February 2019

In this month’s update, New Zealand’s first fully integrated airport hotel opens in Wellington, Zealandia develops new sensory tour for visually impaired visitors and Skydive Franz launches new skydive height.

Waitakere Estate


Waitakere Estate adds 8 new Premier Rooms

Waitakere Estate has completed their new South Wing with has increased their room capacity by 40%. The generously sized studios (42 sqm) with large balconies, magnificent rainforest and city views, contemporary furnishings, and plush superior king beds.


2019 Visitor Guide for The Mighty Waikato now available

Newly branded 2019 ‘The Mighty Waikato’ official regional visitor guide is now available. The guide includes activity, accommodation and food options for the Waikato region. The guide can be viewed and downloaded online from here:


New guided bike tour on Motu Trail

Mighty Motu now offer guided bike tours on Motu Trails which is one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. Follow well-formed tracks through the dunescape beside the Pacific Ocean and enjoy plenty of stops along the way to learn about the rich history of the Opotiki District.


First fully integrated airport hotel in NZ opens

Rydges Wellington Airport officially opened on 12th February 2019. The hotel is the first in New Zealand that connects with an airport terminal. Rydges Wellington Airport hotel is rated four-star and boasts 134 rooms.

Zealandia Eco-sanctuary launches new sensory tour for blind

The new tour known as Te Ara o Ngā Taringa I Kite or “the pathway of ears” is a sensory tour for blind and visually impaired visitors to Zealandia Eco-sanctuary. The tour was developed by guide Terese McLeod who was blind for 10 years before her sight was restored.


New skydive at 20,000ft above Franz Josef Glacier

Skydiver Franz now has New Zealand’s highest skydive – at 20,000ft. The 20,000 ft skydive replaces their 19,000ft option and guests experience over 85 seconds of freefall.


Exclusive high-country hiking tours now available in Queenstown

Small group adventure holiday specialists, World Expeditions, has a new 5-day fully guided walking tour on exclusive access trails across Moonlight Station. The working sheep station is beyond the beautiful Ben Lomond Trail and near Queenstown, with stunning views of the Remarkables, surrounding peaks and the Shotover River.


New luxury lodge in Manapouri

Cabot Lodge is a new luxury lodge on the outskirts of Manapouri. Each of the 4 rooms are stand alone, but connected by covered walkways with great views of Lake Manapouri and the Catherdral Park. A great option for visitors going to Doubtful Sound as it is close to the departure point.

Fiordland Outdoors Company expands their fleet

Fiordland Outdoors Company have recently acquired Kepler Water Taxi. This service on Lake Te Anau takes hikers across the lake for either day or multi day hike starting from Brod Bay on the Kepler Track.

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