New Zealander’s pride themselves on extending heartfelt and memorable hospitality to all visitors who set foot on their shores. The famed hospitality – Manaakitanga – that you’ve read about in travel guides, or heard about through the animated stories from your family and friends is not forced or insincere. No. It is warm, it is genuine, it will leave a lasting impression on your soul – it is uniquely kiwi.
From everyday encounters with locals to guided tours of significant cultural sites and waka paddles – there are so many exciting and enriching ways to get to know Māori culture and connect with Manaakitanga (hospitality).
With some of the freshest, finest food and wine on the planet, New Zealand offers a wide range of taste sensations for epicurean visitors. Known as the ‘land of milk and honey’ for good reason, the food is fresh and flavorsome and never far from the source – fish caught off the coast, premium beef and lamb grazed in the Waikato, or exquisite fruit plucked from the Bay of Plenty. Whether it’s fine dining, a cool food truck, or an artisan producer providing the fare, the outlook and the food are sure to be out of this world.
If you visit New Zealand one of the things you will discover is Manaakitanga. You might not know what it really is, but you’ll discover it all around you. You’ll discover it in everything you do, everywhere you go and everyone you meet. But what does Manaakitanga mean and how do you pronounce it? Discover Manaakitanga below.
As more and more countries around the world open up for travel again, and restrictions ease for cruise lines as well as for returning Canadians, the travel industry is seeing a sudden demand for vacations to popular tourist destinations. Needless to say, there is a huge pent-up demand. However, this comes with its own problems which lead to frustration for travellers and travel advisors who are trying to fulfill a need and desire for travel but with limited availability. If you’ve decided you’re ready to start travelling again, read my top travel tips for 2022.
Travelling sustainably in the Caribbean doesn’t only mean staying in environmentally friendly accommodation. Even if you stay at an all-inclusive resort or spend a week on an ocean cruise, there are several things you can do to ensure you travel as sustainably as possible in the Caribbean. From immersing yourself in the culture and eating locally, to purchasing locally made goods and learning the lingo, aim to leave a positive impact on the people, community and environment. Here are just a few things you can do to travel sustainably in the Caribbean.