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Wellington trade updates

A lot has been happening in the capital of cool - here is what the trade team has been talking about recently.

Connecting Wellington to the World


Singapore Airlines will connect Wellington to the world with four flights per week to Singapore via Canberra. 

  • The inaugural flight leaves Singapore on 20 September and arrives in Wellington the following day. 
  • Initially operating 4x weekly, the service is on the tarmac in Canberra for less than 80 minutes and passengers won't need to clear Australian Customs. 
  • The new flights will be operated using 266-seat retrofitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft, fitted with 38 Business and 228 Economy Class seats.

View the flight schedule [PDF, 244KB, 1 page].

New movie museum and convention centre

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Wellington City Council has secured land adjacent to Te Papa for the purpose of developing a three-level Movie Museum and Convention Centre. The development of the project is a partnership between Wellington City Council, The Movie Museum Ltd and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). At this stage, it is expected to open during 2019.

Sofitel Wellington

Sofitel Wellington Superior Room

Sofitel Wellington is due to open on 1 July 2016 in Bolton Street. Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington's business and government hub, Sofitel Wellington blends the French 'art de vivre' with the pure beauty of New Zealand's capital.

View the Sofitel Wellington fact sheet [PDF, 374KB, 2 pages].

Tuktuk Tours


New Zealand's first 100% electric tuk-tuk company has arrived in Wellington, helping make "the coolest little capital" that little bit cooler. Tuktuk Tours provide a unique way to explore the city in their smile-invoking three-wheeled vehicles. Jump aboard one of the 6-seater limos or enjoy a trip on a 3-seater version and take in everything the city has to offer on either their 'scenic' or 'hop on, hop off' tours. 

View the trade sheet for Tuktuk Tours [PDF, 1.63MB, 1 page].

Switched On Bikes


Switched On Bikes is a new eBike company getting rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

eBikes are the newest and most fun way to see Wellington! You can head up Wellington's steepest hills without breaking a sweat or cruise around the scenic bays. Hire eBikes and cruise around by yourself or join a small group guided tour and be taken to the must-see spots around Wellington. 

View Switched On Bikes trade sheet [PDF, 573KB, 2 pages]. 

New Thunderbirds Are Go Experience at Weta Workshop


Another must do experience has been added to the list for film and television fans visiting New Zealand’s creative capital, with the launch of Weta Workshop’s new Thunderbirds Are Go Behind-The-Scenes Experience

View the Weta Workshop tourism trade manual [PDF, 7.95MB, 9 pages].

Accommodation updates

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  • Museum Art Hotel is rebranding under the upmarket QT Brand, becoming New Zealand's first QT Hotel. A multi-million dollar refurbishment of all hotel rooms will commence shortly. 
  • InterContinental Wellington recently underwent a $10 million refurbishment and is looking stylish. 
  • Park Hotel is a new mid-range hotel opening in July 2016 opposite Midland Park on Lambton Quay. The hotel will boast 127 hotel rooms plus 11 apartments. 

Rimutaka Cycle Trail

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The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides, and a part of Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail. It is the only Cycle Trail that you can start from a city, and was named one of Lonely Planet's hottest travel experiences in 2015.

For those shorter on time, the one-day part trail is a great option. Train from Wellington to Maymorn, ride the rail trail section to Cross Creek and end up in Featherston with a glass of wine in hand. 

Green Jersey Cycle Tours and Cycle Rimutaka offer several trade-ready options.

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail


Self-driving in New Zealand? We always recommend the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail route down State Highway 2. The more scenic route is also signposted, making it a more enjoyable and safer experience for all.

Visit the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail website for more information and suggested itineraries.

Trade centre & image library

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If you need any more information or inspiration to tell Wellington's stories and sell its travel products, visit our trade centre. Find out what's new in Wellington, the best ways to get here, and a heaps of useful tools like blurbs, images and suggested itineraries.

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