Monday, August 21, 2017
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…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.

New cruise berth will boost economy, relieve Akaroa pressure

The new $56m cruise berth planned for Lyttelton will bring a welcome boost to the Christchurch economy and help relieve pressure on the small town of Akaroa.

Investment leads to early ski season at Mt Ruapehu

A early ski season is expected at Mt Ruapehu after an early dusting of snow and new snowmakers combined to ensure fields would open a month earlier than usual.

Last push to raise funds for rail tunnel

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is calling on the community to help it raise the last funds needed to purchase the property providing access to the disused Chain Hills rail tunnel.

World Masters Games to inject $53m, 266,000 guest nights

The largest event New Zealand has hosted since the 2011 Rugby World Cup starts today with an opening ceremony at Eden Park in Auckland this evening. The World Masters Games 2017 will see more than...

Record summer of concerts delivers $37m boost for Auckland

Music lovers from around New Zealand flocked to Auckland’s outdoor stadiums this summer, boosting the local economy by more than $37M – the city’s most successful outdoor concert season to date.

Rugby 2017 Festival programme launched

Rugby 2017 Festival to celebrate the upcoming Lions Series launched.

Real Journeys hits ‘Go’ on merger

Real Journeys has restructured its business to create two distinct tourism companies.

Long-serving Fish & Game chief to retire

PRESS RELEASE: Fish & Game New Zealand The long-serving head of Fish & Game New Zealand Bryce Johnson is retiring. Mr Johnson has held the position since Fish & Game was established in 1991. He was previously...

Tourism drives hospitality spend up 10% for Q1

Tourist spending has seen hospitality revenues across New Zealand jump by 9.9% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Southland led the way recording a 20% increase in hospitality...

Holiday parks plough $1bn into economy

Total annual spend by holiday park visitors has broken through the $1bn mark despite a drop in daily expenditure. Visitors staying at New Zealand holiday parks contributed a total of $1.07bn annually, split between $490m...

Shotover Jet achieves Qualmark Gold in Sustainable Tourism

Shotover Jet has for the first time achieved a Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business award, with Qualmark confirming the experience as a ‘must do’ Queenstown activity.

ENZED Superstock Team Champs fuel injection of $3.8m

An economic impact survey of attendees at this year’s ENZED Superstock Team Champs has revealed the annual event pumps an estimated $3,764,934 into the economy.

Last reunion of Queenstown aviation pioneers

Queenstown aviation pioneers and their families will gather at Queenstown 7-9 April 2017 for a last reunion.

Coronet Peak launches midweek night skiing

Coronet Peak is bringing out the stars on Wednesdays nights, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience to Wednesdays during July.

Quietlight launches in Southland

David Cary received only two weeks ago his Department of Conservation concession to conduct walking tours through some of Southland's most picturesque landscapes.

Marlborough kicks off international Sauvignon Blanc Day

Marlborough, the region responsible for putting Sauvignon Blanc on the map will be the first globally to kick celebrations off for International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Friday 5th May.

First ever Melbourne Cup cruise from NZ

P&O races towards a record 2018 with first ever Melbourne Cup cruise from New Zealand.

Central Otago ski fields join forces for Winter Games

For the first time all the Central Otago ski areas – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Snow Farm, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone – will host the Winter Games NZ.

Dreamliner favoured for next Dunedin Aurora Australis flight

Organisers of tonight’s inaugural Dunedin Aurora Australis flight are looking to charter a Dreamliner for future trips.

Treble Cone invests in new snowmaking system

Treble Cone is proud to announce that a new snowmaking system will be in place for the 2017 season.

Misha’s Vineyard unveils new tasting room as wine tourism grows

Misha’s Vineyard has opened a Tasting Room in Cromwell as wine tourism in the region booms.

Q&A with White Island Tours’ Jenny Tait

Jenny Tait and her husband Peter started tours to White Island in 1990 with a single boat ferrying six passengers at a time from Whakatane. Today, their business operates four vessels taking up to 350 people a day to the volcanic island.

Ruapehu to tackle Tongariro congestion with transport hub

Ruapehu council is planning to provide almost $1m in funding to help ease track congestion on the Tongariro Crossing and support tourism infrastructure in the region.

Q&A with Dive Tatapouri’s Chris Savage

Chris Savage started in tourism in the late 1980s at Rainbow & Fairy Springs, went travelling and then returned to a desk job in insurance. But the lure of adventure proved too strong and, along with her husband Dean, started a unique boat tour that offers swimming with stingrays.

Q&A with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura’s Lynette Buurman

An experienced traveller and buisnesswoman, Buurman is using all of her skills and knowledge to guide her business through the recovery following the Kaikoura earthquake.

Q&A with TIME Unlimited Tours’ Ceillhe Sperath

Ceillhe Sperath's award winning TIME Unlimited Tours offers excursions around Auckland – and further afield - as well as Māori cultural tours.

New Fullers ferry to cope with tourist demand

Fullers is introducing a new vessel, Capricornian Surfer, dedicated to Devonport to cope with tourism demand.

Golf courses forged by nature draw in the putters

New Zealand’s unique golf courses, many created within landscapes forged by nature are proving a drawcard for international visitors.

Quake delays launch of AJ Hackett’s $2m Nevis Thriller

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand has delayed the opening of its new Queenstown activity after crucial equipment was stranded by the Kaikoura Earthquake.

New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

A new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy.

Q&A with JUCY’s Kat Van Dijk

Kat Van Dijk entered tourism relatively recently when she joined JUCY just over four years ago. She is GM Southern Lakes at what was originally a car rental company but has expanded into campervans, cruise and hotels.

Golf tourism to benefit from $5.5m in govt grants

Golf tourism is expected to benefit from a government injection of $5.5m into two major golfing events.

Q&A with AJ Hackett Bungy’s Tash Lawrence

Tash Lawrence has worked for AJ Hackett New Zealand since she was majoring in tourism at AUT 11 years ago. She was the pioneering tourism company’s first female jump-master in Auckland and has been Auckland sales manager for coming up four years.

Access to natural heritage celebrated at awards

Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience our great outdoors.

Cardrona invests $15m in winter ’17

Cardona Alpine Resort is on track to complete $15m of developments in time for the winter season.

New zipline, kiwis and classic motorcycles among winners of $2.5m TGP funding

Two Rotorua and two Southland attractions have been granted nearly $2.5m in funding from the Tourism Growth Partnership.

Real Journeys’ Richard Lauder on $20m Walter Peak investment and beyond

Real Journeys is embarking on an extensive development programme which will see it pump millions into its major attractions.
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