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Coromandel & Bay of Plenty

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.

Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land

Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

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.

International spend jumps 22% to drive Coromandel growth

International visitor spend jumped 22% to $106m for the year to June 2017 in a record year for The Coromandel, according to Destination Coromandel's latest annual report.

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.

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!

Share a stake in the sand

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

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.       

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%.

Te Puia and hapu buy Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua's Te Puia and two local hapu have bought Rotorua's Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal attraction.

Refreshed push for BOP tourism priorities

The implementation of regional tourism priorities to help grow the Bay of Plenty's visitor economy to $2.5bn by 2030 is part of a refresh of the region's development action plan.

An Operator’s View: Waimarino Group’s Blair Anderson

Waimarino Group’s director, Blair Anderson, on changing international perception of the regions, breaking into the cruise ship market, and first learning about the tourism distribution chain down at the pub.

Waimarino to launch new night-time, cultural products

Bay of Plenty tourism stalwart, Waimarino Group, is developing two new products to add to its kayaking operation.

Major Events Fund open for applications

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

Nearly 500,000 visitors to Coromandel last summer

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

Council restores $4m funding for new visitor centre

A funding review sought by Tourism BOP has seen Tauranga City Council change its mind and restore its $4m funding for a new Mount Maunganui visitor centre.

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

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

From the Regions: Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Kristin Dunne

In the first of our weekly series From the Regions, Kristin Dunne, chief executive of Tourism BOP, tells us about the challenges of coping with 36% growth, unlocking the region's natural attractions and the RTO's new 10-year draft strategic plan.

Initiatives aimed at boosting tourism facilities get funding

Community-based organisations with projects aimed at developing visitor facilities have received a funding boost.

Waterfront backpackers for sale

The only waterfront backpackers accommodation hostel in the Coromandel tourist-magnet township of Whitianga has been placed on the market for sale.

Star roles for tourism in city plans

Tourism centerpieces are at the heart of fresh annual plans for both Wellington and Tauranga.

Coromandel open for business after Cook skirts region

Holiday-makers can return to Hauraki and Thames Coromandel districts after cyclone Cook passed the east of the Coromandel Peninsula without making landfall.

Operators batten hatches as Cook closes in

Operators in the Thames-Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions are preparing for the worse as Cyclone Cook lashes the North Island today.

Severe weather warning for Coromandel and BOP

The Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions are battening down the hatches again as MetService issues another heavy rain warning.

Tourism driving buoyant Coromandel economy

The Coromandel's tourism sector enjoyed a bumper 2016, with data showing that visitor spending totalled $337M in 2016, up 7.7% from its 2015 level.

Q&A with White Island Tours’ Jenny Tait

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

Tourism BOP launches inaugural No Place Like Home event

The beauty of Tauranga’s McLaren Falls Park will be showcased this weekend in a unique family-friendly event – the first of its kind for the reserve.

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.

Local celebs celebrate the Bay in ‘No Place Like Home’ campaign

Local celebrities are voicing what they love about the Bay of Plenty and they want residents to join them.

Showcasing New Zealand as a photographer’s paradise

Tourism New Zealand and Nikon Australia have today launched a new global partnership to dshowcase New Zealand’s landscapes and Nikon’s KeyMission 360-degree camera.
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Tauranga tour operators buck parking rules Rebellion has broken out among the ranks of independent tour bus operators, annoyed at being restricted to a small section of Salisbury Ave on cruise ship days at Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty Times

Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga The park is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city centre. Bay of Plenty Times

Big museum and library decision less than a month away – how to have your say A council committee is less than a month away from making a big decision on the future of plans for a new museum and central library in Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times

Historic country pub for sale hopes for spin-off from cycle trail proximity A country pub next to the New Zealand national cycle network has been placed on the market for sale – just as a new spur to the track has opened up a few kilometres away. Waikato Times

Road closures for cruise ship season Between November 2017 and February 2018 there will be a number of large cruise ships visiting Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times

Whale’s playtime offers rare experience for kayakers off Tauranga A rare encounter with an inquisitive whale has given a group of kayakers the experience of a lifetime. NZ Herald

‘Fun holiday pad’ voted best in the country in Bach of the Year awards A beachfront bach in Whangamata has been crowned BookaBach’s Supreme Bach of the Year. Stuff

April 2017

Cyclone Cook: Worst is yet to come Cyclone Cook’s fury will be unleashed on much of the country today with conditions similar to those that sank the Wahine 49 years ago. Newstalk ZB

Ngati Awa buys White Island Tours The iwi has announced it is buying iconic Whakatane tour operator White Island Tours. Rotorua Daily Post

Real estate and tourism hits stride on Coromandel Peninsula Tourists and new residents are flooding into the Coromandel, but there’s a price to pay for the economic boom. Stuff

Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay The Bay of Plenty’s latest figures in tourism showed a $63 million increase in year-to-year spend. BOP Times

March 2017

Tourists spent $1.7b in Bay of Plenty in last year Tourists to the Bay of Plenty spent $1.7 billion in the last 12 months to February – up 5 per cent on the previous year. Rotorua Daily Post

Te Puke accommodation bursting at the seams Accommodation providers in Te Puke are already packed to capacity with the beginning of the 2017 kiwifruit season kicking off. Bay of Plenty Times

Restaurant review: Waihi Beach Hotel The Waihi Beach Hotel and beach pub is a local treasure that has been a landmark of the beach town for years, but has become a real foodie destination since it underwent extensive refurbishment three years ago. Bay of Plenty Times