Smartourism News

Attention inbound operators and wholesalers!

The rates to 2021/2023 for the Smartourism members can be found on the RATES page. Click on the RATES button to the right to go the rates page. If you require the password, please email

2021 new products

We have several fantastic new products in the group. Click on each link for more info:

Feb 2021 News

New: Product Training Videos

We are using the Covid-19 period productively by producing 20-minute in-depth training video for each of the operators.

Go to the Product Training Videos page to view them! 
If you require the password for this page, please email me:

March 2020 news

March 2020

Magic March at Cascade Creek Retreat - Milton (near Dunedin)

This month we have a ‘never before offered deal’ at Cascade Creek Retreat – book ONE night to stay during the month of March 2020 and receive an extra night absolutely free!


We now have names for our two ‘Valais Black nose’ lambs – also known as the ‘Worlds Cutest Sheep' – meet Coffee & Cream! In January we held a competition via Facebook and asked for name suggestions, the person who came up with the best suggestion received a wonderful one night getaway at Cascade Creek Retreat. Photos attached.

Click here for more info on Cascade Creek Retreat.

March 2020

Lots of extras from next season at Cabot Lodge, Fiordland!


Cabot Lodge will be including a three-course chef prepared evening meal in all rates next season. In addition, we have a new hot tub on the property, nestled in the hillside overlooking Lake Manapouri and the Fiordland National Park, as well as e-bikes for guest use on the newly formed Lake to Lake Trail between Te Anau and Manapouri. 


Our rates for next season include:

  • An Arrival Drink
  • Evening Drink and Canapes
  • Three-course chef prepared evening meal
  • Breakfast
  • Complimentary Mini Bar (including beer, cider, wine and bubbles)
  • On-farm activity
  • Laundry Service
  • Hot Tub, and
  • E-bikes available for guest hire. 

Click here for more info on Cabot Lodge, Te Anau, Fiordland

March 2020

New product: Limousine Services Queenstown

I'm excited to present to you this high quality operator.

Limousine Services is the largest limousine company in the South Island with over 35 years’ experience in the industry. They are the only ‘owner operated’ company in the area solely dedicated to delivering and exceptional limousine service. 

Click here to

March 2020


Christchurch and the Eco Villa features the prestigious New York Times' "52 Places to Go in 2020"

Ecovilla in NY Times - click to read article
Ecovilla in NY Times - click to read article



"Besides a strong public art program, which has installed sculptures across the city, recent highlights include the food hall Little High Eatery, its neighboring wine bar Not Without You, and Eco Villa, an eight-room inn reconstructed from a 1910-vintage, earthquake-damaged house across the street from the architect Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral."

The writer stayed with us anonymously back in November 2019 and we remember her well, chatting with her about places to visit. 

A really unexpected and wonderful piece of promotion for Christchurch and the Eco Villa!

Click here for more info on Eco Villa in Christchurch


Lewis Benseman (on left), tour guide and owner of Hop on Beer Tours with happy customers.
Lewis Benseman (on left), tour guide and owner of Hop on Beer Tours with happy customers.

March 2020

Great second season for Hop on Beer Tours, Queenstown

Hop On Beer Tours (fully guided craft beer tours) is super happy about finishing our second summer.

With four breweries in town, we now have five different locations that we can visit and the scenery, still stunning as always. 

The local breweries have picked up more awards and we are looking forward to our Australian beer drinking friends coming to town to enjoy an awesome winter.

Click here for more info on Hop on Beer Tours.

March 2020

Kiwi Spotting on Stewart Island price reduction


Ulva's Guided Walks is announcing a reduction (yes, a reduction!) in rate for our very popular evening kiwi spotting tour at Mamaku Point conservation reserve.  From 1st April 2020 the retail rate is being reduced from $150 to $130 per person ($120pp nett down to $104pp nett).  


In choosing Ulva’s Guided Walks our clients help support important conservation projects at Stewart Island and further afield.  We sponsor Gadget the rodent detector dog (Conservation Dogs Programme) who lives at Stewart Island with her handler.  Gadget regularly patrol Stewart Island, Ulva Island and many other New Zealand islands to detect pesky rats and mice to stop them from killing our native birds.  In addition, for every person on our kiwi spotting tour we make a donation to the Mamaku Point Conservation Trust to help protect this predator-free area.


Click for more info on Ulva's Guided Walks


Merry Christmas wishes from all the members of the Smartourism Marketing Group!

Oct 2019 news

Oct 2019

Please note: Coronet Peak Tandem Paraglading and Hang Gliding pickup location in Queenstown changed.


The pickup is now in front of the Ivan Clarke Gallery, 39 Camp Street, downtown Queenstown (previously 37 Camp Street).


For more info on Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding and Hang Gliding, click here.

August 2019 News

August 2019

New product: Cabot Lodge | Te Anau | Fiordland National Park

Cabot Lodge is a luxurious escape on the doorstep of world class hiking, kayaking, fishing, adventure activities, and the renowned Milford and Doubtful Sounds. 

This 5 star Gold Qualmark rated property accommodates up to 10 guests.

Click here for more info on Cabot Lodge.


August 2019

We did it! Hump Ridge Track chosen to be the next NZ Great Walk!


Last month, it was announced that the Hump Ridge Track is to be NZ's 11th Great Walk! This stunning 3-day guided walk is a must for anyone who loves hiking and the spectacular beauty of Fiordland National Park . It's certainly my favourite multi-day walk, and I've walked most of NZ's Great Walks.

Click here for more info on the Hump Ridge Track guided walk.

Click here to view the news on the Department of Conservation website.

August 2019

New product by Alpine Guides - Mt Cook:

Tasman Glacier Ice Trek (full day private trip)

If you want more adventure than a 2-hour helihike - plus the benefits of a private guiding experience - choose Alpine Guides' Tasman Ice Trek.

The Trek combines the thrill of  helicopter rides, plus a true exploratory journey on the ice of the mighty Tasman Glacier.

You will fly to a high landing at approx. 1,400 metres above sea level. With your personal glacier guide, you will traverse the incredible glacial landscape, while moving through the regular Tasman Glacier Heli Hike terrain and on, into more “adventurous” zones.

Click here for more info.

This newsletter's theme: the people behind the businesses...


He aha te mea nui o te ao? 

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! (Maori proverb)


What is the most important thing in the world? 

It is people! It is people! It is people! 

Nisha and Anna, your hosts
Nisha and Anna, your hosts

August 2019

The team at Ecovilla Boutique Hotel - Christchurch

Nisha - Owner and operator of the Eco Villa - Nisha is the creative flair behind everything at the Eco Villa, with an ethos that nothing is wasted she has recycled, upcycled and reused beautiful hardwoods from the renovation to create an exciting and beautiful 8 bedroom B&B right in the heart of central Christchurch. 


Anna - after returning from 2 years in the Nicaraguan Jungle running an off grid eco lodge, Anna is Eco Villa's assistant manager with a passion for Eco Tourism & for ever-changing Christchurch.


Sharon - Our organised, systemized, attention to detail all rounder. Sharon is the best head housekeeper anyone could ask for but not only that she does accounts, admin, management.. you name it - Sharon can do it! 


Tatiana -  Describing herself as a citizen of the world Tati recently joined the team as the onsite manager, her passion for the environment really fits in with Eco Villa's ethos - she speaks 5 languages and is a wealth of knowledge for our guests, a friendly face for guests on arrival. 


Click here for more info on Ecovilla, Christchurch.

August 2019

Brown's Ski Shop - Queenstown: introducing "the Groms"!


Browns Ski Shop is Queenstown's highest quality Ski and Snowboard rental shop and its oldest. Local ski team kids are involved.. check out this cool little video!

Click here for more info on Browns Ski Shop.

August 2019

Coronet Peak Tandem Hang Gliding's video with owner & Chief Pilot Angus!


Get ready to fly! Check out this little video with Chief Pilot Angus. 

Below that is an overview of the whole team at Coronet Peak Tandem Hang Gliding & Paragliding.

Click here for more info!


Coronet Peak Hang gliding & Paragliding video :)
MP4 Video/Audio File 31.5 MB
Click to go to the About Us page
Click to go to the About Us page

Video: Introducing Lewis Benseman, owner/operator Hop on Beer Tours
MP4 Video/Audio File 6.5 MB

August 2019

Hop on Beer Tours' owner Lewis Benseman's video introducing himself.

Click here for more info on Hop on Beer Tours - Queenstown

August 2019

Introducing: the team at Ulva's Guided Walks - Stewart Island

Ulva Goodwillie
Ulva Goodwillie
Matt Jones
Matt Jones
Sandy King
Sandy King
Denise Hayes
Denise Hayes
Jules Retberg
Jules Retberg

Ulva's Guided Walks was established in 2000 by Ulva Goodwillie when visitors to Stewart Island began expressing a desire for guides to show them around Ulva Island bird sanctuary.  Ulva and her team of local guides are passionate about Ulva Island and the special place that the whole team calls home, Stewart Island.  Join them for a unique experience, learning about native flora and fauna, from a Maori and local Stewart Island perspective.  Half day, full day and evening tours are available.  The most popular experience is a morning Ulva Island guided walk through ancient podocarp forest, surrounded by bird song; closely followed by a birdwatching package to see rare and endemic land birds, seabirds and the iconic Stewart Island Brown Kiwi.  


Ulva Goodwillie (owner & guide) is an articulate, friendly, well-informed Stewart Islander who is passionate about her home and committed to giving visitors a special insight into Rakiura National Park's unique attraction, Ulva Island.  Ulva bears the name of the lovely island sanctuary situated in Waka o Te Wera (Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island), also the wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Isle in the Hebrides of Scotland. A highlight of her walking programme is a leisurely ramble which introduces visitors to Ulva Island's history, scenery and spectacular birdlife.


Jules Retberg (office manager) loves nature and wildlife although admits it’s not her natural habitat, as she grew up in the outskirts of London!  She is a self-confessed computer geek; a born organiser and administrator.  She uses her own experiences of worldwide travel to help Ulva’s Guided Walks’ clients make informed choices when planning what is often a once in a lifetime trip and make the best of their time at Stewart Island and Ulva Island.  Jules left the UK in 2007 and Stewart Island has been home ever since.  Outside of the office, Jules is a beachcomber and can be found at any one of Stewart Island’s stunning beaches, walking her dog and searching for natural treasures to photograph or write about.  


Matt Jones (guide) is originally from the UK and has lived and worked on Stewart Island since 2007 as a bird watching guide.  A mad-keen wildlife watcher from a young age, particularly birds, Matt’s obsession fortunately became his career.  With a UK list of over 400 birds and a New Zealand list topping over 200, his impressive world list continues to grow thanks to extensive worldwide travels.  However, Matt’s heart is firmly planted on Stewart Island and he likes nothing more than showing visiting birdwatchers rare and endemic birds of Ulva Island, seabirds and New Zealand’s iconic kiwi.  Stewart Island conservation work includes annual bird call counts, data gathering (Southern New Zealand Dotterel), and the Kakapo Recovery programme.  In 2011 he became chairman of the Ulva Island Charitable Trust which (with the Department of Conservation) works to keep Ulva Island open to the public and free of introduced pests.


Denise Hayes (guide) has a lifelong love of all things New Zealand but especially native birds and plants.  She was involved in both volunteer and paid work protecting the New Zealand environment prior to making Stewart Island her home in 2009.  Since then Denise has been involved in many aspects of conservation on Stewart Island ranging from the Kakapo recovery programme, kiwi monitoring, penguin counts, bird call counts, titi burrow and possum monitoring, and pest control.  She recently set up her own pest control business on Stewart Island.  Denise is an avid gardener and loves to fish, hunt, bird watch and tramp to remote parts of Stewart Island.  


Sandy King (guide) grew up on Stewart Island and was involved in the early concept and planning to eradicate Norway rats from Ulva Island in the 1990s.  Her career path is firmly rooted in conservation and wildlife with a particular interest in islands.  Sandy has been involved in pest eradication projects at Campbell, Codfish and Macquarie Islands and is now part of the Conservation Dogs Programme as handler of Gadget, a rodent detection dog.  Sandy and Gadget travel around New Zealand detecting rodents and promoting island biosecurity, as well as utilising their expertise at home on Stewart Island and Ulva Island.


Click here for more info on Ulva's Guided Walks. 

Heather McDonald & Lance Benseman (owners Qtown Wine Trail) and Andrew Bisset, Manager
Heather McDonald & Lance Benseman (owners Qtown Wine Trail) and Andrew Bisset, Manager

August 2019

Queenstown Wine Trail's team

Our team is made up locals who enjoy great wine and tasty food but more importantly who love to host people.


The beauty of guiding in Queenstown is that you get to meet all types of people from all over the world and you never know what your clients are going to be like until you meet them.

Lance, owner and senior guide, has been showing people around the Queenstown wineries for 27 years and still has the passion to make it memorable. Here is a review we received just yesterday from a client on our Wine Hopper Bus – “We had a wonderful day on this trip, Lance our guide was just fantastic. His local knowledge added enormously to our great experience. What a lovely person, friendly helpful, informative, the man was made for this. He is a pure natural, I would highly recommend Wine-hopper Queenstown to visitors to the area - Rita”


Click here for more info on Queenstown Wine Trail (group & private wine tours)

August 2019

Remarkable Scenic Tours' Wayne & Kathy Hansen


Your guides Wayne and Kathy Hansen have travelled the world extensively and shared many experiences. They designed Remarkable Scenic tours to embrace all the things they love about travel - guides with a depth of local knowledge, mesmerising stories, surprise locations, fantastic views, and a sense of having just spent one of the best days ever with a group of your friends.  You can look forward to one of your 'best day's ever' when you visit Queenstown, New Zealand.


Wayne is a good Kiwi lad, born and bred in the South Island city of Invercargill. His passion for New Zealand is infectious as he weaves stories and facts on tour. As past President of the Queenstown Photography Club, Wayne understands the magic of capturing history and nature through the eyes and the lens.

Kathy is the happy-go-lucky Aussie gal that married the Kiwi lad and promptly fell in love with New Zealand too. Her devotion to skiing, track walking and nature's beauty drew her to the charms of Queenstown, where she and Wayne and their two children now call Home.


Click here for more info on Remarkable Scenic Tours.

August 2019

At Cascade Creek Retreat (Milton, near Dunedin), the world's cutest sheep are part of the team too!

In spring this year, we are very excited to bring some ‘new additions’ to our Qualmark 5 Star Enviro Gold Retreat for our guests to enjoy! We will be welcoming the very unique and special  ‘Valais Black nose’ lambs – also known as the ‘Worlds Cutest Sheep’. 


These lambs are not widely found in NZ and therefore offer a very unique experience for our guests during their stay. The sheep with their lambs will be located directly next to the Retreat and there will be food at the Retreat for our guests to take and feed, visit, and generally enjoy these beautiful animals throughout the duration of their stay.


Click here for more info on Cascade Creek Retreat.

August 2019

Arrowfield Apartments - Arrowtown: Introducing the Julian family...

This is Teresa, Scott, Pippa age (8) & Rosa (3). 

Why do we love running our business? 

Sharing our beautiful environment and ensuring our guests have an amazing stay is our priority.

We also love running Arrowfield as it provides the flexibility for us to spend time as a family no matter what day of the week. We also have the flexibility to be able to take a couple of hours off during the day to go skiing or for a mountain bike. 


Click here for more info on Arrowfield Apartments, Arrowtown


August 2019

Introducing the team at Wanaka Water Taxi & 4x4 Explorer: 
(left to right) Brent - Krystle - Charlie - Dom - Kyle

Brent – Owner & Skipper

Brent has been a boat skipper for 25 years. Working in the New Zealand tourism industry he started driving boats around icebergs at Mt Cook and has driven jet boats in Queenstown, Taxis in Abel Tasman, sailed his own yacht through the Pacific and guided rafts down rivers in New Zealand and Japan. An avid climber and skier he has climbed Mt Cook twice and pursued his climbing passion to places like China, Russia, Greenland, Europe and the US.

He is passionate about the Wanaka area and loves being out on the lake or up in the mountains. He enjoys hearing of others travel adventures and is happy to share his experiences and knowledge of the local area with you.


Krystle – Sales & Marketing Manager

Originally from the Netherlands, Krystle came to Wanaka in 2009 to teach skiing. After alternating winters between New Zealand and Austria for a number of years she eventually made Wanaka her home.

Krystle loves being in or on the water and enjoys nothing more than a long swim in the cool clear waters of Lake Wanaka.

Mou Waho Island is her favourite place in Wanaka and when not manning the office she can be found stowing away on one of our boat trips to the island.


Charlie – 4×4 Guide

A born and bred kiwi, Charlie grew up holidaying in the region, and has lived in and around Wanaka for the last 10 years. Coming from a professional services background, predominantly based in our larger cities, he was attracted to Central Otago due to its wide open spaces, beautiful scenery and pristine environment. An experienced off-roader, Charlie spends a fair chunk of his precious spare time exploring the rivers, lakes and mountains the region has to offer, and taking the opportunities they provide to pursue his love of fishing, hunting and the great outdoors generally. Charlie enjoys nothing more than showing off our amazing landscapes, and welcomes you on board to share a unique and unforgettable experience in our high country.


Dom – 4×4 Guide

Originally from sunny Nelson, Dom now calls Wanaka home. A life spent on the ocean and in the hills lead him to Wanaka and it’s surrounding landscapes back in 2014. Coming from a photography background, Dom has a deep appreciation for the diverse landscapes and stunning colours that Otago has on offer. An active rock climber, snowboarder and mountain runner Dom enjoys sharing his appreciation for the region and offering his photography knowledge.


Kyle – Skipper & 4×4 Guide

Kyle has been working and playing on the sea since child hood having lived in Oban a small fishing village on Stewart Island all his life. Working in the aquaculture industry on salmon, mussel and oyster farms and commercial fishing industry. Kyle is an avid hunter fisherman and mountain biker. Having recently relocated to Wanaka with his young family he is enjoying the amazing climate and outdoor activities the region has to offer.

July 2019:
NEW PRODUCT: Coronet Peak Tandem Hang Gliding and Paragliding


Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding & Hang Gliding was founded in 1999 and offer spectacular paragliding and hang gliding flights from Coronet Peak, Queenstown.

Click here for more info.


May 2019:

NEW PRODUCT: Hop On Beer Tours - Queenstown

Join Hop on Beer Tours and enjoy a half day out and around Queenstown like no other! 

Get picked up around 11:50am and take a trip outside of Queenstown’s CBD to try award-winning local beers in our up and coming craft beer scene. This fully guided tour will take you past historic Arrowtown before going through the scenic Gibbston Valley and heading back towards Queenstown passing the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu. 

Click here for more info on Hop on Beer Tours.

News February 2019

Remarkable Scenic Tours now Qualmark Silver + new luxury 13-seater

Remarkables Scenic Tours offers half day and full day tours in the Queenstown/Wanaka area. Wayne, Kathy and their team are very happy with their new Qualmark Silver rating. 

They have also recently added a brand new luxury vehicle to their fleet: a 13-seater Volkswagen Crafter with leather seats and interactive TV monitor.

For more info on Remarkable Scenic Tours, click here.

Ski the Tasman 2019 rates available on the Rates Page

New Zealand's most spectacular ski product: Ski the Tasman, the Southern Hemisphere's longest glacier. Fly up by Ski Plane and land at the top of the Tasman Glacier. Then ski down with a professional guide and repeat. 

Operates only in winter. 

Click here for more info on this unique product, and for the 2019 RATES click here If you need the password to the Rates page, email: .

Queenstown Wine Trail's new Wine Hopper Bus proving popular this summer!


Hop on and off at iconic Queenstown wineries and enjoy the best 9 wineries of the Gibbston wine region at your own pace with an all day ticket on the Wine Hopper Bus


We have new wrist bands for our “Wine Hopper Bus” clients to be identified as they roam around our wine region experiencing our stunning Pinot Noir!

For more info, click here.


Browns Ski Shop - Queenstown 
Are you interested in a early bird campaign?


If you’d like to offer an early bird deal to your clients, contact us & see if collectively we can come up with something that will work for you and us. 



Contact Ant Casey now for more details:


For more info on Browns Ski Shop, click here. 

News November 2018

New product: Eco Villa | Boutique Hotel | Christchurch


Eco Villa is a beautifully restored boutique hotel and has 8 individually crafted rooms, 4 with ensuite bathrooms, 4 with shared facilities.  You'll have access to a fully equipped shared kitchen, dining area, lounge, edible garden and outdoor baths!  


They aim to create a social environment where you can meet like-minded travellers or you can relax in the comfort of your own room. 

Click here to read more about Eco Villa.

Family Adventures - Queenstown - Time change afternoon trip.


Notice: afternoon rafting trip now departing at 1.30pm instead of 1.45pm.

This half-day rafting trip (with morning & afternoon departures) is the only company that takes kids from the age of 3! History, stunning scenery and lots of fun!


Click here for more info on Family Adventures!

Vertigo Bikes - Queenstown

New front and full-suspension e-bikes for hire!

These bikes are beyond fun and the grin factor goes off the scale with just how much further and faster you can go but still enjoy the descents!  Get yourself out to 7 Mile, Moke Lake, Coronet Peak or do laps of the Queenstown Bike Park without the queues for the gondola!

NOTE: Vertigo are no longer offering the Queenstown Mountain Bike School (new compliances have made it untenable).

Click here for more info on Vertigo Bikes - Queenstown

Brown's Ski Shop (Queenstown) team member wins NZ Hard Goods Sales Person of the Year.


Tyler Kitchin, of Browns Ski Shop, recently won the "Hard Goods Sales Person of the Year", as voted for by the New Zealand Snow Industry Federation. 

Click here for info on Queenstown's iconic ski shop (gear hire).

Introducing: Kathy and Wayne Hansen - Remarkable Scenic Tours - Queenstown

Wayne & Kathy have travelled the world extensively and shared many experiences. 

They designed Remarkable Scenic tours to embrace all the things they loved about travel – sharing local knowledge, mesmerising stories, surprise locations, fantastic views, and a sense of having just spent one of the best days ever with a group of your friends. 


Together they make an amazing team and have built a unique tourism business that concentrates on Arrowtown and Wanaka.  They both receive great reviews and it’s easy to see when you read them they both really enjoy what they do. In November they will add a new larger 2018 Crafter VW van to their fleet of 3 vehicles to make their guest experience even more enjoyable and memorable.


Kathy is the happy-go-lucky Aussie gal that married the Kiwi lad and promptly fell in love with New Zealand too. Her devotion to skiing, track walking and nature's beauty drew her to the charms of Queenstown, where she and Wayne and their two children now call Home.


Wayne is a good Kiwi lad, born and bred in the South Island city of Invercargill. His passion for New Zealand is infectious as he weaves stories and facts on tour. As past President of the Queenstown Photography Club, Wayne understands the magic of capturing history and nature through the eyes and the lens. 

Click here for more info on Remarkables Scenic Tours, half and full day tours exploring the Queenstown and Wanaka areas.

NEW PRODUCT: Wanaka Water Taxi & Explorer 4x4  

Wanaka Water Taxi & Wanaka 4x4 Explorer offer spectacular boat trips to Mou Waho Island on Lake Wanaka and 4x4 trips to a remote high country station only accessible by boat.

Click here for the trip options.

Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Tours' new owners; introducing Kate Cruickshank and Joel Lamason

Kate and Joel moved to Queenstown 6 years ago, to mountain bike , ski & snowboard and immediately fell in love with the raw energy of the area.

They absolutely love to show off the breathtaking beauty of Glenorchy and its surrounding natural areas to visitors. And of course, all of the Lord Of The Rings film Locations!

After many years in the tourism and hospitality industry, Kate and Joel know the importance of customer satisfaction and good old fashioned service, taking pride in each and every trip. Their team does their best to ensure all guests leave with the sense of awe they felt, the first time we experienced the wonder of Glenorchy.

For more info on Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Tours, Queenstown, click here.


Queenstown Wine Trail's NEW PRODUCT: Wine Hopper Bus - Gibbston Valley - Queenstown

The new Wine Hopper Bus is an affordable and flexible option for customers wanting to create their own wine tour. Hop-on and hop-off at any of our Gibbston stops. Departures from Queenstown. From $79pp


Click here for more info on the Wine Hopper Bus.

New photos for Ti Kouka House - Punakaiki - West Coast

Here's a selection of new photos of Ti Kouka House, the lovely boutique B&B set in a stunning location overlooking the sea and the mountains.

For more info on Ti Kouka House, click here. 

Check out Ulva's Guided Walks' new website: (Stewart Island, NZ)

Cascade Creek Retreat - 5 star Qualmark Gold - plants 500 trees

These trees have been planted along the beautiful 10km-long Brooklands Track, which is part of the farm the off-grid accommodation is located. (near Milton, Dunedin).

Cascade Creek Retreat also has a "plant a tree" programme for guests.

For more info on Cascade Creek Retreat, click here.

News August 2018

NEW: Remarkable Scenic Tours - Queenstown/Arrowtown/Wanaka

Remarkable Scenic Tours is Queenstown-owned and operated by husband and wife team Wayne and Kathy Hansen. "We've poured a lot of love, care and research into the design of these Queenstown-based tours. By taking only small groups, we offer a fun, informative and comfortable experience."

Click here for tour options.

NEW PRODUCT by Ulva's Guided Walks: Kiwi Spotting at Mamaku Point on Stewart Island 

Ulva's Guided Walks has exclusive rights to operate Kiwi Spotting tours at Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve on Stewart Island. 

New Kiwi Spotting tours are now available from Ulva's Guided Walks to this special area.

The tours are 2-3 hours long and depart half an hour before sunset.

For more info, click here or go to

June 2018 News

Rates to 2020: the new retail and nett rates for the operators are now the RATES page. If you require the password, please email

June 2018: Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Tours receives Certificate of Excellence for 7th year in a row!

Click here for more info on Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Tours - Queenstown

June 2018: Hump Ridge Track (Fiordland National Park) has been shortlisted  by the Department of Conservation to become part of NZ's Great Walks network.


Click here to view the full Department of Conservation article.



Click for more info on the 3 -day guided Hump Ridge Track.

May 2018 NEWS

May 2018


Cascade Creek Retreat
A little taste of luxury in a little slice of paradise...


Cascade Creek Retreat is a luxurious 5 Star, eco-friendly, boutique accommodation set on a 2000 hectare award winning working sheep and beef farm in Otago at an exclusive, private and remote location surrounded by native bush. Cascade Creek Retreat is the perfect spot for honeymoons, romantic getaways, family holidays or independent travellers wanting the chance to experience a taste of real NZ. 

Click here for more information on Cascade Creek Retreat. 

March 2018 News

March 2018: Queenstown Wine Trail: new exclusive food & wine match at Gibbston Valley and online availability now on Rezdy


Gibbston Valley Winery’s Head Chef Anthony Gradiska and Chief Winemaker Chris Keys have come up with the perfect food and wine match meal exclusively for Queenstown Wine Trail customers. Clients enjoy this meal on our Wine & Food Tour that departs daily at 12.30pm. 


This half day wine and food experience delivers an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region, showcasing its superb local produce.  The winery lunch consists of several dishes each perfectly matched with estate wines. An underground wine cave tour & tastings gives you inside information about our great wines and the Central Otago wine industry. Enjoy hand-crafted artisan cheese tasting and presentation in your small group before calling in at one of the regions finest wineries for a final wine tasting. This is a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings, ideal for guests who may have a shorter time frame. 


Also, we have recently started using Rezdy Booking software for our booking system. Rezdy integrates with a number of booking system and allows agents to see live availability. If agents already have a Rezdy log in they can request our rates, or we can send them an invitation to access our products through Rezdy.

For more info on Queenstown Wine Trail, click here.

March 2018: Tasman Glacier Helihikes - Mt Cook now a year-round product


Due to the success of the Tasman Glacier Helihikes at Mount Cook, run by Alpine Guides in conjunction with the Helicopter Line, this is now a year round product. The rates can be found on the Rates Page. If you need the password, let me know!

For more info on the Tasman Glacier Heli Hikes at Mt Cook, click here.

Nov/Dec 2017 News

December 2017:

Arrowfield Apartments' new 'virtual inspection', a great way to see the apartments.

Click here to view the video.


For more info on Arrowfield Apartments in Arrowtown, click here.