Sunday, April 22, 2018


300+ head to World Indigenous Tourism Summit at Waitangi

More than 300 delegates from 20 countries will converge on Waitangi today for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018.

Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback

Partly automated cleaning stations are being rolled out across regions at risk of kauri dieback disease.

Additional funding supports infrastructure for Kai Iwi Lakes

Kai Iwi Lakes is to benefit from funding from MBIE allowing Kaipara District Council to progress its planned project for additional toilet facilities and a campervan dump station at Lake Waikare.

NZTA: Access to Cape Reinga for escorted essential travel only

The NZ Transport Agency says it’s coordinating with forest owners, police and the Far North District Council to allow escorted convoys for essential travel.

Operator fined $93K after Mack Attack passenger breaks back

A Bay of Islands operator has to pay more than $93,000 in fines following a 2014 accident in which a 60-year old woman suffered a broken back on a boat tour.

$7m from PGF for Northland airport, wharves upgrades

Bay of Islands Airport at Kerikeri is to receive $1.7m from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund to help with an upgrade of its terminal.

RTOs welcome $12m funding, keen for more from $1bn PGF

Regional tourism leaders have welcomed the government's investment in developing new products and expect more to come from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund in further rounds.   

Northland, Gisborne, West Coast tourism among first to benefit from $1bn PGF

Tourism in Northland, Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast will be among the first beneficiaries of the first deployment from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.

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.

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.

Waitangi to be digitally mapped and preserved

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is to join an illustrious list of world heritage sites such as Pompeii and Easter Island to be digitally preserved.

South Island in TNZ’s sights for second single-region campaign

Tourism New Zealand will launch a single-region campaign in the South Island following the success of its pilot Northland 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Exciting new exhibition for historic Treaty House

The new exhibition will feature several themed rooms with the entrance providing a welcome area, much as it did in 1834 when it was the first British Residency in New Zealand.

From the Regions: Northland Inc’s Paul Davis

Northland Inc's General Manager of Regional Promotions & Tourism, Paul Davis, tells us about investment into tourism in his region, the need for more high-end accommodation, and why Whangarei's Hundertwasser Art Centre will be a game changer.

An Operator’s View: Whispering Trails’ Maria Kire

Maria Kire from Hokianga's Whispering Trails tells us about turning a lifestyle into a business, combining cultural and eco-tourism, and how the young business recently won a $30,000 development grant.

Anchor tenant sought for marina

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

Govt funding gives Hundertwasser the green light

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

Whangarei Mayor: ‘Here’s to the future’

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

Hundertwasser to turn Whangarei from “drive through to must see”

The Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery is set to go ahead after exceeding its referendum target thanks to the commitment of $3.5million from the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

Reintroducing kākāriki to Northland a tourism winner

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

An Operator’s View: Explore Group’s Kit Nixon

Explore Group's chief executive Kit Nixon tells us why the boat cruise and tour company set sail up the value curve, expanding overseas and delivering unique maritime experiences.

Lions receive powerful Māori welcome to NZ

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

Explore appoints new GM – Bay of Islands

Explore has appointed Ross Brljevich as General Manager – Bay of Islands, a position he will commence in early September.

LIONS 2017: Northland rising to the occasion for Lions

More than 300 warriors, mainly Ngāpuhi, both male and female, will be welcoming the British & Irish Lions team.

Northland winery & hospitality businesses up for sale

PRESS RELEASE: Bayleys Realty Group One of New Zealand’s northern-most vineyard/wineries and its associated restaurant and function venue have been placed on the market for sale. Marsden Estate is located some four kilometres from the Northland township...

Extra protection for iconic natural attraction

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced the temporary closure from today of the track leading to Tāne Mahuta.

Tourism NZ’s first ever single region campaign ends today – how much did it...

Tourism New Zealand’s campaign to bring visitors from Melbourne to Northland in the autumn had a budget of $1.8m.

Northland launches Byways campaign

How Northland as a visitor destination is marketed is about to change with Northland Inc’s launch today of the first three new road-based journeys called ‘Byways’.

World Indigenous Tourism to bring 300 delegates to Northland

Up to 300 delegates will be converging on Northland for the World Indigenous Tourism Association's (WINTA) conference early next year, the first time the event has come to New Zealand.

Council pumps $1.5m into Hundertwasser art attraction  

The Northland Regional Council has boosted the hopes of art lovers everywhere after injecting $1.5m into Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre project.

Measuring up TNZ’s debut single-region campaign

Air New Zealand, Flight Centre and Facebook data will all be used to judge the success of Tourism New Zealand’s debut single-region marketing campaign.

Where’s the money for infrastructure minister?

The reaction of many Northlanders to the news that our region is to be promoted in Melbourne to attract tourists here was no doubt enthusiastic – initially.

Northland the star of Air NZ’s latest safety video

Air New Zealand has cast an all-star lineup of homegrown talent in its latest safety video, which highlights the tourism jewels in the Northland region of New Zealand.
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Ngati Kuri making tourism gateway to Cape Reinga An attraction featuring a staircase inside the trunk of a Kauri tree has been re-branded by local iwi. RNZ

Shane Jones says Northland rail a given from Government’s $1bn development fund Northland could join the golden triangle of Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty to form a “golden diamond”, says Shane Jones, the new Minister of Regional Economic Development. NZ Herald

Transformation brings top award for lodge A Kerikeri lodge has been named the best redeveloped accommodation. Northern Advocate

April 2017

Consent sought at Opua for barge dock, railway station A group hoping to build a new railway station and offer steam train rides from Kawakawa to Opua will have to wait at least until next month to find out if it has been given the green light. Northen Advocate

Airline tells allergy sufferer to bring her own food A Whangarei woman says she was anxious about flying with Air New Zealand after the airline could not fit her meal requirements into their “diet box”. Northern Advocate

Editorial: Northland now brimming with festivals and events It wasn’t that long ago that Northland was a festival backwater. The Northern Advocate

New festival in the Bay celebrates traditional waka ama A new waka ama regatta in the Far North will start small but could grow into one of the sport’s biggest events in the country, organisers say. Northern Advocate

March 2017

MP Winston Peters questions China link with Northland road and rail construction plans Northland MP and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the region is being handed a “truck-load of bulldust” concerning who might build a local link to Northport at Marsden Pt. Northern Advocate

Chinese tourism surge on agenda A marketing drive by Northland promotional groups and Air New Zealand could see many more visitors fly here from the land of the sleeping giant. The Northern Advocate

Hundertwasser Art Centre costs escalate Increased construction costs and a higher standard of earthquake proofing have driven up the cost of Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre by $4.7 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $20.9m. Northern Advocate

Tills ringing for Northland’s tourism sector The tills have not stopped ringing for Northland’s tourism sector with news the region’s growth in visitor spending is greater than the national average. Northern Advocate

Northland: On the wild side Breath-taking views are reward for a punishing hike, writes Stephanie Holmes. The NZ Herald

Chalet Romantica wins top rating A Bay of Islands accommodation provider has been named the “best of the best” bed and breakfast facility in the land. NZ Herald