Previous Winners : 2003
15-12-03 - InterCity Coachlines
InterCity Coachlines run scheduled bus services throughout New Zealand. This is a good example of a highly functional Web site, with fast loading pages, clear layout, easy to follow navigation and interactive tools used to show information, not just to show off.
8-12-03 - Scenic Pacific New Zealand Tours
North Island coach tour company Scenic Tours have teamed up with their South Island colleagues Pacific Tours to create a New Zealand wide company offering scenic tours and scheduled bus services. The site handles the task of conveying a lot of information well, concentrating on speed, simplicity and usability.
1-12-03 - NZRugby.com
With the world's most famous team (The All Blacks), the premier national competition (NPC) and the best record in the world's toughest annual competition (Super 12), New Zealand is a rugby mecca, and this is New Zealand rugby's official site. Comprehensive and easy to use, the site has everything you need to plan your New Zealand rugby holiday.
24-11-03 - Aoturoa
Set in a river valley between Wanaka and Queenstown, Aoturoa (Maori for "World of Light") is a purpose-built accommodation lodge and private retreat. Minimal design creates maximum impact in this cleanly designed, clearly laid out site.
17-11-03 - Greenmantle Estate
The Kapiti Coast landmark once known as "the pink house" has been refurbished as a boutique hotel. Colour, motif and elegant script are well used on the site to convey the estate's grandeur, and the text is evocative and informative.
10-11-03 - Coopers Creek
Coopers Creek winery sits in the heart of the Huapai and Kumeu wine region, about 35km north west of Auckland. Their Web site combines plenty of information about the wineries, the wines and the wine tastings, with a virtual wine tour for those who can't make it there in person.
03-11-03 - Solitaire Lodge
Sitting on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Tarawera near Rotorua, Solitaire Lodge must be one of the few hotels with its own Art Gallery. Few hotels offer such a comprehensive Web site either - it's informative both about the Lodge and the area as a whole.
27-10-03 - Kiwi Does It
Kiwi Does It is a New Zealand tour company based in Wanaka who aim to offer a "uniquely Kiwi experience". It's a simple site but with the kind of funky touches that make a difference - writing with character, animations with a purpose.
20-10-03 - Up Up And Away
If you're looking for a natural high, a flight over the Canterbury Plains with Christchurch ballooning company Up Up and Away might be just the thing. An effective Flash animation intro and the kind of views you can only get from a balloon are the highlights of this site (along with a nice altimeter gimmick).
13-10-03 - Hotel du Vin
At Hotel du Vin you can sleep amidst the vines of Firstland Vineyards, 45 minutes south of Auckland. An uncluttered layout makes this Web site easy to use, while high quality images and polished design make it a pleasure to view.
6-10-03 - RSVP Special Events
RSVP Special Eventsis an events management company based in Auckland, creating showcases and celebrations, both corporate and private. Simplicity is the keynote here, with elegant graphics, uncluttered layout and "less is more" writing.
29-09-03 - Eagle's Nest
Eagle's Nest is a private retreat in the Bay of Islands. Distinctive colours, lettering and logo reinforce the retreat's points of difference, backed up by plenty of photographs.
22-09-03 - Colleith Lodge
Overlooking the Tairua Estuary on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, Colleith Lodge was purpose built as a boutique inn. Their well organised site makes nice use of a distinctive typeface and imagery emphasising the location and views.
15-09-03 - Golfer's Dream
Golfer's Dream organise guided and self-drive golf tours around New Zealand. The site makes it easy for visitors to find all the information they might need, enticing them with "clean greens of New Zealand" imagery and plenty of testimonials from past clients.
08-09-03 - Kauri Cliffs
At Kauri Cliffs in Northland you can stay and play - stay at Kauri Cliffs Lodge, and play on Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. The site itself is simple yet stylish with the choice of either Flash or good old HTML.
01-09-03 - Kiwi Autohomes
Whether you call them motorhomes, campervans or RVs, you can hire them from Kiwi Autohomes. Simple and quick to load, their site has a clean crisp feel to it with the right mix of imagery and text.
25-08-03 - The Spencer on Byron Hotel
The Spencer on Byron Hotel stands tall on Auckland's North Shore. This site is clean, attractive, and functional. It also features live video from the roof of the hotel, you can take control of the camera and pan and zoom at the views around Auckland as you desire.
18-08-03 - Solscape
The cottages, campsites and converted railway cabooses of Solscape Accommodation Centre look out over the Tasman Sea at Raglan, on the North Island's West coast. The site uses its funky sun logo and lots of Flash animation to good effect, but still has enough text on the home page to give the search engines a bit to go on.
11-08-03 - Chalmers Inn
Chalmers Inn is a Nelson bed and breakfast with 3 suites and a guest lounge located in a separate area of a turn of the century Nelson villa. The site has a nice clean layout with excellent use of images, both panoramic and close up.
04-08-03 - Exclusively New Zealand
Exclusively New Zealand is a small, privately-owned company specialising in customised holidays in New Zealand. Evocative flash animation is used to target the predominately wealthy high-bandwidth users who are the target market for the company's luxury accommodation (nice to see a vanilla HTML version for those of us in a hurry).
28-07-03 - The Quarters
The site has enabled The Quarters to achieve booking levels averaging 83% thelast 2 years. The site is often commented on by overseas and NZ visitors. Excellent photography combined with cool crisp colours and design make this site very easy on the eye.
21-07-03 - Treble Cone Ski Area
Everything a skier or snowboarder needs to know about Treble Cone Ski Area near Wanaka. Easy to find information combined with a crisp layout and good use of Flash animation add up to a very nice site.
14-7-03 - Gunyah Country Lodge
Gunyah Country Lodge offers year-round hospitality in one of Canterbury's grand old rural homesteads in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Informative and easy to use, the site is a bit like a history lesson, with a visual style that matches the historical flavour nicely.
07-07-03 - Buried Village
One of the oldest tourism attractions in Rotorua, Buried Village has preserved, showcased, and interpreted the stories behind the pioneering village of Te Wairoa. This site has a good design layout, is visually appealing and makes good use of photography.
30-06-03 - ARF Rental Cars
ARF Rentals Cars is a family owned rental car company with branches in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch. The ARF site doesn't just show you their cars, it shows you what you can do with their cars, with informative sections on holiday tips and New Zealand activities, and useful features such as driving distances and quick quotes.
23-06-03 - Sumner Apartments
Sumner Apartments offers you a selection of one and two bedroom apartments in the Christchurch beach suburb of Sumner. A simple site that captures the contemporary feel of the apartments with crisp design and cool colours.
16-06-03 - The Last Straw Cottage
Situated in Brightwater, 20 minutes from Nelson, this straw bale-construction cottage is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. This site lays out all the features of the bed and breakfast with clarity and plenty of quick-loading photographs showing the unique character of the cottage.
09-06-03 - David Wall Photos
Dunedin photographer David Wall's online gallery of over 100,000 images of New Zealand is searchable by map, region, theme or keyword. The site is both a promotion of New Zealand, and a potential resource for Web site owners looking for NZ imagery.
02-06-03 - Backcountry Helicopters
Based in Wanaka, Backcountry Helicopters offers Heliskiing and Heliboarding in Mount Aspiring National Park. A cool alpine colour scheme, effective Flash animation , strong photography and the kind of information their clients are looking for, all adds up to a nice site.
26-05-03 - Northridge
Northridge is a homestay bed and breakfast overlooking Lake Wanaka. Making good use of photography showing the rooms' panoramic alpine views, the site is also stylish and informative about the Wanaka region.
19-05-03 - The Reef Resort
Elegant accommodation right at the edge of Lake Taupo is the pitch of the Reef Resort. This simple site shows what you can do with strong photography.
13-05-03 - Delamore Lodge
Influenced both by Mediterranean architecture and the curves of the matau (Maori fish hook), Delamore Lodge is a luxury retreat on Waiheke Island. Their Web site plays to their strong suit, using plenty of photographs and including video tours of the accommodation.
05-05-03 - Mountain Range
Mountain Range is a boutique bed and breakfast lodge set on 10 acres of private parkland near the shores of Lake Wanaka. The site is informative, stylish and the strong photography captures the essence of Mountain Range.
28-04-03 - Hurunui Homestead Boutique Lodge
Hurunui Homestead is a romantic country garden retreat in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. The site tells prospective visitors everything they might want to know about the Homestead and the local attractions.
21-04-03 - Kavanagh House
Kavanagh House is a boutique hotel occupying a splendid 1907 neo-Tudor manor house. This is a cultivated site that reflects the elegance of the manor with uncluttered layouts and restrained use of Flash animation.
14-4-03 - Off Beat Tours
Off Beat Tours specialise in small group Eco Tours of New Zealand's "Wild West Coast". Their Web site is fresh, looks great and is easy to navigate.
07-04-03 - Bangor Country Estate
A quiet and private retreat, hidden away from the hustle and
bustle of the busy world. An elegant site that goes into great detail about all aspects of the estate.
31-03-03 - New Zealand Sea Adventures
With New Zealand Sea Adventures you can swim or dive with seals at Kaikoura in a way that has as little environmental impact as possible. An aquatic colour scheme and abundance of gallery photos help this easy to use site convey the underwater experience.
24-03-03 - Gold Fields Mining Centre
At the Goldfields Mining Centre you can explore Queenstown's goldmining heritage by panning for gold, horse trekking thorough the gold fields and jetboating down the Kawarau river. Their Web site uses nice historical touches and numerous photos to good effect.
17-03-03 - AcrossNZ
AcrossNZ are a free Internet travel service for independent travellers wanting a flexible holiday in New Zealand. An attractive site with easy navigation and original page layout.
10-03-03 - Stonehurst
This central Christchurch accommodation is both a backpackers hostel and a motel. The two-sites-in-one design is an innovative way of appealing to the two different markets.
03-03-03 - Enclosure Bay Beach House
A romantic two bedroom character cottage overlooking the beach at Enclosure Bay on Waiheke Island. This single page site is simple but effective thanks to the elegant photography.
24-02-03 - Raglan
Provides information on accommodation, dining, entertainment, shopping, nightlife and jobs in the Raglan area. This informative and frequently updated site gives you an idea of what's on offer in Raglan.
17-02-03 - Queenstown Fernhill Apartments
Queenstown apartment accommodation specialists. A uniquely designed site with eye-catching fade-in photographs.
10-02-03 - Active Earth
A tour company for small groups exploring the North Island on hiking safaris. An easy to navigate site with some neat photographs.
03-02-03 - Skyjump
A cable controlled 192 metre base jump where participants fly "superman style". An easily navigated site that nicely captures the thrill of an unforgettable experience.