Trade E-newsletter - December 2021

Kia ora,

It has been a while since our last update so let's end the year on a personal touch as we look forward to the long-awaited return of international visitors to our shores in 2022!

Like many of you, Development West Coast has seen a number of recent changes to its staff, so here’s a quick tour of our Tourism team:

  • Patrick Dault, Destination & Tourism Manager
  • Géraldine Morisse, Commercial Tourism Executive / Trade specialist
  • Geoff Marks, Glacier Country Marketing & Promotions

We’re here to help, so please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions or need any information relating to the West Coast.

On behalf of the whole DWC team and our West Coast tourism operators, we look forward to reconnecting with you in the New Year. In the meantime, best wishes for a very Meri Kirihimete.


Epic West Coast Road Trips

Inspiration for a summer Roadie for your clients and hopefully a future trip for yourself…

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Glacier Country - new assets

Geoff Marks has worked on this beautiful new map of the Glaciers region.

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Product Update

Punakaiki Resort – Change of Ownership

The Williams Group has sold the Punakaiki property. Reopening planned for 27 December 2021.

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West Coast Stories

Hidden Gems – Ōkārito Lagoon

North of Franz Josef, Ōkārito is NZ's largest unmodified wetland, home to rare wildlife.

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Good news Christmas story: Gerry the penguin is alive and well.

Local heroes involved in saving a rare Fiordland Crested penguin. Geoff Marks, one of the heroes himself tells us “his adventure”.

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Keep in Touch

The past 18-months have brought a lot of changes, so please take a moment to update us with any changes in your team and let Géraldine know who to keep posted with trade news and updates. Thanks! We've got a lot planned next year...

As we come out of our shell, we're planning famils, industry updates and ways to reconnect you with West Coast operators, let us know if you are keen to join us, as we share updates in the coming months.

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