Just came back on a week long business trip through New Zealand and Australia. We stopped in the city of Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.
Auckland is a beautiful city. It’s very clean for a big city and has a lot of nature and parks still around the city. The population is quite small when compared to Los Angeles. Los Angeles has 3.7 million people, whereas Auckland city only has 450,000 people. We didn’t find too much free time while we were in New Zealand, but we were about to at least visit the Sky Tower, One Tree Hill and Mount Eden. We also had a chance to go by the waterfront and eat dinner a few times there.
In Australia we had an even tighter schedule due to all of our business meetings. In Sydney we didn’t even have a chance to enjoy the city at all. We were only there for roughly 16 hours. We arrived at night during a storm that hit Sydney. Our plane actually almost got diverted to Brisbane. We checked into our hotel, the following morning checked out, had a business meeting and pretty much flew off to Melbourne.
While in Melbourne we actually stayed in a hotel in a suburban area near the beach called Brighton. We were jammed pack with meetings. We did find time to go out and get a nice Aussie steak at a local pub. On our last night we took a trip into the city and got to visit Eureka Tower. Eureka tower is 88 stories high and they have something called “the Edge experience,” in which you are placed in a glass room that projects itself 3 meters outside of the building. The room moves entirely by itself and is completely made of glass all-around. The glass is grey and smoking but once it is completely projected outside of the building the glass suddenly becomes clear all around. For those that are afraid of heights, they might be quite freaked out by the experience.
All in all the trip went well. Matcha is still a new product in New Zealand and Australia and they don’t have much knowledge on Matcha and the many applications it has. It’s interesting to see Japan and how they view and use Matcha compared to North America. Then we go to New Zealand and Australia where its completely foreign and new to them. The 3 markets are completely different and are in different stages. We hope though to help educate and build the market in that part of the world. There seems to be much potential and in the next couple of years Matcha might begin to start growing in new Zealand and Australia like it has been in the North American markets.