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Firstly, the book arrived safely yesterday  - it is absolutely marvellous, couldn't put it down and in the evening there was an instant battle as to who got readership between myself and my dear lady Katharina. It is so useful, ney, vital, that it will accompany us on our July visit to NZ. Congratulations.

I've already used the book's accommodation listings and sent off a couple of enquiries for stays during our visit. But that's not all. It is so packed with shopping hints (my two mum n daughter clothes) plus café and restaurants to visit, food shops to use because we'll be staying in holiday cottages, and not forgetting the "places to visit".

We are now keen to view Mãori film, but tracking examples down here in this very conservative cultural desert that may prove difficult and have to wait until we land on the shores of NZ. However home we have already teased our ears to Mãori music with Moana and the Tribe, The Mamaku Project, Ruia and Carol Storey.

Richard Peat
March 2015, Switzerland

I must tell you that your and Tony's approach to all this has been most refreshing!  As a new tourist business operator, I have been besieged by emails from inbound tourist operators, and others from overseas, all very hard-sell and demanding mega-bucks!!!!  Your approach was low-key and helpful, and you had statistics and your book (which you gave to me free) to back your statements.  AND you are affordable, for a beginner like me.
I am very impressed, and I wish you both very well.  I think you have things just right - for the traveller and the operator.
Barbara Peddie
COROMANDEL DISCOVERY

"I have been using OE every single time, when travelling throughout New Zealand. OE fills a niche in the tourism market and does it perfectly by offering high quality and healthy alternatives to organic-minded persons. Thank you very much for your commitment and great work. I hope to see more of OEs in other countries in the future!"
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“Long live Organic Explorer! May it become the travellers bible, not only for the international but also the domestic traveller. "OE" has put customers in touch with us it has also introduced me to other organic businesses and products, my stock range has developed and evolved because of this”.


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“Well done for everything. You have done so well. I just want to acknowledge your efforts for it is obvious when people come into our store via Organic Explorer. The book is really stunning.”

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"I must tell you that your and Tony's approach to all this has been most refreshing!  As a new tourist business operator, I have been besieged by emails from inbound tourist operators, and others from overseas, all very hard-sell and demanding mega-bucks!!!!  Your approach was low-key and helpful, and you had statistics and your book (which you gave to me free) to back your statements.  AND you are affordable, for a beginner like me.
I am very impressed, and I wish you both very well.  I think you have things just right - for the traveller and the operator.
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