New map showcases i-SITES, Great walks and cycle trails

Visitors to New Zealand can find everything they need to walk, ride or plan any journey across the whole country in one handy place - and no, it's not an app.

For the very first time i-SITE NZ, the Department of Conservation and NZ Cycle Trails have joined forces to produce a fold-out map showcasing the 98 visitor information centres, DOC's 9 Great walks and the 23 trails that make up the NZ Cycle Trail.

In addition, there are references to a wealth of information about staying safe and how Qualmark can enhance visitor experiences.

The map - "Great advice, Great walks, Great rides" - is designed to allow visitor centre staff to plan itineraries for visitors as they travel through New Zealand and locate their next source of information. It is available free of charge at any i-SITE or DOC visitor information centre.

While all our visitors are increasingly tech savvy and working on-line, sometimes print really is best. With a printed map, visitors can see the whole country, write on it and create a plan.

"It means visitors can get a good look at where they're going or see the big picture of their trip at a glance while also having a handy reference point for some important information," says Paul Yeo, i-SITE Executive Manager Tourism New Zealand.

"And of course, a printed map is ideal for times when Wi-Fi isn't available."

Evan Freshwater, Manager The NZ Cycle Trail is pleased with the new resource - "Great advice, Great walks, Great rides."

"This map allows visitors to plan their travels around Aotearoa with the best information to hand.  Nga Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail is pleased to be part of this project and showcase our 23 Great Rides - there has never been a better time to get out there and ride," says Evan.

The contact details and locations of the 98 visitor information centres located across New Zealand (80 i-SITEs and 18 DOC visitor centres) are provided and those providing free Wi-Fi are indicated. The map also lists websites that offer more in-depth information.

"Great advice, Great walks, Great rides" provides a focus on safety and information to help visitors get the most out of their holiday, with information about safe driving, taking care during adventure activities, personal safety and freedom camping.

Qualmark, NZ tourism's official mark of quality, also features on the map, and explains to visitors that Qualmark endorsed activities, accommodation and transport providers have been audited to ensure they have the right systems and equipment in place to provide safe and happy holidays in New Zealand.

Paul Yeo is delighted to see the map now in circulation and is keen to see it evolve. "We'll be taking user feedback on board and a second edition is planned for later in 2015," says Paul.

Additional information: Trade quantities of "Great advice, Great walks, Great rides" can be supplied via Stocklink.

Full list of information and links included:

Tourism New Zealand and The Essential New Zealand App
The New Zealand Cycle Trail
Department of Conservation
NZ Police
Adventure Smart - tips, links and advice for land, snow, water, boating and air-based activities
Camping Our Way - how to stay within camping guidelines in NZ see
NZ Transport Agency

For further information contact Paul Yeo, i-SITE Executive Manager Tourism New Zealand

You can view the pdf version of the map below.