Nigel Perks New Zealand December 2008December 2008

It's been a busy year!

With Christmas and our busy season upon us we thought we would let you know what we have been up to in 2008! It has been an exciting year for us all with the official launch of our New Zealand Safaris. Although we have been running safaris in NZ over the last 5 years we are now fully committed to expanding this wonderful business.

Viv Sellers (my business partner in Nigel Perks NZ) and family have now also made the move to the Mapua area of Nelson so we are all now in the heart of some of the best tourism areas in the country giving us endless inspiration for constantly developing new safari ideas. Just a few of the new products we have are:

  • Stays at a luxury lodge in Abel Tasman National Park after days spent sea kayaking, bush walking and wildlife viewing
  • Extravagantly appointed shearers huts on vast sheep stations for overnight horse treks in the wilderness
  • Day heli-hikes into the most stunning inaccessible alpine landscapes
  • Wines tours with one of New Zealand's best wine guides
  • Whale watching, swimming with dolphins and albatross encounters

Project Wetland

We continue to develop our wetland as part of our informal carbon credit scheme where we plant 10 native plants for everyone who comes on safari with us to offset our carbon footprint. So far this year we've added over 600 plants to the 8000 that have already been planted. This wetland formerly contained kahikatea forest, as well as rimu, matai and a range of other native trees.

The land was cleared in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries so that it could be used for grazing. However, it proved to be of little use for pastoral farming, because the area is so low-lying and wet. Our Wetland project seeks to recreate some of the historic wetland forest in an attractive setting and to encourage native birds in the area. We now also have it protected by a covenant administered by the Queen Elizabeth II Trust.

South Island Tour

Viv and I have recently returned from an intensive recce searching for the best small boutique lodges of the South Island. Our aim is to find the best amongst a vast variety on the market. Of over 40 visited we have managed to add a further 5 to our wonderful portfolio of accommodation options, from small-scale boutique bed and breakfasts to wilderness lodges - and even exclusive treetop houses - all offering something completely different. This huge variety is what turns your holiday into a never-forgotten experience. Standards we believe should include:

  • Exceptional locations to make the most of the local environment and activities
  • Personally hosted by New Zealand's best, reflecting this country's reputation for friendly hospitality
  • A unique atmosphere, and one that makes you feel totally at home
  • Great, fresh, interesting food
  • Low impact on the environment and a sense of giving back

South Island Tour

As you know most of our NZ safaris are tailor-made to individual groups, but in 2009 and 2010 we are also planning 2 exceptional photographic tours lead by Nigel and Yvonne van Leeuwen. Yvonne has been a professional wildlife and wilderness photographer in New Zealand for over 15 years. She has an incredible knowledge of the best locations to get the best photographic opportunities. Yvonne's work has been published in many wildlife journals as well as a lot of commercial nature photography for Caltex and AMI to name but a few.

Despite (or thanks to!) the world economic conditions NZ has suddenly become a very good value holiday destination due to the 20% drop in the value of the NZ dollar against other major currencies. A great time to get the best of NZ for a lot less!

New Zealand has so much to offer the travel connoisseur and we are constantly updating our experiential travel destinations so we can show you our New Zealand – safari style. If you would like further information on all our exciting safari options please contact us.

Nigel is also planning a promotional tour of the US in July 2009 and would to see you and discuss any holiday ideas you may have.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous New Year from the crew at Nigel Perks NZ.

Best wishes Nigel