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Dunedin & Otago

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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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