Category: New Zealand

Hole in the rock NZ

‘Kia ora’ yachting in the Bay of Islands

One of the ultimate ways to explore the beautiful New Zealand coastline is by yacht, where stunning islands are scattered over azure seas and charming seaside towns are immersed in history. Here, silvery beaches line contrastingly rocky coasts, while pods of dolphins play offshore amidst a wealth of marine life. This destination delivers a wealth […]

New Zealand: Rejuvenated and ready to return

New Zealand: Rejuvenated and ready to return

As Autumn gives way to the crisp cool days, warm company, and well-earned peace of winter, the challenges of recent months begin to ease and fade. The land and people slow down and recuperate, taking stock as we look forward to the promise and hope of a newfound spring. As we celebrate the obstacles we […]

A bird flying through Doubtful Sound

Why you should book a small overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound

While travel at this time may be the furthest thing from your mind, I think it is a great time to be planning your next adventure.  If living in a pandemic has taught me anything I would have to say the greatest lesson is to really appreciate nature and wildlife. One of the countries that […]

Memories of a luxury getaway to Queenstown, New Zealand

Memories of a luxury getaway to Queenstown, New Zealand

This is certainly an historic time we are living in; none of us have ever experienced anything like a pandemic before and we are all trying to get through this period of uncertainty the best we possibly can. Here in Canada we are completing week six of our state of emergency; it seems everywhere you […]

5 humorous short stories from a private travel guide

5 humorous short stories from a private travel guide

As a professional guide, one of the things I love most is not just to show you around our beautiful backyard, but it is to meet many different people and ethnicities, so we can learn from each other. There is nothing more rewarding to get a big thanks and hug at and end of a […]

Bringing Auckland to the world during lockdown

Bringing Auckland to the world during lockdown

A stunning video that captures the beauty and stillness of Auckland, New Zealand is being shared across the world. Produced by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) while New Zealand is in lockdown to tackle COVID-19, Papatūānuku is breathing has resonated with New Zealanders and the global community – so much so that the […]

6 reasons why the luxury travel market in New Zealand may recover faster than the rest of the world

6 reasons why the luxury travel market in New Zealand may recover faster than the rest of the world

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, few industries have fallen as far and as fast as tourism. The coronavirus is crippling entire industries, but the private jet business is booming in New Zealand. Individuals are paying thousands of dollars to evacuate and avoid areas affected by the coronavirus. Luxury travel operators are allowing customers […]

10 of the best wellness retreats (for when this is all over)

10 of the best wellness retreats (for when this is all over)

With modern life (and our current lockdown predicament) leaving us more likely to be sat in a chair surrounded by screens, rather than getting active surrounded by nature, it’s no surprise that more and more travellers are choosing to get away on a luxury wellness retreat. Whether it’s a digital or culinary detox, immersing yourself […]

5 best places to go in September and October

5 best places to go in September and October

Although not the first one to say, I’ll reiterate—these are weird times. And while international (and sometimes even domestic) travel is basically out of the question at the moment. We and many other adventuresome folks are thinking ahead to when it’ll be safe for us to explore the world again. Nothing right now is guaranteed, […]

5 incredible hidden gems in New Zealand

5 incredible hidden gems in New Zealand

Have you ever dreamt about being the one to discover that very rare thing, a site, a place, somewhere that you alone have found and can appreciate? New Zealand can offer you a taste of undiscovered gems; hidden in this spectacularly beautiful country lies that prize. If you take the time to hike a trail, […]

7 amazing towns and cities to visit in New Zealand

7 amazing towns and cities to visit in New Zealand

Cities tend to have a vibe about them, a sense that something might be happening just around the corner. Cities hold an energy that is infectious; and oh boy, is that true of New Zealand cities. A passion for art, street wall murals, live music, comedy, food markets, coffee, restaurants and bars make New Zealand […]

Supercars to snowmobiles - 7 of the world’s best driving experiences

Supercars to snowmobiles – 7 of the world’s best driving experiences

If you’re at your happiest behind the wheel of a vehicle then we’ve got something really special for  you. We’ve compiled a list of seven of the world’s best driving experiences that you’re sure to love, but you don’t have to be a dedicated motorhead to get the most out of these incredible experiences, if […]

Mt Michael Lodge

Top 10 dreamy luxury lodges in New Zealand

If you are an avid traveller, and you like exploring all corners of the world, then New Zealand should definitely be on your list of places to visit. It seems remote, and it might be for some, but it is one of the most beautiful and spectacular destinations you could ever hope to visit. Majestic […]

How the red deer brought the Wild West to New Zealand

How the red deer brought the Wild West to New Zealand

New Zealand is a magical place, with stunning natural beauty and amazing scenery. From national parks, golden beaches, indigenous forests to expansive mountain ranges that stretch on endlessly, the opportunities to explore abound. The cities and towns too hold their own charm; some surreally modern while others hold an old-world charm that harks to a […]

Gourmet experiences in New Zealand’s boutique wine town

Gourmet experiences in New Zealand’s boutique wine town

Gone are the days when holidays were for just kicking back. Yes, we all love to wind down on a beach for a day or two with a good novel, but recent trends such as volunteer-tourism and educational-tourism have grown in popularity, showing that hands-on experiences are now a vacation must. And It’s not only […]

New Zealand by water – luxury yacht charters ahead of the America’s Cup

New Zealand by water – luxury yacht charters ahead of the America’s Cup

New Zealand has a name for itself as an adventurer’s paradise and the outdoor lifestyle of its locals translates well into the country’s tourism industry. With Auckland to host the America’s Cup in 2020, the islands are gearing up to welcome travellers from across the world, and luxury yachts in particular will find state-of-the-art amenities […]