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One incredible country. Four iconic journeys.

The Great Journeys of New Zealand, is an aspirational, overarching tourism brand that unites our four iconic journeys: Northern Explorer, Interislander, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine. Our journeys offer the best way to experience New Zealand - connecting you with our people, culture and places.

Visitors can step on-board at Auckland and journey with us through the heart of the North Island on the Northern Explorer arriving in our coolest little capital, Wellington.

From Wellington, they can take a cruise with us to the South Island on-board the Interislander. The meandering route through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds is recognised as one of the most spectacular ferry journeys in the world. Then from Picton, visitors can explore the Pacific coast on-board the Coastal Pacific*. Then journey through the Southern Alps on the world-famous TranzAlpine, which departs daily from Christchurch to Greymouth and back.

The Great Journeys of New Zealand – connecting travellers to the spectacular experiences our country has to offer.

* The Coastal Pacific is now on annual leave and will return on Friday 27 September 2019. Please check our website for updates.

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Superior Sponsors

DX Mail (DX) is New Zealand's only dedicated business mail specialist, providing kiwi businesses with mail solutions for over 40 years. DX originated as a secure and timely interchange system for lawyers exchanging documents between practices.

DX services currently extend from prepaid and machine-franked envelopes through to track and trace courier bags, parcels and comprehensive FM solutions. DX clients include SME’s, large multinational corporates, and government agencies. DX can deliver your business or residential item to national and international destinations.

DX operates a niche market in generic and personalised stamps using colourful and dynamic designs to illustrate the ‘story of NZ’ using icons/kiwiana, native flora/fauna, regional/local scenery and tourist attractions. DX is proud to say, its stamps are the first-choice postage option for tourists, visiting our beautiful country.

The international delivery channel for DX is the same as NZP – postcards are accumulated with NZP and transported daily from Auckland.

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We’ve been transporting Kiwis and international visitors around New Zealand for more than 30 years. Today we operate New Zealand's largest passenger transport and tourism network with the combined networks of InterCity, GreatSights and Gray Line.

InterCity offers quality point to point bus transport on modern vehicles at economic fares nationwide, with fares starting from just $1 (plus booking fee) and free wifi on all services.

GreatSights and Gray Line provide premium sightseeing day tours to New Zealand's key tourist destinations, including the Bay of Islands, Waitomo, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Mount Cook, West Coast, Queenstown and Milford Sound.

In 2016 InterCity Group purchased Auckland Explorer Bus, the city’s original hop on, hop off sightseeing tour. These distinctive bright yellow double-deckers take in Auckland’s top attractions, including the Museum, Sky Tower, Kelly Tarlton’s and Auckland Zoo – plus all passes include a free return ferry trip to Devonport.

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REAL JOURNEYS – sharing New Zealand with the world through remarkable tourism experiences. Our family owned business was founded in Fiordland by tourism pioneers Les and Olive Hutchins in 1954. Real Journeys is now one of New Zealand’s leading tourism companies but still remains true to our founders’ guiding principles of conservation and southern hospitality.

Experiences we offer include:

· Milford Sound Nature, Scenic and Overnight cruises

· Doubtful Sound Wilderness and Overnight cruises

· Te Anau Glowworm Caves

· Milford Track Day Walk

· TSS Earnslaw steamship cruises

· Walter Peak High Country Farm, including Gourmet BBQ lunch and dinner options

· Stewart Island ferry services, Lodge and activities on the island including Wild Kiwi Encounter

· Multi-day Discovery Expeditions

· Cardrona Alpine Resort

· International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch

· Queenstown Rafting

· Go Orange – our value and active brand

Real Journeys values its relationship with the i-SITE network and is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2019 conference.

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We’re proud to be the original and only national distributor of travel information. With approx. 2000 merchandised displays on key tourist routes throughout New Zealand, plus over 1500 online trade users, we have distributed more than 12 million brochures over the last year.

Up to 1,000 titles listed on our established trade website to choose from, the i-SITE network have ordered over 1.5 million brochures during the last 12 months alone, which we have picked, packed and delivered to your door free of charge!

We’ve recently started managing the i-SITE NZ Touring Map English and Chinese versions, which are available to all i-SITE and DOC offices throughout NZ.

With live activity reporting now available, we can do the hard work so you can offer a more measurable service to your advertisers. VisitorPoint in every sense is a one-stop-shop for tourism collateral management.

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Supporting Sponsors

A successful i-SITE is one that gets more visitors through the door month on month/year on year. Managing an i-SITE and developing growth is a key component of being able to attract the necessary funding and Bellwether gives you a tool to showcase this data. The Bellwether system eradicates the old school door counters, leading the way with a 3D camera that guarantees 95% plus accuracy rates. The software is accessible from any smart device, including your phone.

All data is captured in real time and can be searched historically, it’s perfect for including in your reports. You can integrate your booking and transaction numbers to access conversion rates and with the weather feed you are able to identify what weather patterns affect those numbers.

Once installed, there is no need to touch the system, rely on staff to write down numbers, or half the figures to get entries only. The Bellwether system is intuitive and tracks visitors’ movements directionally.

Join the growing number of fellow i-SITEs who are coming on board and share your data with the group to gain an insight into how your numbers compare to other locations.


Renowned for our warm Kiwi hospitality, we’ll ensure your clients have an awesome Cook Strait ferry experience. We’ve been keeping shiploads of travellers happy since 1995. Bluebridge sails between downtown Wellington and the Sounds 50 times a week. We have two modern ships, Strait Feronia and the Straitsman, carrying passengers and vehicles on a range of budgets. They are kid-friendly with free movies and activity packs.

Our Wellington terminal is conveniently located in the central city. Our Picton terminal is near the town centre, with a free shuttle bus offering drop-offs and pick-ups, including to the local i-SITE and rental car outlets.

Your clients will enjoy free movies and WiFi, comfortable seating and a delicious menu of fresh locally sourced food, wine and coffee. Or for supreme comfort, they can upgrade to a private ensuited cabin - single, double, twin and family cabins complete with linen. A sleeper service is available for the 2.30am Wellington to Picton week day sailings.


NZ made.

BookIt has over a decade of experience handling online bookings for the New Zealand tourism industry.

We are a New Zealand based team and we are proud to work with over 3,500 tourism businesses nationwide.

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Epay is New Zealand’s largest content and value add payments provider.

We are delighted to be part of the 2019 i-SITE conference and showcase our range of services.

At this year’s conference, epay will focus on showcasing some of our services such as i-SITE network monetising on Food & Beverage sector as well as consumer analytics tools using Blockchain technology through EFTPOS.


‘Go Beyond’ aligns Go Orange with travellers, challenging them to go beyond the average tourist. ‘Go beyond’ is about going deeper, finding a stronger connection, and inspiring tourists to get the most from every moment in our beautiful country. To not be tourists at all, but travellers.

‘Go beyond’ captures the essence of GO’s company culture. It invites travellers into a world of adventure, passion and fun. It asks, ‘why not?’, and begs for crazy ideas and bigger dreams.

‘Go beyond’ challenges the company internally to provide a special experience that satisfies the millennial customer, from the tone of our ads to the on-the-day extras. It’s a simple, bold proposition that provides inspiration and direction.

Our experiences, based in Queenstown and Fiordland include; Whitewater Rafting, Cruising in Milford and Doubtful Sounds, Kayaking in Milford and Doubtful Sounds, Jetboating + Water Taxi’s.

Vision: To inspire and challenge visitors to go deeper, further and beyond the average tourist.


Hobbiton Movie Set is an experience to tantalise the senses of visitors from all across the globe, as guests find themselves engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire™, at the home of the Hobbits™, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

The extraordinary following that the movies have amassed has led to our tours becoming a 'must-see' while travellers are in New Zealand. Hobbiton Movie Set is the only set that remains intact from the trilogies, acting as a living monument to Middle-earth, allowing our visitors to fully immerse themselves in the wonders of The Shire. Visitors are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to see an iconic movie set in its full glory; from wandering the rambling paths of The Shire, to seeing the submerged Hobbit Holes that litter the rolling hillsides.

Tours depart daily from the Shire's Rest Cafe, 501 Buckland Road Matamata and from the Matamata & Rotorua i-SITEs.


Karen Design has been providing gifts and laughter since 2007.

Suppliers of a range of gorgeous tourist gifts and accessories, the Karen Design range includes our super popular little sheep and kiwi paper weights and key chains along with New Zealand themed tea towels, aprons, tote bags & cushion covers. We also have a range of matching cards – All perfect to pop in your bag and take home as gifts for friends and families.

Karen Design is proudly designed in New Zealand and every item, whether for the domestic or international market has something quirky on it to make you smile.


IBIS Technology have been designing reservation and point of sale systems for the New Zealand tourism industry since 1995. Our systems are used in many sectors ranging from activity and transport operations, booking and information centres, to spas and attractions.

IBIS are proud to be selected as the official technology supplier for the i-SITE network. We thank you for your strong support.

As our largest industry partner, it’s exciting to work with i-SITEs to achieve success - whether it’s streamlining online reservations, or providing you with activity booking solutions during Cruise Ship season - you have embraced our technology and made it work for you.

We are continually refining our Ticketing, Point of Sale, Accounts and Stock Management systems to ensure they meet your needs. We look forward to bringing you new functionality throughout 2019 and beyond!


Marlborough Tour Company specialises in seafood cruises, wine tours and authentic Marlborough hospitality for private and corporate guests. Owned by Marlborough people, tours are based on local knowledge, genuine luxury and a love of sharing this wonderful region.

Marlborough Tour Company’s 16 vehicles and nine vessels operate wine tours and high-end charter trips throughout the Marlborough Sounds. Daily scheduled tours include Seafood Odyssea, a half-day cruise from Picton that includes a salmon farm and seafood tasting. The full-day Marlborough Icons comprises of a wine tour and seafood cruise from Havelock, including Greenshell mussel tasting. The Greenshell Mussel Cruise and Chinese-language JingCai cruise celebrate Marlborough seafood, with tours from Picton and Havelock.

In 2018 and 2019, Marlborough Tour Company expanded by purchasing iconic lodges Punga Cove Resort and Furneaux Lodge, and Marlborough Sounds water transport company Cougar Line. This creates a seamless touring package that promote Marlborough as a year-round destination.


Rezdy Pty Ltd is an independent global booking software company with headquarters in Las Vegas, USA & Sydney, Australia.

Founded in 2011, Rezdy has over 2,200 customers in more than 100 countries and processes over $1.2 billion in tour and activity bookings per year.


At Pikitia we believe New Zealand is the most beautiful country on the planet. With a diverse culture, art, unique flora and fauna, and stunning, majestic landscapes, this country offers a unique experience for the traveller. Our aim at Pikitia is to help you spread this message with our photography and art postcards and souvenirs.

Our fresh, modern designs showcase this land of ours at its best, with stunning imagery produced to the highest quality. This approach has proven to resonate with tourists and has helped us achieve incredible growth over the last few years.

We work with many i-SITEs throughout the country and are proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 conference.

We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the i-SITE Network at the conference and helping you show this land of ours at its best.


Southern Discoveries is a premium tourism company dedicated to sharing some of New Zealand’s most iconic scenery and

extraordinary experiences with the world.

The company offers lake cruises, cycling and farm experiences in Queenstown, and a range of cruises, kayaking and underwater observatory visits in Milford Sound. The company also offers daily coach trips from Queenstown to Milford Sound, and specialises in private charters and conference and incentive packages.

Southern Discoveries is the original Milford Sound operator and continues to provide the widest range of excursions in the fiord.

The company is Qualmark Gold endorsed maintains an ongoing commitment to the conservation of the area through the Sinbad Sanctuary Project in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust.


Whether you’re a film fan, pop culture connoisseur, or just curious about craftmanship, creativity and cool stuff, Weta Workshop offers you the chance to discover how incredible, imaginary worlds are brought to life through physical effects and moviemaking magic.

On your way to Wellington? Weta Workshop’s Guided Tours in the heart of Wellington’s moviemaking precinct will get you right up close to mesmerising miniatures, models, props, weapons, armour, creatures, vehicles, and so much more. Learn how physical effects are meticulously crafted by talented artists and technicians and discover interesting stories behind your favourite films and TV series such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Blade Runner 2049, Thunderbirds Are Go, and Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Heading to Auckland? Come 2020, Weta Workshop will open its doors on a new attraction located at the centre of Auckland’s entertainment precinct. This unique, immersive experience will be a chance for those with an adventurer’s heart and an artist’s spirit to tiptoe behind the movie-making curtain and enjoy a whole new side to Weta Workshop.


Whale Watch® is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whales all year round. The Giant Sperm Whales share these waters with up to 14 other species of whales and dolphins that migrate past at different times of the year. You may also see NZ Fur Seals, rare and endangered Hector’s Dolphins and a variety of marine birds including the wandering albatross.

Whale Watch® is Qualmark Gold accredited with 30 years’ experience when it comes to whale watching. Many people from all over the world visit each year to see these beautiful creatures in their natural environment. Whether it is a FIT traveller, a group or family on holiday their tours are suitable for all.

Modern purpose-built catamarans feature outside decks for great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations.