Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Zealand’s Enchanting Spring


Indonesian visitors have an even greater reason to visit New Zealand this year with the launch of the first ever partnership between Tourism New Zealand, Auckland Airport and Garuda Indonesia, offering special fares for travellers to embrace the enchanting spring experience which will start from September through November. Starting from IDR 14,500,000 return, the special fares to three cities in New Zealand will be on sale for three weeks from 31 August to 20 September 2016, and can be booked via website garuda-indonesia.com, contact centre +62 804 1 807 807, or Garuda Indonesia sales and ticketing offices.

Indonesian arrivals to New Zealand are steadily rising with a total number of 18,240 arrivals in July 2016, a 10% increase compared to July 2015. Holiday arrival growth has increased more significantly -up by 14% compared to the same period last year.

Steven Dixon, Regional Manager for South & South East Asia of Tourism New Zealand encourages Indonesians to discover New Zealand during the spring season: “We’ve seen excellent growth in Indonesian visitor arrivals and we’re pleased to be able to partner with Garuda Indonesia and Auckland Airport in realizing the dream of many Indonesians to visit New Zealand.”

“Spring is a splendid time to visit New Zealand. Our flora and forests are at their best with flowers in full bloom, and the days get warmer and longer with plenty of clear, settled days for exploring the outdoors.”

Benny S. Butarbutar, VP Corporate Communications of Garuda Indonesia agrees this partnership with Tourism New Zealand will provide an excellent opportunity for Indonesian travellers to explore New Zealand with the 5-Star airline.

“New Zealand has very strong appeal to our customers in Indonesia and we are pleased to be able to offer great fares and seamless connections from Jakarta via Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth to make accessing popular holiday destinations in the country even easier.

“Garuda Indonesia has been dubbed ‘The World’s Best Cabin Crew’ for three consecutive years since 2014 and ‘The Most Loved Airline in the World 2016’ by SkyTrax, an honour we are extremely proud of. We look forward to welcoming our prestigious customers on board to experience our new fleet, Inflight entertainment and connectivity, high-quality cuisine and the exemplary ‘Garuda Indonesia Experience’ service from our award-winning cabin crew.”
Garuda Indonesia has daily flight from Jakarta to New Zealand with varied connecting points; in cooperation with Air New Zealand, Qantas, and soon with LATAM to Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington.

The special airfare of IDR 14,500,000 from Jakarta to Auckland is available for booking start from 31 August until 20 September 2016 for travel period valid until 31 October 2016. For a unique spring experience, Tourism New Zealand has been compiled a list of recommended places to enjoy the season at its best.

Visit Middle-Earth in Waikato
Just south of Auckland lies the Hamilton-Waikato region; a land of lush pastures that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. For a magical underground experience, venture to Waitomo Caves, where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glow worms will take your breath away.


Treasure landscape, lifestyle in Waiheke Island
Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. In landscape, lifestyle and experience, Waiheke is a world away. Come for a visit and one will find beautiful galleries and craft boutiques in this homeland of artists. There are plenty of places to enjoy a good coffee or a taste of New Zealand's fresh Pacific Rim cuisine. The island also boasts more than a dozen high-qualityvineyards, many with relaxed restaurants onsite. Enjoy local wine while looking out over vine-covered valleys to the blue sea beyond. The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf. They are perfect for swimming, kayaking, strolling along or having a picnic in the sun.


Shopping and Urban Culinary in Queen Street and K’Road
From luxe to bargain finds, and the best souvenir shops in town, Queen Street tops the list of shopoholics. Souvenir shops are concentrated towards the harbour end of the street or tucked away in arcades. Top international luxury labels are housed in its lower, harbour-end and on Customs St (just off it). All along Queen Street, Cobbled laneways take visitors to some of the city’s best fashion and lifestyle boutique stores. They are also home to flavour-filled cafes and restaurants. While in Karangahape Road or also known as K’Road, every shop, café and restaurant is different, but there’s a strong sense of community in this area, a favourite gathering place for artists, students, musicians and writers. High fashion sits comfortably next to retro, vintage and street-wear stores. Unique design shops offer everything from imported handmade jewellery to locally-made home furnishings, and music stores sell enviable vinyl collections and instruments.

To book your Spring Adventure, visit newzealand.com

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