Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient in Queenstown

Media release from Ziptrek Ecotours Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is taking its Locals Day to a whole new level. The multi-award-winning company is giving its local community the chance to vote on which one of three local voluntary organisations should receive thousands of dollars from their annual fundraising day. The company has chosen what…

Wakatipu Alpine Cliff Rescue, the local high school’s Branches Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Fire Brigade are all volunteer organisations working tirelessly in the district.

They each feature on Ziptrek’s website with an explanatory paragraph on who they are and what they do, and a short video in which the representatives talk about why they should be chosen.

Branches Camp is a 12-day Wakatipu High School Year 10 outdoor camp held in remote Skippers Canyon. It’s regarded as a ‘rite of passage’ by all past and present students, and the Trust was formed in 2009 by locals concerned with escalating costs of running the camp.

Trust chair Louise Ward said as the costs of providing health and safety plans and guides increased each year, the goal of the Trust was to keep costs to students and families to a minimum “so every child in the Wakatipu can afford to go”.

The Wakatipu Alpine Cliff Rescue team is a small, high-profile group of professionally-trained and enthusiastic alpine rescue personnel who operate beyond the scope of normal ambulance, fire LandSAR search teams or police rescue services.

“We help people who can’t help themselves, anywhere that’s steep and difficult where you need technical equipment and competency,” said representative Chris Prudden. “We need a lot of support because ongoing equipment and training costs chew up the money.”

Last but not least, the 100% volunteer Queenstown Fire Brigade features about 50 members from all around the world, operating since 1863 and responding to over 300 calls a year.

Fireman Jesse Johnston said the brigade was “eternally grateful” to members employers who supported their roles. It’s also very appreciative of donations from the community, which is used to provide specialist training for brigade members and fund the purchase of key equipment required by the brigade.

Locals are being encouraged to go to the website to check the links and vote for the organisation they believe is most deserving of the locals’ day proceeds.

Ziptrek have supported seven local groups since opening in 2009, including Lakes Family Centre, Youth Booth, Wakatipu Search & Rescue, Kiwi Birdlife Park, St Johns Ambulance, Queenstown Scouts and Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, raising over a whopping $150K in total.

Voting closes on Saturday September 30 and the locals day will be held on Sunday October 29 2017.

On Locals Day, the local community is given the chance to experience the thrill-seeking fun of Ziptrek for a heavily discounted price. A significant proportion of the proceeds will go to the chosen charity.

Trent Yeo said the company was “dedicated and passionate” about helping another worthwhile local community cause as it “forms part of what Ziptrek stands for.

Leading the way in zipline innovation and sustainable business practice, Ziptrek Ecotours launched in New Zealand in November 2009 and since then has completed nearly three-quarters of a million zips through the forest canopy on Queenstown Hill on ‘gravity fed ziplines’.

For more information on each of the deserving organisations and to vote click HERE.

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1/ A Ziptrek Ecotours guest enjoying the view of Queenstown while ‘zipping’ through the trees

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Ziptrek Ecotours enhances social and digital sphere with new appointment

Media Release from Ziptrek Ecotours Innovative zipline company Ziptrek Ecotours has this week appointed experienced influencer Joe Di-Gesse as its first social media and digital guru. Joe is working as a marketing executive for the company and comes with a solid background of four years in digital marketing, specializing in social media. Originating from the…

Previously he worked for social media agency Gumption alongside strong brands such as Cheddar Gorge and Longleat Safari Park.

Working with Ziptrek is his first adventure tourism role and he said he was looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that offered.

“My previous roles have been B2B focused, so this will be an exciting change doing the social media marketing for a world-renowned brand such as Ziptrek Ecotours,” he said.

“The new position recognises the ever-increasing importance of social and digital in business, and even more so for tourism businesses.”

His love for the outdoors and a need for a break from city life brought Joe to Queenstown with no intention of taking up a permanent role, but he said the opportunity with Ziptrek was “too good” to pass up.

“Coming from a city, I relish the fact that Queenstown has that friendly small city feel, but you wake up every day surrounded by mountains.”

Ziptrek Ecotours Sales and Marketing Manager Nicky Busst said they were “excited” to welcome Joe to the team.

“The Ziptrek team is expanding as our business continues to grow, and it’s perfect timing for Joe to come on board as we head into our busy summer season,” she said.

“He’s a great cultural fit for us and we’re hugely excited to be working with him in growing the integrated social and digital side of our business.

“We’ve known the importance of being proactive in the digital and social spaces for quite some time.

“Joe’s role will help us drive online sales and opportunities in this market and stay ahead of the game.”

Leading the way in zipline innovation and sustainable business practice, Ziptrek Ecotours launched in New Zealand in November 2009 and since then has completed nearly three-quarters of a million zips through the forest canopy on ‘gravity fed ziplines’.

For more information visit Ziptrek Ecotours’ website HERE

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1/ New Ziptrek Ecotours Marketing Executive Joe Di-Gesse brings social media and digital marketing experience to the business

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Work underway on Remarkables Residences residential townhouse development in Queenstown

Media Release from Bayleys and GYP Properties Pte Ltd A significant milestone has been reached with work underway on Queenstown’s Remarkables Residences – a $200m residential development comprising three to five-bedroom multi-storey townhouses in the popular Frankton area. As tourism and population growth continue to fuel demand in New Zealand’s favourite playground, the Singaporean developer…

The development is being driven by GYP Properties Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore public-listed Global Yellow Pages Limited, and marketed by the Bayleys Realty Group.

Established local civil contractor Andrew Haulage has been appointed to carry out earthworks and roading, and the first sod was turned late last month with machinery already on site.

An announcement on the appointment of the building company will follow soon.

Fifty-six homes in Stage One went on the market just over two months ago, ranging in price from $860,000 to $985,000. Buyer enquiry has been strong, and only a handful of homes remain on sale in Stage One, which is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2018/19.

Bayleys Project Sales Manager John Greenwood said the company was “delighted” with the response to date.

“A good majority of enquiry in Queenstown has been from those walking in to our display suite in the Five Mile retail and business centre, just across the road from the development,” he said.

“Potential buyers have been showing high levels of interest when coming through, with real interest from the local market as well as Auckland.

“Buyers are a good mix of owner-occupiers who see the location as being at the heart of the ‘new Queenstown’, and investors who see the real need for permanent rental accommodation in the town.”

The proximity to four local ski fields makes the residences highly desirable for skiers and travellers, so those investing from elsewhere can enjoy excellent rental returns.

Master planning around the development ensures residents and visitors will be surrounded by exciting lifestyle amenities, including retail and dining.

The development offers flexibility for a range of potential buyers with a wide variety of house designs and configurations. These architecturally-designed homes include three to five-bedroom options, some with additional studio or office spaces. The ‘less-than-$1m’ price tag has been seen as “fantastic value” for many buyers to date.

The display suite at Five Mile Centre is open 10am to 4pm daily with local realtors Sheryl Williams and Mark Martin from Bayleys Queenstown available to meet potential buyers. To register interest or request further information go to

About Remarkables Residences

Master-planned by Development Advisory Services and designed by Auckland-based Ignite Architects, these are well-built, stylish and low-maintenance homes that are a very modern interpretation of popular developments of this kind.

Different building forms within each street offer individuality amidst a community, while each residence is thoughtfully designed to optimise sun and natural light. Quality fixtures and fittings are used alongside energy-efficient design elements for year-round comfort.

Green spaces incorporated in the development include a main public square and smaller Pocket Parks throughout the area. There are good links to surrounding biking and walking tracks, as well as easy access to public transport.

Remarkables Residences is in one of the most accessible parts of Queenstown, close to the airport and a very short walk to retail and hospitality outlets. It is just 15 minutes from central Queenstown and Arrowtown, and 30 minutes to ski fields.

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1/ The Remarkables Residences development uses neighbourhood architecture to create unique streetscapes

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Very Important Kids are the VIPs at Holiday Inn Rotorua

Media Release and Video from Holiday Inn Rotorua There are plenty of hotels out there that SAY they put the kids first. And then there’s Holiday Inn Rotorua – not only offering families a big ‘wallet-saver’ with its popular Kids Stay & Eat Free package, but going the extra mile for families with the creation…

Being a part of the VIK Programme is easy and free for families. It’s as simple as picking up a green wrist band for the kids on check-in, a band that unlocks over $300 savings at some of Rotorua’s top family attractions.

To receive the discounts, all families need to do is show the green band at their chosen attraction. The logos of each attraction are on the band and families get a detailed booklet explaining what’s on offer at each one.

The discounts are for attractions and activities including OGO, aMAZEme, Rainbow Springs, Agrodome, Agroventures Adventure Park, Motion Entertainment, Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village and Mountain Bike Rotorua.

The value-for-money programme also includes free meals for kids 12 and younger at Holiday Inn Rotorua’s Chapman’s Restaurant, renowned for its delicious selection of buffet dishes suitable for all ages, taste buds and even the fussiest of eaters.

With this year’s Term Three holidays starting on September 30, one lucky family has the chance to win a two-night relaxing family break at Holiday Inn Rotorua including family passes to any of the attractions in the VIK programme.

Entering is easy – just head to the hotel’s Facebook page and guess how many green bands are in the jar before 9pm on September 24 2017.

The first person to correctly guess the number (or the closest to) will win the prize for their family, to be used by December 31 2017. The prize is for two adults and two children 12 years or younger, and does not include travel to, from or within Rotorua. (Some blackout dates may apply.)

General Manager Kent Breeze said there was no ‘catch’ in the competition or the range of programmes on offer.

“We just put families at the heart of everything we do because we know how important it is for parents to have the relaxing break they deserve while the kids are taken care of,” he said.

“The family-first concept began in 1952 when a father named Kemmons Wilson was sick of being charged extra to have kids at hotels, so he started his own hotel company where kids were not only welcomed but they got to stay and eat for free.

“That was the beginning of the Holiday Inn brand and that same concept still applies today at Holiday Inn Rotorua where we’re committed to providing family-friendly travel options.”

Mr Breeze said the Kids Stay & Eat programme had always been a huge success, and the VIK package just added to the overall experience.

“The attractions we’ve partnered with are fantastic, offering something for all the family to enjoy. Kids can be entertained, educated, enthralled, and of course re-fuelled at our famous Chapman’s Buffet, and the savings are well worth it. All you have to do is choose to stay at Holiday Inn Rotorua.”

Located next to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Redwoods Forest, Holiday Inn Rotorua is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, Maori culture and a bustling hub of “thrill-seeking” activity.

Families continually rave about the geo-thermally heated outdoor pool which is warm year-round and has views of the geysers, and the delicious buffet options at Chapman’s Buffet Restaurant.

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1/ Kids celebrating on the Holiday Inn Rotorua sign

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