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									MEDIA RELEASE 4 September 2009

Prime Minister launches New Zealand’s newest overnight cruise ship
The much anticipated Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands overnight cruise ship was today officially launched by the New Zealand Prime Minister, Hon. John Key. The overnight ship, Ipipiri, named after the sacred Maori name for the Bay of Islands, is a 46 metre catamaran, which includes 30 deluxe state rooms, a spacious sundeck and a 70-seat restaurant and bar. More than 100 guests welcomed the small ship to Opua in the Bay of Islands, including InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd (ICG) Chairman, Joe Butterfield, as well as local business leaders, Maori representatives and children from the local Opua Primary School who performed traditional Maori waiata. “Ipipiri is a beautiful ship and her arrival more than meets our expectations,” says Malcolm Johns, ICG CEO. ICG commissioned the vessel in 2008. “We have been planning this for the past four years and the launch day has finally arrived – it’s definitely been worth the wait!” Construction began in early 2008 in Hobart, Australia, and was completed last month, Ipipiri arrived last month and her first paying cruise is scheduled for October 1, 2009. Ipipiri has already attracted the attention of many overseas visitors, which is reflected in the solid confirmed bookings for the 2009/10 summer season. Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands has invested more than $12 million into the venture, which also extends to an investment into the local Northland economy. “Ipipiri will not only attract more visitors to the area but it will help to entice tourists to stay longer, which will give tourists more of an opportunity to experience the wider Northland region,” says Johns. For more information, please visit www.overnightcruise.co.nz or www.GreatSights.co.nz -EndsAbout Ipipiri:  Construction began in early 2008 and was completed in August 2009. The boat is powered by two V12 twin turbo MTU engines, each producing 788KW (1,000 horse power)  Ipipiri, the sacred Maori name for the Bay of Islands, was gifted to Fullers GreatSights for use on this Overnight vessel by the Tangata Whenua of Patu Keha and Ngati Kuta, the two hapu in whose tribal area the vessel will spend most of its time. Ipipiri is the official

name of the overnight small cruise ship that will be permanently based in the Bay of Islands  Features a spacious sundeck and a 70-seat restaurant with indoor/outdoor dinning and bar. The vessel will also be available for charter for conferences, weddings and incentive groups. For more information please visit: www.overnightcruise.co.nz.

Ipipiri Specifications Type: Catamaran Length: 46 metres (circa 150 feet) Width: 13 metres (circa 40 feet) Height: 11 metres (circa 30 feet) Decks: 4 decks Two identical accommodation decks One dining/bar deck with indoor/outdoor flow One sundeck Cabins: 30 identical deluxe cabins with full sized ensuites and sea views. Stern Plate: The vessel has been fitted with a large stern plate which can be lowered below the waterline for ease to access in to and out of the water.

About Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands:

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Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands offers a range of tourism offerings which can be enjoyed while in the Bay of Islands www.dolphincruises.co.nz . These include: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise to the Hole in the Rock - One of the most popular cruises in the Bay of Islands. Specifically designed for the nature lovers, this cruise maximises the time spent out on the water in search of dolphin and whales. This cruise takes in the inner islands, the Hole in the Rock and the Cathedral Caves. Cruises operate all year round both morning and afternoon.

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Cream Trip Day Cruise with Dolphin Swim - The most famous of the all cruises in the Bay of Islands, this cruise re traces the original “Cream Trip” route when cream was collected from the inner islands. This modern day cruise continues the tradition of delivering mail to local residents as well as all major attractions including swimming with dolphins, the Hole in the Rock, Grand Cathedral Cave and the Black Rocks. Wet suits and snorkel equipment supplied.

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Cape Reinga Day Tour - Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach in one of our purpose build modern “Waverider” coaches and see Cape Reinga – where the pacific Ocean collides with the Tasman sea and where, according to legend, Maori spirits depart into the afterlife. Highlights include the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Te Paki Sand Dunes and the Puketi Kauri Forest for a 20 minute boardwalk and stroll amongst 1000 year old kauri trees.

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Excitor – Ultimate Fast Boat Adventure - Feel the adrenalin rush as you zoom through the islands on your way to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. With 1600hp, the engines ensure the trip is fast and a complete blast!

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Half Day Dolphin Adventure - Experience the magic of swimming with dolphins in their natural environment. This Dolphin Adventure lets you interact with these magnificent animals, and observe their unique nature and personality.

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awesomeNZ Crossings Hokianga - The Hokianga harbour is widely regarded as the home of Kupe, the very first voyager and Maori to discover New Zealand over 1,000 years ago. Learn from local Maori guides the legends and history of local Maori and enter the spiritual environment of the Waipoua Forest - home to massive ancient kauri trees, regarded as guardians of the forest.

About InterCity: InterCity Group consists of four brands including:  InterCity Coachlines provides New Zealand's largest coach transportation network connecting to more than 600 destinations nationwide, with over 200 services every day. Visit www.intercity.co.nz  GreatSights New Zealand, offering luxury state-of-the-art coaches, including three glass topped coaches, with expert driver guides delivering informative and entertaining commentary. Daily sightseeing tours with GreatSights include entry and guided tours through some of New Zealand's most renowned attractions. Visit www.greatsights.co.nz  Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands offers a range of land and marine-based activities throughout Northland, including dolphin watching/swimming cruises as well as a guided scenic coach tours to Cape Reinga and the Hokianga. Visit www.dolphincruises.co.nz  awesomeNZ offers tourists up close and personal experiences that are stimulating, educational and inspiring. There are currently a total of nine experiences, eight of which are based in the Northland region. Visit awesomeNZ.com

For more information and high-res images: Daniel Rode +64 9 583 5700 Marketing@intercitygroup.co.nz


								
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