April 2017

Drive a full-sized digger in Southland, break up your stay on the Timber Trail and explore Wellington’s Zealandia by day, when the birds are most active.

The Timber Trail


Waitangi Treaty Grounds ready for entertaining autumn

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds has released an autumn events programme, which will run until 18 May. Events will be held at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi and in Te Whare Rūnanga (the carved meeting house). The full programme can be downloaded here


Auckland Airport launches Strata – revamps lounge, wifi

The Emperor Lounge, the international premium lounge owned and operated by Auckland Airport, is being renamed Strata Lounge. It is being expanded and refurbished and will open in a new location by August 2017. The Strata Club is a new app-based loyalty type programme designed to recognise travellers’ choices with personalised services and benefits.

Mandarin cultural product at Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum will soon launch a cultural experience in Mandarin, allowing guests to get up close and personal with Maori cultural performers after their show, followed by a private tour of the museum’s treasures with Mandarin-speaking guides. Contact: eruera@aucklandmuseum.com

Kids take over the steering wheel at Rainbow’s End

AA Driver’s Town is an educational ride that will enable children aged five to 13 years to drive a miniature Suzuki Swift around a ‘town’ featuring traffic lights, two-way roads, roundabouts, parking spaces, car wash, petrol station and other landmarks.


Canopy Tours Achieves Qualmark Gold status

Rotorua Canopy Tours is proud to have recently achieved the Gold Award for Sustainable Practices from Qualmark, New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation.


New lodge for Timber Trail

The Timber Trail Lodge is at Piropiro, the halfway point on the Timber Trail in the Ruapehu region. Opening in April 2017 with nine rooms, which will be a mix of doubles, twins and dorms. The dorms will have four bunks in each and will be available on a share basis. These nine rooms will have shared ablutions (showers and toilets).
A further ten rooms will be available from October 2017. These will each have ensuite bathrooms.


New tours for Zealandia

Zealandia By Day tour
  • New engaging and informative day tour exploring when the birds are most active
  • Tours depart between 10am – 2pm daily
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Retail: Adult NZ$55, Child NZ$27.50, Families NZ$110
Twilight Tour
  • Tour offered to trade only
  • 1.5 hours (shorter version of Night Tour)
Zealandia By Night Tour
  • Selling out during peak season – make sure to book in advance
Contact: info@visitzealandia.com

Adventure Capital – new tour

The Wellington Waterfront tour - a fun and interesting way to learn about the city’s heritage, creativity and culture. It follows safe, off-road cycle paths along the coastline, featuring iconic architecture, public art and beaches. Private guide, bike hire and light refreshments are included.


Bike the gorge

Trail Journeys in conjunction with the Nelson Mountain Bike Club, are excited to offer a once in a lifetime package of two days riding at the Wairoa Gorge Bike Park and a one night stay at the Wairoa Gorge Lodge.
‘The Gorge’ is home to 70km of hand-built mountain bike trails that run through a lush native beech forest and begin at a maximum elevation of 1200m.
For more info and to book, click here.


New Top of the South itinerary brochure

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura. It covers options from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Marlborough, Nelson Tasman and the West Coast. The booklet will be valid for 12 months, until the highway north of Kaikoura reopens. It is available in English and Chinese.
The booklets will be mailed to trade and available online.
Download the English version here or contact julia.hunt@christchurchnz.com


KiwiRail update on the Coastal Pacific train journey from Kaikoura to Blenheim

Work is continuing at pace on the reinstatement of the Main North Line following November’s Kaikoura earthquake, but it is unlikely that the Coastal Pacific will operate this summer season (September 2017-April 2018).
We will, however, be looking to bring the Coastal Pacific back to service as early as possible for the 2018/2019 season and may look to extend the service if possible. This could mean an earlier start date than September. We will, of course, keep you posted and will confirm a date as soon as possible.


Cycling in style 

Clyde-based Bike It Now is offering a three-day luxury tour based at Oliver’s Lodge and Stables. One day is spent on the Otago Rail Trail, while another sees guests cycling through the Roxburgh Gorge followed by a cruise on the river.
Contact: fletch@bikeitnow.co.nz 


Cardrona gets a ‘lift’

More than $15 million has been spent on developing Cardrona’s infrastructure and facilities for the upcoming 2017 winter season. The investment includes a new high speed cabin lift as well as improvements to the terrain, car parks and snowmaking facilities. The biggest development is the new McDougall’s Express Chondola. The Chondola will increase the lift’s capacity by 150%, allowing 2550 skiers, snowboarders and sightseers to be uplifted each hour.


Amphitheatre with tourists and locals planned for Central Otago attraction

Real Journeys is pumping NZ$20 million into its TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak High Country Farm tourism attractions near Lake Wakatipu. The company is creating a new amphitheatre for its Walter Peak Farm Tour, expected to be finished in 2018. Meanwhile, the historic Ardmore House will be restored and developed to include a new restaurant and conference/events facility as well as a multi-denominational chapel.

Ownership change Historic Stone House

Alex McMillan is no longer managing Queenstown’s Historic Stone House.
Be advised, the new management company is Goodstays Queenstown Ltd:

1.    Ownership changed 1 April 2017
2.    Email address is queenstown@goodstays.co.nz
4.    Contact person is Glen Rolle.

Exciting new hospitality venture for historic Queenstown building

An exciting new café, restaurant and bar concept is being developed for one of Queenstown’s iconic historic buildings. The creative minds behind The World Bar will take over the historic McNeill’s Cottage on Church Street – renowned for its timeless character and original thick stone walls.


Drive a digger in Invercargill

In what will be a New Zealand first, Transport World is gearing up to launch its third attraction Dig This, Invercargill. Based on the hugely popular formula established by Dig This, Las Vegas guests will now be able to live out their wildest fantasies and operate heavy machinery in a giant, adult sized sand pit. A little curious? Learn more below.
Check out the media release
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