Tourism

Media releases about travel and tourism.

Walking in New Zealand

30 October 2018

AA Traveller and DOC release walking guide to suit all fitness levels

AA Traveller and the Department of Conservation have released a first-of-its-kind joint walking guide packed full of information on Short Walks, Day Hikes and Great Walks from the top to bottom of New Zealand. While some Kiwi favourites are covered, Walking in New Zealand - from 30 minutes to multi-day also highlights beautiful less-frequented walks, as well as Landmarks Whenua Tohunga walks which showcase Aoteroa’s rich cultural heritage. Safety is a key component of the guide, with details such as terrain, fitness level required and best times to walk covered. The guide features maps, track overviews, local tips and highlights, and information on places to stay. AA Traveller Managing Editor Kath Webster says the guide has something for everyone from gentle strolls the whole family can do through to more challenging treks across valleys and through beech forests, following streams and climbing ridges. “We’re expecting Walking in New Zealand to be hugely popular with both Kiwis and overseas visitors,” Ms Webster says.“Through our partnership with DOC we’ve been able to produce a top quality guide with all the information people need before they put their walking shoes on and venture into our stunning natural environment.” Department of Conservation Customer Engagement...

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25 July 2018

AA Traveller congratulates Manawatu holiday park voted NZ’s best

AA Travel and Tourism General Manager Greig Leighton has tonight presented Himatangi Beach Holiday Park in the Manawatu the supreme award of New Zealand’s Best Holiday Park.

29 May 2017

Kiwis prefer trainers to TVs in winter

More than half of us think of ourselves as home-bodies over winter, according to a new AA Traveller survey, but we’re a lot more active than we give ourselves credit for.

23 January 2017

AA Traveller’s favourite family beaches

Packing the car full of kids, stuff and maybe the dog can be an ordeal, but the hardest part is finding somewhere everyone actually wants to go.

13 January 2017

Kiwis identify the best spots for when you’ve just got to go

Convenience and character – turns out that’s what we look for in a public loo.

19 December 2016

Commitment to Kaikoura coastal route provides certainty

The AA welcomes the Government’s commitment to reinstating the coastal route to Kaikoura.

19 December 2016

A summer of Must Do’s for Kiwi travellers

Just in time for summer, AA Traveller has presented a freshly collated, vibrant collection of absolute Must-Do’s for Kiwi holidaymakers.

5 December 2016

AA backs proposal to boost regional tourism infrastructure

The AA supports a proposal to create a national fund dedicated to tackling the infrastructure challenges impacting tourism in our regions.

3 November 2016

AA Traveller intensifies focus on domestic travel

More information, more experiences, more choices and easier ways to book New Zealand accommodation and activities will soon be unveiled to travellers.

31 August 2016

Industry recognises significant impact of Cycle Trail Guide on tourism growth

The highly successful New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide has just been recognised as a finalist in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards for its substantial impact on regional tourism. The guide, a collaborative effort between the team at AA Traveller and Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. organisation is a finalist in the Industry Alignment Award category. AA Traveller General Manager Moira Penman says the award nomination recognises the significant impact AA Traveller and Nga Haerenga are having on achieving Tourism 2025 goals of encouraging regional tourism during peak and off peak seasons. “Growing domestic tourism is at the heart of AA Traveller and it’s fantastic to see our success in this area being recognised at the highest industry levels,” she says. Many of the Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail are seeing huge increases in the number of visitors per year. The boost has had a major impact on regional businesses which have thrived off the increased traffic on the trails with reports also showing more than 1200 jobs have since been created. “We’ve seen places like Lake Ohau and Ohakune, which traditionally only boom in the winter, grow to have healthy tourism seasons all...

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