Impact of digital age on tourism businesses – Te Whau Lodge on National Radio
A big thank you to Jules Older for featuring us in his 'Digital Age' chat with Jim Mora on NZ National radio in late August ! In a nutshell, he talked about how for us as lodge owners and dinner hosts, the digital age has a massive impact on our business - while delivery of our service thankfully cannot become virtual - the planning for it is very much in the digital age - in fact half the fun for people planning their travels and escapes is the on line searching. And the amazing thing is where people find us - it might be from someone’s blog or from an on-line guide or from a magazine article with an on-line version or from an app - in fact, guests from a small town in northern Victoria, Australia, came to Waiheke and to stay with us on the strength of downloading Jules’ Auckland app!!
Check out Jules’ Auckland Insider app here, we love it....! and here’s his entry about Te Whau Lodge from Auckland Insider:
Why go to Te Whau Lodge on Waiheke Island ?
It could be the view. The lodge overlooks the island's hills and valleys, vineyards and boats. It looks out on the peak of Rangitoto Island . And in the distance are the tall buildings of downtown Auckland.
It could be the architecture . The four-roomed inn has the clean and simple lines of a NZ bach — a rather elegant bach . The interior walls are traditional Lookwood design; the bathrooms are walled with roofing iron. And the entire building is positioned to capture the extraordinary view.
It could be the food. Though modest about his culinary achievements, host Gene O'Neill is an extraordinary chef, combining French and Kiwi cuisine, favouring local seafood, greens and wine, and is passionate enough about what he cooks to add his own signature to almost every dish.
Or it could be the island. Waiheke is peaceful and gorgeous. It's full of safe beaches and vine-covered hills. You can get around by bus and car, by bike and foot. A necklace of walking trails circles much of the island.
For whatever reason you go, Te Whau is likely to exceed your expectations. The hosts, Gene and Liz Eglinton, are world travellers who enjoy smart conversation about food, music, literature, art, wine and a dozen other subjects.
Tip 1: Te Whau is pretty much a kid-free zone.
Tip 2: Say 'teh fow;' it rhymes with 'wow' and is a low-growing tree as well as the peninsula where the lodge stands.
Tell 'em Jules and Effin sent you. And enjoy the experience.
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