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Dunedin & Otago

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.

Earnslaw, Larnach Castle, Rail Trail in landmark programme

Real Journeys' TSS Earnslaw, Dunedin's Larnach Castle, and the Otago Central Rail Trail are among 12 Otago sites recognised for their landmark heritage.

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.

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.

Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism

Chinese developer Fu Wah International says its investment in the proposed length-of-New Zealand luxury train service is a strategic move to push into the regions and invest in the country's booming tourism sector.

Larnach Castle achieves Qualmark trifecta

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

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.

Council: Waterfront development plan welcomed

An ambitious plan to develop Dunedin’s waterfront has been welcomed by the Dunedin City Council.

Bungy’s need for Highlands speed

Iconic Central Otago tourism operator AJ Hackett Bungy has teamed up with Highlands motorsport park to launch a new adventure concept which will debut in NZ this weekend.

Golfers paradise planned for Highlands

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

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.

Nature Watch Day at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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

Heritage Collection Lake Resort appoints GM

Jennifer Harper has been appointed the new general manager of the Heritage Collection Lake Resort, Cromwell.

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.

Tourism, conferences help fill Dunedin city coffers

Dunedin Venues Management, Taieri Gorge Railway and Dunedin Airport have helped boost Dunedin Council coffers.

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.

EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL menu launched

Tourism Central Otago has launched the full Central Otago Regional Menu at www.eattastecentral.co.nz.

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.

Holiday Parks conference kicks off in Dunedin

The annual Holiday Parks Association New Zealand kicks off in earnest today in Dunedin with around 230 delegates set to attend the event.

Mondelēz: Cadbury World could be put up for sale

Mondelēz International would consider a sale of Cadbury World in Dunedin in the medium to long-term.

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.

Ruapehu, Waitaki tourism leaders resign

Visit Ruapehu (VR) chief executive Claire McKnight has resigned and, in an unrelated move, Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill has handed in his notice.

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.

Tourism Central Otago launches EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL

Tourism Central Otago is launching a new food and wine campaign called EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL this Spring.

Camp Estate at Larnach Castle awarded 5 Star, Qualmark Gold

Camp Estate Country House, the luxury accommodation option offered by Larnach Castle Ltd has been the first property in Dunedin to have been awarded the 5 Star – and a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Criteria.

InterCity adds business class to Otago services

A new daily bus service between Dunedin and Queenstown will give travellers a taste of luxury on the road.

Taieri Gorge Railway affected by recent rain event

Due to damage caused by the recent rain event in the South Island, The Taieri Gorge Railway, operated by Dunedin Railways will not be operating its scheduled excursions over the next ten days.

Auckland Airport International Travel Summit – May 2018

The Auckland Airport International Travel Summit will be held on Monday 7th May 2018 at the Glenroy Auditorium at the Dunedin Centre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

From the Regions: Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan on aiming for a bigger slice of the booming tourism industry, coping wth the burdens of growth, and why smaller regions have struggled to get infrastructure funding.

Otago hospitality big winners from Lions tour

Spending benefits from the Lions rugby tour spread to Otago this week with bars, clubs and cafes reporting a big boost in sales.

The GREAT Bus pulls into the Octagon

As the Lions’ tour reaches the fourth stop on the New Zealand series, the British High Commission’s mobile home will be in full force again.

Community’s views to be sought on freedom camping

The Dunedin City Council will seek the community’s views on issues related to freedom camping.

Air New Zealand ‘Sheeran’ the fun

Air New Zealand has announced it will operate 52 extra one-way flights to help fans see Ed Sheeran.

Albatross chick needs a name

For the second year running the Department of Conservation is inviting people to help name the internet’s most famous albatross chick.

Dunedin “absolutely fizzing” for TRENZ 2018

Tourism and hospitality operators in the lower South Island are “absolutely fizzing” following the announcement that Dunedin will debut as host city for TRENZ 2018.

An Operator’s View: Dunedin Railways’ Murray Bond

Chief executive Murray Bond on Dunedin Railways' future, Dunedin's tourism needs and how he'll miss the business when he retires in October after 24 years on the job.

Dunedin Railways debuts new tour

A new chapter in Rail Touring begins today with Dunedin Railways first trip out of Christchurch heading south.

Last push to raise funds for rail tunnel

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is calling on the community to help it raise the last funds needed to purchase the property providing access to the disused Chain Hills rail tunnel.

Enterprise Dunedin hunts for new PR & Media lead

Enterprise Dunedin is recruiting for a new public relations and communications lead, following the resignation of Sharon O’Loughlin.

Video: Dunedin by night

The latest video offering from Enterprise Dunedin, this new night video showcasing the southern region took nine months to film.

Central Otago ski fields join forces for Winter Games

For the first time all the Central Otago ski areas – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Snow Farm, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone – will host the Winter Games NZ.

Dreamliner favoured for next Dunedin Aurora Australis flight

Organisers of tonight’s inaugural Dunedin Aurora Australis flight are looking to charter a Dreamliner for future trips.

Misha’s Vineyard unveils new tasting room as wine tourism grows

Misha’s Vineyard has opened a Tasting Room in Cromwell as wine tourism in the region booms.

Access to natural heritage celebrated at awards

Six of New Zealand’s champions of public access were recognised on Tuesday for their achievements in enhancing public access and offering new opportunities for New Zealanders to experience our great outdoors.

Fifty years of guardianship celebrated at Larnach Castle

The Barker family celebrated 50 years of guardianship of Larnach Castle on the 3rd of March 2017.

Public transport breakthrough for the Wakatipu

A much needed radical shift in public transport for the Wakatipu Basin’s residence and visitors has taken a step closer.

Taieri Gorge Railway chief retires after 24 years service

Murray Bond is retiring from the role of CEO at Taieri Gorge Railway Limited (now trading as Dunedin Railways) on the 6th of October 2017.

Dunedin goes wild for Aussies with $600K campaign

Enterprise Dunedin has launched the second campaign in a three-year strategy to encourage Australians to visit Dunedin in the autumn and winter months.

Wine tourism another asset for Central Otago

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says wine tourism is an exciting new growth area in Central Otago, providing yet another attraction to encourage visitors to the area.

Will Cadbury World redevelopment survive factory axe?

A final decision on the proposed redevelopment of Cadbury World will be made in April by owner Mondelez International.

Significant step towards new cycling and walking track

The Dunedin Tunnels Trail Trust is a significant step closer to realising its vision for a new walking and cycling track through two disused Victorian tunnels connecting Dunedin to the Taieri Plains.

CAUTHE 2017: Tourism researchers converge on Otago

More than 250 tourism academics from around the world have descended on Dunedin for this year’s Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education conference.

Why travel? DOC launches albatross colony live stream

For the second year running DOC has set up a web cam beside an albatross nest in the northern royal albatross breeding colony near Dunedin.

50 year olds invited to celebrate 50 years

Otago Peninsula Trust is offering special deals for people born in 1967 as part of its 50th birthday celebrations in 2017.
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New hotel possible option A tourist hotel is the latest suggestion for future options for the old Maniototo Hospital building in Ranfurly. ODT

Highlands Park Raceway unveils latest high adrenalin attraction Seven Sharp’s Mike Thorpe went to Cromwell to ride the bungy-bus. TVNZ

Rail trail stalwart retires She has been pointing the handlebars in the right direction for 23 years, but now it’s time for Daphne Hull to change gear. ODT

Test puts $9.3m into city economy The recent  Bledisloe Cup test in Dunedin injected $9.3million into the city’s  economy, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd says. ODT

Camper company’s website comments ‘offensive’ A van rental company’s website likening the Government to ”Nazis” who fine freedom campers ”like crack addicts smoke crack” has sparked a complaint from a Dunedin city councillor. ODT

Warning of camping ‘mayhem’ From disgust to relief were the reactions after a Dunedin council decision to continue allowing freedom camping. ODT

Helping tourism cash in on movie locations A Dunedin tourism consultant is heading overseas to help organisations capitalise on locations that appear in major films. ODT

Making space Otago Central Rail Trail trustee Ken Gillespie and project mastermind Ian Begg finish placing the rings on a model of Saturn, near Kokonga Lodge, in the Maniototo, as part of an “interplanetary” project on the Otago Central Rail Trail. ODT

Dunedin council votes against freedom camper ban The council has shot down a proposed ban on non-self-contained freedom campers. RNZ

April 2017

Five-star hotel: up, up or away? The battle lines are well and truly drawn in the latest bid for a five-star hotel in Dunedin. ODT

Warrington inundated with freedom campers As the Dunedin City Council looks at opening up new areas for freedom camping, to ease the pressure on Warrington Domain, some local residents are begging for relief. ODT

Air New Zealand adds new jet service between Auckland and Dunedin Air New Zealand is adding a new return jet service between Dunedin and Auckland from July. The Press

Consent in for five-star hotel Consent for the 17-storey shimmering glass tower in the heart of the city has been lodged. ODT

Paradigm paralysis in paradise The tourism boom is an invitation not an invasion, Vaughn Crowther writes. ODT

Potential in tourists’ taste for wine The potential of wine tourism in Central Otago is “massive” and will be a core plank in the Central Otago Wine Association’s (COWA) new wine strategy, its president Angus Bradshaw says. ODT

Discussions on museum Alexandra’s Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery is to hold a series of public meetings to gather feedback about a proposed revamp of the facility. ODT

Central Otago summer luge track helped by $30,000 grant A summer luge track in Central Otago is a step closer with a $30,000 grant awarded to project facilitators. The Press

March 2017

Flight chaos as fog persists in Dunedin Low-lying fog is affecting air travel around the country, with flights delayed and cancelled at several airports, including Dunedin and Invercargill. ODT

Dunedin’s Baldwin Street so popular it’s a safety concern The world’s steepest street has become so popular with tourists, it is a safety risk. Radio NZ

Freedom camping bylaw to be revisited The Waitaki District Council’s freedom camping bylaw could become more ”local friendly” after a review this winter. ODT

Resources essential as tourist numbers grow The pressure on New Zealand’s tourism infrastructure needs careful managing to maintain the unique experience visitors are seeking. ODT

Electric bike use growing on trails The use of electric bikes is up in Central Otago and there is nothing lazy or untoward about it, cycle trail operators say. ODT

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean hints May budget may have freedom camping solution Middle East tourism police might carry guns but managing problematic freedom campers in New Zealand will not require such strong measures, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. Timaru Herald

Cruise bonanza for city Dunedin’s next cruise ship season is going to be a major step up on this year’s record-setting one. ODT

Opening planned for May Whitestone City will open in Oamaru this May, Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill has confirmed. ODT

Tourism continues to drive region’s service sector Otago-Southland’s performance in the service sector index is tracking above the 2016 average, buoyed by tourism operators, cafes and their suppliers. ODT

Cadbury site a ‘huge opportunity’ Informal suggestions about the future of the sprawling Cadbury site range from “hospitals to hotels”, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. ODT

Tourists’ risky high road stops Safer stopping places are needed along Highcliff Rd, Otago Peninsula Community Board chairman Paul Pope says. ODT

Otago’s growth restrained by capacity Otago’s quarterly ranking of economic performance has slipped from top province in the country to almost middle of the pack, but only because it is at full capacity from strength in the tourism and construction sectors. Otago Daily Times

Embassy wades into ‘poo’ controversy Police are still searching for the Frenchwoman who defecated in a Dunedin street, prompting the French Embassy to ask tourists to “display good manners”. The NZ Herald

Tax the tourists, share proceeds It’s time we developed a new strategy to better cope with booming tourism. Otago Daily Times

Delayed Harbour St project nears completion The finishing touches are being made to a long-awaited $600,000 Victorian-themed Harbour St tourist attraction. Otago Daily Times

Threat to night sky view Astronomer Ian Griffin has warned Dunedin’s chances of developing lucrative dark skies tourism will be harmed by approving subdivision development. Otago Daily Times

Retiring rail boss chuffed by growth Retiring Dunedin Railways chief executive Murray Bond talks about his efforts to develop Taieri Gorge Railway and his confidence in the future of Dunedin tourism. Otago Daily Times