Who’s up for an exploration of glow worm caves? Or dolphin watching in the Bay of Islands? Maybe you’d prefer a wine and glacier tour? Or maybe take part in extreme adventure on the South Island?

If you nodded enthusiastically then good news, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are giving Travel Agents across Australia the chance to tick off some of these experiences as part of the biggest trade famil across the Tasman.

The 2018 New Zealand Specialist famil will see 100 agents explore the country from 17-23 April 2018.

The selected Travel Agents will fly with the Kiwi carrier across the Tasman, and enjoy one of 10 jam-packed itineraries across the North or South Island before flying into Wellington for a day of group training.

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From exploring the extraordinary Franz Josef glacier to enjoying gourmet wine tours, visiting the Waitomo glow worm caves and dolphin watching in the Bay of Islands, each of the itineraries is designed to showcase the diverse trips travellers can experience in Aotearoa.

How do Travel Agents land on a spot on this epic famil?

To be eligible, consultants need to complete 10 online modules of the 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme.

Once this is done, they need to submit an application of interest to join the famil by clicking here.

Following the seven day trip, each of the Agents will return to Australia as a fully certified 100% Pure New Zealand Gold Specialist.


Tourism New Zealand General Manager Tony Saunders said the famil is a key initiative for the tourism bureau and airline to engage with Travel Agents and showcase autumn in the destination.

“We’re excited to be able to engage Australia’s best Travel Agents and help them on their way to achieving 100% Pure New Zealand gold status.”

Tony Saunders, Tourism New Zealand General Manager

Air New Zealand Regional General Manager Australia Kathryn Robertson added that trade plays a key role in raising awareness of the country as a destination and the ease of trans-Tasman travel.

“We provide customers with unparalleled frequency across the Tasman and onward connectivity to the 21 domestic destinations Air New Zealand operates to. We look forward to welcoming the successful Australian Travel Agents.”

Click here for more information on the famil.

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Are you due for a trip across the Tasman? Get involved!