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Thursday, November 3, 2005

As you travel around New Zealand, look for the sign you can trust. i-SITE is New Zealand's official network of visitor centres, dedicated to providing free, friendly and objective information on local attractions, transport and accommodation.

There are 87 i-SITES throughout New Zealand. They are the official information provider, part of New Zealand's Visitor Information Network. The Network is endorsed and supported by New Zealand's national tourism organisation, Tourism New Zealand, by local government through to city and district councils and regional tourism organisations. Strict criteria must be met to become an i-SITE Visitor Centre in terms of staff training, services provided, hours of operation, building standards and brand usage.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff provide quality, objective information on attractions, activities and transport throughout New Zealand. They are experts in local knowledge and can tell you the best places to go, to eat and to experience New Zealand's unique aspects. From Maori culture to Middle Earth, i-SITE Visitor Centres offer information on local secrets and local stories, all for free.

i-SITE Visitor Centres provide a booking service and can help you find the accommodation, activity, attraction or mode of transport you're looking for. You can browse and study brochures and maps at your leisure, purchase gifts, souvenirs, maps, guide books or stock up on stamps and postcards. Most centres have Internet facilities, some have cafés or there is one close by and you can sit and relax with a coffee or tea while you digest information or e-mail friends back home.

International visitors can call into i-SITE Visitor Centres at Auckland and Christchurch International Airports and pick up a map listing i-SITE locations throughout New Zealand or simply print off the location map and details from the website:

For other general holiday information on New Zealand, a useful resource is

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