Tourism New Zealand (TNZ), representing a country well-known for its exotic beauty and adventurous spirit, together with Auckland International Airport (AIAL), is currently partnering Malaysia Airlines (MH) to showcase the Land of the Maoris at affordable prices to leisure seekers, nature lovers and those in pursuit of adrenaline-packed adventures.
Themed ‘Discover your 100% Pure New Zealand road trip’ this strategic collaboration offers Malaysians the chance to visit and experience international attractions like the geothermal city of Rotorua for its unique Maori culture, limestone caves of Waitomo decorated with glow-worms, the Hobbiton Movie Set location of Matamata, New Zealand’s largest fresh water lake of Lake Taupo. Other outdoor attractions offered include the largest silica terraces in the world, the rustic Kiwi country life, Milford Sound for that idyllic marine drive and the awesome Aoraki Mount Cook range of snow-capped mountains, pristine glacial lakes and a network of powder-blue canals.
Regional Senior Vice President of Malaysia & Asean, Muzammil Mohamad said, “We are pleased to work together with Tourism New Zealand and Auckland International Airport on this campaign which promises to showcase the pristine and pure natural attractions of New Zealand to Malaysians looking for great travel deals. We are confident that travellers will find great value and savings in the many offers promoted through this joint campaign. Our passengers can now enjoy value for money deals to discover New Zealand through our award winning airline. On this long haul route, customers will also experience the comfort, convenience and seamless travel which we offer our customers.”
Malaysia Airlines is promoting the ‘Discover your 100% Pure New Zealand road trip’campaign through attractive all-inclusive return Kuala Lumpur-Auckland airfares starting from RM3199.00. It is also offering 5 types of unique 5days/4nights holiday packages to New Zealand through its tours marketing arm, MASHolidays. The packages, for a minimum group size of two, start from as low as RM5191 per person for the self-drive adventure which is valid till 31 March 2013. The remaining four package types start from as low as RM5909 per person for the North Island Tour and RM6570 per person for the North Island Honeymoon Tour.
Regional Manager of Tourism New Zealand – South and South East Asia, Mischa Mannix-Opie added, “New Zealand is a popular destination for Malaysia travellers. In the year ending August 2012 the number of visitors from Malaysia to New Zealand increased by +15.8% to 34,480 of which 67% visit for the purpose of a holiday. New Zealand offers diverse and magnificent landscapes which travellers can be fully immersed in when on self-drive holiday. Not to mention our down-to-earth hospitality and adrenaline filled activities that we know Malaysian travellers love about New Zealand. Malaysia Airlines and Auckland International Airport are perfect partners to welcoming more Malaysian travellers to our shores to experience New Zealand’s unique holiday offerings.
Glenn Wedlock, Auckland Airport General Manager Aeronautical Commercial, further added,” Malaysia is a very exciting market for New Zealand. While we are already attracting more and more Malaysians to our country, we see a lot more potential to come, and in Malaysia Airlines and Tourism New Zealand we have the perfect partners to match the quality of one of the world’s great airlines together with the quality of one of the world’s great tourism destinations. The 100% Pure New Zealand road-trip gives travellers a chance to fly and explore a wide range of unique kiwi attractions.”
The promotional airfares and holiday packages of the partnership are now available online at www.malaysiaairlines.com and http://holiday.malaysiaairlines.com respectively. These are also available through Malaysian travel agents specializing in New Zealand holiday/travel packages who will promote these products at the forthcoming MITM Fair 2012 at Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur from 26-28 October 2012.
Malaysia Airlines currently operates six times weekly flights to Auckland using a Boeing 777-200 with a capacity of 278 seats. Flight MH131 departs Kuala Lumpur every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9.50pm to arrive Auckland at 1.05pm the next day, while flight MH133 departs Kuala Lumpur at 8.50am every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to arrive at 12.05am the next day. The return flight MH130 leaves Auckland at 2.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday arriving Kuala Lumpur the same day at 8.20pm, while flight MH132 departs at 1.35am on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to arrive Kuala Lumpur the same day at 7.25am.