February 2018

Read on for the latest product updates collated from the industry and industry publications, including an electric campervan trial, exciting new tours and innovative developments at some of New Zealand’s favourite spots.

Christchurch City. Photo: Julian Apse


Jucy trialling new electric campervans

An electric campervan trial conducted by Jucy means choosing this type of vehicle for your clients could be a reality within two years. During the trial, two visiting French students will travel the North Island in an electric campervan prototype for about three weeks. 

Jucy CEO Tim Alpe says the company aims to introduce a new category of electric vehicle to its fleet to meet growing demand from millennial tourists. ‘Electric vehicles are the future of the Jucy campervan fleet and this trial is the ideal platform to test our product offering for customers,’ he says. ‘Campervans are the perfect vehicle to be electrically powered as tourists tend to drive during the day and can then recharge overnight at their campground.’


Sole Ventures – new product!

Sole Ventures is a new business offering private tours around Northland and other upper North Island locations including Auckland and Rotorua. Choose from one of their set tours or select a customised tour for your clients with specific needs. www.soleventures.co.nz

Kauri Museum

There are two new tours at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, operating daily at 11.30am and 1.45pm. They are:
The Ageless Kauri – 11:30am daily: The Kauri Tree Story – Past, Present, Future (includes admission into the museum)
The Highlights Tour – 1:45pm daily (includes admission into the museum)


Hamilton Gardens – new Fantasy Garden collection

Hamilton Gardens has opened their newest collection, focussing on art from different genres. Some of these include the Concept Garden, home to an oversized steampunk airship, ‘Orientalism”, specifically inspired by Chinese ceramics, Children’s literature and computer graphic arts – The Augmented Reality Garden.


Agroventures changes name to Velocity Valley

Agroventures Adventure Park is changing its name to Velocity Valley after almost 20 years. The adventure hub offers an array of exhilarating and ‘distinctively New Zealand’ adventure activities. Velocity Valley managing director Simon Short, says the company has always been about speed, rapid movement and the rush of leaving your comfort zone. ‘Our new name and brand now clearly reflects this,’ he says. ‘Velocity Valley offers something for all ages and confidence levels and the pulse reading will help visitors determine what’s right for them.’


Watch This Space

Take a 1.5 hour guided tour to learn about Christchurch’s vibrant street art and mural scene that has become a strong element of the city’s identity.

New YHA hostel opening in Tekapo

A 120-bed backpacker accommodation facility is in development on the lakeside in Tekapo and is due to open in November 2018.

There will be a mix of multi-share rooms, private accommodation, family rooms and ensuite facilities. The communal kitchen and lounge will feature a large full-length window to highlight the lake views.


The Rees adopts housekeeping technology to reduce check in wait times

Guests checking in to The Rees are benefitting from faster room turnaround times with the introduction of their new housekeeping system, Opiti Keeper. Using this technology means front office staff have real-time access to the availability of rooms, speeding up a historically manual process. Ultimately this means your clients get into their rooms quicker, having more time to relax or explore the region.


Classic Motorcycle Mecca expansion underway

Throughout 2018 a large expansion and redevelopment project will take place which aims to transform the existing collection into Australasia’s premier motorcycle museum. A lot of the existing 300+ classic motorcycles are set to remain in the collection but their accompanying information and presentation will be significantly different. Unique exhibition concepts are currently under development and they include a much wider scope of motorcycle themes, interactive displays, technological improvements and family friendly exhibits.