Category: Industry News

Christchurch Tram Up & Running!

Christchurch Trams are back running on their original loop through the city as of today. Post-earthquakes, the trams began operations on a shortened route last November and have carried over 100, 000 passengers. A year later the trams will now travel along their original pre-earthquake loop down Worcester Boulevard and along Rolleston Avenue, Armagh and […]

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Millbrook Named No 1 Hotel in New Zealand

Millbrook named No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the Trip Advisor  Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013 Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named the No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the 2013 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Millbrook was also named as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the South Pacific and Top […]

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Shotover Jet Customers Take Thrills Home

New technology on board Shotover Jet’s Big Red boats means you can now easily relive the thrills of their high-speed adrenalin trip as soon as you’re back on dry land. Following an upgrade to its systems, Shotover Jet can now deliver a take home DVD ‘Jet-Cam’ pack to you in the time it takes you […]

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New-look TranzAlpine

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys’ TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth celebrates 25 years of operations this week with the introduction of its new centrally heated, air-conditioned carriages on the route. They feature un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows to capture the views and allow better photography. Each saloon carriage also offers GPS triggered journey commentary […]

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Who is the top selling travel agency & travel consultant for Grand Pacific worldwide?

Congrats to Kirby O’Connor who was today awarded ‘Top Consultant Worldwide’ for Grand Pacific Tours. Kirby is pictured here with Barry Watts (from Grand Pacific) after being presented with her award. Kirby started with Relaxing Journeys 2 years ago and is one of our guided coach touring specialists. Relaxing Journeys were also awarded ‘Top Agency Worldwide’ for Grand […]

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Appellation Central Wine Tours Wins International Award

Queenstown based premier wine tour company Appellation Central Wine Tours has received an International Best of Wine Tourism Award in the Wine Tourism Services category. Their win followed a jury meeting of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Global Network in Mainz, Germany last week. GWC judges said Appellation Central Wine Tours won the award thanks […]

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Millbrook Named World’s Best Golf Resort

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named the world’s best golf resort by Australia’s Luxury Travel magazine. Millbrook has taken out top place in the magazine’s 2011 Gold List Award for overseas golf resorts, ahead of strong New Zealand and international contenders. Last year Millbrook came fourth in the awards, which are decided upon by […]

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Positive Signs Emerging From Christchurch

A new day spa has opened in Christchurch in what many are interpreting as a sign of confidence in the city’s ability to recover from last month’s quake. The new Linden Leaves Day Spa is the first of its kind in New Zealand and has opened in the Chateau on the Park hotel, opposite Hagley […]

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Blog4NZ

Blog4NZ is a grass-roots effort on the part of the international travel blogging community to promote all that is good about travel in New Zealand, Canterbury and Christchurch. It is a worldwide blogging event that is running from the 21st to 23nd of March — the one-month anniversary of the quake. Following the devastating earthquake […]

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The Hobbit Begins Filming

Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece. “The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with […]

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Christchurch Loses RWC 2011 Hosting Rights
Rugby World Cup 2011

Tournament partners have today reluctantly decided that Christchurch will be unable to host the seven matches scheduled to be played at Stadium Christchurch and these will be rescheduled to be played at other venues in New Zealand. The decision was unanimously supported by Tournament owners the International Rugby Board, the New Zealand Government, the New […]

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Doubtful Sound One of World’s Top 7 Cruises

Doubtful Sound in Fiordland has been picked by American travel website AOL Travel, as the place to experience one of the world’s top seven “unbelievablys scenic cruises”. AOL Travel writer, Janna Grabber rated it as“ breathtaking” along with cruises in Antarctica, Alaska, the French Riviera, French Polynesia, Maine’s Penobscot Bay and the Norwegian Fjords. “Fiordland […]

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Relaxing Journeys Awarded ‘AAT Kings Top NZ Wholesaler’

‘AAT Kings Annual Champions Trip’ has come and gone for another year. This year 40 of AAT King’s top consultants in Australasia were treated to a 5 day tour of Tasmania. Our tour commenced in Hobart (fabulous city), then on to Port Arthur. The next day we drove across the state to Strahan on the west coast where […]

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Cycle Trail carries Nga Haerenga brand

Work has begun on the New Zealand Prime Minister’s pet tourism project, a $50 million, 1400km national cycle trail, and it now has a brand name – Nga Haerenga or “the journeys”. John Key this week turned the first sod on a $3 million job that will complete the final 41km piece of a 100km […]

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Ipipiri – Discover The Bay of Islands

Craig at Relaxing Journeys was recently invited by Grand Pacific Tours to join them in the  inaugural launch of the Ipipiri (E-pip-e-rey), a scenic overnight cruise of the Bay of Islands. Ipipiri, the sacred Maori name of the Bay of Islands, is a four storey, state of the art vessel, with stylish interior and 30 king state rooms, […]

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New hotels for Auckland in time for Rugby World Cup 2011

Auckland Airport Novotel Announced The long-awaited details of an international-branded hotel for Auckland Airport have been announced. Auckland International Airport Ltd has entered into a joint venture with Accor Hospitality and Tainui Group Holdings to build and operate a new four-star Novotel. The 263-room, 12-storey hotel, which is expected to be ready in time for […]

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Party Central

The Rugby World Cup 2011 is creeping up very fast, and progress is finally being made on many of the infrastructure developments required to make this the best World Cup ever. Speaking at the TRENZ tourism event in Auckland, Prime Minister John Key announced that Auckland’s Queens Wharf will be used as ‘party central’ during […]

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Update on Swine Flu

Health authorities are warning that Influenza A (H1N1) remains of concern, although it has dropped out of the headlines. Border authorities are continuing to screen arriving passengers into New Zealand and a number of people remain in quarantine, although all New Zealanders with confirmed cases of H1N1 have recovered. Source: Tourism New Zealand

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New Zealand Swine Flu Update

The New Zealand government has moved quickly to respond to cases of Swine Flu in New Zealand. A small number of people in New Zealand have tested probable or are suspected of having the illness – all have been isolated and treated promptly. As soon as the Government was notified in late April of suspected […]

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New Zealand Swine Flu

The New Zealand government has moved quickly to respond to cases of Swine Flu in New Zealand. A total of 14 people in New Zealand have tested positive for Influenza A today (Wednesday April 29, 2009) and are being treated as having Swine Flu. As soon as the Government was notified of suspected cases from […]

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Tourists get chance to rave about NZ

Tourism New Zealand is going on the road with a world-leading tourism marketing initiative using visitors to spread the word to friends and family through social networking. NZ Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, John Key has launched the new marketing concept that uses a mobile recording studio to capture visitors’ stories about their time […]

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