New Zealand – take it off your bucket list. I did, in 2001.
Other than my home-base in the Sonoma Valley wine country of Northern California, I don’t imagine there’s any place more magical for me than New Zealand.
A dear friend moved there in 2001 to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the massive film project already underway at the time. So, of course, being the concerned friend (and sometimes nurturing sister-type), I thought I’d be a good idea to check the place out for myself and see how Luke was doing.
All these years later, and with films like Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit under his belt (he’s a VFX Editor), my friend Luke is thriving, a business owner, and a New Zealand citizen, while I get over there as much as possible.…
That’s if I can get some time in between bookings at the home we purchased in 2008, right before the world economy took a dump. But it didn’t matter, because the vacation rental market is always great (once you build it up), so having already started the business in wine country with my home there, I applied all I learned, along with my very well-oiled-machine of a system, and started up the New Zealand vacation rental biz. We call it Kainui Heights.
I love growing businesses, and this has been one of those that never seems like work (ok, rarely seems like work). I get to be in contact from guests who stay at our home from all over the world – literally. We’ve had guests from the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, and the U.K. The community building is endless, it’s global, and it’s a great way for me to keep my skills honed with regard to daily customer service. In this case, I practice what I preach to other business owners: Create a plan, write it down, calendar it out (all the non-sexy stuff), know your identity, your target market, and build systems that any monkey could do, so that you are free to interact with your customers, providing extraordinary service, beyond their expectations. Oh – and TRACK it all (again, in writing).
So – take New Zealand off your Bucket List soon.
If you let me know you saw Kainui Heights online, either here, or on our Facebook business page (please give us some LIKE/love over there too), I’ll cut you a wee mate-rate, unless it’s during a holiday period or Rugby Sevens, of course.
Have a look around at the site and let us know what you think: New Zealand Vacation Rental