Traveler

Der Waitangi Day mit Hone - Anerkannt vom National Geographic Traveler

Hone hat es in diesem Februar endlich geschafft. Ein Programm, das wir gemeinsam mit ihm, seiner Firma Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys sowie Carrie McDougall von Cultural Crossroads entwickelten, wurde vom National Geographic in die Liste der "50 besten Reiseerfahrungen im Leben" aufgenommen. Das ist schon etwas besonderes! ...