June 2018

In this month’s update, read about how operators are planning to keep passengers warm during winter tours, accommodation updates and new GO Glampers.

GO Glampers
In this month’s update, read about how operators are planning to keep passengers warm during winter tours, accommodation updates and new GO Glampers.


The Northern Explorers home base is moving from Auckland to Wellington. Northern Explorer will depart Wellington on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will not operate Tuesdays. This will take effect on Tuesday 4th September 2018.

New GO Glampers

GO Rentals have introduced a range of camper trailers with a generous Queen Size Bed, private toilet unit, kitchenette, solar power lighting and water tanks. The entire fleet is certified as self-contained and comes as a package with a Toyota Hilux.    


Airport hotel completes multi-million dollar transformation

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport hotel has a contemporary new look following a full renovation of its public spaces


Heaters on board Rotorua Duck Tours

To keep passengers warm during winter tours, both Ducks have been fitted with heaters, and clear roll curtains. Blankets are also available on board. .  


Singapore Airlines re-route Wellington flight

Singapore Airlines has re-routed its Wellington to Changi service from 4 May 2018, now flying via Melbourne four times weekly on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.     

DoubleTree by Hilton

Wellington’s first Hilton property opens July 2018 on Lambton Quay, with 106 rooms including 12 suites.  

Boutique-hotel listo para la venta

Ohtel is now available for trade through Village Accommodation Group. The property is located in the exclusive seaside neighbourhood of Oriental Bay, and has 10 mid-century-furnished rooms. . 

Naumi acquires Wellington hotel

Known for hip, contemporary styling, Singapore hotel operator Naumi will redevelop and rebrand Comfort and Quality Hotels Wellington before the end of 2018 

New Eco Treks available in Capital city

Wellington Nature Tours are now offering small group day walking tours of Matiu/Somes Island and Otari-Wilsons Bush.  

Green Jersey Explorer Tours

Green Jersey Explorer Tours have expanded its offerings with guided walking tours that incorporate sections of the Te Araroa Trail.  


New member for Smartourism Marketing

Smartourism Marketing is pleased to add Cascade Creek Retreat to their member portfolio. Cascade Creek Retreat is a luxurious 5-Star, eco-friendly, boutique accommodation set on a 2000 hectare sheep and beef farm in Otago.


Cadbury World closes

Cadbury World Experience in Dunedin has stopped all tours effective immediately. The site has been acquired by the Ministry of Health to be used for Dunedin’s new state of the art hospital.

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