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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...

Silver Pine - Another Unique Place

Silver Pine - Another Unique Place

That little ridge in the centre of the photo is where you can find Silver Pine. Obviously the location (on the cross-bar of the H formed between the junction of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea) is quite special. If you have a look on their website, you will also see that the architecture is special. What is not immediately apparent - and...

Seasonal Thoughts

Seasonal Thoughts

I took that photo on a fine day earlier this summer, driving home from the excellent Silver Pine Lodge. It serves to remind me that the weather can't have been all that bad, although those days between Christmas and mid-January seem to blend into a morass of weather calls, helicopter cancellations and disgruntled travellers trying hard not to...

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...

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...

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...