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Wot I've Done!

Wot I've Done!

It's not normal in New Zealand to skite (boast) about what you have done.  Our legends are typically understated.  And that's a way of being which sits comfortably with me.  But then I read the marketing blurb put about by some people trying to invade our space as New Zealand's...

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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....

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Ethics

Ethics

In the case of our ethics, as in the case of our itineraries, we walk the talk.  Not for us the gimmicky carbon levy "to plant a tree" nor the quick and convenient donation to pseudo-worthy causes.  We take our responsibility to our planet, our staff, our suppliers as...

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Michael Poliza - Photographer Extraordinaire

Michael Poliza - Photographer Extraordinaire

In April we organised Michael Poliza's trip to New Zealand.  As you can see from his website and his Facebook page, Michael is a superb photographer who has made his name in Africa.  Now it is the turn of Australia and New Zealand and you can see his latest works of art on Facebook....

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DMCs - Cinderellas of the Travel Industry

DMCs - Cinderellas of the Travel Industry

These days I seem to be reading article after article about wonderful agents with contacts all over the world who can arrange special things for their clients.  Much fanfare surrounds being able to call hotel management.  Red carpets are rolled out for those who know local guides. ...

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Pure Cruise - Rotoiti

Pure Cruise - Rotoiti

In this case, we were slow off the mark to adopt something new and high quality.  We were lucky enough to be hosted by Tina and Matt on Pure Cruise last month.  We had of course been aware of them for a while but had not been to see them yet - the Manuherikia has been too comfortable!...

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It's in the details

It's in the details

Everyone always says it's in the details.  Gets a bit boring, really.  Of course if you come off an aircraft and find the hire car which you expected is no longer there, then that's a fairly serious detail gone wrong.  But that's the basic side of tourism.  The mechanical...

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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...

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Edgy Tourism - How About a Touch of Healing?

Edgy Tourism - How About a Touch of Healing?

Both the ladies were former psychology professors from Texas.  They had long CVs and an enormous amount of experience.  They were also open to new thinking.  One of them had come to New Zealand a year previously and we had struck up a friendship based on common values and humour,...

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Currents of New Zealand - The Worm Farm

Currents of New Zealand - The Worm Farm

The first of a number of occasional articles looking at currents which are helping to define modern-day New Zealand.  These currents are something which we mention that we introduce our visitors to.  So I thought I would go into some of them in a little more depth to highlight the...

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