So Close, So Easy and So Affordable
In the past three years New Zealand has spent $120 million promoting itself to overseas visitors. The recent statistics quote that Australian visitor numbers are up 8.5% to a whopping 1,120,649. Australians stay on average 10 days with 55% travelling outside the main tourist centres. The cooler, less touristed ‘shoulder’ periods (October/November and April/May) are a great time to visit.
New Zealand is so close. A typical flight from the Australian East Coast takes only 3 hours. With seven international airports throughout New Zealand –it’s so easy. Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington airports service the North Island; with Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin in the South.
For Australians it’s also very attractive because air travel to New Zealand is now so affordable. Air New Zealand have direct flights from Sydney to Queenstown for an incredible $136 each way. This deal on their ‘Works package’ includes carry on baggage allowance, 1 x checked bag up to 23kg, Meal and drinks, entertainment including movies and seat request.
From its early beginnings, New Zealand tourism has thrived on innovation and adventure. Some of the best known contributions to the tourism industry have been kiwi inventions such as the ski-plane, the jetboat and bungy jumping. The first country in the world to have a government ministry for tourism, Tourism New Zealand celebrated its centenary in 2001.
In the 21st century, New Zealand is leading the way in sustainable tourism. The focus is on nature and green initiatives that will protect the natural environment for future generations, and telling New Zealand’s stories through authentic encounters with local culture and people.
New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests and amazing wildlife make it a haven for so many outdoor activities and a great place to unwind. A diverse, sophisticated and multicultural society awaits you. The honesty, friendliness and openness of Kiwis will impress you. It’s an enviable destination.