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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Island visitors lured by 'taste', 'dabble', 'glide' or 'paddle'

Visitors get to choose between four different options when organising their holiday:  a 'taste' on a wine tour; 'dabble' in the arts on an art trail tour; 'glide' on the new flying fox attraction above Onetangi; or 'paddle' on a sea kayaking adventure.

Each holiday automatically includes one of these activities, in addition to food and beverage vouchers, accommodation and ferry tickets.  Visitors can also elect to have car hire and flights from anywhere in New Zealand or Australia added to their holiday if desired.

Typically kiwi phrases brand the categories and keep the booking process fun when customers select their budget.  Choose to be 'cheap 'n' cheerful' and be accommodated with shared facilities (such as backpackers and holidays parks), or select a 'sweet as' holiday and treat yourself with luxurious surroundings in stylish lodgings.

Already successfully selling holidays in both Queenstown and the Lake Wanaka region, time2go.co.nz has selected Waiheke Island as its third destination stating its year round 'summer feel' as the main reasoning behind the appeal.

"Sampling wine in one the vineyards is a great experience Waiheke can offer any time of the year.  But the Island offers much more than just vineyards" says time2go.co.nz's managing director Luke Peterson.  "local artists generate a creative atmosphere, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches to relax on, the welcoming small-town feel you get from locals when visiting a cafe or dining out is brilliant and there is always the chance to be a bit more active for those wanting to be - it really is an awesome place."

The New Zealand owned and operated company is aiming to be an ambassador for the Island and change the perception that there's nothing to do in winter. Luke explained "It's surprising how many Aucklanders still haven't visited the island that's only 35-minutes ferry from the central city, yet many have flown all the way to Fiji or Rarotonga just to sit on a beach that might not be as beautiful as Onetangi or Little Oneroa!"