In case you didn’t know – the snow has arrived!!! If you don’t believe me, check out these photos of our Spaceships Christchurch depot under a thick blanket of fresh snow!
I have just returned from a week in Straylia where it was great to catch up with people from Spaceships Oz, Nomads, Flight Centre, Peterpans, Travelbugs, Mojosurf, ‘The Arts Factory’ – Common Area, Buddha Bar and Cheeky Monkey’s where we got to hear and see things from a slightly different (and much warmer) perspective. Everyone seems to be concerned about the strength of the Aussie and Kiwi dollar, blaming this on the lack of numbers in some places. I want to stick my neck out there and say – yes, we are relatively more expensive but we were never super cheap in the first place (if that’s what you are after, go and do ‘Stray Asia’). We can’t sit around waiting for the dollar to drop; instead we have to get on with promoting the cool stuff! We have amazing things on offer in both New Zealand and Australia which should really be experienced on a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday. It amazes me that a bus pass covering the whole of the East Coast of Australia can be bought for the same price as a trip to Fraser Island. But the reality is that if you just stick to the East Coast of Australia and pre-book everything before you go, you will never end up doing all the extra cool life changing experiences that this area has to offer. No, this isn’t a prelude to starting up Stray Australia, just an attempt to get you to do cool stuff (and see that it will not seem expensive). It is reassuring to talk to Nat from Mojo Surf in Oz and hear that their products are up on last year. Stray and Adventure Tours New Zealand are also both significantly up on last year’s figures and none of us are the cheap options in our markets. What we have in common is that we are the most content focused travel options over our routes, we really do offer extra cool stuff that is more than worth every penny. Our current favourites are, Blue Duck Station where you can kayak into your accommodation and have the option of hunting for your own dinner; and Rangitata (our new stop outside Christchurch), a lodge at the base of the Southern Alps in stunning Lord of the Rings scenery.
Celia and I are off to Asia for a month so my next thoughts will be from sent from Chiang Mai.
P.S. Thanks to Dan and Michael for the accomm, Mat for helping me smash myself up in the bush and Nat and the crew for being you!
P.P.S. Check out the Mojosnow “Roadie” in New Zealand at www.mojosnow.co.nz – this new trip will be huge!