BERLIN, Germany - TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand has been selected as the overall winner in the category “Sense of Place” at the National Geographic World Legacy Awards 2016.
TIME Unlimited Tours was one of 5 winners and the only one from Australasia out of 150 entries, representing 51 countries and 6 continents from around the world.
The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations from around the world — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to geoparks — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.
TIME Unlimited Tours was selected as the overall winner in the category “Sense of Place,” which recognizes excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including implementing vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archaeological sites, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.
This is TIME Unlimited Tours’ latest major achievement on the international stage representing New Zealand and its 3rd Worldwide Tourism Award. They won their 2nd Worldwide Tourism Award at Luxperience in the category “Meaningful” in September 2015, as well as winning at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in the “Maori Cultural Tourism” category in October 2015. As part of their selection first as finalist and now winner in this highly-prestigious global award, TIME Unlimited Tours’ Co-Founder and Co-Director Neill Sperath attended the award ceremony as part of ITB, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, in Berlin/Germany.
“The past year has been truly outstanding for us and we are overjoyed to have been selected to receive this iconic global award. This accolade is a further validation of the great efforts we undertake to promote and lead the way in authentic experiences that aim to always protect, preserve and enhance the beautiful environment in which we are so fortunate to operate. We applied in the category 'Sense of Place," because we see our unique Auckland-based business as having a mission to always go the extra mile to leave our environment in a better place than how we found it, plus to always strive to lead the way for others to follow in Ecotourism. We see this latest accolade by National Geographic as one of the world’s most respected organizations as further motivation to keep improving for the benefit of the many stakeholders that are involved in our unique business,” say Neill and Ceillhe Sperath, Founders and Directors of TIME Unlimited Tours.
TIME Unlimited Tours is an Auckland-based tourism business with special focus on integrating cultural experiences into their luxury eco-tours in the Auckland region and throughout New Zealand.
TIME (“To Integrate Maori Experiences”) Unlimited Tours is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tour operators and one of the country’s most-awarded tourism businesses.
Founders & Directors Neill and Ceillhe Sperath as well as their growing team members take their manuhiri (guests) on a wonderful journey through Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Their highly-personal, small group and private tours in various top-end Mercedes vehicles and highly-qualified guides showcase their stunning home that is New Zealand.
Auckland Tours comprise their Auckland All Inclusive Full Day Tour, Auckland Highlights Half Day, Auckland West Coast, Auckland Maori Tour and Guided Wilderness Walks, which allow their guests to discover the most spectacular spots in around Auckland as New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city.
Private Luxury Tours explore world-famous destinations as well as many hidden gems including Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, Taupo, The Bay of Islands, The Coromandel and many other wonderful locations throughout New Zealand’s North and South Islands. These can be One-Day, One-Way and Multi-Day Tours, all of which can be adjusted to their guest’s specific wishes.
TIME Unlimited Tours’ extensive and varied range of luxury tours has been developed over the past decade and in 2015, while celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, TIME Unlimited launched their new brand identity, incorporating a logo which continues to symbolize their deep connection to Maori culture. The new brand message “OUR NEW ZEALAND - YOUR WAY” highlights the emphasis of placing the guest’s requirements at the center of everything they do.
TIME Unlimited Tours leads the way in Ecotourism and is highly aware of its responsibilities in the tourism sector, following strict environmental policies and supporting many biodiversity & cultural initiatives. For its commitment and outstanding services, TIME Unlimited Tours has now won 19 awards including 3 Global Tourism Awards, which acknowledges their excellence over many years in providing the very best luxury touring in Auckland and New Zealand.
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