Monday, October 23, 2017
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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.

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.

$231m of improvements for SH1 around Kaikoura

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the NZ Transport Agency Board’s approval of $231m of improvements to the 60km section of State Highway 1 between Clarence and Oaro.

Spirit of winter captured in Great Lake Taupō video series

An ‘insider’s tips’ video series inspiring New Zealanders and tourists alike to visit the Great Lake Taupō region for a winter ski holiday has been launched by Destination Great Lake Taupō.

Tourism-related projects near completion

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the first of three tourism-related transport projects in the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region is nearing completion.

$1m funding for Stewart Island heritage centre

A new purpose-built heritage centre on Stewart Island will receive more than $1m in Government funding, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced.

Air NZ takes off for downtown Tokyo

Air New Zealand’s inaugural service to Haneda Tokyo departed on Friday with the Boeing 787-9 aircraft scheduled to touch down in Tokyo at 11.00pm (local time).

LGNZ: Election manifesto offers infrastructure solutions

Changes to the way we fund infrastructure, improvements to our risk and resilience and new ways of protecting New Zealand’s water are outlined in the Local Government New Zealand election manifesto, released yesterday.

Women dominate NZ Hotel Industry Awards

Women have dominated this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, winning seven of the 10 individual awards.

Palmerston North wins conferences worth $1m

Several conferences with a combined value at almost $1m have been secured by the Central Economic Development Agency.

More Kiwis walking Te Araroa trail

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

LATE at the Museum returns

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

Singapore Airlines re-times Wellington flights

Singapore Airlines today announced flights SQ291/292 will be retimed from 28 October 2017 following a review of the ‘Capital Express’ service.

Hospo, tourism jobs lead June vacancy listings

Growth in online job advertisements was steady at 0.5 per cent in June and 10.6 per cent over the year lead by hospitality and tourism jobs.

Kiwis struggle to leave work at the office

New research commissioned by Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific, one of New Zealand’s largest hotel franchise groups, has revealed Kiwis are failing at the ‘life’ component of work/life balance.

Counties Power sparks change at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport's Judy Nicholl, general manager aeronautical operations, is to leave the company in October 2017 to become the chief executive of Counties Power.

Work to begin on new Great Walk

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

Christchurch secures animal studies conference

Christchurch has won an international bid to host the Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference next year.

Gisborne airport owner reports record revenue

Eastland Group recorded another strong business performance in the year to March 2017. Income increased to a record $76.2 million, with an audited profit of $14.8 million.

Serko turns around loss after big bump in revenue

Online travel booking software firm Serko said it expects its first half full year 2018  earnings to be positive at approximately $1m, up from a $1.75m loss the same period the previous period.

Air New Zealand – a year in numbers

As the new financial year gets underway Air New Zealand has been looking back over key customer data from the past 12 months to reveal interesting insights into travellers’ habits and preferences.

Koreans falling in love with Pure NZ charm

New Zealand is becoming a favourite destination for travellers from the Republic of Korea and visitor numbers are set to increase with the launch of a new Pure New Zealand online promotion.

NZ seventh most desired destination for Chinese

The sixth annual Chinese International Travel Monitor released by Hotels.com has revealed that Chinese travellers are spending a whopping 28 per cent of their income on average on international travel.

Off Road Adventures launches new expeditions

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

Outdoor fees go up in smoke for Wellington restaurants

As of 1 July the Wellington City Council adopted an initiative to encourage cafes, bars and restaurants with outdoor dining areas to go smokefree by offering free outdoor dining licence fees for 2017-2018.

Great Glenorchy Getaway Day Gets Wild

The winter Great Glenorchy Getaway Days are back, and visitors and residents of Central Otago are invited to inspire their “inner survivor” and get wild about the spirit of resilience on Saturday 22 July.

Perfect weekend for start of free park and ride service

An estimated 7,000 plus people made use of the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) new free park and ride service from Ohakune and National Park Village to Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas over the weekend.

Dunne: Invercargill’s new hotel a model for trusts

In his keynote address to the NZ Licensing Trust Association Conference at the Copthorne Hotel in Masterton, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne highlights Invercargill's plans to develop a new hotel in the city’s CBD as an example of the good trusts can achieve.

Waikoropupū Springs tribunal appointed

The special tribunal to consider the Waikoropupū Springs application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) has been announced by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Air NZ’s ‘Whirl-Win’ goes on tour

In celebration of its 11th birthday, Grabaseat's birthday sale today is the site’s biggest ever, with 1,000 domestic fares priced from $1 and special offers to Asia, Australia, the Americas and the Pacific.

Langham wins sustainability award

Auckland’s Langham Hotel has become he first company in NZ to be awarded a prestigious EarthCheck platinum certification for its sustainability efforts.

Hospitality efforts win recognition for holiday parks

Five holiday parks that go the extra mile to create a special experience for their guests are finalists in the 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

Big numbers loving Splash

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

ACT: Boost infrastructure in productive Queenstown

Only ACT has a clear policy to get Queenstown infrastructure caught up with the enormous pressure it faces, says ACT Leader David Seymour as he visits the town.

A fantastical reaction to Air NZ’s latest safety video

The world’s eyes are on New Zealand thanks to Air New Zealand’s new safety video A Fantastical Journey which is already a global success with 12.3 million views since its release yesterday.

Serko and Air NZ partner to power business travel

Serko, a leader in integrated travel and expense management applications, announced today that it has partnered with Air New Zealand to provide Air New Zealand’s rich content and services to both Serko and Air New Zealand business customers.

Key conference win for Marlborough

Business Events Marlborough is delighted to announce that the Apiculture New Zealand Conference and Trade Exhibition will be held in Marlborough in 2018.

Kaikoura is now open for long weekends

Kaikoura is open for long weekends using SH1 from Christchurch. From 20 June to 30 September, SH1 south road will be open for travel every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during daylight hours.

‘Improving Performance’ the theme of Aviation NZ Conference

‘Improving Performance’ is the theme of the 2017 Aviation NZ Conference to be held at the Distinction in Hamilton on 24 and 25 July.

Hashtag hijacked!

The hashtag from our beloved #LOVETAUPO giant lettering has been stolen!

Cook Strait ferries cancelled

Sailings of the Interislander and Bluebridge ferries have been cancelled due to the deterioration of weather in Cook Strait.

Hospitality the ‘mane’ event in June spend

A rise in card spending in the hospitality industry in June coincided with the start of the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, according to Stats NZ.

Queenstown Airport: Out-of-hours departure investigated

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has completed its investigation into the after-dark flight which departed 13 minutes outside the airport’s consented operating hours on 20 May 2017.

Interislander ferry sailings cancelled

Sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled from Wednesday night because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with up to 7-metre-high waves forecast through till Friday morning.

Indonesian travel show can’t get enough of NZ

Indonesians can’t get enough of New Zealand with a popular adventure travel programme returning to the country after first visiting last year.

Conference preparations in full swing

Preparations for the National i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference being held at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel in September are in full swing with almost half of the anticipated 120 delegates already confirmed.

Mother Nature delivers Mt Ruapehu snow

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

Plants at risk as climate warms and tourism grows

Scientists are warning that alpine plants are at risk of extinction as climate change, skiing and mountain tourism spread weeds to higher altitudes.

Winter has arrived in time for July school holidays

Winter has arrived. Be ready: ice, snow, fog and more rain is forecast from Tuesday through to Thursday across most of the South Island.

Air NZ touches down at Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Air New Zealand flight touched down on Friday morning at Sunshine Coast Airport, bringing the first of thousands of visitors for the season from across the Tasman.

West Coast Cycle Trail brings companies together

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

Funding secured for Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

The $7.27m project has received a significant funding boost from New Zealand’s Regional Culture and Heritage Fund.

Anchor tenant sought for marina

A new hospitality venue at the Bay of Islands end of New Zealand’s latest cycling trail - and overlooking one of the country’s newest marina developments - has been placed on the market for lease.

Govt: Lions “had significant impact on economy”

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have applauded the successful DHL New Zealand Lions Series after the final test Saturday night at Eden Park.

Air NZ introduces smart passport service

Turning up to the airport with an expired passport will be a thing of the past for Air New Zealand customers, with the airline’s mobile app now able to scan and save passport information and send a timely reminder when it’s time to renew.

Airport visitors can now tap & go

Visitors to Queenstown Airport will now have a more convenient way to pay for car parking following the installation of new technology and Tap & Go facilities earlier this month.

LANZBC event to celebrate South America route

The LANZBC invites you to join us in a celebration of the success of Air New Zealand’s direct route to Buenos Aires.

Inaugural Pacific Tourism Insights Conference

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, in partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) will jointly organise and convene the first regional tourism conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu on the 25th of October. 

Airways CEO appointed

Airways NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of Graeme Sumner to the role of CEO.

All-time visitor record at Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum visitor figures came in at the end of June breaking all previous records. 784,756 breaks the previous record last year of 723,228 visitors.

Lessons for Marlborough from West Coast’s untamed wilderness

The West Coast’s regional tourism organisation says a new report is further endorsement of its marketing strategy which has seen the region become the fastest growing tourism market in the country over the past 12 months.

Tens of thousands for Emirates Team NZ parade

Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Auckland city centre and waterfront to welcome Emirates Team New Zealand and the America’s Cup back to New Zealand.

Opening a runaway success for new Crowne Plaza

The opening of the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch last weekend has been deemed a runaway success – as hundreds of visitors and locals poured through the doors.

Two international wine awards for The Rees

The Rees Hotel Queenstown has yet again scooped up two major international wine awards for its True South Wine List Dining Room.

Trade Me: Hospo and tourism job ads up 18.3%

New Zealand’s employment market continues to be extremely strong according to analysis of over 72,000 vacancies listed on Trade Me Jobs in the second quarter of 2017.

America’s Cup parade map

The parade to celebrate Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup win starts at 12.30pm today 6 July.

Another small step… for rocket tourism!

The Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill has passed its third and final reading.

Third Ramada Suites for Auckland

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced its third Ramada Suites in Auckland – Ramada Suites Victoria Street West, Auckland

Peters promises more tourist dollars for Whanganui

Excerpts on tourism and land access from a speech given by New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters in Whanganui on Tuesday.

$528,000 NZ Cycle Trail boost

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

Lions inject $12m into hospo for June

The Lions tour added significantly to spending in June amongst the hospitality and entertainment merchants using the Paymark network.

New GM aeronautical commercial for Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport has announced the appointment of Scott Tasker as its new general manager aeronautical commercial.

Tūmanako/hope for feisty albatross chick

The votes are in and the albatross star of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) ‘royal cam’ has been named Tūmanako meaning hope, wish, desire.  

Warnings against expectations of America’s Cup bonanza

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church has urged caution around expectations of an ‘economic bonanza’ fuelled by the hosting of the next America's Cup regatta which is expected to take place in 2021.

Major Events Fund open for applications

Have you got an event that has the potential to become iconic to the Coromandel - will attract domestic and international tourists as well as our holiday home owners - and can be run outside of peak summer?

Nearly 500,000 visitors to Coromandel last summer

Nearly half a million people visited the Coromandel over the last Christmas-New Years period, according to our latest peak population study.

Winter is here! Treble Cone opens tomorrow.

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

Established ‘holiday highway’ motel for sale

A busy motel on the main route between Blenheim and Christchurch has been placed on the market for sale.

28% jump in Whanganui visitor spend

Whanganui has shown growth of 28% in visitor spend for May 2017 compared to the same month of the previous year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are the Monthly Tourism Regional Estimates. 

Coronet Peak opens all lifts

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

Alexandra Park rolls out the red carpet

Alexandra Park will again be a popular choice for Lions fans as an official pop-up campervan site for the third All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Test.

New venues will add to Capital vibrancy

In a week when visitors to Wellington were painting the town red, the city’s hoteliers threw their support behind plans to attract more travellers to the Capital.

Pukaha Mount Bruce GM steps down

After four years of successfully guiding the fortunes of leading Wairarapa tourism attraction Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, general manager Helen Tickner is stepping down.

Te Araroa trail contributing millions to regional NZ

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

Mayor welcomes destination marketing report

Marlborough District Mayor John Leggett has welcomed the recommendations of a destination marketing review prepared for the Council.

Air NZ’s OneSmart travel card recognised

Air New Zealand has scooped the Canstar Travel Money Awards with its OneSmart card awarded Travel Money Card of the Year.

Crowne Plaza makes its return to Christchurch

Crowne Plaza Christchurch is returning to the city – a new, contemporary space for visitors and locals to connect with a revitalised city centre.

No inquiry into council funding of Singapore Airlines route

In response to queries from members of the public, we have written to Wellington City Council regarding the funding arrangement for Singapore Airlines’ Wellington-Canberra-Singapore route.

Paymark: Spirits up over weekend in Auckland

Spending through Paymark in Auckland/Northland increased amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes to $24.3 million between 9am Friday and 9am Sunday, a period that included the All Blacks-Lions test.

Tourism data provider Qrious launches Qonnect platform

The cloud-based platform-as-a-service solution allows New Zealand organisations to use big data to improve productivity, streamline processes and enhance customer engagement.

Rare WOW footage released

Rare and historic footage from two of the very earliest Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshows has been uncovered and released on DVD for the first time.

New Highlife event for Auckland

In 2018 we’re changing things up with a fresh, new and exciting concept for New Zealand, bringing Auckland its first ever New Year’s Day event experience.

NZ Hotel Industry Awards – 33 finalists named

The finalists in the New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards have been revealed and five regions dominate the line-up – Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Homecoming parade for Emirates Team NZ

Planning for a homecoming parade in Auckland for the victorious Emirates Team NZ is underway.

Australian travel agents learn about NZ’s hidden gems

In a first for Australia, 600 frontline travel agents have taken part in a series of events across the country, learning how to sell New Zealand’s hidden gems.

Haka record goes global as world media get a taste of NZ

The world's biggest haka in Rotorua, organised as part of the nationwide festival of events for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series tour attracted extensive international media attention.

GO Rentals leads industry with first Qualmark Gold Award

GO Rentals today announced its newly received Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Award, the first business in the New Zealand car rental industry to accomplish the prestigious, internationally-recognised rating for excellence in sustainable business practices.

Google showcases Tourism NZ marketing

Tourism New Zealand’s approach to destination marketing has gained international recognition from Google and Brand Ba.se.

A Taste of Hawke’s Bay in Wellington

Hawke’s Bay Tourism along with over 20 local tourism and hospitality operators will be heading to Wellington to provide a taste of Hawke’s Bay to Lion’s fans and Wellington locals. 

RotoruaNZ reaches 200,000 fans on Facebook

Destination Rotorua’s Facebook page has just reached 200,000 ‘fans’, only the second destination Facebook page in New Zealand to have achieved this milestone.

Major refurb for Auckland Airport Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport today announced a full refurbishment of all public spaces, starting next month.

NZ First shows welcome commitment to regions: LGNZ

New Zealand First’s Campaign for the Regions which was launched yesterday contains a number of commitments Local Government New Zealand welcomes. 

$160K funding boost for Canterbury tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges today announced that the Government will provide $160,000 to support tourism strategy projects in Canterbury. 

Waikato’s strong cultural links attract major event

Waikato will welcome around 800 international Indigenous studies experts in June 2019.

NZ Cruise Conference: Riding the growth wave

Regions keen to capture a bigger share of the fast-growing cruise market will have an opportunity to highlight what they are doing to improve port facilities at this year’s Cruise New Zealand Conference in Auckland, 29 August.

$300K boost for Tarawera ultramarathon upgrade

The Tarawera ultramarathon will receive an investment of $300,000 over the next two years to support the expansion of the internationally successful event.

Last week to apply for Auckland Airport development grants

Applications for Auckland Airport's fifth annual round of Tourism Development Grants close at the end of this week.

TNZ: Smart marketing sees shoulder season growth

Data released yesterday confirms the success of Tourism New Zealand’s shoulder season strategy with stronger growth in holiday arrivals seen in spring 2016 and autumn 2017, than the traditional summer peak.

Paymark: $740K Lions boost for Waikato

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Another Lions game and more cause for celebration - or commiseration. Whatever the motive, spending through Paymark in Waikato increased amongst merchants such...

No excuse for illegal camping

With Auckland expecting 34,000 visitors for the upcoming All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Test matches, Alexandra Park is reporting solid bookings from fans as an official pop-up campervan site.

Video: ACB Auckland Famil Day MEETINGS 2017

The Auckland Famil Day video from MEETINGS 2017 produced by ATEED's Auckland Convention Bureau.

Growing job vacancies in tourism & hospitality

New job vacancy data illustrates the difficulties tourism and hospitality businesses are facing to find good staff, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Hamilton becomes a ‘Neat’ place

Hamilton Central Business Association in conjunction with Hamilton & Waikato Tourism and Hamilton City Council, is excited to bring Neat Places to Hamilton.

LGNZ: Future-focused plan for infrastructure needed

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.

Settlement of Kaikōura claims progressing well

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee says settlement offers for the majority of claims from the Kaikōura earthquake are on track to be made by the end of the year. 

Rugby fanzone to open for Lions series

Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone is the Auckland hub for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and the nationwide Rugby 2017 Festival.

Entries open for 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards

These awards recognise the best tourism businesses and experiences in Hawke’s Bay.

TIA: Hotel conference explores the future

From collaborative cooking areas to robotic concierges and living hotels that look different every time you visit, the latest in hotel design and service trends will feature at next month’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.  

Parklands Motor Lodge sale a rare opportunity for investors

The sale of Parklands Motor Lodge offers owner-operators and passive investors alike the rare opportunity to acquire a freehold motel with vacant possession in the highly desirable area of Turangi.

Air NZ domestic demand jumps 12%

Air New Zealand carried 1,165,000 passengers during the month of May, an increase of 8.7% compared to the same period last year.

Discussing Tourism around the country

Tourism businesses around New Zealand are being invited to discuss the big challenges and opportunities facing them and their region at a series of events organised by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Norfolk Island Airlines is Auckland Airport’s 30th partner

The arrival into Auckland of a chartered Nauru Airlines B737-300 from Norfolk Island would not have turned many heads on Saturday afternoon.

New sightseeing experience at Cardrona

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

Large-scale hotel and hospitality venue placed on market

One of the largest multiple-revenue stream hospitality operations in the Lower North Island has been placed on the market for sale.

Treble Cone on standby

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

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.

A roaring success: The Lions in Rotorua

The excitement of the DHL NZ Lions Series isn’t quite over for Rotorua with many visitors expected to return to the district during the coming weeks.

Air NZ gets ‘Green Light’ for Lorde premiere

From today Air New Zealand will be the first airline in the world to feature Kiwi singer Lorde’s newly released second album Melodrama as part of its inflight entertainment offering.

Govt funding gives Hundertwasser the green light

The Whangarei Art Museum Trust will receive up to $3 million towards its bespoke project to build a Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei. 

Opening of South Pacific’s newest conference destination

The South Pacific’s newest conferencing destination, Niue, has received a high-level opening this week with the opening of the Matavai Conference Centre Niue.

FMC: Time for Remarkables National Park

Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) has launched its Remarkable Outdoors campaign headlined by a proposed new national park - ‘The Remarkables National Park’ in the Otago Southland high-country near Queenstown.

Whangarei Mayor: ‘Here’s to the future’

Here's to the future says Mayor Sheryl Mai, celebrating Hundertwasser's funding news.

Tourism benefits from region’s first EV charging station

Gisborne is about to get its very first EV (electric vehicle) fast charging station, with current and future local EV drivers, businesses and the wider tourism industry expected to benefit.

PM opens tourism facilities in Niue

Prime Minister Bill English has today opened new facilities and announced a range of initiatives to support tourism and improve services for local households in Niue.

Auckland Airport wins two international awards

Auckland Airport has won two international awards, with the company being named Australasia’s Leading Airport 2017 in the World Travel Awards and placing ninth in the world in the 2017 AirHelp rankings for airport excellence.

Delays on popular tourist route

People who use the road between Wanaka and Tarras, State Highway 8A, may experience some disruptions from next week

Clean zones to be enforced during Lions Series

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is enforcing clean zones at the venues for all DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 matches.

Kelly Tarlton’s launches Blue Project

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, with generous support from the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund, has launched The Blue Project, a marine outreach programme aimed at educating kiwi kids about the importance of marine conservation and sustainability.

Popular tourist routes focus of road safety improvements

Work is now underway on dozens of individual road safety projects that aim to make busy South Island tourist routes safer for visiting drivers

West Coast’s ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ brand recognised

The West Coast’s 'Untamed Natural Wilderness' brand has seen the council become a finalist at the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards.

South Island companies offered assistance to market in China

South Island tourism businesses have a month to apply for the latest round of Christchurch Airport’s ‘New Horizons’ programme.

Reintroducing kākāriki to Northland a tourism winner

A Northland restoration group has reintroduced kākāriki – New Zealand’s native parakeet – to the Bay of Islands after an absence of 30 years with the new residents set to become the region’s latest tourist attraction.

Sichuan Airlines’ new Auckland route

Sichuan Airlines’ new Auckland route provides New Zealand’s first direct connection to south west China

Shared vision leads to an MOU between Destination Rotorua and DOC

Destination Rotorua and Department of Conservation (DOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin how they will share information and collaborate to support tourism, destination management and conservation within the Rotorua Lakes District.

Lions purr in heartland Kiwi accommodation

British and Irish Lions rugby fans are using a popular camping app to rest up in rural New Zealand.

NZ travel sellers can now become specialists

New Zealand based travel sellers can now promote their specialist country knowledge in the same way as their international counterparts.

Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award

Jasmine Adams of the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has won the inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award for holiday park professionals under the age of 35.

The GREAT Bus pulls into the Octagon

As the Lions’ tour reaches the fourth stop on the New Zealand series, the British High Commission’s mobile home will be in full force again.

New Pink and White Terraces survey fixes location

A new research paper reports the findings of the Pink, Black and White Terraces locations of old Lake Rotomahana.

Community’s views to be sought on freedom camping

The Dunedin City Council will seek the community’s views on issues related to freedom camping.

Winter Festival set to turn the heat up

Palmerston North City Council is hosting the three-day Winter Festival for locals and Lions rugby tour visitors.

Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides take top award

Rotorua Museum Outside the Walls Walking Tour Guides has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards.

Luxury lodge comes to market

The luxury Lake Karapiro Lodge and hospitality venue in Waikato is for sale.

Skyline Queenstown celebrates 50th anniversary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHvnViKETXY PRESS RELEASE: Skyline Enterprises New Zealand’s most-visited tourist attraction, Skyline Queenstown, kicks off five months of community-focused celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary. The pioneering NZ-based global...

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

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

Auckland Australasia’s leading meetings and conference destination

Auckland has been named the top meetings and conference destination in Australasia at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

Queenstown Trails Trust targets $30,000 fundraising

PRESS RELEASE: Queenstown Trails Trust The Queenstown Trails Trust is spearheading a major fundraising appeal during June in a bid to boost membership and provide all...

Biggest turn out in a decade for Happy Valley opening

A record number of skiers, snowboarders and sightseers headed to Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley over the long weekend.

Good information key to managing freedom camping behaviour

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

Air NZ secures US Navy contracts worth up to $58.5m

Air New Zealand’s Gas Turbines business has been awarded four significant contracts worth up to USD$42m (NZ$58.5m) by the United States Navy.

New parking options on the way for Queenstown Airport

Southern Lakes residents and visitors alike will soon see some changes to parking at Queenstown Airport.

IHG NZ strikes gold at World Travel Awards

Two InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) New Zealand properties have struck gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Air NZ Australasia’s #1 airline again

Air New Zealand was named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the ninth year in a row at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Choice Hotels’ launches new domestic marketing campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWMcv7eEeZY PRESS RELEASE: Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of New Zealand’s largest hotel franchise groups, has today launched its new marketing campaign, ‘Need A Break’,...

Trans-Tasman travel keeps trade with Australia flying high

Trans-Tasman travel was worth more than $2bn each way, making travel ties with Australia worth more than those with China.

Targeted accommodation rate will backfire on Auckland

Waikato-Tainui warns that Auckland Council’s rate increase targeting commercial accommodation operators will put new hotel developments and jobs at risk.

Auckland Airport launches jobs and skills hub

Auckland Airport formally launched Ara, its South Auckland jobs and skills hub, on Friday.

Protection order proposed for NZ’s largest, clearest springs

An application for a Water Conservation Order for the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand has been accepted and referred to a special tribunal.

Destination Great Lake Taupō launches winter campaign

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

Lions receive powerful Māori welcome to NZ

New Zealand turns on Māori culture, British heritage and a shared sporting passion as the British & Irish Lions are officially welcomed.

Christchurch Centre designs reveal world-class venue

Landmark architectural designs for the Christchurch Centre have been released showcasing the 2000-delegate capacity venue.

Auckland to hold World Veterinary Association Congress in 2020

Auckland has secured the bid to host another top international congress at the NZICC in 2020 worth an estimated $6.2m to the regional economy.
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