April 2015

Read about a new hotel in Dunedin, extra Queenstown flights, a guided walk through glowworm caves in Waitomo, plus many more exciting updates.

Kiwi, Rotorua

AUCKLAND

Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport was named Best Airport in Australia-Pacific for the seventh year in a row at the recent 2015 SKYTRAX World Airport Awards.

The SKYTRAX World Airport Awards are the industry’s most extensive and credible air traveller based awards, involving 550 airports and a nine month survey of 13 million airport customers and 112 different nationalities.
 
Waldorf Stadium – hotel update
Waldorf Stadium is the Waldorf Group’s premiere apartment hotel in New Zealand. Situated in the heart of Auckland City, these luxury self-contained apartments offer guests high quality accommodation close to all of the attractions of Auckland. Guests can self-cater in their spacious apartment, with a large 24 hour supermarket located across the road from Waldorf Stadium, or enjoy one of the many dining options Auckland City has to offer.
 
Waldorf Stadium is located close to Britomart, Vector Arena, the recently developed Waterfront areas, Queen Street and Auckland’s Transport Centre.
 
China Eastern Airlines – update
China Eastern Airlines has announced a new four-weekly year-round service on the Auckland to Shanghai route, commencing September 2015.
 

HAMILTON & WAIKATO

Otorohanga Kiwi House – re-development
One of the original kiwi houses in New Zealand, the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is currently undergoing a re-development. 
 
Once completed, the facility will include a second Kiwi Nocturnal House with purpose built facilities for the rare Great Spotted Kiwi; a new visitor centre (including interactive exhibition space); and a dedicated tuatara enclosure enabling year round viewing of these rare reptiles. 
 
Developments will be completed by the end of 2015.
 
Sudima Hamilton – new packages
Sudima Hamilton has recently launched several new accommodation and activity packages. 
 
Packages include accommodation, internet, some meals and a selection of attractions and activities. Choose from ‘I want to ride my bicycle’, ‘Zoo day out’ and the ‘Tea Discovery Package’.
 
Cave World – new Kawakawa Tea Hut
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently visited Cave World in Waitomo to celebrate the opening of its latest addition to the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave tour - a newly built Punga Kawakawa Tea Hut. Visitors are treated to a tasting of this special tea while nestled in peaceful forest surrounds.
 
Cave World is a family-owned and operated boutique tourism business dedicated to giving its customers the best caving and Glow worm experiences.
 
HobbitonTM Movie Set – 1 millionth visitor welcomed
Hobbiton™ Movie Set, near Matamata, has welcomed its one millionth visitor. Hobbiton Movie Set is now one of New Zealand’s most visited tourist attractions and has become an international bucket-list travel destination.
 

WELLINGTON

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges – update
The hotel formerly known as the Kingsgate Hotel Wellington will now be called ‘The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges.’
 
The 3.5 star hotel has 108 rooms and is ideal for both business and leisure clients. It is located on the edge of the thriving government and corporate precinct, and within walking distance to many shops, attractions and dining options. 
 
The hotel will officially become part of the Priority Guest Rewards programme later in 2015.
 
Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience – update
Zealandia’s opening hours are now 9am-5pm daily. Scheduled night tours are available on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Custom Night Tours including kid’s tours are available on request.
 

QUEENSTOWN

Qantas Airways – new flights
From July through to the end of August, Qantas will operate daily flights between Sydney and Queenstown.  Qantas will also operate a twice-weekly service between Brisbane and Queenstown on Wednesday and Saturday from 8 June to 26 September.
 
Adding more than 1,000 seats each week during the ski season, the additional services will mean greater flexibility and a premium experience for customers travelling to Queenstown. The additional services will be operated by Qantas’ fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will offer full inflight service.
 
The Remarkables – new developments
The new Remarkables ski area base building above Queenstown will be a world-class facility.
 
The base building is designed to make a day at The Remarkables easy for skiers and boarders with improved restaurant, ticketing, rentals and retail, and easier access to the Curvey Basin lift which opened last year accessing new and trails.
 

FIORDLAND

Trips and Tramps & Fiordland Water Taxi – exclusive guided Milford Track experience
Venture through a natural playground of glacier carved fiords and emerald river valleys with an exclusively guided day walk on the Milford Track.  There's something very special about experiencing the Milford Track with a private guide.  This exclusive package includes transport to and from Te Anau accommodation, expert nature guide, picnic lunch and refreshments.
 

DUNEDIN

Distinction Dunedin Hotel – opening 1st October 2015
The 4.5 star hotel will consist of 121 studios and suites to suit both business and leisure travellers. The hotel will also feature a restaurant, bar, conference facilities and an on-site gym. Free high speed wifi will be available to all hotel guests. Distinction Dunedin Hotel is now taking enquiries and reservations.
 
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