March UpdateZ

06 March 18

Stay informed with short updates on a range of topics. This edition includes Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, Rainbow Photos, Hermitage Mount Cook, MacKenzie Region plus more…

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is currently trialling the a-la-carte dinner menu for all GPT tours (buffet dinner menu may still be necessary when the hotel restaurant is fully booked).  This is a welcome introduction for our tours as it offers variety from the usual buffet style menu offered at most hotels. A common piece of feedback is ‘too many buffets’.

Rainbow Photos, Rotorua

New mobile phone details for Kevin Haines at Rainbow Photos is: 027 230 2616. The previous mobile number did not accept text messages. Crew, please ensure you update your records.

The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook

Complimentary Wi-Fi is now available in all guest rooms and public areas. Ultimate Crew, please ensure you update your records and travellers.

MacKenzie Region

Representatives from the MacKenzie Region are currently looking at changing the parking layout at the Church of the Good Shepherd. A new carpark is being developed to move all parking away from the Church and alleviate the congestion. The new carpark will be on same side as the Church but on the town side. Parking will be a 2 minute walk away. Viewing platforms will also be built around the Church. Crew will be advised once this project is set to commence.

NEW Air NZ Safety Video

Check it out here! 

Who’s in NZ?

Stacia Morris will be in Christchurch 21-23 March interviewing for Karen’s replacement as South Island Operations Manager.
Peter Harding will be travelling throughout various regions 17-24 April with a film crew.
Peter Harding, Stacia Morris, Elizabeth Bezzina, Kristy Makinson and Michael Nelson will be in Dunedin 04-10 May attending Trenz.

Save the Date!

2018 Crew Conference to be held in Masterton 06-08 June. Tour Guides may be required from 05 June.

End of Season Debrief

Stacia Morris, Elena Randello, Karen Lowe & Malcolm Hegh will be meeting in Christchurch 25-27 April to debrief the 2017/18 season and prepare the agenda for the Crew Conference. If Crew have any specific points that need addressing, please email Elena at

Key Contacts

Malcolm Hegh (North Island)

Karen Lowe (South Island)

Jenny Saunders (Tour Operations)

Elena Randello (Quality Assurance)

Vanesa Brcic (Tour Guide Travel Arrangements)

Elizabeth Bezzina (Tour Product)

Stacia Morris (General Manager)

Peter Harding (Managing Director)



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