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Awards & Accolades

TIME Unlimited Tours' very unique range of tours have won many national and international awards and have been extensively featured on television, radio, in newspapers and travel magazines worldwide.

Recent national and international awards include:

2019: Winner – 9 years in a row TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

The ‘Certificate of Excellence’ accolade is awarded only to companies that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The additional “Hall of Fame” designation is conferred to establishments for retaining the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for five consecutive years, demonstrating that they have continually delivered a superior customer experience over a long period of time.

2018: National Maori Business Award

Māori Women's Development Inc

The National MWDI Maori Business Award recognises TIME Unlimited Tours as a regional winner for Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland region).  This regional award was sponsored and presented by Tania Tarawa, Maori Economic Development Manager for Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development agency of Auckland Council.

Māori Women's Development Inc is an indigenous financial institution formed by Māori women, managed and operated by Māori women, for the economic development of Māori women and their whānau. 

2010-2019: Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Awards - WINNER

The Qualmark Enviro Awards

The Qualmark Enviro Awards recognise those businesses that go beyond the benchmark and TIME Unlimited Tours has consistently way exceeded the strict requirements concerning ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable processes since 2010.

2017: Winner Tour Operator of the Year

Luxury Travel Guide Awards

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies. They have chosen TIME Unlimited Tours as the 2017 Winner Tour Operator of the Year for Asia & Australasia.

2016: Auckland Airport Tourism Industry Development Grant

Auckland Airport

TIME Unlimited Tours’ proposal for a ‘City to Cape Cultural Collection’ regional cluster has been awarded a $50,000 Auckland Airport Tourism Industry Development Grant. The grant is to support the development and promotion of a seasonally themed experience supporting regional partnerships.

2016: Overall Winner in the category “Sense of Place”

National Geographic World Legacy Awards

The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations from around the world — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to geoparks — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.

2015: Luxperience Awards 2015

Winner

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies. They have chosen TIME Unlimited Tours as the 2017 Winner Tour Operator of the Year for Asia & Australasia.

2015: Tourism Industry Awards (TIA)

Winner

New Zealand’s Tourism Industry Association recognises individual and business excellence across New Zealand’s exciting tourism industry and these are New Zealand Tourism’s official and most prestigious awards. TIME Unlimited Tours was announced overall winner in the category Maori Cultural Tourism, which was announced at a special gala dinner at SkyCity in Auckland on 2 October 2015.

The judges selected TIME Unlimited Tours for its great commitment to an authentic Maori tourism experience and the strong motivation to take care of the nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage which underpin its business success.

2014: Viator Travel Awards 2014 Best Local Operator

Winner

TIME Unlimited Tours has been awarded 2014 Best Local Operator by Viator, which is one of the world's leading resources for researching and booking travel experiences.

2013: The David Awards - The Most Inspired Use of Marketing Award

Winner

The David Awards recognise small businesses throughout New Zealand, whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country.

TIME Unlimited entered and won in the category ” The Most Inspired Use of Marketing” which honours a business that punches above its weight in terms of getting the word out, achieving profile and attracting business. A great delight for the Auckland based company TIME Unlimited Tours!

2012: EcoTrophea 2012

Finalist

TIME Unlimited was chosen the only finalist from Australasia in the worldwide Eco- Tourism Award EcoTrophea 2012. The German Travel Association (DRV) has been awarding this annual International Award since 1987 to effective and exemplary projects which are committed to environmental protection and social responsibility in tourism.

2012: Rankers Traveller Voted Award – NZ Wide Cultural Experiences

Winner

Rankers NZ presents awards to each year’s outstanding experiences, as voted by travellers to New Zealand. Top Ranked NZ awards are presented annually to tourism experiences and operators which have displayed a consistently high ranking score throughout the year.

2012: Rotary International Vocational Excellence Award

Winner

Pakuranga (Auckland) Rotary Club’s annual awards night celebrates and congratulates outstanding individuals who have delivered high levels of performance and made a significant contribution to their community or vocation.

2011: EcoTrophea

Finalist

The German Travel Association (DRV) has been awarding this annual International Award since 1987 to effective and exemplary projects which are committed to environmental protection and social responsibility in tourism.

2011: National Bank of New Zealand Small Business Competition

Winner

In 2011, we took part in a national competition titled “Overcoming your Small Business Challenge” and after submitting an extensive application, ended up being selected as the overall winner, which included as a prize a high-end laptop that we put to good use in our business.

2010: Global Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award 2010

Winner

TIME Unlimited Tours received the highly prestigious Ecotourism and Indigenous Tourism Award in conjunction with the United Nations at an awards ceremony during the annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, organised by the International Ecotourism Society, in Portland/Oregon, United States. TIME Unlimited Tours was pronounced the overall winner in the public vote section and won this global award with a huge margin ahead of all other applicants with 48.2% of all votes cast, the 2nd and 3rd placed organisations achieving 21.1% and 9.8% respectively.

Global Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award 2009

Runner Up

TIME Unlimited came as runner-up in the popular vote for this award. The prize is presented to an indigenous tourism operation for having a website that promotes sustainable practices and educates visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation.