Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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Announcements

Health warning lifted for Lake Taupō

The health warning issued for parts of Lake Taupo has now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.

e-Gates open to more nationalities this summer

Travellers from France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands now have the green light to use the Customs eGates (formerly known as SmartGate) from today.

National: Tourism continues as big earner for Otago

New tourism statistics show how significant the sector is to this region and this country’s economy.

Holiday parks still taking bookings for summer

New Zealand’s holiday parks are more popular than ever but Kiwi holidaymakers should still be able to find room in all but the most popular destinations.

Bula! Air New Zealand boosts Fiji flights from Christchurch

Air New Zealand will fly nearly 6000 extra seats on its seasonal service between Christchurch and Fiji in 2018, an increase of more than 40 percent.

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.

TIA: Councils encouraged to apply for next round of TIF

TIA is strongly encouraging councils to put in applications to the next funding round to take advantage of the opportunity to secure investment into projects that will support the growth of tourism.

More sustainable funding needed for tourism

Local Government New Zealand says the first round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help some councils meet the infrastructure challenges posed by booming tourism numbers.

TSS Earnslaw named one of Otago’s most significant heritage sites

Queenstown’s 105-year-old steamship TSS Earnslaw, was today recognised as one of 12 significant Otago landmark heritage sites.

Wildlife benefit from SH1 reopening

A group of international seabird scientists will be among the first using the reopened highway to Kaikoura today.

Millbrook wins planning approval for $45m development

Queenstown’s award-winning Millbrook Resort is celebrating a major milestone - taking the next step towards developing a neighbouring farm into a new golf course interspersed with high-end residential homes.

Southern Discoveries recommits to help threatened species

A movement to protect some of New Zealand’s most precious native species has been given another vital boost with Southern Discoveries renewing its sponsorship of the Sinbad Sanctuary Project.

Air NZ and Virgin boost Auckland-Brisbane services

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have announced changes to one of their key alliance routes driven by an improved demand outlook.

Napier Port: “Fantastic” cruise season helps drive record result

Napier Port has released its annual results for the 2017 financial year, reporting record cargo volumes and a strong financial result.

Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

Jetstar will operate between Wellington and Queenstown three times a week from March next year, providing travellers with a choice on the route for the first time since 2013.

NZ helicopter company wins international recognition

Christchurch Helicopters has won the prestigious Salute to Excellence “Humanitarian Service” Helicopter Association International award for 2018.

Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership

InterContinental Wellington and Weta Studio Tours are excited to launch an exciting partnership.

All abuzz with bees for The Rees

Neighbours within a 3km radius of award-winning Queenstown property, The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences will come eye to eye with its new little community ambassadors this summer.

New marketing manager for Wairakei Resort and Chateau Tongariro

Marketing and communications professional Ash Palmer has been appointed the Marketing Manager for Wairakei Resort and Chateau Tongariro.

City boundary signs get the brand treatment

Visitors travelling into the city will soon be greeted by refreshed city boundary signage using the well-established Dunedin brand logo, enhancing the arrival experience with a welcome that reflects the unique city identity.

Ruapehu launches new brand

Two milestone events in support of Ruapehu business development and Council’s goal of increasing jobs, incomes and opportunities took place at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel last week.

Air NZ charters aircraft to meet summer schedule

Air New Zealand has leased two aircraft to help maintain its timetable during the unscheduled maintenance of some Rolls-Royce engines on its 787-9 fleet.

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.

Record dry days for Christchurch Airport while West Coast soaks

The record number of dry days* in a row recorded at Christchurch Airport was 45 days and this was seen during September/October 1954.

LGNZ: Under pressure councils would welcome visitor levy

Local Government New Zealand says sustainable and sufficient funding source for tourism infrastructure is vital and strongly supports a visitor levy as an equitable option for achieving this.

Boost to Auckland-Singapore services

Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines have announced they will jointly launch a third daily flight between Auckland and Singapore from 28 October 2018, boosting capacity on the route by up to 40 percent and adding more than 165,000 seats annually between the two cities.

Invercargill to get a ‘Rev Up’ in new event

The Invercargill City Council is looking to kick-start the New Year by launching a new event to help show how the city centre can shine with a bit of cut-and-polish!

Mt Ruapehu’s long-serving GM to leave

Thirty-six years ago Steve McGill headed to Mt Ruapehu for a ski season - a trip that turned into a lifelong career on the mountain.

Queenstown Airport: Sustainable aviation hub for Wanaka welcomed

Queenstown Airport today welcomed a community-fostered vision to develop Wanaka Airport as a “sustainable aviation hub for the region”.

New Zealand on a winner at PCOA Conference

Last week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) conference proved to be a winner for delegates who visited the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle returns

The popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle will be operating over the busy 2017/18 summer holiday season, along with longer opening hours at the Hahei Village Entrance car park.

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

Heritage Christchurch has secured two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 which were announced over the weekend at a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties.

…and so does The Spire Hotel at Queenstown

Luxury Queenstown accommodation quarters, The Spire Hotel, has been named ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Romantic Hotel’ and ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Small Hotel’ at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Switzerland over the weekend.

Ziptrek Ecotours launches new Queenstown tour

Find your wings, fly like a bird and zoom through the treetops before a swooping 21m drop – welcome to the latest eco-thrill from Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours.

ChristchurchNZ: Successful city economy critical to NZ

A successful Christchurch economy is critical to Canterbury and national GDP, making government investment to complete the rebuild a must.

Airport advice for international travellers this summer

Auckland Airport advises passengers travelling internationally in December 2017 and January 2018 to allow an extra 30 minutes for their journey through the terminal building.

Dunedin Harbour vision on display at Toitū

The public are invited to see Damien Van Brandenburg’s vision about how the city could look in the future.

Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation

The rise of Airbnb’s popularity in Christchurch has seen guest nights in the city bounce back to near pre-earthquake levels.

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.

Ramaroa opening adds new dimension to Queen Elizabeth Park

The rich Maori, European and natural heritage of Queen Elizabeth Park is now on display with the opening of Ramaroa, the brand new heritage centre at the park’s Mackays Crossing entrance.

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.

Historic architecture and fine wine combine this summer

Ahuriri’s iconic National Tobacco Company building, which closed last year for maintenance and redevelopment, is open for business.

DOC: Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are urged to be fire wise this summer as warm, dry weather persists in the south.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism selects apprentice

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

Over The Top welcomes an ‘over the top’ helicopter

Queenstown luxury helicopter operator, Over The Top, unveiled their latest helicopter at a launch event held at their Queenstown airport base.

Larnach Castle achieves Qualmark trifecta

All three of the Larnach Castle Qualmark assessed products meet the Gold Sustainable tourism business criteria.

Green Jersey Explorer Tours goes international

Martinborough-based Green Jersey Explorer Tours is going international and taking a cycle tour to France in 2018.

Extensive upgrade planned for the zoo’s chimp habitat

Wellington Zoo’s resident chimpanzees will be seeing an update to their habitat in 2018 thanks to a new project supported with funding from Pub Charity Limited and Wellington City Council.

Real Journeys reopens Te Anau visitor centre

Real Journeys is ensuring visitors to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound enjoy a remarkable experience every step of the way, with the official opening of its new visitor centre in Te Anau.

Air NZ’s Dreamliner goes year-round to Adelaide

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is set to become an even more frequent sight in the skies above Adelaide with the airline announcing plans to deploy the aircraft on the Auckland – Adelaide route year-round.

Go Bus launches Savy service

Go Bus has launched the first on-demand ridesharing transport solution of its kind in New Zealand.

Tourism NZ fosters China’s next generation of skiers

Chinese skiers are visiting New Zealand during China’s off-season to hone their skills on our South Island ski fields.

Work to restore Roxburgh’s water, sewerage, road access

Work to restore Roxburgh’s water supply, sewerage system and road access into town is continuing with one eye on the weather.

Ruapehu Easter Sunday trading rules under review

All Ruapehu shops will be able to decide for themselves if they want to open on Easter Sunday next year if a Draft Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy being consulted on is adopted by Council.

Winners of UNWTO Awards announced

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announces the winners of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and the UNWTO Ethics Award.

Singapore Airlines’ top holiday travel tips

With the festive season fast approaching, Kiwis are preparing to make the most of the traditional summer holiday period.

Two years in two minutes: Memorial Avenue airport bridge

New time-lapse footage released today by the NZ Transport Agency shows the dramatic transformation of one of Christchurch’s busiest intersections, the new Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge.

Festival of Lights injects $4.6m, attracts 8000 visitors

A survey on the New Plymouth District Council-run TSB Festival of Lights has highlighted the significant contribution the summer spectacular is making to the region’s economy.

Resilient Wellington attracts crisis response conference

Wellington’s status as a resilient city was a drawcard for securing a conference that will bring hundreds of experts in crisis management to the city in November 2018. 

Avis, P&O Cruises, Flight Centre among winners at Quality Services Awards

The results of the annual Reader’s Digest Quality Services Awards are out, revealing which New Zealand businesses most satisfy their clients.

Cruise Lines International signs MoU with NZ Cruise

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia has announced that it has signed Memoranda of Understandings with the Australian Cruise Association and the New Zealand Cruise Association.

NZ School of Tourism partners with Chinese airline

A new partnership between New Zealand’s largest travel and tourism school and one of China’s fastest growing airlines is creating global opportunities for aspiring flight attendants.

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.

SkyCity to end chief innovation officer role

SkyCity Entertainment Group has ditched its Chief Innovation Officer role with current CIO Sonya Crosby to leave the position in January.

Christchurch-based autumn breaks promoted to Australians

A new campaign is underway to get more Australians basing themselves in Christchurch for an autumn holiday next year.

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 launches to Australian conference organisers

Delegates at next week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) Conference and Exhibition will be invited to experience New Zealand for CINZ MEETINGS 2018.

Kelly Tarlton’s: NZ’s first interactive turtle rehabilitation plan launches

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, has announced that from 11 December, New Zealanders can experience the country’s first interactive turtle rehabilitation experience, Turtle Rescue.

Air NZ, government scope new tree planting fund

Air New Zealand says it is working with the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries to explore the establishment of a new tree planting fund.

Eden Park reigns supreme at EVANZ Awards

Eden Park has won the Supreme Venue of the Year awards at this year’s Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards.

Te Papa’s Mahuki teams showcase tech innovations

Eight entrepreneurial teams from Te Papa’s Mahuki technology incubator unveiled business propositions which provide digital solutions to challenges faced by cultural organisations worldwide.

Daylight opening hours for SH1 around Kaikoura

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed the initial hours of operation for State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura will be 7am until 8.30pm, when the road reopens next month.

Thai Airways daily Dreamliner adds 1200 seats a week

Thai Airways has launched daily Dreamliner flights between Auckland and Bangkok, giving New Zealand extra capacity to take advantage of fast-growing ties with Thailand.

Auckland Airport to open second stage, names retailers joining hub

Auckland Airport has announced further details of the upgrade of its international departure area, including some of the new brands that will feature in its international retail hub.

SkyCity poaches NZME chief marketing officer

SkyCity Entertainment Group has appointed Liza McNally to the newly created role of chief marketing officer.

eGates open to Chinese travellers

The first Chinese travellers to officially use the Customs eGates (formerly known as SmartGate) have been welcomed at Auckland International Airport.

NZ Māori Tourism rolls out red carpet

New Zealand Māori Tourism is welcoming a high profile Chinese delegation, led by Mr Li Shihong, Vice Chairman China National Tourism Administration, to Wellington today.

Queenstown Marathon sets new records

Record numbers will set off in a variety of events at this Saturday’s Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon.

Rainbow’s End recognised at prestigious international awards

Competing against top theme parks worldwide NZ based theme park Rainbow’s End was thrilled to come away with a major award at the Brass Rings 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions ( IAAPA ) awards.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints new GM Experience Operations

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Emma Gardiner its new general manager of Experience Operations.

Skyline Enterprises appoints China/Asia sales manager

Skyline Enterprises has appointed Tracy Cui its new China/Asia Sales Manager for the Skyline Group.

Bluebridge appoints new ferries sales manager

Tourism and sales specialist Adam Taylor-Eruera has been appointed as Bluebridge Sales Manager for New Zealand and International.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving launches

Wellingtonians have a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the future of their city’s transport and need to make sure their views are known, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.

MOTAT marketing recognised

MOTAT’s focus on using past, present and future Kiwi technology, innovation and heritage to inspire its audience has seen it win a prestigious award.

NZ takes fresh approach at 10th PCOA Conference

The 100% Pure New Zealand hub promises to be a welcoming space for delegates to engage and network at this month’s Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association conference.

Kaikōura Harbour back in business

The Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi has announced that the Kaikōura Harbour is open again after being badly damaged in the 14 November 2016 earthquake.

Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection

A year on it is pleasing to see progress made, delivering some respite for residents and truck drivers.

Tourism NZ launches Philippines jvs, signs airline MOU

New Zealand is becoming increasingly popular among Filipino travellers and visitor numbers are set to grow following the launch of several Tourism New Zealand ventures.

Tourism a key focus at NZ, China mayoral talks

Tourism will feature as one of the key discussion points at next month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum. 

Wherewolf named Deloitte’s “One To Watch”

Wherewolf - the app for adventure tourism operators, has been named the ‘Rising Star - One To Watch’ at Deloitte New Zealand’s Fast 50 national awards in Auckland last week.

Tourism students given financial boost

Three Kiwi school-leavers planning a career in tourism each got a $2500 financial boost today as the recipients of the 2018 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.

Five base options proposed for $1bn America’s Cup

Auckland Council’s Governing Body will next week be asked to approve a team base location for hosting the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

Kaikōura’s native species & conservation areas – a year later

DOC staff have had a busy year managing the impacts of the November 2016 earthquake on native species and conservation areas and that work continues.

Len Lye Centre pumps $7.4m into district

New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre has pumped $7.4m into the district and brought more than 17,000 visitors to the region in 2016, according to a new report.

Biosecurity x-ray trial targets hand baggage

A new biosecurity x-ray machine targeting hand baggage carried by international air passengers will be trialled at Auckland Airport this summer.

Airways NZ reports strong full year result

The state-owned enterprise (SOE) achieved a Group Net Operating Profit after Tax (NOPAT) of $23.7 million in the financial year ending 30 June, 2017.

Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue

Local Government New Zealand says funding growth infrastructure is the highest priority for councils and welcomes the Government’s plans to review local government costs and revenue. 

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

Melissa Shaw has joined Sofitel Wellington as General Manager, bringing decades of experience in the luxury accommodation industry.

Air New Zealand first airline to join global EV movement

Reinforcing its leadership position in the shift to electric vehicles, Air New Zealand has been announced as the first airline to join The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

USA’s west coast wowed by Maori culture

The popular Tuku Iho exhibition has been a backdrop for training that has seen around 600 travel sellers from America schooled up on New Zealand.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom prepares to open

Foxton’s much anticipated tourism and community services centre, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, is set to open its doors on Saturday 18 November 2017.

Air NZ lifts capacity by 90,000 seats for summer

The airline will operate 2.2 million seats across its domestic network over the peak December-January period, 90,000 more than the same period last year. 

QLDC clarifies visitor accommodation rules

Queenstown Lakes District Council unanimously voted to proceed with public notification of revised rules for Residential Visitor Accommodation, at its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.

Air New Zealand named top airline in Oceania

Air New Zealand has been named Best Airline in Oceania at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards.

$15m upgrade boosts Mt Ruapehu ski season

A new look ski season centred around a multi million-dollar upgrade has paid off in success for Mt Ruapehu.

Wellington, Auckland win big at recreation industry awards

The 2017 award winners represent the quality recreation opportunities available in New Zealand.

New tracking technology for Air NZ cargo

Air New Zealand is rolling out new tracking technology which will allow the airline to more easily track and analyse the movements of cargo shipments and its cargo equipment worldwide.

Airwork to delist from NZX

China's Rifa Jair Company has taken full ownership of Airwork Holdings and will delist the company from the New Zealand Stock Exchange, NZX.

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.

Bus, train workers to protest Auckland Transport

Bus drivers and train managers are uniting on Friday morning to deliver two petitions to Auckland Transport protesting the degradation of both bus and train services.

QLDC: Visitor accommodation rules to be reconsidered

Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider proposed new rules on Residential Visitor Accommodation at an extraordinary meeting today.

Convention Centre concrete pour good news for city

The message to conference organisers is loud and clear – Christchurch will soon be back on the national and international conferencing circuit on a much larger scale.

Warning to drone operators near Auckland Airport

Police are reminding drone operators of their responsibility to comply with Civil Aviation rules after two reported incidents near Auckland Aiport on Sunday evening.

Kākā adventure app launches in Wellington

Young Wellingtonians will be treated to an immersive adventure in Central Park this November, blending the virtual with the real world to help rescue NZ’s wildlife from predators.

Coromandel launches first regional Food Forum

Stunning scenery, seafood and sharing industry information was the main course of the day for the Coromandel's first Food Forum held this week.

Japanese famils showcase NZ regions in spring

Japanese travel specialists have experienced New Zealand springtime first-hand this year, with three famil groups visiting picturesque North and South Island regions since September.

Tourism and travel specialist to lead transport group marketing

Mischa Mannix-Opie has been appointed as Group Head of Marketing and Communications for Bluebridge, Strait Shipping, Freight Lines and Streamline Freight.

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch

The 12-month arrivals-only flight paths trial will commence later this week and is part of a nationwide programme called New Southern Sky.

Queenstown student awarded tourism scholarship

One lucky Queenstown student has been granted a scholarship to give her the ultimate kickstart in New Zealand’s booming tourism industry.

Hospitality’s future leaders recognised with $3000 scholarships

The winners of Hospitality NZ/SKY Future Leader Scholarships have been announced.  

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.

SH1 north of Kaikoura scheduled to re-open 15 December

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed plans to open State Highway 1 (SH1) north of Kaikoura to traffic on Friday 15 December, restoring the coastal highway link from Picton to Christchurch.

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.

Paymark: Regions lead growth into Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and the shopping rush is starting to build. The pre-Christmas build-up starts gradually in November and climbs to a frenzy of activity in the last few days.

F.A.W.C! Summer Series kicks off with a bang

F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classics 2017 Summer Series kicked off on Friday with the annual F.A.W.C! Launch Party with Hawkes Bay Winemakers at Black Barn Vineyards.

Skyline Queenstown to host celebrations for Gondola’s 50th birthday

Skyline Queenstown is set to host two community events to celebrate its 50th anniversary this month.

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ launches new website…

An interactive new website for AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand captures the excitement, thrill and attitude of an iconic Kiwi experience – Bungy jumping – through a new-look design featuring animation, video, and engaging imagery.

…while AJ Hackett International launches new attraction

World-leading Kiwi adventure tourism pioneer AJ Hackett has opened a major tourism venture in Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

Real Journeys announces three key appointments

Appointments have been made for three key senior roles at Real Journeys. Carmen White will become the new Director of Sales, Hannah Ballantyne is now Chief Financial Officer and Brenden Winder will become the company’s first Group Environmental Health & Safety Manager.

Grand Chancellor Hotels expands NZ, Australia HQ

As Hospitality and Tourism continues to be a vital industry in Australasia, Grand Chancellor Hotels responds by growing their Australia and New Zealand Corporate Head Office team.

NZICC appoints Garrick Loft Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand

Garrick Loft has been appointed as Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

E tū challenges Aerocare after clipboard sucked into Jetstar engine

E tū Aviation is challenging the aviation ground crew company, Aerocare to reveal its training regime and working conditions after a clipboard was sucked into the engine of a Jetstar plane serviced by the company.

Video: Thirty years of KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine celebrated

One of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, KiwiRail’s iconic TranzAlpine train journey, has marked 30 years of operation with celebrations in Christchurch and Greymouth.

Mayor: $35m Whanganui redevelopment has potential “to bring millions”

Whanganui District Council has thrown its weight behind a proposed $34.9m re-development of the historic Sarjeant Gallery to help secure $16m of government funding.

Virtuoso Strings reigns supreme at Wellington Airport awards

Virtuoso Strings, a life-changing music programme nurturing the talent of Porirua children from low-decile schools, has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

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.

Europcar NZ tests 100% electric vehicle fleet

From October, Europcar NZ’s 100% electric vehicle fleet is available for rent to the public in Auckland and Christchurch.

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.

NZ showcased at Santa Monica as part of Tuku Iho | Living Legacy

It’s been the scene of Hollywood movies, now Māori culture has taken over the Santa Monica Pier with a breathtaking kapa haka performance.

Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit

More than 50 travel agents and travel industry representatives from around the country will head to Wellington for the premiere of La Nuit by Sofitel - the brand's signature event.

Kiwis help Christchurch visitor attraction prepare to re-open

The New Zealand rugby league team have assisted one of Christchurch’s newest visitor attractions re-open after last year’s devastating Port Hill fires.

Lifetime of contribution to hospitality recognised

Invercargill Licensing Trust General Manager Greg Mulvey has been inducted into the Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the hospitality industry and local community.

TNZ’s winning website collects another award

Tourism New Zealand’s consumer website newzealand.com has been voted the best destination website in the Asia Pacific region.

EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL – the winners

The inaugural Eat.Taste.Central Central Otago Regional Menu came to a close on Sunday when participating venues gathered at Monteith’s in Alexandra to hear the judges’ decisions for the top dishes.

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.

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.

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel launches

The Queen City is about to get a grander Windsor, with innovative, quality dining to match in a setting dear to Auckland’s heritage.

Coromandel recognises outstanding contribution to tourism

The strength and depth of The Coromandel Tourism Industry has been recognised at the second annual Showcase Awards, hosted by Destination Coromandel.

Top 10 Holiday Park excels in local tourism

Top 10 Holiday Park at Hot Water Beach has been recognised for its major contribution to tourism and hospitality on the Coromandel winning the tourism and hospitality section at the recent Hauraki Coromandel Business Award.

Jenny Simpson receives CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award

Jenny Simpson, Air New Zealand’s Tourism Partnership Manager, has received the 2017 CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award.

“Staggering stats” from Skyline Queenstown

Seventeen million gondola rides, 12 million Luge experiences, 850,000 pints of beer, 350,000 rotisserie chickens, 65 tonnes of coffee beans – these staggering statistics have all been enjoyed by Skyline Queenstown’s millions of domestic and international visitors in the last 50 years.

Potentially toxic algae confirmed in Cardrona River

The presence of the potentially toxic algae Phormidium has been confirmed in the Cardrona River, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council for people (and dogs) to avoid contact with waters in the river.

Christchurch Adventure Park targets December opening

The Christchurch Adventure Park is set to reopen its doors to the public again this summer, almost a year after it officially opened.

Christchurch’s Incredible Race 2017

An annual event run to keep Christchurch’s frontline tourism staff up to date with the awesome activities and visitor experiences available in the city kicks off today.

Air NZ’s Dreamliner touches down in Adelaide

Air New Zealand’s first scheduled Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service to Adelaide touched down shortly after 10.30am yesterday morning (local time) heralding a new era of comfort and service for South Australia.

TIA: Industry pleased Tourism staying on front bench

New Zealand’s $35 billion tourism industry is pleased that Deputy Labour Leader Kelvin Davis will take the tourism portfolio in the incoming Government.

FMC, NZRA welcome new Conservation Minister and funding

The Federated Mountain Clubs of NZ (FMC) and the NZ Recreation Association (NZRA) have welcomed the new Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, and the...

Mighway RVs offered to California fire victims

Mighway is working with its owner community to provide temporary discounted emergency accommodation for those displaced by fire in Northern California.

NZ’s first rental camper trailers hit the road

GO Rentals today announced the introduction of its innovative GO Glamper fleet of camper trailers, in a move that is expected to shake up the highly-competitive market.

Popular regional hotel comes to market

Colliers International has been exclusively appointed to sell the 72-room, 4.5 star Hotel Coachman, arguably Palmerston North’s most popular hotel and event facility.

TIA appoints TEC, SkyCity, Whale Watch heads to board

Three new Directors are joining the Board of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, to help steer the direction of New Zealand’s biggest export sector.

Auckland major events funding applications now open

The annual application round for Auckland major events sponsorship is now open.

Forestry works to begin near Skyline Queenstown

A band of conifer trees on either side of the Skyline gondola above downtown Queenstown will soon be cleared to avoid creating a health and safety threat to the aerial cableway.

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.

Rainbow ends at Waihi’s ‘heart of gold’

The iconic Rainbow from Rainbow’s End has a new home, and now the brightly coloured landmark is ready to welcome people to Waihi and possibly make the dreams they dare to dream come true!

Queenstown Airport appoints new GM

Queenstown Airport has welcomed experienced aviation professional Olivia Pierre to the senior leadership team this week as General Manager, Commercial and Customer Experience.

PRINZ conference coup for Hamilton & Waikato

Some of New Zealand’s top public relations specialists are heading to Hamilton & Waikato following the announcement that the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) will be holding their annual conference in the region in 2018.

LGNZ: Water, tourism, housing infrastructure priorities for new govt

Local Government New Zealand congratulates the incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and welcomes the new Labour-led government.

New timelapse footage of NZICC shows project in progress

New timelapse footage of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) rising from its underground foundations has been made public by SkyCity Entertainment Group today.

Destination Queenstown board members appointed

Two new directors have been appointed to the Destination Queenstown board for 2017/18.

Conference wins worth $31 million celebrated

The efforts of 23 experts from across New Zealand who have brought conferences worth $31 million to New Zealand were recognised last night

Air NZ wins innovation award

Air New Zealand’s customer innovation programme has taken out the Innovation in Technology Solutions award at the annual New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last night.

Golfers paradise planned for Highlands

A world-class golf course and residential development is in the pipeline for Cromwell.

Condé Nast Traveler readers name Air NZ world’s top airline

Air New Zealand has been named Top Airline in the World by prestigious US magazine Condé Nast Traveler in its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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.

Whangaparaoa Lodge, Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, Edgewater win hospo awards

The very finest of Kiwi hospitality have once again been recognised at Hospitality New Zealand’s 20th annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner, held in central Wellington on ­Thursday night.

International group appointed to enhance business events growth

A group of world-leading experts and senior leaders in the business events sector have been enlisted to help further enhance Auckland’s reputation and presence in the international market place.

Tasman operator receives Blind Association award

Darryl Wilson, Chief Executive of Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Ltd is the recipient of Blind Citizens NZ’s Extra Touch Award.

NZ celebrates 10th PCOA with largest-ever team

The largest-ever team of New Zealand suppliers is heading to the Gold Coast for the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association’s 10th anniversary event next month.  

Air NZ offers extra flights for football fans

Air New Zealand is deploying additional capacity between Auckland and Wellington over the weekend of 11-12 November to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru in the FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff.

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.

Businesses recognised for conservation successes

The Department of Conservation has praised Canterbury businesses for getting involved in conservation and helping to make a difference for our native wildlife and habitats.

Bus, train, ferry use highest in 60 years

Auckland’s public transport users have clocked up 90 million trips on buses, trains and ferries over the past year, the last time Auckland saw that many trips was way back in 1956.

Hospo’s rising stars celebrated at awards

Seven of New Zealand’s best and brightest individuals working in the hospitality and accommodation sectors have been recognised for their hard work at the inaugural Hospitality New Zealand Rising Stars Awards 2017.

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.

The George named in top ten Readers Choice Awards

The George, one of New Zealand’s most treasured boutique hotels and the only hotel in Christchurch with a one to one staff to guest ratio has been named in the top ten hotels in Australia and New Zealand by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Crowne Plaza: Opening exceeds expectations

Crowne Plaza Christchurch has exceeded opening budgets for rooms, food and beverage and conferencing.

Queenstown Airport launches Chinese language website

Queenstown Airport has launched a microsite designed to assist Chinese-speaking visitors to more easily access important travel information online.

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’.

Texaco tanker to make historic journey

In what is a once in a lifetime occasion, one of the rarest trucks in the world, Bill Richardson Transport World's ‘Texaco Tanker’ will drive in the Southland Truck Parade this weekend.

Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is celebrating Conservation Week 2017 this Labour weekend with a range of fun conservation-themed activities based on this year’s Conservation Week theme of ‘Love my Backyard.’

ATEED board appoints ex-TIA chief

Two highly experienced and respected business leaders – Glenys Coughlan and Evan Davies – have been appointed to the board of ATEED.

South Island springtime on show to over 300,000 in Japan

Model Kazumi Yamamoto has visited New Zealand for a six-page spread with Japanese lifestyle and fashion magazine Liniere.

Air New Zealand’s AI chatbot Oscar says g’day to Australia

Air New Zealand’s artificial intelligence-backed chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango (Oscar for short) has received his first international promotion – beginning work online in Australia.

Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Beautiful Awards.

Predator Free starts in your own backyard this Conservation Week

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is encouraging New Zealanders to get out and enjoy their own backyards and make a difference locally during Conservation Week, which started on Saturday.

Tainui plans 40 room expansion for Hamilton Novotel

The Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel will undergo a 40-room expansion next year to serve the hotel’s growing customer base in the quality accommodation market.

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.  

Travel rewards for staff a big business opportunity

Increasingly, employers around the globe are offering travel as a reward to motivate staff and recognise performance.

WOMAD, Pop-up Globe, Pinot Noir NZ among event winners

This year, five new categories are introduced to further celebrate and recognise the companies, personalities and contributors to the events industry.

Wildwire, Cardrona, Edgewater recognised in awards

Wildwire, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Puzzling World and Edgewater Resort are among the company's recognised in the Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

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.

Penguin colony teams up with China Travel Service

With Chinese tourists visiting New Zealand to experience its natural beauty in record numbers, one local wildlife organisation is using this to support its efforts to help the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Crowne Plaza wins silver in national design awards

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.

Air New Zealand boosts Houston services

Air New Zealand will fly daily to Houston for most of next winter as demand for travel between New Zealand and Texas continues to soar.

Emirates ends Auckland to Australia flights

Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service.

Council considers cruise, freight port study recommendations

The recommendations of the Port Future Study Consensus Working Group, completed in July 2016, were presented to Auckland Council's Planning Committee.

Queenstown & Wanaka airports focus on safety

Queenstown and Wanaka airports will join airports and aviation-associated agencies around the globe to take part in Airport Safety Week, held 16-20 October 2017.

Nature Watch Day at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

As part of Conservation Week 2017, Orokonui is hosting ‘Nature Watch’ this Sunday the 15th October.

The Honest Lawyer peninsula property for sale

A landmark Nelson peninsula property, home to well-known pub The Honest Lawyer, is on the market for sale.

Gallery to close for accessibility refurb

Visitation to the Gallery has grown over the past five years and the refurbishments will further enhance the Gallery's accessibility.

Air NZ gets new-look Dreamliner, trials long haul wi-fi

Air NZ has taken delivery of the first of its new-look 787-9 Dreamliners and also starts trialling wi-fi on its 777-300 long-haul flights.

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.

Outgoing Meridian CEO to join Auckland Airport board

Auckland Airport has announced that Mark Binns will join its Board on 1 April 2018 and Auckland Airport shareholders will be asked to approve his appointment.

CINZ appoints new Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

Lauren Newbery has been appointed Marketing and Events Coordinator for Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) based in Auckland.

Rainbow’s End awarded prestigious Qualmark Gold

Rainbow’s End has received one of the country’s most coveted tourism awards – the Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.

B&B Association NZ unveils new look

PRESS RELEASE: Bed & Breakfast Association NZ The biggest difference between bed and breakfast and other accommodation sectors is that Association bed and breakfast members are hosted...

Visitors spend more in Hamilton & Waikato

Visitors to Hamilton & Waikato are spending more than this time last year, with nearly $1.44 billion ringing through tills across the region.

Applications open for new major events fund

Applications are now open for the new Major Events Fund, helping event organisers to build iconic events right here in Manawatu.

Ferry terminal seawall repair underway

Ferry passengers can expect some changes to arrival and departure points at the Downtown Ferry Terminal from Monday 9 October.

Rainbow’s End garners seven nominations

Rainbow’s End has been nominated in seven categories at this year’s Young at Heart Awards. It’s the third year in a row that the park has been recognised.

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.

Christchurch Airport recognised for support of South Island tourism

Christchurch Airport has been honoured for its support of South Island tourism.

KiwiRail wins supreme Excellence in Business Support Award

KiwiRail’s resilience and ability to adapt to disruption saw it take home the supreme award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards on Wednesday night.

Learn more about the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre

Momentum Waikato and Creative Waikato invite you to learn more about the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre.

IHG appoints NZ sales and marketing director

IHG New Zealand has welcomed internationally-experienced Kelly Eichholtz to the position of Area Director of Sales and Marketing New Zealand.

Wellington makes capital pitch to Canberra

Cuisine and culture is a big part of Wellington’s pitch as a long weekend destination, which is a growth area for Australian tourism to NZ

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.

Sustainable tourism operator seeks NZ’s conservation heroes

Leading sustainable tourism operator Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari is on the hunt to find the country's top 30 community conservation heroes.

Zoo contributes $390K towards conservation

The Zoo is proud to have contributed staff time and commitment and nearly $390K towards local and global field conservation efforts.

New airport directors appointed

Queenstown Lakes District Council resolved to appoint two new directors for Queenstown Airport Corporation in November to replace retiring directors John Gilks and James Hadley.

Latin American travel agents eager to learn about NZ

Travel agents in Latin America are becoming increasingly eager to improve their knowledge of New Zealand because it is proving to be such a popular travel destination.

Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express

Red Travel, a division of Christchurch’s Iconic Red Bus Urban passenger transport company, has launched a new daily service from Christchurch to Kaikoura.

Kiwis for kiwis at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has been selected as a prominent site to make a significant contribution long-term to the population of New Zealand’s national bird.

Mineral spring holiday park for sale

One of the few New Zealand holiday parks and camping grounds to contain its own thermal bore-spring pool facility has been placed on the market for sale.

Global experts join Air NZ’s sustainability panel

Air New Zealand has appointed British ecological economist Professor Tim Jackson and leading carbon emissions policy specialist Dr Suzi Kerr to its Sustainability Advisory Panel.

Auckland, Palmerston North And Wellington scoop awards

Wellington Airport was a double winner at this year’s New Zealand Airports Association Awards, claiming both the Community Engagement and Airline/Airport Collaboration prizes.

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.

Lydia Ko shares her favourite Auckland fairways

Ahead of the McKayson NZ Women’s Open in Auckland, Ko spent time with Tourism New Zealand and ATEED, zooming in on her favourite fairways in Auckland

Share a stake in the sand

We are developing a Coastal Management Strategy, which will also help us advocate on your behalf.

Social media campaign breaks backpacker barriers

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

600-strong pōwhiri opens Rongowhakaata exhibition

The major new exhibition showcases the dramatic stories, histories, treasured taonga and the exceptional artistry of the Gisborne iwi.

Which is Cheapest: Rental Cars, Taxis or Uber?

Here’s a question which should grab the attention of every traveller: which is the most cost-effective way to travel once you step off the airplane?

Govt: Jet fuel allocations return to normal

A return to 100 per cent jet fuel allocations at Auckland Airport is a great start to the school holidays for airlines and their customers, Energy and Resource Minister Judith Collins says.

Mt Ruapehu lake death referred to the coroner

On Friday 29 September, a 39-year-old Taupo resident was reported missing to Police. The man had left his home the day before to go skiing at Whakapapa skifield, Mount Ruapehu.

Air NZ: “Resilience, agility” sees it through jet fuel issue

Air New Zealand showed resilience and agility in dealing with the temporary shut‐down of the jet fuel pipeline from Marsden Point, says its CEO.

West Coast tourism spend grows fastest for August

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by MBIE yesterday showed an increase in tourism expenditure in most regions in the year to August 2017.

The Royalcam star has fledged!

Tūmanako, the northern royal albatross/toroa and star of 'Royal Cam', has left Pukekura/Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, to start a new life at sea.

Warm welcome for icy traveller

As a gateway city to Antarctica, Christchurch embraces the southern continent, and is celebrating all things frozen in October.

Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti

Kāpiti and Porirua Chambers of Commerce have begun engaging with Air New Zealand to promote flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland, to drive demand for the local air service.

ServiceIQ: Start with skills but end with qualified

The open letter signed this week by 100 companies has been applauded by the industry training organisation for the nation’s booming service sectors, ServiceIQ.

Wellington welcomes back Sofitel

To both locals’ and travellers’ delight, Wellington’s decadent Sofitel will reopen its doors in October, following a temporary hiatus. 

Explore Titirangi’s new heritage tours

The Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers’ Association is proud to announce the release of a new publication to celebrate the Auckland Heritage Festival which begins on 30 September.

Emirates’ additional Stockholm flights boost NZ connectivity

Emirates will introduce three additional flights per week to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing more choice for New Zealand travellers.

Ritchies as provider for resort’s new $2 bus service

Queenstown’s new public transport system is going to be a game-changer for both residents and visitors.

World Tourism Day: Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development

Tourism is today the 3rd largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels.

$135K contestable fund considered for resort businesses

A new contestable fund to support economic development in the District will be considered by the Queenstown Lakes District Council at its meeting this Thursday.

“David and Goliath” battle to save Coromandel icon

Campaigners are desperately trying to rally support to prevent the closure of the iconic Opoutere Youth Hostel near Whangamata.

Manawatū Gorge options released for feedback

The NZ Transport Agency has released a long list of options for a long term resilient solution for the Manawatū Gorge route. 

Air NZ commits to Vietnam service for 2018

Air New Zealand has announced it will continue to operate its seasonal non-stop service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, following strong customer demand.

Travel back 230 million years at new Tuatara Encounter

The West Coast Wildlife in Franz Josef is proud to be announcing the opening of its brand new Tuatara Encounter in Franz Josef on Sunday 1st October 2017.

Luxury renovation revealed for Queenstown hospitality icon

The property unveiled its new-look rooms and suites, along with upgrades to public areas this week to coincide with the start of the resort’s vibrant summer season.

Hauraki Rail Trail grows a new leg

The new leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail has opened up a world of opportunity for cyclists to discover more of The Coromandel.

Tourism businesses to benefit from new toolbox

Tourism businesses are among those that could benefit from access to support, advice and resources from a new website that aims to help businesses in the Horizons region grow and flourish.

Fiordland Tourism Awards – and the winners are…

Over 150 people turned out with Destination Fiordland to celebrate 40 years of annual Tourism Awards.

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. 

Jet fuel flows south after Marsden Point pipeline repaired

Fuel customers of Refining NZ have welcomed the successful completion of repairs to the pipeline, with fuel now flowing to the Wiri terminl in South Auckland.

Te Papa named in top 25 museums in the world

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, has been named one of the top 25 museums in the world according to TripAdvisor.

BusinessNZ: New govt must focus on filling skills shortage

BusinessNZ wants to see New Zealand’s new Government focus harder on skill shortages.

Real Journeys 2017 Cruise-for-a-Cause raises $43,700

The annual Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause to Milford and Doubtful Sounds has raised a total of $43,700 for Forest & Bird and the Cancer Society (Otago and Southland Division).   

World of WearableArt 2017 designs wow in Wellington

International designers feature in the 20 top awards in the 2017 World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand.

Progress on consenting process for Te Ara O Hei Walk

Work towards lodging resource consent for Stage One of Te Ara O Hei Walk and a car park at Lees Rd is to be progressed, subject to certain terms being met.

Public consultation sought for Waikato theatre projects

Two significant theatre projects will be the subject of public consultation processes following a Hamilton City Council meeting this week.

Wellington gets creative in latest Australian campaign

Wellington bustles with creativity and that message is being relayed loud and clear to Australians in Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s latest tourism campaign.

Astrophotographic map of Northland on display

Heaven to Earth, Northland Under the Stars, is an astrophotographic map of Northland through the eye of Kerikeri photographer Chris Pegman.

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.

Glenfalloch Garden to glow with Golden Light

Sculptures are popping up through Glenfalloch as the garden gets ready to host a Golden Night Garden next week.

Tourism spurs services surplus to a record $1.3bn

New Zealand’s current account deficit narrowed to $1.6 billion in the June 2017 quarter, driven by $3.7 billion worth of spending by visitors from overseas.

Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade

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

Air NZ appoints Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer

Nick Judd has been appointed Air NZ's Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer.

Hotel Grand Chancellor appoints sales & marketing director

Sarah Croskery has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) for the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor and Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City.

Korean celebrities visit Christchurch for reality tv show

Two well-known South Korean actors have hit Christchurch with their children to film a reality television show that will be broadcast to millions.

World’s first Global Glamping Summit announced

The first ever Global Glamping Summit will take place in Denver, Colorado, on the 24th and 25th of April, 2018.

Agents taken off the beaten track in UK, Europe

More than 400 travel agents across the United Kingdom and Europe were educated on New Zealand’s regions during Tourism New Zealand’s latest roadshow.

SPTO: Pacific tourism arrivals jump 18%

Tourist arrivals in the Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries increased by 18.4% in the second quarter of this year when compared to the first quarter.

Kaikōura Canyon shows signs of recovery

NIWA scientists have found signs of recovery in the Kaikōura Canyon seabed, 10 months after powerful submarine landslides triggered by the November earthquake wiped out organisms living in and on the seabed.

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at inaugural event

Some of the biggest names in NZ freestyle snow sports will hit Mt Ruapehu on Saturday in memory of one of this country’s freeski legends.

Zoo plants 500 eco-sourced plants in restoration site

Wellington Zoo staff recently rolled their sleeves up and got their hands dirty to plant 500 eco-sourced native plants in and around the Manchester Street Reserve.

Te Puia manager elected first female chair of BYATA

Rotorua’s Mary Tolley knows how important the backpacker market is to Rotorua and NZ, and now it will be part of her responsibility to help others realise it too.

IDNZ launches Bespoke Journeys

ID New Zealand is thrilled to announce the launch of a dedicated “Bespoke Journeys” team and a new online B2C platform idnzbespokejourneys.com.

VINZ wins Tourism Holdings global service contract

THL has stepped up their commitment to Health & Safety even further by seeking and introducing independent and random safety inspections of their global commercial fleet.

EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL menu launched

Tourism Central Otago has launched the full Central Otago Regional Menu at www.eattastecentral.co.nz.

Inspiration (& snowballs) abound at i-SITE conference

Innovation, enterprise, and conviviality were celebrated last week at the 2017 i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference in Ruapehu.

Christchurch i-SITE wins innovation award

The Christchurch i-SITE’s successful move into the restored Arts Centre has seen the visitor centre win at the i-SITE network’s annual conference this year.

THL wins Australian 2017 Fleet Safety Award

Tourism Holdings Australia Pty Ltd, (thl) operators of Britz, Maui and Mighty campers has won the 2017 Australian Fleet Management Association’s (AfMA) Fleet Safety Award.

Auckland Airport nominates Julia Hoare to its board

Auckland Airport has announced that its Board has unanimously nominated Julia Hoare to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2017 annual meeting.

Ruapehu i-SITE conference overwhelming success

Ruapehu’s tourism and visitor sector is anticipating a big jump in interest following the success of the National i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference.

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.

APAC aviation growth presents training opportunities for NZ

Reports released internationally in recent months about the growth in Asia Pacific aviation suggest that our aviation training sector has a bright future

Explore the raw power of White Island/Whakaari with Google

A project between the Whakatāne District Council and Google is aiming to take that accessibility to a whole new level.

Tasman cycle trail development receives funding

Mountain Bike Track development at Kaiteriteri, Richmond and St Arnaud are among the recipients of grants from Tasman District Council.

Tourism and business boosting Hamilton

Hamilton/Waikato was now New Zealand’s fifth largest region by visitor expenditure and the third largest region for conventions and business events.

NZ Experience Travel Expo opens tomorrow

New Zealand's first domestic tourism show open to the public kicks off this weekend in Auckland.

Air NZ, MOTAT finalists in Auckland business awards

Air New Zealand, the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and Alexandra Park are among the finalists at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 - Central region.

Old Ghost Road, Waikato River among cycle trails to receive $2m

Four Great Rides in Waikato, East Coast, Hawke’s Bay and West Coast have received a funding boost of more than $2 million

SkyBus set to reach one million passengers

SkyBus has announced that its annual passenger count has increased by a significant 11% in the last 12 months.

Tourism Holdings: Minimal damage from Hurricane Irma

Post the hurricane that has passed through Florida this week, Tourism Holdings Limited notes that there has been no impact of note to our customers, team, RVs or sites. 

Are tourists destroying the planet or saving it?

Victoria University's Development Society has teamed up with GOOD Travel to discuss the impact of tourism on World Tourism Day.

Rainbow’s End encourages screams not screens

Almost three-quarters of Kiwis believe that technology negatively impacts how active they are as a family, according to a new survey from Rainbow’s End.

Auckland’s business events contribute $46m in 2016/17

Auckland’s business events sector continues to go from strength-to-strength, delivering millions into the regional economy each year.

Eight excited new team members join Dig This Invercargill

Eight very excited new team members started at Dig This Invercargill this week.

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.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor supports ‘NZ’s Worth Loving’

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is proud to support ‘New Zealand’s Worth Loving’ (NZWL) Wellington Pollution Awareness Mural and Clean-up Day.

Sculpture honours work on Picton-Christchurch line

A sculpture commissioned by KiwiRail to recognise the immense impact of the Kaikoura Earthquake on the rail link between Picton and Christchurch and on the wider community will be unveiled on Friday as freight services resume on the line.

New shopping tour to Greytown launches

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

Tourism NZ, CINZ collaborate to grow business events

The marketing of New Zealand as an international business events destination continues to be enhanced by an ongoing agreement between Tourism New Zealand and Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

Moana Reo Māori takes to the skies with Air NZ

The te reo Māori version of Academy Award® nominated Disney animated film Moana Reo Māori will be featured on Air New Zealand flights from November this year.

First chick hatches high hopes for Kiwi Encounter

The first kiwi of the season has hatched at Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua – marking “the start of a great new era” for New Zealand’s largest kiwi hatching facility.

YHA NZ partners with Tomahawk to launch new digital strategy

Tomahawk proudly announces that YHA New Zealand, the largest hostel network in New Zealand, has confirmed Tomahawk as their new digital marketing agency partner.

New luxury spa and wellness centre to open in Rotorua

Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa is set to put Rotorua on track to becoming the spa and wellness capital of the Southern Hemisphere.

Auckland set to sail into a record cruise for 2017/18

The cruise season has officially kicked off for 2017/18 with record numbers of passengers set to sail into Auckland over the next eight months.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism scholarship opens

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is looking for Ngāi Tahu students to apply for its Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship.

Kia Ora a winner at Magazine Media Awards

Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine Kia Ora has taken out the Best Owned Media/Custom Publishing Brand award at the 2017 Magazine Media Awards held in Auckland.

Major Hawke’s Bay Airport expansion announced

Strong passenger growth and the resulting demands on existing airport infrastructure has led Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited to finalise plans for a major airport terminal expansion.

Earl Hagaman recognised for outstanding contribution to tourism

Scenic Hotel Group founder, the late Earl Hagaman has been recognised posthumously with the prestigious Crowe Horwath International Sir Jack Newman ‘Outstanding Industry Leader’ Award at the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

Real Journeys wins “People’s Choice” at NZ Tourism Awards

Real Journeys won the People’s Choice at the Tourism Industry Awards held in Christchurch on Thursday night.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins again at NZ Tourism Awards

After winning the Māori Tourism award at the 2016 event, the Treaty Grounds has stepped up further to win the highly sought-after Visitor Experience category in 2017.

Prestigious accolade for Middle-earth man

Middle-earth movie magic has garnered attention once again following the win of a prestigious award by its marketing manager at the New Zealand Tourism Awards gala dinner in Christchurch on Thursday night.

UN: Strongest growth since 2010 for global tourism

Destinations worldwide welcomed 598m international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36m more than in the same period of 2016.

$15m grant sets stage for Waikato theatre

Trust Waikato, one of the region’s largest philanthropic trusts, has just approved a grant towards the development of the new Waikato Regional Theatre.

Hawke’s Bay fights WCO on Ngaruroro & Clive Rivers

Hawke’s Bay’s fight to stop a controversial water conservation order (WCO) on two of its largest rivers is gaining momentum.

New co-directors for festival

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the joint appointment of Sally Barnett and Bronwyn Bent as Co-Directors for the 2018 Festival.

Funding for Napier’s Art Deco Heritage buildings

Three of Napier city centre’s art deco and character buildings are to receive more than $180,000 for earthquake strengthening work.

Shotover Jet Manager appointed

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed Wayne Paton to lead the ‘Big Reds’ as Business Manager at Shotover Jet.

Tourism Holdings appoints Cathy Quinn to board

Cathy Quinn, ONZM, is a senior corporate partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts has been appointed to the Tourism Holdings Limited Board.

New $4m Strata Lounge for international passengers

As part of its major upgrade of the international departure experience, Auckland Airport has opened a new $4 million, 185-seat lounge for international passengers, known as the “Strata Lounge”.

Hospitality, food business buyers banking on tourism

Confidence in New Zealand’s tourism sector growth is underpinning business sales in key hotspots around the country.

Trade show helps grow Indian market for Northland

Northland Inc’s trade marketing manager, Karly Bent, represented the region at Tourism New Zealand’s annual trade event, Kiwi Link India, recently in the country’s national capital New Delhi.

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.

Applying for funding from MBIE’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund

By meeting eligibility criteria and by understanding how to convey a local or regional need in a nationally compelling submission, applicants can increase their chances of success.

Emirates Team NZ puts Picton on its tour map

An early evening event on the Picton foreshore is being arranged to host members of Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who are bringing the ‘Auld Mug’ south.

Carrington Estate rises out to stand independent and proud

Karikari Peninsula, Northland September 1st, 2017 marked an exciting day for Carrington Estate as they became independent of the Peppers Brand.

New team tackles Destination Management gaps

David Hammond and Lyn Cheyne have teamed up to provide specialist Destination Management and Marketing advice, expertise and support to Australasian local government organisations and interests.

TNZ: Visitor feedback highlights opportunities for industry

Data sourced from international visitors will help the New Zealand tourism industry continue to meet expectations and identify new opportunities, says Tourism New Zealand.

4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail launches

The Cromwell-based 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail is a new way to navigate around four of Central Otago’s premium wine tasting rooms capturing some great scenery along the way.

UAL to resume Auckland-San Francisco non-stop service

United Airlines to resume Auckland-San Francisco non-stop service with Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft.

Auckland Seaplanes, Tourism NZ recognised for luxury work

Auckland Seaplanes and Tourism New Zealand have been named finalists at the Luxperience Awards.

Falls Retreat, Hot Water Beach Top10, The Lost Spring named finalists

Falls Retreat in Waihi, Hot Water Beach Top10 holiday park, and The Lost Spring hot pools are finalists in the 2017 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.       

Rugby legend inspires Aucklanders to love their weekend

Sir John Kirwan is playing a starring role in a new campaign encouraging Aucklanders to get out and explore the Auckland region on their weekends.

Air NZ draws giant heart in the sky for Koru Care

Air New Zealand has operated a special Koru Care Dreamliner flight – taking kids on a mystery journey that drew a 440 km long and 483 km wide heart shape across New Zealand.

Two GIANT Kiwi icons face off on Northland’s Kauri Coast

One is a spirited young basketball star who has plied his trade in the NBA for four years and the other has been enchanting local and international visitors for 2000 years.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown scoops the pool

The Rees Hotel Queenstown was joint winner of ‘Best NZ Hotel’ and 'Best Hotel Chef' in Friday night's prestigious 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence held in Sydney.

Award recognises Ruapehu regional tourism best practice

The lead team behind the development of the ‘Ruapehu Regional Visitor Sector Development Plan and Destination Value Proposition’ are celebrating receiving a Commendation Award for Collaboration with Business, Iwi and the Community.

MBIE: UK visitor spend surges as Chinese drops

For visitors from the United Kingdom, spending continued to grow strongly across all regions as a result of the DHL NZ Lions Series.

Hospitality & Tourism industry serves up more jobs

The Hospitality & Tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries on SEEK, driven by strong growth in tourism numbers from both domestic and foreign visitors.

Tourism, food and energy ‘key pillars of the bold Tapuae Roa’

The vision of Tapuae Roa comprises three key things: attractive lifestyle, talented people and a modern high-value economy.

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.

i-SITE Princes Wharf heralds new visitor experience

Visitors to Auckland’s new i-SITE and Department of Conservation Visitor Information Centre are set to get star treatment with a team of consultants providing a personalised, insider’s guide to New Zealand.

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.

ClearPoint appoints Air NZ’s Digital GM Hamish Rumbold as CEO

New Zealand software engineering specialists ClearPoint are marking their 10th birthday milestone with an exciting announcement - the appointment of their new CEO Hamish Rumbold.

New Queenstown Winter Festival director appointed

Destination Queenstown is delighted to announce the appointment of Rae Baker to the position of Queenstown Winter Festival Director.

Daily flights to China a big boost for the South Island

The partnership between Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines is going from strength to strength and helping boost tourism and trade for the South Island. 

Eden Park wins Australasian business award

New Zealand’s largest stadium, Eden Park, has taken out the Business Award at this year’s Australasian Leisure Management (ALM) Awards.

Greens plan for largest-ever marine mammal sanctuary

The marine mammal sanctuary will protect the environment and potentially create sustainable local jobs through new eco-tourism ventures, such as whale watching.

Region’s mayors agree to further work on indoor arena proposal

Major concerts mean more money in the pockets of local hoteliers, motels and accommodation providers and bigger events will mean more guest nights and more tourism spending.

Clarification around the future of Kapiti Island

Claims DOC is going to triple the number of visitor permits issued to Kapiti Island from 10,000 per year to 30,000 are incorrect.

Kapiti Gateway Architecture Exhibition: Paraparaumu Beach

Six architecture students who are developing ideas for the Kapiti Gateway bio-security and visitor centre at Paraparaumu Beach are exhibiting their work.

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.

Europcar New Zealand leads the charge with electric future

Europcar New Zealand has been awarded nearly $200,000 in Government funding to expand its rental 100% electrical vehicle fleet.

Stay in style at The Heads Omapere, a new luxury offering

Guests at Omapere’s favourite seaside resort can enjoy a lap of luxury this summer with the launch of The Heads.

Coromandel economy outperforms national average

The Coromandel economy expanded by 3.6% over the year to June 2017 topping the national growth rate of 2.8%.

Record low Emirates airfare to Europe

Early bird season is in full flight with House of Travel releasing return economy airfares to Europe from just $1,499 per person aboard Emirates.

Hassle-free, Mt Hutt, Hanmer Springs among business awards finalists

Hassle-free Tours, Christchurch Adventure Park, and Mt Hutt Ski Area are among the finalists announced in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2017. 

Award winner Real Journeys: “The business is all about increasing diversity”

Real Journeys Chief Executive Richard Lauder says he is delighted the tourism company has been named the Supreme Winner at the Diversity Awards NZ as well as winning the Tomorrow’s Workforce Award.

Air NZ scoops Empowerment Award

Air New Zealand has been recognised for its efforts in empowering women in its workplace by Diversity Works New Zealand.

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.

Air NZ to operate more Dreamliners to Samoa

Air New Zealand is to further grow its operations to Samoa with a move to fly up to six Dreamliner services a week to Apia during the peak season.

Air NZ launches first ever global brand campaign

Air New Zealand is poised to launch its first ever global brand campaign showing international travellers why the airline is A Better Way to Fly to New Zealand.

Australians left charmed by largest ever Rotorua Roadshow

Destination Rotorua and the largest ever group of local tourism operators have the Australian travel industry buzzing.

Real Journeys wins Supreme Diversity Award

Real Journeys' training initiative utilising the experience of its aging workers to provide exceptional learning opportunities for young people has won the top prize at the 20th Diversity Awards New Zealand.

Tourism backs Water Conservation Order for Hawke’s Bay rivers

Granting a Water Conservation Order for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers would benefit the tourism industry as well as protect the rivers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Ruapehu accommodation providers benefit from tourism growth

Ruapehu accommodation providers have had a good year according to the latest guest night statistics from the Commercial Accommodation Monitor.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference plots path to 2030

Positioning the local tourism industry for an evolving landscape is the theme of today’s Hawke’s Bay Tourism Conference, being held at the newly renovated Napier Conference Centre.

Eco-sanctuary to be created on Farewell Spit

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced an eco-sanctuary will be created on Farewell Spit in a partnership between DOC and natural health and wellness retailer HealthPost.

Tourism priority in ‘Message to Wellington’ from Taranaki leaders

Whoever wins power in the September 23 general elections needs to focus on eight key issues of importance to Taranaki.

UNWTO launches ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign

The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change. 

Three options for Napier Aquatic Centre released

A bomb pool, new hydroslides, a lazy river and a health and wellness centre – these are some of the inclusions being considered by Napier City Council ahead of its decision on a new Aquatic Centre.

Marketview: Lions tourists proved value off the field

A new report shows that the Lions tour provided a significant boost to the local economy, attracting high value and experience driven British and Irish supporters.

Number of NZ specialists on the rise

The number of 100% Pure New Zealand Specialists has almost tripled since a new and improved version of the programme was launched in June.

Tourism welcomes farming’s swimmable river pledge

The tourism industry is welcoming the pledge by farming leaders to make all New Zealand rivers swimmable.

Air NZ, CommBank explore the future with social robots

Air New Zealand customers at Sydney Airport will get to experience the role robots may play in future travel journeys this week.

Haka Tourism Group appoints managers

Haka Tourism Group has made four senior appointments, including its first China marketing specialist.

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.

Stats NZ: Visitor arrivals a record high for July

In July 2017, 246,900 overseas visitors arrived in New Zealand, setting a new July record, said Stats NZ.

Rare breeding takahē pair coming to ZEALANDIA

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary has announced that a breeding pair of takahē are planned to be released into the sanctuary next Monday.

Sustainability tops talk at TEC conference

Ensuring tourism growth is sustainable economically, environmentally and socially was top of mind at last week’s Tourism Export Council conference.

Pukaha Mount Bruce’s breeding season starts early

Pukaha Mount Bruce is celebrating the beginning of this year’s breeding season with the hatching of 6 pāteke (brown teal) ducklings.

Tourism operators secure Christchurch Airport support

Four more South Island tourism companies have been named as recipients of the ‘New Horizons Fund’ support programme.

TIA partners with local WeChat service provider PayPlus

A new marketing partnership between Tourism Industry Aotearoa and PayPlus NZ will give New Zealand tourism operators direct access to the huge Chinese visitor market through WeChat

Increased flights on Bangkok to Auckland route

Auckland Airport has welcomed the announcement by Thai Airways that it will increase flights on its Bangkok to Auckland service.

Big Auckland CBD site has hotel development potential

Hotel developers are being targeted in the sale of a substantial Auckland CBD corner site. 

MBIE: International visitors spend $10.3bn to June 2017

Spending by international visitors in New Zealand was $10.3 billion for the year ending June 2017, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Tourism industry supports call for better biodiversity management

Protection of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity is imperative to our social and economic future, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Queenstown Airport reports record July

July was a record month for Queenstown Airport, reaching over 200,000 total monthly passenger numbers for the first time.

Students invited to ‘dream big’ with tourism scholarship

Two Queenstown businesses have joined forces with their local high school to offer a student a scholarship to kickstart their global tourism career.

Skyline Queenstown launches ‘Fifty Years of Fun’

New Zealand’s most popular tourist attraction Skyline Queenstown is toasting its 50th anniversary with a month-long party.

Airport welcomes direct flights on Manila to Auckland route

Auckland Airport has welcomed the announcement by Philippine Airlines that it will introduce a direct flight on its Manila to Auckland route.

Feedback sought on space rocket activity

The Government is seeking public feedback on how to best manage space rocket activity and its environmental impacts.

Air NZ hosts inflight gig to celebrate Spotify playlists

Kiwi band Sons of Zion will performed live on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Christchurch yesterday as the airline celebrated the release of its official Spotify profile and playlists.

Tourism businesses eligible for Wanaka Business Awards

Wanaka’s flourishing business community has another opportunity to celebrate success with the launch of this year’s Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

NZ Experience Travel Expo showcases the best of domestic travel

September 16-17 2017 brings together the best regions, accommodation and operators under one roof showcasing what you can see and do within our own country.

Accommodation network appoints new director

Rotorua-founded business, Look After Me, has announced the appointment of a new director.

10,000 expected for APEC Leaders’ Week

APEC will attract up to 22,000 international attendees to the 12 significant APEC-related events held throughout the year, with around 10,000 attendees expected for Leaders’ Week

Electrifying Eastland’s Pacific Coast Highway

Tairāwhiti is driving towards a cleaner, greener future with the government’s announcement that it will co-fund a fast charging electric vehicle network across the region.

1930s tramcar to Join Christchurch Tramway fleet

A tramcar built in the 1930s has arrived at the Port of Lyttelton to become part of the Christchurch tramway fleet.

Ahipara’s top man on the A-List

Jean-Michel Jefferson, co-founder of leading destination management company Ahipara Luxury Travel, has just been named on the prestigious US-based Travel + Leisure’s A-List for a remarkable seventh year in a row.

Clearview Estate a Hospo winner, again!

Clearview Estate Winery will be adding two more accolades to the walls after taking out the inaugural Outstanding Cellar Door award and the Outstanding Supplier / Sales Representative award for Lisa Clarke at the Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards.

Takapuna transactions shine Shoreside

Arguably one of the jewels in Auckland’s metropolitan crown, Takapuna Beach is now gaining favour with international visitors, keen to share their tourism dollars Shoreside. 

Auckland Airport partners with AOE

Auckland Airport has announced a new partnership with AOE, a leading global technology service provider, to create a ‘multi-retailer mall’.

Gold-class for the Christchurch Tramway

The more than 10,000 working hours that went into getting Christchurch’s tramway up and running following the 2011 earthquake has paid off significantly, with the service receiving a gold business sustainability award from Tourism New Zealand.

Wanaka Airport appoints operations manager

Experienced airport and aviation professional Daniel Debono will join the Wanaka Airport team early in 2018 as Operations Manager.

15 EV projects receive funding and next funding round opens

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has announced funding for 15 projects to increase charging facilities for electric vehicles and switch more trucks, buses and vans to electric power.

Kiwi Holiday Parks rebrands to reflect “evolution”

Kiwi Holiday Parks is getting a new name to reflect the evolution of their parks and the wider range of accommodation types on offer.

New freedom camping bylaw to be developed

Auckland Council is to develop a new region-wide bylaw to manage the demands caused by the growth of freedom camping across Auckland.

Singapore Airlines launches HighFlyer programme for SMEs

Singapore Airlines has launched an all-new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for SMEs to get more mileage out of flights on company business.

Qrious’ Voyager wins IDC Smart City award

Qrious' Voyager, the Interactive Tourism Intuitive Web Portal, has won IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2017 under the category of Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces.

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort wins big

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort has walked away with two major awards including the top award at the ServiceIQ Great Lake Taupo Business Awards 2017.

Flexibility, location key to convention centre success

The flexibility and location of the new Christchurch Convention Centre will be the key to its success.

Remarkables Park launches worker accommodation for up to 600

Remarkables Park Ltd and investment company New Ground Capital have announced a new housing project which will help address a number of Queenstown’s most pressing issues.

ServiceIQ: “Stunning” service sector regional plans launched

Ten regions around the country now have Roadmaps and Plans for their service sectors, with four more on the way, thanks to industry training organisation ServiceIQ.

Lions help to boost Hawke’s Bay visitor growth

Hawke’s Bay is showing an increase in visitor nights of 11.9% for the month and an increase of 11.2% for the year-end June 2017.

Birds of a Feather Ball raises over $100K for conservation

Real Journeys lavish sold-out Birds of a Feather Conservation Ball has raised over $100,000 to help bring back the birds to the Wakatipu.

Exciting new exhibition for historic Treaty House

The new exhibition will feature several themed rooms with the entrance providing a welcome area, much as it did in 1834 when it was the first British Residency in New Zealand.

ITC named finalist in NZ Social Media Awards

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been recognised for its outstanding social media efforts by the New Zealand Social Media Awards

Auckland, Wellington get Lions’ share of accommodation

The effect of the Lions tour on accommodation was most obvious in the Auckland and Wellington regions.

Labour launches fresh water policy: Clean rivers for future generations

Labour will lead a nationwide effort to restore our rivers and lakes to a clean, swimmable state.

TIA: Govt’s fresh water clean-up a good start

The allocation of Government funding of $44 million to clean up 100 New Zealand rivers and lakes is a good start to improving fresh water quality but a lot more needs to be done

It’s the Last “Arggh Me Hearties” for a Rainbow’s End icon

After 34 years, the Pirate Ship at Rainbow’s End will swing its last swing on Saturday 19th August to make way for a new development planned for late 2018.

Big-hitting cricket ground motel bounced out for sale

A motel complex with ‘grandstand’ views over New Zealand’s oldest and most revered test cricketing venues has been placed on the market for sale.

Spring ski fun for Australian visitors

Destination Queenstown has launched the latest instalment of its ski campaign activity this week with an invitation to Australians to visit the resort town for a spring snow holiday.

Tourism Central Otago launches EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL

Tourism Central Otago is launching a new food and wine campaign called EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL this Spring.

100-plus rivers and lakes to be improved

Freshwater improvement projects covering over 100 rivers and lakes across New Zealand are to receive grants of $44 million from the Government.

Final link welded in Main North Line rebuild

KiwiRail has linked up the track between Picton and Christchurch for the first time since November’s Kaikoura earthquake devastated the line.

Connexionz expands in US

Connexionz, a leading provider of intelligent transit solutions for ferry and bus operators, has opened a US office in California.

Getaway to Glenorchy’s A Sense of Place

This month’s Great Glenorchy Getaway Day tempts visitors and residents of Central Otago to explore A Sense of Place.

Fiordland Outdoors Company secures scholarship

Fiordland Outdoors Company have just been named the winners of the Innovation Category in the 2017 Nurture Change scholarship awards.

Mud festival to continue without imported product

Rotorua’s Mudtopia festival will be staged in December without imported cosmetic mud powder.

Great sexpectations for Gay Ski Week QT

The world’s number one condom brand Durex is pulling out all the stops to ensure the LGBTQI community has the most enjoyable Gay Ski Week QT yet.

Tourism NZ: Regions a hit in Chinese cyberspace

More than 11 million people have viewed Tourism New Zealand’s ‘Discover the Heart of the Long White Cloud’ online campaign showcasing New Zealand’s central regions.

Paymark: Missing the Lions already…

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Underlying spending through Paymark dropped by 0.5% between June and July 2017, in seasonally adjusted terms. The growth between July 2016 and...

Destination Queenstown organisation changes

The newly established position of Business Development Director will oversee all channel sales and trade marketing activity including domestic and international travel trade, industry partnerships and business events.

Geopark could be ideal prospect for Kaikoura

Turning Kaikoura’s unique geological features into a geopark could be a perfect way to harness the region’s natural beauty and sustain its economy

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.

Air NZ to fly almost 60,000 extra seats to Hawaii

Air New Zealand will fly almost 60,000 additional seats between Auckland and Honolulu from April to October next year, an increase of 75 percent compared with this year.PRESS

Aigantighe to light up Timaru

People in Timaru are being asked to save the date of Saturday 19th August as the Aigantighe Art Gallery and our parks and other cultural institutions team up to light up winter night.

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.

Camp Estate at Larnach Castle awarded 5 Star, Qualmark Gold

Camp Estate Country House, the luxury accommodation option offered by Larnach Castle Ltd has been the first property in Dunedin to have been awarded the 5 Star – and a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Criteria.

Air NZ increases capacity on Vancouver route

Air New Zealand is growing its Vancouver-Auckland operation by nearly 20 percent from January – July 2018, providing customers with greater choice and flexibility.

Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura reopen

Iconic Dunedin visitor attractions the Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura reopened today after 12 days closed by slips caused by the Dunedin deluge last month.

Tourism tops half-a-billion dollars for Wanaka

The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows visitor spend for the Wanaka region now equates to half a billion dollars annually.

Kāpiti narrative key to growing air services

Air New Zealand has congratulated Kāpiti on its growing momentum and says the airline is committed to working with stakeholders to grow tourism in the region.

Avis, Budget and Apex back in Christchurch Central

After being driven out of the CBD by earthquakes six years ago, Avis, Budget and Apex are delighted to collect the keys to their new building today; the International Rental Car Precinct Hub in Christchurch.

New trustee appointed at ZEALANDIA

Karori Sanctuary Trust, which manages ZEALANDIA, has welcomed Wairarapa resident Pete Monk to the Board as a trustee.

ZEALANDIA takahē passes away

One of Zealandia’s much-loved takahē ambassadors, Puffin, passed away over the weekend.

Lake Taupo Holiday Resort leaves TOP10

PRESS RELEASE: Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Trish and Lloyd Lusty, who have been under the TOP10 umbrella for many years, have left the group to...

Lions drive huge spending boost for Wellington

Wellington experienced a boost to international visitor spending of more than 43% in the month of June 2017.

Cascade Creek campsite ready for summer

The Department of Conservation is prepped for another busy season on the Milford Road with upgrades to the popular Cascade Creek campsite almost complete.

Air NZ Tandem Travel partners with Amex Global Business Travel

Air New Zealand’s travel management company Tandem Travel is American Express Global Business Travel’s (GBT) new territory partner for New Zealand.

Flight Centre buys two NZ travel firms

Australian-listed Flight Centre Travel Group has moved to increase its leisure and corporate travel market-share in New Zealand by buying two companies.

Qrious unveils LoQal Destinations

Qrious unveils LoQal Destinations, a pioneering big data insights-as-a-service software product for the NZ tourism industry

Air NZ gears up for summer with 180K extra seats

Air New Zealand is gearing up for a bumper summer, adding more flights to its domestic schedule to deliver 180,000 extra seats.

Minister pays tribute to DOC rangers

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has paid tribute to the work of Department of Conservation rangers as part of events to mark World Ranger Day yesterday.

Lions bring home the bacon for Otago

We might not have got the rugby results that we wanted with the recent Lions tour, but Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says the visit was a bonanza for the Otago region in other ways.

Immigration changes acknowledge hospitality industry concerns

The governments ‘tweaks to the tweaks’ regarding the proposed Essential Skills Visa changes has been welcomed by Hospitality New Zealand.

Monteith’s Brewery awarded Qualmark Gold

PRESS RELEASE: Monteith’s Brewery Leading West Coast tourism attraction Monteith’s Brewery has had its status as one of the country’s top sustainable performers confirmed after being...

Farmers muddy the waters for Rotorua festival

Without wishing to wallow in the absurdity of what some people are willing to pay for, farmers are bemused by plans by Rotorua to import mud from Korea.

CPG Hotels to manage first two MGallery by Sofitel hotels

CPG Hotels has entered into franchise agreements with AccorHotels for its refurbished Hotel Grand Windsor on Queen Street and its new Eden Crescent Hotel.

Owhango makes amenity decision

Owhango was one of the five successful locations around Ruapehu that received government co-investment funding for a public toilet under the Regional mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Temporary visa changes more workable

Changes to temporary work visas are more workable, says BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope.

Strong global tourism results in the first part of 2017

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% to 369m in January-April 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to the UNWTO.

QLDC: No action to be taken for night flight breach

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will not take any enforcement in relation to a breach of curfew by the Queenstown Airport Corporation.

Two awards on the cards for Angus & Associates

Angus & Associates is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in two prestigious industry awards programmes this week.

Taxpayer-funded mud slinging?

The Taxpayers’ Union is astounded at MBIE’s decision to provide $1.5m of funding to the Mudtopia Festival, to be held in Rotorua in December. 

Council: Gorge closure “is a barrier to tourism”

Hawke’s Bay needs and deserves a definitive statement setting out a plan for a robust, resilent transport corridor to the Manawatu.

NZ to stage international tech conference

Living up to New Zealand’s reputation as a standout digital nation, the tech sector and the government will stage a major international tech summit in Auckland next year.

NZ agents surf wave of demand to attend Cruise360

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is experiencing unprecedented demand from New Zealand travel agents to attend the Cruise360 conference being held in Sydney next month.

Hostel group establishes niche in backpacker industry

With over 150 hostels throughout the country and backpackers currently making up 11% of all holiday visitors into NZ and growing - the hostel market is going from strength to strength.

Tourism NZ: Global media coverage worth $200m+

Tourism New Zealand’s PR work has resulted in global media coverage worth an estimated $227m in the past financial year.

InterCity adds business class to Otago services

A new daily bus service between Dunedin and Queenstown will give travellers a taste of luxury on the road.

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.

Auckland Airport International Travel Summit – May 2018

The Auckland Airport International Travel Summit will be held on Monday 7th May 2018 at the Glenroy Auditorium at the Dunedin Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

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.

Auckland Airport international arrivals up 21%

International arrivals were up by 21% in June 2017 with the British & Irish Lions rugby tour a key contributor to this growth with arrivals from the UK and Ireland up by 265%.

TNZ named top tourism office in Australia

Tourism New Zealand has been named the top tourism office in Australia at the premier industry event of the year.

Air NZ nearly doubles capacity to Bali

Air New Zealand has announced it will nearly double capacity on its seasonal Auckland to Denpasar service in 2018 and will also extend the season it flies there by almost two months.

Visitor Ambassadors activated to support shuttles

The second weekend of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) free park and ride snow shuttle service went well with local businesses reporting they were happy with council’s response to the parking and congestion issues that arose the inaugural weekend.
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