Read on for the latest product news, including those launched last month at New Zealand’s international tourism trade show, TRENZ.
Stray Tours now offering Mandarin tours
Stray has developed a range of Mandarin speaking tours. A South Island fixed tour with a Mandarin speaking guide was launched at the end of 2016 and new North Island and National Mandarin speaking tours will be launched in 2017.
Top Trail Hire & Tours – new Coast to Coast package
This package allows customers to ride the newly extended Twin Coast Trail from Opua in the Bay of Islands to the Hokianga Harbour. The trail’s 84 km can now be enjoyed over two days and this package includes transfers to and from the trail, cycle hire, maps, accommodation in Kaikohe and if requested a guide and refreshments.
Explore’s Ocean Adventure
Feel the exhilaration on this ex-America’s Cup chase boat as you fast track your journey through the iconic scenery of the Bay of Islands. Jump on board from either Paihia or Russell. Cruising among 144 islands with skipper’s commentary. Product launched December 2016 and is available 1 October to 30 April.
The Grand Windsor Hotel Auckland re-opened in February 2017 as a 5-star French boutique style hotel. The upgrade included all rooms, new restaurant, bar, beauty spa, gymnasium, spa, sauna and business centre.
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Waka Glow Worm Tour – new product
Te Waka Glow Worm allows small (10 pax) to medium (40 pax) groups experience the Waimarino Glow Worm tour at night on Lake McLaren, a 25-minute drive from Tauranga.
Te Puia to transform visitor experience
Te Puia has begun a process of significant developments which will completely transform the visitor experience and cultural interaction - namely a new Wananga (Schools) precinct, new café/restaurant and new Kiwi enclosure.
Rebrand for Mercure Wellington
Mercure Wellington recently rebranded to the Grand Mercure Wellington from May 1, following a NZ$12 million transformation.
All guest rooms and suites have received completely modernised décor and the hotel has also welcomed a new standalone restaurant, Forage Kitchen + Bar, as part of its makeover.
Morning Tea at Punga Cove – new product by Beachcomber Cruises
Depart Picton at 8:00am and cruise up through the Queen Charlotte Sound while enjoying your skipper's commentary on the surrounds, residents and local wildlife. Take in the stunning views of Motuara Bird Island and historical Ship Cove, a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook before being dropped off in the Endeavour Inlet at Punga Cove Resort for an hour.
Dangerous Skies at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
We are proud to present Dangerous Skies - the World War II exhibition. Continuing the story of aviation development during times of conflict, guests are taken on a geographical as well as a historical journey.
Capstone Hotels & Resorts at gateway to Abel Tasman
Built in 2016, the eight Kaiteriteri Reserve Apartments are right on the beach and perfect for families or couples heading into the Abel Tasman National Park. Offering one and two-bedroom options, the apartments are furnished in contemporary and tasteful style maximising the views and beachside location.
Cycle and sail with Trail Journeys
This one day adventure takes in some of the most stunning scenery on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, and the amazing experience of Sailing in Tasman Bay with Abel Tasman Sailing adventures. You choose which direction best suits your schedule. Cycle in the morning, return by sail in the afternoon, or sail then cycle!
Monarch Wildlife Cruises – new sunset product
See various species of albatross, plus fur seals, cormorants and other seabirds. Catch the bus to Royal Albatross Centre. Enjoy a Northern Royal Albatross colony tour for an hour. Dinner (included) followed by Little Blue Penguin Tour. Then catch bus to city.
Royal Albatross Centre – new Chinese product
The Royal Albatross Centre has created innovative new product for the Chinese and luxury markets. This includes a new 30-minute Chinese tour, with Chinese video specifically to cater for the Chinese speaking market. Luxury clients may book an exclusive guided tour with a dedicated expert guide.
Bike It Now! offers luxury on the trails
Three-day package with pick-up from Queenstown, free e-bike upgrade. Stay in luxury accommodation, all evening meals included. Ride Otago Central Rail Trail and Roxburgh Gold trails.
Wanaka River Journeys – new FIT jet product
Launched last summer, the 2.5-hour “Wanaka Jet” enables clients to explore the Matukituki River focusing on the area known as Rocky Mountain, famous for Lord of The Rings filming.
With a scenic shuttle drive around Lake Wanaka, followed by exciting shallow water jet boating beneath majestic views of the Mount Aspiring National Park, the early morning departure time of 8:30am enables travellers short on time to explore the area by jet boat, before returning to Wanaka at 11:00am.
Wildwire Wanaka – new advanced option
Wildwire Wanaka has extended its activity to include an advanced section which is the highest waterfall climb in the world. The “Lord of the Rungs” tour is suitable for active adventurers looking for a physical day-out and amazing adventure.
Gibbston Valley winery – new tour
Our new vineyard, winery and cave tour will take you on a journey through the oldest Pinot vines in the region while giving a detailed historical account of Central Otago winemaking. The tour has been designed with small groups and FITs in mind to maximise the experience
Queenstown 360 with Nomad Safaris
Queenstown Hill is a high country sheep station with more than 25 km of varied trails to play on. Go off-road and explore the terrain with your expert driver guide. Plenty of stops to savour the best 360° views of Queenstown and its surrounds.
Over the Top offers heli-bike tour and heli-glamping
Launching in NZ summer 16/17, this new product will provide helicopter access to stunning high country trails normally inaccessible to the general public. Using the latest e-bike technology, the tour offers an experience that will cover various terrain, assisting various fitness abilities.
Out The Back with Over The Top
Fully guided, our helicopter provides access to backcountry huts that redefine the “glamping” experience. Launching in New Zealand summer 16/17, this product is great for families wanting to spend a night away under one roof, with short walks and activities for children.
New joint venture between Mt Cook Glacier Guiding, Fox Glacier Guiding’s and Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters offer three new experiences
: Heli Hike, this seasonal experience combines the excitement of glacier walking with the thrill of breath taking scenic helicopter fly-bys of New Zealand’s largest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook.
: Snow Shoeing. Explore the immense beauty of the upper snowfield all year round. Fly to 2200m fully equipped and ready to explore ice formations in this ever-changing environment.
The Cool Climber: Ice Climbing. No experience is required, this is a day of personal challenge as you climb terrain that is matched to your ability. You are always safely secured by a top rope attached to your harness.