New Zealand Tourism Awards: Finalists Announced


Celebrating outstanding tourism operators throughout the country and organised by Qualmark, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand, forty-seven finalists have been announced in the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards.

Many finalists have been recognised for the positive impact they have had on their communities, especially throughout Covid-19.

Others have been commended for their focus on sustainability, like Ruapehu’s Nightsky Cottage, which encourages guests to immerse themselves in zero-waste living.

Tourism New Zealand chief financial officer Sue Parcell, who is chair of the judging panel noted that this year’s awards were particularly meaningful after not going ahead last year.

“We know our operators have had an extremely challenging year, so it feels particularly important to recognise their hard work at this time.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Christchurch Arts Centre on July 28 that will be hosted by former All Blacks captain and current Tourism New Zealand ambassador Richie McCaw.

Full list of finalists:


  • Dive! Tutukaka
  • Carino Wildlife Cruises
  • New Zealand Diving


Auckland Seaplanes

  • Skydive Auckland
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks
  • EcoZip Adventures
  • Bush & Beach
  • Auckland Seaplanes
  • TIME Unlimited Tours
  • Waiheke Dive & Snorkel


  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Discover Waitomo
  • Hukafalls Jet
  • Leisure Time Tours & Travel


  • MDA Experiences
  • Redwoods Tree Walk
  • Rotorua Canopy Tours
  • Kaitiaki Adventures

Redwoods Tree Walk


  • Nightsky Cottage

Hawke’s Bay

  • Redcliffe Homestead
  • Craggy Range
  • Smith & Sheth


  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • New Zealand Photography Workshops


  • Owen River Lodge
  • Kiwi Journeys
  • Farewell Spit Tours

West Coast

  • Franz Josef Glacier Guides
  • Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
  • Breakers Boutique Accommodation


  • Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat – High Country Estate & Luxury Villa Collection
  • GCH Aviation
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort & Spa
  • Christchurch Adventure Park
  • Alpine Jet Thrills


Wildwire Wanaka

  • Ridgeline Adventures
  • Shotover Jet
  • Wildwire Wanaka
  • Southern Discoveries
  • iFLY Indoor Skydiving Queenstown
  • Glen Dene Hunting & Fishing
  • Dart River Safaris
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
  • Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
  • Air Milford


  • Speight’s Brewery Tour


  • Radfords on the Lake

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