Mimi Low, managing director, EU MICE Singapore, is a travel industry veteran with more than 27 years of experience. She specialises in bespoke MICE travel experiences for the Asian market, and shares why New Zealand ticks the boxes for the ultimate incentive trip
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Why choose New Zealand?
Home to the majestic Mount Cook, scenic Milford Sound and Fox Glacier, New Zealand‚Äôs sublime landscapes and spectacular natural attractions are key reasons to send my incentive groups here.
The thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride amidst the natural landscape was breath-taking! It is fascinating to see New Zealand in all its beauty, a definite activity I would introduce my clients to. Not forgetting the Highlands Experience, it was like living the Fast & Furious life! I‚Äôm not an adrenaline junkie but the fast rides were truly enjoyable against the beautiful backdrop of the region.
It‚Äôs a toss between Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke, Skyline, Puketutu Island Estate, and Aorangi Peak in Rotorua. New Zealand has the freshest produce for gourmet meals, from vegetables to meat to herbs.
I also recommend Manuka Honey to my groups. Totally natural and with its high antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, it is well sought after.
To name just a few venues: Skyline New Zealand, with two locations in Queenstown and Rotorua, is well suited for our customers whether they are in the North or South Island. Enjoying a bird‚Äôs eye view of the beautiful cities from the Queenstown Gondola is a good start for any event. You can also include fun activities like a Luge ride! At Puketutu Island Estate, the food is well-presented and mouth-watering, and spacious enough for creating any gala dinner theme.
In Auckland, the Sofitel is my favourite, equipped with suite-like rooms facing the harbour or marina. It is a short walk to a plethora of restaurants at the Viaduct, and the America‚Äôs Cup boats are just around the corner.
In Queenstown, the Hilton Resort and Spa boasts a private jetty, perfect for an airport transfer by jetboat. Room views are sublime and come with fireplaces! For golf fanatics, Millbrook Resort certainly has wow factor. The accommodation is luxurious, and the gorgeous grounds are surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
Is it time to take your thinking somewhere new?
New Zealand offers something to suit groups of all sizes and tastes. From glorious glaciers to breath-taking glow worm caves, erupting geysers to golden beaches, its stunning scenery sets the scene for memorable events. Try an exhilarating bungy jump, an award-winning wine tasting, or experience our unique MńĀori culture.
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