August 2014

This month we have a range of exciting new products and developments to make your client’s holiday to New Zealand memorable and full of surprises.

Beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Photo: Destination Marlborough


Auckland Airport – new development
Auckland Airport has started the ground works to extend its international baggage hall, one of several construction projects that mark the first phase of the airport’s new combined domestic and international terminal.
The NZ$90m extension will increase the international baggage hall floor area by approximately 2,500sq m and will be completed by 30 November 2014.
Auckland Airport’s 30-year vision for the airport includes building the combined domestic and international terminal, adding a second runway by around 2025 with a possible 890m extension in 30 to 50 years.
Hauraki Blue Cruises – new product
New Zealand’s largest permanently-based cruise ship, Ipipiri, will cruise out of Auckland from 04 September 2014, offering lunch cruises and overnight voyages around Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
The 44.5m catamaran offers 30 ocean view cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. It has an 80-seat restaurant and bar, and guests can take part in a range of water activities including kayaking, snorkelling and swimming. The sun deck is undergoing a full refurbishment to ensure it provides a place for guests to relax and enjoy the views.


The Lost Spring – now working with travel trade
The Lost Spring offers Pacific Island themed luxury natural hot spring pools, with poolside service from its top quality onsite restaurant and café. Visitors can soak their way to relaxation in 100% natural mineral waters. Enjoy a range of spring water temperatures from a cool 32°C to a toasty 40°C. Visit the first-class day spa, with an international team of expert beauty and massage therapists, offering a range of pamper treatments from relaxation massages to indulgent facials.


Hamilton Gardens – personalised picnic baskets
This option is perfect for independent travellers staying in the Waikato, or passing through. Visitors collect their personalised picnic basket from the Information Centre and can choose to dine in any of the gardens. 
Each picnic basket comes with an outdoor blanket, indulgent sweet slices, fruit juice with seasonal fruit and main-meal offerings. They also have a wide range of award-winning New Zealand wines available. Bookings are required.


Hallmark Limousines – new fleet in Wellington
Hallmark has positioned part of its fleet in Wellington to meet the growing demand of quality luxury vans in the region. The vehicles will be available for sight-seeing tours and transfers.


Sounds Connection and Bay of Many Coves – new development
Sounds Connection have teamed up with Bay of Many Coves to offer a ‘brunch in the Sounds and wine tour package’. Available from November to April, the tour starts with a water taxi from Picton out to the gorgeous Bay of Many Coves for brunch and champagne. Guests can enjoy the view from the veranda as they sample the fresh delights from the bakery and refreshments from the cellar list.
Upon return to Picton, the tour joins Sounds Connection's half day wine experience for an afternoon amongst the vines before returning to Picton or Blenheim.


Canterbury Trails – new Garden City tour 
Canterbury Trails have developed a new full day tour allowing visitors to discover why Christchurch is known as ‘The Garden City’. The fully escorted tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, travel by deluxe mini coach, guided visits at two private gardens, guided visits at two public gardens, a relaxing lunch and a local knowledgeable guide. Minimum of two guests required.
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport –refurbishment
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport has now begun an extensive NZ$25m redevelopment project.  The project will see the current building totally transformed both inside and out with additional accommodation rooms being added to the property along with additional conference and meeting facilities incorporated also. The redevelopment is expected to be fully completed in early 2016. The hotel will continue to be fully operational (reduced accommodation inventory) throughout the project with the contractors only working between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm weekdays, thus eliminating as much noise and disturbance to guests as possible.  


The Wakatipu Collection – new products
Queenstown tourism cooperative The Wakatipu Collection has recently launched two new sightseeing activities for FIT visitors and business groups.
The Milford Heli-Cruise-Heli includes a flight from Queenstown to Milford and back with Heli Tours and a 1 hour 45 minute cruise on board the newly refurbished Milford Adventurer. Designed for the high-end market, this is a boutique product hosted by long-term locals who provide insights into the region’s geology and history. The four hour trip departs Queenstown at 9.45am. A minimum of two passengers is required to confirm.
For wine aficionados with a sense of adventure, the Heli Jet Wine tour combines an exciting helicopter flight through the Queenstown wine district with a jet boat ride on the Kawarau River with Goldfields Jet. The onwards flight lands at Bannockburn for lunch at Mt Difficulty Wines, one of the region’s premier Pinot Noir producers, before flying back to Queenstown along the Kawarau River. Wine and lunch are included. Minimum of 2 passengers required. Add-ons include gold panning and an alpine landing on the return flight.
View these products at or contact Jo Weir for further information.
Shotover Jet – new development
Shotover Jet is embracing technological advances enabling holidaymakers to capture their own jet boating experience on camera for the first time. 
Based on client demand and feedback the company now allows hands free cameras on the ‘Big Reds’ provided they are securely mounted on the front of the users’ head and are pre-set before the trip.
Specialist GoPro forehead mounts are available for rent or purchase from the retail store or customers can bring their own. Each mount is checked by a staff member before boarding. 
Skyline Queenstown - restaurant refurbishment
The Skyline Queenstown restaurant will debut an elegant new decor, fresh menu and even a new name, after an extensive renovation project to be completed in mid-August 2014. The restaurant is also famous for its Remarkables and lake views. “We are moving away from our traditional buffet offering and taking a fresh, modern approach that will raise the bar in terms of quality, value for money and the overall dining experience for our guests,” says Skyline Queenstown GM Lyndon Thomas.
The restaurant will feature a menu of classic New Zealand dishes with international influences. Guests can chat with chefs at live cooking stations and watch as they prepare the country’s finest produce, from Southland lamb and beef to Akaroa salmon and other seafood, salads and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also includes a mussel bar. Another of the restaurant’s new offerings: a decadent dessert display featuring a floor-to-ceiling selection of sweet treats.