Arinex DMC New Zealand
New Zealand could be the perfect destination for you and your clients. At Arinex we would be delighted to introduce you to New Zealand's highlights and possibilities and prepare a perfect tailor made proposal for your group. We are a leading DMC and PCO in New Zealand and Australia, with focus on MICE. We are the partner you need on the ground to realise your ideas for your next group or event! Don't hesitate to contact us if you are curious about what we can offer. You will not be disappointed, we're professionals!
Short Bio Roslyn McLeod - New Zealand
I am the founder and MD of Arinex. I'm personally involved in providing strategic consultancy and advice. I'm very well connected in the industry both in Australia and overseas.Currently, I am the Chairman of the International Congress Network (INCON) Board; a member of the Starwood Hotel Group Asia Pacific Meetings Advisory Board and a director of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA). I'm a past Board member of ICCA (six years), Council Member of the International Association of PCOs (IAPCO) (11 years). In other words, I keep very busy.I'm an internationally recognized leader in the meetings industry, respected for the successful business, my passion and dedication. My focus is on exceeding expectations for all Arinex clients and I see this as the cornerstone of our business.
You guys are one of the best DMC's we have ever worked with. You delivered exactly what you promised you would with no surprises or changes along the way. Your people were professional and were a credit to your company. Rebecca, you were tireless in ensuring our program operated without any hitches and we loved working with you. We shall be back !
European Financial Company – Incentive March 2014
Why New Zealand
New Zealand is the stuff of which movies are made. If you are a fan of "Lord of The Rings", you will find yourself slap bang in the middle of the film sets of all three films. Our country also formed the background of The Piano amongst others. The reason is that our landscapes are magical - you will find the most beautiful settings, green forests, stunning coastlines,hot pools, glorious waterfalls, sturdy volcanoes, endless vineyards - New Zealand has it all!
It is a dream destination for adventure travel, where anything goes from bungy jumping to caving, skiing and canyoing. We can jam pack your itinerary with great activities. You'll have the difficult task to choose from the endless options, but we would gladly assist you by advising the best way possible!
Program idea New Zealand
Auckland and Queenstown
New Zealand (Aotearoa in Maori) is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Due to its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.
During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, many of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and introduced mammals. With a mild maritime climate, the land was mostly covered in forest. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the uplift of land and volcanic eruptions caused by the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates clashing underfoot.
Polynesians settled New Zealand in 1250–1300 AD and developed a distinctive Maori culture, and Europeans first made contact in 1642 AD.
The majority of New Zealand's population is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and non-Māori Polynesians. English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages, with English predominant.
Much of New Zealand's culture is derived from Māori and early British settlers. Early European art was dominated by landscapes and to a lesser extent portraits of Māori. A recent resurgence of Māori culture has seen their traditional arts of carving, weaving and tattooing become more mainstream.
Your international flight arrives in Auckland. Our hospitality team meets your guests at the terminal and assists them to the domestic terminal for your onward flight to Queenstown.
On arrival in Queenstown it's a short 20 minute transfer from the airport to your hotel. Your private check in completed and guests are invited to partake of lunch and beverages of your choice.
Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere's premier four-season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing.
Queenstown has captured hearts since the first Maori came in search of pounamu
(greenstone or jade) and to hunt the giant Moa bird, and that same magic remains today.
Now an established international four-season resort, it is unsurpassed for the diverse number of experiences on offer, its exceptional quality and its friendly accommodating people. Queenstown is pure escapism, where the limits stop and the people take over. Adventurers, golfers, walkers, film-makers, leisure lovers, fishing anglers, artists, wine enthusiasts.... the list is endless.
The hospitality desk is set up at the hotel to assist guests – it will be available to them for the remainder of the afternoon. The afternoon is at leisure to freshen up and take a walk before dinner.
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa
Discover an award-winning Queenstown luxury hotel that year after year gathers accolades - from the Best New Zealand Hotel -Hotel Management Awards 2010 and 2011- to the World's Best Hotel Spa -Travel and Leisure 2011. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa offers a refined 5-star experience in the heart of the city just steps from the beauty of Lake Wakatipu and the dining district. Enjoy wineries ski fields and golf courses all within easy reach.
Welcome Evening at the Winehouse A fabulous and lovingly restored turn of the century villa with immaculate manicured gardens and grounds, The Winehouse has that something special that will be long remembered by your guests. Original Art Deco light fixtures and fittings adorn the front rooms, while retro style furnishings and vintage wall displays invoke a sense of New Zealand pastoral heritage in the dining room. Gorgeous bay windows look out to the potager garden and French doors make a dramatic entrance to the stunning courtyard and pavilion. Our large croquet lawn and grounds are perfect for welcome drinks and canapés, allowing your guests to socialize and relax before the main event. For that spectacular arrival, we also have on site our own helicopter landing pad
Day 2 - Discover Milford Sound
Fly in and out by small private aircraft
Grand, brooding, serene and wild, Milford Sound draws visitors from all over the globe to cruise its length – and wonder. Luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, a majestic presence dominating the skyline.
Evening - A taste of New Zealand at Stoneridge
Nestled between Queenstown and Arrowtown, Stoneridge offers a stunning venue for evening experiences. Overlooking Lake Hayes the venue is unique.
A Magical Venue for any Event - Savour the Tastes of New Zealand
Like stepping into the pages of King Arthur and his Knights, The Hayes Room at Stoneridge is our beautiful dining room located just 20 minutes' drive from Queenstown and 5 minutes from Arrowtown. The Hayes Room features giant hardwood beams, stone and slate, and overlooks sprawling gardens with breathtaking views across Lake Hayes. Mingle in front of the massive open fireplace enjoying full bar facilities and soak up the ambience of this magical Queenstown venue.
Our Executive Chef and his talented team work closely treating guests to beautifully cooked seasonal food, sourced locally and prepared with passion. Stoneridge produces Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Rosé, from grapes grown in our Boutique Vineyard.
Guests arrive and drinks and canapés are served on the verandah overlooking the paddocks and valleys, such a beautiful view. A trio of musicians entertains; well known covers numbers are bound to entertain guests while they enjoy the scenery and enjoying the company of each other.
The décor in the room is light and fun, with a slight casual air about it. Guests will enjoy the outstanding cuisine and the wines of Stoneridge – delicious pinots matched to the menu.
The entertainment heats up with the Queenstown Jive Pranksters Jazz Band – a group of four lively entertainers to keep the night enjoyable for all.
Day 3 - Optional adventures
Art Adventures Sketching – 4hours
Sketching is an entry point for those that are new to art. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. We have you sketching within minutes of arrival at a scenic location using your complimentary personal moleskin diary and sketching equipment. Our professional tutors provide you with artistic tips and techniques so you are able to continue sketching long after the excursion ends. This is a rewarding and relaxing way to record your impressions of what you see on holiday in Queenstown. It is also a taste of what could become a passionate pastime.
Photographic Safari – 4hours
Join award winning photographers Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken for an unforgetable photographic experience. Based in Queenstown, New Zealand, Mike and Jackie are surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery in the world. They've scouted out the best "off the beaten track" landscape photography locations and have created four incredible 4WD photo safaris suitable for all levels of photography. From a half-day photographing the lush Paradise Valley (a film maker's favourite) to a full day in the rugged Nevis Valley, Mike and Jackie will take you to the best locations at the best time of day and provide expert tuition to help you capture incredible images whilst there.
Paradise Valley Paradise Valley is the land of 'Lord of the Rings.' Sweeping vistas, ancient forests & enchanting streams abound.
Skippers Canyon – 6.5hrs
Nomad Safaris offers a complete 4WD tour into the historic Skippers Canyon. The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley making this an exciting adventure the whole family will enjoy. As your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon you will visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge and the township of Skippers. Visit the restored school house where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon Road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.
Trip DetailsThe Skippers Canyon 4WD tour departs from Queenstown heading out towards Coronet Peak. As you head up the mountainside towards the entrance to this spectacular canyon you will stop at The Plane Table, which gives a stunning panoramic view of the Wakatipu Basin.
After entering Skippers Canyon you will travel to Lighthouse Rock, which gives a dramatic lookout over the canyon. Follow in the footsteps of many adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge, which provides a stunning photo opportunity. After carefully negotiating the bridge, the road continues into the historical township of Skippers. Long since abandoned many original buildings still remain waiting for you to explore. Indulge in morning or afternoon tea at the Skippers Schoolhouse. Immerse yourself in the history of this stunning place as the restored schoolhouse divulges a wealth of information through photos and artefacts from the early days of this settlement. The cemetery depicts a more gloomy and dangerous life for these gold prospectors.
On the return journey you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the heritage of the local area by turning your hand to a spot of gold panning. Our trained guides will teach you techniques to successfully pan for gold on one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Some may also recognize spots along the Skippers Road as being featured in The Lord of The Rings.
A night at Gibbston Tavern
There is a long and colourful history of the Gibbston Tavern, including many familiar family names and characters. The following is an extract from "The Gibbston Story" by Anne Cook. "There were once five hotels in Gibbston.." former resident G. P. Enright recalled, "but some of them were not very popular with the public." One establishment that did enjoy a first class reputation for hospitality was the Gibbston Tavern at Deep Creek. The single-storey wooden hotel, built in the gold rush days, catered for the many miners tramping the Cromwell-Queenstown road. It was situated near the foot of Coalpit Road on the licensed business area allowed by mining regulations. It was a prime spot to attract business, as from 1867 the coach road went right past the hotel's front door. Set in a sunny,sheltered valley beside Deep Creek, it inevitably tempted all passers-by, no matter which way they were heading. When a wagon was sighted coming downhill towards the hotel, the groom would rush out with a bucket of water for the lead horses: if the leaders were thirsty, usually the driver was, too.
The Tavern is a locals well-kept secret and remains popular today with walkers and travelers. Enjoy a BBQ dinner with local ales.
Day 4 - Queenstown - Auckland
Depart Queenstown this morning for the flight to Auckland. On arrival hospitality team members await to assist guests with luggage and guide them to the awaiting luxury vehicles.
After checking in at the hotel - see firsthand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best cities in the world to live in. Take a stroll along the Viaduct and enjoy the scenery.
Hilton Hotel Auckland
Located at the end of the nautically inspired Princes Wharf and surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour, Hilton Auckland is a welcoming haven just a short walk from Auckland's CBD, the vibrant Viaduct and Britomart entertainment precincts and the new Viaduct Events Centre.
This evening dine on Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is a haven for artists, craftsman, wine makers and gourmet food lovers. Start the day with a ferry transfer from the city to Waiheke Island. Arriving at Matiatia Wharf the group is met by coaches ready to transfer them to the MudBrick Winery and Restaurant.
In 1992 Robyn & Nick Jones, bought a lifestyle block on W aiheke Island - bare land with wonderful sea views, loaded with hope and promise. They would set up a vineyard, live off the land, quaff the fruit of the vines, and live happily ever after.
The first plantings at Mudbrick were in 1992. Planted area is now on two distinctively different sites: the Mudbrick Vineyard at Church Bay and Shepherds Point Vineyard at Onetangi. Plantings currently include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah Chardonnay and Viognier. Handpicking, hand plunging and gentle basket pressing reflect in the character of our wines. Our Chardonnay exhibits the vibrancy of dry hot W aiheke summers.
This winery restaurant has been built in a Tuscan style and the location is spectacular set within gardens and a working Potager (just one of the crafts Waiheke is famous for). The views are across the Waitemata harbour towards Auckland.
Day 5 - Explore Auckland
Auckland City Sights Tour See firsthand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best cities in the world to live in. Firstly we take a short trip over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore before returning to the central city to visit Queen St and the Auckland Viaduct. We continue on through the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano to Parnell Village for our morning tea stop. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed in to a trendy shopping area featuring many boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops. Following this brief stop our tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. A memorial to the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the welfare state. Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park has panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. This park is a popular wedding and tourist venue, with formal gardens and perfect venue for flying a fabulous array of colourful and creative kites. The tour then returns to the hotel.
When visiting Auckland, be sure to check out the Chancery and High Street in Auckland's CBD, near the Art Gallery and Albert Park. W ander the sunny, cobblestone plaza at Chancery between the high fashion boutiques and delicious eateries. Explore High Street's stylish local and international boutique and designer stores, and take time out at one of the fashionable bars and cafés.
Dine Around Auckland – dinner at leisure
Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland's top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service. With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outstanding recognition for the creation of its fine dining oasis.
O'Connell St Bistro
In its sixteen years of operation, it has been recommended by many publications & has consistently been a finalist in the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards, winning "Best Wine Experience" two years running in the 2007 & 2008 awards. Most recently the Bistro has been awarded "Best Smart Dining Restaurant in Auckland" in the 2011 Metro Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards.
A premium seafood and seaside dining experience, Kermadec is located in the heart of the Auckland Viaduct with magical harbour views and can cater to any occasion. A must if heading to the Viaduct Restaurants.
The Euro Restaurant and Bar on Princes Wharf, Auckland Viaduct Harbour, is located on the water's edge. Offering fantastic food by Simon Gault matched with superb service from knowledgeable staff.
Day 6 - Choose an experience-
Wilderness Experience – Half Day Tour
A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.
With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.
Hobbiton & Lord of the Rings
Enjoy a scenic drive through rolling hills and idyllic New Zealand towns before arriving in Matamata where you will recognise the Shire instantly. You will be totally immersed in Middle- earth during a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, before enjoying a light lunch at 'The Green Dragon Inn' on the iconic New Zealand sheep farm where Hobbiton is located.
Two hours south of Auckland lies the lush farmland of the Hamilton - W aikato region. Famous for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it's easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire. Hobbit fans can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set on a guided tour; it has more than 44 unique hobbit holes, including Bag End (Bilbo's house). As you wander through the heart of the Shire, you'll get to hear the fascinating commentary about how it was all created. Along your journey you'll see the mill, the double arched bridge and the famous Party Tree before stopping for a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
Farewell Evening Event
Auckland Museum – Farewell Gala Evening
Recently voted Auckland's Best Building and situated in the lush grounds of Auckland Domain with commanding views of the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland Museum provides an elegant backdrop for a unique event. Auckland Museum provides a spectacular venue for events. With its striking neo-classical architecture and majestic columns, the Museum is one of Auckland's premier event locations. Tables are set with fine linens and napkins, chairs are dressed with covers and the table sparkles with glass and sliver ware.
A Maori welcome can be arranged and will be remembered as a highlight of guest's visit to New Zealand
arinex incentives and events
A surprise element for this evening is a 15 minute performance by a Children's Ukulele Choir. The children are all from one of the local community schools near Auckland. They are delightful and excited, and the guests will love the experience.
More about Arinex
Satisfying our clients is our main goal, therefore we try and deliver detailed, high quality proposals that will meet you and your clients' expectations. We are a very experienced and leadingDMC in New Zealand and Australia. We have five offices with excellent team in each of them. We make it our goal to send out great programs that fit you and your clients needs and expectations. Uniqueness, creativity and keeping to your budget are the key factors of our proposals. We react within 24 hours and deliver proposals within the set deadline. We would love to be your partner in New Zealand.
Travel facts New Zealand
|Currency||New Zealand Dollar|
|Language||English and Māori|
|Local time||GMT (London) + 12.00hours|
|Public holidays||Public Holidays in New Zealand link|
|Climate in New Zealand||Weather in New Zealand link|
|Passport and visa information New Zealand||Passport and visa information New Zealand|