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New products at TRENZ 2019 to include sacred island and world-first daredevil catapult

New products at TRENZ 2019 to include sacred island and world-first daredevil catapult
April 26, 2019

Touring a sacred island, stargazing in the world’s darkest skies, taking on the exhilarating Nevis catapult, and controlled indoor freefalling - tourism buyers arriving from around the globe can be assured that whatever kind of experience they’re after, they will be impressed by the range of new products on offer at TRENZ this year.

The New Zealand tourism industry’s most important annual trade event, TRENZ 2019 will be taking place in Rotorua from 13th to 16th May, and is set to be attended by 386 buyers influential in sending international visitors to New Zealand. They will engage in four days of networking and meetings with around 300 of the country’s leading tourism operators (known as sellers), who will be showcasing their products and services. A diverse range of new products will be on show, and 46 sellers will be exhibiting at TRENZ for the first time.

Among the new products and of cultural significance are Katoa Lake Rotorua, who are the only company permitted to land on the sacred Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua.

The business offers visitors the experience of an authentic welcome (powhiri) upon arrival on the island, followed by a cultural performance.

Katoa Lake Rotorua owner/operator Fiona Kelly stated “the power and raw emotion of the powhiri, going back to a time when the ancient Maori customs and traditions were part of everyday life, is truly stunning to experience.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing the sacred cultural history of our Mokoia Island tours at TRENZ.”

Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa which manages TRENZ, says the new sellers and products are showcasing their regions, and also playing a huge part in shaping how our international visitors experience New Zealand.

Roberts advises “having a diverse representation of sellers and visitor experiences from around New Zealand is a really positive thing and helps the industry encourage visitors to ‘get off the beaten track’.

“New Zealand’s tourism industry puts its best foot forward at TRENZ, and the international buyers coming to Rotorua will be expecting to find the most exciting and unique tourism offerings and experiences that they can promote back in their home countries.

“And of course they are always on the lookout for something new.”

For those with a daredevil streak, there are plenty of new adventure offerings. AJ Hackett’s new Nevis Catapult will be promoting its truly terrifying descent across the Nevis Valley at 100km in 1.5 seconds flat, and if anyone wanted to experience freefall in a more controlled indoor experience, iFLY Queenstown will be there to meet them halfway.

TRENZ host region Rotorua has ensured it is well represented with new sellers including FlexiToursNZ, Foris Eco-tours, and Totally Tarawera showcasing their region’s distinct landscape.

Opportunities for flying (outdoors this time) are offered by new sellers Bay of Plenty’s Aerius Helicopters, Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters and Heli Glenorchy, to take visitors across the country for scenic, unforgettable views.

New to TRENZ 2019, Silver River Stargazing & Astrophotography offers an epic experience under the darkest skies in the world. Located in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Silver River’s powerful telescopes and astro-lasers show visitors nebulas, the Milky Way, the Southern Lights and planets.

Bonnie Raggett, Sales Manager for Silver River Stargazing & Astrophotography, concludes “our stargazing tours are pure magic for those who want to take a trip under the darkest skies in the world and be blown away by the constellations they can see.

“Showing at TRENZ means cementing the importance of our absolute commitment to leaving the lightest footprint on the planet and the skies, because having little to no light pollution is how we are able to offer this beautiful experience. I’m sure our international buyers will be amazed.”

Click here for more information on TRENZ 2019 in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Images: Powhiri at Katoa Lake Rotorua (top) and Silver River Stargazing & Astrophotography (below).

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