November 2018

This month’s update includes new skydive height in Taupo, a new cultural experience in Christchurch and rebranding for some well known activities.



SO/ Auckland set to open  

The SO/ Auckland will open its designer doors on 19 November 2019. Accor’s new five-star property will offer 130- rooms and is situated in the heart of the city in downtown Britomart. 


New 18,500ft skydive for adrenalin seekers 

Taupo Tandem Skydiving have introduced a new skydive height at 18,500 ft which is 20,000 ft about sea level. Enjoy a 75 second freefall and coast-to-coast views on a clear sunny day. 


Rainbow Spring’s National Kiwi Trust rebrands 

Ngai Tahu Tourism have announced the National Kiwi Trust based at Rainbow Springs Nature Park has been rebranded to ‘National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa’. The Kiwi encounter Behind the scenes tour will now be known as National Kiwi hatchery tour. 


DoubleTree by Hilton to open its fifth New Zealand hotel in Napier 

The DoubleTree by Hilton Napier Hotel and Suites will be located in Napier’s CBD, just a short walk to Hastings Street pedestrian mall and the waterfront. It is expected to be complete in early 2019. 


New Native Rainforest Maori tourism product launches 

Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours have launched a full day guided cultural walking tour into the heart of the Whirinaki Rainforest. 


Experience Kaikoura by air, land and sea 

South Pacific Whale Watch now offer the Ultimate Experience. The 1 hour 20 minute tour includes an introduction to Whale Watching, a landing at the newly created Hapuku Dam ‘Quake Lake’, plus an Alpine landing on the top of Mount Fyffe. 


Christchurch NZ launches the ‘Christchurch Story’  

Christchurch NZ, along with strategic partners and their community, have developed the ‘Christchurch Story’ as a resource to help tell the city’s narrative. Their new toolkit offers a range of resources that can help trade understand and promote Christchurch’s story. 

Vintage Peddler’s new brand 

Vintage Peddler have rebranded and are now Chill Urban Tours. They offer daily city tours, providing relaxed and easy cycling with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Tours are for two hours, and take in the popular sites of Hagley Park, Avon River Precinct, the Arts Centre, New Regent Street and much more 

New cultural experience in Christchurch 

He Tāngata is a new product in Christchurch offering insight into Māori culture in the South Island. Situated at Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae, He Tāngata is promoting daily tours of an exclusive operating National Marae. 

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