January 2018

Read on for the latest product updates, including new accommodation options, walking tours and museum experiences.

Royal Albatross


Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

From March 2018 the airline will operate three times a week between Wellington and Queenstown.

Robertson Lodges (Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers & Matakauri Lodge)

These luxury lodges are now collectively known as Robertson Lodges.
Check out the new experiences documents for Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers. [link to pdfs saved in kete here]
Please also note the following annual closures:
Kauri Cliffs Golf Course: Closed 5-21 June 2018
Kauri Cliffs Lodge: Closed 5 June – 2 July 2018
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course: 3-17 July 2018
Cape Kidnappers Lodge: 3-31 July 2018


Donkey Bay Inn – NEW product

Cooled under a huge living roof in Russell, this architectural masterpiece will take your breath away with its imaginative angles and breathtaking views at every turn. Boasting three exotically styled rooms with wide views of the bay, this boutique hotel is something quite unique. Managed by Boutique Hotels & Lodges. 


Fine Art Tours NZ – new website address

Fine Art Tours NZ has changed their domain name.
Their email addresses have also changed. Please take this opportunity to update your records to reflect these changes and check you have loaded the correct contact for various enquiry types:
Sales & Marketing: Jacqui.Wilkinson@finearttours.nz
Reservations: Helen.Langford@finearttours.nz
Finance: Chris.Daya@finearttours.nz


Henley Hotel Boutique Accommodation

Formerly known as Sarnia Park, the Henley Hotel is a 7-room boutique accommodation property just outside of Cambridge.

The hotel's new owner, Darryn Whitehead (previous owner of Regent of Rotorua and The Black Swan Lakeside), has just completed renovations and refurbishments of the rooms and suites to compliment the beautiful gardens that surround the sites.

Raglan Kayak & Paddleboard – NEW guided product

The new kayak and coffee guided kayaking excursion takes visitors through stunning scenery, telling stories of colourful history and diverse wildlife, and offering a chance to explore Raglan's limestone coast. The 3 hour trip also includes a delicious, picturesque picnic along the coast, featuring local organic coffee, decadent treats and fresh fruits.


Nature and Nosh – NEW product

Experience natural beauty up close on a guided, multi-day hiking tour with local flavours. Includes boutique accommodation and local food and wine.


Te Papa – Behind the Scenes Experiences – NEW trial product until end of March 2018

Explore Te Papa’s natural environment, New Zealand history, Pacific cultures, and botany storerooms. These new behind-the-scenes experiences are especially tailored to FIT and small groups. 
Adults only – Retail NZ$45pp (commission applies). Maximum 10pax per tour.
More details: https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/visit/guided-tours/behind-scenes-experiences
Reservations through tours@tepapa.govt.nz 


Hapuku Lodge – The Olive House

The Olive House at Hapuku Lodge has undergone an extensive refurbishment and is now available for you to book. This beautiful three-bedroom suite can comfortably accommodate three couples or large families. The upper floor can be separately occupied as a two-bedroom suite including the lounge, while the ground floor room can be occupied as a standalone guest room. The ground floor room is wheelchair accessible.


Destination Queenstown has produced their new 2018/2019 product directory, meeting and incentive planner. Download a copy from their website here, or contact Sarah with your name and postal address if you would like a physical copy.

Queenstown Airport has launched a Chinese microsite on their website which is designed to assist Chinese-speaking visitors to more easily access important travel information online. The microsite provides detail in simplified Chinese about flights, transport options and terminal information as well as entry into New Zealand, quarantine and security procedures.  It works across all mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

Blanket Bay “The Villa” opened December 19, 2017

The Villa is an awe inspiring addition to the main lodge. The Villa is located on an elevated terrace just a short stroll from the main lodge. 

Ziptrek Ecotours Queenstown – NEW “Kereru” product

Ziptrek has introduced a new product, the Kereru 2-line + Drop Tour. This includes a double zipline through the trees, followed by a swooping 21m drop down to the forest floor. Email sales & marketing manager Nicky Buust for more information. 

Welcome Rock Trails – NEW overnight product

Your clients will enjoy this exclusive overnight experience on a high country station. Includes one and a half days of walking (guided) and the evening to yourselves at Slate Hut. Take a soak in the outdoor bath and a beautiful meal, all included in the package price.


Royal Albatross Centre

Talk to your clients about albatross, penguins, gardens and Otago Peninsula travel plans like a pro. Download Royal Albatross Centre’s cheat sheet here (pdf, 255kb).