In September 2018 a fur seal was caught on camera hurling an octopus into the face of Kyle Mulinder, kayaking off the coast of Kaikōura.
A seal hits the GoPro ambassador with an octopus, and the video captured by Taiyo Masuda goes viral. The story was picked up by entertainment publisher LADbible and British daily newspaper The Guardian, with various scientists, ecologists and scientific research websites each attempting to theorise the reasons behind the encounter, with one website even claiming the encounter was staged.
Ocean Youth, run by the SEA LIFE Trust and supported by SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, is inspiring participants to take a first-hand approach to how they can reduce the impact on our marine environment by developing their own conservation initiatives into reality.Read more
In the early 1990’s Brian Templeton, armed with a passion to help visitors experience the wonder of the naturally occurring sights in his own back yard, began providing tours to backpackers with a desire to get off the bus and encounter wildlife they couldn’t experience anywhere else. His belief that there was a market for wildlife tours that could work in harmony with preserving the natural habitat and provide for the conservation of these animals as on offset was central to the creation of Elm Wildlife Tours.Read more
In the heart of Christchurch proudly stands the 92 room Pavilions Hotel. At the entrance to the hotel you’ll find Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant and a 1950’s Morris Minor, sign written with the details of the book “Horncastle's Suitcase: A New Zealand Family Story”.
It’s the story of the Horncastle family, and your first glimpse of a business steeped in a wealth of New Zealand history. It’s a step back in time to a West Coast era where mining, farming and the pioneer spirit carved the path for the Horncastle family, who now own and operate Pavilions Hotel.
Opened in March 2018 with a Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award and a 4 Star Plus star rating, you’ll find Camp Glenorchy nestled near the base of the towering Richardson and Humboldt mountains, a living building, a harmonious and sustainable eco-retreat bought to life by Founders Debbi and Paul Brainerd.Read more
The tourism sector is notoriously fickle and when your business relies on a single season it can be near impossible to plan and grow. Case in point: the snow sector. Cardrona Alpine Resort, however, is becoming the exception to this rule.Read more
Stray has led the charge in sustainability across the industry – creating a niche offering in the visitor travel market that engages its customers in its quest for environmental, social, and economic sustainability.Read more
There are some incredible visitor experiences on offer in Northland, including the ability to fly 1300 ft in the air with only a rope and harness between you and the ocean below.Read more
Giving back to the community is an important part of business at Pinewoods Motor Park, a long established popular holiday spot on the Hibiscus Coast.Read more
A passion for the starkly beautiful MacKenzie country and a commitment to “welcoming every guest as if they were a guest in our own home” underpins Mike and Louise Neilson’s successful approach to running their remote tourism lodge and ski field.Read more
Mark Hales went from being the caretaker to managing the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park. From day one he knew the importance of sustainability.Read more