New Zealand Tourism Awards Winners

With annual global turnover of $426 million, multinational recreational vehicle business Tourism Holdings Ltd (THL) has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.

The winners of the New Zealand Tourism Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Christchurch, attended by more than 400 industry leaders and supporters.

THL also won the Auckland Airport Business Excellence Award – more than $6 million annual turnover. Listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, THL looks after more than 200,000 customers a year, operating a global recreational vehicle fleet of more than 6000.

Alongside its RV rental and sales operations, it also operates two additional tourism businesses in New Zealand – Discover Waitomo, including Waitomo Glowworm Caves; and Kiwi Experience, a bus network aimed at young backpackers.


Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award: Tourism Holdings Ltd (THL)

Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman Outstanding Industry Leader Award: Kathy Guy

PATA New Zealand Trust Emerging Tourism Leader Award: Luke Taylor, Go Orange, Queenstown

JLT & AIG Tourism Industry Champion Award: Les Morgan, Sudima Hotels and Resorts

Westpac Business Excellence Award – Less than $6 million annual turnover: Owen River Lodge

Department of Conservation Environmental Tourism Award: Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Industry Alignment Award: Hawke’s Bay Tourism

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa M¯ aori Tourism Award: Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd

The Great Journeys of New Zealand Tourism 2025 Enabler Award: Christchurch Airport

epay NZ Tourism Marketing Award: Air New Zealand

ServiceIQ Visitor Experience Award: GO Rentals

NZME People’s Choice Award: Forgotten World Adventures