Exceptional New Zealand visitor experiences up for awards

Qualmark has announced 41 finalists for the inaugural 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards. Over 100 entries were received for this year’s awards, which Qualmark General Manager, Gregg Anderson says is a credit to the high standard of experiences on offer by Qualmark Gold accredited operators.

The 2019 winners will be announced by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Kelvin Davis at parliament on 1 May 2019, forming part of Qualmark’s annual programme of events.

“Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality and through the 100% Experience Awards our members have highlighted the wide range of exceptional New Zealand experiences on offer,” says Mr Anderson.

“The finalists have demonstrated how tourism businesses can support not only a positive visitor experience, but also a positive host community experience of tourism through the principles manaakitanga, tiaki and whānau.”

The Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Award finalists:

  • Abel Tasman Kayaks and Freedom Rentals: 3 Day Classic
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks: Sunset Sea Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Island
  • Auckland Seaplanes: Rangitoto and Islands Scenic Flight
  • Active Adventures: Ultimate South Island Adventure 'Rimu' trip
  • Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari: Whale & Dolphin Conservation Cruise
  • Brancott Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant: Brancott Estate Vineyard Cycle Tour
  • Bush & Beach 2013 Ltd: Wilderness Experience 
  • Black Cat Cruises: Swimming with Dolphins
  • 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
  • Haka Tours Ltd: 16 Day Amplified New Zealand Tour
  • GO Rentals: Car Rental 
  • 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 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 tour

The judging panel is made up of tourism experts from Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand: Former Chair of Tourism New Zealand, Dame Kerry Prendergast; Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen England-Hall; Tourism New Zealand Chief Financial Officer, Sue Parcell; Air New Zealand Head of Sustainability, Lisa Daniell, and; Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel and Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism, Dr. Susanne Becken.

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 more information visit www.qualmark.co.nz