Want to know about how to plan an unforgettable trip to New Zealand? Keep reading, as we caught up with National Account Manager Rares Dumitru, who recently returned from a trip to New Zealand. Rares updates us on the highlights of his trip and shares some useful tips on how to sell New Zealand vacations to your clients.
1. Where did you travel?
I traveled across New Zealand, from Auckland to Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Kaikoura, and eventually Christchurch.
2. What is the number one thing agents should know about New Zealand?
It is an amazing destination that surprised me! It should be on everyone’s bucket list. From wine tasting to whale watching, beaches to mountains and everything in between, New Zealand offers something unique for everyone.
3. What is the biggest misconception about New Zealand?
A lot of clients will combine Australia and New Zealand on one trip and think the two destinations are similar, which could not be further away from the truth. New Zealand deserves a separate trip and is well worth the long flight.
4. What were your favorite accommodations?
The Sudima hotels are great. I loved everything about the rooms and the service. The location of the hotels is also perfect, as they are close to everything. And the Rees hotel in Queenstown was incredible!
5. What new things did you learn about New Zealand?
For one, it’s a very cosmopolitan country. The food is amazing and the wines rival the world’s best.
6. What was your favorite local experience?
Where do I start? Whale watching from a plane in Kaikoura, jet boating in Queenstown and that amazing helicopter flight from Milford Sound back to Queenstown, including a champagne toast on top of a mountain. Sailing an America’s Cup boat in Auckland. Oh, and the food was delicious. Did I mention we had freshly steamed mussels in Marlborough Sound on a boat?
7. What was your favorite individual destination or landmark?
Wellington was the place I would have loved to explore even more. The museums, beaches, restaurants, shops, breweries, and just the overall vibe spoke to me deeply.
8. What were your favorite local dishes or drinks?
Mussels for sure as well as the wines. The South Island has some incredible wineries
9. What would be the perfect complement as an extension to this trip?
Perhaps controversially, I would not combine New Zealand with any other destination! I truly believe it deserves a dedicated trip. Travelers should take the time to explore both islands. They are worth it!
10. What are your top tips for agents who want to sell New Zealand?
One: Sell the “wow factor!” This is a destination that is going to dazzle people with its natural beauty.
Two: Talk about the great unique experiences and the food and wines. There’s no one way to explore New Zealand. There really is something for everyone here.
Three: There are great flight options from North America and our Destination Specialists can craft a unique itinerary for your clients. They will thank you when they come back!