Last month, a group of Travel Counsellors travelled to New Zealand to be schooled on the phenomenal range of opportunities to relax, dine, pursue adventure and soak up culture in New Zealand’s Wellington and Marlborough regions.
Travelling last month, Rebecca Munnings, Emma Cammarata, Kris Higgins, Bronwyn Weir, Heidi Smithers, Cheryl Andrews, Julie Moore, Rebecca Russell and Dean Hickford all travelled to the Land of the Long White Cloud to experience different sides of New Zealand on two separate itineraries that showcased the very best of the regions that are so popular with Australian travellers of all ages.
In stunning Marlborough, the group got to visit iconic cellar doors to sample drops of cool climate pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, feast on local fresh seafood, try handmade chocolates, stay in deluxe accommodation and cruise the famous Marlborough Sounds.
“I was really impressed with the Marlborough Region. It’s the perfect getaway for food and wine lovers because it’s got such a high concentration of top quality food and wine producers in a relatively small area. It’s for this reason I’ll be recommending it to my clients who love hitting the open road on self-drive holidays or organised group tours,” says Heidi Smithers of Queensland.
In Wellington, the group got to discover the thriving arts and dining culture that the city is fast becoming known for. A visit to a film studio revealed the talent behind New Zealand’s film production industry, while a food tour led by a local guide helped to uncover the city’s best bars, restaurants and cafes to find gourmet produce, craft brews and wine. A trip across Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry also demonstrated why it’s known as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.
“Wellington is such a fun, friendly city to visit. I was blown away by the food and wine offering in Wellington, as well as the opportunities to learn about history and culture at galleries and museums. Apart from offering incredible views, the ferry between the North and South Island is so convenient, I will be urging my clients to make use of it when in New Zealand,” says Julie Moore of Victoria.
Fred van Eijk, Acting Managing Director Travel Counsellors Australia considers educational trips such as these as an invaluable experience for travel agents. “New Zealand is a key destination for Australian travellers so I am pleased to see Travel Counsellors spending time in Wellington and Marlborough. Nothing beats experiencing a place for yourself and seeing it with your own eyes. I am sure this educational trip will put them in the best position to sell New Zealand as a destination of choice.”
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