New products set to wow at TRENZ 2017

A world first extreme adventure activity, operators taking visitors off the beaten track and an upscale hotel returning to Christchurch are amongst the new tourism products that will be on show at TRENZ 2017

The 'Nevis Thriller' will be located at the site of the Nevis Bungy and Nevis Swing, near Queenstown.

More than 370 trade and tourism Buyers will attend this year’s event in Auckland, 9-12 May 2017.

Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, said he was excited that this year's TRENZ will showcase 75 diverse new products, “ranging from star gazing in Tekapo, to hunting and fishing safaris in Fiordland, to a Northland B&B targeting honeymooners, complete with an Italian bath, champagne and night walks for two!"

Top Trail Hire & Tours will be promoting its new Ultimate Coast to Coast cycle package to TRENZ Buyers, working to build relationships and expand international visitor demand for a product that can be enjoyed year round, says Manager Ray Clarke.

“This product is also taking international visitors to small New Zealand towns that don’t usually experience that sort of quality tourism. It’s giving those communities a boost and we can already see business growth in accommodation, food suppliers and cafes supporting the cycle trail.”

Adventure tourism pioneers AJ Hackett Bungy will be meeting with TRENZ Buyers about their ‘world first’ extreme experience at the company’s Nevis site in Queenstown.

Under development with the help of a $500,000 grant from the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership Fund, the new experience will combine height, speed and flight and promises to push thrill seekers to the limit.

IHG will be talking to TRENZ Buyers about the return of Crowne Plaza to Christchurch, the first major hotel to open in Christchurch in several years.

Due to open mid-year, the 4.5 star, 204-room hotel is situated opposite the former Crowne Plaza site, which was demolished following the 2011 earthquakes.

Attending TRENZ for the first time, Once Upon A Trip is an inbound tour operator specialising in bespoke itineraries which also focus on taking visitors off the beaten track.

“After eight years successfully targeting the French market, it is time for us to expand into English speaking markets,” says Director Franck Lemaitre.

“We are attending TRENZ to meet with Buyers to talk with them about our expertise and high level of service and the great alternatives we know for amazing kayaking, heli-landings, tramping and other activities away from areas that are crowded in the peak season.”

Wellington’s Bolton Hotel is also attending TRENZ for the first time.

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