The idea for Gratia emerged in late 2014 while chatting with a couple of international travellers who were frustrated with how difficult it was to meet people abroad. Both had travelled to New Zealand alone and wanted to immerse themselves in Kiwi culture, but had found it challenging to meet locals and make friends. It's no mystery that travelling is much more fun if you get to share the experience.
The idea was simple: there should be an app which makes it easy to meet people who share your interests. We wanted to combine the ease of connecting with people online with the real purpose of making those connections - to get out into the world and make the most of what is there, with people who you can enjoy the journey with.
The result was Gratia. It lets you explore the best things to do, see, experience (and let's not forget, eat) with information from all around New Zealand, plus communicate your findings to others, all in one simple platform.
Gratia has evolved a huge amount over the last 2 years to become what it is today. We've had a bunch of talented people join us on the journey, and together we've refined my initial idea into an app that I think will have a significant impact on the travel industry - not only in New Zealand but around the world.