Explore Group is an innovative and unique young company which prides itself on being an industry leader. As an industry leader we stretch the limits of what can be achieved and there is great satisfaction in being recognised for these efforts with awards …
William Goodfellow named as finalist for Excellence in Leadership at Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards
William Goodfellow, Managing Director and Founder of Explore NZ, has been announced as finalist for Excellence in Leadership at the Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards.
The category recognises an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in business with qualities such as integrity and vision.
2011 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards
Explore NZ is delighted to have won two awards at the 2011 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards held in Whangarei last Friday 28th October.
The awards won were the 'Destination Northland Excellence in Tourism Award' and the 'Northland Regional Council Sustainable Business Award'.
The awards saw more than 45 finalists competing across 11 business categories.
2011 Top Energy Tall Poppy Business Awards - Gold Award Tourism and Hospitality
Designed to encourage, recognise and celebrate outstanding business achievement, the Awards are highly regarded and well supported by the business community.
Explore NZ won the Gold Award in Tourism & Hospitality.
2010 Tourism Industry Association New Zealand Awards - Winner 'Visitor Attraction and Experience Award' (large)
The 2010 Tourism Industry Awards focus on and celebrate inspirational stories in our industry being achieved through the successful application of innovation.
Innovation is what Explore NZ has built its success on. From our foundation in 2000 with a world first, taking people sailing on an America's Cup yacht, establishing an ecological restoration programme, 'Project Island Song', through to last year introducing bio-fuel across the entire fleet, the business continues to evolve.
2010 EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) Awards - Finalist (Highly Commended)
The EECA Awards celebrate organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.
2010 Northland Business Excellence Awards - Finalist
Business Excellence Awards run regionally throughout the country and are a great opportunity for businesses, - small, medium and large - to receive recognition for their achievements and celebrate their contribution to the regional business environment.
2010 Top Energy Tall Poppy Business Awards - Gold Award Tourism and Hospitality
Designed to encourage, recognise and celebrate outstanding business achievement, the Awards are highly regarded and well supported by the business community. Explore NZ won the Gold Award in Tourism & Hospitality.
2010 Scenic Tours # 1 (equal) Scenic Free Choice
Attraction in NZ for the 2009 -2010 Season
2010 Scenic Tours # 1 (equal) Scenic Free Choice Attraction in NZ for the 2009 -2010 Season - ' America's Cup Sailing Experience'
Two of our sailing adventures tied for first place! 'On the Edge' operated out of Pahia in the Bay of Islands and the America's Cup yachts are based in Auckland.
2009 Golden Backpacker Awards - Finalist
The Golden Backpacks reward those companies who work hardest to make backpacking around Australia and New Zealand that extra bit special.
2009 - Metro Best Day on the Water - Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari
Metro is Auckland's magazine, a metropolitan mix of current affairs and investigative journalism, profiles, lifestyle features, and a range of lively columns for readers who care about Auckland. Each year Metro announces their honour roll of awards for the Best of Auckland.
2009 Rankers Traveller Voted Awards - Finalist
A Traveller Voted Award is quite different to any other. Over 5,000 votes were cast by the most important critic of all - the Independent Traveller.
2009 National Business Review - Most Exciting Tourism Company
Download a pdf of the article from The National Business Review January 2009 (Adobe Acrobat pdf format)
2008 and 2009 Corporate Events Guide - People's Choice Award - Finalist
The Corporate Events Guide's People's Choice Awards is the most prestigious accolade to win in the New Zealand conference and events industry.
The 2009 winners were decided by the votes of more than 13,000 people connected in some way to conference and events in New Zealand
2008 PATA Young Tourism Professional Award Winner - William Goodfellow
2008 award recipient William Goodfellow, Managing Director of Explore NZ, says the award recognises the work put into the business.
"Winning the 2008 PATA Young Tourism Professional Award was a great surprise, a tremendous acknowledgement of our innovative approach and hard work, not just for me personally but the whole team. Explore NZ has grown rapidly and is now based in Auckland and the Bay of Islands. The award helps confirm the direction of the business and the recognition is certainly very much appreciated."
2003 Tourism Industry Association New Zealand Tourism Award - Best Tourist Adventure Activity