Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Fiordland & Southland

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.

Southern Discoveries launches fleet

Southern Discoveries is launching its new fleet of glass-topped coaches taking passengers from Queenstown to its Milford Sound cruises.

Fiordland Tourism Awards – and the winners are…

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

Eight excited new team members join Dig This Invercargill

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

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.

From the Regions: Venture Southland’s Warrick Low

Venture Southland's Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low on the challenge of ensuring his region benefits from the tourism boom, the value of industry partnerships, the investment flowing into the sector and the South's point of difference.

Fiordland Outdoors Company secures scholarship

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

Cascade Creek campsite ready for summer

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

$1m funding for Stewart Island heritage centre

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

Wilderness experience trumps crowds at Milford Sound

Record numbers of visitors to the Milford Sounds have not affected the wilderness experience according to a new report.

Cancer Society, Forest & Bird receive Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause

The Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause this year will assist Forest & Bird with predator control and help train the greater number of volunteers needed by the Cancer Society.

An Operator’s View: Southern Lakes Helicopters’ Lloyd Matheson

Southern Lakes Helicopters' operations manager Lloyd Matheson tells the Ticker about coping with new DOC and CAA charges, being president of Aviation NZ and what he'd like to see changed, and why the company is now flying in Antarctica.

Invercargill air travel is not servicing local demand

Invercargill air travel is not meeting local demand as there is significant usage of other nearby airports.

Fish & Game offers to work with Southland council

Southland Fish & Game is welcoming the Southland District Council withdrawal of its High Court appeal on the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail.

InterCity plumps for JUCY with new Milford Sound deal

InterCity Group has ended its commercial relationship with Southern Discoveries Milford Sound cruises and will instead feed its passengers on to JUCY vessels.

Fiordland & Te Anau to host Godzone Chapter 7

The stunning natural features of New Zealand’s World Heritage Fiordland will be on show next year as the location for the world’s largest adventure race, GODZone.

Tourism catalyst for $40m Invercargill hotel scheme

A booming tourism market is the catalyst for a new $40m hotel in Invercargill.

Quietlight launches in Southland

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

Explorer Tourlines statement on Te Anau Milford Highway crash

Presented at Press Conference at 2pm Friday at Rydges Latimer Christchurch following the Te Anau Milford Highway crash last Tuesday that killed two German tourists.

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

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

Southern Discoveries invests $2m into “seamless” Milford tours

Southern Discoveries will enter Queenstown’s competitive coach sector after committing close to $2m to launch a fleet of coaches.

Fly fishing Waiau River makes prestigious travel list

What does fly fishing the Waiau River have in common with whale watching in Hawaii and visiting pyramids in Guatemala?

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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ROUND UP

April 2017

Fiordland buzzing this Easter From eclectic art to a festival of tartan Te Anau is turning it on for visitors this Easter. Southland Times

Invercargill breaks ground on digger-based theme park As well as excavators, ticket-holders will also be able to try their hand at driving bulldozers, skid steers, and other heavy machinery. Southland Times

Charge tourists to pay for free swimming Tourists should be charged entry to museums and art galleries to pay for swimming lessons. Southland Times

Gateway to Fiordland becoming a deathtrap for tourist drivers “Welcome to Smash Palace,” says Mobil owner Mark Dowling. Sunday Star Times

March 2017

Catlins centre seeks tourism operators The heritage visitor centre being developed in the Catlins is set to open in October and those behind it are on the hunt for operators to take on its associated tourism operations. ODT

Deadly Te Anau bus crash: Victims believed to have been German tourists Police have confirmed the two men who died in the fiery crash near Te Anau on Tuesday are believed to have been tourists from Germany. The NZ Herald

Two people dead in fiery Te Anau tourist bus and car crash Two people are dead after a fiery crash between a rental car and a bus carrying 16 tourists on the Te Anau-Milford Highway in Southland yesterday. Newstalk ZB

Southlanders choose holiday parks instead of houses More and more Southlanders are choosing to live in camping grounds instead of renting or buying houses. Southland Times

Growing tourism lets businesses flourish Flourishing tourism has been helping create and grow businesses in Tuatapere. Southland Times