Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Southern Discoveries celebrates Chinese Year of the Sheep

Southern Discoveries celebrates Chinese Year of the Sheep… with mob of woolly stars

Tourism operator Southern Discoveries will be celebrating the Chinese Year of the Sheep by welcoming visitors on its Mt Nicholas Farm Experience with a mob of 500 sheep.

Over the next three weeks, visitors can get up close to the 500-strong merino mob, the same woolly ‘stars’ of the ‘Running of the Wools’ as part of the Hilux Rural Games.

This time around, the sheep have agreed to stay (almost) still so that visitors can have their picture taken with them.

Also waiting to greet guests at Mt Nicholas will be two pet sheep and sheepdog Belle to accompany the group on their visit to the working merino farm.

Southern Discoveries’ red catamaran Spirit of Queenstown has operated exclusive cruises to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu since late 2013.

The award-winning company also operates in Te Anau and Milford Sound and plans to brighten all its vessels and visitor centres with festive Chinese lanterns.

In keeping with Chinese New Year tradition, all Chinese guests to Milford and in Queenstown will receive a lucky red envelope with a chocolate gold coin. The red paper packets (or envelopes) signify good blessings and happiness to the receiver.

Director of sales and marketing Julia Savill said the Year of the Sheep was a perfect fit with Mt Nicholas especially, and visiting the farm would be a special opportunity for many.

“The farm experience at Mt Nicholas is a unique chance to get up close to real working animals including sheep dogs and horses,” she said.

“We’ve seen a significant growth in Chinese visitors to Milford Sound, but we believe the farm experience will hold great appeal for our international visitors as it truly showcases the iconic New Zealand landscape.”

Last year China overtook the US in becoming the second biggest market for New Zealand tourism (after neighbouring Australia), signifying potential opportunities and growth within the East Asia market.

Like many tourism operators, Southern Discoveries has responded to the increase in numbers with brochures and cruise highlight information in Mandarin, as well Chinese speaking team members.

Last month, English, Cantonese and Mandarin-fluent Melody Ma was appointed sales manager for East Asia at Southern Discoveries. She brings a wealth of tourism industry experience and cultural insight to the team and has hit the ground running with preparations for the busy Chinese New Year.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Statistics: Annual Inflation Hits A Three-decade High At 5.9 Percent
The consumers price index increased 5.9 percent from the December 2020 quarter to the December 2021 quarter, the biggest movement since a 7.6 percent annual increase in the year to the June 1990 quarter, Stats NZ said today... More>>



Digitl: Bumper year ahead for NZ IT sector

Gartner says New Zealand spending on technology products and services will grow 7.4 percent this year. The company’s latest forecast says the market will total NZ$15.3 billion in 2022... More>>



Fonterra: Lifts Forecast Farmgate Milk Price Range

Fonterra Co-operative Group today lifted its 2021/22 forecast Farmgate Milk Price range to NZD $8.90 - $9.50 per kgMS, up from NZD $8.40 - $9.00 per kgMS. This increases the midpoint of the range, which farmers are paid off... More>>



Skoltech: Study Probes Earth’s Turbulent Past To Explain Where Oceans Came From

The origin of water on our planet is a hot question: Water has immense implications for plate tectonics, climate, the origin of life on Earth, and potential habitability of other Earth-like planets. In a recent study in Physical Review Letters, a Skoltech professor and his Chinese colleagues suggest... More>>


Statistics: Household Net Worth Grows In The September 2021 Quarter But At A Slower Pace Compared To March 2021

Household net worth grew by $60.7 billion in the September 2021 quarter compared with the June 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This represents an increase of 2.5 percent, a similar result to the June 2021 quarter, which was up $60.6 billion or 2.6 percent... More>>

TradeMe: Job Market Ends 2021 On A High With Record Number Of Vacancies
The New Zealand job market finished 2021 on a high note, with the ball still firmly in the job hunters’ court, according to the analysis of 69,600 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs for the quarter ending 31 December (Q4)... More>>