Thursday, March 22, 2018
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NZSki launches Find you Freedom

Find your Freedom, a new brand campaign for The Remarkables ski field in Queenstown, has been launched with their pre-season video featuring long-time Head of Ski Patrol Michel Lepage as the front man.

QLDC and QAC sign Wanaka Airport lease

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has confirmed that it has finalised the terms of a long-term lease with Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) for Wanaka Airport.

GO Rentals wins Canstar Blue Award

GO Rentals has been revealed as the winner of the Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Award in the car hire category.

Tourism NZ teams up with RTOs to up-skill agents

More than 50 travel agents from India and South East Asia visited New Zealand this month to wrap up almost a year of up-skilling themselves on New Zealand.

More measures to protect Hector’s dolphins

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula.

Wellington flight path trial

A trial using satellite navigation technology to improve flight paths, reduce noise and improve the environment will commence in Wellington from September.

Rotorua wins Infrastructure NZ event

Infrastructure New Zealand has announced that the location for the 2019 Building Regions Symposium will be Rotorua with the Energy Events Centre hosting the conference in August 2019.

Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Maree Welgus as Hotel Manager for the in-development Sudima Christchurch City.

Premier athletics to return to Christchurch

World Champion shot putter Tom Walsh has an exciting message for Christchurch – premier athletics is returning to our city with the New Zealand Track and Field Championships confirmed for 2019 and 2020.

Goldie Bush tracks closing in support of Waitakere rahui

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Conservation The Department of Conservation (DOC) is temporarily closing all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve, in support of the rāhui...

Airline operators sought to fill Air NZ gap at Kāpiti Coast Airport

Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says the Council is solutions focussed and taking action, following the announcement by Air New Zealand to suspend flights between the Kāpiti Coast and Auckland.

Te Papa: New gallery a ‘game changer’ for art in NZ

The new $8.4 million art gallery spans two levels of the museum and is part of a major renewal of all Te Papa’s exhibition spaces.

TNZ wins Bronze for Backpackagram campaign

Tourism New Zealand has won two Bronze medals at the prestigious AXIS awards for its innovative Backpackagram Instagram campaign. 

SKYCITY endorsed by Women’s Refuge for domestic violence support

SKYCITY, The Warehouse Group, and Fonterra and have all received the Workplace Refuge endorsement, recognising their achievements in the family violence space.

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins airport trial

New Zealand’s first on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles will change up a gear later this year with the inclusion of the first locally designed and built vehicle.

LGNZ: Funding options needed for freedom camping

A working party led by local and central government on freedom camping is a positive step towards finding solutions for a complex problem, Local Government New Zealand.

America’s Cup decision closer with new base option

Minister for Economic Development David Parker welcomes new developments that bring closer an agreement on the shape of a world-class venue for the 36th America’s Cup event in Auckland.

Last day for America’s Cup submissions

The period for making submissions on the current notified America’s Cup resource consent applications will close today, Wednesday 14 March.

Magical makeover for Gisborne parks

Local parks are in for a magical makeover thanks to a virtual reality app launched in collaboration with national Parks Week.

TNZ: Valuable boost for golf tourism

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

Skyline Rotorua appoints sales and marketing manager

Playing a role in what makes Rotorua the tourism epicentre of the North Island is something Andrew Aitken has been passionate about for a long time.

Lantern festival boosts central city businesses

Central city businesses have reaped the benefits of thousands of people visiting the annual lantern festival in the heart of Christchurch.

Sections of Mountains to Sea trail damaged by storm

Ruapehu civil defence is now in recovery mode following the storm event on Thursday last week that caused significant damage to roads and farm infrastructure in parts of the district.

DOC, Lincoln partner to manage growing tourism economy

Lincoln University and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet “a desperate need” in the parks and recreation sector.

Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat

Spending was subdued across most of the six retail industries including hospitality.

Regions to the fore at CINZ MEETINGS 2018

Exhibitors from across New Zealand are lining up to be part of the premier national business events showcase, MEETINGS organised by CINZ this May.

Deluge traps guests at Blue Duck Lodge

Around 120 people are needing to spend the night at the Blue Duck Lodge, Whakahoro, on the Retaruke River following last night’s heavy rain.

Submissions sought to protect renown springs

New Zealand’s image is on the line as one of our most Instagram-famous locations is nearing the deadline for submissions on its protection.

SKYCITY partners with Global Women

SKYCITY has announced a new partnership with Global Women at its inaugural Winning Women professional development event, attended by more than 120 staff on Wednesday.

Tourism West Coast appoints marketing manager

Samantha Beneke has been appointed the new marketing manager at Tourism West Coast.

Suffrage 125 commemorations at Te Papa

International Women’s Day marks the launch of the year-long Suffrage 125 commemorations.

NZTA: Good progress Takaka Hill

PRESS RELEASE: NZTA Repair work on the Takaka Hill highway, State Highway 60, between Riwaka and Golden Bay has gone well in recent days. “Crews have...

DOC: Introducing the new Royal cam albatross family

A new albatross family is centre stage on the Royal cam at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.

UNWTO at ITB: Tourism should lead sustainable development

The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili's opening address of the 2018 edition of the ITB Berlin travel trade show.

Queenstown gears up to welcome 6000+ from Amway China

Excitement is building ahead of Amway China’s arrival in New Zealand for their annual leadership seminar next month.

Travellers urged to enjoy local attractions as Desert Rd closes

Travellers affected by the closure of the Desert Rd today are being encouraged to factor a bit more time into their journey so that they can enjoy some of the sites and activities on the alternate route.

Infometrics: Coromandel economy strong but tourism could slow

Infometrics warns growth in tourism activity could slow over the next few months, due to storm damage on SH25 Thames Coast Rd.

DQ goes back for seconds with MiNDFOOD

Destination Queenstown has teamed up with MiNDFOOD magazine again in 2018 to deliver a story-driven campaign to promote domestic travel to the four season resort in autumn.

Luxury chopper joins Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

The luxury helicopter is a Category A capable twin engine helicopter, engineered with world-class technology and the only one of its kind operating commercially in New Zealand.

$6m proposed for Taranaki rainforest garden

Public consultation is starting on two exciting, new projects embracing Taranaki’s tourism and environmental opportunities.

Families, groups of visitors can now apply online for NZ visas

Families and visitors travelling together to New Zealand can now apply for visas online after the latest upgrade to Immigration ONLINE.

Tourism hub plans for railway station

The Railway Station could be used as a tourism and community hub where the i-SITE and proposed community museum would be.

JUCY among the winners at Round the Bays

JUCY was among the winners at the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event.

Record Summer at Museum and Quake City

Canterbury Museum and its special exhibition Quake City (above) have had another record summer with 276,061 visitors during the last three months.

Queenstown freedom camping feedback available

Queenstown Lakes District Council has received a significant amount of feedback in an online poll asking how freedom camping should be managed in the district.

WREDA seeks to wow a wider arts audience

A programme to make arts and culture available to a wider audience is part of an initiative to mark the numerous cultural milestones being celebrated in Wellington during 2018.

Helicopter crashes at Wanaka Airport

Emergency services responded to an incident at Wanaka Airport on Thursday morning which involved a helicopter crashing in the airport’s helicopter training area at 11.28am. 

NZ top of mind among premium travellers

A desire for unique experiences, unlimited spending power and the ability to travel whenever and wherever is a powerful combination that is paying dividends for New Zealand’s luxury market.

Dunedin Airport income jumps 41%

The Dunedin City Holdings Limited group has reported a surplus after tax profit of $3.8m for the six months to December 2017

Wanaka parade for Olympic medalists

QLDC is encouraging members of the public to show their support for the returning New Zealand Winter Olympic team at a special event in Wanaka today.

SH1 to Kaikōura to reopen on Friday

PRESS RELEASE: NZ Transport Agency The NZ Transport Agency will reopen State Highway 1 through Kaikōura from Friday, 2 March, following extensive landslip removal following ex-cyclone...

Customs: Record summer at international airports

Customs processed nearly three-and-a-half million passengers through eGate facilities and counters at airports in a record summer operation.

Stats NZ launches Environmental Economic Accounts

The first report of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts shows the impact of what we are doing to the natural environment and what is being done to protect it.

SkyBus to start North Harbour service

SkyBus is proud to announce the planned arrival of a new direct service between Auckland Airport and the North Harbour Auckland region.

Hamilton Airport wins from Auckland congestion

Congested Auckland roads may be contributing to an ongoing increase in air travellers choosing to use Hamilton Airport.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari secures $1.4m funding

New Zealand's largest mainland sanctuary for native wildlife has been granted $1.4 million over four years by Waikato Regional Council.

Two week extension for America’s Cup submissions

The period for making submissions on the current notified America’s Cup resource consent applications has been extended by two weeks.

China business experts announced for Christchurch forum

Two international China experts will speak at this year’s South Island Lantern Business Forum – aiming to help businesses take a strategic view of opportunities presented by the China market.

NZTA: Caravans, trailers and boaties can now get through Takaka Hill

Caravan, trailer and boat owners can now get through Takaka Hill at the end of each day now, weather permitting.

Bon Voyage, Travel Brokers, Lets Cruise recognised at CLIAs

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel, Denise Fowler from The Travel Brokers, and Mark Smith from Lets Cruise were among the winners at the CLIA Australasia's 17th Annual Cruise Industry Awards.

Kāpiti Coast Airport open day to mark Air NZ flight

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Mayor K Gurunathan will join other regional leaders, the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, and Air New Zealand to host an open day at Kāpiti Coast Airport.

Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights

Sounds Air have introduced an additional four flights a week from Wellington to Blenheim.

LGNZ: Regions get boost with Provincial Growth Fund

The $1 billion Provincial Growth Fund launched by the Government today will give New Zealand’s regions a boost and help unlock the potential of our rural and smaller centres, says LGNZ.

TNZ launches events guide: The Art of Excelling at Association Events

Tourism New Zealand has launched The Art of Excelling at Association Events publication aimed at association professionals.

NZRA: Waitakere Ranges closure a devastating blow

The New Zealand Recreation Association has expressed sadness at the Auckland Council decision to close the entire forested area of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and major tracks in the Hunua Ranges.

NTT celebrates 10th Qualmark Gold with golden tractor

A tractor painted entirely in gold will serve as a welcome reminder of Agrodome’s new national gold status as a quality tourism business.

Sudima boosts team with former ATEED marketing manager

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Dzin Alekzander as marketing and communications manager and Dipika Patel as digital marketing manager.

NTT’s hot pools development gets QLDC panel nod

The panel unanimously agreed to recommend that a long-term lease over the Lakeview recreation reserve be granted.

SH1 north and south of Kaikōura closed

SH1 North and South roads are currently CLOSED and the next road update will be Friday 23 February.

International artist to join Dunedin’s street art trail

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

Operators encouraged to apply for latest EV $4m funding

The fund that has supported electric vehicle development in the tourism sector is again open for applicants.      

Registrations open for RTNZ: Inbound Event

Inbound tour companies are now invited to register for the annual RTNZ: Inbound Trade Event which is being held on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April 2018 at the Heritage Hotel Auckland.

English, Tourism NZ to address investors on America’s Cup

Former Prime Minister Bill English and Tourism NZ are to present Australasian  investors with the government's America's Cup plans.

Christchurch hotel set to welcome Golden Oldies

One local Christchurch hotel owner is counting down the days until the Golden Oldies come to town, confirming record bookings for the month of April.

Air New Zealand cancels services

Air New Zealand has cancelled a number of services scheduled for this afternoon as former Cyclone Gita approaches and weather conditions are forecast to deteriorate.

Auckland secures $33m of Australian business events

Auckland’s increased focus on developing the Australian market as a source of business events has paid dividends – resulting in the city hosting $33 million worth of business events since the Auckland Business Events Plan launched in 2014.

Aussie celebs showcase Kiwi regions

The south island’s West Coast and Northland will feature in Australia’s high rating lifestyle programme, The Living Room, as part of a regional push to encourage Australians to visit in autumn.

Dunedin a blossoming tourist destination

Dunedin is attracting more international visits by promoting the city’s unique points of difference, such as its wildlife icons and heritage buildings.

How Auckland could look after the City Rail Link is built

The City Rail Link (CRL) project has identified about 200,000sqm of development potential after construction of the underground rail link is completed.

Emirates launches new Auckland to Bali route

Emirates has announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Auckland to Dubai via the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.

Queenstown starts freedom camping clamping

QLDC moved on Friday to reduce the impact freedom campers are having at several popular community spaces in Queenstown and Wanaka.

New Zealand to the fore at AIME 2018

New Zealand will be front and centre of the floor and hosting activities at this week’s 25th Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

MBIE to conduct tourism data plan workshops

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is to hold industry workshops to help inform its 2018 Tourism Data Domain Plan.

DOC: Kauearanga Valley, Pinnacles closed

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has closed Kauaeranga Valley Road, tracks, campsites and the Pinnacles Hut until 30 March 2018 (Easter Friday).

Botanic Garden sees stars

The Dunedin Botanic Garden has proved it’s one of the country’s top garden experiences, once again being awarded a six star status from the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

Sky Tower joins landmarks lighting for Chinese New Year

PRESS RELEASE: SKYCITY The Sky Tower’s red and gold glow on Auckland’s skyline is extra special this year with the icon joining some of the...

New Zealand on show in Indonesia

Seven episodes featuring multiple New Zealand locations have aired on a popular Indonesian travel show to an average audience of 1.6 million.

Australian ski marketing campaigns delivering for Ruapehu

The success of the 2017 Ruapehu Australian winter marketing campaign “Stay Taupo - Visit Ruapehu” has encouraged Tourism NZ to lead a $750,000 winter touring campaign.

Museum Rebuild: The little museum that could

Russell, the tiny tourist town in the Bay of Islands has always prided itself on its links with its past.

Swimmers warned from Otago, Canterbury lakes

PRESS RELEASE: Otago Regional Council Regular water quality monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) scums in Lake Hayes over the weekend. Detailed results...

Taupō, Hawke’s Bay showcased to 33.5 million Chinese viewers

The Taupō and Hawke’s Bay regions have been showcased to more than 33.5 million Chinese viewers in a Chef Nic episode launched this month.

2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards open for entry

The 2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards are now open to accept submissions from tourism destinations and businesses that want to wipe the floor with the competition.

Entries open for heritage tourism award

Organisers are encouraging all Canterbury individuals, organisations, and companies involved in heritage restoration, retention, promotion or tourism to submit an entry.

Great Taste Trail re-opens with detours

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

Christchurch secures international wetlands conference

The 11th Intecol International Wetlands conference will be held in 2020, and is tipped to attract around 1,000 academics, researchers and experts from around the world.

Te Papa celebrates 20 years of “our place”

After a dawn ceremony and huge anticipation, at midday on February 14, 1998, yachtsman Sir Peter Blake led two children through the doors of Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand, on Wellington’s waterfront.

Stats NZ: Hospitality spending leads growth in January

Consumers spent more on eating out and on hardware, furniture, and appliances in January 2018, according to Stats NZ.

CINZ launches 2018 mentorship programme

Applications are now open for the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) 2018 Mentorship Programme.

New choc factory, tourism venture signs at Steamer Basin

The site at Roberts Street has enough room for chocolate production, a chocolate factory tour and a cafe.

Christchurch Airport preps for strongest ever Chinese NY

Forecast Chinese arrivals for the month of February are for up to 6000 visitor arrivals which is a growth of 50% compared to February 2017.

Tourism NZ: Interest in NZ skyrockets in Japan

The number of Japanese travel agents engaged in Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme has more than tripled since improvements were made to the programme in June 2017.

New Eastland Group chair announced

Keith Sutton has been appointed chairman of Eastland Group Limited, Eastland Network Limited, Eastland Port Limited and Gisborne Airport Limited.

5000+ to converge on Christchurch’s Golden Oldies

More than 5,000 participants will take part in sports festivals during a month-long celebration of fun, friendship and fraternity.

Maritime NZ helps protect Poor Knights marine reserve

Maritime NZ is helping protect our marine environment with a campaign against ships encroaching into the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve off Northland.

Auckland Airport to build distribution and support centre

Auckland Airport today announced that it will build a new 65,000m2 distribution centre and a support centre for Foodstuffs North Island Ltd.

Work begins on He Ara Kotahi pathway and cycle trail

A ceremony has been held to officially mark the start of construction of He Ara Kotahi, a new 7.6km shared path for cyclists and pedestrians through Palmerston North and over the Manawatu River.

Millions of Aussies wake to Wellington

Lord of the Rings characters and Waitangi Day celebrations may sound like an unlikely mix but it’s what 2.4 million viewers of Australia’s Sunshine breakfast TV show enjoyed this week.

SKYCITY launches state-of-the-art esports studio

Australasia’s first direct-to-television esports studio will open this week in the iconic Sky Tower.

Christchurch secures major tech conference

One of the most respected technical conferences to be held in Australasia is coming to Christchurch.

Auckland Airport reaches 1 million passengers per month, 10 million per year

Auckland Airport exceeded one million international passengers (excluding transits) in a single calendar month for the first time since the airport opened in 1966.

Digital hotel opens for business

The evening of Thursday 8 February will see Dunedin’s heritage listed Penthouse on Stafford street, staging the launch of the world’s first completely digital hotel.

Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple Trip Advisor awards

Family-owned Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple top 5 rankings in Trip Advisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards

Tourism hotspot campus to provide in-demand hospo training

With Rotorua continuing to shine as a premier tourist destination in New Zealand, NZMA will open its first campus there this month, to deliver hospitality programmes for the local community.

QLDC asked to authorise freedom camping changes

QLDC has been asked to authorise restrictions as the first steps towards addressing irresponsible behaviour by a minority of freedom campers.

Baby penguins off to swimming start

The newest additions to the sub-Antarctic penguin family at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland are off to a swimmingly good start to life as they made a splash in their first aquatic lessons.

Dean: Waitaki omission from freedom camping forum a “slap in the face”

Waitaki's omission is a slap in the face for the people of North Otago.

Inbound companies reminded to save the date for RTNZ-ITO event

Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ) is reminding inbound tour companies to 'save the date' for the annual RTONZ-Inbound Trade event.

Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Conservation The Department of Conservation (DOC) has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks,...

Tourism, conferences, culture boost building consents

Building consents for all non-residential buildings including offices, education buildings, storage, and cultural buildings were worth $6.5bn in 2017.

Tourism marketers become destination managers

The boom in tourism this summer is turning the attention of regional marketers towards destination management, in an effort to balance industry growth and local community satisfaction.

Auckland Airport takes to the streets to combat congestion

The airport is taking the increased passenger flow and logistics issues seriously, using a unique combination of traffic and passenger flow measurement technology.

Motorcycle Mecca starts expansion and redevelopment

A large expansion and redevelopment project has officially started at the Classic Motorcycle Mecca in Invercargill.

Mayor welcomes government’s freedom camping call

New Plymouth District (NPD) Mayor Neil Holdom has welcomed Government moves to find a solution to the nationwide freedom camping problems.

After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley

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

New Zealand to come alive at AIME 2018

The New Zealand story is set to come alive at AIME 2018 this month with a bold new stand in the premium zone, mixing digital innovation and distinctive cultural elements.

‘Highest hotel in New Zealand’ offered for sale

One of New Zealand's most iconic alpine resorts is being offered for sale through Colliers International.

Award winning eco-adventure product comes to NZ

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

Rotorua’s geothermal wonders wow Filipinos

More than 1.5 million Filipinos tuned in to watch a recent episode of a popular television programme showcasing Māori culture and Rotorua’s geothermal wonders.

SeePort attracts more than 70,000

This year has been the most successful ever, with over 72,000 people visiting over the weekend

UNWTO: Global tourism arrivals highest in seven years

International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

QLDC seeks public input on freedom camping

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking public input on the challenges posed by increasing numbers of freedom camping in the district.

New Plymouth mayor calls for stronger freedom camping rules

Mayor of New Plymouth District calls for stronger freedom camping rules to protect the access of locals.

New touring map released for Chinese visitors

The i-SITE network has released a Chinese version of their popular New Zealand touring map for the first time this month.

Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson joins NTT board

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is pleased to announce the appointment of business founder and Reserve Bank of New Zealand Director, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson, to its Board.

TNZ appoints new GM Corporate Affairs

Tourism New Zealand has appointed Rebecca Ingram to the role of GM Corporate Affairs, based in Wellington.

Auckland: City of Cycles?

Sure, it's not Copenhagen but that doesn't mean Auckland can't put on a decent cycle tour.

Christchurch Airport: December busiest month ever

Statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record.

Christchurch jumps in Australian destination preferences

Christchurch has jumped six spots as a preferred destination for Australian visitors.

NTT: All Blacks Experience will bring fans closer to their favourite teams

The All Blacks Experience will open at SKYCITY in 2019 and provide visitors with a state-of-the-art, interactive experience that will showcase the All Blacks and NZ's other national rugby teams.

Airport secures first North Island Alipay merchant

A Christchurch Airport project helping New Zealand businesses sign up to Alipay, the world’s largest online payment system, has its first North Island merchant.

Dean: Certainty needed for TIF

The Government needs to move quickly and provide certainty on future funding for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, National Party Tourism Spokesperson Jacqui Dean says.

IATA: New Zealand tourism tax ‘ill-conceived’

Reports suggest the New Zealand government is considering imposing charge on international air travelers.

Auckland port to provide shore power for cruise ships

Ports of Auckland has released the results of its study into the feasibility of using shore power for cruise ships berthed in Auckland.

Wyndham to build $25m Ramada Suites

Hospitality giant Wyndham Hotel Group and New Zealand developer Safari Group have announced plans to open an 85-room Ramada Suites in Manukau

Pou unveiled at Te Puia l NZMACI site

NZMACI tumu whakairo (head of school), Arekatera Maihi says it is the first time the three main carving styles of this area have been officially acknowledged in one place.

Milford Sound introduces Smart Parking tech

The popularity of Milford Sound Information Centre and Café with the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the area each year meant increasing pressure on the parking facilities.

Stats NZ: Visitor numbers rise while migration slows

A record 3.71 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the November 2017 year. This was an 8 percent increase from the November 2016 year, Stats NZ said today.

Karangahake Gorge heritage site to get a new bridge

The construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Ohinemuri River at Karangahake Gorge Reserve carpark will begin in January 2018.

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app

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

Come clean to The Coromandel – be a kauri champion this summer

The Coromandel Kauri Dieback Forum is calling on everyone visiting Peninsula forests this summer to help prevent kauri dieback disease spreading.

Strong support for Christchurch restoration and recreation

Regenerate Christchurch has published all feedback on possible land uses for the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area.

Health warning lifted for Lake Taupō

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

e-Gates open to more nationalities this summer

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

National: Tourism continues as big earner for Otago

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

Holiday parks still taking bookings for summer

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

Bula! Air New Zealand boosts Fiji flights from Christchurch

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

Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

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

TIA: Councils encouraged to apply for next round of TIF

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

More sustainable funding needed for tourism

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

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

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

Wildlife benefit from SH1 reopening

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

Millbrook wins planning approval for $45m development

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

Southern Discoveries recommits to help threatened species

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

Air NZ and Virgin boost Auckland-Brisbane services

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

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

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

Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

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

NZ helicopter company wins international recognition

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

Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership

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

All abuzz with bees for The Rees

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

New marketing manager for Wairakei Resort and Chateau Tongariro

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

City boundary signs get the brand treatment

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

Ruapehu launches new brand

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

Air NZ charters aircraft to meet summer schedule

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

Swimmers warned away from Lake Taupō sites

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

Record dry days for Christchurch Airport while West Coast soaks

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

LGNZ: Under pressure councils would welcome visitor levy

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

Boost to Auckland-Singapore services

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

Invercargill to get a ‘Rev Up’ in new event

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

Mt Ruapehu’s long-serving GM to leave

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

Queenstown Airport: Sustainable aviation hub for Wanaka welcomed

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

New Zealand on a winner at PCOA Conference

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

Popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle returns

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

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

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

…and so does The Spire Hotel at Queenstown

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

Ziptrek Ecotours launches new Queenstown tour

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

ChristchurchNZ: Successful city economy critical to NZ

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

Airport advice for international travellers this summer

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

Dunedin Harbour vision on display at Toitū

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

Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation

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

Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey

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

Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal

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

Ramaroa opening adds new dimension to Queen Elizabeth Park

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

Milford Sound Scenic Flights expands fleet

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

Historic architecture and fine wine combine this summer

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

DOC: Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk

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

Ngāi Tahu Tourism selects apprentice

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

Over The Top welcomes an ‘over the top’ helicopter

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

Larnach Castle achieves Qualmark trifecta

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

Green Jersey Explorer Tours goes international

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

Extensive upgrade planned for the zoo’s chimp habitat

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

Real Journeys reopens Te Anau visitor centre

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

Air NZ’s Dreamliner goes year-round to Adelaide

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

Go Bus launches Savy service

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

Tourism NZ fosters China’s next generation of skiers

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

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

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

Ruapehu Easter Sunday trading rules under review

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

Winners of UNWTO Awards announced

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

Singapore Airlines’ top holiday travel tips

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

Two years in two minutes: Memorial Avenue airport bridge

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

Festival of Lights injects $4.6m, attracts 8000 visitors

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

Resilient Wellington attracts crisis response conference

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

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

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

Cruise Lines International signs MoU with NZ Cruise

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

NZ School of Tourism partners with Chinese airline

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

Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle

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

SkyCity to end chief innovation officer role

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

Christchurch-based autumn breaks promoted to Australians

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

CINZ MEETINGS 2018 launches to Australian conference organisers

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

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

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

Air NZ, government scope new tree planting fund

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

Eden Park reigns supreme at EVANZ Awards

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

Te Papa’s Mahuki teams showcase tech innovations

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

Daylight opening hours for SH1 around Kaikoura

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

Thai Airways daily Dreamliner adds 1200 seats a week

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

Auckland Airport to open second stage, names retailers joining hub

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

SkyCity poaches NZME chief marketing officer

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

eGates open to Chinese travellers

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

NZ Māori Tourism rolls out red carpet

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

Queenstown Marathon sets new records

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

Rainbow’s End recognised at prestigious international awards

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

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints new GM Experience Operations

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

Skyline Enterprises appoints China/Asia sales manager

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

Bluebridge appoints new ferries sales manager

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

Let’s Get Wellington Moving launches

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

MOTAT marketing recognised

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

NZ takes fresh approach at 10th PCOA Conference

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

Kaikōura Harbour back in business

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

Earthquake commemoration a time for reflection

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

Tourism NZ launches Philippines jvs, signs airline MOU

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

Tourism a key focus at NZ, China mayoral talks

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

Wherewolf named Deloitte’s “One To Watch”

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

Tourism students given financial boost

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

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

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

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

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

Len Lye Centre pumps $7.4m into district

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

Biosecurity x-ray trial targets hand baggage

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

Airways NZ reports strong full year result

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

Councils highlight growth infrastructure as urgent issue

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

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

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

Air New Zealand first airline to join global EV movement

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

USA’s west coast wowed by Maori culture

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

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom prepares to open

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

Air NZ lifts capacity by 90,000 seats for summer

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

QLDC clarifies visitor accommodation rules

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

Air New Zealand named top airline in Oceania

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

$15m upgrade boosts Mt Ruapehu ski season

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

Wellington, Auckland win big at recreation industry awards

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

New tracking technology for Air NZ cargo

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

Airwork to delist from NZX

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

Heavy spring snow partially closes Routeburn Track

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

Bus, train workers to protest Auckland Transport

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

QLDC: Visitor accommodation rules to be reconsidered

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

Convention Centre concrete pour good news for city

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

Warning to drone operators near Auckland Airport

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

Kākā adventure app launches in Wellington

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

Coromandel launches first regional Food Forum

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

Japanese famils showcase NZ regions in spring

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

Tourism and travel specialist to lead transport group marketing

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

Global aviation upgrade trial comes to Christchurch

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

Queenstown student awarded tourism scholarship

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

Hospitality’s future leaders recognised with $3000 scholarships

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

Christchurch kayak business launches

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

SH1 north of Kaikoura scheduled to re-open 15 December

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

Air NZ on track with new Short Walks and Day Hikes

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

Paymark: Regions lead growth into Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ launches new website…

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

…while AJ Hackett International launches new attraction

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

Real Journeys announces three key appointments

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

Grand Chancellor Hotels expands NZ, Australia HQ

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

NZICC appoints Garrick Loft Senior Sales Manager – New Zealand

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

E tū challenges Aerocare after clipboard sucked into Jetstar engine

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

Video: Thirty years of KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine celebrated

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

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

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

Virtuoso Strings reigns supreme at Wellington Airport awards

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

Operator raises funds to protect endangered birds

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

Europcar NZ tests 100% electric vehicle fleet

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

Cycling Action Network: First NZ Bike Expo a success

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

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

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

Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit

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

Kiwis help Christchurch visitor attraction prepare to re-open

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

Lifetime of contribution to hospitality recognised

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

TNZ’s winning website collects another award

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

EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL – the winners

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

Ziptrek ‘Locals Day’ a soaring success for camp

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

Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

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

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel launches

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

Coromandel recognises outstanding contribution to tourism

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

Top 10 Holiday Park excels in local tourism

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

Jenny Simpson receives CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award

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

“Staggering stats” from Skyline Queenstown

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

Potentially toxic algae confirmed in Cardrona River

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

Christchurch Adventure Park targets December opening

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

Christchurch’s Incredible Race 2017

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

Air NZ’s Dreamliner touches down in Adelaide

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

TIA: Industry pleased Tourism staying on front bench

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

FMC, NZRA welcome new Conservation Minister and funding

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

Mighway RVs offered to California fire victims

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

NZ’s first rental camper trailers hit the road

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

Popular regional hotel comes to market

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

TIA appoints TEC, SkyCity, Whale Watch heads to board

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

Auckland major events funding applications now open

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

Forestry works to begin near Skyline Queenstown

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

Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail

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

Milford, Routeburn guided walks awarded Qualmark Gold

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

Rainbow ends at Waihi’s ‘heart of gold’

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

Queenstown Airport appoints new GM

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

PRINZ conference coup for Hamilton & Waikato

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

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

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

New timelapse footage of NZICC shows project in progress

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

Destination Queenstown board members appointed

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

Conference wins worth $31 million celebrated

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

Air NZ wins innovation award

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

Golfers paradise planned for Highlands

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

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

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

Australian agents ride the trails to sell NZ cycling holidays

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

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

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

International group appointed to enhance business events growth

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

Tasman operator receives Blind Association award

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

NZ celebrates 10th PCOA with largest-ever team

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

Air NZ offers extra flights for football fans

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

Heli Tours Queenstown achieves Qualmark success

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

Businesses recognised for conservation successes

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

Bus, train, ferry use highest in 60 years

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

Hospo’s rising stars celebrated at awards

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

Aussies lead overseas invasion at Air NZ Queenstown Marathon

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

Inaugural Wellington Heritage Week goes down in history

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

The George named in top ten Readers Choice Awards

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

Crowne Plaza: Opening exceeds expectations

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

Queenstown Airport launches Chinese language website

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

Gay Ski Week QT nominated for Australian LGBTI award

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

Texaco tanker to make historic journey

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

Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo

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

ATEED board appoints ex-TIA chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Predator Free starts in your own backyard this Conservation Week

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

Tainui plans 40 room expansion for Hamilton Novotel

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

Go Orange appoints general manager

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

Travel rewards for staff a big business opportunity

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

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

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

Wildwire, Cardrona, Edgewater recognised in awards

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

Chris Jolly Outdoors launches cultural cruise experience

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

Penguin colony teams up with China Travel Service

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

Crowne Plaza wins silver in national design awards

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

Air New Zealand boosts Houston services

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

Emirates ends Auckland to Australia flights

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

Council considers cruise, freight port study recommendations

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

Queenstown & Wanaka airports focus on safety

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

Nature Watch Day at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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

The Honest Lawyer peninsula property for sale

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

Gallery to close for accessibility refurb

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

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

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

Nominations open for champions of public access to outdoors

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

Outgoing Meridian CEO to join Auckland Airport board

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

CINZ appoints new Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

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

Rainbow’s End awarded prestigious Qualmark Gold

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

B&B Association NZ unveils new look

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

Visitors spend more in Hamilton & Waikato

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

Applications open for new major events fund

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

Ferry terminal seawall repair underway

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

Rainbow’s End garners seven nominations

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

New Great Walks – have your say

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

Mt Hutt opens highest spa pool in the country

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

The votes are in for Ziptrek’s Locals Day recipient

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

Christchurch Airport recognised for support of South Island tourism

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

KiwiRail wins supreme Excellence in Business Support Award

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

Learn more about the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre

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

IHG appoints NZ sales and marketing director

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

Wellington makes capital pitch to Canberra

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

Report: Freedom campers offer unique opportunities

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

Sustainable tourism operator seeks NZ’s conservation heroes

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

Zoo contributes $390K towards conservation

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

New airport directors appointed

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

Latin American travel agents eager to learn about NZ

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

Red Travel launches daily Kaikoura Express

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

Kiwis for kiwis at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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

Mineral spring holiday park for sale

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

Global experts join Air NZ’s sustainability panel

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

Auckland, Palmerston North And Wellington scoop awards

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

Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival

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

Lydia Ko shares her favourite Auckland fairways

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

Share a stake in the sand

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

Social media campaign breaks backpacker barriers

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

600-strong pōwhiri opens Rongowhakaata exhibition

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

Which is Cheapest: Rental Cars, Taxis or Uber?

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

Govt: Jet fuel allocations return to normal

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

Mt Ruapehu lake death referred to the coroner

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

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

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

West Coast tourism spend grows fastest for August

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

The Royalcam star has fledged!

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

Warm welcome for icy traveller

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

Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti

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

ServiceIQ: Start with skills but end with qualified

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

Wellington welcomes back Sofitel

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

Explore Titirangi’s new heritage tours

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

Emirates’ additional Stockholm flights boost NZ connectivity

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

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

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

World Tourism Day: Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development

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

$135K contestable fund considered for resort businesses

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

“David and Goliath” battle to save Coromandel icon

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

Manawatū Gorge options released for feedback

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

Air NZ commits to Vietnam service for 2018

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

Travel back 230 million years at new Tuatara Encounter

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

Luxury renovation revealed for Queenstown hospitality icon

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

Hauraki Rail Trail grows a new leg

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

Tourism businesses to benefit from new toolbox

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

Fiordland Tourism Awards – and the winners are…

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

Dedication to adventure recognised at NZOIA Awards

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

Jet fuel flows south after Marsden Point pipeline repaired

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

Te Papa named in top 25 museums in the world

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

BusinessNZ: New govt must focus on filling skills shortage

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

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

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

World of WearableArt 2017 designs wow in Wellington

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

Progress on consenting process for Te Ara O Hei Walk

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

Public consultation sought for Waikato theatre projects

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

Wellington gets creative in latest Australian campaign

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

Astrophotographic map of Northland on display

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

Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient

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

Glenfalloch Garden to glow with Golden Light

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

Tourism spurs services surplus to a record $1.3bn

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

Roys Peak Track closed for upgrade

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

Air NZ appoints Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer

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

Hotel Grand Chancellor appoints sales & marketing director

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

Korean celebrities visit Christchurch for reality tv show

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

World’s first Global Glamping Summit announced

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

Agents taken off the beaten track in UK, Europe

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

SPTO: Pacific tourism arrivals jump 18%

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

Kaikōura Canyon shows signs of recovery

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

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at inaugural event

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

Zoo plants 500 eco-sourced plants in restoration site

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

Te Puia manager elected first female chair of BYATA

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

IDNZ launches Bespoke Journeys

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

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

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.