Finalists Announced for the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019

41 Qualmark partners have been announced this week as finalists in the 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards. The winners are to be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony to be held at Parliament on May 1 which will form part of Qualmark’s annual programme of events. 

Over 100 registrations have been received for the awards with an exceptionally high standard of award entries from Qualmark Gold awarded partners. 

Qualmark General Manager Gregg Anderson says that the volume and quality of entries received adds further credit to the entrants and the exceptional visitor experiences they offer. 

“These are operators that have the elements of manaakitanga, tiaki and whānau firmly embedded in their offering and are creating an outstanding experience for visitors and local communities alike. We have been impressed by the high calibre of entries received for these awards, and the expertise in the judging panel is a reflection of that”, says Mr. Anderson. 

“The ceremony is an opportunity for the tourism sector to celebrate and acknowledge exceptional industry performance at the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019 event”.  


The 2019 Finalists Announced: 

Abel Tasman Kayaks and Freedom Rentals: 3 Day Classic 

Active Adventures: Ultimate South Island Adventure 'Rimu' trip 

Auckland Sea Kayaks: Sunset Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island 

Auckland Seaplanes: Rangitoto and Islands Scenic Flight 

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari: Whale & Dolphin Conservation Cruise 

Black Cat Cruises: Swimming with Dolphins 

Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant: Brancott Estate Vineyard Cycle Tour 

Bush & Beach 2013 Ltd: Wilderness Experience  

Camp Glenorchy: Camp Glenorchy – Eco Retreat  

Craggy Range Vineyards: Craggy Range Accommodation 

Discover Waitomo: Ruakuri Cave  

Dive! Tutukaka Limited: Full gear hire certified diver, 2 dives 

Franz Josef Glacier Guides: Glacier Heli Hike 

Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands: The Cream Trip 

GCH Aviation: Kaikoura Whales 

GO Rentals: Car Rental  

Haka Tours Ltd: 16 Day Amplified New Zealand Tour 

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa: Adult Entry 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours: The Evening Banquet Tour 

Kaitiaki Adventures: White Water Rafting Okere Falls 

Kiwi Experience: The Whole Kit & Caboodle 

Lakestone Lodge: Lakestone Lodge Accommodation 

Marlborough Tour Company: Seafood Odyssea Cruise 

Millbrook Resort: Millbrook Resort 

Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by INFLITE: Ultimate Alpine Experience - Helicopter & Ski Plane Combo 

Owen River Lodge: Luxury fly fishing lodge experience 

Rainbow Springs Nature Park: Day Pass 

Real Journeys: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise 

Real Journeys: Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch 

Redcliffe Homestead: Bed and Breakfast Accommodation 

Redwoods Treewalk: Redwoods Treewalk and Nightlights Experience 

Rotorua Canopy Tours: The Original Canopy Tour 

SkyScape: SkyScape - Accommodation experience of sleeping in nature 

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort: Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort    

The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences: The Rees Hotel 

TIME Unlimited Tours: Auckland Maori Luxury Tour 

Ultimate Hikes: Milford Track Guided Walk 

Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd: Whale Watch® Tour 

Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park: Wilsons Abel Tasman 3-Day Kayak & Walk 

YHA New Zealand: YHA Aoraki Mt Cook 

Ziptrek Ecotours: Kea 6-Line Tour  


Judging the awards are leaders in tourism, sustainability and performance from Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand, all are experts in their field.  

Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate excellence in visitor hosting and a commitment to Tiaki: Care for New Zealand, a tourism industry initiative to encourage travellers to care for people, place and culture while in New Zealand, for now and for future generations. The experience entered must also align with the Tourism New Zealand brand promise of 100% Pure New Zealand, which is in its 20th year. 


The judges for 2019 are as follows: 

Stephen England-Hall 

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive  


Sue Parcell 

Tourism New Zealand Chief Financial Officer 


Dame Kerry Prendergast DNZM, CNZM  

Former Chair of Tourism New Zealand  


Lisa Daniell  

Air New Zealand Head of Sustainability 

Dr. Susanne Becken 

Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism 


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