Oamaru residents are seeking out exotic holiday destinations
so as to spend Christmas and New Year in the sun.
Oamaru House of Travel travel specialist Tracy McNeill said
travel trends this year for the holiday period were very
similar to those from previous years, with the Pacific
Islands and Southeast Asia the most popular foreign
''Popular places we have sent people on holiday for this
Christmas are Rarotonga and Vietnam, and of course loads of
people are off to visit family in Oz or within New Zealand.''
Mrs McNeill said the number of people taking foreign holidays
had remained on a par with last year and although most people
appeared to be taking Christmas holidays within New Zealand,
locals had certainly been broadening their horizons over the
''[In 2012] We have sent people to ...Bogota [in Colombia],
Cuba and Belize.
''Most of our clients buying holidays in November and
December 2012 have been securing a great deal for next year's
holiday in 2013, early bird gets the worm so to speak, with
destinations like the UK and Europe still very much on most
Kiwis' must-do bucket list.''
Mrs McNeill added that pre-booked travel to Fiji and Samoa in
the New Year would not be affected by the recent damage
caused by Cyclone Evan.
''Luckily, the resorts that we are going to haven't been
affected. I personally don't have any customers affected
because most of them are travelling after Christmas and, of
course, the clean-up is well under way.
''We were actually very lucky that we didn't have anybody up
there at the time.''
Some resorts on both islands would remain closed until March,
but all the people travelling to either Fiji or Samoa from
Oamaru in the New Year would not be affected, she said.