Smartourism NEWS February 2017

Attention inbound operators and wholesalers!

The new rates to 2018 are on the rates page. Note there are a few updated rates sheets! Click on the RATES button to go the rates page. If you require the password, please email

February 2017

Totally Tourism Limited purchases 50% of Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd. (Mt Cook Glacier Helihike)

Totally Tourism Limited (TTL) is part of the “Skyline Group” and a leading NZ company in the tourism industry. Alpine Guides already had a significant working
relationship with TTL through our partnership in the Mount Cook Glacier Helihike. The operation has worked very well to date and together with The Helicopter Line staff we have a great working team.

We have also had a very long association with The Helicopter Line (owned by TTL) with our winter operations. Mount Cook Heliski has a 20-year concession held
jointly between THL and Alpine Guides. At Methven Heliski (operated by Alpine Guides), THL has supplied aircraft for the past 30 years.

This change in ownership is a logical fit for both businesses and we look forward to a successful future.


For more information , click here to go to the Mount Cook Heliski Page.

February 2017

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.

February 2017

New product: Glamping at Welcome Rock (Garston, 45 mins south of Queenstown)

Two Southland operators; Welcome Rock Trails and Tussock Country Glamping have joined forces in a great new package: Glamping at Welcome Rock. It includes a fully guided walk to the glamping tent on the Welcome Rock Trail and all meals are provided. It's set on a private high country station, so totally private and safe.

Click here to the Welcome Rock Trails page for more info.

Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail with Clutha River
Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trail with Clutha River

February 2017

Trail Journeys to attend TRENZ 2017 (Central Otago)

Alana Rabette, Trail Journeys' Marketing Manager will attend TRENZ this year and would love to catch up with wholesalers, inbound operators and Tourism New Zealand staff to update you on Trail Journeys' new products.


Trail Journeys is one of New Zealand's most established cycle trail operators offering guided tours. Trail Journeys offers 1 day and multi day packages on the new Roxburgh Gorge Trail.

For more info, go the the Trail Journeys page.

February 2017

New 'Mad River' canoes for Driftwood Retreat and Eco-Tours clients (near Blenheim, Marborough)


Driftwood Eco-tours now have ‘Mad River’ canoes available for our tours as well as stable double and single kayaks. Canoes are great for families wanting to have fun and learn while on the river.

Click here for more info on Driftwood Eco-tours in Marlborough, South Island (near Blenheim)

February 2017

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!

Jude McMillan from Chalet Queenstown took this photo of Lake Alta (Remarkables Mountains) during a walk.
Jude McMillan from Chalet Queenstown took this photo of Lake Alta (Remarkables Mountains) during a walk.

Smartourism news December 2016

Smartourism NEWS Dec 2016

Dec 2016
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:


Dec 2016

News for Chalet Queenstown and the Historic Stone House:

  • John Oaten has joined the team, formerly of Matakauri Lodge. 
  • Chalet Queenstown: new dining room furniture and new balcony furniture
  • Chalet Queenstown is Trivago 2017 Top Hotel Winner
  • 9.3  for the Historic Stone House
  • 9.5 rating for Chalet Queenstown

For more info, visit:

Dec 2016

Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours' new kayaks for guests. We now have two gorgeous Indian style, double canoes with wooden paddles. Anyone who stays at our accommodation can hire these for $40 per person for a half day to use in our nearby river (Conditions apply).

Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, Blenheim, Marlborough.

Dec 2016

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!)

2016 NEWS

October 2016
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.

Click here for more information on the cars we have available for hire.

Smartourism News September 2016

Ski the Tasman - Arguably the most spectacular ski experience in the Southern Hemisphere!

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!

Here is an image of the Oak Stave Tasting platter that our clients get on our Wine & Food Sampler Tour. 5 tasty dishes that are matched with 5 Wild Earth wines.
Here is an image of the Oak Stave Tasting platter that our clients get on our Wine & Food Sampler Tour. 5 tasty dishes that are matched with 5 Wild Earth wines.

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.

Driftwood Ecotours - Kayaking on the Wairau Lagoon. Check out the new video of stunning images taken by tour guide, owner and photographer Will Parsons.

Driftwood Ecotours offers boutique accommation and Kayaking tour and packages near Blenheim, Marborough. They are also part of the NZ Birding Network. Click here for more info.

Browns Ski Shop's high quality ski rental gear

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:

Click here for more information on Welcome Rock Trails, guided walks and fantastic high country accommodation packages.

New package: Tussock Country Glamping at Welcome Rock Trails.


Glamping at Welcome Rock Trails offers an overnight trip with a difference, this is a unique luxury camping experience. Close to nature with all the functional benefits of a hotel and the nostalgia of a campsite. This is glamorous camping “glamping” in a spacious yurt style Lotus Belle Tent.

A comfortable bathroom is provided.

For more detailed information, click here.

The rates sheet has all the detailed information. If you need a password to the rates page, please email:


Aug 2016: Explore the Otago Central Rail Trail with Trail Journeys!

With Spring just around the corner here is a photo of what people can expect to see over the coming months.  Beautiful snow capped mountains, amazing scenery as well as some cute lambs out there on the trail. The weather has been perfect lately for cycling so a great time to get out there and explore the Rail Trail and Central Otago.

For more info, click here.

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.

For more info on Radfords on the Lake, click here.

Vertigo Bikes Gravity Shuttle - Queenstown - getting ready for summer!

Here’s a taste of summer to come on the trails Vertigo uses for their renowned ride, The Gravity Shuttle.  Not a new product for advanced riders, but one of the most popular for sure!

Click here to check out the Vertigo Bike options.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

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.


Click here for more information on Ulva's Guided Walks on Stewart Island and Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.


Smartourism NEWS May 2016

May 2016

Welcome Rock Trails - Garston - Southland in the media


Welcome Rock Trails features in latest "Life & Leisure Magazine" (NZ's Magazine of the year!). Click here to read the article!


Click here for more info on Welcome Rock Trails, guided walks, packages & mountain bike trail on private land.


May 2016 - Tussock Country Glamping winding down for winter.

Tussock Country Glamping is beginning to wind down as the cooler months start to creep in. We have taken a tent down from the High Country Sheep Farm. The tent platform made a great area for a picnic lunch whilst greeting Debby from Askja Reizen the Netherlands on a beautiful autumn day.

Click here for more info on Tussock Country Glamping Otago/Southland

May 2016: NEW PRODUCT: Ski the Tasman (by Alpine Guides, the same operator as Mt Cook Glacier Helihike).

This fantastic product is now being sold through inbound and wholesale channels. A totally unique experience; with your qualified mountain guide and a small group of adventurous skiers you will ski the 2 longest runs in the Southern Hemisphere outside Antarctica – between 8 to 10 km each.

Click here to read all about 'Ski the Tasman'!

May 2016

Strong growth in Flights to Dusky Sound - Fiordland Helicopters

Fiordland Helicopters noticed a change in visitor behaviour this season with an increase in clients visiting the beautiful and more remote Dusky Sound pictured above, over the previously more popular Milford Sound. 
Our lovely French client Laure sent these photo taken by her partner Thomas and described the views as the sun went down over Dusky Sound as one of the most beautiful things she had ever seen.

For more info on Fiordland Helicopters' amazing flights, click here!


May 2016

3 new products for High Country Horses (Glenorchy - Queenstown)


(2  days/1 night)  NZ$ 675.00 per person
Includes all transfers from Queenstown, meals, accommodation, extra gear, horses and guide.
We can also offer up to a 4 DAY/3 NIGHT ride for those that wish to extend their experience. This is charge at 550.00 per extra day up to four days.  We have up to 100,000 acres of pristine country to ride on, in the most beautiful part of New Zealand.  


MOUNTAIN HIGH, RIVER DEEP (Full Day Ride -  5-6 hours riding time)  NZ$375.00 per person
Includes all transfers from Queenstown, Extra gear, guide, horse and a packed lunch. 

ISENDGAURD -  LORD OF THE RINGS (1.5 hours riding time) Ex Queenstown NZ$195.00 per adult, NZ$185.00 per child Max weight 100kg
Includes all transfers from Queenstown, guide, and horse.


Click here for more detailed information. 

trivago Top Hotel award

Chalet Queenstown wins Trivago Top Hotel Award

Get a natural high on your next holiday – perched in the most beautiful mountainous locations in the world, these accommodation options are set in stunning natural surrounds and offer views from alpine peaks to tropical rainforests and desert landscapes.

They’re perfect for outdoorsy types who love a good hike, frolicking in green pastures, or alternatively, an epic cable car ride. You read that right – each hotel is within reach of a gondola so you can smooth-sail over plunging valleys and mountain slopes. (It’s definitely not for vertigo-sufferers!)

Click here to view the complete article.

For more information on Chalet Queenstown, click here.

May 2016: New Product by Trail Journeys: Otago Central Rail Trail: 4 Day– 3 Night Luxury Independent Tour Total minimum cycling distance 150km

This independent cycle adventure is a 4 day/3 night tour on the Otago Central Railtrail. You will cycle 3.5 to 4.5 hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy gradient. Reward yourself after a days cycling each night in lovely double/twin share luxury accommodation where you can sit back, relax and reflect on the days ride. You will pass through some amazing scenery whilst riding over viaducts, through tunnels and experiencing wonderful cuisine and meeting colourful local people. Adding to your Railtrail experience is a guided tour through the historic goldmining township of Naseby where you will also try your hand at curling which is always a bit of a laugh and great fun. Finish off this wonderful tour with a train ride to Dunedin through the spectacular and scenic Taieri Gorge.

Click to download the new Luxury Independent Cycle Tour flyer
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May 2016: Radfords on the Lake - 5 Star Te Anau Accommodation. NEWS:


Live Webcam on website

We have recently had a webcam installed and this live streams to our website home page so anyone can see what is happening on Lake Te Anau from our complex. Check it out on


Drone Video

We have also had a drone video taken of the complex check it out on our home page.


Tourism Operator of the Year Award

Radfords on the Lake wasawarded the AWS Legal Tourism Operator of the Year 2015 award by Destination Fiordland. 


Radfords on the LakeTrip Advisor Accolades:
2015 Certificate of Excellence
2015 Hall of Fame
Greenleaders Silver Award
All Studios have now been completely refurbished! For more info, visit

May 2016

Arrowfield Apartments - Arrowtown - basking in autumn colours...

For more info, click here.

Queenstown Wine Trail News for winter 2016
Join Queenstown's original wine tour company for wine tasting in New Zealand's foremost wine regions, Queenstown and Central Otago. Relaxed, friendly small group tours with knowledgeable local guides
We are now offering two daily Wine Tour options all year round:
Half Day Tours –offering tours either with wine and food match or without winery lunch included. Both tours include full wine presentations and tastings.
For more information on Queenstown Wine Trail, click here.


May 2016

Fishjet - Te Anau: New product for TRENZ: The Kiwi Great Outdoors Adventure

We have a new product for TRENZ - a locals day on the river with less emphasis on the fishing and more on exploring and walking the Kepler Track - go to:

Ted on his new bike (Ted is Tim's son - Tim is one of the Vertigo Bikes directors)
Ted on his new bike (Ted is Tim's son - Tim is one of the Vertigo Bikes directors)

NEW Kids' bikes for Vertigo Bikes - Queenstown


Vertigo Bikes now have Norco Kids bikes with full suspension & hydraulic brakes.  They have bikes with 16”, 20” & 24” wheels, so they fit kids from 5 years upwards.

For more info, go to:

May 2016: Browns Ski Shop – Queenstown:
NEW Carbon rental clothing

Browns Ski Shop is getting about 50 sets of brand new Carbon (as previously worn by the NZ Olympic Ski Team) rental clothing for the season.  Actually that is quite exciting!

Click here for more info on Browns Ski Shop - ski, snowboard, clothing etc. rental - the best!

May 2016: New accommodation photos for Driftwood Retreat and Eco-Tours

If you'd like the high resolution of these photos, please contact Rose Parsons:

Will and Rose Parson with their Award!
Will and Rose Parson with their Award!

April 2016:


Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours is the
Winner of the Westpac Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Business Excellence Awards 2016!


For more info, visit:

To download the press release, click the link below.


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2015 News

December 2015: IMPORTANT: Product Changes for Trail Journeys - Central Otago

Trail Journeys have done a major product review. There are many changes, mainly to names of packages but also some rate changes, new tours and changed or cancelled product.

We no longer have a trade manual and all the tours will be listed independently on our Trade Section on our website which I am updating at the moment. If you are an agent, contact if you have not got an access number for this page and we can set them up with one.

The changed products &  rates can be accessed on the RATES page. If you need the password, please email

The product changes are in brief:
•    We have deleted the 5 day guided wine tour and are offering an option of a local wine tour run by Trail journeys in the tours which allow time to participate.
•    We have deleted the Wedderburn to Dunedin tour.
•    After this season the 4 day guided Mountains to Sea tour will revert back to a 5 day option the same as previous years
•    The 1 day Roxburgh Tour is now called The 1 day Roxburgh Gorge Taster
•    We have added another 1 day Roxburgh Gorge Tour called the Explorer
•    There is a new Roxburgh Trails package called the 3 Day Roxburgh/Clutha Experience
•    We have added a 3 day OCRT Experience independent tour
•    We have added a 4 day Luxury tour as well and are excited about this one.
•    2 day quickstop is now Omakau – Hyde highlights tour
•    The 2 day Wedderburn to Clyde tour is now the Wedderburn/Clyde Trailblazer
•    We also have a 4 day 3 trail experience taking in OCRT and the 2 Roxnburgh Trails.

All of the above plus the 1 day taste the trail packages are on the website trade access.

For more information on Trail Journeys, click here.

New van for Family Adventures - Queenstown

Family Adventures has upgraded their transport fleet with a new 4x4 Toyota Hiace van to make the journey into the amazing Skippers Canyon even more comfortable.  Their professional drivers will bring your guests along this historic road to the start of the rafting trip, while they focus on the astounding views and taking once in a lifetime photos.
For more info on Family Adventures rafting trips, click here!

December 2015: Radfords on the Lake – “Winners of the Fiordland Tourism Operator of the Year 2015”
Long-time locals Kerri and Steve James own and operate Radfords on the Lake which offers luxurious accommodation on the lakefront with stunning views of Lake Te Anau.  Over the years Kerri & Steve have worked hard to maintain a high standard which is reflected in the numerous national accolades they have received.  Over the last 12 months they have rebranded from Radfords Lakeview Motel to Radfords on the Lake and Kerri & Steve continue to manage the business and are great host’s ensuring guests have a wonderful and memorable Fiordland experience.  Kerri has recently completed a marketing boot camp and works hard at building relationships with inbound operators, activity providers and other tourism businesses.
Click here for more info on Radfords on the Lake - Te Anau - Fiordland.

Tim Ceci racing
Tim Ceci racing

Vertigo Bikes - Queenstown - leading the way in best practice instruction

Vertigo Bikes co-owner Tim Ceci continues to lead the way in best practice for MTB instructors.  Whilst all Vertigo staff who give clinics & private lessons are Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association qualified (PMBI), Tim has just completed his level 2 qualification.  This level trains experienced instructors how to teach advanced riders, and beyond!  The PMBI Association provides a globally excepted qualification training and certifying Mountain Bike Instructors & Guides to effectively teach riding skills in both cross country and downhill environments, while guiding students safely on varying degrees of technical terrain.

For more info on Vertigo Bikes, click here.

November 2015: NEW PRODUCT:
High Country Horses - Glenorchy - Queenstown

High Country Horses has over 100,000 acres of back country to ride on exclusively.  They cover the Dart Valley, Paradise Valley and Rees Valley.  Offering rides from one hour through to four days and the only company to offer this.

Click here for more information on High Country Horses

October 2015 News

Oct. 2015: Browns Ski Shop Queenstown workshop technician wins "2015 NZ Workshop Person of the Year"

Long time Browns Ski Shop workshop technician, Torey Scaringe, has just been awarded the NZ Snow Federation “Workshop Person of the Year”, for the whole of NZ.   NZ Snow Federation has just had their main event of the year with the Snow Trade Show which was held in October and Queenstown.
Torey first started working for Browns Ski Shop back in 1995.  Hailing from Albany, New York, Torey took a break (of 17 years) from winters in NZ before returning to work in the Workshop again from 2013. 

He’s heavily into the Salomon Test Programme in the winters and is a very keen paraglider in the summer.

For more info on Browns Ski Shop, click here.

Station To Station Ride Queenstown (photo credit Southern Discoveries)
Station To Station Ride Queenstown (photo credit Southern Discoveries)

October 2015: NEW PRODUCT: Vertigo Bikes'  Station 2 Station

A fantastic scenic ride including 2 cruises on Lake Wakatipu, one on the famous steamship TSS Earnslaw and the other on Southern Discoveries catamaran.  The ride from Mt Nicolas to Walter Peak Station is gentle and takes 1 hour.  BBQ lunch at Walter Peak is an optional extra.  Trip time without lunch is 2hrs 45m, or 4hrs 45m with lunch.  This is a great ride for beginners and families especially, or those really wanting to take in some amazing scenery.  Times 9am, 11am & 1pm.
Retail rates: $129 adult / $69 child

For more info on Vertigo Bikes, click here.

1 October 2015

Browns Ski Shop obtains Qualmark Enviro Silver Award!


After their latest Qualmark NZ assessment, Browns Ski Shop is proud to have been awarded a Silver Enviro Award to go along with their endorsement as a Service & Activity Provider.

Click here for more info on Browns Ski Shop - Queenstown

Driftwood Eco Tours Departure Times 2015/16
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Driftwood Eco-Tours Departure time table now available. Click to downlowd on the left!

Click here for more info on Driftwood Eco-Tours, Blenheim, Marborough, NZ!


September 2015: NEW PRODUCTS: Chalet Queenstown, The Historic Stone House and The Paddock (Strawbale Luxury Holiday Home)!

These lovely boutique accommodation properties in Queenstown have just joined the Smartourism Marketing Group.

Click here for more information on these 3 lovely Queenstown accommodation properties!

Marijke walking the Welcome Rock Trail - fabulous!
Marijke walking the Welcome Rock Trail - fabulous!

September 2015: NEW PRODUCT:

Welcome Rock Trails - Garston - Southland

This exciting new product is brand new! Guided half day and full day walks on private land. Mountain biking trips & overnighting in a historic hut also available. Stunning location, a 45-minute drive south of Queenstown.

Click here for detailed information!

NEWS: Inbound rates  up to 2017 are available; click here!. If you require the password, please email!

Sept 2015 Trail Journeys News:

We have changed our 5 Day Guided Mountains to Sea tour now to a 4 Day Guided Tour instead.  We think this option will be much more popular and being shorter this reduces the cost as well as the time, which will encourage more international visitors to do the this fantastic trip!

Click here to read more about Trail Journeys' trips!

NEW: 4 day Guided Tour - Mountains to the Sea
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Rates 2015 - 2016
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The Giant Glory Advanced Mountain Bike
The Giant Glory Advanced Mountain Bike

Sept 2015: Vertigo Bikes: New top of the range bikes available for hire

Vertigo Bikes not only have the largest and best maintained bike fleet in Queenstown, this year they are also offering a new category of bike rental – The Pro-Spec.  There will be both Enduro and DH bikes from Giant.  These bikes are the ultimate top-of-the-range, retailing at around $9,000 each, they are carbon fiber race spec bikes that the Pros are riding on the World Cup Circuit.

Click here for more info on Vertigo Bikes - Queenstown.

Sept 2015: Family Adventures  - Queenstown achieves the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame!

Family Adventures are happy to report that it’s business as usual, except that they have been awarded a Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence!  This means that Family Adventures have been recognised by their customers as one of the very best activity operators in Queenstown, rating the trip “5 star excellence” , for the last five years running! 

Click here to read more about Family Adventures - Queenstown

September 2015: Mt Cook Glacier Helihike's partnership with the Helicopter Line (THL)

Mt Cook Glacier Helihike is now working exclusively with the Helicopter Line (THL). This fantastic product operates from Mt Cook Airport, close to Aoraki Mt Cook Village. 

This product can also be booked through THL.

Click here for more information on the Mt Cook Glacier Helihike!

Sept 2015: Radfords on the Lake News

Introducing our new Espresso Coffee machine, taking our guest experience to the next level! The idea behind this is our guests can sit and enjoy a coffee whilst we share our local knowledge of the area.

Last stage of refurbishment project nearly finished!!
Our last four units x4 Studios are nearing completion of their complete refurbishment, they are looking absolutely stunning and we now have continuity throughout our complex it has really brought it up to another level and we are incredibly proud of what we can offer our guests.

Radfords on the Lake, 1 of 3 finalists of the national award of AA SUPREME HOST OF THE YEAR 2015.
We won this prestigious award back in 2013 and are incredibly honoured to be finalists this year.  This award is based on Trip Advisor and all online reviews in which we have received fantastic feedback; for our service, the presentation of rooms, and for going the extra mile.

Click here to read more about the 5 star Radfords on the Lake - Te Anau - Fiordland

NEW PRODUCT: Driftwood Eco-Tours and Retreat - Marlborough - near Blenheim

Bird & history eco tour of the Wairau Lagoon by kayak.
A private guided tour with knowledgeable commentary on the Opawa River & Wairau Lagoon, significant for being the first known site of occupation in New Zealand by the Polynesian Moa Hunter and now home for over 90 species of bird.

4 hours, includes picnic lunch on the lagoon. Click here to read more!

NEW Queenstown Wine Trails winter wine tour: Wine & Food Sampler


Winter is a great time for a wine tour!

The new Winter Wine & Food Sampler is a unique food and wine experience delivers an authentic taste of Central Otago's wine region. Join a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings.

This tour is now available year round.


Click on the link below to download the winter tours!



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April 2015 NEWS

April 2015

Radfords on the Lake - Te Anau Fiordland

New refurbishments earn 5 star Qualmark!


Recently rebranded Radfords on the Lake is now a 5 Star Qualmark property. With its beautifully appointed 14 units, it is also number 1 on Tripadvisor.

Click here for more information!


Andrew Bisset, the new Manager
Andrew Bisset, the new Manager

April 2015

New Manager for Queenstown Wine Trail


Queenstown Wine Trail have experienced a steady flow of visitors,  which flowed on from a busy winter prior. You can confidently make a booking for any date and we will be operating. Our Wine Tour Company have  efficient systems in place offering assistance 7 days a week with the help of our new Business Manager Andrew Bisset. Andrew has a vast knowledge of Central Otago having managed a large information centre in Queenstown. He has first-hand knowledge of why visitors enjoy the Otago wine region and what makes our tours so awesome. 

Click here for info on Queenstown Wine Trail.

April 2015 - new Mt Cook Glacier Helihike a great success!

"With the first summer of this fantastic product behind us, we are delighted with the reactions of our customers: they absolutely love it!" says Arthur McBride, Manager.

We are expecting good growth for next summer, and being represented at TRENZ will help get the product into the international market.

Click here for more info.

March 2015:

Hump Ridge Track - Fiordland

New Japanese language page on website

Check out the new Japanese page on the Hump Ridge Track website:

The Browns Ski Shop team
The Browns Ski Shop team

April 2015

Browns Ski Shop - Queenstown
Best trained staff in town!

Browns Ski Shop is looking forward to a great winter.  They are awaiting delivery of a  their new skis, snowboards & clothing for their rental shop, and busy planning their two-week training course which will start in late May.

Browns offers the most comprehensive rental staff training programme in Queenstown, and is currently working with Skills Active NZ to offer their staff the opportunity of becoming Nationally certified in Snowsports Equipment (level 2 or 4).  The retail shop will open in mid-May with a sensational range of garments sourced from around the world as well as many 2016 skis and boots.  The ski field season opening date for Coronet Peak & also Cardrona is 13 June, with Remarkables planning on opening with a new base building on 20 June, in time for the Queenstown Winter Festival which kicks off on the 19th of June 2015.

For more info, click here!

April 2015

Vertigo Bikes - Queenstown

Summer highlights!


Their Summer Fun Series which was raced over 4 monthly events had more than 100 competitors for each event, and was great fun for the local bike community.  All of the events where held in the Queenstown Bike Park.
Another highlight was their continued sponsorship of the Queenstown Bike Festival, & the Vertigo Bikes Super D Enduro in particular, which was the Festival’s opening event.   Vertigo Bikes has been a major sponsor of the event since its inception 4 years ago. (click here to view images!)


This year again, many international riders have been going head to head with Kiwi’s and Queenstown Locals over the 10 day festival.  Vertigo’s own team won the 3 man category of the Super D Enduro, cementing their place as not only the town’s top MTB shop, but also showcasing the Vertigo Crew’s personal expertise!

Click here for more info on Vertigo Bikes

Danish Group
Danish Group

April 2015

Family Adventures' rafting trips popular with groups!

Another group visiting Family Adventures via Danish Tour Operator, Adventure Holidays – bringing up nearly a decade of visits to Queenstown and to Family Adventures.  Continued good weather into late March has meant that spray jackets were not required for this group!  Family Adventures will be finishing up operators for this summer at the beginning of May after enjoying another excellent season.

Click here for more info on Family Adventures

The Lodge at Walter Peak Station - on the Shores of Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown
The Lodge at Walter Peak Station - on the Shores of Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown

New website for The Lodge at Walter Peak Station - Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown

Check out the new website for the stunning Lodge at Walter Peak Station:

Accommodation for up to 10 people, also ideal for functions and weddings!

Click here for more info on the Lodge at Walter Peak Station

April 2015

Bumper season for Ulva's Guided Walks - Stewart Island


Great weather, taking guided walks to Ulva Island Bird sanctuary for 14 cruise ships and several super yachts, and more and more kiwis sighted on Stewart Island, have made this summer one of the best for Ulva's Guided Walks!


Click here for more info on Ulva's Guided Walks

Ti Kouka House
Ti Kouka House

April 2015

Ti Kouka House - West Coast, South Island: best summer ever!


Ti Kouka House, with its 3 lovely guestrooms with ensuites has had its best summer on record with raving reviews! "We have had lovely guests from all over the world: France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, England, USA...... it has been amazing!" host Sandy says.


Click here for more information on Ti Kouka House Boutique Bed & Breakfast

April 2015

SHPG Ice Drive Experience operating 2 months during 2015 winter


This winter, the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground's Ice Drive Experience will operate during July AND August. Bookings are rolling in, so be quick!

For more info, click here.

April 2015

Trail Journeys - leading multi-day trail cycle rides in NZ - check out the video on the right!


For more info on Trail Journeys' bike rides (guided and unguided) in Central Otago and in the Nelson area, click here!