November 2017

Some new self-drive options for your clients, more seats between Auckland and Houston and some new water-based products, such as sea kayaking in Christchurch and a pack rafting adventure in Wanaka…

Go Glampers

NATIONAL

New product: GO glamper fleet

GO Rentals has announced the introduction of its GO Glamper fleet of camper trailers. The entire fleet is certified as self-contained, an added benefit in the goal to keep New Zealand’s environment as clean as possible. They are easy to tow and a great “lock and leave” solution for your clients.
More information and images can be found here.

New product: e-vehicles for hire

Europcar NZ’s 100% electric vehicle fleet is available for rent to the public in Auckland and Christchurch. The cars on offer are Volkswagen e-Golfs.
www.europcar.co.nz/electric-vehicles

AIRLINES

Daily flights to Houston with Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand will fly daily to Houston for most of next winter as demand for travel between New Zealand and Texas continues to soar. Air New Zealand currently operates five services per week to Houston year-round, but from 25 March to 27 October 2018 it will increase to a mix of daily services and six services per week. 

Emirates no longer to fly from MEL and BNE to AKL, Qantas to add flights to routes

From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland. Emirates will retain its existing daily A380 flights from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney, and the airline is also evaluating potential new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai.
Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between the two countries, adding seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland and an extra two return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland.

Air New Zealand is airline of choice for fifth year

Air New Zealand been crowned 2018 airline of the year by aviation website AirlineRatings.com. The award marks the fifth consecutive year the carrier has received the top honour in its airline excellence awards. 

AUCKLAND

The Langham hotel rebrands as Cordis Auckland

Cordis is a new upper-scale brand of the Langham Hospitality Group, and the 411-room Auckland hotel will be its first in the Pacific region. Cordis managing director Franz Mascarenhas said the hotel would be "100 per cent renovated", with all guest rooms, suites and lobby refurbished by February 2018.
New facilities and offerings include a new Cordis high tea and Cordis beers at the Lobby Lounge, and new room types.

NZ Sugar Company to open $7 million tourism venture on Auckland's North Shore

A new tourism operation is being added to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery on Auckland's North Shore. The New Zealand Sugar Company is investing $7 million into building a new visitor experience centre on the historic site, set to be complete by April next year. The centre, which will be called Chelsea Bay, will put on tours of the 133-year-old sugar refinery business, and house a baking school, a cafe and an interactive history exhibition.

HAMILTON

Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel to get 40 extra rooms in $13m expansion

“With the new extension, Novotel Tainui Hamilton will be able to offer 217 contemporary rooms and suites to guests, ensuring Hamilton has a hotel offering of the quality and scale to match demand as the city grows as a business and visitor centre over the next few years.” says TGH chief executive Chris Joblin. 

ROTORUA

Rotorua Canopy Tours – new tour underway  

Development of the second Canopy Tour experience in Rotorua is well underway and on track for opening mid 2018. This promises to be the premium offering of the Canopy Tour products with more dramatic landscapes, ziplines and features - while remaining achievable for almost anyone.
www.canopytours.co.nz

Polynesian Spa café upgrade

Geothermally heated seats, native timber and volcanic rock are part of the upgrade of a newly refurbished modern café for
Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. The redevelopment of the visitor café at the popular geothermal bathing complex is part of a $1 million project that includes a new health and wellness-focused juice bar and outdoor courtyard.
www.polynesianspa.co.nz

20-metre-high viewing platform added to Rotorua’s Redwoods Treewalk

The activity, located in Rotorua’s Redwoods Forest in the heart of the city, features the world’s longest tree suspended walkway. The new platform allows those looking for more of a thrill the ability to stand on one of two glass viewing panels and see the forest floor about six stories below them. For trade clients, there is the opportunity for the platform, which can hold about 30 people, to be used at night for dinners or other small events.
www.treewalk.co.nz​

KAIKOURA

SH1 north of Kaikoura scheduled to re-open 15 December

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed plans to open State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikoura to traffic on Friday 15 December, restoring the coastal highway link from Picton to Christchurch. NZ Transport Agency Earthquake Recovery Manager Tim Crow says the reopening of the highway will give people two viable options for travel around the upper South Island, with the alternate route (via state highways 63, 6, 65 and 7 through Lewis Pass) remaining a reliable option for travel.

CHRISTCHURCH 

New product: Christchurch Sea Kayaking

Christchurch Sea Kayaking invites people to “see the city from a very different perspective”.
A typical tour with Christchurch Sea Kayaking involves a ‘how to’ and safety briefing in Christchurch’s CBD followed by a relaxing jaunt downstream under bridges and bustling traffic, past regenerating riverbanks and through the city’s residential red zone.
www.christchurchseakayaking.com

DUNEDIN

Walk, don’t drive, up the steepest street

New signs warning tourists not to tackle Baldwin St in their camper vans are on the way, the Dunedin City Council says. The signs, expected to be installed within a month, would direct people to Baldwin St but also ‘‘encourage’’ them to walk, not drive, up the world’s steepest street.

WEST COAST 

West Coast Wilderness Trail one of the West Coast’s outstanding attractions

Coming up to its fifth year, the cycle trail is already bringing 7,000-10,000 new visitors to the Coast. The trust’s latest report shows 94 percent of riders have come just to ride the West Coast Wilderness Trail, with most international visitors coming from Australia. 

Skyline advances “spectacular” glacier gondola project

Skyline Enterprises is progressing its investigations into developing a 4km gondola which would give people an “affordable” way to access the Franz Josef glacier. Current plans would see the gondola run parallel to the glacier to a landing point in the snow where there would be a viewing platform and toilets, but there are no plans to add commercial facilities such as a restaurant.

WANAKA

New product: Wanaka River Journeys

Starting in December, Wanaka River Journeys will commence a new packrafting experience in Mt Aspiring National Park. This will be New Zealand’s only combined jetboat, walk and packraft adventure. 

Edgewater hotel and Kika restaurant awarded

At Hospitality New Zealand's recent 2017 Awards of Excellence event, Edgewater in Wanaka was named best hotel and Wanaka's KIKA named best restaurant. 

Cardrona open for summer soon

Cardrona Alpine Resort opens for summer activities from 2 December which include chairlift accessed mountain biking, hiking, go-carting and stargazing experiences. On-mountain accommodation is also available.

New transport services by Ritchies

New services include 5 x daily return shuttles between Queenstown and Wanaka, direct Wanaka connections for Intercity passengers from Christchurch and Dunedin, plus track transport for hikers to Mt Aspiring National Park.
Go to www.alpineconnexions.co.nz to see a full range of services.

QUEENSTOWN

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu launched in Queenstown

It has 64 self-contained, serviced en-suite studios and apartments and is Qualmark-rated five-star. The facilities include under-floor heating, a heated outdoor spa and views of the lake and The Remarkables mountain range. It is a 10-minute stroll from the centre of Queenstown.
More information can be found here.
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