Meeting Newz May / June 2021

Scenic trains offer an experience like no other for incentive groups or your conference delegates. They can travel to the event in style or spend their free time exploring spectacular scenery. With two great options departing Christchurch to choose from, would you suggest they discover ocean views on Coastal Pacific to Picton, or head to the mountains all the way to Greymouth on TranzAlpine? One thing is for certain, it is an experience not to be missed. There are sweeping views, comfortable seats and a licensed café with mouth-watering lunch options. Did we also mention open-air viewing carriages, guided audio tours and plenty of room to move? The Great Journeys of New Zealand unites four iconic journeys – Northern Explorer, Interislander, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine, offering the best way to see the country. Book now at greatjourneysofnz.co.nz [ CHR I STCHURCH C ANTE RBURY LITTLE TOWN, BIG RESULTS Repairing the damage gave Kaikōura a chance to refine itself, starting with a new town entry sign and two tekoteko commemorating the restoration and repair of road and rail access into the seaside settlement. That the roads are now more than serviceable is proven by the fact that around 100 Porsche Club members recently held a three-day event there. Given Porsche’s audacious reputation as a brand, and given that when Maui wrestled the North Island You might think it is a little up the main street and down the same street and it did get shunted a metre north during the Big Shake of 2016, but it takes more than being small and uphoven for a sturdy little town like Kaikōura to give up its claim to be a boutique conference and meeting success. from the depths, his seat on that canoe (te waka a Māui, now more commonly known as the South Island) is generally said to be what we recognise as the Kaikōura Peninsula (Taumanu o te Waka o Māui), it would seem that Kaikōura is the perfect retreat for the daring and the bold to hold their conferences and events. And by early next year, there will be even more reason to take up to 120 delegates to Kaikōura when the 4.5-star Sudima Hotel opens right on the water’s edge, offering what it promises are state-of-the-art hotel and conferencing spaces. Also opening this year is The St Paul’s rooms and restaurant, which will seat 180 across two spaces. A restaurant and bar are connected by lift as well as by skybridge from the historic St Paul’s Church. The Art Deco Mayfair Theatre is another atmospheric venue, as is the Civic Centre with its banded exterior that resembles the struts of a cray pot to link the building to the sea. Fifty people can be hosted and there are also two break-out rooms. In the same building is the Kaikōura Museum, which can host up to 50 delegates. Meetings of up to 350 can be held at the also recently-refurbished Memorial Hall, By JaneWarwick Whale Watch Kaikõura [22] meeting newz [may jun] 2021

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