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Tourism New Zealand is inviting Australian Travel Sellers to enjoy a personally curated experience of Aotearoa New Zealand, as part of the Explore New Zealand Self-Famil Discount Programme.

Offering over 228 exclusive discounts across 25 regions, the Explore Programme is designed to give agents the flexibility to explore New Zealand at their own pace, on the ultimate self-famil.

Travel Sellers will be equipped with first-hand experiences that will grow their confidence in promoting New Zealand, and support creating robust itineraries for their clients. The self-famil programme will enable Travel Sellers to curate a New Zealand experience that works best for them – from selecting their travel dates, determining the length of their stay, or leaning into new experiences to upskill their destination knowledge.

The discounts offer something for everyone, providing an invaluable opportunity to create new connections with operators and become a destination expert. Travel Sellers can experience the true manaakitanga (a Māori expression for hospitality and reciprocity) of New Zealand, while gaining a more wholistic understanding of the country’s iconic landscapes, food and beverage scene, ease of getting around, and culturally diverse offerings.

Andrew Waddel, General Manager – Australia, Tourism New Zealand says, “There’s so much that awaits in Aotearoa New Zealand – from the manaakitanga of the people, the epic landscapes and the incredible diversity of experiences. We are excited to welcome and support Australian Travel Sellers in exploring the country for themselves while gaining the personalised knowledge that will shape tailored experiences for their clients.” 

Once approved for the programme, Travel Sellers will gain access to the various Explore Programme discounts provided by Qualmark tourism businesses, and instructions on how to book their journey.

To be eligible for the Explore Programme, full-time Australian Travel Sellers must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 10x 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme (NZSP) modules. These modules are an interactive way to help to elevate a Travel Seller’s and boost their confidence in selling holidays to New Zealand.
  • Sign up to Tourism New Zealand’s Trade Newsletter and Facebook Group to receive news, product updates and opportunities for participation in future training.

Approved applicants can also access exclusive flight deals for their trip here, courtesy of Air New Zealand.