The city has been campaigning for cruises for years.
One forked out $214 - far more than the $52 it should have cost.
Winners at the Golden Globe Awards could end up flocking to Arthur's Pass for a luxury stay.
The West Coast track reopens today after it was closed in 2022 due to bad weather.
The tourist tax will continue to be enforced on a per-visit basis from next year.
Auckland's Park Hyatt hotel and luxury resort Wharekauhau Country Estate also won honours.
"You heard her T-Bone, New Zealand needs you."
Smaller, more sustainable businesses are cropping up in remote areas, hoping to attract some of the millions who visit the country each year.
The government and local operators are turning to them for guidance and help.