Up-and-Coming New Zealand

Up-and-Coming New Zealand

New Zealand has plenty to offer in the coming months, from its famous winter activities to its new luxury cruising opportunities By: Molly Montgomery
The Celebrity Solstice is partnering with Air New Zealand to offer packages in New Zealand and Australia starting this November. // © 2013 Celebrity...
The Celebrity Solstice is partnering with Air New Zealand to offer packages in New Zealand and Australia starting this November. // © 2013 Celebrity Cruises

So what do you do when a client comes in and requests a trip to New Zealand, but doesn’t know where to begin? Here are some upcoming offers, events and vacation ideas to recommend to clients who wish to explore the land of the Kiwis.

Cruising Onboard the Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Cruises and Air New Zealand are partnering together to offer special New Zealand cruise packages, which will allow clients to experience the wonders of New Zealand onboard the Celebrity Solstice. These 15-17 night Book & Go vacation packages include airfare from LAX to Sydney, accommodations for three to four nights in a three-star hotel in Sydney and 12-14 nights onboard the cruise. With departures starting on Nov. 4 and continuing until March 2014, the Celebrity Solstice has seven ports of call along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Departing from either Auckland or Sydney, the cruises visit Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds, and ports of call include the Bay of Islands, Wellington, Tauranga, Dunedin, Akaroa, Melbourne and Hobart.

For travel agents in Southern California, incentive booking for this offer has been extended to July 31 and includes a $200 bonus commission per stateroom on Concierge Class or higher bookings and a $75 bonus commission per stateroom on balcony bookings. Clients in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties will also receive a $100 onboard credit.In addition, for every booking of this package made before July 31, travel agents will be entered into a raffle for one of 14 spots on a familiarization trip to New Zealand, which will include roundtrip airfare from LAX and a six-day land tour.

Auckland’s Food Show
Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Food Show, New Zealand’s food and wine convention in Auckland, held from Aug. 1-4. At the Food Show, they will be able to learn the latest food trends, watch demonstrations by top chefs, who will share their tips and secrets, and, of course, taste some of the best cuisine, wine and beer to be found anywhere. Talks will range from the nutrition in food to how to whip up a Middle Eastern meal. For foodies looking to spice up their kitchen, there will be special deals on kitchen appliances and ingredients. Celebrity chefs present will include Peter Gordon, Sean Connolly and Simon Gault.

Winter In New Zealand
Visitors to New Zealand who want a little winter cheer (winter takes place from about June to August) have their pick of adventure activities. In addition to snow-shoeing and snow tubing, visitors can visit the easily accessible Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. These glaciers, which are closer to sea level than most glaciers, extend down from New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The Fox Glacier stretches more than 8,500 feet from its origin high in the mountains. Visitors can hike in to see the glaciers, which only involves a 1½-hour walk from the town of Franz Josef. They can also hire professional guides, but the especially adventurous visitors will want to hire a helicopter that will take them up into the higher reaches of the ice.

Ziplining in New Zealand
Though not specifically a winter activity, ziplining through New Zealand’s alpine forests during the winter months is sure to give visitors a warming adrenaline rush. Ziptrek Ecotours, located in Queenstown, provides visitors with an immersion into the surrounding natural environment as they zip from one treetop platform to another on cables. Try out its newest Kea 6-Line tour, which features the steepest tree-to-tree zipline in the world. In between zips, visitors will learn about the ecology of the surrounding forest from their guides. Visitors will also enjoy breathtaking views of Queenstown, the surrounding mountains and the nearby Lake Wakatipu. The Ziptrek Ecotours are also a great option for families, since children as young as six years old can participate.

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