Ceillhe Sperath, the Founder and Co-Director of award-winning Auckland tourism business TIME Unlimited, is happiest when tourists leave New Zealand feeling like whānau.
“The types of visitors we often host are from high density cities or from countries where they are quite compact. So in a day, we get them on top of a mountain, on a maunga, down on the beach, take their shoes off, and then we deliver them to a theatre or award-winning restaurant. That blows their mind. For them, they just want to be walking ambassadors when they leave this city.”
Ceillhe is thrilled to see New Zealand host the FIFA Women’s World Cup and says that it is another opportunity to showcase Tāmaki Makaurau and all that it has to offer.
“An important value for us as Māori and as New Zealanders is the value of manaakitanga. It’s really important that manuhiri, our valued guests, really feel at home. Making sure we might meet people as strangers, but they leave as our friends, as our whānau.“
Watch the video below to listen to Ceillhe talk about her personal favourite spots in Auckland, portraits of her ancestors at the Auckland Art Gallery, and why she believes the city is a great place to live.
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In collaboration with Tātaki Auckland Unlimited
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