Best Tour/Activity – Haka Tours
This multi-award winning operator runs all kinds of exciting adventure, snow and mountain bike tours of New Zealand. With small groups of no more than 16 people, they can take you off the beaten track and treat you to spontaneous exploration and secret surprises. Trips run from 7 up to 24 days, and include all the essentials for a stress-free holiday. That means transport, accommodation, breakfast and your local Kiwi guide are all taken care of. Unlike other tours, Haka also let you customise your trip by adding on from a massive range of activities. So you only pay for the things you really want to do. Some of the most popular are bungy jumping, skydiving and swimming with dolphins.
Best Transport – Kiwi Experience
Kiwi Experience is an award-winning transport provider and is the best way for travellers to see New Zealand. It's fun, flexible and guided travel, offering you some of the most unique and unforgettable experiences on the planet. They are New Zealand’s original hop-on, hop-off bus adventure with over 25 years perfecting their service, you know that you’ll be travelling with the experts when you travel with Kiwi Experience.
Their Driver Guides will sort you out with Best Price Guarantee on unique accommodation and activities throughout the country. Kiwi Experience is the ultimate in flexible travel with over 30 different pass options to choose from and you’ve got up to 12 months to complete your trip.
Best Travel Agent – STA Travel
STA Travel is the largest student and young person travel company in the world. It is the preferred travel company for over 6 million people worldwide. With retail locations throughout New Zealand, a call center and an online presence at statravel.co.nz, anyone looking to 'experience the world face to face' has access to comprehensive travel products and services including airfares, accommodations and tours, discount cards, travel insurance, volunteer projects, working holidays and more through STA Travel.
Best Destination – Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand is located in the southern lakes region of the South Island, New Zealand. Surrounded by incredible mountains, and situated on the edge of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s leading visitor destination. The region is renowned for its four distinct seasons, spectacular scenery and world class activities and attractions. Over 2.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to experience their unique scenery, search for adventure, seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or to just breathe the pure mountain air. Central Queenstown is a sophisticated town with a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping. The picturesque town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and you’ll experience a unique energy and atmosphere all year-round. The Queenstown region is world-famous for adventure and is the birthplace of many iconic activities including commercial bungy jumping and jetboating. Other activities guaranteed to get your blood pumping include white water rafting, ziplining, 4x4 off-roading, snowsports, paragliding and skydiving.
Best Visitor Attraction – Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Franz Josef Glacier Guides are an internationally recognized guiding operation, established in 1990, that prides itself on providing the most incredible glacier experiences. Combining traditional guiding techniques unique to New Zealand with modern innovations they are able to access glacier terrain normally only seen by experienced mountaineers. They make a clear commitment to their clients, that a tour with them is the most spectacular and rewarding available.
From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland’s National Park, from a height of 2700m above sea level to only 240m in as little as 11 km, making it the world’s steepest and fastest flowing commercially guided glacier.
It is the rugged gradient of the Franz Josef Glacier that ensures their clients enjoy the most dramatic glacier scenery available to the general public anywhere in the world.