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Travel made Ezi

The hospitality and tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit by Covid-19 travel restrictions, despite more Kiwis deciding to explore their backyard this summer. However, for some local businesses it has meant a chance to do something a little different and take supporting local to a whole new level.



With each night’s accommodation booked online, – a Christchurch-based online accommodation booking engine owned and operated by Mitchell Corp NZ Ltd – donates to a charity of your choice. Currently it supports nine charities, many of which are local to Canterbury and assist the community and environment.

It is partnered with over 680 properties around New Zealand, providing accommodation from backpackers, B&Bs, hotels, motels, apartments and lodges.

CEO Matt Standing says Ezibed started working on making the business “more New Zealand-centric” last year, as their primary focus had been wholesale businesses with travel overseas.

“When international business dried up, we turned our focus very strongly onto the New Zealand market.”

This period also allowed Ezibed to become a vehicle to support charities, something Standing and his family were already passionate about.

“What we can do is, at no cost to the traveller, make a donation on their behalf to the charities that we support, so it’s a Kiwi company supporting Kiwi charities in a nutshell.”

If it could get New Zealanders using its platform, the money raised for charities would be phenomenal, Standing says.
Although trade is expected to be down on normal without the large influx of international travellers, Standing says it is great to see Kiwis exploring new parts of their country.

“They’re discovering new places, new corners that they were just unaware of. I’ve been in tourism for about 30 years and I’ve just never seen that buzz domestically before, it’s fantastic.”

Although it works with a wide range of properties, hotels were selling the best and in traditional hotspots, especially by beaches, over the summer season.


A Queenstown getaway: Highview Apartments

Whether you are looking for an action-packed adventure or a more leisurely holiday, Highview Apartments is a fantastic base for your Queenstown holiday.



Earning its name from its unrivalled views looking out high from Thompson Street, it’s a striking location.

Imagine waking to views of rugged snow-capped mountains rimming the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and seeing the Earnslaw steam her way past, listening to bird song while you enjoy your morning coffee on your own private balcony.

Situated close to restaurants and bars you can sample the night life or bring local produce and regional wine back to your self-contained apartment to enjoy.

For active relaxers there is a fitness room, outdoor spa and BBQ area, along with a complimentary sports locker for golf clubs, bikes or ski gear to suit the year-round activities that this alpine playground has to offer.

Whether it is a studio or lake view apartment (one or two bedrooms available), there’s an exceptional option for everyone