G Adventures took us to India with it, Contiki flew us to the Amalfi Coast on it, Hamilton Island is hoping it gets a few more travellers to its shores and scientists are even using it to replicate air crashes.

Now, Flight Centre has jumped on the virtual reality bandwagon by introducing the headsets in one of its New Zealand stores.

Flight Centre Queen Street in Auckland became the first Kiwi store to offer curious holidaymakers the immersive transportation device, which is already available inside select Singaporean stores.

For now, the Samsung VR headsets will allow users to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, scope out the bright lights of Tokyo, wander through Vietnam’s Hoi An and ride the Tower of Terror at Dreamworld, Voxy.co.nz reported.

That’s all without leaving the actual store.


Flight Centre New Zealand Managing Director, David Coombes, said introducing the new technology in New Zealand is “exciting” because it will “allow our customers to take a digital step inside destinations around the globe”.

“It really helps to enhance the dreaming and planning stage of their travel journey.”

David Coombes, Flight Centre New Zealand Managing Director

“It’s all part of Flight Centre’s plan to provide customers with seamless end-to-end travel experiences that begin instore.”

Flight Centre will be using the Samsung Gear VR headset paired with the Samsung Galaxy S7 to deliver the virtual reality experience.

Do you think virtual reality will help sell more holidays?