Renee Macdonald, Sovann Tubbs, both Fuzion in Cambridge, with Paige Myocevich, Air New Zealand at Matapa Chasm Renee Macdonald, Sovann Tubbs, both Fuzion in Cambridge, with Paige Myocevich, Air New Zealand at Matapa Chasm

‘Fuzionites’ discover Niue

A yacht club where none of the members have yachts or are interested in sailing (but the hospitality is great), and a jail with no inmates are just two of the quirky touches to Niue that Fuzion Travel brokers discovered during their conference in the destination over the weekend.

 

The group headed around the island with Explore Niue Tours & Travel, stopping off at scenic lookouts, rock pools and chasms, as well as picking up $5 rotis and home baked brownies for lunch. The delegates, most of whom had not previously visited Niue, were universally impressed. ‘People are so well travelled and increasingly places are over tourists,’ says Toby Stanton, of Frankton. ‘The biggest appeal about this is the lack of other tourists. It is all about nature.’ Sarah Bartlett, South Canterbury, describes Niue as ‘peaceful and serene. ‘I can see why my clients come back. It is a gem in the South Pacific. It is different without being below par. You’ve got to sell it the right way and you have to see it to sell it.’

 

Kirsten Adams, Cromwell, says that having visited she now can’t believe that she hadn’t given Niue much consideration before as a destination. ‘I am definitely coming back for a personal trip.’ Explore Niue founder and operator Vanessa Marsh says she started the company a couple of years ago because she saw a gap in what inbound tour operators were offering and is now developing a full destination management company. ‘We also operate Fish Niue charters and offer whale watching and swim with dolphin trips and can work on food and arts appreciation tours. As well as this we will work with other tour operators.’ Marsh says the company plans to develop a dark skies product next season. ‘Two villages here are already dark sky conservation areas and Niue has an application to be a dark sky sanctuary. We’ve got some of the darkest skies around.’ The famil / conference were sponsored by Air New Zealand, Scenic Matavai Niue Resort, Niue Tourism and Travelport.

 

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