At ITB Berlin New Zealand is exhibiting the unique culture of the Maoris and a host of innovations in the hotel industry, art world and sports
New Zealand is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination among Germans. One reason is the success of the Hobbit movies – in 2015 about one in four German tourists gave the films as their reason for visiting – and another is the country’s great diversity. On the weekend of the show visitors to ITB Berlin can whet their appetites for a trip by taking part in workshops and watching live performances by Maoris. Furthermore, New Zealand will be inspiring visitors with its slogan ’there’s a new journey every day’. Everything is possible, whether exploring amazingly different landscapes, the culture of the Maoris or the local kiwi lifestyle of New Zealanders. Visitors can go on one of the nine Great Walks today, take a jet boat near Queenstown or discover spectacular wildlife tomorrow, and go wine tasting in a vineyard on the slopes of Marlborough in the afternoon. It is no wonder that last year Tourism New Zealand recorded a ten per cent increase in visitors from Germany. Germans spend more time in the country than any other nation (50 days) and visit more local regions than any other (eight).
There are new things to discover this year too: several luxury lodges will be opening their doors, including the Kinloch Club, Helena Bay and Kereru Suite in the Bay of Many Coves. Lonely Planet recently voted Waiheke Island near Auckland among the world’s top ten ’best in travel’ destinations. Art connoisseurs will be attracted to the Len Lye Centre, while cycling enthusiasts will want to take part in the 40th anniversary Lake Taupo Challenge or visit the Crankworx mountain biking festival.
Photo: © Tourism NewZealand
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