Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fiordland & Southland

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.

Normal service resumes after $80K evac day for Real Journeys

Real Journeys cancelled an 8am sailing of its Doubtful Sound cruise today but further trips are operating normally following a slip that trapped 339 tourists yesterday.

Motorcycle Mecca starts expansion and redevelopment

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

After 15 years and nearly $400K, Milford Sound’s Bowen Falls track reopens

Milford Sound/Piopiotahi’s popular Lady Bowen Falls walk has reopened for the first time in more than 15 years.

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.

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.

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.

Destination Fiordland appoints new tourism manager

Destination Fiordland has appointed Sharon Salmons to the role of Regional Tourism Manager. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Invercargill Licensing Trust appoints Queenstown-based architects for inner-city hotel Queenstown-based architects Warren & Mahoney have been signed off for the development of the Invercargill Licensing Trust’s new inner-city hotel. Southland Times

New Doc boss a man of action as well as words The Department of Conservation’s new boss for the southern South Island is a published author, in-demand public speaker and an Ironman triathlete. ODT

Airbnb under the microscope in Southland Southland’s regional authorities are watching closely as neighbouring Queenstown Lakes District Council takes on global peer-to-peer rental accommodation behemoth Airbnb. Southland Times

SDC ponders how to pay for $4.6m of completed cycle trail The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail has so far incurred $10.4m in costs, but $4.6m has not been paid for, a Southland District Council report says. Southland Times

Fiordland’s scenic sounds have plenty to offer Summer is right around the corner and it’s a perfect time to head down to Fiordland for some adventures deep in nature. Stuff

Bad behaviour at DOC huts a cause for concern Obnoxious hut behaviour is causing concern for the Department of Conservation. Stuff

Fiordland National Park Management Plan review delayed A recreational development group has become frustrated as the Department of Conservation delays a plan review for the biggest national park in the country. Southland Times

Omaui track to be officially opened after years in the making After years of tireless work from dozens of volunteers, the Omaui track will have its official opening. Southland Times

World Famous in New Zealand: Milford Sound Believe the hype Even Rudyard Kipling’s description of it as the eighth wonder of the world. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is a national treasure. Stuff

‘Not enough beds to sleep on’ Southland is seeing a tourism boost, partly because of Airbnb, but it is also driving up a need for workers and the temporary rental service is leaving them nowhere to live. RNZ

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