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The Youngest Country on Earth

The Youngest Country on Earth

The New Zealand tourism outfit have consistently produced some of the world’s best tourism advertisements. It appears that they have moved on from being Middle Earth while still holding on to a little fantasy storytelling.

A beautifully shot advertisement showcasing the diversity of ‘the long white cloud’ in it’s locales and it’s people. The legendary story of this nations birth and the soundtrack of ‘forever young’ – it’s powerful and it works. I’d go…

This advertisement would have to be best in genre.
It’s a pity that their website lets them down so very badly.

Cluttered and difficult to navigate, and let’s be frank – just not that visually appealing. It has all the standard tourism site tools – the travel planner, event calenders and so on. I did however like the extension of the strong storytelling device evident in their advertisements with the send-a-friend a postcard and the the showcasing of visitors, residents, and fans home made films uploaded as 100% Pure NZ video experiences.

Fantastic ad, ordinary web presence. This should serve as a lesson to all of us. It’s not really good enough if there is no branded experience consistency across all facets of a project.

It would be akin to sinking the majority of your event budget into an expensive headline act and neglecting the event environment, high care table service, or even fundamentally a smooth and warm registration process. It never fails to amaze me that even today, some people spend a fortune on staging an important event only to neglect setting aside within their budget and site times for adequet presenter and techincal rehearsals and then wonder when things ‘happen’ or worse… don’t. Seriously talk with us or your current professional event management partner to best determine how to strike a considered balance between all aspects of an event so that you and your guests are assured a consistent and impactful experience across all aspects of the event cycle. It just makes sense.


Since we are on the subject of tourism style advertisements, a good one creates an expectation of a unique or at least a memorable experience and motivates the viewer to act on it. Consider the next clip which had the very hard task of promoting one of Australia’s east coast cities commonly regarded by many as a big country town – Brisbane. I think they did a pretty good job although would it compel me to holiday there or just make me feel warm and fuzzy about living there?

And finally, a personal favorite of mine. An advertisement for Las Vegas. What I like about this advertisement is it doesn’t show the Vegas most of us know – the shows, the strip, the neon lights, the gambling tables, the dancing and so on… no it just presents a little story and you fill in the ‘blanks’ with your own Vegas experience. Smart, fun, and effective. I’d go… for the shopping of course. Enjoy.

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2 responses to “The Youngest Country on Earth”

  1. NZ is Open to Yankee Democrats at Voodoologic.org says:

    […] being elected US President – go NZ. If the current 100% Pure New Zealand television advertisement is anything to go by, it seems pretty remote and fabulous and it appears they have managed to have […]

  2. jackson says:

    I think your right Darren – the Brisbane one is lovely and a great example of the right images with the right song coming together to create a really powerful emotional experience but would it make me want to holiday in Brisbane? ‘meh. The NZ ad however, yes please. Any chance someone (other than me as I am so busy and important) could find and post the NZ ‘Middle Earth’ ad’s – they were really good and their call to action was so effective I actually took a short break over the Tasman!

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