A bumper summer for weddings in Wanaka
Love is in the air in Wanaka. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Wanaka has recorded a bumper start to the year with close to 100 per cent occupancy for January and February with much of the resort’s accommodation booked out for weddings.
The wedding tourism boom is in line with New Zealand’s recent increase in visitor numbers. Arrivals to New Zealand numbered 444,900 in December 2015, the highest-ever monthly figure, according to data from Statistics New Zealand released last month. The biggest increase was in visitors from China, up 11,000 (43 per cent).
For the past year, Wyndham Wanaka has been working in conjunction with Rippon Vineyard to develop and promote unique wedding packages. The partnership between the resort and Rippon Vineyard is an example of how New Zealand businesses are leveraging off booming visitor numbers to the country.
Wyndham Wanaka Resort Manager Kaydee George says the spectacular scenery of the South Island is a huge drawcard for international and domestic visitors, especially couples looking for beautiful locations to exchange their vows.
“Many will charter helicopter flights into the mountains to capture dramatic backdrops for their wedding photos,” Ms George said.
“Our wedding packages allow the bride and groom to enjoy the very best of what Wanaka has to offer and then retreat to one of our beautiful self-contained apartments. The resort’s luxurious four-bedroom Presidential Suite is also very popular with newlyweds.”
Wyndham Wanaka together with Rippon Vineyard provides a range of accommodation options for wedding guests and the bridal party. These packages are tailored to suit and include special touches such as personalised wedding platters with local produce, chocolates, champagne and pamper packs to indulge the night before the wedding or to recharge following the big event.