Prologue: One Very Pleasant Phone Call
19.05.2007 - 19.05.2007
When it comes to New Zealand, I guess I’m probably like a lot of people in that I didn’t really spend much time thinking about the place until after I’d seen the Lord of the Rings films. For me, the spectacular natural settings in those movies were really the stars of the show, and I suspect that even the viewers who didn’t care much for the films must have been at least mildly impressed by New Zealand’s remarkable landscapes. In my case astonished is probably a better word.
So when the folks at Pleasant Holidays called me this spring to ask if I’d be interested in joining several members of their team on a seven-day tour of New Zealand, I was understandably excited. As a freelance writer, I can’t think of a much better opportunity, and the chance to take in some of New Zealand’s natural beauty first hand certainly didn’t disappoint.
What follows is a daily look back at that trip and the many excellent experiences I shared with a group of around 40 travel professionals from a variety of different companies. I was a little surprised, incidentally, when I discovered I was the only writer on the tour, but that certainly didn’t keep me from enjoying myself and making a lot of new friends.