The Good South Travel Guide

The Good South Travel Guide

Now Online! A guide to New Zealand’s lower South Island for independent travellers

The Good South travel guide is an online project aimed to benefit the independent traveller. Written by locals who know the region, traveller can get off the beaten track and explore the South.

Along with guides and itineraries to the lower South Island, we also feature  The Great Scone Trail.

Seek out tasty goodies on your travels with our digital roadmap to rural cafes and tearooms which have been selected for the quality of their baking, fresh locally sourced produce and excellent hospitality.

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The Good South Guide to the lower South Island


Internet Trust

Internet Trust

While traditional sources of information we’ve trusted in varying degrees have existed for millennia, information technology has evolved from print, to broadcasting to the internet in under a century.

A survey released early this year shows that that outside the circle of family and friends we tend to rely on, for the first time ever, the search engine results page on your browser could be your new best friend.

Edelman, a PR agency in the US said it surveyed 33,000 people in 27 countries in various occupations. For the first time, information gathered while searching on the net was considered more reliable – by 72% compared to 64% – than traditional forms of media.

Website Copywriting – Suit Hire and Sparkies Online

Two homegrown businesses and two new online ventures. Omen Suit Hire in Frankton and Anderson’s Electrical in Wanaka have recently joined the estimated 41% of small kiwi businesses who have a website.  While  little appears to connect them, the reality is they have far more in common with each other – and other disparate businesses than they may realise. Both are the result of modest beginnings and a commitment to the Southern Lakes area as it has evolved over the past decade.

Both are businesses adding value to two vital aspects of of the local economy –  construction and the burgeoning wedding industry.  They also used website copywriting services, so they’re all class in my books. Thanks guys.  Welcome to the online world  and best wishes for the future.



Coffee Beans are Black Gold – But a paper cup premium?

By Tim Brewster

Do  they think no-one notices? And who gave them the idea in the first place?

The practice of some café’s charging extra for a takeaway coffee is such a barefaced ripoff it instantly demolishes any hard earned good will quicker than…  instant coffee.

Most café owners  will tell you that the cost of seating a customer, serving their table, cleaning up after them and washing crockery is a much pricier alternative than simply handing them a paper cup.

But for some establishments in Wanaka, Dunedin and the more recent and remote caffeine outposts in Roxburgh and Invercargill, the takeout paper cup is a premium product ‘attracting’ – to use the ubiquitous term favoured by finance and telecommunication companies  – an additional surcharge to  ratchet the price up even further.

Bring the subject up with business owners and you get a rather chilly response – especially with other customers present.

One hippy outfit even referred to the ‘cost to the environment’ which presented the unlikely scenario of staff earnestly adding up the planet tax at the end of the day to send off to their cause du jour.

Has the ‘upsell’ concept been imbedded by the espresso machines supplier as a nice little earner when they sign up a new business onto the caffeine gravy train?

Contrast this with busy inner city café’s in places like Sydney where a takeaway is often 50 cents less than a seated serving.

Fair business practice vs short term gain? Real service vs ripoff.

Freedom Camper deposits — Not our Bread and Butter

Ugliness from tourists literally caused a stink in godzone recently thanks to a few unwanted donations deposited by freedom campers at Lake Hawea.

The bolshie response by the Hawea Community Association blocking off a popular lakeside parking spot highlights a serious problem  that we need to get a handle on.

These guys literally crapped within view of a perfectly good licensed campground with real toilet facilities where they could stay for $30 a night.

Are these the same people who badger our info centre staff for free activities, arrogantly ignore warnings about the weather and being ill equipped, ignore requests to fill out intentions books so they can avoid paying hut fees and then suck up our Search and Rescue budgets with their stupid behaviour?

It’s an easy fix  to put people in boxes but there are a number of visitors who need to be put in one – preferably a full portaloo which then gets turned upside down.

Cheap tourists with a welfare mentality to our taxpayer funded resources should stay in cheap countries because we –  and the environment – simply can’t afford them.

We’re very lucky  New Zealand is still a relatively easy and safe place to travel around.

The majority of our outdoorsy types, students and lifestylers could collectively write volumes on how to enjoy adventure in the great outdoors on a miserly budget.

And generally, as taxpayers, we’re happy to support national parks, the huge network of huts, camping areas and managed waterways that we can use for no extra cost.

As an investment we get it back in spades: generations of kiwis are brought up with a healthy regard for natural adventure and we produce outstanding outdoors people – guides, climbers, rafters and kayakers, outdoor instructors and the like who contribute to our thriving adventure tourism economy as well as our identity as kiwis.

But the floodgates for backpackers travelling on the cheap have been open for too long and now they’re being commercially targeted by the campervan companies who benefit from our relatively uncrowded landscapes.

So why not raise the entry fee?

Travellers to Bhutan are committed to US$250 in daily spending – what’s a day in godzone worth?