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
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 Ultimate 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:
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive
Tourism New Zealand Chief Financial Officer
Dame Kerry Prendergast DNZM, CNZM
Former Chair of Tourism New Zealand
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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