Sunday, April 22, 2018


TAIC: The Helicopter Line to review safety after four crashes

Queenstown's The Helicopter Line should review its safety systems after four "serious landing accidents" in three years, says the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

Watch: Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis at Shotover Jet

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis got a close look at  Ngāi Tahu Tourism's new cutting edge jet boat near Queenstown today.

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.

Tributes flow for ‘Chief’ as rafters rename river section in his honour

More than 70 family, friends and colleagues of Moana-Roa Keith 'Chief' Haare have paid tribute to the popular rafting guide.

Police: ‘Medical event’ probable cause of popular guide’s death

A preliminary post-mortem into the death of popular Queenstown Rafting guide Moana-Roa Keith 'Chief' Haare suggests he died due to a medical event, say police.

Christchurch Adventure Park secures Qualmark Silver

The Christchurch Adventure Park has been recognised as among the most safe and sustainable tourism businesses in the country.

Asia drives NZ golf tourism growth, other markets flat

Asian players drove growth at New Zealand's top golf courses last year as other major markets reported flat results, according to Tourism New Zealand.

Operator fined $93K after Mack Attack passenger breaks back

A Bay of Islands operator has to pay more than $93,000 in fines following a 2014 accident in which a 60-year old woman suffered a broken back on a boat tour.

TNZ: Valuable boost for golf tourism

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open provided another valuable opportunity to promote New Zealand as a world class golfing destination.  

Cycle trails secure $2.6m funding

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail has been granted $2.4m in funding for it to be extended and upgraded to a multi-day ride.

Normal service resumes after $80K evac day for Real Journeys

Real Journeys cancelled an 8am sailing of its Doubtful Sound cruise today but further trips are operating normally following a slip that trapped 339 tourists yesterday.

International artist to join Dunedin’s street art trail

Dunedin’s popular street art trail will gain two new world-class artworks with international artist Bik Ismo and Christchurch’s Jacob Yikes the latest artists to come to the city.

Waitakere Ranges product at risk after council proposes park closure

Auckland operators are resigned to losing Waitakere Ranges product after the council voted to close the forested areas of the park.

Great Taste Trail re-opens with detours

Despite the recent storm all the businesses associated with Tasman’s Great Taste Trail are open.

Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Conservation The Department of Conservation (DOC) has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across the country proposed. “We would like...

KJet appoints international sales manager

Queenstown jet boat operator KJet is looking to expand in to the wholesale markets with the appointment of a new international sales manager.

After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley

After nearly 20 years Agroventures Adventure Park is changing its name to Velocity Valley.

Award winning eco-adventure product comes to NZ

A new ecotourism and soft nature adventure attraction is coming to New Zealand, with the first Fly-Line operation expected to open next summer.

Tourism Holdings: $3m boost from US tax rate cut

Tourism Holdings could see its net profit jump by up to $3m thanks to incoming tax changes in the United States that will see the company's tax rate slashed by more than a quarter.

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app

Lake Wanaka Tourism has launched a Wanaka Tracks app in time for the busy summer season ahead.

Tourists urged to take care on backcountry roads

DOC is urging tourists to take care when driving on New Zealand's backcountry roads ahead of what is expected to bumper summer season.

“Ripening opportunities” in NZ wine tourism

Developing an online presence and targeting the growth markets of America's and Asia's visitor markets are two crucial factors in unlocking New Zealand’s wine tourism opportunity, according to a new report.

Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund.

Swimmers warned away from Lake Taupō sites

Waikato Regional Council staff have collected samples from algae blooms found during an inspection of south-eastern Lake Taupō swimming sites this weekend.

Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey

Tourism operators and others involved in providing services to people riding the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail this summer are being urged to encourage them to complete a short survey on their experience.

Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal

The Hurunui District Council has confirmed its support for a new Waiau Toa (Clarence)/Molesworth Great Walk to run through the Hurunui District.

Behind the rebrand with Skydive Southern Alps

An exciting brand refresh drawing on New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery and boundless skies sees Glenorchy-based Skydive Southern Alps ready to make its own mark on the domestic and international visitor market.

Milford Sound Scenic Flights expands fleet

Milford Sound Scenic Flights has added a 3rd Cessna Grand Caravan to its already impressive fleet of planes which currently comprises three GA8 Airvans, two Cessna Grand Caravans and three BN Islanders.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism selects apprentice

Warena Jacobs, from Nelson, has started his marine mechanic career at Shotover Jet in Queenstown.

Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle

The Wellington Zipline Adventures (WZA) proposal includes four pairs of ziplines, which would zig-zag down the valley, with wooden take-off and landing decks at each end.

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt's hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka's Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been recognised as New Zealand's best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

Heavy spring snow partially closes Routeburn Track

DOC is advising the alpine section of track will be closed today with 25cm of snow at Routeburn Falls Hut and 40cm in the Harris Basin.

Bungy’s need for Highlands speed

Iconic Central Otago tourism operator AJ Hackett Bungy has teamed up with Highlands motorsport park to launch a new adventure concept which will debut in NZ this weekend.

Christchurch kayak business launches

A flotilla of water crafts on the Avon River have come together to celebrate the launch of Christchurch Sea Kayaking, the new outdoor venture in town.

Air NZ on track with new Short Walks and Day Hikes

Air New Zealand is expanding its long-term Department of Conservation partnership to boost conservation and biodiversity efforts on DOC’s new Short Walks and Day Hikes network.

NZ takes bigger slice of global golf tourism market

New Zealand’s International Golf Tourism Strategy is driving results with golf visitors to marquee courses up 17% in the year to March 2016.

Operator raises funds to protect endangered birds

Queenstown and Glenorchy locals got to experience the world-class Ngāi Tahu Tourism adventures operating in their own backyard over the weekend, with the bonus of helping protect endangered birds.

Cycling Action Network: First NZ Bike Expo a success

The first-ever NZ Bike Expo, which was held in Christchurch on 28-29 October exceeded expectations from exhibitors and visitors alike.

Ziptrek ‘Locals Day’ a soaring success for camp

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating another successful ‘Locals Day’ as over 200 locals ‘took to the trees’ on Sunday to raise money for chosen charity Wakatipu High School Branches Camp.

DOC launches new Short Walks and Day Hikes

New Zealand's new Short Walks and Day Hikes network has been officially launched by the Department of Conservation.

Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners.

NZ one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2018

New Zealand has made it into Lonely Planet's list of top 10 countries to visit in 2018.

Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail

Taumarunui will continue to benefit from New Zealanders and international visitors walking the 3,000km Te Araroa trail following agreement of a revised route.

Milford, Routeburn guided walks awarded Qualmark Gold

Queenstown-based hiking specialists, Ultimate Hikes is kicking off the hiking season on a high, after being awarded Qualmark Gold for its guided walk operations.

Aussies snap up iconic NZ cycle trails operator

A leading Australian adventure travel specialist has acquired iconic central Otago Rail Trail cycling tour operator, Trail Journeys.

Australian agents ride the trails to sell NZ cycling holidays

Australian travel specialists will get first-hand experience of some of New Zealand’s favourite cycle trails to help them promote cycling holidays in New Zealand.

Heli Tours Queenstown achieves Qualmark success

Queenstown commercial scenic flight provider Heli Tours Queenstown is celebrating after being recognized as one of the highest-quality, safe and sustainable tourism businesses in the country.

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.
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