May 2018

In this month’s update, read about exciting new hotels, acquisitions and product enhancements from across the country.

Skydive Auckland

AUCKLAND    

Skydive Auckland opens new shop in CBD

Send your clients to Skydive Auckland’s new shop on Elliot Street, where they can ask questions and get help with their booking if they need it. They can also watch the action on the big screens!
Skydive Auckland boast the highest tandem skydive on the North Island, from 16,500ft.
www.skydiveauckland.com
    

ROTORUA    

Redwoods Treewalk launches lantern entrance

A lantern-inspired spiral entranceway with a focus on design, sustainability and innovation has opened at Redwoods Treewalk.
Designed by NZ design and sustainability champion David Trubridge and built locally, the entrance allows visitors the chance to wind their way up from the forest floor into the tree canopy.
www.treewalk.co.nz
    

TAUPŌ    

Huka Lodge offers Snow Time Package for the first time

Guests to the lodge can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at the nearby ski-fields of Turoa and Whakapapa with this new, two-night package. The package is available from 01 June – 30 September 2018, to coincide with ski season. For more information, check out the lifestyle packages available on Huka Retreat’s website.
www.hukaretreats.com
    

WAIRARAPA    

Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company 

Country Village Heaven was established in September last year to offer day trips ex Wellington that include return transfers, shopping and food and wine experiences. 
www.wellingtonsightseeingtours.co.nz 
 

NELSON    

Trail Journeys introduce Abel Tasman Coaster cycling experience

Your clients can now explore the Great Taste Trail and Abel Tasman National Park on a four-day, three-night independent tour. Expect to cycle three to five hours per day on a vehicle free trail with easy to moderate gradient. 
www.trailjourneysnelson.co.nz 
 

CHRISTCHURCH    

Distinction Christchurch Hotel now open

The newly renovated 179-room hotel in Cathedral Square is now open for business. It’s 4.5 star rated and is suitable for both business and leisure travellers.

www.distinctionhotels.co.nz/hotels-christchurch

    

WEST COAST    

INFLITE purchases Skydive Franz Josef Glacier

INFLITE has purchased the only skydive operator to offer the thrilling 19,000ft skydive. Flying from the popular West Coast town of Franz Josef, jumpers are able to freefall above the Westland & Aoraki/Mt Cook National Parks’ which form part of the Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.  
www.skydivefranz.co.nz
    

QUEENSTOWN    

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel adds new rooms

The expansion of the hotel’s rooms by 3 will increase capacity to 22 rooms in total. The rooms will feature individual gas fireplaces, an open balcony and breath-taking views over Queenstown Recreational Ground to The Remarkables mountain range. The hotel is currently closed for these renovations and will reopen in late August.
www.queenstownparkhotel.co.nz
    

Queenstown Water Taxis move to winter timetable

As of 01 May 2018, Queenstown Water Taxis are switching to their winter timetable. The 10pm and 10.30pm departures will now be operating on Friday and Saturday nights only.
The water taxi operates between Queenstown and Hilton Kawarau.
www.queenstownwatertaxis.co.nz
    

Go Orange purchases Thunder Jet!

Go Orange has acquired Thunder Jet and Queenstown Water Taxis. Like a journey on the TSS Earnslaw or a bungy jump; jetboating is a defining Queenstown experience and this fits perfectly into the Go Orange portfolio. 
www.goorange.co.nz