Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Aussies lead overseas invasion at Air NZ Queenstown Marathon

With less than five weeks to go until race day, an incredible 1,113 Australians have signed up to take part in the variety of events on offer on November 18, and that number is increasing every day.

Inaugural Wellington Heritage Week goes down in history

We’re proud supporters of the inaugural Wellington Heritage Week, which will showcase the history of the capital through events, tours, exhibitions, and behind the scenes sneak peeks from 23-29 October.

Skydive the Beach statement on triple fatality

Skydive the Beach Group Limited confirms that three people died following a skydiving accident near the company's Mission Beach dropzone last Friday.

Gay Ski Week QT nominated for Australian LGBTI award

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event - Gay Ski Week QT continues to go from strength to strength with its recent nomination in the Australian LGBTI Awards – ‘Destination Category’.

Cardrona: Record ski season spurs $20m investment

This year's record winter ski season will help spur $20m worth of investment in facilities, says Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Go Orange appoints general manager

After an extensive search for the right candidate, adventure tourism company Go Orange welcomes former Real Journeys Queenstown operations manager Luke Taylor as its General Manager.  

Chris Jolly Outdoors launches cultural cruise experience

This summer, visitors to the Great Lake Taupo region can look forward to a new Maori cultural offering with Chris Jolly Outdoors’ Taurikura Maori Cultural Scenic Cruise.

Nominations open for champions of public access to outdoors

The Walking Access Commission is calling for nominations of people and groups who are champions of public access to the outdoors.

New Great Walks – have your say

The Department of Conservation (DOC) says there’s a high level of interest in its call to find out from iwi, communities and others where they think New Zealand’s next Great Walks should be.

Mt Hutt opens highest spa pool in the country

Not only officially New Zealand’s best ski resort two years in a row, plus the best snowfall at a Kiwi ski field this year but now also the highest altitude spa pool in the country.

The votes are in for Ziptrek’s Locals Day recipient

Queenstown’s vibrant community has spoken – rallying together to vote for the voluntary organisation which will receive thousands of dollars from an annual fundraising day.

Report: Freedom campers offer unique opportunities

The typical freedom camper who visits the Selwyn district is German, under 30 years of age and in search of eco-tourism attractions.

Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival

New Zealand is set to welcome some of the most influential astrophysicists in the world, as part of the third Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.

Ski season boosts holiday numbers in August

August was a boom month for holidaymakers coming to New Zealand according to the latest International Travel and Migration figures.

Social media campaign breaks backpacker barriers

Today’s backpackers are a discerning bunch on the lookout for authentic, inspirational experiences.

Dedication to adventure recognised at NZOIA Awards

A Bay of Plenty man who has directed some of NZ’s most respected outdoor education centres and a Queenstown-based guide who spent a year on a sub-Antarctic island were among nine outstanding Kiwis recognised for excellence in outdoor leadership on Saturday. 

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts secures 60-year license for Tūroa

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has secured a new license that could see it operate Mt Ruapehu's Tūroa ski field for another sixty years.

Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient

The company is giving its local community the chance to vote on which one of three local voluntary organisations should receive thousands of dollars from their annual fundraising day.

Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade

Work to upgrade the popular Roys Peak Track vehicle facilities will begin this week.

Ziptrek Ecotours appoints first social, digital media guru

Innovative zipline company Ziptrek Ecotours has this week appointed experienced influencer Joe Di-Gesse as its first social media and digital guru.

Kiwi Ingenuity of “Black Water Rafting” Continues to Thrill – 30 Years On

One of New Zealand’s most iconic adventure tourism offerings - Black Water Rafting - celebrates 30 years this month.

New shopping tour to Greytown launches

An exciting new day tour designed to encourage visitors to Greytown from Wellington will be launched this week.

TNZ, DOC select first Great Day and Great Short walks

The first nineteen walks set to become part of a New Zealand-wide network of Great Day and Great Short walks have been selected.

Wednesday Letter: Cycling to prosperity

Following the inaugural Cycle Tourism Business Summit, organiser Dave Bamford of the Timber Trail Lodge, tells the Ticker about the growing number of international visitors on NZ's Great Rides, how ebikes are transforming the industry, and why collaboration and social license are vital for success.

TNZ: Special interest activities continuing to deliver

New Zealand’s golf, cycling, walking & hiking, ski and food and wine offering is continuing to attract international visitors who stay longer, visit more regions and spend more.

365 activities, 365 days: The takeaways from a year’s worth of NZ experiences

Robin Gayraud and Laura Symonds, publishers of the BackpackerGuide.NZ, travelled New Zealand in a campervan to take on 365 activities in 365 days.

An Operator’s View: Black Water Rafting’s Angus Stubbs

As Black Water Rafting celebrates 30 years this month, operations manager Angus Stubbs tells us how the business has evolved since it launched off the back of a ute, coping with growth that has seen 200 customers a summer become 200 a day, and how caving was a family affair for the Waitomo local. 

Dig This Invercargill to open 2nd October

New Zealand’s first heavy equipment playground, Dig This Invercargill, will officially open on Monday 2 October 2017.

BYATA Learns how to ‘Future Proof’ in Wellington

Future proofing New Zealand as a tourism destination was the focus of the eighth annual Backpacker Youth & Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA) Conference held in Wellington at Te Papa recently.

QLDC: Near-drowning a reminder for water safety

QLDC wishes to remind anyone visiting lakes or rivers in the district to take extra care around the water after a 26-year old backpacker was rescued after nearly drowning.

Cruise 2017: Record delegates converge on Auckland

A record number of delegates are converging on Auckland today for the first full day of the Cruise New Zealand 2017 Conference. 

Freedom camping crackdown in National Party tourism policy

The National Party has promised to introduce new rules to crack down on freedom camping if it is re-elected.

Great Walk fees to double for international visitors

International tourists will be charged twice as much as New Zealanders to walk some of the country's most popular trails if the National Party is re-elected to government.

Clearview Estate: “Striving to reflect the best of Hawke’s Bay”

For almost 30 years, Clearview Estate has been a favourite destination for Hawke’s Bay visitors and locals alike.

Southern Lakes boost from bumper Winter Games

The Southern Lakes region is set to benefit from New Zealand’s largest recurring sporting event, the Audi quattro Winter Games, which kicks off tonight.

Australians encouraged to explore South Island cycle trails

Three South Island cycle trails feature in the latest TNZ promotion to get more Australians thinking about and planning a cycling based Kiwi holiday.

Culture, community and Whale Watch Kaikōura

Strong leadership at a local level and sheer hard work have helped Whale Watch Kaikōura become the international success it is today.

…while applications open for Great Rides grants

Applications are now open for round seven of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

Active Adventures on Blue Sky private equity deal

Queenstown tour operator Action Adventures has spoken publicly about its deal with Australian private equity firm Blue Sky.

Motorhome Friendly status – a tourism boost for two towns

South Taranaki towns Hawera and Opunake were officially welcomed into the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s nationwide Motorhome Friendly scheme.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints GM jet boat experiences

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Jolanda Cave to a new executive role that will provide leadership to its jet boat businesses.

Rainbow’s End CEO steps down

Rainbow's End chief executive Chris Deere has stepped down from his role and will leave the company at the end of the year.

Hassle-free Tours launches $2m expansion to Auckland, Queenstown

Christchurch-based Hassle-free Tours is expanding to Auckland and Queenstown in a $2m drive to push into new markets.

Taieri Gorge Railway affected by recent rain event

Due to damage caused by the recent rain event in the South Island, The Taieri Gorge Railway, operated by Dunedin Railways will not be operating its scheduled excursions over the next ten days.

NZ’s first commercial ski field, Coronet Peak, turns 70

In 1947, Coronet Peak in Queenstown opened with just a rope tow pulling keen skiers up a mountain, the first commercial ski field to open in New Zealand.

An Operator’s View: Whispering Trails’ Maria Kire

Maria Kire from Hokianga's Whispering Trails tells us about turning a lifestyle into a business, combining cultural and eco-tourism, and how the young business recently won a $30,000 development grant.

More Kiwis walking Te Araroa trail

The number of Kiwis walking the national Te Araroa trail is on the rise, with approximately one in five walkers hailing from cities, towns and rural communities across New Zealand.

LATE at the Museum returns

Auckland Museum’s LATE at the Museum returns for its tenth year of smart talks and live entertainment.

Work to begin on new Great Walk

Construction is set to start by the end of the month on the new Great Walk in Paparoa National Park in memory of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster.

Off Road Adventures launches new expeditions

One of Queenstown's longest-standing adventure tourism companies is revving up the adventure experience to a whole new level.

An Operator’s View: Coronet Peak’s Nigel Kerr

Coronet Peak’s ski area manager, Nigel Kerr, on what's changed in the snow industry, what hasn't, and what's happening at one of the country's most popular ski fields.

Big numbers loving Splash

It has been another great year for Splash Planet, with almost 113,000 people through the gates over its six month season.

Mother Nature delivers Mt Ruapehu snow

Steady snowfall over the last few days at Mt Ruapehu has arrived in perfect time for the school holidays - and more snow is forecast.

West Coast Cycle Trail brings companies together

The success of the West Coast Wilderness Trail has bought Hokitika-based shuttle company Wilderness Shuttles together with Christchurch-based Cycle Journeys, to enable them to establish a ‘one-stop’ point of contact for the trail.

An Operator’s View: Waimarino Group’s Blair Anderson

Waimarino Group’s director, Blair Anderson, on changing international perception of the regions, breaking into the cruise ship market, and first learning about the tourism distribution chain down at the pub.

Rainbow’s End: “material decline in visitors” after Dreamworld tragedy

Rainbow’s End in Auckland suffered a “material decline in visitors” following last year’s Dreamworld tragedy in Australia, according to the attraction's owner, Rangatira Investments.

$528,000 NZ Cycle Trail boost

The Government is investing $528,000 in 12 new projects for the upkeep of the Great Rides of New Zealand Cycle Trail, Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner has announced.

Waimarino to launch new night-time, cultural products

Bay of Plenty tourism stalwart, Waimarino Group, is developing two new products to add to its kayaking operation.

Winter is here! Treble Cone opens tomorrow.

This weekend the wintery weather enabled the hardworking Snow Makers to complement the natural snow fall from the weekend, which ensures that Treble Cone Ski Area will open Saddle Basin, Home Basin, Nice ‘n’ Easy Platter and the Magic Carpet.

Coronet Peak opens all lifts

Coronet Peak, Queenstown’s closest ski field, has opened all eight of its lifts, one of the first in New Zealand to do so.

An Operator’s View: Earth & Sky’s Margaret Munro

Earth & Sky GM Margaret Munro on the operator’s new partnership with China Southern Airlines, the challenges of hiring skilled staff, and the progress being made on its joint venture with Ngāi Tahu, the International Astronomy Centre at Lake Tekapo

Te Araroa trail contributing millions to regional NZ

Business is booming for cafés, dairies, campsites and other enterprises along the length of New Zealand’s national Te Araroa Trail.

Tourism boon predicted from Great Barrier dark sky status

Great Barrier Island, located 100 kilometres north-east of central Auckland, has become the first island in the world to be designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.

An Operator’s View: Haka Tourism Group’s Ryan Sanders

In the week his Haka Tourism Group celebrates its 10th birthday, founder Ryan Sanders tells us about the group's move upmarket, building a brand around New Zealand as a tourist destination and his expansion plans for the next decade.

Sellers bank $400K after skydivers smash jump target

Skydive Wanaka has broken through the 17,000 tandem jumps target set by Skydive the Beach allowing the Otago operation's previous owners to bank $400,000.

Audio: THL upgrades profit forecast to $29.5m

Booming tourism has seen Tourism Holdings raise its full-year net profit forecast from $27m to $29.5m, a 21% increase on the previous period.

Wednesday Letter: Access must work for all, not just tourists

Ensuring access for tourists to rivers for fishing, forests for hunting and trails for tramping, cycling and horse-riding is vital but that access must be suited to the needs of locals and landowners too, writes New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Asher Wilson-Goldman.

Mastercard: Domestic market increasingly on the move

New Zealanders are increasingly exploring their own country with visiting loved ones the main reason for travelling.

Haka Tours goes premium with Haka Black

Ryan Sanders’ Haka Tours is moving upmarket with the launch of a new Black Label premium product.

New sightseeing experience at Cardrona

With the new McDougall’s Chondola this winter, we’re very excited to launch a new Sightseeing product at Cardrona for the 2017 season & beyond.

Treble Cone on standby

Due to some unusually warm temperatures over the past week, the Home Basin has insufficient snow cover to proceed with opening day.

Whale Watch wins World Tourism Award

Kaikoura's Whale Watch has won the Australasian Responsible Tourism Award at this year's World Tourism Awards.

$10m Chondola launches as skiers hit southern slopes

Cardrona's $10m McDougall's Express Chondola made its season debut with the opening of the Cardrona ski field.

An Operator’s View: Explore Group’s Kit Nixon

Explore Group's chief executive Kit Nixon tells us why the boat cruise and tour company set sail up the value curve, expanding overseas and delivering unique maritime experiences.

Mt Hutt opens today – the South Island ski season begins!

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt in Canterbury, opens today, marking the start of the South Island ski season.

Weather dampens Rainbow’s End, Polynesian Spa owner’s earnings

A wet summer has contributed to flat earnings for the owner of Rotorua's Polynesian Spa and Auckland's Rainbow's End. Rangatira Investments has reported operating earnings for the year to March 2017 of $11.7m, up slightly...

Christchurch named NZ’s favourite place to ride

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced that Christchurch has taken out the inaugural Top Town Award in the NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition.

Queenstown Trails Trust targets $30,000 fundraising

PRESS RELEASE: Queenstown Trails Trust The Queenstown Trails Trust is spearheading a major fundraising appeal during June in a bid to boost membership and provide all important funding support for on-going trail development in the Wakatipu. CEO...

Good information key to managing freedom camping behaviour

Ensuring travellers continue to get plenty of good information on freedom camping rules and etiquette will be a priority for next summer.

Destination Great Lake Taupō launches winter campaign

Destination Great Lake Taupō has just launched its winter campaign, positioning the region as a top winter ski holiday destination.

Record Kiwis take up cruising

A record 90,184 New Zealanders sailed the world's oceans on a cruise holiday in 2016 with a 36 per cent leap in passenger numbers helping to make the country one of the world’s top performing markets.

Explore appoints new GM – Bay of Islands

Explore has appointed Ross Brljevich as General Manager – Bay of Islands, a position he will commence in early September.

BUDGET 2017: Disappointment for NZ recreation industry

The New Zealand Recreation Association expressed concern about the budget, saying the decision not to spend more on recreation is likely to impact negatively on individuals and communities around the country.

Skyline faces Ziptrek objections to $100m gondola plan

Ziptrek Ecotours’ director Trent Yeo will today give evidence in Skyline Enterprises’ application for a $100m redevelopment in Queenstown.

Prime Minister’s Fellow visits Agrodome

Prime Minister’s Fellow from the Philippines, Secretary of the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco, visited Rotorua’s Agrodome today to learn more about New Zealand agriculture and Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

Albatross chick needs a name

For the second year running the Department of Conservation is inviting people to help name the internet’s most famous albatross chick.

New tourism hub for historic high country station

A historic central Otago high country station is creating a new Wanaka tourism hub by expanding its experiences offer.

UNWTO: Enormous potential in gastronomy tourism

Food tourism offers enormous potential in stimulating world economies according to a new paper from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Fish & Game offers to work with Southland council

Southland Fish & Game is welcoming the Southland District Council withdrawal of its High Court appeal on the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail.

InterCity plumps for JUCY with new Milford Sound deal

InterCity Group has ended its commercial relationship with Southern Discoveries Milford Sound cruises and will instead feed its passengers on to JUCY vessels.

DOC refutes Oparara “developer” claims

Contrary to recent media reports, DOC has not committed to any “theme park” style development in the Oparara Basin.

Nomad goes 360° as it expands offering

Nomad Safaris, Queenstown’s oldest off-road tour company, has introduced two new activities to its adventure menu for 2017.

Treble Cone gets its guns out

Treble Cone are proud to announce extra snowmaking facilities for the 2017 season.

New CEO for Queenstown Trails Trust

PRESS RELEASE: Queenstown Trails Trust The Queenstown Trails Trust has appointed respected Queenstown businessman and elite sportsman Mark (Willy) Williams as its new chief executive. Chairman Tony McQuilkin says Williams, who replaces Mandy Kennedy as CEO, brings...

Australians motivated to pedal their way to a Kiwi adventure

A new campaign is encouraging Australians to break away from their everyday routine and explore New Zealand by bike.

China-NZ Year of Tourism opportunities on the horizon

Auckland is gearing up to seize opportunities created by the official bilateral ‘China-New Zealand Year of Tourism’ in 2019.

Aviation industry slams CAA fees increase

Aviation NZ has slammed new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) fees that could increase costs on flight operators by tens of thousands of dollars. The fees hike, due to be implemented on July 1 following the...

Emphasis on off-peak domestic travel vital for tourism growth

It’s clear Kiwis like to travel. In 2016 New Zealand residents made 2.6 million short-term trips overseas – double the number made in 2000.

Fiordland & Te Anau to host Godzone Chapter 7

The stunning natural features of New Zealand’s World Heritage Fiordland will be on show next year as the location for the world’s largest adventure race, GODZone.

New Zealand tourism talent exported to Las Vegas

A unique New Zealand adventure tourism experience favoured by celebrities including Fast and Furious’ film star Michelle Rodriguez is heading to Sin City.
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