3 Must-Visit Haunted Places in New Zealand (and where to relax afterwards)

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3 Must-Visit Haunted Places in New Zealand (and where to relax afterwards)

Halloween is coming up and people from all around the world are ready to enjoy the spooky festivities. From dressing up in scary costumes to hanging out with friends and watching horror movies, it’s time to feed your horror craving.

Top Unique Stays in New Zealand for that Amazing Kiwi Hospitality

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Top Unique Stays in New Zealand for that Amazing Kiwi Hospitality

Experience Kiwi hospitality with these unique homestays and experience to live like a local in New Zealand!

7 Teahouses Around the World that You Shouldn’t Miss

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7 Teahouses Around the World that You Shouldn’t Miss

If you have never experienced waiting in line for an hour just to get bubble tea (Taiwanese tea-based drink), we need to do some serious discussion

The Green Trip List: 5 Eco-Friendly Destinations for the Green Minded Traveler

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The Green Trip List: 5 Eco-Friendly Destinations for the Green Minded Traveler

Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and definitely a luxury we should not take for granted. This June, as we commemorate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day, it is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and consider the impact we have on Mother Earth

7 Places to Travel into Your Favourite Films!

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7 Places to Travel into Your Favourite Films!

Turn your fantasy into reality by heading to these 7 places to experience the ‘reel’ deal where life imitates art, or in this case, movie!

International Visitors are Spending More in New Zealand

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International Visitors are Spending More in New Zealand

International visitors in New Zealand are spending more while they’re in the country, such that tourism spend has outgrown international visitor arrival numbers.

5 Best Ways to Enjoy Getting Around in New Zealand

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5 Best Ways to Enjoy Getting Around in New Zealand

From self-driving to relaxing aboard a scenic rail journey, Malaysian visitors can enjoy multiple choices of transportation in New Zealand.

Auckland After Dark: 5 Ways To Enjoy New Zealand’s Greatest City

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Auckland After Dark: 5 Ways To Enjoy New Zealand’s Greatest City

When you look into New Zealand tourism you’ll find virtually limitless activities. Most of them, however, tend to involve adventure and exploration – generally daytime activities. From long hikes through otherworldly terrain, to watersports at famous beaches, to becoming Bilbo Baggins, there’s a whole lot to do all over the country. What we tend to read a little bit less about though is how to have fun in the cities once the sun goes down. This might also be partly because fun after sunset can be self-explanatory. You can typically ask around about the recommended bars and restaurants and be set for the duration of your trip. It never hurts to have more of a plan, however, which is why I’m taking […]

Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 2)

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Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 2)

The charms of New Zealand are plenty: stunning views from every angle with wonderful mystical quality, great accessibility, abundant wildlife, pristine environment, amazing people and simplicity of life – enough to fuel one’s daydreaming. Add world-class expertise and impactful government incentives to support the film industry, the country also serves as the perfect location to create cinematic masterpieces.

Tourism New Zealand Invites Malaysian Frontline Agents to Destination Training

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Tourism New Zealand Invites Malaysian Frontline Agents to Destination Training

Tourism New Zealand invites Malaysian frontline travel agents to attend a destination training session in Kuala Lumpur on 29 August 2018.

Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 1)

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Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 1)

“I’m going on an adventure!” New Zealand is a country that ushers people outdoors. It is the place where the sun radiantly shines on people strolling along beaches; colossal mountain ranges and untamed rivers affectionately identified by the Lord of the Rings fans as Middle Earth for intrepid travellers to explore; and snow-capped mountains in the South Island that offer winter dreamy getaways. In truth, New Zealand is clearly a favourite among Malaysian holiday-makers and leisure travellers, chalking up an of average 56,000 tourist arrivals into New Zealand per year. Most of the travellers come for long stays – say, two weeks on average – and they rent campervans to discover the country’s best offerings. Steven Dixon, who is Tourism New Zealand’s […]

New Zealand’s Refreshed Halal Food Guide Aims to Better Cater to the Needs of Muslim Travellers

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New Zealand’s Refreshed Halal Food Guide Aims to Better Cater to the Needs of Muslim Travellers

Tourism New Zealand has launched an updated version of its Halal Food Guide in a bid to improve the overall visitor experience for Muslim travellers and provide them with a more comprehensive overview of halal culinary options around the country. Since the launch of the Halal Food Guide in 2016, the 2017/18 edition now includes 289 more restaurants and cafes. This is an increase of 51% more listings from the previous edition, which are either halal-certified or offering vegetarian/vegan cuisine, in new regions such as Whangarei and Marlborough. Travellers can also use the guide to identify halal-certified grocery stores and takeaway outlets. The guide was curated in partnership with the Kiwi Muslim Directory and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand […]

Auckland’s Harbour Bridge Transformed by Lights for Waitangi Day

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Auckland’s Harbour Bridge Transformed by Lights for Waitangi Day

Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge will be lit up for New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day. Waitangi Day celebrates the signing of the founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi on February 6 1840. The Auckland Harbour Bridge will put on an audio-visual display of stunning Māori imagery and sounds throughout the weekend to mark this occasion. The Waitangi Vector Lights kicks off Friday night from 9pm, and then every 30 minutes until midnight. Vector Lights will run this right through to Waitangi Day on Tuesday February 6. Vector and Auckland Council have collaborated with Ngati Manuhiri, an Auckland iwi (tribe), to bring to life their unique korero (story) that connects their people to Tamaki Makaurau Auckland and the celebration of New Zealand’s national day. Each year a different Auckland tribe (of which […]

Birthday Celebrations At Hobbiton Movie Set For International Hobbit Day In New Zealand

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Birthday Celebrations At Hobbiton Movie Set For International Hobbit Day In New Zealand

New Zealand, 22 SEPTEMBER 2017: Hairy feet and lembas bread will be the order of the day at Hobbiton Movie Set today (22 September) as they celebrate International Hobbit Day. Happy Hobbits are set to party, celebrating not only International Hobbit Day but the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. An ‘unexpected party’ of fans will take a guided tour of the Shire at dusk experiencing the Hobbiton Movie Set as the sun sets over the Matamata countryside. The group will meander through the 12 acre site in the Waikato region on New Zealand’s North Island, recounting the details of how the movie set was created. Arriving at The Green Dragon Inn in front of open fires, visitors will be able to toast […]

Malaysian Formula One Driver Set to Take on Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race in New Zealand

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Malaysian Formula One Driver Set to Take on Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race in New Zealand

MALAYSIA, 6 February 2017 – : Ex-Formula One driver Alex Yoong will be trading in his fast car for the bike and his own engine, when he takes on The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race through the South Island’s Southern Alps next week. Yoong is in New Zealand to compete in the Pioneer MTB race with his good friend Anton Morgan, who is from Auckland. Morgan suggested the race to Yoong last year, and it was the perfect excuse to travel to the South Island and see his Kiwi mates. “I have been to the North Island before, but never the South Island. My first time in New Zealand was for the New Zealand A1 Grand Prix at Taupo Race Track in 2007. […]

Record Number of Malaysian Tourists Visit New Zealand

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Record Number of Malaysian Tourists Visit New Zealand

MALAYSIA, 11 January 2017: A record breaking 50,160 Malaysians have visited New Zealand in the year ending November 2016, representing a 48.4% increase compared to 2015. This is according to new data released by Tourism New Zealand. The data also revealed that the number of holiday arrivals from Malaysia to New Zealand in the same period was a total of 35,440 – a 61.7% increase from 2015 and is also the highest percentage increase in holiday arrivals from Asia to New Zealand. Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager for South and South East Asia, Mr Steven Dixon, said the consistent increase in tourist arrivals from Malaysia further cements New Zealand’s appeal as a holiday destination. “New Zealand offers a huge range of travel […]

Visiting New Zealand? Now You Can Travel Like a Hobbit Through The Real Middle-earth

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Visiting New Zealand? Now You Can Travel Like a Hobbit Through The Real Middle-earth

MALAYSIA, 9 December: Imagine if you could travel as a Hobbit through the real Middle-earth?  Or an Elf?  A Dwarf?  A Wizard?  What journey would you take through New Zealand? To celebrate 15 years as the real Middle-earth, Tourism New Zealand has come up with a unique way for tourists to explore the country – reimagining New Zealand experiences through the eyes of Middleearth’s most loved characters. ‘Middle-earth travel’ engages consumers through a unique quiz designed to discover which character they would be. Consumers are then provided with a character inspired journey throughout New Zealand with an itinerary on Tourism New Zealand’s website newzealand.com.     For Wizards, it’s all about magical experiences – stargazing at the Dark Sky Reserve or discovering […]

New Hotels Join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™ – Nov 2016

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New Hotels Join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™ – Nov 2016

This month SLH welcomes five independently-minded hotels to its portfolio. From a stately home in Queenstown to a classic alpine lodge in Austria there is plenty for the discerning traveller to choose from. Owl and the Pussycat Hotel: Galle, Sri Lanka Rooms from 26800 LKR (approx. USD181) per night  www.slh.com/owl One of Sri Lanka’s newest boutique hotels, having opened in January 2016, the 16-suite Owl and the Pussycat Hotel is a luxurious coastal retreat with a laid back feel. Situated close to the UNESCO listed historic Galle Fort and Buddhist temples, the hotel provides access to an unparalleled authentic Sri Lankan experience with an imaginative twist.  Each spacious suite is a little different, but guests can expect eyecatching artwork, vivid colours and […]

Tourism Confirmed As New Zealand’s Top Export

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Tourism Confirmed As New Zealand’s Top Export

MALAYSIA, 22 November 2016 – New Zealand’s tourism industry has become the country’s top export earner, contributing $14.5 billion into the economy and directly employing over 188,000 people for the year ending March 2016. Steven Dixon, Regional Manager, South and South East Asia at Tourism New Zealand, says, “Tourism benefits all New Zealanders and the level of growth we are achieving is presenting huge opportunities that are ripe for the picking. “The impact of tourism spend is far ranging, benefiting retail owners, supermarkets, petrol stations, restaurants and cafes in addition to accommodation and travel spend. One in 13 New Zealanders are now directly employed in the tourism industry and this will increase as visitor numbers continue to grow.” Recent statistics show that more […]

2016 Film Releases Create New Travel/Destination Stars

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2016 Film Releases Create New Travel/Destination Stars

Singapore, 21 November, 2016 – As 2016 comes towards a close and the final credits for the year are about to roll, Wego.com, the leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, reflects on some new destinations that starred in some of this year’s most popular film releases. “At Wego, we’ve examined film tourism in the past and witnessed how movies and television have contributed directly to attracting and increasing visitors based on the location they were filmed in,” said Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer for Wego. “In 2016, we’ve had an array of film releases which have created quite a diverse range of new destination stars, and I expect their unique personalities to feature in a variety of […]

Oscar winning filmmaker James Cameron shares his passion for New Zealand in new global video

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Oscar winning filmmaker James Cameron shares his passion for New Zealand in new global video

Filmmaker James Cameron is sharing his love of New Zealand, fronting a new video that gives the world a glimpse of what it is about the country that captivates him like nowhere else. In collaboration with Tourism New Zealand, Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron spent four days filming, taking in the natural wonders of the South Island. The couple walk on the Tasman Glacier, kayak through a Dart River canyon and take in the sweeping views of Blanket Bay by helicopter.  They hike on the alpine Routeburn Track, cycle beside Lake Pukaki and visit Mount Alfred in the Glenorchy area near Queenstown. The Cameron family have lived in New Zealand for four years, on a coastal estate in the Wairarapa […]

Immerse in The Hobbit Movie Setting by Visiting New Zealand, Home of Middle-earth

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Immerse in The Hobbit Movie Setting by Visiting New Zealand, Home of Middle-earth

Fans of Sir Peter Jackson’s famed Hobbit trilogies can now follow in the footsteps of the cast and crew and journey through New Zealand taking in remarkable and diverse natural landscape while enjoying the warm hospitality Kiwis are known for.

Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Launches Family Adventure Experiences In New Zealand

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Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Launches Family Adventure Experiences In New Zealand

Leading global hospitality management company Swiss-Belhotel International has announced a special promotion for families at its flagship New Zealand resort, Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa Takes Top Honors at World Ski Awards

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Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa Takes Top Honors at World Ski Awards

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa has been named New Zealand’s Best Ski Hotel in the inaugural World Ski Awards, which took place in Austria on November 16.

Cliff Notes from Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers & Matakauri

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Cliff Notes from Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers & Matakauri

The Owner’s Cottage is superbly positioned to capture uninterrupted lake and mountain views, and with all of the amenities one could wish for, all designed by the inimitable Virginia Fisher.

Issue 8.1 – Let’s Travel in 2013

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Issue 8.1 – Let’s Travel in 2013

2013 is thought to be challenging as the effects of recession in the US and Europe will be felt in Asia. However, in the current news, it is predicted that the economies within the Asian region will still remain resilient, albeit going on a slower pace compared to 2012.