Attention inbound operators and wholesalers!
The rates to 2019/2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Nov 2018: New video for Welcome Rock Trails - Garston (45 mins south of Queenstown) & Qualmark Silver
Check out this great new video above showcasing the beauty of Welcome Rock Trails; guided walks, accommodation packages and 4WD trips on a private High Country Station.
Welcome Rock Trails has also just received its Qualmark Silver accreditation. Well done!
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).
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.
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.
My experience on the Pelorus Mail Boat - Marlborough Sounds
A few weeks ago, I did a famil with the Pelorus Mail Boat (see photos above I took that day). What an amazing day! So much to see as we dropped the mail and supplies off to remote properties in the stunning (much quieter) Pelorus Sound. The mussel farm tour was very interesting, the bushwalk stunning, the dolphins mesmerizing, the gannets surprising (their dive bombing!), the locals and their pets lovely, the history and commentary interesting, the lunch lovely. Overall: a fantastic 5 star day - I highly recommend it! It's is one of those unique, true NZ and off the beaten track experiences. Owner-operated, personal and a great new boat!
Heli Picnic Adventure - A spectacular new package by Ignition Self Drive (Queenstown)
Ignition Self Drive, leaders in luxury car rental, have developed a new package:
Take the picturesque drive in one of our luxury vehicles from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the village of Glenorchy. On arrival in Glenorchy, you will join a 20-minute breathtaking scenic helicopter flight over the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Wakatipu taking in the views over Paradise, Mt. Earnslaw Glacier, Middle Earth braided rivers and the Glenorchy township. Set down upon one of the surrounding mountain tops for your own private picnic, where you can relax and enjoy the stunning alpine vistas that surround Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipu. (Upgrades - Car hire duration and helicopter flight itinerary options are available for this package, please contact us for more details.)
Radfords on Lake - Te Anau - New bikes for guests' use
Above a lovely new photo of the award-winning Radfords on the Lake team! They are committed to the new TIA Sustainability initiative.
New bikes available for guests' use - great for a ride from Te Anau to Manapouri on the new Lake 2 Lake cycle trail!
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.
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.
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
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.
Check out Ulva's Guided Walks' new website: www.ulva.co.nz (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.
Ignition Self Drive launches new packages
Queenstown's Luxury Car Hire company has just launched several fantastic new packages. Go to the bottom of their pages to check out these great experiences.
The brand 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. From $79pp
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."
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.
June 2018: Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Tours receives Certificate of Excellence for 7th year in a row!
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.
June 2018: Radfords on the Lake - new virtual tours
Radfords on the Lake - Te Anau Fiordland has several new virtual tours on their website, a great way to have a look around this lovely 5* Qualmark Gold accommodation in Te Anau.
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.
March 2018: Ignition Self Drive Adventures launch new luxury experience:
The Ultimate Adventure
Ignition Self Drive Adventures have teamed up with great partners Heli Glenorchy and Fiordland Discovery to bring you a spectacular package like no other from Queenstown, New Zealand.
Self Drive in style from Queenstown to Glenorchy in one of our luxury sportscars or SUV’s , with brands such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche and Audi, you will take in the breathtaking lakeside drive to Glenorchy, The Gateway to Paradise.
On arrival in Glenorchy you will join a private helicopter flight with Heli Glenorchy and fly over the Southern Alps into the star of Fiordland, Milford Sound. After descending into Milford you will land directly onto the heli-deck of the luxury catamaran, The Fiordland Jewel.
Once onboard enjoy a spectacular 2.5 hour Crayfish Lunch Cruise through the world famous fiord. After lunch your helicopter will return to pick you up directly from the boat where you will fly high over Fiordland before touching down on to a breathtaking ancient Glacier.
On returning to Glenorchy, enjoy the mid-afternoon drive back to Queenstown or further, for the drive of your life!
Join Ignition Self Drive, Heli Glenorchy and Fiordland Discovery for a day like no other.
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two or a group adventure, this day is
hard to beat.
Prices start from NZ $5,500 (for two people) - Includes: Full Day Luxury Sports Car or SUV
Hire, Private return Helicopter Flight from Glenorchy to Milford Sound incl. Glacier Landing. All
Inclusive Cray Fish Lunch Cruise.
March 2018: Pelorus Mail Boat (Marlborough Sounds) seeking partnership with coach tour operator
The new Pelorus Mail Boat, operating from Havelock in the biggest and remotest part of the Marlborough Sounds, is proving a hit with their guests. The ability to stop off in remote locations with no roads and no crowds to enjoy a swim or native bush walk is being enjoyed by all ages and abilities. The addition of the front boarding ramp has allowed great versatility for this but has also made it very easy to board for elderly passengers and those less able.
The bike racks and kayak racks have also opened up opportunities for the more adventurous tourist and allows these explorers to go greater distances and then be picked up for a relaxing return to Havelock.
Now that the vessel has been tried and tested the Pelorus Mail Boat team are keen to set aside one day a week for a partnership with a coach tour operator. The boat has a capacity of 99 with 53 indoor seats, perfect for a full bus load, and a custom tour to suit any schedule can be arranged, from a 2-hour loop to a full day tour with commentary and lunch, which would suit the coach driver's mandatory day off.
For enquiries contact the owner - Jim@themailboat.co.nz
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.
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!
November 2017: Pelorus Mail Boat launches new boat!
The iconic Pelorus Mail Boat has recently launched its brand new purpose-built boat for its Mail Boat cruises in the Marlborough Sounds. The boat's total capacity is 99. There are 53 seats inside. (Kids go free!)
Queenstown Wine Trail: Exclusive New Food & Wine match for summer
The famous Gibbston Valley Winery have a new head chef, Anthony Gradiska, who has created an amazing wine & food paired lunch, solely for Queenstown Wine Trail guests. He has carefully-selected ingredients that reflect local flavours and expertly-match with their estate wines. As part of our Wine & Food Tour, guests have a relaxing lunch hour either seated inside, or in the sunny courtyard.
For more info visit www.queenstownwinetrail.co.nz
A few changes to Vertigo Bikes' products
Vertigo Bikes, Queenstown are consolidating some of their products. The changes are:
To view the updated rates sheet, click here (let me know if you need the password to the rates page)
Welcome Rock Trail's new Exclusive Overnight High Country Experience being launched soon!
Watch this space for a new overnight experience; Welcome Rock Trail's new accommodation & guided walk package on their high country station. All inclusive guiding, accommodation and meals.
Radfords on the Lake (Te Anau, Fiordland) rated Qualmark 5 Star Gold.
Radfords on the Lake, luxury lakeside accommdation have recently had their Qualmark assessment and have been rated Qualmark 5 Star Gold. They are extremely proud of this achievement! They
are also number 1 on Tripadvisor of all hotels in Te Anau!
Lambing time on the farm... we offer Farm Tours for guests that wish to book a small personalised tour of our sheep, deer and beef farm.
Alpine Guides - Aoraki Mt Cook: new Mt Cook Heli Snowshoeing product a success & busy season for Ski the Tasman.
The snowshoe trips we have run have gone really well. Guests love the trip!
Click here for more info on the Mt Cook Heli Snowshoe trips.
We had a busy run with skiing (Ski the Tasman) in July. Mount Cook has the best snow cover in the country, so all the winter products are in great condition. Much more snow than the Queenstown region :)!
Click here for more info on the Ski the Tasman product!
Pelorus Mail Boat - Marlborough Sounds launches new boat and book on 7th Oct 2017.
The new Pelorus Mail Boat is being launched on 7 October 2017 (see images above), along with the launch of the new book "Time and Tide; 100 years Pelorus Mail Boat".
If you'd like to attend the launch, which will be a great networking opportunity as well, please email Jim Bailey email@example.com or phone: + 64 3 574 1088
Queenstown Wine Trail news:
The new enhanced Original Wine tour is starting 1st October 2017
This new format will include a shared NZ cheese platter and will depart after lunch at 1.30pm.
Original Wine Tour
Take this late departure tour and experience the true flavour of our local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour through the vines and into an underground wine cave. We offer a selection of NZ cheeses mid-afternoon which perfectly complements the wine tasting. Craft beer tasting is also an option at this winery. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown allowing plenty of time to unwind and immerse yourself in our picture postcard scenery.
We have also just bought a new 2017 16-seater van. (No photo’s yet as we are waiting for it to be sign written).
QWT is celebrating 25 years of operation this year. Established in 1992 – Queenstown Wine Trail is Queenstown’s original wine tour company. We are a family owned and operated business that has grown alongside the successful and progressive Central Otago Wine industry.
Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours - Queenstown - experiencing a great winter!
Pure Glenorchy are number 1 on Tripadvisor of all Queenstown Lord of the Rings tours! They are also experiencing a busy winter season with clients loving the spectacular winter setting of the tours.
Arrowfield Apartments - Arrowtown - hosts US and Swiss national Alpine downhill teams incl. Lindsey Vonn.
Lindsey Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team. She has won four World Cup overall championships and a Winter Olympics Gold Medal. The US and Swiss ski teams are
staying at Arrowfield Apartments and are here for training at Coronet Peak (Queenstown) as it has the best conditions in the world at this time of year.
They love staying here as it offers many other options such as a game of golf, fishing and cycling. For more info on Arrowfield Apartments, click here.
The Marlborough Sounds is a beautiful meandering waterway making up 20% of New Zealand’s coastline. The largest and remotest part is accessed from the beautiful and friendly town of Havelock
where the Pelorus Mail Boat has the best job in the world delivering the mail, groceries and essential supplies to the families that live out in this stunning area.
Experience what life is like in these remote areas of the Marlborough Sounds... a unique and authentic experience! Click here for more info on the Pelorus Mail Boat!
Queenstown Wine Trail
Click here for more info on Queenstown Wine Trail's products.
Welcome Rock Trails - Garston (45 mins south of Queenstown) now Qualmark Endorsed
Welcome Rock Trails are excited about their guided walks and mountain bike trips, and overnight packages now being Qualmark Endorsed/Enviro Bronze!
For the travel trade, Qualmark provides:
Click here for more info on Welcome Rock Trails!
New Product for 2017/18 summer: Mount Cook Heli-Snowshoeing (in partnership with Helicopter Line)
- Two scenic helicopter flights in the Mount Cook region
- Incredible mountain, glacier and lake views
- Up to 2 hours snowshoeing on a remote mountain
- Professional and experienced guides and pilots
- All equipment provided (boots, snowshoes, trekking poles, snow gaiters, rain pants and a warm jacket)
Click here for more info on Mount Cook Heli Snowshoeing.
Hump Ridge Track - Fiordland National Park - photo of the season!
The Hump Ridge Track has had a fantastic season - more and more people people are enjoying this fantastic 3-day (guided or unguided) walk.
Click here for more information on the Hump Ridge Track.
Radfords on the Lake - Te Anau - achieves 5 Star Qualmark Gold
Award-winning (and number 1 on Tripadvisor) Radford on the Lake are very happy with their new Qualmark 5 Star /Enviro Gold.
Also new is a nice little touch of NZ handcrafted chocolates that they add to guests rooms if they are celebrating a special occasion - agents just need to let them know when making the booking and these will be in the room.
Click here for more info on Radfords on the Lake.
Stay at Arrowfield Apartments (Arrowtown) and enjoy great walks around Arrowtown!
Stay at Arrowfield Apartments for a few days and enjoy the many fantastic walking tracks around Arrowtown. From easy walks along the Arrow River to longer uphill walks with fantastic views - see photo above of Tobins Track.
Ignition Self Drive introduces a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and Audi Q7 to their fleet (Queenstown)
Our Lamborghini Gallardo spyder gives our clients another convertible option and is the first super car in our fleet. It attracts a lot of attention and has had our clients smiling from ear to ear. We have also added an Audi Q7 which gives another luxury option for families or those travelling with a large amount of luggage. The Q7 is high in the comfort stakes and is perfect for touring the country.
For more information and to view the other luxury cars, go to the Ignition Self Drive page.
SHPG Ice Driving filling up fast for this winter (near Wanaka)
The Premium Ice Driving experience that started a couple of years ago at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds between Wanaka and Queenstown has proven to be a huge success. There are only a few spots left for the July/August 2017 season.
If you have clients (C&I market or small groups) who are interested in this unique product (yes, really unique; it's the only place in the southern hemisphere where you can learn how to drive on snow and ice!), don't hesitate to contact Steve Gould soon!
For more info, click here to go to the Ice Driving page!
NEW: Radfords' guests have unlimited gym use!
Any guests staying at Radfords on the Lake can enjoy unlimited gym use on us at the local Te Anau Gym "521" Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm** See Kerri at Reception on Check In for directions and code.
For more info, go to: www.radfordsonthelake.co.nz
Queenstown Wine Trail - new 2016 Mercedes Valente.
The newest addition to the fleet is a brand new 2016 Mercedes Valente – it can seat up to 6 passengers. Perfect for our private tour market! Queenstown Wine Trail has the newest fleet of vehicles
in Queenstown and is the original wine tour company (23 years!)
NEW: Ignition Self Drive Adventures - Queenstown
Ignition Self Drive Adventures offer luxury car hire in the Queenstown area. We specialise in high end sports cars and have luxury 5 seater options available. We are offering the chance to experience driving amazing vehicles on some of the best roads, featuring some of the best scenery in the world. You will not find cars of our standard anywhere else in the South Island.
This is the first winter that Ski the Tasman is operating as a product sold through trade. Ski the Southern Hemisphere's longest Glacier - with spectacular views of Mt Cook.
Click here to read all about it! The season to experience this fantastic product is at least till the end of September!
Queenstown Wine Trail's Wine & Food Sampler tour is now running all year round and is
proving to be one of most popular tours.
Let us deliver an unforgettable taste of wild sophistication in the heart of the Central Otago’s wine region. This afternoon tour lets you experience quality wine and food, with wine barrel cooked tasting dishes including both traditional and wild foods. Your lunch at Wild Earth is expertly matched with the best of their wines on offer. The wine tour then takes you back through the scenic Kawarau Gorge taking in the wonderful views of mighty Kawarau River before arriving at New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave where you will hear lots of wine stories whilst savouring premium wine. Your afternoon is complete after a delicious cheese tasting at Gibbston Valley.
Click here for more info on Queenstown Wine Trail.
Browns Ski Shop continues to ensure that it has great functional and good looking rental clothing for their guests. This year much of the rental clothing is all brand new. It is made by Karbon – uniform providers to the NZ Olympic Ski Team. Their gear is also laundered and re-proofed after every rental. The sizes available range from XXS to 5XL, so everyone can be sure to be warm, dry and looking good on the slopes.
Click here for more info on Browns Ski Shop.
August 2016: Welcome Rock Trails' adventure with Pink Bike. (Garston - Southland)
Pink Bike is one of the world's largest online communities/blogs for the latest in cycling and mountain biking news, freeride videos, photos, events and more.
They came for a mountain bike adventure at Welcome Rock Trails.
Click to view their amazing photos:
Check out the new Radfords on the Lake video - it provides a good overview of this lovely 5 star Qualmark accommodation in Te Anau, Fiordland. Note that all units are now refurbished.
Ulva's Guided Walks (Stewart Island) attends British Bird Fair for the 7th time!
Matt Jones (guide Ulva's Guided Walks) has been at the British Bird Fair – 19th to 21st August 2016, last weekend. There was really good interest with a bookings coming already. Over 20,000 people so far passing the NZ stand with other NZ Birding Network members.