New Zealand

  • World-Class Golf and So Much More at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

    The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs appeals to both golf lovers and those simply wanting to enjoy a luxurious holiday. Continue Reading

    July 16, 2013 • New Zealand • Views: 3135

  • Experience the Acclaimed Blanket Bay Lodge

    Blanket Bay Lodge is located in the Southern Lakes district of New Zealand’s South Island. It is a world famous resort destination that offers both relaxation and a wide variety of activities and adventures.

    Blanket Bay Lodge sits on the scenic north end of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by New Zealand’s Southern Alps, providing some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Continue Reading

    June 18, 2013 • New Zealand • Views: 8169

  • A Quick Review of Maori Etiquette

    If you’re going to New Zealand, it never hurts to know a few rules of etiquette for touring the Maori’s homeland.

    The Maori are the indigenous people of “Aotearoa”, which is the Maori name for New Zealand and translates as “the land of the long white cloud.”  The Maori arrived in New Zealand from Eastern Polynesia in the thirteenth century after a series of long, canoe voyages. Continue Reading

    May 17, 2013 • New Zealand • Views: 15777

  • Filmmaking in Middle-earth

    Fans of Bilbo Baggins’ exploits will be tickled pink as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey DVD hits stores this month. The film, shot in New Zealand, is the first chapter in Peter Jackson’s new epic trilogy set in Middle-earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga.

    An exciting aspect of the release is the new DVD’s special feature, “New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth.”

    Magical and intriguing, New Zealand has drawn storytellers and filmmakers for decades. They have used the nation’s unique, lush landscapes to create both intimate films and monumental blockbusters. Continue Reading

    March 8, 2013 • New Zealand • Views: 8691

  • Great Facts about Christchurch

    Here are some facts about Christchurch.

    Since the Napier earthquake in the 1930’s every New Zealander has been contributing (via taxes and fuel purchases) to the Government Natural Disaster Fund – a pot of money managed by the Earthquake Commission (ECQ). To be used to help New Zealand  recover from any natural disaster. The Government (via the fund) will pay the first $100,000 of any damage sustained to your home (caused by a natural disaster) provided you have property insurance. The remainder is covered by your insurance company. Continue Reading

    May 16, 2012 • New Zealand • Views: 1734

  • Queenstown, New Zealand in April 2012

    Queenstown, New Zealand

    Queenstown, is the adventure capital of New Zealand, if not the world. I love it more every time I visit as there is always something new to discover – and this time was no exception. This trip was to attend TRENZ, a large trade event where all services (hotels and tour companies) meet with travel companies like mine to renegotiate rates and learn about changes and new experiences. This year, there were almost 100 new experiences for me to learn about. Continue Reading

    April 12, 2012 • Ian Swain Sr, New Zealand • Views: 3540