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Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Ballooning Canterbury with Bella Vista Ashburton


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Looking for a getaway that offers a change of pace, and a beautifully unique experience? 

Escape to a world of peace and tranquility and discover Mid Canterbury from new heights. Hot Air Ballooning is magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. 

No matter if this is your first time to Mid Canterbury or you frequent Bella Vista Ashburton for business - There is nothing else as exciting as floating while you are effortlessly over an ever changing Mid Canterbury landscape. It provides a completely different and beautiful perceptive, no matter the season.

Ballooning Canterbury is a family owned and operated business, just like our Bella Vista Ashburton. Ballooning Canterbury also operates three modern balloons with the latest technology and safety equipment, and can carry from 2-30 passengers at once and larger groups by arrangement.

Michelle and Paul from Bella Vista Ashburton can help arrange your ballooning adventure when you book your stay. Plus, with our friendly wake up calls and continental breakfast packages we will help ensure that you are up early and ready for an exciting day as your hot air balloon flight typically leaves around 6AM, depending on the season.

After your exciting day in the air, Bella Vista Ashburton can provide a delicious recommendation for lunch or dinner in Ashburton. You will be amazed by all the options in our town and the level of comfort offered by the best Ashburton accommodation provider. 

For more information about Mid Canterbury and additional recommendations on activities while in the area, please contact [email protected] or 03 307 7505 and ask for Michelle today.

Mid Canterbury Ballooning


Bella Vista Motel Taupo - A Great Green Initiative


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"Soap suds make cash for trees" called out the Taupo Times headline on page 12 of the September 2 edition.

Murray and Laurelle Hodge from Bella Vista motel Taupo got some great press coverage last week when they found themselves enlightening the Taupo readership about a new and unique scheme they have introduced at their Taupo accommodation complex.

"We weren't seeking the attention we received" explained Laurelle, "but it is good to get the green message out all the same." "Why not show everyone that we're doing our bit for the environment and hopefully inspire them to think of ways they can contribute." she said.
 

Taupo Bella Vista's Green Initiative - How it Works.

The scheme is quite simple really and generates fundraising for a great local cause. Laurelle and Murray had noticed that guests were washing very few items using a significant amount of electricity, water and washing powder. To combat this inefficient use, the cost of a machine wash was upped from $1 to $3 per load. Still costing less than an average wash at a commercial retail laundry outlet, a charge of $3 got guest's to think twice about running small loads.

More importantly, rather than pocketing the increased revenue, Bella Vista Taupo will now be donating all the money they collect from laundry washes to Greening Taupo. Described as an 'organisation that provides an opportunity for Taupo residents and businesses to participate in a community conservation initiative' it seemed a perfect match. Keeping the donations local ensured a direct kick-back to the Taupo environment.  After all, it is Taupo and its pristine environment that brings the motels guest's to their doorstep.

Laurelle and Murray hope that more Taupo motels do the same. "If we could get even half a dozen more onboard with what we're doing that would be hugely positive"  To read the full article, see an image of the newspaper below.
 

Bella Vista Motel Taupo green intiative

This article first appeared in the Taupo Times on Friday, 2nd September 2016 and was written by Robert Steven.