Holiday boost for Gigatown bid

21:31, Sep 01 2014
Clare Atkins and Matthew Dodd
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Clare Atkins and Matthew Dodd at the opening of the Gigatown Nelson offices in Halifax St.

Nelson is offering two holiday packages as it makes a determined push to get into the Gigatown final.

Sue Jepson, from the Gigatown Nelson Campaign team, said: "Winning this competition will really consolidate Nelson as one of the ‘must see' destinations for tourists, so we decided that inviting people to support us from outside Nelson was important. The purpose of this prize is to show people just how many great activities are on offer here in our stunning region."

The prizes include an all-expenses paid travel package for people living in New Zealand to visit Nelson for a week, and a two-week travel package for two including contributions to international flights for one lucky winner from overseas.

The prize has been put together with support from numerous organisations including Interislander Ferries; Jucy Van Rentals; Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle; The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge; Tasman Helicopters; Wine, Art and Wilderness, and many more local organisations.

Nelson is competing in the national Gigatown competition run by Chorus to find New Zealand's most active town online. The prize is cheaper access to super fast internet for households and businesses connection to the new fibre network; a $200,000 development fund; and other prizes yet to be announced by Chorus. This round closes on September 12, with the top five towns going into the final, which ends in November.

Jepson said that with so many people in Nelson coming from overseas and other parts of New Zealand; the team was inviting everyone to share this competition with friends and family as well as their other networks.

"All people have to do to enter for one of these prizes is complete the entry form on - all the instructions are there for how to join up and get points for Nelson. Part of the competition is doing the last giga quiz, and with only 12 days left to get us in the final, we're hoping that all our national and international supporters will get on board - this is a great chance to get Aunty Betty or your best mate over to Nelson for that long overdue visit."

To help Nelson people need to: Go to, sign up and activate the email from Chorus, then select Nelson as their town. They then need to sign in to and do the September gigaquiz. If help is needed email


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