There is currently not a huge selection of travel related iPhone apps in New Zealand, is the industry just slow to appreciate (and allocate funding) to this new medium for promoting tourism? Or maybe internet access in NZ is just not good enough and too expensive to use while mobile to encourage widespread development of iPhone Apps here? In any case, I’m sure this list will grow overtime as tourism organisations recognise the benefits of providing mobile applications for use on the popular Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The additional worldwide exposure these apps can provide destinations and tourism operators amongst the massive iPhone market should be considered sooner rather than later.
Here is a selection of some useful New Zealand travel iPhone apps currently available from iTunes.
This is a handy wee simple app that shows all the details of your current bookings on Air New Zealand and allows you to self check-in with a bar code scan image. You can login with your Airpoints account so it will automatically update flights for you or you can add bookings yourself. There are also links to view arrivals/departures, flight timetables, grabaseat and Blackboard deals.
Also by Air New Zealand, this is quite a comprehensive travel planning tool for New Zealand, including booking flights, viewing activities by region and activity type, and handy tools like maps, i-SITE locations, BBH Hostel locations, distance calculator and Wifi finder. It also includes social networking sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
The first iPhone app by a New Zealand Regional Tourism Organisation. It focuses on things to do in Auckland for visitors with the ability to tell you what is near your current location and maps to show you how to get there. Fairly simple in content with links to relevant websites for more detailed information.
Only recently launched by Positively Wellington, as the name suggests, this app provides detailed information and maps for 7 walks around central Wellington. There is also a variety of information about city services with links to websites (and their mobile versions).
A great app for those keen to hit the slopes in New Zealand and want easy access to up to date snow and weather conditions including what chair lifts are open and how much snow there is. It provides reports for a good range of ski areas with links through to the mobile version of the Snow Reports website for full details.
Based on the database of information from the Zenbu website, this is a comprehensive directory with maps of New Zealand accommodation, amenities, dining, leisure, travel and retail services. The content for each listing is limited to the contact details and location (with google maps) so to find out more you still have to visit the website of the business or phone them, but its a good resource to find some options.
An app that finds the latest air fare deals using twitter feeds from airlines that have a presence on twitter (mainly Air New Zealand). It’s simple and easy to use, and if you find a fare you want to book it links to the airline booking page on their website.
A nice and easy to use app for finding and booking a rental car with Apex in New Zealand. You can enter your pick up and drop off locations and dates and it will give you the car options available and allow you to book it.
Looking this list there is a good opportunity for someone to develop a dedicated New Zealand accommodation iPhone app, preferably allowing people to view details, photos and videos and then book it. I wonder who will get to that first….
Know of any other New Zealand travel related apps that you use or have developed to add to this list? Add a comment to let us know.