Sunday, April 22, 2018

A morning roundup of the latest tourism news from around the country and further afield, updated every weekday morning. Click the link to go to the source.

Friday, 20 April

Watch: ’If the engines fail, they will be removed’ Air NZ staff video explains Rolls-Royce engine issues. TVNZ

Gardens not for large commercial events An $8.2 million plan to develop Queenstown Gardens should not allow for large commercial events, councillors say. ODT

Plans under way to demolish All Seasons eyesore The owners of the derelict All Seasons Hotel in Christchurch could be seeking tenders for its demolition by the end of the month. The Press

Number of freedom campers in NZ doubles in two years Love them or – more frequently perhaps – hate them, but freedom campers are here to stay. RNZ

Dreamliner disruption: list of cancelled flights grows Air New Zealand has released details of dozens of cancelled and re-timed international flights due to Dreamliner engine problems. NZ Herald

Flight to Auckland turns back to New Plymouth after five minutes A ‘haze’ in the cabin of a plane heading from New Plymouth to Auckland saw the flight turned around five minutes after taking off. Stuff

‘No consultation’ disappoints penguin trust The trust that for 30 years has managed yellow-eyed penguin colonies at Katiki Point has not been part of the plans to create a new management plan for the area. ODT

Toilet planned for popular walking track The Hawea Community Association plans to install a portable toilet on the Isthmus Peak walking track soon, as visitor numbers increase. ODT

Thursday, 19 April

Air NZ delays could cause ‘significant disruption’ Air New Zealand’s flight cancellations and delays affecting thousands of passengers will cause a ripple effect, travel agents and commentators say. RNZ

Approval given for Cadbury World redevelopment Cadbury owner Mondelez International has received the all-clear for its multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Cadbury World tourist attraction. ODT

Luxury hotel bid accused of ‘disingenuous’ tactics A Chinese company trying to get visas for nearly 200 workers from China for a waterfront hotel build in Auckland is under attack from unions over its tactics. Newsroom

China leapfrogs New Zealand as Australia’s top tourist source China has for the first time exceeding travelers from neighboring New Zealand. Reuters

Minister backs bed tax to pay for infrastructure Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage supports a Queenstown bed tax as one solution to “pressure points” caused by burgeoning tourist numbers. ODT

Rotorua OGO downhill ball rolling track added to Google Street View Anyone can now get a taste of Rotorua’s famous OGO track before stepping foot into one of the attraction’s giant inflatable balls. Rotorua Daily Post

Air NZ safety checks on Rolls-Royce engines disrupts 6500 passengers Thousands of Air New Zealand passengers will be affected by an international aviation order issued due to faulty engines fitted to some Dreamliners. Stuff

‘Safety comes first’ over Air NZ engine issues Travel agents say air passengers will understand that safety comes first. Newstalk ZB

Historic Waikino Hotel saved from collapse, neglect The historic Waikino Hotel in the Karangahake Gorge has been refurbished inside and out and is ready to be re-opened for business. Waikato Times

East Auckland Tourism receives $50k to attract more visitors Progress has been a long time coming for East Auckland Tourism chair Charmaine Chapman. Eastern Courier

Proposed free camping sites opposed by Clutha camping ground operators Clutha-Catlins camping ground operators are strongly objecting a proposal to create free camping sites in the district. Southland Times

Wednesday, 18 April

NZ Fish and Game boss wants cap on high country tourism New Zealand Fish and Game has joined the call for authorities to curb the tourism increase in the South Island high country. Timaru Herald

Strict new FAA order for many Rolls-Royce powered Dreamliners forces Air New Zealand to juggle its fleet Air New Zealand’s international network faces further disruption as United States regulators bring in tough new standards covering how far Dreamliners can fly from airports in the case of an engine shut down. NZ Herald

‘We don’t want to poo in your bushes’: Confessions of a freedom camper Sam Shead finds there’s no room to manoeuvre his self-contained camper. NZ Herald

Waitangi hosting international delegates at World Indigenous Tourism Summit in Northland Now is the time for indigenous tourism. That’s the feeling at a conference in Waitangi being attended by more than 300 people from about 20 different countries, according to one Northland tourism operator. NZ Herald

Maori approach suits tourism trend More than 350 tourism operators from here and abroad are in Waitangi this week for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit. Waatea News

Signs highlight gateway to White Island Visitors travelling into Whakatane along Landing Road will now have no doubt they’re in the right place to begin their White Island/Whakaari experience. SunLive

Bylaw on freedom camping signalled A freedom camping bylaw seems on the cards for the Central Otago District Council region, as Mayor Tim Cadogan says the council needs to stay ahead of changes coming from Land and Information New Zealand (Linz). ODT

Laser strikes plane over Rolleston, Canterbury A red laser pointed at a plane flying over Rolleston could have caused a fatal crash, police say. The Press

$73m Waikato Regional Theatre gets 200 more seats An art gallery, boutique five-star hotel and retail space would all be part of the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre. Stuff

Interest shown in second round of infrastructure fund Several Otago district councils are considering applying for government funding to improve their public toilets. ODT

Tuesday, 17 April

New signs lead the way to Whakatane’s tourist attraction Whakaari New road signs have been installed pointing people to Whakatane’s Whakaari (White Island) experience. Rotorua Daily Post

How to cut numbers and smooth out the bumps Economics professor Tim Hazledine  believes congestion taxes could be part of the solution to tourist overcrowding. ODT

Hobbiton hub crowned New Zealand’s most hospitable place Waikato has been crowned New Zealand’s most hospitable district in a hospitality index unveiled by Airbnb. Stuff

World Tourism Summit in Waitangi A gathering at the Copthorne hotel is the setting to discuss wider avenues where Māori can benefit from tourism. Māori Television

Rental car companies under fire for refusing to help clean up tourist drivers’ NZ road chaos A Kaikoura man wiped off the road by a foreign tourist wants rental car companies to be more willing to help clean up after any accidents their customers cause, after he fought a two-month battle to get compensated for his losses. TVNZ

Monday, 16 April

NZ Herald editorial: Toughen up on drones at airports Drones can be a nuisance anywhere, but when they venture near aircraft they are a menace. NZ Herald

Chinese Kiwis spend $315m a year exploring their new home Chinese Kiwis are spending up large on exploring New Zealand, and they have a big influence on the travel plans of visiting friends and family. Stuff

Tourism Bay of Plenty seeks funding to boost job numbers in the Bay of Plenty The tourism industry has created 1220 new positions over a four-year period with tourism officials now seeking financial support to be able to create thousands more jobs and boost the local economy. Bay of Plenty Times

Tributes flow for pedestrians hit by Airporter bus in Papatoetoe The two pedestrians were hit by the 380 Airporter bus at the intersection of Wyllie Rd and Puhinui Rd about 7pm. NZ Herald

Global engine issue affecting Air NZ Dreamliners Nine Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner planes have been caught out in the latest global issue with Rolls Royce engines. RNZ

Why airlines love premium class passengers Airlines rely on premium cabins for almost 30 per cent of revenues. NZ Herald

Living history of Arrowtown and Russell reveals one helluva story Bayley Moor discovered a link to the very origins of the township of Russell, and argues it deserves the title of New Zealand’s most historic town. Stuff

Friday, 13 April

Chopper, jetboat and ambulance in six-hour rescue of Israeli tourist Mandy Jackson and Joe Adam, owners of the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, have received New Zealand’s top search and rescue award for helping save a tourists life in 2017. Taranaki Daily News

No flights, no rights: Kiwi passengers have few entitlements when stranded by ‘acts of God’ Passengers stranded at Wellington Airport after a lightning strike discovered an uncomfortable truth: airline customers in New Zealand have precious few consumer rights. Stuff

Jets close to parachutists, helicopter United States Air Force F-16s flew close to both a helicopter and three parachutists near Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers with no warning they were coming. ODT

New Jetstar boss – what’s the plan for New Zealand? New Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans discusses his first few months at the company. NZ Herald

Kiwi dentists picking up the pieces when ‘dental tourism’ goes wrong New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to pick up the pieces for “dental tourists” whose dental work done overseas has gone wrong, research shows. TVNZ

Farm tourism a growing business in NZ Farm tourism is one way dairy farmers can help improve the public’s understanding of the sector. The Country

Air New Zealand plane hit by green laser at Kerikeri Airport An Air New Zealand plane has been hit by a laser near Kerikeri Airport, also known as Bay of Islands Airport, in Northland. Stuff

Southern Stays: Steampunk and penguins add to Oamaru’ peculiarity In the heart of the Waitaki District, the 14,000 population town has in recent years become a tourism success. Stuff

Ross Boswell: Auckland has a better option for airport rapid transit The proposed light rail would cost $2b more than a Puhinui-airport shuttle for half the ride frequency and half to a quarter of the passenger capacity. NZ Herald

New details emerge for inner-city hotel The main tower of the Invercargill Licensing Trust’s new $40 million hotel is likely to extend up to 10 floors but concept designs are not quite ready for public presentation. Southland Times

Owners of historic Christchurch building seek demolition consent for hotel project The owners of Christchurch’s historic Harley Chambers building are seeking resource consent to demolish it and build a luxury hotel. The Press

Record number of guests in NZ accommodation over past year – 39.6 million A record number of guests stayed with New Zealand accommodation providers in the past year, reinforcing suggestions the sector could do with more capacity. TVNZ

Woman missing after falling from cruise ship in Pacific A woman is missing after she fell overboard from a P&O ship during a week-long cruise in the Pacific. ODT

Thursday, 12 April

Simon Nixon: Maybe time for tourism operators to self-fund The disquiet at the proposed reduction in regional council funding for Tourism Hawke’s Bay over the next three years is understandable. Hawke’s Bay Today

Review planned for criticised tourism unit A key figure in Dunedin’s tourism industry has blasted the performance of Enterprise Dunedin ODT

High cost of visiting New Zealand The tourist boom of the past few years has helped underpin growth and prosperity in New Zealand. ODT.

Air Chathams benefits from Air New Zealand dropping regional routes Air Chathams is at the front of the queue to replace Air New Zealand on the Kapiti route. Newshub

Airport cafe owners stay positive It’s ironic that the Landing Cafe known for their Choice Pies at Kapiti Coast Airport had its best month yet the month before Air New Zealand stopped its service from Paraparaumu to Auckland. Kapiti News

Flights now able to land and take off at Wellington Airport following lightning strike Planes can now land or take off from Wellington Airport after a lightning strike disrupted its runway lights, affecting flights in and out of the airport. NZ Herald

New Ramada hotel planned for Auckland Wyndham Hotel Group will build a 63-room hotel in Auckland. NZ Herald

‘Eyesore’ hotel given facelift on mayor’s dime With 15,000 people expected to flock to Greymouth this week for Ag Fest, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn decided something had to be done with the town’s most famous eyesore, the derelict Revingtons Hotel. ODT

Air Chathams may fly to Norfolk direct from Auckland The New Zealand airline is stepping up to take on the troubled Norfolk Island/Auckland route. RNZ

Watch: Inside Airbus passenger sleeping area in cargo hold Airbus and seat manufacturer Zodiac are developing sleeping berths in modules that can be fitted in the cargo compartments of A330s. NZ Herald

Inside Air NZ’s divorce from Virgin Air New Zealand’s surprise split from Virgin Australia shows yet again why culture eats strategy for lunch. Newsroom

Flights resume at Wellington Airport after lightning strike grounds all flights Flights have resumed at Wellington Airport after a lightning strike knocked out some its runway lights. Stuff

Thunder Jet and Queenstown Water Taxis to be purchased by Go Orange Queenstown-based companies Thunder Jet and Queenstown Water Taxis Ltd are to be sold to Go Orange. Stuff

Wednesday, 11 April

Divide deepens between Hawke’s Bay councils over proposed tourism fund cut Hawke’s Bay mayors are taking a stand against their regional council’s proposal to cut funding to a tourism body. Stuff

Wahine disaster remembered: Stories of survival and tragedy 50 years on Fifty years ago today, 51 people were killed on a crossing of the Lyttelton-Wellington ferry Wahine in Wellington Harbour. TVNZ

Ask Virgin about Brisbane: Air NZ Air New Zealand may have washed its hands of Dunedin’s only international air service. ODT

Upgrades to Lake Pukaki camp complete About $400,000 has been spent on improvements to the Pines Camp on the edge of Lake Pukaki, which have now been completed and were opened on Monday. Timaru Herald

New Zealand and NSW holiday dates blamed for lack of tourists on Gold Coast UNDERWHELMED Gold Coast traders shouldn’t blame Commonwealth Games organisers for their business woes — they should blame the Kiwis instead. Gold Coast Bulletin

Air NZ to launch new Brisbane routes Air New Zealand will launch two new routes across the Tasman from December and add 15% seat capacity across all its Tasman services as it pulls the plug on a seven-year relationship with Virgin Australia. ODT

Golden Bay Air chartering from rivals after operator certificate lapses A Takaka-based airline which links Golden Bay to Wellington is chartering services from rival airlines after it lost the ability to carry passengers. Stuff

Tuesday, 10 April

Is New Zealand too expensive for tourists? One industry executive warns New Zealand is not a cheap place to visit, and we shouldn’t look to market ourselves to low budget tourists. NewstalkZB

Singapore hotel firm Naumi has high hopes for New Zealand as it opens near Auckland Airport A privately-owned Singapore hotel company has big plans in New Zealand as it prepares to officially open a $50 million Auckland property. NZ Herald

Air NZ flight returns to Auckland less than an hour after take-off One of Air New Zealand’s Auckland to Los Angeles flights had to return to Auckland not long after take-off on Friday night. Newshub

Warning tourism may be impacted by fuel tax Jucy Rentals says tourists may be put off coming to New Zealand due to rising fuel costs. NewstalkZB

New hotel to spring from former hostel site Palmerston North’s visitor accommodation market is about to receive a boost, as Rangitāne o Manawatū Investment Trust plans a new 40-apartment hotel. Manawatu Standard

Monday, 9 April

Tourism boss warns of danger if New Zealand becomes too expensive Tourism New Zealand boss Stephen England-Hall says the booming tourism industry needs to be careful that visiting here doesn’t get too expensive. NZ Herald

Tourism funding cuts reflect world-wide changes to industry: AUT professor Proposed cuts in tourism funding is not unique to Hawke’s Bay and reflects worldwide changes to what is an evolving industry, a tourism professor says.  Hawke’s Bay Today

What Rachel Hunter’s been up to with Auckland Tourism Hunter’s visit comes as part of her international ambassador role with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). NZ Herald

America’s Cup “overblown” Politicians should stop using unrealistic economic studies to justify holding big events in NZ: expert. NZ Herald

Jeanette Darwen: Tourism worth every dollar We are against the funding cut to Hawke’s Bay Tourism for many following reasons. Hawke’s Bay Today

Friday, 6 April

Christchurch needs to get back in the race to host major events Opinion: When a city parties it says a great deal about the spirit and character of its people. Stuff

U-turn on visitor taxes The National Party will review its stance on visitor levies to help places such as Queenstown, new leader Simon Bridges says. ODT

Aviation regulator targeted by industry group A group of pilots and others in aviation have taken aim at the Civil Aviation Authority outlining a string of grievances and identifying a series of faults. NZ Herald

Boutique hotel being developed in historic building A 108-year-old building in central Dunedin is being redeveloped into a 19-unit boutique hotel. ODT

Tourist deplores company’s communication after fire The Travel Corporation owns the Trafalgar and AAT Kings tour brands, whose customers were travelling on the bus. ODT

Popularity of Te Araroa trail making solitary NZ wilderness experience harder to find The Te Araroa Trail running the length of New Zealand has brought walkers to remote parts of the country, putting pressure on facilities and making it harder to have a solitary wilderness experience. TVNZ

Tourism paying off for West Coast economy The West Coast has been adding more than $1.5 billion to the economy every year since 2011. Stuff

Sunair wins right to fly again but says lengthy grounding cost millions Tauranga-based Sunair Aviation has won the right to fly again after being grounded for six months. Stuff

Thursday, 5 April

Freedom camping: Australia versus New Zealand Freedom campers in New Zealand may think they have it tough, but Tony Allsop reckons the Aussies have it even tougher. Stuff

There’s now 100,000 tourists a year walking across Andrew Simpson’s land, and not a toilet to be seen A South Canterbury high country farmer says he now gets 100,000 people walking across his property every year, and he wants Government help. Stuff

End of Air NZ, Virgin Alliance trans-Tasman alliance could be good for flyers House of Travel commercial planning director Brent Thomas said it would add competition to what was already a very competitive route. Stuff

Hawke’s Bay to unlock Māori tourism potential Hawke’s Bay Māori Tourism are hoping to tap into the $1.8mil set aside by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to fund tourism. Māori Television

Dear Wellington visitors: Thanks for coming and for the $2.5 billion you spent Fears that losing the Wellington Sevens would harm the capital’s wallet can be put to bed after the city raked in a record-breaking tourist spend in the wake of the tournament having left town. Stuff

Tourists’ keys taken after ‘erratic’ driving Three tourists were stuck on the roadside in Northern Hawke’s Bay after a motorist took their car keys at Easter. ODT

Over and out: Air New Zealand ends strategic alliance with Virgin Australia The Australian carrier said the change will not have any immediate effect on travel bookings. TVNZ

Simon Wilson: A big shift in Government’s transport priorities The obvious changes to transport funding are that public transport and active transport (walking and cycling) will get substantially more money, at the expense of the former government’s Roads of National Significance. NZ Herald

Northland earns $210m from tourists in February Tourists spent $110 million in Northland in February, up 4 per cent compared with January. Northern Advocate

Chinese beauty giant sends thousands of employees to Queenstown, expected to bring $37mil to NZ Employees from the Chinese health and beauty company Amway will be descending on Queenstown over the coming weeks in their thousands. TVNZ

Brisbane service up in the air The future of Dunedin’s Brisbane air service is unknown following the end of an Air New Zealand-Virgin transtasman alliance. ODT

Carriage work for Hillside Antipodean Explorer has confirmed it owns 16 carriages that turned up recently on a siding near Forsyth Barr Stadium. ODT

‘Strong likelihood’ of billion-dollar light rail system for Wellington, says mayor The chances of Wellington getting a billion-dollar light rail system are looking good, mayor Justin Lester believes. Dominion Post

Wednesday, 4 April

A drone endangered a passenger plane in NZ and nobody called the police Air New Zealand didn’t call. Auckland Airport didn’t call. Air traffic controllers didn’t call. And the Civil Aviation Authority, the regulatory agency that oversees aviation safety, didn’t call. Time

Dreamworld fatal accident: Faulty water pump, stranded raft caused deaths, pre-inquest hearing told A faulty water pump and a raft that became stranded were the likely cause of four deaths that occurred when a ride malfunctioned at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in 2016, a court has heard. ABC

Smaller airlines will swoop in if Air New Zealand quits more regional routes Smaller airlines are in the wings ready to swoop if Air New Zealand ditches more regional routes, and the national carrier is getting the hard word to help third tier operators that step up when it bows out. Stuff

Visitor spending figures show another good month for Hawke’s Bay tourism operators With funding for Hawke’s Bay’s regional tourism organisation (RTO) still up in the air, latest government data shows international tourists are flooding the region. Hawke’s Bay Today

Playing with alpacas on the menu for new South Canterbury tour Tourists will get to see the fun side of alpacas with a tour of South Canterbury’s agricultural sites. Timaru Herald

Bus drivers’ union slams overseas migrants plan Bus drivers say a plan by one of our largest public bus operators to recruit staff from overseas is madness. Newshub

Longer Easter SH60 hours boost Golden Bay businesses Some Golden Bay businesses say they’ve seen a big boost in tourist numbers over Easter. RNZ

Government to invest in road safety and rapid rail at expense of state highway upgrades The Government is proposing a fuel tax increase of between nine and 12 cents a litre to fund a raft of new land transport plans that focus on investing in road safety and rapid rail. Stuff

Tourism data shows increase in Whanganui and Ruapehu tourism spending and guest nights Tourism spending for Whanganui and Ruapehu increased in the year to February, according to the latest estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Wanganui Chronicle

Whitestone City changes tipped While there has been a steady stream of visitors through the doors since it opened, revenue was lower than expected, Tourism Waitaki’s report for the first half of the 2017-18 financial year showed. ODT

As Air NZ departs, Air Chathams plans to fly to the rescue of Kāpiti Airport Air Chathams is flying to the rescue of the Kāpiti Coast Airport, promising more flights for the region if it picks up the service axed by Air New Zealand. Stuff

Tuesday, 3 April

Mike Yardley: Canterbury deserves a world-class arena, modern hospitality laws OPINION: As much as Ed Sheeran’s triple-concert conquest of Dunedin put Christchurch in the shade, the sky didn’t fall in. Stuff

Kiwi bus company applies to bring workers in from overseas Ritchies Coachlines has made an Approval In Principal (AIP) request with Immigration New Zealand to recruit 110 migrant workers. Newshub

Promotion group not seeking extra funding Destination Queenstown members have voted against asking for additional funding from the Queenstown Lakes District Council, a decision chief executive Graham Budd described as “very disappointing”. ODT

Tourism growing in Manawatū-Whanganui region Palmerston North and the Manawatū-Whanganui region may not be what people think of for a glamorous getaway, but visitors are increasingly flocking to the region for more practical reasons. Manawatu Standard

Smaller airlines could fill gaps left by Air New Zealand cuts Opinion: The latest cuts to Air New Zealand’s regional services have been made for commercial reasons and nobody can force them to keep those routes open. Stuff

Tauranga Airport’s $12.7m expansion Travellers arriving at Tauranga Airport are only around a month away from having their baggage passed through the first stage of the airport’s $12.7 million expansion programme. SunLive

Wellington City Council set to double debt to pay for big projects Wellington’s desire for a movie museum, a pricey indoor arena, and its need for resilience, will bump the city’s debt to more than $1 billion for the first time. Stuff

New airline battle lines across the Tasman: Filling a superjumbo gap New airline battle lines have been drawn across the Tasman to fill the big gap left by the exit of Emirates’ two A380s from Auckland to Australia. NZ Herald

Steam train gives Northlanders blast from the past Hundreds of people have already taken the chance to enjoy a ride along the historic Portland to Kauri rail track in carriages hauled by steam engine JA1275. Northern Advocate

Tourism funding cut could be disastrous for Napier’s Art Deco If the proposed reduction in funding for Hawke’s Bay Tourism was to go ahead, Art Deco Trust would face significant challenges in sustaining our current service level. Hawke’s Bay Today

Strong vision needed for Stewart Island’s future Stewart Island is lacking a clear vision for its community’s future, according to a new report commissioned by the Southland District Council. Southland Times

Napier open for Easter Sunday business For a second year, Napier retailers flung open their doors to make the most of the CBD being open for business on Easter Sunday. Hawke’s Bay Today

We deserve decent bars in West Auckland Ever wondered why the bars in West Auckland are so lame? Or why you can’t buy alcohol at the supermarket? It’s because of a monopoly called The Trusts, and Sam Learmonth says it’s time to talk about why it exists. The Spinoff

Suite as: Trying the ultimate luxury aboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 About four billion airline seats go on sale every year but only about 5 per cent are Business Class or better, and of those only a tiny fraction travel up the very front in First Class. NZ Herald

‘People have heard and seen things’: Auckland Museum when the lights go out When the sun has set and the visitors have vanished, you can still hear the echoes of footsteps through the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s stately halls. Newshub

Easter, 30 March – 2 April

Thursday, 29 March

Struggling Christchurch businesses fear a quiet Easter as visitors go elsewhere Cash-strapped central Christchurch businesses fear the city is being left behind as major events and out-of-town visitors go elsewhere for yet another holiday weekend. The Press

Environment, tourism should go hand in hand – Hawke’s Bay business Hawke’s Bay ratepayers should not have to choose between funding for environmental protection, or the tourism industry, says a business which utilises both. NZ Herald

Bunking off to London: New sleeping areas proposed for long-haul flights One idea being looked at by Qantas is turning part of the cargo hold into an area of flat beds. Newshub

Air New Zealand’s new direct flight to Chicago a boost to tourism The already booming United States tourism market is set for a boost at the end of the year with Air New Zealand’s new Auckland to Chicago route. NZ Herald

Opinion: Taking from tourism ‘not the right move’ We have benefited immensely and relied heavily on the support of Hawke’s Bay Tourism in our start-up. Hawke’s Bay Today

Lakeside Spa and Resort in Karapiro offers tourism opportunities for new owner A Waikato resort is looking for a new owner to kick start its potential as a major rural tourism venture. Stuff

500 motor homes roll into Whangarei for annual meet For 30 years John and Margaret Spain have lived in a motorhome, calling New Zealand their backyard. NZ Herald

Air New Zealand has cachet with Chinese flyers New Zealand is a destination that carries a cachet with Chinese consumers, which has helped Air New Zealand position itself into a higher yielding market segment. NZ Herald

A look inside Greymouth’s historic Revington’s Hotel, which faces demolition after vandals wreak havoc The interior of a historic hotel where the Queen once stayed has been destroyed by vandals and thieves, its owner says. The Press

Tourist tax The idea of a tourist tax has been raised again. This time by the MacKenzie mayor. What would an extra tax do? How much would it need to be to do it? RNZ

Dunedin geared up for ‘biggest event’ More than 100,000 people have bought tickets for Ed Sheeran’s three shows at Forsyth Barr Stadium over the next few days. ODT

Camping in the bush and luxury combine at Te Wepu Intrepid Pods Happily cocooned in our snug sleeping pod, we wake to the sounds of the native bush around us coming alive. Stuff

The $212m question: Where’s the legacy? Auckland councillors will be asked to rubber stamp the latest plan for America’s Cup bases on the Auckland waterfront – a plan that has one yawning question hanging over it. Newsroom

Dunedin’s Ed Sheeran weekend makes the case for a covered stadium in Christchurch If you are understandably loathe to fund the big drawcard of an arena, imagine how much worse it would be to have funded an entire centre city which would be dead on arrival without the arena. The Press

Wednesday, 28 March

New residential, tourism funds planned in Auckland and Queenstown by Augusta Capital An NZX-listed property specialist, which manages assets worth about $1.7 billion, is planning new residential and tourism investment funds in Auckland and Queenstown, with assets of $300m to $400m in each entity. NZ Herald

Benefits already visible from America’s Cup deal – industry New jobs have already been created and economic benefits are already being felt from the America’s Cup being held in Auckland in 2021, the Marine Industry says. RNZ

Ed Sheeran concert influx – Dunedin’s new gold rush? The 19th century Otago gold rush once made Dunedin New Zealand’s largest city and now it’s preparing for another boom. Stuff

Thousands of Auckland homeowners face big rate hikes for renting out their homes on sites like Airbnb and Bookabach Auckland Council says many short-term rental providers are operating as businesses, and ought to be paying commercial rates. TVNZ

11th-hour America’s Cup deal: $100 million bill may rise There’s no guarantee the Auckland Council’s $100 million contribution to the America’s Cup won’t rise, says Auckland mayor Phil Goff. RNZ

Government weighs tighter drone regulations amid safety concerns As soaring drones cause near-misses with planes, the Government is considering grounding more of them with regulatory changes to unmanned aircraft. Stuff

Mackenzie mayor Graham Smith says tourists need to fund the district’s infrastructure Mackenzie mayor Graham Smith is calling for a nationwide tax to fund extra infrastructure needed for the Mackenzie district’s ever-increasing tourism industry. Timaru Herald

Seven-storey Kawarau Falls hotel given approval Commissioners have given approval for a 260-room, seven-storey hotel at Kawarau Falls in Queenstown. ODT

Tuesday, 27 March

Ambitious Lyttelton project could create Roman baths, cinema, souk-like market Roman-style baths, a souk-like market and a quirky cinema could be built in Lyttelton if a collective’s project gets off the ground. The Press

Hundreds of hectares of high country land could be privatised Environmentalists, trampers and tourism groups are up in arms about a proposal to freehold hundreds of hectares of prime Mackenzie Basin high country land. Timaru Herald

Sexual harrassment driving Cooks’ workers away from tourism A new study has revealed workers are leaving the tourism industry in the Cook Islands because of sexual harrassment by tourists. RNZ

Northland washout: NZTA hopes to open a lane this week The Transport Agency says it hopes to open a single lane of State Highway 1 at Pukenui in the Far North by the middle of the week. Newsie

No funding for tourism infrastructure projects in Mackenzie District Council draft Long Term Plan The Mackenzie District Council has not included any funding in any year of its draft Long Term Plan budgets for tourism infrastructure projects that may attract government subsidy. Timaru Herald

Air New Zealand about to announce its next direct ultra-long route Air New Zealand is about to announce a new route, likely the long-flagged direct service to Chicago. NZ Herald

Political Roundup: Why Shane Jones is winning against Air NZ Shane Jones is just what New Zealand First needs at the moment – a polarising campaigner who can show his party is in touch with those parts of New Zealand not well served by corporates such as Air New Zealand. NewstalkZB

Air Chathams closer to securing Kapiti to Auckland air route Air Chathams is deep in negotiations about taking over the Kapiti Coast to Auckland air service. NZ Herald

Monday, 26 March

Industry giants back Assid Corban’s wine museum idea Giants of the wine industry are standing behind the idea of a West Auckland wine museum. Western Leader

Wicked Campers founder moves to million-dollar house in Queenstown The man behind Wicked Campers, which is often in hot water over its rude and offensive van slogans, has left Australia and moved into a million-dollar house in Queenstown. Stuff

Friends of Aigantighe Art Gallery want its collection to stay put The Friends of the Aigantighe are slamming what they lable “short-sighted” plans to move the art gallery’s collection off site to the South Canterbury Museum. Timaru Herald

Are Nelson’s mountainbike trails the road to El Dorado? Mountainbike trails aren’t made of money, but a new report suggests they might as well be paved with gold. Nelson Mail

Rotorua five-star Pullman Hotel work set to start next month A five-star hotel fit out worth nearly $11 million makes up the bulk of the $14.3 million in commercial consents lodged in Rotorua in the first two months of 2018. Rotorua Daily Post

The good, bad and ugly sides to visiting Queenstown, New Zealand Arguably the world’s top adventure destination, this compact city is being overwhelmed by tourism – and by the international ultra-rich on the run from the apocalypse. SCMP

It’s not sustainable for ratepayers to pick up bill for tourists OPINION: If you’ve been to Europe or the US recently, or any number of tourist destinations around the world, chances are you’ve paid a tourist tax for the privilege. Stuff

West Coast councils fight back against ‘unelected’ governance group A stoush is brewing on the West Coast over the region’s tourism promotion and a $36.8m action plan. Stuff

Palmerston North Airport plots a flight path to carbon neutrality Palmerston North Airport has expanded its goal to be New Zealand’s leading regional airport by tackling the challenge to be the first regional airport to go green. Manawatu Standard

Air New Zealand ‘shutting down’ regions, as it reconsiders maintenance hubs Air NZ is looking to relocate 12 engineering positions from Hamilton to other sites, as the city’s engineering base closes at the end of May. Stuff

Rule-breaking ‘Welcome to Turangi’ sign causing strife for Taupo District Council A Turangi business owner is refusing to remove a roadside sign, saying he is trying to help tourists find their way. Stuff

Shane Jones right to clip wings of Air NZ board OPINION: Shane Jones is a loose cannon rattling around on an increasingly shambolic ship of state but the angst over his latest outburst displays a lack of awareness of the role of Air New Zealand and an appalling ignorance of recent history. Stuff

‘Kiwi anglers only’ days to save trout rivers under pressure from tourism and farming Banning tourists from popular fishing spots at weekends and hiking their licence fees are among ideas to preserve trout stocks and give Kiwis a fair go. Stuff

Karapiro’s ‘turnkey’ tourism campus Land and buildings encompassing one of Waikato’s biggest planned rural tourism projects, which is ready to begin trading almost immediately, have been placed on the market. True Commercial

Teasers and high-tech signs mooted to help city shops survive Tourists need more help to find central Christchurch’s shops and cafes if they are to splash their cash, a retail expert says. The Press

Friday, 23 March

Wellington’s new adventure zipline at landfill gets council approval On Thursday, Wellington City councillors unanimously voted to grant the occupancy agreement for a commercial zipline operation. Dominion Post

Woman falls to her death while canyoning in Canterbury national park The tourist who died after plunging 100 metres from a waterfall was German paramedic Verena Jantje Kuhl, known as Jantje, according to media reports. The Press

Fish fights: Kiwi anglers compete with tourists for prime spots on our waterways Anglers worry our world famous trout fishery is being loved to death. Amanda Cropp reports. Stuff

Kiwi petitions for snow leopard sanctuary in the Southern Alps A petition has been put forward to create a snow leopard sanctuary in the South Island of New Zealand – an idea scientists have called “risky”. Newshub

Regional mayors support Shane Jones’ Air NZ callout Two mayors of towns that have lost their Air New Zealand connections back Shane Jones’ scrap with the national carrier. RNZ

Matthew Hooton: Flying in the face of reason Those of us who still believe in mainstream economics have Shane Jones to thank for again highlighting the lunacy of a government minister owning 51.9 per cent of Air New Zealand. NZ Herald

Obama-generated publicity for NZ: ‘A real coup’ Former United States president Barack Obama’s visit to Northland has given the region publicity that money just can’t buy, a tourism leader says. RNZ

Early snow reminder winter’s near The first significant snowfall of the year has coated the mountains of the Queenstown Lakes District over the past two days. ODT

Freedom camping: ‘Buying a motorhome saved me’ For Colin Baxter, freedom camping isn’t just a way of life, it also “saved his life”. Stuff

‘Flight to the Lights’ captures stunning aurora from air Viewing the aurora from the sky could become an annual opportunity. Newshub

New Christchurch Art Gallery director wants to ‘build new audiences’ Gallery deputy director Blair Jackson will take over from Jenny Harper, who is leaving after 11 years in the role. The Press

Thursday, 22 March

Opinion: Why Air NZ is the politicians’ favourite whipping boy Shane Jones isn’t the first and won’t be the last politician to stick it to Air New Zealand. NZ Herald

Opinion: Northland will be a significant part of the New Zealand solution For Northland to maximise returns from tourism and disperse visitors more widely, so that the benefits of tourism spread to communities throughout Northland, there is work to be done. Northern Advocate

Obama pulling power How much the trip will do for tourism, really? RNZ

Tourism operator calls for shipping suspension A Marlborough Sounds eco tourism operator wants to see all shipping stopped in the Tory Channel, which he says is at increased risk of a large-scale disaster. RNZ

Government should front up and say if Shane Jones’ Air NZ crusade is all talk OPINION: Anyone who knows anything about Shane Jones knows he is a man of strong opinions. Stuff

Live updates: Jacinda Ardern overshadowed by Sir John Key over Barack Obama visit – Patrick Gower Barack Obama has arrived in New Zealand for the first time. Newshub

‘A step too far’ – Jacinda Ardern puts Shane Jones in his place after his call for Air NZ board members to be sacked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reined in Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, telling him his call for Air New Zealand bosses to be sacked is a step too far. TVNZ

Alternative ways to travel the routes Air New Zealand has abandoned Fear not Kāpiti Coast and fellow regions abandoned, or shown less love, by Air New Zealand: you can live without them. Stuff

Wednesday, 21 March

To hire or not to hire a Kiwi? Queenstown reporter Meena Amso spoke with industry professionals about their thoughts on the matter. ODT

Hotel prices jump in New Zealand as tourists flood in New figures show New Zealand’s accommodation prices rose 5 per cent in the past year, with high demand from overseas continuing to put pressure on capacity. NZ Herald

All along the watchtower: Kāpiti council to investigate ‘gateway’ visitor centre A large watchtower could soon be built on Paraparaumu Beach, as a visitor centre for tourists to Kāpiti Island. Stuff

Hotel land sale approved: details secret Mystery surrounds the site of a new hotel proposed to be built in Queenstown by a Chinese company. ODT

Uber to launch in Dunedin and Queenstown The ride-sharing company which has shaken up passenger transport in more than 600 cities world-wide is launching in Dunedin and Queenstown in May. RNZ

Watch: Barack Obama touches down in Auckland in private jet Barack Obama is expected to fly by helicopter north from Auckland today to play golf with Sir John Key and other guests after touching down in Auckland last night in a private jet. TVNZ

Ramada Hotel developer appeals consent refusal An appeal has been lodged by the company proposing a $45 million hotel near Queenstown’s CBD after commissioners refused to grant consent last month. ODT

Freedom camping: Make ‘leave no trace’ the main rule “It’s time everyone was looked after” – that’s the message to the government and councils from the Responsible Campers Association. Stuff

Napier office block may become a Sebel Hotel Napier’s PwC building may soon be home to 52 serviced apartments run by Sebel Hotel. Stuff

‘Worst summer in 24 years’ as top of the south records January drop in guest nights A backpackers lodge owner has lamented the “worst summer in 24 years” as the top of the south starts the year with a drop in guest nights. Stuff

Tuesday, 20 March

Shane Jones says he’s ‘thoroughly unimpressed’ with Air New Zealand’s treatment of regional services The NZ First MP’s comments follow the carrier’s decision to cut flights between Kapiti Coast and Christchurch. TVNZ

Auckland cruise terminal management may be anti-competitive The council-owned Ports of Auckland company may be engaged in anti-competitive behaviour in the way it runs the city’s main cruise ship terminal. RNZ

Tourism Holdings eyes big rollout of electric RVs The country’s biggest motorhome rental company is about to extend a trial of electric camper vans that it hopes will lead to a big rollout by the turn of the decade. NZ Herald

Fence around Tekapo landmark controls tourists – mayor A fence around the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo has succeeded in controlling visitors, says the Mackenzie District mayor. RNZ

Changes in Queenstown are ‘astounding’ OPINION: I have just experienced a head-shaking, breath-taking, enlightening and somewhat frightening few days. Stuff

Air Chathams ‘very interested’ in taking over Kāpiti-Auckland route Air Chathams may step in to fill the void left by Air New Zealand, as it considers its own Kāpiti to Auckland flights. Stuff

Early bird flights return to Rotorua Airport Air New Zealand has revealed it will reinstate early morning flights from Rotorua to Wellington. Waikato Times

Local tour operators shut out of Auckland ports Auckland’s port company rejects suggestions it may be breaching competition law, in the way it runs the city’s publicly owned cruise ship terminal. RNZ

Monday, 19 March

Kiwi a rare bird in South Island tourism boom OPINION: Foreign visitors have swamped eco-tourism sites in the South Island, largely to the exclusion of New Zealanders. Stuff

Herald on Sunday editorial: Barack Obama should see best of NZ Barack Obama’s visit to New Zealand this week looks like being fairly low key. Herald on Sunday

Editorial: Tourist road safety education in too-hard basket A judge has this week warned overseas drivers to make sure they get plenty of rest before jumping behind the wheel of a vehicle in New Zealand. Northern Advocate

Canterbury backpacker hostels fined over use of volunteer labour A clamp down on freebie labour has seen three Canterbury backpacker hostels hit with fines for breaking the rules and other tourist hot spots can expect scrutiny from the Labour Inspectorate. Stuff

Wanaka braces for tourist flood Wanaka has experienced consecutive record visitor numbers for the last four years and Lake Wanaka Tourism chairman and Wildwire Wanaka owner Mark Morrison expects that trend to continue. ODT

Lake Hawea residents build wall to keep out freedom campers A small settlement in the South Island is so fed up with freedom campers, they’ve taken things into their own hands. Newshub

Air NZ charging Aussies half the price Air New Zealand is charging premium New Zealand passengers up to double the price to fly to North and South America as their Australian counterparts. Newsroom

Stoush brewing over West Coast tourism strategy A stoush is brewing on the South Island’s West Coast over who should be responsible for promoting tourism in the region. RNZ

Wellington zipline likely to fly over major hurdle in quest to set up near landfill After successfully negotiating the public consultation process, Wellington City Council looks set to give a commercial ziplining company the green light to set up shop near the city’s landfill. Stuff

Friday, 16 March

‘Almighty jolt’ of lightning shakes Christchurch-bound plane A NZ MP says a lightning strike shook a Christchurch-bound flight with a “big whack and almighty jolt”. Stuff

Rotorua Museum may not reopen for three years It has been revealed Rotorua’s iconic museum may not reopen for another three years, as questions are asked over the accuracy of cost estimations released to the public. Rotorua Daily Post

Te Tai Tokerau growth fund targets Tourism Funds for the Northland will focus on tourism and logistics. Māori TV

Wellington Airport asks court to freeze runway application until September Wellington Airport is seeking to have its resource consent application to extend its runway put on hold for at least nother six months. Stuff

Wellingtonians back larger, costlier transport upgrade Wellingtonians are keen to see more tunnels in the city and light rail introduced to make the journey between Ngauranga and the airport and hospital easier. RNZ

Visit the homestead where navy admiral plotted to protect New Zealand waters It is the third time in seven years the majestic South Canterbury homestead where a naval admiral plotted his strategy to keep New Zealand’s waters safe has been put on the market. NZ Herald

Oamaru to have its first beer festival Oamaru may be well-known for blue penguins and steampunk, but Sue Cameron-Duncan believes beer can be added to that list, too. ODT

Queenstown Lakes in loos-lose situation More dunnies are destined for Queenstown Lakes after the council’s community and services committee voted in favour of adopting a report which seeks to address the shortage of public toilets in the district. RNZ

Sponsors returning to Warbirds International companies are returning to Warbirds Over Wanaka this Easter, as preparations for the 30th Anniversary event continue to accelerate. ODT

Kiwi launches world’s first e-bike on water If you’ve ever dreamed about walking on water, Kiwi innovator Guy Howard-Willis has made the next best thing. Newshub

Air NZ passengers irate at cancelled flight A bird strike and sick crew have been responsible for consecutive cancellations of the Air New Zealand morning flight from Timaru to Wellington. Timaru Herald

Thursday, 15 March

Here are some of the jobs that Kiwis can’t, or won’t, do New Zealand has seen a significant escalation in the number of tourists visiting, Spoonley said – people who needed to be fed and housed. Stuff

$52m wharf opens on Chatham Island Chatham Islanders are hoping their new wharf will make life on the island much smoother sailing. RNZ

The fate of wild, empty Molesworth Station is being weighed up Should Molesworth Station continue as a working farm, or open up for tourism and conservation? NZ Farmer

China’s Alipay to join NZ’s Eftpos network Chinese tourists will soon be able to pay for goods and services in New Zealand by waving the Alipay app on their mobile phones at some Eftpos terminals. Newsroom

More toilets and changing rooms planned for Queenstown Lakes district New public toilets need to be built and several others need to be upgraded, according to a report on the fast-growing Queenstown Lakes district loo supply. Southland Times

Tens of thousands in freedom camping fines unpaid Freedom campers owe the Dunedin City Council more than $65,000 in unpaid fines and much of it is almost impossible to recover because the campers have left the country. ODT

Timaru prepares for massive weekend hosting fundraiser South Canterbury accommodation is booked out, with waiting lists at most motels, as thousands of visitors arrive in the region for the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop. Timaru Herald

Wednesday, 14 March

Sorting out freedom camping is tourism’s ‘dirty dairying’ moment OPINION: The dairy industry had its ‘dirty dairying’ moment in the mid to late 2000s, now the tourism industry may be risking a similar label with freedom camping. Stuff

Dairying not all bad, tourism not all good Is it fair that the New Zealand dairy industry is criticised while tourism is lauded? Rural News

Sounds lodges discharging wastewater into sea Nearly one in three lodges monitored in the Marlborough Sounds are breaching rules about how they get rid of wastewater, including one without the necessary resource consent. RNZ

Todd McClay ‘delighted’ with promotion in National Party reshuffle He said he would hold the Government to account over its promises around tourism spending. Rotorua Daily Post

Suitcases are being dragged from tourists’ cars while they visit the Putaruru Blue Springs Every two to five days a vehicle is being broken into at The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway near Putaruru in South Waikato. Stuff

Sir Noel Robinson blasts Air New Zealand withdrawal from Kapiti Coast Airport Sir Noel Robinson says Air New Zealand’s move to scrap its Kapiti to Auckland service is a “shocking decision”. Kapiti News

Tourism and environmental damage: How travellers are ruining the world OPINION: Some friends of mine have stopped travelling. Pretty much, anyway. They’re refusing to fly anywhere, unless they’re going to be staying in their destination for a very long time. Traveller via Stuff

Family fun day planned for new walkway opening The 1.7km pathway  was just one of several pathways the Council was building as part of a District Pathways Programme. Taranaki Daily Post

Motorhome park could help camping situation, couple tell consent hearing A Bannockburn couple wanting to operate a small motorhome park on their property believe it may be part of the solution to Cromwell’s only holiday park being turned into a subdivision. ODT

Our shrinking beach access Publicly-owned land by the beach will be first to go when the seas rise. Newsroom

Wellington backpackers turns away young jobseeker, saying it won’t employ Kiwis A Wellington backpackers has been called out for its alleged discriminatory behaviour, after a hopeful jobseeker was told it did not hire Kiwis, or let them stay there. Stuff

Marlborough shoots up economic leaderboard with stunning final round of 2017 Marlborough, buoyed by the reopening of State Highway 1, has shot up the regional economic scoreboard, hot on the trail of leaders, and neighbours, Tasman. Stuff

Tuesday, 13 March

Fire victims angry at response Passengers who lost items in a tour bus fire near Cromwell are angry and disappointed with how the travel company dealt with the aftermath of the fire. ODT

Freedom camping legislation proposed for Waimate District Freedom camping could soon come at a cost in Waimate as the district council weighs up legislation, though a report prepared for the council acknowledges the district may not need its own bylaw. Timaru Herald

Architect looking to create an Airbnb for prefab granny flats An architect is creating an online network that will allow Aucklanders to rent out their backyards through temporary prefabricated granny flats. Stuff

Our barren Alps: Aerial survey shows snow loss ‘incredibly extreme’ The long, white cloud blanketing the Southern Alps is thinner and dirtier than usual after the historically warm summer stripped some of its peaks bare. Stuff

Replacement aircraft ‘nowhere near the standard of Air NZ’ Air New Zealand’s issues have continued to make headlines in 2018, with customers unhappy with the calibre of planes covering the Dreamliner fleet while the aircraft receive maintenance. Newshub

Wellington Airport temporarily shut down after white powder scare Wellington Airport was temporarily shut down early on Monday morning after the discovery of a non-hazardous white powder. Stuff

International hotel developers eye New Zealand International hotel developers are stepping up their interest in New Zealand as guest nights and tourism inflows continue to hit new records, according to Bayleys Real Estate. NZ Herald

Hilton DoubleTree opening in Wellington now pegged for mid-year Sarin Investments, which will manage the hotel, is aiming for a mid-year opening, possibly June. Stuff

Progress in bid to repatriate planes The effort to repatriate long-lost New Zealand airliners and display them in Wanaka is continuing to make progress, according to campaign head Paul Brennan. ODT

Whanganui council to monitor freedom camping, keep welcoming campers Whanganui will continue to welcome freedom campers despite concerns raised by 32 district mayors. NZ Herald

Christchurch stadium heads for fast-track The clock is ticking more quickly towards a new stadium for Christchurch. David Williams reports. Newsroom

Air New Zealand battles with politicians in Samoa The airline refutes claims made in Samoa’s parliament and media that it’s hiking prices. NBR (subscription)

More councils move to regulate Airbnb short-term renters Wide disparity in council rates for short-term accommodation providers. NBR (subscription)

Toxic foam found in fire trucks and storage at three more commercial airports The Environmental Protection Authority discovered foam containing a banned chemical in its testing, as part of a nationwide inquiry into firefighting foams. Stuff

Monday, 12 March

DQ seeking funding rise; public forums on proposal Queenstown’s regional tourism organisation is looking for a funding increase to help market the resort. ODT

Is this the best office in New Zealand? Getting the top job at Rainbow’s End was a full-circle move for Karen Crabb – a frequent visitor to the theme park as a child. NZ Herald

Insight: Tourism saturation – NZ’s lessons for Iceland Locals are cashing in on the tourism boom – but as in New Zealand, it’s proving to be a double-edged sword. RNZ

Tourism: blessings and burdens Tourists underpin the town and pump the runaway growth but this rampant expansion brings burdens. ODT

Tourism industry calls for better data Valuable tourism data is not being collected as a growing number of visitors choose to stay with non-traditional accommodation providers like Airbnb. RNZ

Aviation hiccups revealed as kids as young as five fly unmonitored Two young children flew unaccompanied from Palmerston North to Christchurch before Air New Zealand staff realised they were travelling alone. Stuff

Air NZ puts passenger on plane ‘full of rubbish’ An Air New Zealand customer is furious the airline withdrew $400 from his account after overpaying him compensation for a sub-par flight. Newshub

Waikato tourism boss says Hamilton must keep its i-SITE shop Civic leaders are one step away from making Hamilton the only major New Zealand centre without an i-SITE shop. Stuff

Questions raised over Auckland Council agency spending $4500 to host 76 guests at tennis Auckland Council’s economic development agency spent nearly $4500 of ratepayer money wining and dining 76 “stakeholders” over 10 days at the ASB Classic. Stuff

Major damage for Blue Duck Station, residents and visitors in good spirits The tourist destination at Whakahoro on the Whanganui River had 120 guests on Wednesday night. Eleven were evacuated by helicopter on Thursday and the remaining 109 were to leave Friday. NZ Herald

New York Times travel writer gives ‘sophisticated’ Auckland huge praise in new review A travel piece in the US New York Times has sung the praises of Auckland. TVNZ

Inside Parliament: Government on the ‘back foot’ over freedom camping clampdown Inside Parliament’s Katie Bradford and guest Stacey Kirk look at whether or not they’re moving too slow on the issue. TVNZ

Cars’ days numbered at One Tree Hill Work to pedestrianise the summit of One Tree Hill in Auckland is set to begin. Newshub

Private investors may pay for freedom camping facilities Private investors are interested in financing a proposed network of freedom camping pods that could include one in central Christchurch. Stuff

Mass haka launch first official NZ Wars commemorations The first official commemorations of the New Zealand Wars are under way in the Bay of Islands more than 170 years since the first axe was swung and the first shots fired. Northern Advocate

Museum set for $32m restoration as council consults on Long Term Plan A $32 million upgrade of Rotorua’s iconic museum is on the cards as part of $481m in capital expenditure planned for the next 10 years. Rotorua Daily Post

Friday, 9 March

Airbnb owners cream millions in Auckland rent Airbnb may be fuelling rents on Waiheke Island, with new research showing more than 1200 Auckland houses are permanently rented through the accommodation website. RNZ

Air NZ takes aim at airport parking prices Air New Zealand is arguing that airport parking fees are inflated and unfair and make New Zealand one of the most expensive countries to be an airline passenger in. Newsroom

Targeted rate could choke off needed hotel investment in Wellington Some have described the consequences of the rate as likely to be significant and negative for our tourist industry and having a devastating effect on the commercial accommodation sector. Stuff

Airways’ plans to phase out control towers revealed Digital air traffic control centres are scheduled to start replacing towers in New Zealand within the next two years. NZ Herald

Air New Zealand to axe flights from Kāpiti Coast airport at Paraparaumu Air New Zealand will can all its flights from the Kāpiti Coast airport next month. Stuff

Evacuations and Hawke’s Bay flooding About 200 Napier residents were evacuated from a school, campground and homes in a riverside settlement north of the city early this morning. RNZ

Communities should ‘make their own calls’ on freedom campers – Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull The Mayor of Dunedin is calling for local councils to have the power to decide whether they accommodate freedom campers in their area. Newshub

Strengthening our bond with China Opinion: This month we celebrate our Chinese-New Zealand cultural, education, business and tourism connections with the arrival of the Christchurch Lantern Festival – easily the South Island’s most popular Chinese cultural festival. Stuff

Freedom camping ‘easy’, tourists say Freedom campers say New Zealand is ‘made for’ people like them, as authorities face up to an issue they agree has reached crisis point. RNZ

Drones make flying a lottery in New Zealand, says air safety expert An air safety expert says New Zealand’s stance on drones means flying is increasingly a lottery and with increasing odds of aircraft crash. NZ Herald

Freedom camping’s ‘complex little matrix’ of issues to be solved by working group, Tasman Mayor says Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis met with NZ Mayors to find a solution to the messy freedom camping dilemma. TVNZ

Crown blamed for Lake Hawea reserve’s decline “The walk of shame” is how Glen Dene Station farmer Richard Burdon describes freedom campers who congregate every night on the shores of Lake Hawea. ODT

Swimming off limits – again Seven days after signs advising against recreational swimming were taken down from Lake Hayes and an area of Lake Wakatipu, they have been put back. ODT

New Queenstown trail finally gets under way A new trail at Tucker Beach is under way after almost two years on the drawing board. ODT

New Distinction Hotel opens in former central Christchurch Millennium building Christchurch’s latest hotel has opened, adding 179 more rooms for visitors to the city. Stuff

Whananaki North residents fed up with freedom campers overloading reserve Residents at a popular seaside location are sick of freedom campers urinating into the estuary and carrying out daily hygiene routines across the road from their homes. Northern Advocate

Thursday, 8 March

Wellington Council looks to widen proposed bed tax Wellington City council has moved to widen a proposed bed tax, as it looks for ways to fund economic and tourism growth in the city while keeping rates down. RNZ

Freedom camping: ‘We all need to step up’ Amidst the hype surrounding the ‘modern craze’ known as freedom camping, people have forgotten that once upon a time, before it got given a trendy new name, it used to be known as something else. Stuff

Industrial building work drives fourth quarter growth The lift in accommodation buildings has been driven by tourism. TVNZ

Haast area gets cell towers after emergencies Haast and parts of the surrounding highway on the West Coast will get cellphone coverage this year, after community concerns about help arriving too late in emergencies. RNZ

Fed-up mayors want national action on freedom camping horrors Freedom campers using bushes and drains to toilet and shower, littering and over-running parks and reserves will be among the horror stories shared by 32 mayors and deputies at a meeting with Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis in Wellington in Thursday morning. Stuff

Golden Bay residents demand more action More than 20 percent of the 84 businesses that responded report between 76 and 100 percent decline in business. RNZ

Northland scorches with hottest summer on record as tourists flock to the region Northland not only enjoyed the hottest summer on record but it also attracted more tourists who stayed longer because of the fantastic weather, a tourism leader said. NZ Herald

Hawaiian Airlines chooses Dreamliner over Airbus as it looks to expand Late last year, Hawaiian Airlines announced it was expanding its Auckland service to five flights a week to Honolulu. Newshub

Fishermen sing praises of Akitio Community Centre’s accommodation overhaul The best way to discover what accommodation is tops is to ask a group of fishermen, tired from a day on the sea and a big night after. Hawke’s Bay Today

Council moots changes to heritage fund and tourism bed tax The council will now identify other opportunities for Wellington’s visitor industry that would assist or contribute to funding initiatives in the city. Dominion Post

Kaikōura woken by magnitude 4.7 shake Kaikōura has been shaken by a magnitude 4.7 earthquake this morning, centred 20km west of the town. RNZ

Mayors meet Tourism Minister to thrash out chronic freedom camping issues The vexed issue of freedom camping is being thrashed out this morning at a meeting in Wellington between Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and numerous mayors from around the country. TVNZ

Freedom camping: 5 of the battlegrounds We look at five areas which have faced major issues dealing with the tourism influx. Stuff

Freedom camping should be controlled not banned – Kelvin Davis The tourism minister says freedom camping needs to be controlled, rather than banned. NewstalkZB

Wednesday, 7 March

‘Reckless’ drone operator put passengers at risk – Air New Zealand Air New Zealand says it will fully support any moves made by authorities against drone operators to ensure the safety of their aircraft and passengers. Newshub

Golden Bay businesses demand government help Business owners met last night to figure out how to cope with a dramatic downturn. RNZ

QLDC $1b master plan for district The Queenstown Lakes District Council is looking to spend close to a billion dollars over the next decade in a long-term plan almost triple the size of anything it has previously delivered. ODT

Secrets behind the lodge with the best service in the country according to TripAdvisor A young Kiwi couple who gave up big money jobs in London to come back home to New Zealand and enter the tourism sector have been rewarded for their hard work with a top service award from ratings website TripAdvisor. TVNZ

Thames Butterfly Forest needs new site However, the owners say they want to keep the tourist attraction in Thames or the surrounding area. The Waikato Times

Focus on tourism sector Development of the region’s tourism sector is a key focus in the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan (TEAP), and that effort received a boost from announcements alongside the Government’s recent launch of the $1 billion-a-year Provincial Growth Fund. Gisborne Herald

They’ve seen the world – now it’s Christchurch’s turn They’ve stayed in 175 Airbnbs in 250 cities in 70 countries – and now they’ve added Christchurch to their list. Stuff

Waves of Amway sellers from China about to descend on Queenstown More than 6000 of Amway’s top sellers from China are heading to Queenstown in waves from the start of next month. NZ Herald

Air NZ flight forced to divert to Ohakea Air Force Base due to rogue drone sighting near Auckland airport An Air New Zealand flight from Tokyo to Auckland was forced to divert to Ohakea Air Force Base in Palmerston North to refuel due to a rogue drone flying near Auckland Airport this morning. TVNZ

Drone flying around Auckland airport delays and diverts 20 flights A drone being flown near Auckland airport forced about 20 approaching flights to delay their landings, with one choosing to divert to another airport altogether. Stuff

Winston Aldworth: Shopped, dropped Sydney Airport has a shopping problem, and I’d hate to see Auckland Airport follow suit. NZ Herald

Freedom camping ban shifts travellers to Queenstown bungy bridge Freedom campers are setting up shop by the Kawarau River bungy bridge, after being kicked out of other Queenstown locations. Stuff

Art Deco Festival helps boost Hawke’s Bay consumer spending Hawke’s Bay retailers and tourism operators are benefiting from a growing international reputation, with overseas tourists so far spending $1.1 million more than last year. Hawke’s Bay Today

Digital diplomacy: how New Zealand can better sell itself Digital diplomacy can only serve to enhance New Zealand’s reputation and promote its interests globally in different areas of public life, including tourism, education, politics, and research. Stuff

Tuesday, 6 March

Air NZ’s investment in Antarctic research deserves to be celebrated It sets a much needed example to the international aviation sector where airlines are major contributors to global warming. The Spinoff

Takaka businesses suffering after Gita: ’We were empty’ Takaka business owners say they have empty cafes and motels and everyone is hurting after Cyclone Gita closed the main route to Golden Bay. RNZ

Freedom campers asked for donations to help maintain popular Kaikōura camping spot A freedom camping app is asking users to make voluntary online donations to cover running costs for a popular Kaikōura campsite, and the trial could be extended to other areas. Stuff

Forestry, tourism sectors looking to cash in on Napier to Wairoa railway restoration The line will mainly be used to transport timber but other industries want to get on board. TVNZ

Tourist spending strong in South Island regions Data shows Otago, the West Coast and Southland have felt the benefits of strong spending growth by international tourists, Paymark says. ODT

Clearyak: Snorkelling Goat Island with a clear kayak Goat Island is one of New Zealand’s most popular snorkelling spots and now you can get a similar magical view while sitting down. Stuff

World famous in New Zealand: The Kauri Museum, Matakohe The Kauri Museum records the history of the timber industry. And it’s fascinating. Stuff

Megathrust quake could bring 12m-high waves to NZ’s east coast Twelve-metre-high tsunami waves could hit parts of New Zealand’s east coast if a ‘megathrust’ earthquake strikes in the Pacific Ocean, a United States geophysicist says. Stuff

Isolated by ex-Cyclone Gita brings its own challenges There’s a mountain of stories behind the Takaka Hill closure with hundreds of people affected in a lot of ways. Stuff

Growing revolt against cycleways in Auckland Small business owners across Auckland are on the warpath against plans to push out cars for cycleways and buses in local shopping centres. NZ Herald

International tourists spent some extra millions here International tourists contributed $4.1 million to the Gisborne economy for the four months to February 2018. Gisborne Herald

Monday, 5 March

Wellington council’s proposal on new levy causes a stir The hospitality industry says Wellington City Council would be double dipping rates if they decide to go ahead with an accommodation levy. Newstalk ZB

Short-staffed Kaikōura businesses struggle to meet demand Earthquake and Cyclone hit business owners in Kaikōura say finding staff has been next to impossible over summer. RNZ

Departure cards could be gone by Xmas – Stats NZ Paper-based departure cards for people leaving the country could be removed by Christmas, Statistics New Zealand says. RNZ

Stewart Island residents get creative with their water An increase in the number of visitors to the island placed some pressure on the limited water supply on the island. Southland Times

Deborah Hill Cone: Four reasons Air New Zealand got this terribly wrong Everything means something. You may not like this. You may wish it wasn’t this way. You would prefer life to be breezy and straightforward. NZ Herald

‘Deep regret’ over fatal chopper crash A helicopter company has expressed “deep regret” for a crash on Mount Alta, near Wanaka, that killed Aucklander Jerome Box. ODT

Queenstown Airport a step closer to extension after appeal dismissed Queenstown Airport is a step closer to acquiring expansion land after the High Court dismissed an appeal by landowner Remarkables Park. Stuff

Major damage to Endeavour replicas THE Endeavour replicas are substantially damaged and have rot, says Gisborne District Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann. Gisborne Herald

Population set to swell for NZ surf lifesaving champs CLOSE to 3000 surf lifesaving athletes, officials and supporters from around the country descend on Gisborne in just over 10 days for the TSB New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Championships. Gisborne Herald

Bay of Plenty’s $319m spending spree International tourists are believed to be responsible for a surge in spending in the Bay of Plenty last month. Rotorua Daily Post

Friday, 2 March

Does Auckland have enough hotel rooms to cater for the 2021 America’s Cup? Auckland could face a hotel room shortage issue during the 2021 America’s Cup event, despite plans to construct more than 3000 additional rooms. NZ Herald

Is it time Air New Zealand stopped their safety video onslaught of cringe? OPINION: Isn’t it about time Air New Zealand simply got on with the job of flying planes rather than producing high-gloss cultural cringe safety videos? Stuff

Freedom camping: ‘Forgive us the past and work on the future’ What exactly is “freedom camping?” If you think you know, chances are you’re wrong. Stuff

Editorial: Release the brakes, and get Wellington moving Wellington City Council was quick this week to trumpet its commitment and investment to improving cycleways around the capital. Dominion Post

Fiordland conservation gems a draw for GODZone adventure racers Te Anau is filling up fast, with GODZone adventure race participants and their support crews arriving in the Fiordland town en masse this week. Southland Times

New Zealand named as location for Childish Gambino rapper Donald Glover’s Pharos festival Pharos will be a three-day camping event running near Auckland from November 23-25. NZ Herald

Helicopter crash pair escape The Wanaka Helicopters machine was being used for a training flight when it came down on the north side of the airport runway about 11.30am yesterday. ODT

Short stay scam – Asian tourist duped by fake holiday listing A bogus listing for a non-existing Queenstown holiday home has left groups of Asian tourists scratching their heads. Mountain Scene

OnzO dockless bikes a hit in Auckland Auckland Council is extending its street trading licence for the region’s first dockless bike share system. Newshub

Zoi and Nico show continues in Wanaka Thousands enjoyed the “Zoi and Nico” show in Wanaka on Thursday, with a rousing haka at Mount Aspiring College followed by a large street parade. Stuff

Cruise season a success THE cruise ship season for Gisborne has been a successful one despite the second cancellation of a visit, says cruise co-ordinator Lana Davy. Gisborne Herald

Dreamworld finally starts demolition of ride that killed four people Demolition of the Dreamworld ride that malfunctioned and killed four people, including a New Zealander, has begun almost 18 months after the incident. Bay of Plenty Times

Aircraft goes through fence at Timaru Airport An aircraft went through the boundary fence at Timaru’s Richard Pearse Airport after a take-off was aborted on Tuesday afternoon, but the pilot was not injured. Travel

Thursday, 1 March

Plan to develop assets to tap agri-tourism potential Agri-tourism is expected to become a key attraction for international visitors in the next few years, particularly tourists from China, and Venture Southland is planning to develop Southland’s assets to take advantage of that. ODT

Lodge plan sent straight to court A controversial proposal to build a massive private lodge near the shore of a scenic South Island lake will bypass the local council and go straight to the Environment Court. Newsroom

Rare footage of hatching kiwi chicks at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua Rare footage of two kiwi chicks hatching has been caught on camera at Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua. Rotorua Daily Post

Provinces deserve, and need, growth fund Opinion: Southland should not be shy in putting forward our priorities. Southland Times

Air New Zealand apologises after failing to contact unaccompanied kids’ parents Air New Zealand has apologised for “letting down” two families who weren’t told about the whereabouts of their unaccompanied kids after a flight diversion last month. Newshub

Kiwi hotels, motels and holiday parks enjoy busiest year ever in 2017 Kiwi hotels, motels and holiday parks have enjoyed their busiest year ever in 2017 with record high occupancy rates, Stats NZ says. TVNZ

Funky seating and free Wi-Fi on promotion group’s wish list Arty seats, free Wi-Fi and a sister-city relationship with another Cromwell are three things on the wish list for the Cromwell & Districts Promotions Group. ODT

Direct bus link from Hutt Valley to Wellington Airport could be scrapped The only direct bus link between the Hutt Valley and Wellington Airport could soon get the chop. Dominion Post

Quake-hit CentrePort returns to profit, says it may resume dividends Boosted by insurance payments, the Wellington-headquartered company has reported a net profit after tax of $4.9 million in the six months to December 31. Stuff

Te Anau to Manapouri trail one step closer to completion The Fiordland Trail Trust has been granted resource consent for the construction of a 4.7km section of trail from Manapouri to Supply Bay Rd. Southland Times

Northland ‘glamping’ business and conventional lodge on the market One of New Zealand’s quirkiest ‘glamping’ operations – featuring a Mongolian yurt-style tent and a fully renovated shipping container with outdoor ‘baths under the stars’ – is for sale. Northern Advocate

Wednesday, 28 February

New Zealand, it’s time to give our tourists value for their money Over the following two weeks of travelling around the country, including tourism hotspots such as Queenstown, I was taken aback by not just the prices but by the lapses in service and facilities that often accompanied them. Stuff

Provinces missing millions from fund Apart from a $1.45 million funding boost for Punakaiki and two West Coast cycle trails, there is nothing more so far for the South Island. ODT

Tour company manager ‘cheated system’ by arranging unlicensed driver to drive bus A tour company manager who arranged for an unlicensed colleague to drive a bus has lost his job and been sentenced to community work. The Press

Former Miss Universe Indonesia Nadine Chandrawinata visits Northland in Tourism New Zealand promotion Former Miss Universe Indonesia Nadine Chandrawinata indulged in seafood and sandboarding in Northland as part of a tourism promotion to get more Indonesians to New Zealand. NZ Herald

Black Cap Seth Rance helps extinguish fire at White Swan pub in Greytown Wairarapa’s landmark pub, The White Swan, has been saved from disaster thanks, in part, to the fire fighting exploits of a Black Cap bowler better known for putting heat on his deliveries. Stuff

New Zealand First deputy Ron Mark replaced by Fletcher Tabuteau Tabuteau grew up in Rotorua and worked in the tourism industry for many years, running his own consulting business specialising in marketing and business communications. NZ Herald

Millions to be invested in Northland’s ‘untapped potential’ The Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) would provide more than $17 million to help create jobs, address infrastructure deficits, diversify the regional economy and enhance the tourism opportunities that existed in Northland. NZ Herald

Qantas and American Airlines make new bid for more flights across the Pacific Qantas and American Airlines are trying again for approval for a joint venture which they say will lead to cheaper flights across the Pacific, benefiting all passengers, including New Zealanders. NZ Herald

Port welcomes distinguished ‘royal’ visitor A little taste of royalty will sail into Otago harbour today when RMS Queen Mary 2 visits Dunedin for the first time. ODT

Half-century wait for new stadium nearly over A four-year project to create a new sub-regional sports stadium for Waitomo is only a few months away from sign-off, its coordinator says. Stuff

Ex-Science Alive! boss sets up new business to compete with his old employer Petrie has set up new company Interactive Exhibition Specialists to make exhibits and design science centres, and said he was working on a couple of projects. The Press

Fieldays future came down to a piece of number eight wire Photos and film of five decades of Fieldays provided the backdrop at the Te Rapa Racecourse for the launch of the 50th year of Fieldays recently. Waikato Times

Toxic foam found in firetrucks and storage at Nelson Airport Toxic foam banned from use in firefighting has been found in both firetrucks and storage containers at the Nelson Airport. Nelson Mail

Tuesday, 27 February

Future Outlook: Neat Places expands across New Zealand to showcase the nation’s best The guide has since expanded to seven centres across New Zealand and a new website launched last week caters for further expansion to the rest of the country. The Press

‘Train carnage’ in Auckland as rail workers strike Furious passengers are lashing out as delays and overcrowded trains push Auckland commuters to their limits. Newshub

Is it OK to swipe all the toiletries in hotels? Do hoteliers really expect us to swipe all the toiletries? Stuff

Packed hearing for controversial Waiheke marina The hearing for a controversial Waiheke Island marina – which would feature the country’s first floating car park – was so packed that people had to sit cross legged in the public gallery. RNZ

Some freedom campers breaking rules A Dunedin inner-city parking spot is proving to be popular with freedom campers – but not all of them should be there. ODT

All trails lead to Owaka The Cobb and Co heavy wagon trail rumbles along a disused railway corridor near Tahakopa in the Catlins during the Otago Goldfields Cavalcade yesterday. ODT

Could NZ, Australia host Winter Olympics? Australia and New Zealand should bid to hold a joint Winter Olympics, according to an opinion piece in the British newspaper The Guardian. NZME

Trapped in canyon The canyoning client was rescued by guides. A 20-year-old guide had also suffered a lower leg injury. ODT

Volvo Ocean Race expected to boost Auckland economy Auckland’s in for an economic shot in the arm as the Volvo Ocean Race boats arrive in the city tonight and stay for 23 days. Newstalk ZB

Waikato helicopter kept busy winching injured walkers from bush Winching injured walkers from challenging bush locations kept the Waikato Westpac Rescue helicopter busy over the weekend. Stuff

Flashpoint for freedom camping GISBORNE District Council faces a growing problem with freedom camping and a review of the bylaw covering it is urgent, the council’s monthly meeting was told. Gisborne Herald

State Highway 1 through Kaikōura likely to remain closed until end of the week State Highway 1 through Kaikōura is likely to remain closed until the end of the week. The Press

‘It was terrible’ – small Kiwi tourism operator hit by internet scammers, who stole $42,000 Rae Gill fell victim to a sophisticated scam. TVNZ

Air New Zealand pushes up extra charges by up to 50% on domestic flights Air New Zealand is hiking charges on its domestic jet flights. NZ Herald

Months to fully reopen Takaka Hill following damage from Gita It could take months before the Takaka Hill Road resumes normal service. RNZ

Monday, 26 February

Road toll: How bad are tourist drivers really? Tourist drivers and their abilities is an issue that doesn’t goes away. We’ve looked at it before. But what do the latest numbers say?  Stuff

Tourist spending in Gisborne climbing Tourists to Gisborne spent $146 million for the year ended January 2018, up eight percent from the same period last year. Gisborne Herald

Call to revitalise Mackenzie vision A report outlining a new strategy for land and water management in the Mackenzie Basin tries to strike a balance between sustaining agriculture and tourism while protecting the environment. ODT

International cruise visitors push coastal Bay of Plenty tourism spending to $1 billion Tourists spent more than $1 billion in the coastal Bay of Plenty last year, a target that was not expected to be hit for another 12 years. Bay of Plenty Times

New Zealander of the Year Kristine Bartlett gets wings clipped by Jetstar Controversial airline Jetstar is under fire for its attempt to extract hundreds of dollars from a struggling grandmother hailed for her work for the under-privileged. Jetstar

339 tourists stranded by slip in Fiordland are helicoptered out Part of Fiordland is cut off and hundreds of tourists are being airlifted out, after torrential rain – 217mm of which fell in six hours – brought down a slip, blocking Deep Cove. Stuff

Air New Zealand’s next big call – Boeing or Airbus? Air New Zealand is getting closer to making the big call on its next long-haul model of plane. NZ Herald

World Famous in New Zealand: Outward Bound at Anakiwa Deep in the Marlborough Sounds, amid ferns and birdsong, lies a place where explorers cut their teeth: Outward Bound at Anakiwa. Stuff

Convoys have smooth journey over Takaka Hill About 1000 vehicles made the trip over the re-opened Takaka Hill Road today, mostly heading from Takaka to Nelson, the Transport Agency says. RNZ

Hundreds take to rail trail for duathlon The 18th anniversary of the Otago Central Rail Trail opening was celebrated  this year with the Rail Trail Duathlon over the weekend. ODT

Demo call hangs over historic West Coast building The owner of a historic hotel where the Queen once stayed is calling for it to be demolished. Stuff

Tours of Waipa will be departing from Cambridge and Te Awamutu Free discovery bus tours of the Waipa district are returning due to popular demand. Waikato Times

DOC vying to take heat off tourist hot spots The increasing number of tourists has led to concerns about their impact on the environment. ODT

Takaka Hill road partially reopens The road has re-opened to the relief of thousands in Golden Bay who have been cutoff since ex-cyclone Gita hit. Stuff

New star in Tekapo’s astro-tourism business a step closer Tekapo’s multi-million dollar Earth & Sky HQ site will be blessed this week. Timaru Herald

Friday, 23 February

Local Focus: Gisborne rail action group hang hopes on Shane Jones’ fund The regions are holding their breath for the details of the Government’s billion dollar rescue package. NZ Herald

Why hotel prices are through the roof in Auckland Auckland hotel prices are as much as twice the usual rate, as visitors pour into the city – and pressure on accommodation is set to continue as construction of new rooms trails demand. NZ Herald

Delay for new Bay Hill hotel ‘disappointing news’ The surprise announcement that a hotel planned as part of a development on Timaru’s Bay Hill has been put on the backburner is disappointing news for the region’s hospitality industry, sector chairman Mark Offen says.  Timaru Herald

Obama’s NZ visit is getting closer to reality Negotiations to get former US president Barack Obama to visit New Zealand next month are understood to be close to completion. RNZ

Tourist drove after flying for 24 hours A Lumsden man is calling for a government crackdown on tourist-driver regulations after a Japanese doctor fell asleep at the wheel and hit him head on. ODT

Big crowd expected for Warbirds 30th Organisers of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow over Easter are preparing for what is expected to be the biggest crowd in years. ODT

Hotel consent refusal to be appealed The company which wants to build a $45million hotel near Queenstown’s CBD will appeal a decision declining resource consent to the Environment Court. ODT

Team NZ fires back after executives slam wharf design The process of choosing a design for the America’s Cup team bases in Auckland has turned messy and more than a little nasty. Newshub

Cruise ship passengers spend $25m with Wellington CBD retailers They’re only here for a short time, but cruise ship passengers are making their Wellington visits count. Stuff

Tourists spending more in the Bay of Plenty Tourists spent an estimated $1.8 billion in the region over the last year. Rotorua Daily Post

Opinion: Tauranga museum plan in jeopardy It’s likely ratepayers will say no. Bay of Plenty Times

First food supplies delivered to Golden Bay communities cut off by slips The first shipment of food and supermarket supplies to Golden Bay, cut off by road since ex-cyclone Gita hit on Tuesday, has arrived in Takaka. Nelson Mail

Tourism already generates plenty of tax, writes TIA’s Chris Roberts Tourists contribute enough; another tax on them is not required. NZ Herald

Residents have their part to play in building tourism benefits How do we ensure we collectively manage our offering in a sustainable way? Stuff

Queenstown hotel rooms the most expensive, Christchurch still struggling Christchurch is struggling to improve returns for investors. Stuff

Thursday, 22 February

Tourism spend hits $10.6b with Americans spending more and Germans less Overseas tourists spent a record $10.6b last year, with increased flights from the US helping to boost the figures. Stuff

Gita: Storm sweeps 16 slips over Takaka road In Golden Bay the immediate priority is supplying the necessities of life to thousands of locals and tourists after the only road over Takaka Hill was severly damaged by slips. RNZ

Overseas tourist an exciting surprise for overseas tourists at Cardrona The South Island skifield was hit with 15cm of snow over 20 hours. TVNZ

Freedom campers’ vehicles clamped Two clamps have been applied to the vehicles of illegal freedom campers since the Queenstown Lakes District Council cracked down on free camping sites in the district last week. ODT

Water at camp site now safe Water testing at the Bendigo freedom camping site beside Lake Dunstan has shown E. coli levels have reduced to acceptable levels and there is no longer any risk to the public. ODT

Why backpacker hostels had to change to suit millennials OPINION: Hostels had to change. It seems obvious when you think about it. Stuff

Another gap in the America’s Cup story Analysis: RNZ’s Todd Niall wants to know what the plan is with the America’s Cup Village. Newsroom

Seven years on: Christchurch ‘on the verge of something spectacular’ Christchurch is “on the verge of something spectacular” but its rebuild is at “an extremely delicate stage” warns one of seven influential city leaders asked by Stuff to describe the city’s progress on the seventh anniversary of the 2011 deadly earthquake. The Press

Passengers love their welcome THE success rate of the cruise ship season in Gisborne this summer rose again yesterday as more than 1800 passengers and a large number of crew from the Noordam enjoyed the day ashore. Gisborne Herald

Rotorua attracts large conference away from the big cities A three-day national symposium, expected to attract more than 600 delegates and bring up to $900,000 in spending, is the latest event secured for Rotorua. Rotorua Daily Post

Referendum pitched as turning point in Tauranga’s history The city-wide referendum to help decide whether Tauranga gets a museum has been identified as a turning point in the city’s history. Bay of Plenty Times

Lake Rotoiti outdoor education centre celebrates 50 year milestone Nelson Lakes’ outdoor centre is celebrating their 50th anniversary, opening their doors to all kinds of different groups in those years. Nelson Mail

Final sign-off for $1bn Regional Development Fund Projects in sectors like tourism, aquaculture and forestry will be considered. RNZ

Massive slip could close tourist route for over a month It could be more than a month before the main tourist route to the Bay of Islands reopens. RNZ

Meridian weighs in on Wellington’s proposed zipline The utility has raised concerns over plans for a new zipline near its Brooklyn turbine. Dominion Post

Wednesday, 21 February

Cyclone Gita aftermath: What you need to know Local states of emergency are in place with people cut off after Cyclone Gita swept through. RNZ

Tourists trapped, highway washed away as Gita causes chaos Seven provinces under state of emergency with many tourists trapped. NewstalkZB

Wellington and Nelson flights cancelled as Gita blasts country Flights have been cancelled this morning with many more delayed. Newshub

Around 40 people will be sleeping in buses Chinese tourists trapped south of Hokitika TVNZ

Too late for world renowned fresh water springs? It’s feared a proposed conservation order for Golden Bay’s renowned fresh water springs won’t come quickly enough to stop more water being taken from the springs’ aquifer for irrigation. RNZ

Watch: Herald Business Traveller rates Air New Zealand’s Portuguese charter plane Herald Business Traveller flew from Sydney to Auckland on NZ 108, one of Hi Fly’s A340s. Here’s the verdict. NZ Herald

Storm vents fury on South Island; more rain today The worst of Cyclone Gita may be over further north, but Otago remains under threat of heavy, flooding rain until this afternoon. ODT

Tuesday, 20 February

Changes needed in NZ’s top resort Queenstown’s traffic issues need action rather than talk, writes Joss Miller. ODT

Shoplifting tourists hit Auckland, Gisborne and Kaikōura A German couple who stole from stores across the country claim they just ran out of money. Stuff

Increase in Chinese visitors expected in Rotorua as Chinese New Year kicks off Rotorua is preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of Chinese visitors for Chinese New Year. Rotorua Daily Post

Restrictions needed to fix freedom camping overload A Taranaki couple believe getting the right mix of regulations and infrastructure would help solve problems with an overload of freedom campers. Taranaki Daily News

Demolition and rejuvenation of Bluff’s historic Club Hotel site on hold The Bluff Oyster Festival Trust members are waiting on the results of a report before a hoped-for demolition of the town’s Club Hotel can go ahead. Southland Times

April start date for new terminal at Kerikeri’s Bay of Islands Airport Construction of a new terminal at booming Bay of Islands airport near Kerikeri is expected to start in April. Northern Advocate

Overseas drivers licence system slammed for safety failures New Zealand’s system of licensing overseas drivers has been condemned as outdated and unsafe – with warnings the road toll will continue to rise if nothing is done. Newshub

Get out of the Sounds: Evacuation warning as Cyclone Gita approaches New Zealand Residents, campers, trampers and boaties have been told to leave the Marlborough Sounds before Cyclone Gita hits. Stuff

Forgotten World finds new general manager A world wide search to find an “exceptional” person for Forgotten World Adventures has ended in Auckland. Stuff

Decision reserved on hot pools for reserve A hearings panel has reserved its decision on a proposal to grant a long-term lease to Ngai Tahu Tourism for its hot pools development on a recreation reserve in Queenstown. ODT

Cyclone Gita: Bad weather warnings ignored Despite warnings many tourists are still flocking to campsites at the top of the South Island. NZ Herald

Hazledine: Getting serious about road, tourism congestion Queenstown is crowded right now with stranded travellers unable to get home. NZ Herald

Three hotel developments planned New hotel developments are on the cards for Chow brothers. Dominion Post

Monday, 19 February

Families parachute together as Chinese tourists leave their comfort zones Today’s independent Chinese travellers are getting more adventurous. Stuff

Waikato tourism heading to new heights A plan has been hatched that would see a gondola rising above the Waikato basin. Waikato Times

Remote d’Urville Island a paradise for visitors Just 500 metres of water separates the island from the mainland, but it feels much further. Stuff

Waikato tourism launching into new territory Hamilton – a black hole for tourism, according to perception – is a myth, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson. Waikato Times

Touring cyclists warned against riding at night Touring cyclists riding at night have been warned that they are putting all road users at risk. RNZ

Unusual sport tournament to show off Hawke’s Bay A Haumoana local organised Hawke’s Bay’s first bike polo tournament, garnered the backing of local businesses, and created a way to promote the region – and all because she “just wanted to see my mates”. Hawke’s Bay Today

Freedom campers getting bad rap when majority are fine says tourism authority Recent publicity of freedom campers littering and going to soup kitchens is not a reflection on the majority who are respectful of New Zealand, according to Regional Tourism New Zealand. TVNZ

Not all freedom campers are a menace – tourism group Freedom campers are getting a bad name because of a few bad apples, says a regional tourism organisation. Newshub

Russell Gray: Hospitality world class in NZ Hospitality here is a thriving industry and the market will determine the rate of growth of our restaurants and bars. NZ Herald

Time to take east Auckland to the world Bursting with exciting ideas and an action plan to work with tour operators, Bo Burns cannot wait to put east Auckland on the world map. Times Online

Running Warbirds no plane ordinary job The 2018 Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow this Easter is tipped to be the best so far, with celebrations and special events planned to mark the 30 years since the very first “Warbirds on Parade”. ODT

Alexandra Hotel for sale at Pirongia The land, buildings and business of the recently refurbished Alexandra Hotel in Pirongia, Waikato, are now for sale by negotiation. NZ Herald

Second runway critical to Auckland says airport boss as profit soars Auckland Airport chief Adrian Littlewood says a second runway is critical to the future of the company and to the city. NZ Herald

Flyer faithful commemorated There’s little doubt two men were looking down on Kingston, with smiles a mile wide yesterday as one of the Kingston Flyer engines was fired up and steamed down part of its track. ODT

Freedom campers in Rotorua: It’s a great way to travel Freedom campers enjoying Rotorua say they follow the rules and the practice is a good way to travel. NZ Herald

A hot tub retreat will be part of a wider tourism hub Part of the tourism hub is close to completion. Rotorua Daily Post

Big plans ahead for the Kingston Flyer It’s full-steam ahead for one of the country’s most iconic locomotives, for the first time since 2013. Newshub

Review: Lakeside 2018 in Rotorua a moving community event This weekend I went along to my first Lakeside concert – and I am so glad I did. Rotorua Daily Post

Aoraki/Mt Cook resident confronts visitor toileting alongside driveway An Aoraki/Mt Cook resident fed up with visitors toileting wherever they please has confronted a man he caught doing his business on the side of his driveway. Stuff

Friday, 16 February

Tourists in Canterbury intersection crash had only been in country one week Two British tourists, who had only been in the country for a week, have been killed in a crash in Canterbury. Newshub

What do tourists think the best part of Napier’s Art Deco Festival is? The locals Tourists from across the world have begun hitting the sunny streets of Napier for its annual Art Deco Festival. Stuff

Freedom campers’ undies hanging from Rotorua trees ‘disrespectful’ The sight of underwear hanging from trees in Kuirau Park has a local business owner calling for changes to Rotorua’s freedom camping rules. NZ Herald

Auckland Airport’s second runway plans: How your property is affected Auckland Airport’s second runway plans will create height restrictions and noise for more properties. NZ Herald

Coming our way – Qatar Airways’ new level of luxury in business class A year since Qatar Airways started flying the longest route in the world between Auckland and Doha, airline chief Akbar Al Baker says the route is doing well and will be boosted next year with luxury Qsuites in business class. NZ Herald

Tourist attractions help Chinese visitors celebrate A Chinese tour party visiting Shantytown on the West Coast was in festive mood for the Chinese New Year yesterday. ODT

Auckland Airport’s second runway to be louder and longer Auckland International Airport’s plan to build a second runway will mean more noise for Mangere, Flat Bush and Otara residents. Stuff

Roll call of Fletcher Buildings’ massive loss-making construction projects The NZICC, airports and hotels are among the projects. Stuff

Should Queenstown shut the gates to new residents, visitors? Mayor: The time is coming when the resort will need to consider locking the gate. Stuff

Accommodation at near-capacity ahead of big weekend in Rotorua There is no shortage of things to do in Rotorua this weekend. Rotorua Daily Post

Thursday, 15 February

Four-star hotel mooted for Whakatane Whakatane could be verge of having its first upmarket boutique hotel. NZ Herald

Whanganui and Ruapehu tourism spending increased in December Tourism spending in the Whanganui and Ruapehu districts in December is estimated at $15 million each. NZ Herald

The race to become the next Great Walk is on A multi-day walk on Mt Taranaki could join Milford, Routeburn and Heaphy tracks on the list of internationally renowned Great Walks within New Zealand’s national parks. Stuff

‘Glamping’ tents have arrived at popular holiday parks The Kiwi camping experience has been taken up a notch this summer as new glamping tents have been introduced in some of Auckland Council’s popular sites. Stuff

Freedom campers staying in unsafe environments An unexpected inundation of freedom campers has tourists staying in potentially dangerous environments, the head of the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand say. Stuff

Events coincide to fill Otago with tourists Otago is preparing for a huge influx of tourists as Chinese New Year bolsters an already busy tourism scene. ODT

Algal bloom due to long, hot summer A long, hot, dry summer is responsible for an algae bloom in Lake Hayes which may be toxic to humans and animals. ODT

Christchurch’s long-awaited $140 million Terrace development to be complete next week The first bar in Christchurch’s long-awaited $140 million Terrace hospitality development may open this week. The Press

High-powered crossbow feared fired at Rotorua Airport runway A high-powered hunting crossbow fired from outside the Rotorua Airport was the reason the airport was forced to close for three-and-a-half hours yesterday. Rotorua Daily Post

Bad taste on the Great Taste Trail, as human excrement reported on track There’s anger among cyclists after apparently human excrement was left on a track designed to showcase the Tasman landscape. Nelson Mail

Environmental freedom campers say ‘health hazard’ complaints exaggerated A group of environmentalist beach users say talk of freedom campers using the area along a coastal Kaikōura road as a “toilet” have been greatly exaggerated. Marlborough Express

Auckland Airport talks up ‘fair balance’ in $1.8bn infrastructure spend It is probably the most significant since its original development in the 1960s. TVNZ

Queues try cruise passengers’ patience Some passengers saying they had been waiting for up to two hours for a bus at Dunedin. ODT

Freedom campers staying in unsafe environments Tourists are staying in potentially dangerous environments, says HAPNZ. Stuff

Wednesday, 14 February

Passengers’ luggage unloaded for cricket gear A passenger on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Wellington says it’s disgraceful that passengers’ luggage was left behind in favour of transporting luggage belonging to the English cricket players. RNZ

Aussies targeted for Rotorua winter escape A winter holiday combining the contrasting attractions of the central North Island is being promoted to Australians. Rotorua Daily Post

Disruption likely to affect airport growth Auckland International Airport is expected to report its lowest level of earnings per share (EPS) growth in more than seven years when it reports its first-half results on Friday. ODT

Dunedin men charged over Puzzling World attack Three Dunedin men are facing violence and disorder charges over an alleged racially motivated assault in Wanaka last month. ODT

Hagaman denied appeal of defamation suit against Little The Supreme Court has declined the application made on behalf of hotelier Earl Hagaman. NBR

Airbus A350-1000 demonstration flight over Auckland Airbus’ newest jetliner has taken to the skies over Auckland, in a demonstration flight aimed at securing orders for the US$355 million (NZ$490m) aircraft. Stuff

50,000 Chinese tourists heading this way to celebrate their New Year Chinese New Year is shaping up to be busy for the tourism industry. Stuff

Mayor: towns should welcome freedom campers The Whanganui mayor says provincial towns can help take pressure off tourism hotspots. TVNZ

Akl tour operators say council agencies hurting business Operators say the actions of council agencies are cutting them off from cruise ship trade. RNZ

Tuesday, 13 February

Arrow found near runway closes Rotorua Airport Police say an arrow found near the runway was the reason Rotorua Airiport was closed today for nearly four hours. Rotorua Daily Post

Auckland swimmers unaware of contamination on beaches People have been swimming at popular Auckland beaches, unaware that sewage from the weekend’s storm has contaminated the water. RNZ

Ardern, Robinson to speak at Wanaka festival Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former Irish president Mary Robinson will lead the programme at this year’s Aspiring Conversations festival in Wanaka. ODT

Skyline car park ‘for all’ Skyline Enterprises Ltd (SEL) is one step closer to its multilevel car park, but the company will need to ensure — subject to consent — it caters for all users of the recreation reserve on which it is proposed to be built. ODT

Ducks, not campers, behind `E.coli’ outbreak Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan says it is a relief to find out E. coli contamination in Lake Dunstan at Bendigo was not caused by humans, but the quest to find “workable solutions” to the issue of irresponsible camping will continue. ODT

Let’s push ahead now that Chch arena and multi-sports facility unlikely to be combined EDITORIAL: In the rush to plan a new Christchurch after the earthquakes, a Metro Sports Facility was tipped to open in 2016, and a new stadium was envisaged to be available for the 2017 Lions rugby tour. The Press

$24 million earmarked for cycling spend in Tauranga Three areas of Tauranga will be the big winners from a plan to spend $24 million over the next 10 years improving the city’s network of cycleways. Bay of Plenty Times

Mayor to crack down on ‘freeloading’ campers Justin Lester says he will stop campers abusing the city’s hospitality and environment. Dominion Post

Venture Southland calls for changes to govt tourism spending data Venture Southland will ask MBIE to change its methodology. Southland Times

Museum director and artist Russell Beck dies He was a transformative director of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Southland Times

Monday, 12 February

Air New Zealand flight from Los Angeles to Auckland diverts to Fiji An Air New Zealand long-haul flight from Los Angeles to Auckland had to make an unexpected pitstop after the plane ran out of drinkable water. NZ Herald

Milford Sound ‘bursting at the seams’ Milford Sound is bursting at the seams, with record tourists expected to visit next year, and a group has been tasked with developing a plan to sustain that growth. RNZ

Soup kitchen head ‘disappointed’ that tourists took advantage of goodwill The manager of the Wellington soup kitchen which has been thrown into the spotlight after two tourists ate there as part of their attempt to travel New Zealand without spending moneysays it’s disappointing when people take advantage of their work. TVNZ

2500 come to enjoy festival at Glendhu The inaugural Tuki Festival has been described as a “success from end to end” by event manager Toby Garland. ODT

Hutt City Council finally has good news about hotel and BNZ building Construction of Lower Hutt’s long-awaited High St hotel looks likely to begin before the end of this month. Dominion Post

How the financial wobble will hit your back pocket Falling sharemarkets — and any related economic weakness, may hit business travel but leisure travel was unlikely to be affected. NZ Herald

People should be charged to enter Mt Cook National Park: ACT A charge, which would need a law change, would include access to other Department of Conservation (DoC) activities such as walks. Stuff

Airbus woos Air New Zealand with new plane Airbus’ new A350-1000 will visit Auckland this week to show off the French giant’s latest development in wide body aircraft manufacturing. Stuff

Wellington Airport flights return to near normal after fog lifts Flight disruptions began on Saturday afternoon when a heavy blanket of fog descended on Wellington Airport, causing knock-on effects around New Zealand. Stuff

Herald on Sunday editorial: Peters is no judge of Obama’s value to Air NZ Peters said he was speaking as the shareholding minister of Air New Zealand and he did not approve of the company paying Obama his usual speaking fee. NZ Herald

Woman skips security at Auckland Airport after taking cigarette break Flights were delayed and passengers were rescreened after a woman’s rogue cigarette break added to fog-related chaos at Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal on Sunday. Stuff

Oscar Kightley: Bold freeloaders don’t deserve the death threats OPINION: There was a time when a death threat used to mean something. Stuff

White heads at the wheel – more bus drivers are working into their 70s and 80s The Bus and Coach Association (BCA) has noted a significant rise in drivers working well past retirement age as the sector struggles to recruit staff. Stuff

Rental scam: House for hen’s party didn’t exist after booking on Airbnb A hen’s party of 20 women was almost left without a venue after a scam on Airbnb involving a house that didn’t exist. NZ Herald

ChristchurchNZ restructures seven months after its creation The tourism, events and economic development agency has begun a restructure. The Press

Tourists using drones endanger aircraft at Lake Te Anau Tourists using drones to capture dramatic holiday photos are proving dangerous. Stuff

Freedom camping: Economic driver or burden? Councils say freedom campers are a burden and they bring little economic benefit. RNZ

Friday, 9 February

Estimated yearly tourism earnings of $1.1b in Northland Northland’s estimated yearly tourism spend has increased by 7 per cent to $1.1 billion with both international and domestic spending up. Northern Advocate

Auckland’s new Queen St hotel holds speed-interviews as it tries to staff entire business in one day A new Auckland hotel is trying to staff its entire business in just one day. NZ Herald

Harri the galah one of growing numbers of Aussies heading here aboard Princess Cruises Princess Cruises’ latest generation 144,000 tonne ship is heading this way this year but it’s been Harri, the rose breasted galah (average weight 345 grams) that’s been in the limelight this summer. NZ Herald

He Tangata: Donnelle Tamaiparea, Tai Tokerau Resort College Elisabeth Easther meets Donnelle Tamaiparea, the Operations Manager at Tai Tokerau Resort College. NZ Herald

DCC unveils $1.2m cycleway bridge The Dunedin City Council has unveiled plans for a $1.2 million shared cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Water of Leith and construction is set to start next month. ODT

Ban on Lake Hayes reserve camping All overnight camping will be banned at three reserves around Lake Hayes, including the pavilion and show grounds, and a slightly expanded area at the Shotover Delta, from February 16. ODT

Mt Cardrona Station zone plan change permits golf course Cardrona Valley could soon be known for its golfing as well as its winter and summer alpine sports after a meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday unanimously passed a plan change allowing a 12-hole golf course to be built about 2km north of Cardrona township. ODT

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park visitor numbers up, and it’s been causing quite a stink With visitor numbers soaring, operations manager Brent Swanson said people failing to use the public toilets inside the park had become more of an issue. Timaru Herald

Principled or privileged? Cashless couple rely on charity to travel the country If you don’t mind eating at the occasional soup kitchen, a lack of cash is no barrier to seeing the country. Stuff

Airport plans unchanged after terminal shut due to storm surge Construction of Nelson’s new airport terminal and car parks is continuing as planned, despite the closure of the airport due to flooding during last Thursday’s storm. Nelson Mail

America’s Cup faces cost blowout, says Auckland councillor A senior politician says the $178.5 million cost to provide the America’s Cup in Auckland is a “crude estimate” and could rise significantly. NZ Herald

Anger at freedom camping in Makorori FREEDOM campers at Makorori Beach have upset Gisborne surfers and residents so much that an online petition has been created to move them on. Gisborne Herald

Confusion over Southland’s tourism spend Venture Southland is questioning revised tourism spend estimates that have taken $22 million off the amount spent by international visitors in October. Southland Times

Queenstown under strain: ‘A burning bridge’ The strain on Queenstown’s infrastructure is causing pressure that cannot continue, says the mayor. RNZ

Residents oppose Wellington freedom camping expansion Residents are sick of seeing toilets being emptied into Wellington’s harbour. RNZ

Money-free tourists hit back A couple travelling NZ ‘free from money’ say they have been the victims of death threats. Newshub

Thursday, 8 February

200 Chinese to complete Akl hotel The more than $200m Park Hyatt hotel in the city’s Wynyard Quarter is set to be finished by March next year. RNZ

Plans to transform Cordis, Auckland into NZ’s biggest hotel A new 16-floor tower is scheduled to open in 2020 in time for America’s Cup, Apec. NZ Herald

Kingston Flyer to fire up for open day The Kingston Flyer is set to steam again, with an open day planned for the first time since 2013. Southland Times

Council apologises for rāhui-breaking message Auckland Council’s tourism body has been left red-faced after promoting a Waitakere ranges track on social media despite a rāhui in place for the area. RNZ

Hottest January in Northland since records began Langham Hospitality Group plans to expand its Auckland Cordis hotel to be the biggest in New Zealand by room count. NZ Herald

Fire-damaged New Commercial Hotel needs to come down says fire chief The high winds and gales that battered the district on Thursday morning have prompted renewed calls to demolish the New Commercial Hotel as soon as possible. Marlborough Express

Why a bridge or tunnel across Cook Strait won’t happen The idea of a bridge or a tunnel across Cook Strait has been shut down by the chief executive of Infrastructure New Zealand. TVNZ

Skyline seeks car park referral Skyline Enterprises Ltd has applied for a direct referral to the Environment Court for its proposed multilevel car park. ODT

Motorbike fans arrive for Burt Munro Challenge The challenge, in its 12th year, consists of seven motorbike events at different venues, from Thursday to Sunday. Southland Times

Natureland turned into water park during king tide One side of Tahunanui’s Natureland turned into a lake during last week’s king tide and storm surge event. Nelson Mail

Gory Rory’s maze days all for a good cause The Maize Maze, brainchild of farmer Rory Foley, is back for a sixth year with actors, makeup artists and horror buffs converging on the settlement for another dose of the shivers. Timaru Herald

Wednesday, 7 February

Private jet damages plane An Air NZ flight was cancelled after jet engines of a private plane blew a ramp off the commercial flight. Gisborne Herald

Tourists still love getting information on paper VisitorPoint dispatched close to 11 million brochures last year, a record 1.3m in January alone. Stuff

Concern at Wanaka visitors’ “exploitation” Tourism leaders say the treatment of the town over the New Year break “bordered on exploitation”. ODT

Tourists spend up large in Palmerston North Latest tourism spending data has revealed the city is the 12th most popular destination in New Zealand, beating the likes of Marlborough, Nelson, Napier and New Plymouth. Manawatu Standard

Feilding retailers not expecting spin-offs from New Zealand Grand Prix week Fans will flood the region for a weekend of high speed on Saturday and Sunday at Manfeild, but retailers say the action doesn’t move far beyond the track. Stuff

Tourists tax rural sector’s patience Farmers are in the poo again – the human kind, and they are sick of it. Rural News

More flights but fewer noise complaints for Auckland International Airport Aucklanders living under flight paths are having to deal with increased noise pollution as more planes fly in and out of New Zealand’s national gateway. Stuff

New ‘leaning tower of Rongotai’ is eye-catching marvel Wellington’s new air traffic control tower, dubbed ”the leaning tower of Rongotai” is nearing completion. NZ Herald

No snub, mayor says Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher was not among the 22 mayors to receive an invitation from Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis to hash out solutions in Wellington next month to the country’s freedom camping problem. ODT

Is it time for a Cook Strait bridge or tunnel? Is a Cook Strait bridge or tunnel pure fantasy? Julian Lee investigated. The Press

A pick-and-mix America’s Cup solution A compromise base for America’s Cup teams on the Auckland waterfront is now likely to be readied for planning consent after a standoff between the Government and Auckland Council over where best to invest up to $140 million of public money. Newsroom

‘Cool vibes’ and colourful inflatables at Rotorua’s Blue Lake for Flochella It was the first time the festival has been held in Rotorua and more than 6000 people went to enjoy the live music and pool party atmosphere. Rotorua Daily Post

Waitangi Day Break

Friday, 2 February

State of emergency lifted, focus on recovery Dunedin’s state of emergency has been lifted this morning as floodwaters recede. ODT

Cyclone Fehi live updates: Tropical storm destroys roads, floods homes The South Island has been left with a massive clean-up job after a day of heavy downpours and strong winds lashed the country. Newshub

Mission Concert cancelled after no replacement act found for Neil Diamond The announcement followed “an exhaustive search” for an A-list replacement for Neil Diamond, who sadly had to pull out of the sold-out concert due to his recent diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease. Stuff

Storm trashes Greymouth hotel A derelict hotel in Greymouth could be pulled down after being battered by strong winds during Thursday’s storm. The Press

Hamilton Airport buys hotel and conference centre Hamilton Airport, owned by Waikato Regional Airport Limited, has amalgamated with Hamilton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre. Waikato Times

Stranded: 600 tourists trapped in Haast, 115 in Fox Glacier At least 600 tourists are trapped in Haast on the West Coast due to road damage. RNZ

Higher wages likely to increase unemployment, warns Forsyth Barr Raising the minimum wage will drive a higher rate of wage inflation. NZ Herald

Waiwera Thermal Resort sacks all staff ahead of renovation Waiwera Thermal Resort has made all staff redundant ahead of a refurbishment. Stuff

Thursday, 1 February

Researchers: ‘Massive snow melt’ concerning The South Island’s warmer temperatures could have a detrimental effect on the country’s glaciers. RNZ

Hastings council accepts criticisms of Te Mata Peak walkway The council says it did not properly consider the landmark’s cultural significance. Stuff

Lucky millionth passenger gets surprise gift Dunedin Airport passed a major milestone as the millionth passenger in the past year arrived. ODT

Live: Flooding risk as stormy weather from tropical cyclone hits NZ Flooding possible in parts of the country as heavy rain and gales from remnants of Tropical Cycone Fehi hit NZ. Stuff

Tourist disqualified from driving after killing relative in fiery Central Otago crash Three days after killing a relative in a fiery crash, a tourist driver has been to court, convicted and sentenced – and will soon leave the country. Stuff

Tourism Minister to speak with mayors over freedom camping As complaints over freedom campers heat up, the Tourism Minister has called in mayors from across the country to meet with him to discuss the issues. TVNZ

Towards the Te Ha celebrations What Heritage NZ could do for the 2019 commemorations of first formal contact between tangata whenua and Europeans with the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1769. Gisborne Herald

Councillors reject ‘ad hoc’ tourism funding GISBORNE District councillors have rejected a recommendation that a Motu Trails Charitable Trust application be considered for funding of $10,000 over 10 consecutive years (2018-2028 long-term plan), and referred it to Activate Tairawhiti as the more appropriate body. Gisborne Herald

Tourism Minister rounds up mayors to discuss freedom camping problems Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has invited 22 mayors to a meeting in March to discuss solutions to freedom camping problems. Stuff

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Auckland’s ‘subterranean city’ The developers of what’s been dubbed the biggest tourist attraction in NZ say it could open in six months. Newshub

Council flips on freedom camping New Plymouth has done a flip-flop on its freedom camping policy, banning it at the Waiwhakaiho river mouth. RNZ

Submissions oppose Queenstown spa Residents have lodged heavy opposition to Ngāi Tahu’s plans for a hot pools and day spa facility. RNZ

Tourism boom set to continue but worries about shortage of Kiwi workers A major study of the tourism industry shows businesses are confident the boom will continue but remain worried about infrastructure gaps and a shortage of Kiwis to work in the sector. NZ Herald

Tourism confidence is strong but lack of skilled staff a major issue A report on the state of New Zealand tourism says it is brimming with confidence, but there are mounting concerns about staff shortages and inadequate infrastructure. Stuff

NZ Fest’s A Waka Odyssey: a ‘can’t-miss-opportunity’ Te Wharewaka o Poneke are preparing to to sail into Wellington harbour to mark the opening of the New Zealand Festival alongside waka from as far as Samoa and Rarotonga. Stuff

Low lake levels leave Southland jet boat operation high and dry A Southland jet boat business is praying the forecasted rain will be enough, after experiencing an enforced, peak-season shutdown for the second year in a row. Southland Times

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The beautiful NZ landscape tainted by poo Listeners continue to talk about the issue of our tourist spots being tarnished by unruly tourists. RNZ

Spinning the freshwater debate: When PR companies join the fray A new social media campaign called Swim Fresh has launched. Stuff

Rotorua ‘chocka’ for Auckland Anniversary weekend Rotorua was full to the brim with visitors for the long weekend. Rotorua Daily Post

Economic report from British and Irish Lions’ tour opener not ready yet A report highlighting the estimated financial and economic benefits from the British and Irish Lions’ tour opener in Whangarei is still being worked on, almost eight months after the game. Northern Advocate

Carefully building bridges in China Dunedin City Councillor Christine Garey considers the tourism benefits of Dunedin’s sister-city relationship with Shanghai. ODT

Heatwave: Get ready for our hottest day of summer Today is likely to be the hottest day of the year with the east coast of the South Island sweltering in temperatures above 30C and inland areas expected to tip 40C. Newstalk ZB

Rail trail, sluicings recognised as landmarks Two significant historical Otago sites that tell important stories about New Zealand’s past were recognised as  landmarks with small ceremonies on Saturday. ODT

Chaos at the beach over long weekend Lifeguards were swamped over the scorching Auckland Anniversary weekend as thousands flocked to the shores of wider Waikato. Stuff

Sevens: Hamilton is ready to party The 16 Sevens teams from around the world arrive on Monday for Hamilton’s inaugural HSBC Sevens World Series tournament. Waikato Times

Summer Break


Friday, 22 December 2017

Supreme Court deals blow to Wellington Airport The court has declined to remove an obstacle to the airport’s planned runway extension. Stuff

Insurance tips for homeowners thinking about listing on Airbnb New Zealand’s Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman is warning people should take care with their insurance cover if they let their homes via Airbnb this summer. Stuff

Freedom camping facility to be built in Whanganui A new freedom camping facility is to be established on Whanganui’s Anzac Parade as the city struggles with growing tourism. RNZ

New lighting allows for night time luging at Skyline Rotorua People will be able to enjoy one of Rotorua’s iconic tourist attractions under the cover of darkness this summer. Rotorua Daily Post

Southern Stays: The unfaultable Camp Kekerengu, on the Kaikōura Coast Reporter Jack Fletcher visits Camp Kekerengu, north of Kaikōura, for a taste of the good life. Stuff

Year’s end a time for reflection, writes ChristchurchNZ’s Joanna Norris The transition from being editor of The Press has been interesting. Stuff

Airbnb hosts hope to ‘work out a good solution’ Airbnb hosts in Queenstown are gearing up to take on the council. ODT

Rotorua tourism operators report growth in $814m boom Rotorua’s tourism sector is booming and local operators report strong growth. Rotorua Daily Post

Thursday, 21 December

How we flew in the 1930s and 1940s It was a very different era to travel – flying boats ruled the skies with a sense of luxury not seen today. Stuff

Best beachfront accommodation in New Zealand The Kiwi summer has kicked off and we’re all itching to get out of the workplace and off to the beach. NZ Herald

Biggest liner to visit New Zealand sails into spending squall The biggest ship to visit New Zealand waters will cruise into a spending squall when it docks in Auckland tomorrow. NZ Herald

Peak visitor season sees tourist numbers jump up The number of people coming to New Zealand on holiday in the last year rose 8.6 per cent to 1.9 million people. TVNZ

Motorcyclist killed in Wairarapa crash named as German tourist A motorcyclist who died after a crash in the Wairarapa has been named as German tourist Arnold Alfred Thomas Zehner Jr. NZ Herald

Northland camping ground bans paddling pools A popular Northland camping ground has banned paddling pools – and it’s not just out of fear for the safety of young children. RNZ

Real estate agent’s name associated with fake Airbnb listing A North Shore woman is warning Airbnb users to beware: Not all listings are what they seem. Stuff

Eagles Nest: why this boutique hotel is New Zealand’s best-kept secret This luxury lodge has just been given a prestigious award. Evening Standard

Manurewa kids’ artwork to be featured in Auckland Airport’s emails Every December, Auckland Airport commissions and pays a local school to produce artwork for a seasons’ greeting email message to customers and business partners. Stuff

New Curio Bay visitor centre opens The new Curio Bay Tumu Toka Natural Heritage Visitor Centre in the Catlins is open to the public. ODT

Clutha District Council told why it dipped out on tourism infrastructure funding The Clutha District Council will be making some pointed comments to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which handles the Tourism Infrastructure Fund funding applications, in regards to why it was turned down in the last round. Southland Times

DoC workers shot at and threatened Staff are facing increasingly serious acts of intimidation on the job including death threats. RNZ

New flights link Auckland to Xi’an in China, home of the Terracotta Warriors Tianjin Airlines will later this month start flights. NZ Herald

Taranaki tourism booming off back of Lonely Planet gong However, not everyone is cashing in and some tourists, at least, didn’t get the memo. RNZ

Wednesday, 20 December

Cities of the 21st century look at transport in terms of creating choices. Wellington doesn’t seem able to do this OPINION: Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) elicited a huge response from Wellingtonians. Stuff

SkyCity Hotel evacuated as smoke billows from vents Auckland’s SkyCity Hotel was evacuated this morning after smoke was detected. NZ Herald

Farming couple diversify into the hospitality industry at Mahia Holiday Park After five years farming at Tiniroto, near Gisborne, Sharelle and Svarn Creswell decided to up sticks and move in a completely different direction – taking on not one but two Hawke’s Bay holiday parks. Hawke’s Bay Today

Richie McCaw escorts Queen’s Baton into quake-hit Kaikōura He may have called the All Blacks’ shots, but on Tuesday Richie McCaw was the Queen’s messenger boy. Newshub

Former Air NZ chief executive appointed to oversee Pike River re-entry Former New Zealand’s former chief executive Rob Fyfe has been appointed an independent adviser to oversee the processes of Pike River Recovery Agency, by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry, Andrew Little. ODT

Grant gets Brook Valley recreation hub halfway to its funding summit The proposed mountain biking hub near popular riding tracks in the Brook Valley has been awarded $135,000, or 50 per cent of the total cost of the project. Nelson Mail

Wingspan to build new conservation centre in partnership with Ngati Whakaue A unique initiative between Ngati Whakaue and Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust will construct a new conservation centre on iwi land in Rotorua. Rotorua Daily Post

Watch: New directions for Air NZ – the long-range options Air New Zealand has been scoping a range of new long-haul destinations. NZ Herald

Freedom camping banned at popular Taranaki surf break There have been complaints about human excrement at the beach. Taranaki Daily News

Submitters oppose build of luxury lodge on Lake Pūkaki A luxury private lodge could have “irreversible environmental effects”, critics say. Timaru Herald

Tuesday, 19 December

Fiordland crested penguin stops traffic in Bluff Some locals just don’t care much for visitors. It’s their town and they make the rules – like holding up traffic to cross the road where and when they like. Stuff

World’s steepest funicular rail line opens on Swiss mountainside It travels about 100m horizontally. TVNZ

Right royal reopening Kiwiana, heritage, steam punk and luxury have merged at one of Featherston’s most loved historic buildings, which is reopening this week. Wairarapa Times Age

NZ wine industry told it’s failing to make the most of international wine tourists New Zealand’s wine industry should be doing more to cater for the growing number of wine tourists visiting the country, a new survey reveals. Stuff

Surgery tourists warned after patient’s death Leigh Aiple made the fatal decision of having cut-price surgery in Asia. RNZ

Departing tourism head can see bright future for ‘unique’ Waitaki Tourism Waitaki GM Jason Gaskill is leaving at the end of this month. Oamaru Mail

Twelve days of Christmas Auckland Airport is giving $10,000 each to 12 charities as part of its annual 12 Days of Christmas initiative. NZ Herald

Stay Native connects tourists with Maori hosts in Northland A social enterprise connects tourists with Te Tai Tokerau hosts. Northern Advocate

Monday, 18 December

New Kawarau Falls bridge opens Step aside “dear old Kawarau bridge” and make way for the new $22million curved replacement. Mountain Scene

Tourism identity pulls anchor Tourism personality Tony McQuilkin is winding up an amazing 37-year career with Real Journeys. Mountain Scene

New Brighton Pier gets a difficult fix Imagine a job that requires working at heights, in a tiny space, under the sea, where you can only escape by being reeled out by someone else. The Press

Department of Conservation Auckland Island eradication project may be largest in world The Department of Conservation is undertaking a feasibility study for what could be the biggest multi-species pest eradication project in the world. Stuff

SDC councillors welcome $456,000 tourism infrastructure boost The Government announcement that it will invest $456,000 into two tourism infrastructure projects to support Southland’s growing visitor industry has been welcomed by Southland district councillors. Stuff

Queenstown passenger numbers continue to grow Queenstown Airport passenger numbers continue to grow, the latest monthly traffic report shows. ODT

Interislander travellers left stranded by mechanical fault Hundreds of Interislander travellers had their plans disrupted this morning after a mechanical fault saw the Kaitaki ferry replaced with a smaller ship. RNZ

Fuel disruption to be sorted by Christmas A disruption that’s left a number of service stations around the country without some fuels is expected to be resolved before the Christmas road rush. NZ Herald

Aircraft brought in to cover Air NZ shortfall has own issues An Airbus plane brought in to cover faulty Air New Zealand aircraft has caused problems of its own, with homebound passengers delayed up to 18 hours. RNZ

We need to talk about tourism OPINION: We all know what happened in the golden goose fable — its owner got greedy and was killed. Stuff

Tourism launches charm offensive to keep Kiwis on-side With another record summer ahead, the industry is fighting to keep Kiwis on-side. Stuff

NZ’s improbably ‘hot’ Southern Alps under pressure Once isolated high country faces housing crisis and environmental pressures. Nikkei Asian Review

Friday, 15 December

Cycle trail video highlights ‘profound change’ after Kaikōura quake The Rātā Foundation released a video showcasing their support for the cycle trail along State Highway 1. Stuff

Trip to India explores tourism and trade A GISBORNE pastor sees the first steps in new tourism and trade opportunities opening up between New Zealand and India as a success. Gisborne Herald

Reinforcements arrive to help with Air New Zealand Dreamliner engine problems The first charter plane has arrived to fill gaps for Air New Zealand while it gets its Dreamliner Rolls-Royce engines repaired. NZ Herald

Air New Zealand flight delayed by concerns over Samsung phone battery overheating An Air New Zealand flight bound for Rarotonga was delayed this morning after a passenger’s phone battery overheated, sparking safety fears. NZ Herald

Tourism board expects further growth TOURISM Board president Penny Shaw has told the board that this region has enjoyed a three percent growth in visitor expenditure. Gisborne Herald

Warning sounds for NZ’s charismatic kea New Zealand’s charismatic kea – and 2017’s Bird of the Year – has just been reclassified to “endangered” by global conservation group BirdLife International. NZ Herald

Camping ranger to patrol coast A “responsible camping ranger” will be roaming the Catlins coast this summer telling visitors where to camp and where not to. ODT

Where not to swim this summer: Beaches and swimming spots too dirty to swim in Auckland’s St Mary’s Bay is out of action for swimmers, just one of a number of holiday hotspots deemed unsafe. Newshub

Council to review decision that saw Te Mata Peak ‘butchered’ A debate about the adequacy of the new Hastings District Plan has broken out in the wake of opposition to a track cut on Te Mata Peak. Stuff

‘Grand’ $385 million Queenstown upgrade ticked by council A “grand” $385 million plan to revitalise the Queenstown town centre will proceed to a detailed planning stage after it was unanimously approved. Stuff

Seddon and Ward to welcome highway travellers, with ‘reopen’ arms Two towns on a road to nowhere are rolling out the welcome wagon. Stuff

Ziplines adventure ready to thrill punters A new high-flying adventure activity launches in Glenorchy near Queenstown on Monday. ODT

No need for staff at this automated Taupō eMotel A style of automated motel popular in Japan opened has opened its doors in Taupō. Stuff

Thursday, 14 December

Kiwi tourists are spending more, but international visitors spend less Total tourism spending has hit $36b, but our international visitors are spending less. Stuff

Tourists involved in fatal crash on West Coast Two cars driven by tourists were involved in a fatal collision on the West Coast on Monday. The Press

Napier brimming with cruise ship passengers The giant cruise liner Ovation of the Seas, which is the largest ship to visit the Bay, tied up at Napier Port slightly behind schedule this morning. Hawkes Bay Today

New slogan to boost Ruapehu image  Ruapehu is being marketed as an “inspirational, living wilderness” under the banner ‘Ruapehu, Our Greater Outdoors’. Stuff

Winners of the New Zealand Geographic photographer of 2017 announced The overall winner of the 65 finalists, announced this evening, was adventure photographer Neil Silverwood. NZ Herald

$1.4 billion injection into Tauranga transport proposed Tauranga transport authorities are looking to spend an extra $1.4 billion over the next 30 years to achieve a ”balanced” approach between building new roads and making the city more attractive to cyclists and bus users. NZ Herald

Raetihi lodge bustling as region’s summer tourism takes off The former Raetihi Hospital nurses and doctors home, now an accommodation lodge, is exceeding expectations as young tourists pour in every week. Wanganui Chronicle

Going (on) a little loco as historic steam train back on track for new era A very special steam train is back on track and back to its former glory after years of neglect. Marlborough Express

Parking problems and size among objections to hotel A director of Kawarau Village Holdings Ltd says it is not opposed to a proposed 260-room hotel in Kelvin Heights. ODT

Why Rocket Lab’s launch was aborted seconds before lift-off Rocket Lab says its latest launch attempt was aborted due to rising liquid oxygen temperatures feeding into one of the Electron’s nine engines. NZ Herald

Government’s America’s Cup plan deemed too costly and difficult Auckland Council looks set to confirm its preferred option for a $150 million America’s Cup Village, and strike-out one favoured by the government as too costly and difficult. RNZ

Our favourite New Zealand beaches Summer seems to have arrived a bit early this year and already the hot topic of which beach to visit is being debated up and down the country.  Stuff

Increasing numbers using Bendigo site About 1000 vehicles are going in and out of the Bendigo camping site each week and those numbers could grow, those managing the site say. ODT

Millbrook green light Arrowtown’s high-end Millbrook Resort has won planning approval to add nine golf holes and 42 home sites on neighbouring farmland. Mountain Scene

Masterton’s town hall to have second life as boutique hotel? Masterton’s ailing former town hall may be in line for a makeover, with talk of it turning into a boutique hotel. Stuff

$385 million upgrade planned for Queenstown centre in next 35 years A plan for a $385 million upgrade of Queenstown’s town centre will be discussed this week. Stuff

Lake Maraetai’s Mangakino Hotel selling for under $1m Mangakino Hotel, its accommodation business and 4059 square metres of freehold land are on the market for less than $1 million. Stuff

Exemptions to Auckland’s targeted rate strip $1.9m from expected take More than half of the 2,999 affected properties have sought exemptions. RNZ

Does Airbnb have potential to change social fabric of Chch rebuild? The rebuild could see a repeat of the Airbnb problem in Queenstown. The Press

Tourism Holdings eyes ‘connected RV’ THL is eyeing a cloud-powered future in connected RVs. ZDNet

Wednesday, 13 December

Spike in tourist numbers to NZ in October due to longer ski season A longer ski season and good weather appears to have led to a busier October for Kiwi hotel, backpacker and guest house providers. TVNZ

Lake Maraetai’s Mangakino Hotel selling for under $1m Mangakino Hotel, its accommodation business and 4059 square metres of freehold land are on the market for less than $1 million. Stuff

Google Maps breakthrough will include travel update and restaurant wait times information An update will give people guidance and interactive real-time notifications for their journeys. NZ Herald

Airlines want assurances over fuel supply as Xmas looms Airlines are seeking assurances over fuel supplies following more disruption to the Marsden Point to Auckland pipeline at the weekend. NZ Herald

Tourist tax incoming amid warnings councils need urgent help A tourist tax will be introduced sometime next year, says the new Tourism Minister. TVNZ

International aviation organisation opposes proposed tourist tax It says airlines should not be saddled with the extra costs involved in collecting it. Stuff

Ten New Zealand stats you won’t find in the tourism brochures A report shines a light on what NZers really think about their country. NZ Herald

Tuesday, 12 December

Sheeran shows sway council over Easter trading Musician Ed Sheeran appears to have inadvertently helped introduce a policy in Dunedin that will allow all retail outlets to open on Easter Sunday. ODT

Port Chalmers booming as weather brings two ships in Cash registers were working overtime in Port Chalmers yesterday after two cruise ships delivered an influx of thousands of tourists to Dunedin. ODT

Great Barrier Island: Dark Sky delight so close to the SuperCity There are gasps around me in the darkness and someone exclaims: “Did you all see that?! Another shooting star!” Stuff

Kāpiti retailers not rushing to open on Easter Sunday, despite getting permission Easter Sunday trading has been given the go-ahead on the Kāpiti Coast, but not all retailers will rush to open their doors. Stuff

Cruise ship crooner Ash Puriri’s PhD pioneers Māori tourism Ash Puriri feels like “a cat landing on its feet”, now that he’s completed his PhD in Māori tourism. Stuff

Golf course south of Hamilton set to be sold for Southern Links project A proposal to sell a golf course south of Hamilton to make way for the Southern Links roading project will be up for discussion by Riverside Golf Club members. Stuff

Airbnb question taxes for occasional providers in Timaru Airbnb is questioning how widely any possible future tax on its providers in the Timaru District should be cast. Timaru Herald

Hot, dry weather sees fire restrictions in place in Canterbury, lower North Island A restricted fire season has been enforced across Canterbury and most of the lower North Island. TVNZ

Sexual misconduct often part of the job in hospitality Hospitality workers are routinely subjected to sexual abuse and harassment. AP via NZ Herald

Proposed Wellington city-to-airport ferry service needs Government funding
Taxpayers will likely be called upon to help fund it. Stuff

Trade competitor claim made at hotel hearing
Allegations were made during a hearing over a proposed 260-room hotel in Kelvin Heights. ODT

Monday, 11 December

NZ companies embrace the revolutionary potential of blockchain Blockchain experts are preparing government agencies and big businesses for what they believe will be one of the most revolutionary technologies of our time. Stuff

PM puts in some $30m spa spadework Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got into some spade work during her visit to Rotorua on Friday, turning the first sod on a $30 million lakefront spa development. Stuff

New approach to water allocation needed: Briefing water quality has become a “major issue” for the New Zealand public and a new approach to water allocation is needed. ODT

Lobby group pushes for rail station-Miramar light rail The light rail debate appears set to heat up again in Wellington, with a lobby group urging planners to put the option firmly on the table among its proposals to fix traffic congestion. Stuff

Lyttelton rail tunnel marks its 150th anniversary The tunnel connecting Christchurch to its port changed the course of transportation in the South Island. TVNZ

Accommodation sector gears up for busy Christmas despite Airbnbs Rotorua accommodation providers are gearing up for a bumper Christmas and while Airbnb has taken a chunk of the market most believe it has offered visitors another alternative. Rotorua Daily Post

Timaru council could charge Airbnb hosts Timaru’s Mayor hasn’t ruled out charging Airbnb providers more than their current residential rate. Timaru Herald

Chew on This: Bees take up residence at Christchurch hotel From the rooftop of Hotel Montreal, where four hives hold about 60,000 bees. The Press

Bay of Islands: Magic among the islands Happiness is north in the Bay, writes Miriyana Alexander. NZ Herald

Minister warned of critical pressure on natural resources The Environment Ministry warns pressure on natural resources is reaching critical point. RNZ

Fuel pipeline could cause petrol problems Some service stations could run out of petrol after problems with the oil pipeline near Marsden Point today. RNZ

Timaru council could charge Airbnb hosts Timaru’s Mayor hasn’t ruled out charging Airbnb providers. Timaru Herald

Friday, 8 December

Auckland’s passenger trains will grind to a halt on Friday as rail strike looms Trains on Auckland’s rail network will grind to a halt on Friday as the city’s rail workers go on strike. NZ Herald

Company behind luxury train plan says Kiwirail has been ‘hugely constructive’ The company behind a planned luxury train service travelling the length of New Zealand is adamant that its venture won’t require government funding, and says it has received “hugely constructive” support from the state rail operator, Kiwirail. Stuff

Tourism briefing sounds alarm over infrastructure funding and public support for the industry Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has been warned a long term more substantial visitor levy may be needed if international arrivals continue to climb. Stuff

Millions unspent on tourist driver project Only $4 million has so far been spent making the South Island’s key tourist routes safer, two years after the Government announced a high-profile $25 million project. Newsroom

Briefings: Species decline and tourism key challenges – Department of Conservation Unprecedented growth was changing funding needs and expectations of the department. NZ Herald

Luxury train operator open to taking Taranaki detour A luxury train excursion, reminiscent of the Orient Express, could wind its way through Taranaki. Stuff

Air New Zealand Dreamliner Rolls-Royce engine problems cause cancellations Air New Zealand is scrambling to find more aircraft after problems with Rolls-Royce engines on its Dreamliners forced flight cancellations and delays during the next four days. NZ Herald

Long haul delays, cancellations to last weeks Air New Zealand is cancelling some flights and delaying others because of engine problems with its long haul fleet. RNZ

NZ: Being beautiful has its ugly side Opinion: NZers are questioning whether one of our biggest industries is proving too popular for its own good. Stuff

Auckland Airbnb could be hit hard by new rates Aucklanders who rent out entire properties to visitors for more than 20 weeks a year could be hit hard. RNZ

Resort must maintain ‘high-quality visitor experience’
NZ’s tourism reputation is at risk if Queenstown fails to deliver. ODT

Thursday, 7 December

Tekapo tourists photobomb weddings, funerals Tourists have been pushing into weddings and funerals to get the perfect holiday snap from inside Tekapo’s famous Church of the Good Shepherd – driving the local council to take steps to limit access to the church. RNZ

With more people flying than ever, airline profits are tipped to rise – IATA  These are good times for airlines around the world but it’s still a tough business, the industry’s trade association says. Stuff

Bronze woolly wether park feature New Zealand’s greatest sheep will be immortalised in his own Shrek-themed park in Tarras village set to open in March next year. ODT

New arms help Nelson airport visitors fly through car parking The first day of Nelson Airport’s new car parking system has encountered little turbulence. Nelson Mail

Fewer plane passengers behaving badly – but their antics getting worse The seriousness of unruly airline passenger behaviour has worsened even though the number of cases has dipped. NZ Herald

Discovering the ‘four prongs of wellness’ at New Zealand’s most luxurious lifestyle retreat The retreat itself is a haven of peace and quiet. The Telegraph

How Kiwis are travelling today Kiwis are exploring our passions and family history through travel, but our pets are holding us back from taking more holidays, new research has found. NZ Herald

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says committee chose wrong site for museum Tauranga’s MP says a council committee has made a “rod for its own back” by choosing Cliff Rd as the site for a new museum. Bay of Plenty Times

Water taxi firm seeks subsidy A Queenstown business is hoping to get a subsidy from local government bodies to reduce the cost of transporting commuters on Lake Wakatipu. ODT

Five-star hotel, retail complex proposed Yet another blockbuster hotel development has been proposed for Queenstown. Mountain Scene

Kiwi company to build a gondola in Wales A New Zealand tourism company is planning to expand its business to Swansea in Wales and Seoul in South Korea. Stuff

Wellington city-to-airport ferry plan on hold due to contract dispute with council Wellington’s commuter ferry company is “ready to go tomorrow” with the purchase of a new boat and development of a city-to-airport service, but says the plan is being stymied by the regional council’s refusal to offer long-term security. Stuff

Inquiry: NZ’s unsafe drinking unsafe water At least 721,000 NZers and countless tourists are drinking water that may not be safe. NZ Herald

Sir Peter Jackson critical of Movie Museum tender process A perceived lack of transparency is behind his threats to pull out of the project. Stuff

Skydiver hits back at National’s criticism National has asked why taxpayers should pay for people to study “golf, homeopathy and skydiving”. Newshub

Wednesday, 6 December

Air NZ flight to Japan forced to turn back to Auckland An Air New Zealand flight to Japan was forced to return to Auckland 20 minutes after take-off this morning due to engine trouble. RNZ

Train aims to be ‘world’s best moving hotel’ A planned luxury train ride from Auckland to Invercargill has been dubbed “the world’s best moving hotel” and will take high-paying guests on a six-day journey covering nearly the length of New Zealand. ODT

Christchurch guest nights on the rise The number of visitors spending the night in Christchurch is almost back at pre-earthquake levels, thanks largely to the growth in Airbnb users. RNZ

Heritage homeowners meeting to talk preservation and tourism Owners of historic homes, including three from Hawke’s Bay, are meeting with Heritage New Zealand officials in Marton today to talk about preservation and tourism. Hawke’s Bay Today

How New Zealand Invented Adventure Sports Behind the country built for thrills and the country-wide insurance policy to match. Condé Nast Traveler

Iconic Church of Good Shepherd gets protection from tourists Defecation, damage, and verbal abuse has led to temporary measures. Stuff

Clean, green New Zealand is a lie – and a warning for Britain’s countryside New Zealand’s land is ‘cattle-wrecked’ The Guardian

Tuesday, 5 December

Authentic Maori tourism a potential game changer here Tairawhiti has a unique proposition to bring to the tourism market. Gisborne Herald

Have you taken a photo in New Zealand’s most Instagrammed location? Milford Sound has been named the most Instagrammed location in the country for 2017, based on the number of geo-tagged photos taken in the area. TVNZ

Hillside back in business? South Dunedin’s Hillside engineering workshops, terminated five years ago by KiwiRail, may be resurrected as part of an international joint venture to launch a luxury train journey through regional New Zealand. ODT

Travel accommodation website scam reported in Wanaka A travel website scam has reached Wanaka, with Netsafe and Lake Wanaka Tourism warning people to be vigilant when booking accommodation in the resort. Stuff

Call for regulation as Airbnb grows fast in Christchurch The tourist industry has called for action to regulate private guest accommodation, with new figures revealing a fifth of Christchurch’s visitor bookings are now made through Airbnb. Stuff

Project planned to prevent tourism destroying Waiheke Island A group of residents plans to start a project monitoring the impacts of tourism. Stuff

Orient Express-style luxury train plan unveiled An ambitious plan has been unveiled to run an Orient Express-style luxury train through New Zealand. RNZ

Project requires ‘skilled individual’ One of the men behind the plans for the Steamer Basin wants it to be driven by someone with the right skills and knowledge needed for such an “ambitious” project. ODT

Christchurch Adventure Park destroyed by Port Hills fires back in action The Christchurch Adventure Park is about to re-open, 10 months after being damaged in the Port Hills fires. Newshub

‘It looks like Te Mata Peak has had open heart surgery’ A new walking and mountain bike track on the eastern face of Hawke’s Bay’s Te Mata Peak might have “no more than minor” effects according to the local council, but at least one local is heartbroken by what she calls “butchery” of the sacred peak. Stuff

Dangerous campervan driving in Catlins leaves Southland family stunned A Southland driver is calling for better hire vehicle regulation after encountering dangerous driving in the Catlins. Southland Times

Which country did you name the greatest on Earth? According to the 87,220 readers who voted in this year’s Travel Awards, it’s NZ. The Telegraph

Don’t ruin our Eden by copying NZ The founder of the Eden Project has provoked a row by likening NZ to “a beautiful person with cancer”. The Times

Charlie Ives: How to keep tourists’ dollars rolling in On the other side of the world, a backlash against tourism gives us some tips on its future. NZ Herald

Monday, 4 December

Monster ships could be heading for Auckland A cruise ship company says planned new mooring equipment in Auckland would allow its monster vessels to dock in the city. NZ Herald

Marlborough, the ultimate wine holiday Marlborough is already known to produce fine wine, but the region is primed to be one of the world’s premier wine holiday destinations. Stuff

Herald reporter wins at aviation journalism awards Business Herald journalist Grant Bradley has been recognised for his multi-media reporting at the Australasian Aviation Press Club awards held in Sydney on Friday night. NZ Herald

150th anniversary of Canterbury Museum marked today Canterbury Museum today marks 150 years since its founder, Sir Julius von Haast, opened the doors to the public. Newstalk ZB

Big changes for recreational fishing outlined in report to minister A possible funding method would be a licensing system for recreational anglers that cost a minimum of $10 per year for New Zealand residents and $40 for tourists. Stuff

Downtown Festival a hit Napier’s second annual Downtown Festival was a hit despite yesterday’s scorching weather. Hawke’s Bay Today

Mapped: New Zealand’s most dangerous beaches It draws hoards of swimmers every summer, but lifeguards at Mount Maunganui have also clocked up the most rescues over the past five years. NZ Herald

Northland in for another ‘bumper’ cruise ship season boding well for local economy A record number of cruise ships will dock in Northland this summer season and industry experts predict the trend will continue. Northern Advocate

Freedom campers in upper South Island facing tougher new rules Last summer campsites overflowed and tonnes of rubbish was left behind. TVNZ

$6m cycle-walk network master plan unveiled A $6 million extensive cycleway network development is on the cards for Wanaka over the next decade. ODT

Hamilton’s SkyCity boss named Waikato CEO of the Year Michelle Baillie has reaped the rewards of sticking with the same company for 21 years – she was named Waikato CEO of the Year at the Waikato Business Awards. Stuff

Christmas tills could be ringing with Alipay transactions in Wellington Alibaba’s expansion of Alipay to Chinese tourists could see Wellington retailers accept the mobile wallet during the Christmas shopping season this year. Stuff

Māori tourism seeks a bigger slice of the tourism pie More than half of international visitors will take part in Māori cultural experiences. Stuff

Kiwi homeowners earn hundreds of thousands of dollars renting out their houses on Airbnb Some homeowners on Airbnb are scoring big. Stuff

New five-star hotel planned for Christchurch convention centre site A five-star hotel is planned for the new convention centre precinct. The Press

Friday, 1 December

Govt not averse to tourist bed tax The new Tourism Minister has not ruled out a visitor tax and says it is one option the Government is investigating. ODT

Faith in Queenstown marina project rewarded Lake Wakatipu will soon be home to a $20 million marina. ODT

Steam train ride through Marlborough vineyard land gives tourists a truly authentic experience Visitors arriving on numerous cruise ships will get to experience the journey. TVNZ 

New Zealand aviation market set to boom says Airbus Airbus says the number of airline passengers to New Zealand’s top three cities will nearly double to 38 million by 2036. NZ Herald

Rare Hector’s Dolphins sighting wows Banks Peninsula tourist boat passengers The sighting was a moment these passengers won’t soon forget. TVNZ

Retail figures surge in Hawke’s Bay Retail sales in Hawke’s Bay are growing faster than any other region of New Zealand, following a massive $51 million year-on-year rise in consumer spending over the latest three month period. Hawke’s Bay Today

Roads, rail, rivers and Kauri: Auckland mayor Phil Goff outlines his budget  ANALYSIS: Auckland Council mayor Phil Goff has unveiled a $24 billion dollar plan to turn Auckland into a World class enviro city. Stuff

New Plymouth boutique hotel rates top on Trivago global guest list A luxury boutique hotel in New Plymouth has been rated the top in New Zealand by guests who have stayed. Stuff

Canada works on niche tourism efforts: “We can aspire to be like the Maori branding of New Zealand – but we’re not there yet” eTN

Yes and no to hotel bids A council planner has recommended consent for a 131-room hotel near the Queenstown CBD be declined, but says a 260-room hotel at Kelvin Heights should be approved. ODT

Ngati Whakaue hotel scholarship recipient announced Sudima Hotel has announced its Ngati Whakaue Scholarship recipient and Corporate Traineeship Programme candidates for 2018. Rotorua Daily Post

Good news! NIWA says summer temperatures set to soar La Nina will likely bring warmer than average temperatures to NZ this summer. TVNZ

Cathay Pacific flies into new territory with flights to Christchurch When Cathay Pacific will be breaking new ground tomorrow. NZ Herald

Queenstown skifields receiving more investment Expanded learners’ areas, more snow making investment, and new grit trucks are on the way. ODT

Thursday, 30 November

From cruise ships to doctorate, Ash Puriri changes course His research looked at Māori indigenous tourism and examined the cultural values and processes that a whānau would encounter and engage in when developing a Māori tourism business. Hawke’s Bay Today

Christchurch hospo business have fingers crossed extra summer flights make up for dire winter After a lean winter the Christchurch hospitality industry has its fingers crossed that more direct international flights over the summer will help kick start the city’s visitor market. The Press

No trains running in Wellington on Friday as rail workers strike The Rail Maritime Transport Union are striking in Wellington for the second time on Friday, meaning no train services will run that day. TVNZ

Never going to work: Six of tourism’s biggest fails Who’d have realised that getting groups of drunk tourists together and putting them in charge of a gigantic pedal-powered machine in the middle of a busy city with lots of canals would go badly? Stuff

Stay tuned: Rocket Lab gears up for next launch which will be livestreamed Rocket Lab plans to launch its second test vehicle within a 10-day window from next Friday. NZ Herald

2700 hotel rooms on the way for resort A new five-star hotel opens in Queenstown with at least another 2700 rooms to come. Mountain Scene

Tourists queue for perfect pic The top of a mountain might seem an unusual place for a queue to form. But, that is the case on Wanaka’s Mount Roy. ODT

Electronic cigarette forces Air NZ plane to divert An Air New Zealand flight was diverted after reports of an electrical smell in the cabin. TVNZ

Wednesday, 29 November

Tourist videos croc attack Footage of a saltwater crocodile suddenly launching from a creek and attacking a tourist has reignited the debate on culling in far north Queensland, Australia. RNZ

Forgotten World Highway resurface a priority to improve tourism and road safety Upgrading and sealing State Highway 43, or the Forgotten World Highway, in Taranaki is back on the agenda as a priority roading project for the region. Stuff

Big sports events attract 3300 athletes to Hawke’s Bay this weekend Two of the biggest sports events in Hawke’s Bay this year will be held on the same weekend with apparently no serious problems for people seeking accommodation. Hawke’s Bay Today

Air NZ landing under investigation by Australian Transport Authority The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the landing of an Air New Zealand flight in Brisbane earlier this month. Newshub

Tony Potter: Angels in the air Until a recent flight back home from LAX, I’d rather taken cabin crew for granted. NZ Herald

Proposed Te Awa water park could set a precedent The huge development has hit a snag with the regional council refusing to support it. Waikato Times

America’s Cup will push up hotel room rates
 Auckland hotel room rates will spike when the city hosts the 2021 event, says research. NZ Herald

Cafes, bars, apartments, offices and a gallery planned Private developers are moving into central Christchurch’s south frame. The Press

Tuesday, 28 November

Torrent’s leftovers revealed Roxburgh residents will wake up to a second day without running water this morning following severe flash flooding on Sunday. ODT

Have van, will travel Sick of Dunedin’s miserable weather, Jeff Kavanagh jumped on a flight to Auckland, grabbed a cheap campervan and discovered the hidden delights of the Coromandel. ODT

‘Exceptional’ person still wanted for Auckland salary job in Taumarunui It has been more than four months since Forgotten World Adventures advertised for a general manager. Stuff

Temporary i-SITE coming to Mount for summer A temporary i-SITE will be installed in the heart of Mount Maunganui next month to help summer visitors. Bay of Plenty Times

Winston Aldworth: Crowd control I’m not keen on hitting our visitors with blunt tariffs and taxes, but I’m very keen on keeping our tourism product premium. NZ Herald

PM: Kiwis shouldn’t pay for extra dunnies for freedom campers A levy on international visitors could work, says PM Jacinda Ardern. NZ Herald

Annie Dundas: Tourism touches the whole community It’s an industry made up of small players and that’s partly why RTOs exist. Hawke’s Bay Today

Legality of freedom camping ban questioned The legality of a proposed freedom camping bylaw in New Plymouth has been questioned. RNZ

Monday, 27 November

Ride-share service Savy launched with $5 flat fare A week after the launch of the Ritchies-operated  $2 bus service, New Zealand firm Go Bus has introduced “Savy” to the resort’s roads — the first on-demand ride-sharing service in New Zealand. ODT

Big turnout for Marlborough’s inaugural Ocean Vine Hop Clouds and early drizzle didn’t spoil the party at Blenheim’s inaugural Ocean Vine Hop festival. Stuff

Proposed tourism levy is ‘unworkable’ New Zealand’s Tourism Industry Association is calling the government’s proposed tourist levy unworkable. Newstalk ZB

Two new trustees boost to Motu Trails MOTU Trails Charitable Trust has welcomed ex-All Black Ian Kirkpatrick and Opotiki’s Kieran Hickey as two new trustees. Gisborne Herald

Lines drawn for freedom campers in Nelson Freedom campers arriving in Nelson are soon to be greeted by new restrictions and signage, owing to a new bylaw. Nelson Mail

Shamubeel Eaqub: No free lunch when putting on a sports event OPINION: Are sporting events worth it?  Stuff

How good is premium economy, really? reporter John Burfitt compares six airlines’ premium economy, including Air New Zealand’s, offerings to see if it’s worth splashing the extra cash. NZ Herald

Matt Heath: The humiliation of long-distance flying Most New Zealanders have embarrassed themselves on a plane at some point. NZ Herald

Unreleased report shows rail network makes $1.5 billion a year The Transport Minister is questioning why his predecessor didn’t release a report showing the hidden benefits of rail. Newstalk ZB

The country’s best wine revealed at Air New Zealand awards A Marlborough chardonnay has won the top prize at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards which attracted more than 1300 entries. NZ Herald

Tourism industry concerned as visitor charge looms The proposed charge is unnecessary and possibly unworkable, says TIA. NZ Herald

Hotel room shortage shrinks with 11,000 rooms planned or being built A forecast shortage of hotel rooms is rapidly shrinking. Stuff

Forget the beach, Kiwis are flocking to Auckland for holidays The city is Airbnb’s most popular holiday destination for Kiwis this summer. NZ Herald

Friday, 24 November

KJet fights for a ferry service on prohibited part of Queenstown’s Kawarau River A Queenstown jet boat company wants to operate a water taxi service from Queenstown to the bungy bridge on the Kawarau River. Stuff

‘But I’m scared!’ Tonga’s RLWC prop freezes and stalls before completing Sky Jump Tonga’s rugby league team have been all about reaching new heights in this year’s Rugby League World Cup tournament. TVNZ

Minister: ‘Lax approach’ to local labour needs to go The govt plans to crack down on work visas, saying a lax approach means NZers miss. RNZ

Queenstown to lease land workers live on to build spa What will happen to the migrant workers if a proposed hot pool and spa facility go ahead? RNZ

Watch: Stunning drone footage shows site of proposed Wellington ziplines Four pairs of ziplines could be set up near Wellington’s landfill. TVNZ

Deloitte Top 200: Excellence in Governance Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has taken out the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Excellence in Governance award in 2017 in recognition of the company’s world-class track record and its emphasis on broad stakeholder management. NZ Herald

Deloitte Top 200: Chairperson of the Year – Rob Campbell Tourism Holdings Rob Campbell is highly respected for his thought-leadership and advocacy on governance matters. NZ Herald

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

Toby Manhire: What the world is really saying about us God knows we’re not the only country afflicted, but it is hard to imagine anywhere possessed by a more acute case of fretfulness about its international reputation than the plucky South Pacific nation of Aotearoa New Zealand. NZ Herald

Thursday, 23 November

Evacuation after Air NZ chemical spill Two people are being assessed by ambulance crew after a chemical spill at Auckland Airport. RNZ

Mike Hosking: Don’t dare turn this into the America’s cock-up If it encroaches on harbour, so what? Harbours are for boats. NZ Herald

Public views sought on Ngai Tahu proposal for Queenstown hot pools A hot pool complex in central Queenstown is a step closer with the council entering public consultation on the scheme. Stuff

Touring Gisborne’s historic homes ARCHITECTURAL features will combine with stories about past lives and ways of life as Gisborne architect James Blackburne guides a Historic Places Tairawhiti bus tour of city houses on Sunday. Gisborne Herald

Tourism booming but growth rate slows Short-term visitor arrivals, which include tourists, people visiting family and friends and people travelling for work, reached 3.7 million in the October year, up 8 per cent from a year earlier and a new annual record. NZ Herald

New map shows New Zealand’s secret free food If you’re looking for a free helping of blackberries, grapes or peaches this summer, you won’t have to look far. Newshub

Hamilton’s Sudima Hotel upgrades see it into its second century One of Hamilton’s historic hotels is in the throes of a renovation which should see it into its second century. Stuff

First female Interislander captain drawn to sea as a teenager Jenny Cuttriss had no idea what a 10-day adventure on the Spirit of Adventure would lead to. Stuff

‘LOTR’ series likely to boost tourism A TV series based on The Lord of the Rings is great news for the Wakatipu, whether or not it gets filmed here. ODT

Tourism ‘transforming’ West Coast economy Operators are reporting October and November already way ahead of 2016 figures. ODT

$60m hotel proposed for Queenstown An Auckland-based developer is proposing a new $60m hotel. Mountain Scene

Wednesday, 22 November

Auckland hotel prices set for summer spike Auckland hotel prices could reach record highs over the summer with rates across the country also rising. RNZ

Billionaire Airbnb co-founder on Queenstown pushback: ‘We believe in regulations” Ten years after its founding Airbnb is facing pushback in several markets and one of its founders, Joe Gebbia, says his company can cope with regulations. NZ Herald

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce looks to educate new Government Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce is planning to educate the new Government on Queenstown’s particular issues. Stuff

Mt Erebus Antarctic disaster families upset by national memorial delays Relatives of those who died in New Zealand’s deadliest plane crash, the Mt Erebus disaster, have hit out in frustration over delays in creating a national memorial somewhere on mainland New Zealand. NZ Herald

Rental rules introducing 28-day limit Proposed rule changes for residential visitor accommodation will be notified tomorrow, changing the landscape of short and long-term accommodation in the Queenstown-Lakes district. ODT

Tourist plane makes unplanned landing on Green Lake A Rotorua tourist float plane has made a forbidden landing on Rotokakahi (Green Lake). Rotorua Daily Post

Port’s $10m ‘dolphin’ back to bite Goff Plans for a $10 million, 85-metre structure out into the Waitemata Harbour to berth super cruise liners are back on the table. Newsroom

Rutherfords celebrate 25 years of Glenorchy Air When Robert and Janet Rutherford mark 25 years in business, they will be celebrating Glenorchy, the Lord of the Rings and the people they have worked with. Stuff

Man found face down in thermal pool in Taupō A tourist has died after being found face down in a thermal pool located in Taupō. Stuff

Superyachts already plotting course to NZ for America’s Cup Enquiries are already coming in from owners of vessels over 100m. NZ Herald

Runway extension would tap into huge potential of Asia Opinion: There is overwhelming local support for a Wellington runway extension. Stuff

Former Whanganui student launches ‘Airbnb of car rentals’ Oscar Ellison’s car-sharing business is tackling Auckland’s transport crisis head on. NZ Herald

Tuesday, 21 November

Interest grows in Te Awa Lakes adventure park and housing development A plan for a water adventure park surrounded by housing, accommodation and a business zone is proving popular. Stuff

Three sisters create Dutch cafe and venue in the Waikato Monique Reymer, Christina Reymer and Teresa Bowe-Reymer are building a replica of their great-grandfather’s farmhouse in the Netherlands and turning it into a cafe and function centre. Stuff

Freedom camping bylaw permits motorhomes to stay overnight – except at Taupo’s Ferry Road So-called “sliding door vans” like these will be banned from camping overnight in local authority areas, come December 1. Waikato Times

Cost pressure builds on small businesses Commercial accommodation members in Auckland could see an increase in their rates on top of the recently introduced targeted rate. NZ Herald

New theatre an opportunity for Hamilton A revitalised CBD and creative arts community in Hamilton is likely with the building of a new performing arts theatre in the city, according to backers of the plan. RNZ

Queenstown bus fares: How do other cities compare? Queenstown’s new $2 bus fare means its public transport is considerably cheaper than in New Zealand’s main centres, although central Christchurch fares come close. RNZ

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

China’s terracotta armies coming to Te Papa The national museum in Wellington is teeing up an exhibition of the 2300-year-old treasures. Stuff

Ziplines proposed to fill windy Wellington’s adventure tourism gap
A new adventure tourism scheme in Wellington is being planned. NZ Herald

Beggars reportedly stop Christchurch tram, abuse driver Welcome Aboard has called a meeting with council because of beggars on the tracks. The Press

Monday, 20 November

Airport CEO Nick Story mourned Hawke’s Bay Airport Company chief executive Nick Story, who died late on Friday, was a high-flyer in some of the most rapid growth of air services to the region since a sealed runway was built to usher-in jet-prop aircraft more than 50 years ago. Hawke’s Bay Today

Airport extension shouldn’t be allowed off the ground Most of the Wellington city’s councillors, as well as many citizens, see no need for it. Stuff

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

Government committed to tourism investment Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis is promising the Government will invest more in tourism infrastructure after a survey confirmed the sector is booming. Newstalk ZB

Budget Buster: Making money with Airbnb should be celebrated, not regulated OPINION: The first time I stayed in an Airbnb, I never wanted to book a hotel again. Stuff

Editorial: Take every opportunity to sell Hawke’s Bay I had the opportunity to give Hawke’s Bay a good plug on Newstalk ZB yesterday morning. Hawke’s Bay Today

Michael Fowler: Napier’s tourist magnetism recognised early Napier, with its front yard of the Pacific Ocean and grand sweeping views of the bay was identified as having potential for tourism from the late 1870s. Hawke’s Bay Today

Behind the scenes at Auckland Airport’s $1.8bn build CEO: Operating in the middle of NZ’s biggest private construction site is a challenge. NZ Herald

Tourism gets the jitters about adopting the living wage Tourism businesses with a reputation for low wages and long hours have been put on notice. Stuff

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

Queenstown’s beloved Skyline Gondola marks 50 years of service Millions of tourists have enjoyed the town’s stunning views from a fibreglass bubble. TVNZ

Hotel celebrates 150 years A weekend of celebrations was held at Luggate Hotel to mark 150 years since it first opened its doors. ODT

New CEO’s view from the top Geoff McDonald discusses his job switch with Philip Chandler on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Skyline Queenstown’s iconic gondola. Mountain Scene

Friday, 17 November

Thai Airways joins Dreamliner club in Auckland Thai Airways International joins the Dreamliner club in Auckland tomorrow, with its new Boeing 787-9 flying in from Bangkok. NZ Herald

Wellington transport plan proposes new bridges, tunnels A bold proposal for Wellington’s transport system could see new tunnels at Mt Victoria and The Terrace, and bridges or tunnels at the Basin Reserve. RNZ

Queenstown gondola pioneer recalls steep teething troubles for 50th anniversary When Queenstown’s iconic gondola was built in the 1960s, its steepness caused difficulties for the engineers and operators. NZ Herald

Council has recreational plans for old Kawarau bridge Queenstown Lakes District Council is primed to take ownership of the old Kawarau bridge when it is decommissioned as a state highway. ODT

Quake shaken Kaikoura route still trying for tourism The reopening of SH1 between Kaikoura and Blenheim still presents challenges. Stuff

Australia’s gay-marriage bill could hurt NZ’s wedding industry About half of the same-sex marriages and civil unions here last year involved foreign couples – Australians made up more than half of them. Newshub

Christchurch’s Sign of the Takahe stays closed as lease surrendered After a $2.8m repair, the historic venue remains closed. The Press

Is NZ growing less optimistic about the future? Consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in November. TVNZ

Thursday, 16 November

Waiouru opening boosts i-SITE arsenal The new i-SITE located at the National Army Museum officially opened its doors on Monday making it the 80th site in the country. Waikato Times

Hydro Grand Hotel demolition, in Timaru, will happen on Saturday Timaru’s 105-year-old Hydro Grand Hotel, classed as a danger to the public, will be demolished on Saturday. Timaru Herald

Dutch and Maori culture combine It’s taken ten years but a project celebrating both Dutch and Maori culture is opening in Foxton this weekend. RNZ

Nearly 2000 responses for Christchurch red zone plans, but ‘most important stage’ to come Ecological restoration, water facilities and eco-sanctuaries are proving the most popular ideas for Christchurch’s residential red zone. The Press

Marriage equality in Australia not expected to have large impact on resort A luxury super yacht operator says a move towards marriage equality across the Tasman will only make a slight dent in Queenstown’s booming marriage industry. ODT

Auckland loses beloved coastal walkway Erosion and a lack of maintenance to mudcrete paths around the western side of Hobson Bay have seen the Waitematā Local Board take the decision to officially close the coastal track between the Awatea Reserve and its end under the cliffs of St Stephens Ave. Newsroom

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

QC investigates civil aviation leak The country’s airline regulator has appointed a leading Queen’s Counsel to investigate a leak by its former deputy chairman of confidential information about a company’s suspension. Newsroom

Infratil bruised by dealings with regulators Infratil has reeled off a list of what it calls “unhelpful regulatory interactions” this year that have left the publicly listed infrastructure investor wary of both lawmakers and regulators. Infratil

Tauranga tour operators buck parking rules Rebellion has broken out among the ranks of independent tour bus operators, annoyed at being restricted to a small section of Salisbury Ave on cruise ship days at Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty Times

Yes vote to add $2 billion to economy Industries associated with weddings, tourism and retailers will be the winners. Herald Sun

Brisbane wants Kiwi money Brisbane is casting a $10 billion eye over New Zealand – and is building up their sporting events repertoire to attract more Kiwi visitors. NZ Herald

Shane Jones says Northland rail a given from Government’s $1 billion 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

NZ’s thriving same-sex marriage industry will suffer Australia’s vote in favour of same-sex marriage will have a “huge impact”. Stuff

Live: Wellington train strike sparks commuter chaos Wellington train workers strike today will affect up to 30,000 rail passengers. Dominion Post

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

Wednesday, 15 November

Video: Kaikoura tourism operator optimistic on earthquake anniversary – ‘We’re bouncing back’ Glenn Ormsby from Destination Kaikoura is looking forward to the re-opening of quake-ravaged SH1. TVNZ

Fred Frederikse: What tourism shouldn’t be JACINDA Ardern, Winston Peters and David Parker’s visit to the 2017 APEC conference brought back memories of passing through Da Nang in 2010. Wanganui Chronicle

Tourist border tax planned Taxing tourists at the border remains on the Labour-led Government’s to-do list, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says. ODT

Flight cancelled after Napier control tower unattended A plane load of passengers bound for Hawke’s Bay were delayed overnight, after the perfect storm of circumstances meant the airport closed before their plane could arrive. Hawke’s Bay Today

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says tourism needs to better manage further growth Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has thrown his support around a push for more sustainable tourism and promised Government funding to improve tourism infrastructure. Stuff

Tourism gives itself a ‘could do better; grade for failing to spread its largess Tourism industry has given itself a B grade despite continued growth. Stuff

Quiet months not far off normal for Kaikōura accommodation providers Accommodation numbers in the Kaikōura region have recovered to near pre-quake levels over the traditionally quieter months. Stuff

‘A tough year’ since Kaikōura quake – mayor Kaikōura harbour is being re-opened, one year after the 7.8-magnitude quake lifted the seabed in and around the harbour more than a metre. Radio NZ

Wicked Campers van depicting gun violence deemed ‘threatening’ by ASA Wicked Campers has been called out again. Stuff

Floating water park in final consenting stages for Tauranga The park is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city centre. Bay of Plenty Times

Tourism Holdings chairman wins award Rob Campbell has been awarded the NZ Shareholders Association  Beacon Award for 2017. NZ Herald

Tuesday, 14 November

Tourism industry demands better quality data and more research funding The tourism industry is putting the acid on the Government over the lack research into the country’s biggest export earner. Stuff

Local Government New Zealand keen to work with the new Government as a ‘matter of urgency’ to find alternative methods of funding new infrastructure The country’s local councils say they are keen to work with the new Government “as a matter of urgency” to find alternative ways of funding growth infrastructure. Interest

Wellington Airport lines up Chinese construction giant for runway extension The airport has partnered with the world’s biggest builder. Stuff

Cost to build America’s Cup bases revealed Three main options have been put forward costing between $140m and $190m. NZ Herald

Queenstown’s Airbnb crackdown explained Diehard rulebreakers are the short-term target of the Queenstown council’s crackdown. Newsroom

Monday, 13 November

The post-quake balance sheet for tourism providers Following the November earthquake, international spend in Marlborough, from the pockets of overseas travellers, stayed pretty steady. It was the domestic spend that took the hit. Stuff

World famous in New Zealand: Wellington’s Seal Coast Safari Wellington’s southern coast is an unkempt wilderness, a beloved local favourite teeming with unique wildlife and offering awe-inspiring vistas, but it’s a little too far off the beaten path for many tourists. Until now.  Stuff

Wharf extension for America’s Cup draws strong criticism Opposition is growing to a large wharf expansion for the America’s Cup, with fears it will cause lasting damage to the Waitemata Harbour. NZ Herald

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

Insight: NZ’s tourism workforce – imported or homegrown? Is the industry doing enough to develop a workforce for its future? RNZ

Kaikōura: How a tourist town survived without its tourists When the seabed lifted during the earthquake some businesses ground to a halt. Stuff

Luxury travel’s hot, handbags are not – how NZ’s right on trend
The wealthy are ditching luxury items for travel experiences. NZ Herald

Friday, 10 November

Short-stay proposal irks property manager The local council’s plans to tighten short-stay accommodation rules are a kneejerk reaction to bigger housing problems, says a Queenstown woman who manages nine holiday homes in the area. ODT

AVANI Hotels & Resorts Makes its debut in New Zealand The vibrant upscale brand by Minor Hotels, has made its first foray into New Zealand, with the opening of AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences opening its doors recently. ITCM

Auckland Council’s tourism arm stands firm on a spring date for NZ Women’s Open Auckland’s main tourism body is standing firm that its $3 million three-year investment in the New Zealand Women’s Golf Open is conditional on the event taking place in the spring. Stuff

‘Tourists today have no idea how good it was’ – meet those leading the fight to save Great Barrier Reef. TVNZ

Watch: Where the United Airlines crew sleep United Airlines has resumed its seasonal service between San Francisco and Auckland with a new aircraft – and newly configured crew quarters – that will fly the route daily from the middle of next month. NZ Herald

Viewing platform glass has one more chance Despite being smashed five times, Napier City Council is replacing the glass on its viewing platform. Hawke’s Bay Today

Tarawera Trail event all about the experience Forget about setting a goal finish time, just relax and enjoy some of the best scenery Rotorua has to offer. Rotorua Daily Post

Lyn Cheyne: The $1bn annual Regional Development Fund Those of us closer to tourism in the regions are a little cautious. Stuff

What’s the future for museums? In our new digital world, are museums at risk of becoming obsolete? Newshub

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

Thursday, 9 November

Marina opening end to Herculean task but still work to do A week out from the official opening of South Bay Marina there’s still a lot of work to do. Stuff

Storm leaves road and cycle trail damage in wake Tasman Bay coastal areas bore the brunt of the storm damage early on Wednesday morning. Nelson Mail

Big museum and library decision less than a month away – how to have your say A council committee is less than a month away from making a big decision on the future of plans for a new museum and central library in Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times

Tech boost for business, tourism and residents The Te Aroha Business Association and Wisper Communications joined forces to allow residents and visitors to access the free wi-fi service. Waikato Times

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

Does Queenstown have an architectural character? Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, who is visiting from the USA with a Sister City delegation, says Queenstown is lacking in architectural character. Stuff

Air New Zealand and YVR celebrate 10th anniversary Air New Zealand and Vancouver International Airport marked their 10-year partnership of flying from Vancouver to Auckland with a unique celebration. Vancouver Sun

Raw: Air New Zealand plane navigates beautiful snow-blanketed mountains near Queenstown after rare spring dump An unseasonable dump of snow has created some stunning landscapes in the deep south, including this vista from near Queenstown. TVNZ

Plans for new rental accommodation on Gorge Rd, Queenstown, next year A couple who made Queenstown their home more than 30 years ago are planning to build rental accommodation to help long term residents. Stuff

Queenstown’s draft restriction on homestays angers Airbnb Airbnb says the policy will hurt tourism. TVNZ

Passenger train through the gorge still on the agenda The government is considering a train service through the Manawatū Gorge. Manawatu Standard

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

Wednesday, 8 November

New hotel possible option A tourist hotel is the latest suggestion for future options for the old Maniototo Hospital building in Ranfurly. ODT

Tourism Holdings signals plans for electric vehicles Electric vehicles are expected to make up a large part of the Tourism Holdings Ltd fleet in 18 months to two years, although a lack of infrastructure could hold back progress. THL

Queenstown Council to vote on Airbnb cuts A battle is brewing between the Queenstown Lakes District Council and Airbnb operators. RNZ

Air fare war heats up: London flights on Air NZ even cheaper A price war has broken out for Air New Zealand flights to London, with one travel agency offering return tickets for $1399. NZ Herald

Ed Sheeran says he’s excited to play tourist in New Zealand next year Ed Sheeran has said he’s excited to return to New Zealand and visit some of the tourist attractions, particularly the “huge f**king lake” in the South Island. Newshub

Rotorua to host 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum Rotorua has been announced as the official host for the 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum. Rotorua Daily Post

Historic country pub for sale hopes for spin-off from cycle trail proximity A country pub next to the New Zealand national cycle network has been placed on the market for sale – just as a new spur to the track has opened up a few kilometres away. Waikato Times

Exploited staff numbers ‘tip of the iceberg’ – lawyer The hospitality sector, as well as retail and horticulture, were among the worst offenders in terms of paperwork, the Labour Inspectorate says. RNZ

Restaurant owner sick of his property being used as public toilet – inside and out A complete lack of public toilets is causing big problems for some. TVNZ

Foreign property purchase restrictions should be good for Queenstown A Queenstown property expert believes Government plans to restrict foreign home ownership will increase much-needed rental stock in the resort, but says the property market is a little nervous. Stuff

Skyline growth opportunities in luge developments Skyline  CEO Geoff McDonald is passionate about prospective growth opportunities. ODT

Financial crisis may see Auckland Art Gallery turn away visitors The gallery could turn away visitors and tourists one or two days a week. NZ Herald

Queenstown Council to vote on Airbnb cuts A battle is brewing between the QLDC and Airbnb operators. RNZ

He Tangata A chat with Luke Taylor of Real Journeys NZ Herald

Changes could cost jobs Proposed changes to short-term visitor accommodation rules in the Queenstown Lakes district are ”nanny-state policies” that will hurt its tourism economy, an Airbnb boss says. ODT

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

Tuesday, 7 November

Aspen and Queenstown mayors to learn from each other The mayor of Aspen is impressed with Queenstown’s Fergburger but believes the resort lacks its own architectural flavour.  Stuff

Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge opening in Christchurch next week Traffic will be flowing over the Russley Rd bridge beneath Christchurch’s gateway arches next week, but the public will have a chance to see them up close before tyres hit the tarmac. The Press

Thousands of visitors arrive for kapa haka festival Te Mana Kuratahi 2017, the national primary schools kapa haka festival began yesterday with a mass powhiri at Houhoupiko, Gisborne’s Showgrounds Park. Gisborne Herald

Agent says its Air New Zealand fares to London are the best ever House of Travel is selling what it says is the best Air New Zealand airfare to London it’s ever offered. NZ Herald

Huge cost for fog technology at Timaru’s airport Timaru’s airport could potentially benefit from technology that allows planes to land in heavy fog, but that would require “significant investment” officials say. Timaru Herald

Auckland trains: the good, the bad and what needs to happen next Ever taken a ride on a train? If so, what did you think about it? If you could rate it on a scale of one to ten, what score would you give it? NZ Herald

Asian film crew captures the region’s beauty A film crew of up to 75 people have been visiting Hawke’s Bay from Shanghai, China, in what is believed to be a tight-lipped three day shoot in the region. Hawke’s Bay Today

The danger of an Airbnb crackdown in Queenstown Airbnb rooms now occupy 14 percent of Queenstown’s visitor accommodation market. Newsroom

Air NZ plane’s windscreen smashed after hair-raising flight Passengers say they experienced a “terrifying” flight. TVNZ

Heartthrob chef to millions showcases NZ cuisine It’s a marketing coup for NZ tourism and Hawke’s Bay – an ideal place to showcase Kiwi kai. NZ Herald

Monday, 6 November

Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith’s ‘educated guess’ on SH1 proves right The date for the reopening of State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura came as no surprise to the electorate’s MP Stuart Smith. Stuff

Cracking new blue additions Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park has a few new additions to its feathery brood. Mountain Scene

What Labour means for Queenstown Queenstown’s mayor hopes he’ll know how the new Labour-led government’s policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Mountain Scene

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

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

Road closures for cruise ship season Between November 2017 and February 2018 there will be a number of large cruise ships visiting Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times

Abel Tasman tourism companies win big at business awards A Motueka-based canyoning company which scooped the top prize at this year’s Nelson Tasman business awards, says discovering the adventure sport in the Abel Tasman national park was “a bit of a fluke.” Nelson Mail

Passenger restrained on Air NZ flight An Air New Zealand passenger has described dramatic scenes on a long haul flight after crew were forced to restrain another passenger. ODT

Kaikoura tourism bounces back Repairs to the harbour are almost complete, giving operators hope for a busy summer season. TVNZ

Summers under threat: Tourism pushing lifeguards to the limit More than 400 people were pulled from the sea last summer. NewstalkZB

Tourists uncovering more to do at Te Mata Every year hundreds of thousands ascend Te Mata Peak to take in the views. Hawke’s Bay Today

Friday, 3 November

South Canterbury tourism leaders cautiously await tourism policies South Canterbury tourism leaders are cautiously optimistic about increased tourism funding with a new Government at the helm. Timaru Herald

List of lobbyists with access to Parliament to be reviewed by new Speaker Tourism NZ and Air NZ are on the list. Stuff

Waiting for a miracle: Wellington could have New Zealand’s first saint Wellington is well on the way to becoming the home of New Zealand’s first saint – and it’s already making plans to attract visiting pilgrims. Stuff

Movers and shakers: Simon Kennedy is new CIO at Air New Zealand Neville Richardson who is moving to Gallagher Group. CIO

Singapore Airlines’ luxury double-bed suites designed for intimacy Singapore Airlines has unveiled its $1.2 billion upgrade of its A380s with new luxury first-class suites that have a new double bed, furnishings and styling to give “a touch of luxury and intimacy”. NZ Herald

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

Long-time operator has an eye for detail No-one knows Skyline Queenstown’s present-day gondolas better than David Glanfield. ODT

Whale’s playtime offers rare experience for kayakers off Tauranga A rare encounter with an inquisitive whale has given a group of kayakers the experience of a lifetime. NZ Herald

‘Fun holiday pad’ voted best in the country in Bach of the Year awards A beachfront bach in Whangamata has been crowned BookaBach’s Supreme Bach of the Year. Stuff

Safety flaws identified after air traffic control blackout Aviation regulations are to be updated after a nationwide 2015 air traffic control blackout. Stuff

Time to have your say on red zone
From amphitheatres to zorbing, more than 5000 ideas have shaped the possible combinations of uses. The Press

Finalists named in Deloitte Top 200 awards Tourism Holdings is vying for the coveted Company of the Year title. NZ Herald

Thursday, 2 November

What the regions want: Tourism, infrastructure The new Government has pledged to help regenerate the country’s economy by introducing a $1b per annum Regional Development Fund, and people from the regions want a say in how the money is spent. Stuff

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

Popular ‘green spine’ vision for Christchurch’s red zone ‘missing’ from options A popular vision of significantly restoring the ecology of the Christchurch red-zone alongside visitor attractions and recreation is “inexplicably missing” from the options put to the public, a community group says. The Press

Tourism NZ announces 100% Pure NZ Specialist famil Tourism NZ and Air NZ have partnered for the biggest trade familiarisation to NZ in 2018. CIM

Bed tax targets question council spending Accommodation providers hit by new rates question spending by Auckland council and ATEED. NZ Herald

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

Wednesday, 1 November

Cycle trail supporters not expecting political headwind from new Government The man who first proposed a post-quake cycle trail from Picton to Kaikōura doesn’t expect to be pedalling up hill trying to resell the ambitious plan to the new Government. Stuff

The Langham hotel rebrands as Cordis Auckland Cordis is a new upper-scale brand of the Langham Hospitality Group, and the 411-room Auckland hotel will its first in the Pacific region. NZ Herald

‘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

Spat between Virgin and Samoa over New Zealand flights gets ugly A row between Virgin Australia and Samoa over flights from New Zealand has deepened with the island nation’s government saying its economy could have been damaged by a “multinational airline”. NZ Herald

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

Hotel told to repay staff by Christmas for underpaid leave The owners of a Christchurch hotel who underpaid staff for holidays and sick leave have been given a deadline to pay what it owes them. Stuff

North Waikato’s Te Awa Great River Ride Perry Bridge to open It’s been five years in the making and come Thursday, the Te Awa Great River Ride Perry Bridge will open to the public. Waikato Times

Franz Josef Glacier: My blue heaven Tim Warrington finds himself on top of the world hiking in the stunning icefields of Franz Josef Glacier. NZ Herald

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

Living next to Auckland tourist hot spot gets neighbours steamed up Just 45 minutes from the CBD, the Waitakere’s Mokoroa falls are a thing of beauty. TVNZ

Auckland ranked the 28th most friendly city in the world for tourists Auckland is the friendliest city in Oceania. NZ Herald

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

Tuesday, 31 October

Simon Brandon: Up a tax-free creek New Zealand tourism must learn from the mistakes made by Venice. NZ Herald

Money, power and prestige helps Royal Wellington become golf’s biggest show Luring wealthy golfers to the country to spend up large is a high priority and it’s a lucrative business, with Golf Tourism NZ inching closer to its target of attracting $500 million a year. Dominion Post

Bid to take TranzAlpine to Hokitika Westland Mayor Bruce Smith is leading a bid to take the TranzAlpine tourist train to Hokitika. Hokitika Guardian

Tourists staying in for dinner GISBORNE food-lovers are being urged to support local establishments, after new statistics reveal visitors are favouring bottle stores and supermarkets over the town’s bars and bistros. Gisborne Herald

Regional tourism spending down in September Tourism spending in the Manawatū-Whanganui region was down 3 per cent in September compared with September 2016. Wanganui Herald

Te Anau tourism operators feeling the pinch Airbnb’s short-term lucrative returns are creating a squeeze on rental properties. The Southland Times

Auckland Airport is ‘a shambles’: Readers respond to delays Tales of woe from the arrivals lounge at Auckland International Airport. NZ Herald

Forget rugby & tourism…NZTech’s CEO on Apple’s NZ acquisition
NZ can be known for tech just like we are for tourism. IT Brief

Thousands hit as Virgin’s Samoan flights canned Up to 6000 passengers could be hit by the Samoan government’s decision to deny Virgin Australia the right to fly from Auckland to Apia. NZ Herald

Monday, 30 October

Queenstown’s $1b wishlist: Council seeks Govt help Massive growth and poor planning has left Queenstown’s council facing a $1 billion-plus infrastructure bill over the next 10 years. Newsroom

Can we have our cake in the red zone and eat it too? OPINION: Regenerate Christchurch recently issued 10 possible configurations for the Otakaro-Avon River Corridor for consultation, in theory containing the feedback of over 5000 ideas, but what do these options offer the people of Christchurch? The Press

Mark Wilson: Immigration – turning off the tap will kill us OPINION: Congratulations to Labour and the Greens for wooing Winston and forming a new government. Mountain Scene

From sun to snow in a day at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in spring definitely has its benefits, with four seasons in one and just the right amount of people there to stop for a chat with out being overcrowded. Stuff

‘Feel-good factor’ inspires Wildlife Hospital Dunedin Trust co-chairman Steve Walker is delighted that the ‘‘feel-good factor’’ surrounding the project is inspiring local people to support it. ODT

SkyPath across Auckland Harbour Bridge a tourist magnet, says Phil Twyford The SkyPath walking and cycleway over the Auckland Harbour Bridge will be a huge tourist magnet, says Transport Minister Phil Twyford. NZ Herald

New Zealand road trip: hills, chills and thrills in the top of the South From alpine lakes to sunken valleys, the South Island serves up seven days of astounding scenery, adrenaline adventures and great food. The Guardian

United Airlines Resumes Seasonal Service to New Zealand United will operate its SFO-AKL route six days per week from October 29 through December 17 and then daily through March 22, 2018. MENAFN

What NZ can learn from Ireland The head of Ireland’s tourism agency says his country and NZ have a lot to learn from each other. NZ Herald

Uninsured migrants, tourists leave CDHB with $5m unpaid bills Authorities are forking out millions for uninsured migrants and tourists. The Press

Experts hail Aims Games boost for BOP tourism spend The event has contributed to an increase in tourism spend in the region. BOP Times

Friday, 27 October

Maori culture takes over Santa Monica Pier It’s been the scene of Hollywood movies, now Maori culture has taken over the Santa Monica Pier with a breathtaking kapa haka performance. Rotorua Daily Post

Tourists spending more in Taranaki but beds are not being filled, say moteliers International tourists are spending more during their stay in Taranaki than before, latest industry figures show. Taranaki Daily News

Fuel tax: What the regions think Jim Boult, the mayor of the rapidly growing Queenstown district, said it was good news for cities like his in the midst of growing pains. RNZ

Auckland regional fuel tax confirmed to fund $27 billion in transport infrastructure Auckland motorists may be digging into their wallets within six months in order to pay for a new fuel tax aimed at funding billions in transport infrastructure. Stuff

Business high-flyers could help dish out regional development fund Heavy-hitters from the private sector will be shoulder-tapped to sit on a panel to help dish out money from a massive new regional development fund. NZ Herald

Milestone for cable car project The work is part of the Dunedin Heritage Light Rail Trust’s longer-term plan to build a permanent two-storey museum. ODT

Hopes high for Winter Games to be annual event The prospect of the Winter Games being an annual event from next year has Queenstown Lakes tourism and skiing bosses excited. ODT

Regions eye $1 billion provincial fund It’s hoped some of that fund will be invested into Māori tourism in the regions. Māori Television

Freedom camping trial ends in ban Freedom camping at Campbells Bay in Kakanui is to be banned following a community-led trial. ODT

The NZer running an Australian indigenous tourism park TVNZ travelled to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Park to meet Bryce Madgwick. TVNZ

Thursday, 26 October

Pipped by Djibouti: Is this New Zealand tourism’s lowest point? OPINION: Never one to give up an opportunity to (somewhat desperately) celebrate international acclaim that, yes, we are drop dead gorgeous-and-why-did-it-take-you-so-long-to-notice, headlines rang out when Lonely Planet said New Zealand was the place to visit in 2018. Stuff

New Zealand’s biggest city still booming Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed) is launching the Auckland Growth Monitor, a new annual report and the Auckland Index, an interactive, online tool on Thursday. Stuff

Terminal upgrade nears as Hawke’s Bay airport announces record profit Construction of Hawke’s Bay Airport Ltd’s terminal expansion is getting close, with negotiations on a potential tender for the work set to close within the next few weeks. Hawke’s Bay Today

Ferry, gondola and golf course in future Queenstown transport plans In the next 10 years, Queenstown people will see a water ferry service, possibly a gondola and the relocation of the Frankton Golf Course as community leaders strive to meet the area’s transport needs. Stuff

Immigration concerns in resort Queenstown business owners are waiting anxiously for the new Government to flesh out its plans for slashing immigration numbers. ODT

New venture looks to unlock the historical secrets of Te Aroha The secrets of the Waihou River which flows through the Te Aroha township are about to be revealed. Waikato Times

Opoutere Youth Hostel to close its doors The Opoutere Youth Hostel near Whangamata will close its doors after 85 years despite a campaign to save it. Stuff

Christchurch Airport’s grand expansion plans to handle 12 million passengers a year Runway and terminal extensions are part of a master plan allowing Christchurch Airport to handle almost 12 million passengers annually. The Press

South Island councils to lobby new govt on tourism Infrastructure will be top priority for discuss with the new govt, councils say. Southland Times

Untapped potential in Hawke’s Bay Maori tourism There are plans to develop a Maori tourism group. Hawke’s Bay Today

Air travel numbers to double by 2036 An expected 7.8 billion passengers will be taken on flights by airlines by 2036, a new report says. RNZ

Wednesday, 25 October

By plane and train to wine and dine The Labour Day holiday weekend provided a chance for the region’s wineries to showcase the region to locals and out-of-towners, with wine and food-related events taking place across a host of locations. Gisborne Herald

Lonely Planet names New Zealand among top countries to travel to in 2018 The Great Walk under construction in Paparoa National Park in memory of those who died in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster was singled out as a future highlight. Stuff

Minimum wage threatens economy: Employers and Manufacturers Association The Government’s just-announced minimum wage increase could “bring the economy to a grinding halt”, warns the Employers and Manufacturers Association. NZ Herald

Man who fell from hotel deck says ‘why keep blaming people?’ A man who broke his collar bone and ribs after falling off a deck in the Marlborough Sounds says he will still go back to the hotel. Stuff

Under-construction $15 million central Christchurch hotel now for sale An under-construction $15 million central Christchurch hotel is for sale after a change of heart by the owners. Stuff

Airlines prepare for new tightened US security rules New rules on all US-bound flights are set to come into effect, including stricter passenger screening to comply with government security measures. Newshub

Labour-Greens deal: Fewer roads, more trains, cycling and walking Transport funding is to be re-focused away from roads. NZ Herald

What will new govt do for environment? Increased funding to DOC are some of the environmentally-focused policies promised by the new government. RNZ

Tauranga cruise visitor numbers expected to bounce back A 7% drop in cruise passengers last season is nothing to worry. Bay of Plenty Times

Tuesday, 24 October

Hundreds of new airport jobs in NZ promised from Virgin Australia However, a union warns that workers’ rights are threatened. NZ Herald

The tourism industry is nervous about any cuts in migrant labour The industry will continue to push for more infrastructure funding. Stuff

Franz Josef’s tourism future depends on upcoming natural hazards report The findings could impact the tourism attraction of the town. TVNZ

Bay hotel earns accolade at NZ hospitality awards A recent arrival to Havelock North’s accommodation scene has won a national hospitality award. Hawke’s Bay Today

Tour operators say visa stand-off between New Zealand, South Africa hurts tourism A visa stand-off between South Africa and New Zealand is hurting the region’s tourism industry with tour cancellations and diversions to other destinations, tour operators say. Global Times

National awards for Edgewater and Kika Wanaka’s popularity as a tourist destination is likely to grow even faster following two Wanaka businesses winning major national awards at the 2017 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence last week. ODT

Airport group wants new government to help in the regions A group representing airports wants payback from the new Government after getting behind candidates who supported regional airports during the election campaign. NZ Herald

Diverse trio of ships set to call Napier Port will be host to a real slice of shipping diversity over the next fortnight with a sailing ship, a Navy ship and a cruise liner set to tie up amid the more traditional cargo traffic. Hawke’s Bay Today

Kircher vocal about disagreements over museum funding Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher has called the Clutha District Council’s refusal to pay the full amount of its prescribed share of next year’s funding for Otago Museum in Dunedin “misguided”. ODT

ACC pays $100m+ for snow injuries More than $100 million in ACC claims has been paid out for ski and snow injuries since 2013. ODT

Queenstown concerned about effect of immigration cuts on tourism The town is an international tourist trap and relies heavily on imported labour to operate. Newshub

Trapped kayaker rescued from Huka Falls, near Taupō A kayaker has been rescued from Huka Falls, north of Taupō. Waikato Times

Whistler-style affordable housing scheme proposed for Queenstown An innovative, new form of home ownership and restrictions on Airbnb are among proposals to resolve Queenstown’s affordable housing woes. Stuff

Labour Weekend

Friday, 20 October

Air New Zealand: New Argentina route performing better than expected Australians form a large portion of travellers on this route. CAPA

Air New Zealand flies to top airline award Aotearoa-owned carrier Air New Zealand has clinched yet another top airline award – this time from luxury lifestyle and travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler. Newshub

Hotel development setback ‘frustrating’, developer The latest hurdle in the consent process of a planned luxury five star hotel in Tekapo is a slight set back, developer says. Timaru Herald

More competition on flight routes across the Pacific More US-bound Qantas flights from Australia are in store as Air New Zealand continues its push into the long-haul market across the Tasman. NZ Herald

Camping enforcer on way The Clutha and Southland district councils and the Department of Conservation have teamed up to tackle errant freedom campers in the Catlins this summer. ODT

Designs to reflect character of area The distinct history and landscape of the Cardrona Valley will be reflected in the designs throughout the planned new village at Mt Cardrona Station. ODT

Real deal for Winter Festival A major resort tourism company’s signed a six-figure deal to become the main sponsor of Queenstown Winter Festival. Mountain Scene

Clampdown on campers’ freedom coming in Lumsden Tents will be banished from the centre of Lumsden as the Southland District Council look to stem the tide of freedom campers in the town. Southland Times

Highlands Motorsport Park boss plans golf course and residential development A world-class golf course and residential development are in the pipeline for Cromwell. Stuff

Rowan Worner: Christchurch needs more visitors Opinion: Christchurch, quite simply, needs more visitors. Stuff

Tourism group’s research into brand to represent the Mighty Waikato
What will Waikato’s brand be? Waikato Times

Modular hotel comes to market A Christchurch CBD hotel under construction has been put on the market. The Urban Developer

Thursday, 19 October

Transport weak link for doing business New Zealand’s road and rail  transport networks have been found wanting. ODT

Tourism Holdings equipped, mindful of global instability Tourism Holdings is better equipped to cope with major global events that may stifle international travel, such as last year’s Brexit vote and the election of US President Donald Trump, says chair Rob Campbell. NZ Herald

Airlines deny price gouging for All Whites playoff Air New Zealand and Jetstar have been accused of price gouging by fans wanting to travel to Wellington for the All Whites World Cup playoff against Peru on November 11. NZ Herald

Omanawa Falls ‘risks being loved to death’ Plans to fix the dangerous lure of one of the Bay’s beauty spots, Omanawa Falls, have been cautiously welcomed. Bay of Plenty Times

Aussies and Kiwis could soon fly non-stop to Europe from Perth Perth could become a hub for even more flights to Europe for Australian and New Zealand passengers. Brisbane Times

Editorial: The fight over the Port Hills fire could cost us all IAG is taking court action against Orion and the Christchurch Adventure Park. The Press

Waitomo cave to be brought onto Google Maps
You will be able to explore the world renowned subterranean world without leaving your house. Stuff

New golf resort planned The owner of Cromwell motorsport park Highlands is planning to develop a  multimillion-dollar world-class golf resort. ODT

Wednesday, 18 October

Revealed: The brand-new Qantas Dreamliner Qantas has unveiled its first Dreamliner 787-9, saying it is a milestone in the airline’s near century of history. NZ Herald

Larger planes between Christchurch and Blenheim could return early next year The national carrier phased them out, but larger twin-engine planes could be returning to the skies between Blenheim and Christchurch early next year. Stuff

Big changes expected in Tekapo as developments forge ahead over summer Tekapo’s multi-million dollar development will kick into gear again this summer, with construction set to get underway on some big ticket projects. Stuff

Rail repairs tracking nicely Final repairs to the Waipaoa River Rail Bridge will be done in time for the first-ever Chardonnay Express event this weekend. Gisborne Herald

Scrapping community pool for $30m leisure hub a ‘retrograde step’ A proposal to scrap Otumoetai’s pool in favour of a $30m multi-purpose ‘leisure hub’ at Memorial Park has been met with disbelief from a local principal. Bay of Plenty Times

Sights and spoils on the coast with the most Cloe Willetts spent the weekend showing her international guest through some of Kapiti’s many flourishing tourism hot spots. Kapiti News

IAG to sue Christchurch Adventure Park over Port Hills fires CAP has been dragged into a court battle over the damage the fires caused. The Press

Evans Bay residents to oppose freedom camping plans Residents say they feel like intruders as freedom campers make themselves at home. Stuff

Major upgrade proposed for Omanawa Falls A $2.7m upgrade has been mooted to transform Omanawa Falls into a tourism drawcard. BOP Times

Tuesday, 17 October

Epic plans to boost tourism industry A giant waka simulator and a Tairawhiti night sky experience have been proposed as part of plan to boost tourism. The Gisborne Herald

Bus tours will showcase Waipa’s role in the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s Council is offering five free Waipa Discovery Tours in early November to help locals understand the district’s history and its wider place in the history of the country. Stuff

Chinese speaking staff increasingly an asset Mandarin speaking staff are increasingly an asset to business as tourists from the country continue to flock to our shores. NZ Herald

The Long Way Home Bruce Hopkins wants to take the ashes of his dad and brother home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way.  RNZ

New Zealand’s top 10 airports showing 42% growth in seat availability when compared to 2007; Queenstown fastest-growing major airport In 2007 New Zealand’s top 10 airports offered 34.33 million annual seats. In 2017 this figure has grown to 48.72 million. Anna Aero

Former tourism boss joins Wine Marlborough board The former tourism boss for Marlborough has joined the team behind promoting Marlborough as New Zealand’s leading wine region. Stuff

Catlins tourism venture based on family farm Being able to work outdoors in the spectacular Catlins environment, where she grew up, beats a 9 to 5 office job any day, Cara Meyer reckons. ODT

Air New Zealand flight from Sydney faces repeated delays due to ‘operational’ reason A cargo hold spillage was to blame for an Air New Zealand flight from Sydney to Auckland being delayed for almost 24 hours. Stuff

Qantas CEO says ultra long haul planes will keep lid on fares Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says passengers can look forward to continued falling fares with the new ultra long-haul planes his airline has challenged Boeing and rival Airbus to build. NZ Herald

Cardrona Alpine Resort finishes winter season on pie high The pies have been scoffed, puddles are forming and Cardrona Alpine Resort has closed for the 2017 winter season. Stuff

More events for Wellington in economic agency’s ‘Big 6’ priority list Wreda’s interim chief says the agency has been too ambitious. Dominion Post

Hotel boom hits Arthurs Point An Auckland-based Chinese developer is proposing a huge hotel and serviced apartment complex. Mountain Scene

Funding shortfall preventing West Coast Wilderness Trail completing
The Westland District Council says it is $350,000 short. Stuff

Monday, 16 October

Accommodating the disabled an ‘untapped’ market: tourism experts Kiwi businesses have embraced accessible tourism, adding features for the disabled to accommodate New Zealand’s increasingly diverse tourists. Stuff

Distances on iconic Cape Reinga yellow sign set to change after tourists expose inaccuracy A number of tourists have spotted inaccuracies with the distances on Cape Reigna’s iconic yellow sign, meaning visitors have been mis-informed for decades. TVNZ

Weekend events big boost for Waimate Waimate is set to receive a much needed financial boost this weekend, with several events booking out accommodation in the South Island town. RNZ

Advanced Procedures Help Tame Mountain Approaches Airlines are exploiting the benefits of performance-based navigation procedures to the fullest extent to help them expand the operating window into one of New Zealand’s most important tourist gateways. Aviation Week

Michelle Dickinson: Brace yourself for bumpier flights New research published this month predicts that severe turbulence during flights is only going to get worse thanks to global warming. NZ Herald

Tourism Holdings downgraded on outlook Tourism Holdings’ meteoric share price rise from about 60c to $4.85 during the past four years has reflected substantial tourism industry tailwinds, but a slowing in growth expectations has attracted a stock downgrade. ODT

Opinion: Tough competition for tourist dollar in Rotorua There’s no doubting Rotorua is an awesome place for visitors. But as anyone who has hosted out-of-town guests before will know, many of those attractions we are known for don’t come cheap. Rotorua Daily Post

Anger as Hamurana Springs charges revealed A sign has gone up at Hamurana Springs with the new entrance fees – and not everyone is happy. Rotorua Daily Post

World famous in New Zealand: Weta Cave, Wellington Experience the wonders of Weta magic in Wellington. Stuff

Goff’s visitor accommodation rate take keeps falling Exemptions have already stripped more than a million dollars off expected earnings from Auckland Council’s rate on tourist accommodation. RNZ

Trouble ahead for aviation sector – Emirates boss The airline’s president warns of turbulent times ahead for global aviation. Stuff

Glenorchy victim a ‘true Kiwi’ The man who died in yesterday’s jet boat championship has been described as a stalwart of Wakatipu tourism. ODT

Triple skydiving fatality The company involved, Skydive Australia, is owned by Skydive the Beach, which also operates in NZ. The Cairns Post

Friday, 13 October

Increased tourism spending in the Waikato matched by hotel expansion The tourism  boom has spurred a $13m extension to the riverside Novotel Tainui Hamilton. Stuff

Kaikoura rail line shuts one month after reopening One month after the Kaikoura rail line reopened following earthquake repairs, Mother Nature has shut the route down again. Newshub

Tourism boss welcomes Auckland hotel reopening: More needed This week’s reopening of a big Auckland waterfront hotel will help alleviate the critical accommodation shortage, but thousands more hotel rooms are still needed in the city, a tourism boss says. NZ Herald

Ambitious Kiwi airline project set to recover plane from Amazon Deep in the Amazonian jungle, an ambitious Kiwi airline recovery programme looks set to score a major coup. Stuff

Serko expands hotel reach with Gullivers Travel partnership NZX listed Serko, an online travel booking and expense management service for businesses, has formed a partnership with online accommodation and travel service provider, Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA). Computerworld

Emirates looks at add-on fees as life gets tougher Emirates boss Sir Tim Clark is searching for new ways for the airline to thrive – including more add-on charges – as the aviation industry becomes harder to forecast. NZ Herald

Tasty Tours operator named best broker Dunedin-based business Tasty Tours has won another national award, with broker and owner-operator Janine Mallon winning Best Broker at the Travel Agencies Association of New Zealand awards, that were held at Sky City in Auckland last month. ODT

Te Araroa Trail – is it paradise lost? OPINION: I would like to single out a crisis I see arising on the renowned Te Araroa Trail. Stuff

Plans for new Wellington hotel scuppered by heritage building rules Plans to build a 10-storey hotel have been thwarted. Dominion Post

DOC to introduce four-hour parking time limit for Tongariro Crossing Hikers who park for longer than four hours will have their wheels clamped. Stuff

Thursday, 12 October

Flights returned to normal Auckland Airport after power outage caused delays International flights out of Auckland Airport have returned to normal after planes were held up and 1000 passengers re-screened when security at the border was hit by a power problem. NZ Herald

Auckland Council staff fly business class 104 times since January 2016 Auckland Council spent $1.1 million between January 2016 and August 2017 on international flights, records released to Stuff under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act show. Stuff

Council ponders approach to tourism The Ruapehu region boasts some of the countrys major tourist destinations, but how to fund the promotion of these assets is a major problem facing Ruapehus district council. Wanganui Chronicle

Stuck 4WD tourists trigger warning about trip dangers The successful rescue of three overseas tourists who became stuck on the Old Man Range in their 4WD on Tuesday night was both a “good news story” and “just another warning’’. ODT

Notorious pub Manakau Hotel starting a new life as apartments An historic Levin pub with a chequered history has shut the bar and is being converted into apartments. NZ Herald

Huge Auckland waterfront hotel reopens after two-year upgrade The former Copthorne hotel on Auckland’s waterfront re-opened this week under a new brand after a two-year upgrade. NZ Herald

Emirates eyes more NZ long-haul flights Emirates is pulling out of more trans-Tasman flights, canning its Brisbane and Melbourne to Auckland routes from March, but may add more New Zealand to Dubai direct services. Stuff

Breathtaking scenery highlight of West Coast 4WD trip Rugged mountains, towering cliffs, bush-clad hills and spectacular rivers … always highlights of a West Coast adventure. Stuff

Apology from man who leapt from ship The 23-year-old, who has lived in the resort since February, told Mountain Scene he did not realise his actions could have resulted in serious injury or legal action. ODT

Mayors expect Winston Peters to make good on GST promise Peters promised to give GST raised from international tourism back the regions. Stuff

Comment: Calling time on the Emirates A380 is bad for travellers Operating the A380 on a short hop with light loads didn’t add up. NZ Herald

Queenstown flooding an infrastructure ‘reality check’ The flood is a “reality check” the resort’s infrastructure cannot keep up with tourism. Stuff

Wednesday, 11 October

Wanaka light aircraft noise not good for tourism, resident says Wanaka resident Graham Dickson is concerned about increased aircraft noise over the town in recent weeks. Stuff

Resort businesses mainly optimistic Investment in Wanaka businesses remains high and the overall economic outlook is strong. ODT

Uber targets Tauranga’s tourism boom Ride-sharing service Uber is searching for drivers in Tauranga, as it looks to expand into its fourth New Zealand city. Stuff

Tauranga tourism boosted by influx of Aussie cruise ship arrivals The arrival of the 10,000 tonne Golden Princess has kicked off what will be a bumper cruise ship season for Tauranga. Waikato Times

Air NZ to refurb Wellington Koru lounge Air New Zealand has announced their Wellington International Koru lounge will be closed for a refurbishment from 30th October 2017. TravelTalk

Bringing Diwali to the rest home, as Auckland celebrates the festival of lights Auckland is set to come alive this weekend with one of its biggest annual cultural celebrations – Diwali. NZ Herald

Wellington’s Lone Star restaurant closes, liquidator seeks new operator for site Lone Star restaurant in Wellington has gone into voluntary liquidation after its owners could not make ends meet. Stuff

Future of Napier CBD up to community as council explores options As well as boosting tourism and “activating” the CBD, the city currently has no international-brand hotels.  Hawke’s Bay Today

Migrants’ stories of abuse working in Queenstown ‘tarnishing’ top tourist town’s reputation Migrants are being taken advantage of. TVNZ

Franz Josef village looks at moving away from alpine fault
The town could avoid the natural hazards by moving to Lake Mapourika. NZ Herald

Tosswill appeals hotel decision
The man behind Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid is vowing to fight the decision to decline consent for his project. ODT

Tuesday, 10 October

Tourism New Zealand eyes double digit growth from India Tourism New Zealand has witnessed 55,000 arrivals from June 2016 to May 2017 which is a 15% increase over the same period previous year and a 10.3% year on year growth. TravelBiz Monitor

New flight, mission seen to lift PH-NZ ties TOURISM traffic between the Philippines and New Zealand will get a boost when Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch a non-stop service from Manila to Auckland, New Zealand in December this year. SunStar

Winston Aldworth: No Minister As the country waits to learn which way the whim of Winston Peters will take us, it’s worth pondering where tourism might sit in the old rogue’s schemes and priorities. NZ Herald

Air New Zealand’s new Dreamliner has more seats in the pointy end The first of Air New Zealand’s new-look Boeing 787-9s has arrived in Auckland, with a freshly configured interior offering more premium seats. NZ Herald

Air New Zealand reveals it’s started offering Wi-Fi on one long haul flight ahead of major roll-out The airline is rolling out Wi-Fi capability across its international jet fleet, beginning with the 777-300 fleet. TVNZ

‘Good buzz’ over first arts festival The money and audience totals are still being worked out, but the estimated attendance figure for the inaugural Waitaki Arts Festival was about 1000 people. ODT

Carnival Imagination: Granddad sails into vogue A brief trip with littlies puts Paul Little up there with holiday trend-setters. NZ Herald

Kaikōura rebuild takes toll on families’ accommodation A Kaikōura restaurateur is appealing to bach owners to consider renting to families struggling to find accommodation in the town. Newshub

Hidden Figures on tourism Lillian Grace of looks at the statistics held about tourism in and out of New Zealand. RNZ

Mike Yardley: Christchurch’s public trough is open for business OPINION: Should ratepayers help bank-roll commercial tourism ventures? The Press

Future of Napier buildings up for discussion at meeting A feasibility study found the best commercial use would be a hotel. Hawke’s Bay Today

Monday, 9 October

Insight: Road to recovery The Kaikōura quake November’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake turned the heavy flow of tourists visiting Kaikōura into a trickle. After a tough winter, not all businesses have survived. RNZ

The lay of the land New Zealand writer Graeme Lay visited several Cook-related sites in Gisborne and the East Coast during his visit here two years ago. His book, A Travel Guide to Captain James Cook’s New Zealand, was released last month. Gisborne Herald

Phil Goff’s $239 million cash grab for GST paid by Auckland ratepayers Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants to get his hands on the $239 million of GST paid on Super City rates each year. NZ Herald

Smaller operators feel shut out by new Tourism Bay of Plenty cruise ship measures Fifteen Tauranga tour bus operators are paying up to $7000 each to Tourism Bay of Plenty to ensure they can access cruise ship passengers this season. Bay of Plenty Times

Chelsea Sugar Factory’s sweet deal for the public Sugar factory to open its doors in $7m tourism venture. NZ Herald

Stadium in the Pink over concert News Pink will be the latest star to perform in Dunedin had Forsyth Barr Stadium aglow with excitement last night. ODT

Region to be promoted to Chinese mayors Central Otago’s primary sector is to be  promoted to Chinese local government leaders representing more than 100 million people. ODT

Final day for Remarkables The sun came out and the Hawaiian shirts were slipped on for the last day of the season at the Remarkables ski area yesterday. ODT

Grant keeps Gisborne to Makaraka line on track THE GISBORNE to Makaraka railway line is a step closer to reopening after East Coast Museum of Technology received a $10,000 grant from Gisborne District Council this week. Gisborne Herald

Complicated process to replace chairlift cable at Christchurch Adventure Park Replacing a 26-and-a-half tonne, 3.7-kilometre long chairlift tow rope is a complicated process, which is why they usually last a decade. Stuff

Sellout crowd turns out for Kaikōura Seafest It was touch and go, and the weather certainly didn’t play ball, but a sell-out crowd flooded into Kaikōura for the quake-hit town’s favourite event – Seafest. Stuff

NZ’s thriving same-sex marriage industry under threat from Australian referendum NZ wedding destinations could lose business. Stuff

Tourism Holdings’ Airbnb of motor homes expanding in NZ An Air BnB-style rental scheme for motor homes has grown by more than 120%. NZ Herald

The West Coast town facing an impossible choice Franz Josef Glacier, a jewel in the crown of NZ’s tourism industry, is constantly on the move. Stuff

Friday, 6 October

Water main burst affects Queenstown businesses Queenstown Mall is partially fenced while the council cleans up the mess from from a burst water main. Stuff

Mountain biking, walking and surfing all on offer at proposed adventure park north of Wellington The Porirua Adventure Park will be built on the hills and surrounding area of Porirua’s Rangituhi-Colonial Knob. TVNZ

Mangatainoka: A proud place of brewed beer and farmland Whether it’s because of the orange-capped brown bottles or the attractive “Tui girls” from the TV ads, New Zealanders and international tourists alike are aware of the tiny Tararua town. Stuff

Trusted travellers avoiding border check-in trial scheme at Auckland Some travellers are able avoid a layer of border checks. NZ Herald

Phil Goff: the mayor with no money
And he’s trying to beat up on the city’s tourism and economic development agency, ATEED. The Spinoff

Tuhura in, Discovery World out It’s goodbye “Discovery World” and hello to “Tuhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre”, at Otago Museum. ODT

Thursday, 5 October

Air NZ’s Christopher Luxon says businesses which just cut back aren’t doing anything useful Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon says businesses that just cut jobs, investment and customer service aren’t doing anything useful and needed to think more broadly about their bottom line. NZ Herald

Picton to Kaikōura cycle trail ‘biggest benefit’ from quake A planned $9 million cycle trail from Picton to Kaikōura could be the single biggest benefit to come out of last November’s earthquake, Marlborough’s mayor says. RNZ

Estimated cost doubles to $25m The long-promised cycle/walkway to Port Chalmers has suffered a major cost blowout and subsequent delay. ODT

Return of city cable car a step closer The consents are in, the rails have arrived and the first tangible sign of the return of the High St cable car has appeared in Mornington. ODT

Meet Selwyn’s freedom campers They’re probably German, most likely to be aged under 30 and enjoying their time in nature. Unfortunately for them, their favourite spots in the Selwyn district are closed. The Press

Arrival of Radiance of the Seas marks the beginning of the cruise ship tourist season You can’t beat Wellington on a good day, which is what hundreds of visitors are finding as they disembark from the 2017-18 season’s first cruise ship. Stuff

Rainbow’s End picks up prestigious award Rainbow’s End has received the Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award. NZ Business

New Zealand’s highest spa pool installed at Mt Hutt Picture your backyard jacuzzi transported to the top of Mt Hutt and pimped out with powerful surround sound and you get some idea of what the ski field’s new spa pool is like. Stuff

More cyclists needed for Adventure Ride The organisers of the Rere Falls Trail Adventure Ride are calling for more entries. Gisborne Herald

Treaty Grounds joins ranks of great heritage sites in digital mapping project The Mayan city of Chichen Itza. The ancient ruins of Babylon in Iraq. The mysterious carved figures of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the buried Roman city of Pompeii. Northern Advocate

Invercargill’s digger park promises a way to relieve pent-up frustration Like a super-sized sandpit for kids and adults alike, Dig This gives visitors the chance to operate bulldozers, excavators, mini excavators and skid steers weighing up to 15 tonnes. Stuff

‘This is the big one’: $21m adventure park in the hills west of Porirua is being hailed as a “game-changer” for the city’s economy. Stuff

Women’s golf: NZ’s multi-million dollar drawcard Mark Jennings looks at how potentially lucrative the NZ Women’s Golf Open could be. Newsroom

Stuart Perry: Too much Hui, not enough Dooey on Hastings development Hastings is missing the boat on the tourism boom in NZ. Hawke’s Bay Today

Wednesday, 4 October

Five of six directors Aucklanders Aucklanders now hold all but one of the seats on the Queenstown Airport Corporation board. ODT

Eden Project proposed for Christchurch’s red zone The proposed 70 hectare park in the Avalon loop is being pitched as the city’s equivalent of the Sydney Opera House. RNZ

Freehold an attraction in Greymouth’s Recreation Hotel sale The hotel fronts High St and is on State Highway 6, the main tourist route through Greymouth township. Stuff

Auckland sees sustained tourist growth from PHL The New Zealand government sees a sustained inflow of Filipino tourists, with the Philippine Airlines’s (PAL) soon to be launched nonstop flights between Manila and Auckland. Business Mirror

Digital humans bringing a friendly face back to self-service Chatbots, apps and automated call centres have taken the human touch away from customer service, but one company is set to bring it back. Stuff

Spotlight on Maori culture in Los Angeles Californians are set to come face-to-face with Maori culture this month, with kapa haka performers taking over the Santa Monica pier, the film industry getting an intimate look at ta moko and a chance for residents to experience both traditional and contemporary Maori culture through the Tuku Iho | Living Legacy exhibition. Rotorua Daily Post

New directors appointed to ATEED Evan Davies and Glenys Coughlan have been appointed to the board of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. Auckland Council

Virgin Australia leads commercial biofuel trial at Brisbane Airport Virgin Australia is leading a trial of biofuel through Brisbane Airport’s existing fuel supply system. NZ Herald

Businessman having a shot at harbour enterprise A tourism operation at Otago Harbour could be the latest tourist attraction in Dunedin. ODT

Nearly 100 cruise ship visits scheduled for Fiordland this season The first of nearly 100 cruise ship visits to Fiordland arrives on Thursday. Stuff

Visitor spending up 6pc in Hawke’s Bay region Year-round marketing of Hawke’s Bay as a tourism destination has helped. Hawke’s Bay Today

Tuesday, 3 October

Te Anau cycle trail reopens after repairs A closed section of the Te Anau to Manapouri cycle trail has reopened after being repaired. Southland Times

Heavy equipment playground Dig This opens in Invercargill Invercargill’s newest and perhaps most ambitious tourist attraction, Dig This, officially opened its gates to the public on Monday. Southland Times

New hotel coming for Queenstown, Swiss-Belhotel expands Developer and music composer Kevin Carlin has launched his $100 million five-star Queenstown Views apartment development on Brecon St leading up to the Skyline gondola. The Press

Wellington to expand freedom camping spots under public places bylaw review Wellington is set to further embrace freedom campers, creating 30 more spaces at the Evans Bay hotspot. Dominion Post

Trump’s man in NZ: Tourists welcome but we need to vet you first United State ambassador Scott Brown says the welcome mat is out to tourists as long as they are vetted carefully. NZ Herald

Nelson Airport developing infrastructure and connections New routes and more visitors are some of the goals put forward for Nelson Airport as record profits and new infrastructure emerges. Nelson Mail

Tourism spend grows in South Canterbury, as accommodation books out in Mackenzie The South Canterbury region’s tourism operators are hopeful tourism spend is set to increase across the region, with some accommodation providers in the Mackenzie District already at 100 per cent capacity for the summer period. Timaru Herald

Eden Project could be Christchurch’s Sydney Opera House The scheme is expected to give the city the wow factor it so badly needs. Stuff

Heavy equipment playground Dig This opens Invercargill’s newest and perhaps most ambitious tourist attraction has opened. Southland Times

UNWTO awards world’s best tourism videos The best tourism videos of 2017 highlight the art of storytelling (alas NZ is not part of UNWTO). Skift

Monday, 2 October

NZ must avoid fuel crisis repeat – tourism bosses Auckland’s fuel crisis pales in comparison to problems affecting other airlines and travellers around the world, tourism industry representatives say. RNZ

Sea changes: What Kiwi cruisers can look forward to You only have to wander around the Auckland waterfront in summer to notice the influx of cruise tourists into New Zealand. Stuff

Tauranga’s summer cruise ship season begins Bay of Plenty tour operators and retailers are gearing up for the start of the cruise season, which will see three vessels making maiden voyages to Tauranga. Bay of Plenty Times

$1.35 million to keep Tauranga’s Mt Maunganui track open A trip to Mauao is on the must-do list for most visitors to Tauranga, but maintaining the track has carried a $1.35 million annual cost to ratepayers. Stuff

Ferry terminal’s $1m hole Auckland Transport is about to start work on fixing a hole in the seawall under the city’s downtown ferry terminal. RNZ

Summer surge in airline capacity into New Zealand means better deals for Kiwis A summer surge in airline capacity to Auckland is coming, although new airline arrivals have levelled off. NZ Herald

Tourism conference aims to grow market THE region’s tourism organisation hopes a new conference for local tourism operators will become an annual event, aimed at boosting Tairawhiti’s share of the booming New Zealand tourism market. Gisborne Herald

Tourists flock to Waikato cherry blossom festival A Waikato couple have stopped shooing off camera-bearing trespassers and welcomed them instead. Waikato Times

Hairy men unite! Auckland to host the 2021 World Beard and Moustache Champs Auckland will host the World Beard and Moustache Championships in 2021, thanks to The Fellowship of the Beard NZ president Ygnacio Cervio. Stuff

Tourist tax debate divides Rotorua city leaders Discussion is divided on how, or if, tourists to Rotorua should be taxed.  Rotorua Daily Post

Smooth sailing: Weighing up the ethics of cruise tourism Despite the reputation for slow and leisurely travel, cruise tourism is still a big carbon emitter. Stuff

Meet the man who protects NZ’s world famous Waitomo glow worms caves The caves are a fragile environment which need protection. TVNZ

Fiordland Jet expands business in tourist ‘hot-spot’ The owners of Fiordland Jet say the region is the next big “hot-spot” destination for tourists. Southland Times

Romance of old ‘flyer’ days set for historic return The Marlborough Flyer, a historic World War I locomotive, will make its first trip between Picton and Blenheim on December 1. Stuff

Wellington City Council cancels Guy Fawkes and moves fireworks Sky Show to Matariki Wellington’s mayor is pulling the plug on the city’s 22-year-old Guy Fawkes festival in favour of the Māori New Year festival, Matariki. Dominion Post

Alipay likely to boost Chinese tourism Christchurch International Airport is underwriting a game-changing South Island project which aims to boost Chinese tourist numbers and increase their visitor spend. ODT

Friday, 29 September

Exclusive: First Look at QT Queenstown, New Zealand’s Coolest New Boutique Hotel Just in time for a blockbuster film, the country’s adventure capital is about to get a whole lot hotter. Travel + Leisure

Queenstown Lakes District Council amends transport strategy plan after business feedback A new Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy has been adopted, after amendments to address concerns raised by the Downtown Queenstown business group. Stuff

Ferry master insufficiently trained before collision – report A ferry that crashed into an Auckland wharf, injuring seven passengers, was being operated by a master who did not know how to properly control the vessel, a report has found. RNZ

Stats NZ to review international visitor spending figures Statistics NZ will review the way international visitor spending figures are gathered. Stuff

Fuel crisis ‘not a good look’, says Air NZ boss A person putting the country at a standstill by digging up a pipeline was not a good look. Stuff

Trans-Tasman barriers must go: airlines Airline giants have swung in behind calls to slash red tape on the trans-Tasman route. The Australian

Thursday, 28 September

Milford Track ‘littered’ with human waste as tourist season approaches, contractor says About 14,000 people hike the track every year. RNZ

Cost blowout hits planned Tauranga tourist icon A $5m cost blowout has shelved plans to build an iconic cycle and walking bridge. NZ Herald

Skyline to provide 449 car parks Skyline Enterprises is planning a 449-capacity car park building for its proposed $100m gondola redevelopment. ODT

NZ shares ignore election uncertainty to hit record New Zealand shares shrugged off the post-election vacuum to hit a record high today, despite a lack of corporate news, with Tourism Holdings, Synlait Milk and Kathmandu Holdings gaining. NZ Herald

Dealing with `big city’ issues in CBD The manager of Queenstown’s CBD says the town is in the middle of a ”$1 billion transformation phase” and its community needs ”big city pants to sort it out”. ODT

Same-sex marriage a booming business in New Zealand as Australians travel to get hitched Across the Tasman, marriage equality has become a money spinner for businesses with a recent boom for the wedding and tourism sectors as same-sex couples elope to wed there. SBS

More caution in latest business confidence survey Businesses are more cautious about the outlook for the New Zealand economy over the next 12 months. RNZ

Calls for urgent demolition of 105-year-old hotel in Timaru amid safety concerns Once it was a bustling pub, and then an iconic heritage building – but now the owner of a disused 105-year-old hotel in Timaru is asking council permission to pull it down early, amid concerns people living there illegally are at risk. Timaru Herald

Samoa’s Aggie Grey’s hotel changes hands Samoa’s Aggie Grey’s hotel and bungalows in Apia have reportedly been bought by Asian investors. RNZ

A vroom with a view! How to enjoy an epic motorhome journey with expert guidance along the way Have you dreamed of travelling around New Zealand in a motorhome? Daily Mail

Refinery boss on pipeline break – Sorry about your dream holiday Refining New Zealand boss Sjoerd Post has apologised to travellers. NZ Herald

Wednesday, 27 September

Marlborough District Council gives $35m tourism fund a miss Marlborough will miss out on claiming part of $100 million in tourism funding, for now. Marlborough Express

Penny Webster takes control of Matakana Coast Tourism Former Rodney district mayor and Auckland councillor Penny Webster is taking up the role as chairwoman of Matakana Coast Tourism. Rodney Times

Lani Hagaman seeks Court of Appeal direction in Andrew Little defamation case The widow of millionaire hotel magnate Earl Hagaman is taking on a High Court judge, legal precedent and a former Labour party leader in a bid to vindicate her husband. The Press

Glamorous camping proves popular in Waitomo Most days you’d be hard pressed to find an Aucklander holidaying on a farm. Waikato Times

New Zealanders save tourist after mother’s desperate rescue plea A Russian mother’s desperate plea for help has seen her daughter rescued after setting off her rescue beacon in New Zealand. Newshub

Tourism and travel group pushes to slash transtasman flying times A new push to streamline transtasman trips has been launched by Australia’s main tourism and transport group which says simplified border processing could slash travel time for millions of passengers. NZ Herald

NZ First GST refund from foreign visitors could cut Tauranga rates by $22m Tauranga’s rates burden will be cut by $22 million if New Zealand First makes the return of GST gathered from overseas tourists a part of negotiations to form a new Government. Bay of Plenty Times

Disgraced lawyer sentenced for alleged $41m Auckland hotel fraud A lawyer has been sentenced for making false statements. NZ Herald

TranzAlpine named one of the most scenic worldwide train rides National Geographic rates it one of the most scenic in the world. Stuff

Air New Zealand recruits ‘digital human’ for its customer service team ‘Sophie’ makes first appearance at US campaign launch. CIO

Tuesday, 26 September

First batch of jet fuel expected at Auckland Airport The first two million litre batch of jet fuel was expected to arrive at Auckland Airport last night following successful repairs to a damaged supply line. TVNZ

Nikki Kaye MP starts work on Waiheke Island promises They included ensuring the ability to secure additional funding for tourism infrastructure, ensuring progress over a community pool, getting funding to make pockets of the island pest free, and working with businesses over immigration policy. Auckland Now

P&WC and Air New Zealand Sign Customized Engine Support Agreement for More than 50 Aircraft The engine maintenance solution for Air New Zealand covers PW123-powered DHC8-300 aircraft in the airline’s Air Nelson fleet and PW127M-powered ATR72-500/600 aircraft in the airline’s Mount Cook fleet. Market Wired

Wind disrupts flights out of Wellington Windy conditions have grounded flights into and out of the capital on Monday evening. Dominion Post

NZ town of Bluff to change sign after tourist points out errors The sign has stood proud and tall in the New Zealand town of Bluff, until a tourist pointed out some pretty major flaws with it. 

Manawatu Gorge: Residents still frustrated as alternative futures presented The long-term future of the slip-plagued Manawatu Gorge finally took another step tonight, after the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) revealed its longlist of alternatives. Newshub

Dig This founder Ed Mumm visits Invercargill attraction ahead of opening Dig This founder Ed Mumm paid a visit to the Invercargill franchise to help fine-tune the attraction ahead of the opening next week. Southland Times

World famous in New Zealand: Larnach Castle, Dunedin Larnach Castle, until recently New Zealand’s only castle, is among Dunedin’s most distinctive landmarks. Stuff

The economy’s key drivers: tourism, migration and construction How worried should we be by a report all three may have peaked? Stuff

Venue jigsaw for 1600 delegates Christchurch’s largest conference since the earthquakes has spread itself over a “jigsaw” of venues. The Press

Tensions likely as busy cruise ship season looms Tensions are expected for tourism operators when a busy cruise ship season begins next week. ODT

Monday, 25 September

Fiordland Tourist Awards celebrate 40th anniversary Success in tourism was marked in Te Anau on Saturday night, as the town celebrated the annual Fiordland Tourism Awards. Southland Times

Almost half of Queenstown’s residents are not satisfied with Destination Queenstown’s services At Destination Queenstown’s annual general meeting on Wednesday chief executive Graham Budd said surveys showed people’s satisfaction levels with the organisation that promotes Queenstown to visitors had dropped. Stuff

Te Papa aims to run entirely on sunlight as it bids to be NZ’s biggest solar farm Te Papa’s ambitious plan to completely power itself by sunlight within a decade would make it the country’s biggest solar farm. Stuff

Latest Dreamliner in mix for Singapore Airlines’ Wellington service Singapore Airlines is assessing new aircraft for its ‘Capital Express’ service out of Wellington. NZ Herald

Editorial: Knights in shining airplanes On Friday we reported on how Air Chathams became a knight in shining armour to a Whanganui traveller. Wanganui Chronicle

Glow in the land of clouds: New Zealand’s North Island My four-day tour of Napier and the Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of North Island is rich in such outdoor pleasures – and also art and myth. Strait Times

Luxury Tekapo hotel step closer to build as resource consent granted A planned luxury hotel in Tekapo’s grand Lakeside Drive development is a step closer to being built after being granted resource consent, its developer says. Timaru Herald

NZ’s three booms – tourism, migration, construction – may have peaked Economists warn economic growth appears to be cooling. Stuff

Hotels claims threaten Auckland ‘bed tax’ take It’s not clear how much of the Auckland Council’s controversial rate will actually end up being paid. RNZ

Tourism boom raises biosecurity risk from hitchhiking bugs and other nasties More than 96,000 air passengers had items seized last year. Stuff

Friday, 22 September

Regional council funding sought for Napier’s aquarium expansion Napier City Council went cap in hand to their regional counterpart yesterday, to discuss funding for the National Aquarium of New Zealand expansion. Hawke’s Bay Today

Surge in dairy and tourism boost economic growth, but construction slows A surge in dairy exports and strong visitor numbers saw New Zealand’s economic growth pick up in the September quarter. Stuff

Tourism in Howick gets a boost Attracting more people to the Howick area to enjoy the local sites, shop and do business is at the heart of a plan developed by Howick Tourism. Auckland Council

Three tourists on one stolen kayak pinged by police Three tourists who took a kayak out for a joyride were caught red-handed when they returned to a jetty at a West Coast lake. The Press

Qantas uses transtasman ‘fuel mules’ to top up its aircraft in Auckland Qantas last night flew a jumbo jet and an Airbus A330 across the Tasman into Auckland to use as “fuel mules” for its aircraft hit by the aviation gas shortage. NZ Herald

Will New Zealand remain a green and pleasant land? New Zealanders are growing unsure about their country’s 100% pure image. The Economist

Taxing questions for tourism Hidden charges are catching on all over the world, writes Ruwani Perera. NZ Herald

Air NZ services back to normal Air NZ have said it expects to operate its regular schedule today, with no fuel-related cancellations. Newstalk ZB

Thursday, 21 September

Look who’s talking: entrepreneur Juliearna Kavanagh Juliearna Kavanagh is owner and operator of Escape to Picton and now has a new string to her bow as she gets set to launch a new business, Escape to Marlborough; a hop on, hop off bus tour service. Marlborough Express

Aurora flight in March from Christchurch The organisers have chartered another flight to the auroral zone in March next year. ODT

Hang-gliding operation takes off in Cromwell Visitors are getting airborne over Cromwell with New Zealand’s only towed hang-gliding operation opening in the Central Otago destination. Stuff

Auckland Airport jet fuel crisis: Your travel questions answered Worried whether your flight will be cancelled or you should cancel your school holiday plans? We’ve got the answers. Stuff

Fuel tanker fleet to hit road for Auckland Up to 20 tankers will hit the road today to transport as much jet fuel to Auckland Airport as possible, as airlines say they are confident the worst of the disruption is over. RNZ

Tourists failed to keep rescuers advised Five people who raised the alarm after getting stuck above a waterfall near Queenstown on Tuesday should have called emergency services back after extricating themselves, police say. ODT

New figures show remarkable growth for Hurunui tourism Tourists are spending more than ever before in Hanmer Springs and Hurunui. Stuff

Perry Group launches billion-dollar water adventure park A Waikato site might be transformed into a water-based adventure park. Stuff

‘Eye-watering’ professional fees for Christchurch convention centre The details released raise more questions than they answer. The Press

Almost lights, camera, action for Sir Peter Jackson’s Wellington Movie Museum
The attraction is one step closer to becoming reality. Dominion Post

Wednesday, 20 September

Fuel crisis: Thousands more affected by flight cancellations Another 3000 travellers heading out of Auckland will have their flights cancelled today. RNZ

Councils seek $35m worth of tourism infrastructure Councils around the country have posted wish lists for $35 million worth of tourism infrastructure and the race is on to get the money from a new Government fund in time for the coming summer. Stuff

Refinery pipeline crisis: Private jets avoiding NZ Wealthy private jet owners are bypassing New Zealand because of the escalating aviation fuel crisis. NZ Herald

Travel insurer gives cut-off details for claims arising from fuel crisis A major travel insurer has said people won’t be able to make claims to cover any extra travel or accommodation expenses caused by the Auckland Airport fuel crisis if they bought the policy after 10am yesterday. NZ Herald

Collision puts tourist boat out of action A tourism vessel in Milford Sound is out of action after a low-speed collision with a floating observatory’s wharf at Harrison Cove on Monday. ODT

Multi-million dollar hotel development for Tekapo a step closer The two-stage hotel development in Greig St received “affected persons approval” from the Mackenzie District Council at its meeting on Tuesday. Timaru Herald

Passengers tell of ‘nightmare’ delays following airport fuel crisis Passengers caught up in Sunday’s fuel crisis have described hours-long delays, cancellations and flight switches in their struggle to get to their destinations. NZ Herald

NZ Herald editorial: Pipeline disruption raises serious fuel security issues It is extraordinary that the pipe has been knocked out of action. NZ Herald

‘It’s a large burden on small shoulders’ Tiny New Zealand  towns are struggling under the weight of booming tourist numbers. TVNZ

Treat the water or tell tourists, international expert says NZ should tell tourists about what he calls the risks of our untreated drinking water. Stuff

Tuesday, 19 September

Freedom camping warning signs first Almost 60% of freedom camping fines issued in the Queenstown Lakes District in the past financial year have been paid. ODT

Warning systems dramatically cut speeding by motorhome drivers Automated warnings that dramatically reduced speeding by motorhome hirers in Australia is being extended to Tourism Holdings’ entire fleet world wide. Stuff

Tokoroa Airfield debate heats up A war of words has broken out over drone advocate Bruce Simpson’s continued push to see the Tokoroa Airfield delisted. Stuff

Tourism planning, spending essential It is time we took a serious look at our burgeoning tourist industry, writes Judy Knox. ODT

Government knew of jet fuel supply concerns: Labour party Labour leader Jacinda Adern says the Government has known for years there were serious risks to the supply of fuel to Auckland International Airport. NZ Herald

Cost of pipeline rupture spills across economy Costs are mounting for businesses hit by the fuel pipeline rupture. NZ Herald

Editorial: Burst pipe shows importance of having a plan B The failure of this slender piece of crucial infrastructure is a national embarrassment. Stuff

Policies reflect growing visitor demand Political parties are aware of the stress extra visitors are putting on infrastructure. ODT

Visitor experience ‘destroyed’ at iconic Tekapo church People and pedestrian traffic are destroying visitor experience, says the council. Radio NZ

Pregnant woman driven out by crude work prank A pregnant woman working at a Queenstown ski field found a colleague had left a condom filled with mayonnaise and a crude note on her desk during a staff morale-boosting event. Mountain Scene

Monday, 18 September

Air fare fight looms as Hawaiian Airlines announces boost to Auckland-Honolulu service Hawaiian Airlines is boosting its New Zealand service to five flights a week between Auckland and Honolulu from next March, a move that is likely to push fares down further on the increasingly competitive route. NZ Herald

Transport minister says Greens’ light rail cost estimate way off track Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the Green Party severely undershot the cost of bringing light rail to Wellington, which he says could be upwards of $1.2 billion. Stuff

Stranded Air NZ passengers were asked to share rooms A forced stopover at Bali was too close for comfort for a number of stranded Air New Zealand passengers. NZ Herald

Stop using motels, homeless expert says An international expert on homelessness is telling New Zealand to stop buying motels as emergency accommodation. Radio NZ

Boutique hotel mooted for Kerikeri A boutique hotel with up to 140 beds could be built in Kerikeri if a plan by the Turner Centre goes ahead. Northern Advocate

Haka Tours braves the world of teen travel with educational trips Haka Tours had good reason to closely track the path of Hurricane Irma. Stuff

Former CEO of Air NZ joins Canadian airline’s board
Rob Fyfe, the former CEO of Air NZ, has been appointed to the board of Air Canada. Stuff

Mackenzie council seeks $300k in funding
The money will help to reduce tourism issues at Church of the Good Shepherd. Timaru Herald

Friday, 15 September

Cape Palliser gets the seal of approval The red and white lighthouse stands out against the dark rocks and grey skies at the southernmost point of New Zealand’s North Island. Yahoo

Air New Zealand plane forced to return to Palmerston North Airport after developing hydraulics problems After emergency services were sent to the airport and passengers were asked to brace in emergency positions for landing. NZ Herald

Tauranga Airport upgrade: Bigger, better, busier Frequent flyers and tourism leaders have welcomed news of a $12.7 million upgrade for Tauranga Airport. Bay of Plenty Times

Ratepayer group: Sculpture delay ‘down to bad planning’ The 10m high sculpture, to feature at the intersection of SH5 and SH30 at Hemo Gorge, has been delayed by 11 months. Rotorua Daily Post

‘We don’t have enough accommodation’ – Tauranga struggling under weight of major event influx. TVNZ

Log burner mishap started Sumner, Christchurch house fire that hospitalised tourists The fire injured six tourists. Stuff

Crashes involving foreign drivers on the rise The number of fatal and injury crashes has increased from less than 3% 1995 to almost 7%. Stuff

Developer teams up with Te Papa to protect penguins of Shelly Bay If the Shelly Bay development goes ahead there could be restrictions on cats and dogs in a bid to protect resident little blue penguins. Stuff

Thursday, 14 September

Chef shortage starts to bite Waikato pubs and restaurants Hamilton restaurants were also struggling to attract top chefs while the New Zealand Restaurant Association admitted there was a skill shortage when it came to finding people willing to work in a commercial kitchen. Waikato Times

Fiordland tourism and Airbnb trending upwards in Southland Airbnb is starting to make its mark on tourism in Southland, with almost 500 properties now open for accommodation, but tourism experts are unsure whether it’s a good thing for the region. Southland Times

Sponsorship for planned Alexandra hot air balloon festival falling flat A lack of sponsor support is taking the air out of plans for the South Island’s only hot air balloon festival hoping to get off the ground in 2018. Stuff

Ohakune’s Gandalf gives tourists Lord Of The Rings treat Matamata’s Hobbiton is only one LOTR film set, but there are a dozen forest,and alpine LOTR scene settings near Ohakune. Wanganui Chronicle

$12.7m upgrade for Tauranga Airport confirmed A $12.7m expansion and upgrade has been announced for Tauranga Airport. NZ Herald

Tim Roxborogh’s travel bugs: Mystery escapes gone wrong A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday. NZ Herald

Womad named finalist in New Zealand Event Awards Best National Event of the Year The esteemed celebration of world music, art and dance held in Taranaki has been recognised at a national level. Taranaki Daily News

Westport ships in emergency tanks as water crisis deepens Cafe owners and restaurateurs will be hit hardest of local business, operators say. The Press

Woman seriously injured after 30 metre fall at Canterbury ski field A woman is lucky to be alive after hitting her head as she fell off a cliff at a Canterbury ski field. The Press

Peters says regional airport network ‘at risk’ Winston Peters says regional airports are struggling and if NZ First is part of the next government he’ll make sure they get the funding they need to survive. Northern Advocate

Electric planes under development at Victoria University A jet plane project that could revolutionise air travel is being developed at Victoria. Newshub

250,000 cruise ship visitors in 2018-19 Dunedin is set for another massive rise in cruise ship numbers. ODT

Sofitel Wellington’s ‘very expensive rebuild’ complete Wellington’s newest five-star hotel reopens next month after closing for almost a year. Stuff

Wednesday, 13 September

Norfolk airline ends Auckland flight after three months A Norfolk Island company that started an airlink to the island from Auckland just three months ago has stopped the service. RNZ

Potential funding boost could draw larger planes to Timaru’s airport, councillor says “Bigger planes” and more storage space could be in the works for Timaru’s council-owned airport following a funding promise from New Zealand First. Stuff

Adventuring in New Zealand’s Northland region Karl Cushing ventures north on a fam trip to New Zealand’s Northland region, exploring marine reserves, ancient forests and coastal trails. TTG Media

New Zealand First wants Northland rail line completely overhauled Northland’s rail line is in such poor shape that KiwiRail has banned passenger trains using the tracks. Newshub

The ultra-long-haul destinations within direct flying distance of New Zealand With non-stop flights from Perth to London on the horizon and Air New Zealand hinting at direct services to New York, “express” flights to far-flung destinations are no longer a far-fetched idea.  Stuff

Hospitality industry wants peer-to-peer rentals regulated Operators want AirBnB and the like to have the same safety regulations. Newstalk ZB

Bennett backs Coastal Pacific Trail A proposal for a combined walking and cycling trail down the east coast has another high-profile backer. Stuff

Coolest hotels in the wild: From glass pods in NZ to luxury tree houses in Thailand – take your holiday up a notch. The Independent

Tuesday, 12 September

New Zealand Simplifies Visas For Indonesian Tourists New Zealand has signed an agreement to enable Indonesian tourists to obtain a visa in only three days. Indonesia Expat

National and NZ First refuse to answer environment groups’ freshwater questions National and NZ First have snubbed a questionnaire from environment groups about where they stand on freshwater. Stuff

Tourists empty unwanted diesel into stormwater drain in Nelson A group of tourists found themselves facing the wrath of residents after they put the wrong fuel in their van, then made the decision to empty it onto a Nelson street. Stuff

Spring snowfall welcome for skiers Skiers and snowboarders will be smiling after a parade of fronts brought a massive spring top-up to Queenstown Lakes skifields. ODT

Holiday legislation ‘too complicated’ Businesses are calling for the Holidays Act to be scrapped and rewritten. RNZ

Rail returns between Picton and Christchurch The first rail freight service between Picton and Christchurch in almost a year is due to start this Friday. RNZ

Miramar Golf Club shrinks in Wellington airport growth plans One of Wellington’s premier golf clubs stands to be slashed in half so the capital’s expanding airport can park more planes. Stuff

Town’s bid to become Dark Sky Community Naseby’s residents have stars in their eyes as the village edges closer to becoming New Zealand’s first internationally recognised Dark Sky Community. ODT

Christchurch Airbnb fire a wake-up call The tourism industry says the fire is a wake-up call for accommodation providers and guests. Stuff

Bennett: Tourism levy not necessary A tourist levy is off the table, councils must come up with projects before asking for more funding. Timaru Herald

Local Focus: How to support tourism? Rotorua candidates give their answers to the important local questions this election. NZ Herald

Monday, 11 September

The road to nowhere A road linking the West Coast with the Nelson region is unlikely to stack up economically, a report says. RNZ

World famous in New Zealand: World of Whales, Kaikoura There’s another way of seeing these impressive creatures besides the obvious boat option. Stuff

Cathedral decision will kick-start millions of dollars in donations – campaigner The decision to restore the Christ Church Cathedral will kick-start donations to bridge the $14 million funding gap, a heritage campaigner says. Stuff

Lightning strikes Air New Zealand plane flying from Auckland to Wellington A passenger on an Air New Zealand flight struck by lightning has described the moment as “something aerophobia nightmares are made of.” Stuff

Two ‘spectacular’ Mt Cook walks named in new Great Walks package Two “spectacular” Aoraki/Mt Cook walking tracks are in a new group of Great Walks in New Zealand that will be officially launched in October. Timaru Herald

Owner says fires at Hydro Grand Hotel may to have been deliberately lit A “number of small fires” inside Timaru’s Hydro Grand Hotel on Sunday look like they were started deliberately, the building’s owner says. Timaru Herald

Grand central station: Railway to stadium plan could transform ‘poorly presented’ part of Wellington. Stuff

As ultra-long haul flying takes off, Air New Zealand eyes Auckland-New York Air New Zealand can’t wait to get started. Forbes

Driver shaken but hailed a hero after Remarkables crash Go Orange head of operations, Tim Bark, said the driver was still traumatised. NZ Herald

Friday, 8 September

Queenstown’s new gateway An application for a 131-room hotel over the entrance to downtown Queenstown has been lodged. Mountain Scene

Recently retired road cop thinks tourists should take buses An ex-road cop says Milford Road could be made safer. Southland Times

Pacific Jewel arrives in NZ for first spring cruise season P&O Cruises’ ship has arrived to begin her first-ever spring cruise season. Cruise&Ferry

Blame roads, not tourists – victim A Queenstowner who pulled a tourist away from a burning car says roads need to be changed to accommodate overseas drivers. Mountain Scene

Economic snapshot has positives for Whanganui Tourism’s contribution to the economy is on the rise, with visitor spend increasing 10 per cent over the last 12 months. Wanganui Chronicle

Bid to restore southern passenger rail link makes funding pitch to government A proposal to reinstate a Christchurch-Timaru-Dunedin passenger rail service is on track with a business case for funding just-presented to the government. Manawatu Standard

Nostalgia gets ahead of steam Dunedin deserves its own steam engine, a group working to make it happen says. ODT

Get rail going to growing North Canterbury towns, says Peters Winston Peters says it’s a serious priority for his party to introduce commuter rail from Christchurch to North Canterbury towns. Newstalk ZB

House of Travel offers international stopover packages in Singapore from $1 Long-haul travel is about to get a whole lot cheaper for Kiwis. NZ Herald

Mike Yardley: Queenstown Spring Fling With spring blossoming across our adventure capital, the serrated ridgeline of the Remarkables was still flecked in snow on my recent swing through Queenstown , accentuating the resort town’s cinematic good looks. Newstalk ZB

Christchurch hospitality institution Fat Eddie’s reopens with champagne shower A champagne shower has heralded the reopening of a Christchurch hospitality institution. Stuff

Thursday, 7 September

DoC staff distraught after lightning strike sparks fire that destroys Pureora office Maniapoto Department of Conservation staff have been left distraught after their field office in the Pureora Forest went up in flames after a lightning strike. NZ Herald

Coast’s international tourism is booming like never before New Zealand remains the Sunshine Coast’s largest inbound market, growing 12.2% to 71,000 visitors. Sunshine Coast Daily

Recipe to boost Tauranga tourism in winter Events, an all-weather tourist attraction and internationally branded conference hotel, are the keys to lifting Tauranga out of the winter doldrums. Bay of Plenty Times

Economy and environment undeniably linked in rural Rangitikei Then there is the booming tourism industry, which is seeing more people visting the regions. Stuff

Growing cruise ship season set to spark up The first scheduled cruise liner arrival in Napier for the season is just over a month away with the Golden Princess set to tie up on October 9 after arriving from Wellington. Hawke’s Bay Today

Rail trail brings golden opportunity to Te Aroha and its tavern A New Zealand classic country pub with gold-panning origins is up for sale in Te Aroha. Stuff

Air NZ boss Christopher Luxon: Let’s reach for sky Air NZ’s CEO wants politicians to work with business to set big ambitions. NZ Herald

Northland tourism leader: Levy not well thought out Labour’s proposed $25 levy on international tourists is not “very well thought out.” Northern Advocate

The 10 most wanted Airbnbs in NZ Kiwis have happily jumped on the Airbnb bandwagon, with more than 19,000 local properties now offered. Stuff

Wednesday, 6 September

Mike Yardley: Heights and sights in Auckland It’s scary how fast 20 years has zipped by, since Auckland’s skyline was first redefined by the construction of the beloved Sky Tower. Newstalk ZB

Winston Aldworth: No mystery when you make a choice I think choice is choice. But some people find choice too much of a burden. NZ Herald

Airport CEO adds voice to criticisms Criticism of Dunedin’s marketing plan continued yesterday as Dunedin Airport’s chief executive added his voice to those saying people had been left out. ODT

Millwater to fight Chinese tourism company A north Auckland community is gearing up to take on a giant Chinese tourism firm. Rodney Times

Pacific waka to sail into a 1000-strong haka Wellington harbour will be the stunning setting for the launch of next year’s NZ Festival. Dominion Post

Mt Hutt extends season A bumper snow season means Mt Hutt will extend its season through to the end of the school holidays. The Press

Mantra boss likely to chair Tourism Australia Mantra chief executive Bob East is all but certain to be announced as the new chairman of Tourism Australia. The Australian

Hog’s Breath Cafe in Hamilton closes after six years Hog’s Breath Cafe in Hamilton has closed after six years, leaving only one remaining franchise in New Zealand. NZ Herald

Feeding the masses travelling the Huntly highway For tourists coming through the main highway, it’s an opportunity to give them a taste of New Zealand delicacies. Waikato Times

Tuesday, 5 September

70% of NZX50 companies lift returns Notable positives were Summerset, Scales, Air New Zealand and Tourism Holdings. ODT

Extra flights welcome Dunedin businesses are gearing up for an influx of Chinese visitors as an airline announces daily flights from China to the South, a move worth $20 million to the southern economy. ODT

Christchurch Casino snaps up land for development Christchurch Casino has purchased a block of adjacent bare land in nearby Salisbury St for $3.7 million from the Martin Coffey estate. Stuff

High achiever proudly calls Dannevirke home With an illustrious career behind him in cuisine and hotel management, Mr Fell is now chief executive of the Whanganui District Council. Hawke’s Bay Today

Tourists rescued from West Coast track A group of tourists separated on the Lake Kaniere walkway sparked a search by Police land search and rescue last night which culminated in their rescue early today. ODT

Taniwha Daffodils Spring Fling into gear People had to brave the weather at the weekend to fill their buckets with fresh daffodils at the Central Hawke’s Bay Spring Fling opener. Hawke’s Bay Today

More good news for North tourism with extra $10m spent Local and overseas tourists spent $68 million in Northland- an increase of $10m compared with July 2016. Northern Advocate

City marketing plan draws flak Organisations found plenty of gaps in the Dunedin City Council’s marketing plan. ODT

Forgotten World Highway’s fate could be sealed The regional council says sealing the road would boost tourism to the region and improve safety. RNZ

MPI trialling hologram tech at Auckland Airport The new hologram will educate international travellers about the importance of biosecurity. Voxy

Monday, 4 September

A five-week job interview? It’s lengthy but already resulting in jobs for more than 50 beneficiaries Wellington Hospitality Group’s five week course has seen 100 beneficiaries enrol, most complete the course and 70 per cent hired. TVNZ

Just when I thought Kiwi history was staid, the Bay of Islands brought it to life We arrived in Kororareka Bay in the fashion of the drunken whalers and hopeful colonisers of early New Zealand. Stuff

Airport business case strategies take in Wanaka’s advantages Wanaka Airport could be developed as a “dual airport” to take pressure off Queenstown. ODT

Pop up glamping accommodation business set up in Onewhero Just Hitched, officially launched Friday. Waikato Times

In for the long haul There are ways to ease double-digit flight times, writes Stephanie Holmes. NZ Herald

My Kind of Place: Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand’s gateway and largest city, a direct Emirates route, is coming into its own, as spring is beginning. The National

Ski season boosts Manawatu-Whanganui tourism spend The start of the ski season was largely responsible for a 37 per cent jump in visitor spending from June to July 2017 in the Manawatu-Whanganui region. Wanganui Chronicle

Here is a rarity of an editorial One that discusses Invercargill’s reputation and doesn’t refer to The Rolling Stones and rissoles or something. Southland Times

Dave Armstrong: Does Wellington really need a 10,000-seat indoor arena? Is it a much-need facility or a boondoggle? Dominion Post

New Zealand should follow the lead of European city tourist taxes Little things can grate when you’re on holiday. Stuff

Debate set against support for ban Dunedin may soon follow the lead of other southern councils and ban freedom camping in vehicles without toilets. ODT

Destination Marlborough guns for bigger slice of multi-day business events Multi-day business events are lucrative business across New Zealand and Destination Marlborough is looking to enlarge the region’s slice of the pie. Stuff

Fears National’s new freedom camping rules could turn rental companies into debt collectors National’s proposals for tougher camping rules have met a mixed response. Stuff

Friday, 1 September

First Germany now NEW ZEALAND: Country announces tourist tax plans for holidaymakers NEW ZEALAND is just the latest country to consider introducing a tourist tax to travellers entering the country. Express

Aquarium needs to cater for locals as well as tourists, council told A revamped National Aquarium of New Zealand needs to be affordable for residents, while being “open for business” for tourists. Hawke’s Bay Today

Rural broadband roll-out will help tourists’ selfies Politicians and tourists – two groups who love a selfie. Newshub

More cruise ships carrying ‘high value’ tourists wanted at Port Taranaki One of New Zealand’s least-visited cruise ship destinations is aiming to take a bigger bite out of the multi-million dollar market, but does not expect to see results for quite some time. Stuff

Auckland waterfront plans unveiled Latest vision includes reclamation of ferry basin but Goff warns proposal must compete for scarce cash. NZ Herald

Stadium shows: let them entertain you Music fans have two more reasons to celebrate as pop superstar Robbie Williams and Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters prepare to head to Dunedin next year. ODT

Is 100% Pure New Zealand a big lie? For the past 18 years Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure campaign has lured international visitors here. Stuff

Invercargill to Bluff cycle/walking trail ‘waste of money’ The trail a “complete waste of money,” an Environment Southland councillor says. Stuff

Editorial: Baby steps towards new indoor arena
A new indoor arena has been in the pipeline for Wellington for some time. Dominion Post

Thursday, 31 August

Fire crews frustrated by slow evacuation at Auckland hotel The five-star Pullman Hotel was evacuated just after 9pm, when a small blaze broke out on the 10th floor. Newshub

Gisborne wineries make dedicated wine tourism website WITH a 393-tonne rise in in the region’s vintage, Gisborne’s wineries have been put on the international tourism map in time for a host of Labour Day attractions. Gisborne Herald

Why would anyone book a mystery break? OPINION: We all love a good mystery but what if you’re the central character and it all goes horribly wrong? Stuff

Jetstar cuts early morning regional flights in latest schedules Regional travellers may have to alter their plans thanks to a change in Jetstar flight schedules that cut a number of early flights from the regions. NZ Herald

Jobs, $20m economic boost delivered by Napier aquarium revamp Over 300 jobs, and a $20million boost to Hawke’s Bay’s GDP could be on the cards, if the proposed revamp of the National Aquarium of New Zealand goes ahead. Hawke’s Bay Today

Wellington Airport strikes deal with Uber, creating pick-up area and charging fees Wellington has become the first airport in New Zealand to strike a deal with ride-sharing company Uber. Stuff

Migration, tourism to drive strong economic growth The economy is set to grow at more than 3 percent over the next couple of years as it continues to be driven by high immigration, strong tourism, improving commodity prices and low interest rates. RNZ

Bay towns, highways, tourist spots in for broadband upgrade Another 2700 Bay of Plenty households and businesses will get access to ultra-fast broadband by the end of 2022. Bay of Plenty Times

Tax main debate topic Tax was the recurring theme of a pre-election political debate in Queenstown last night. ODT

National $270m broadband boost announcement meets mixed response  The investment will also expand mobile coverage to isolated tourist hotspots. Stuff

MBIE under fire over accuracy of international visitor spending data The tourism industry says it is losing faith in the accuracy of official government figures on international visitor spending and Statistics New Zealand is investigating potential improvements. Stuff

Real Journeys plans to brew beer by Queenstown’s Shotover Jet Real Journeys plans to add a brewery to an existing cafe and Department of Conservation (DOC) office in Queenstown. Stuff

Opinion: $25 extra per tourist visitor? NZ is worth it It was fitting that Labour chose Te Puia to announce its plans. Rotorua Daily Post

Plastic-strewn Great Barrier beach horrifies kayaker An eco-tourism business owner is shocked at the rubbish littering beaches. NZ Herald

Editorial: Unleashing excitement in red zone The red zone still has the potential to excite both residents and tourists. The Press

Wednesday, 30 August

THL Director Resignation – Christina Domecq The Board of thl announces the resignation of Christina Domecq from the Board, effective 31 December 2017. NZX

Allan ‘AJ’ Hackett welcomed into New Zealand Order of Merit Adventure tourism and bungy pioneer Allan ‘A.J.’ Hackett was today being welcomed into the New Zealand Order of Merit. NZ Herald

Structural fault puts brakes on Auckland’s double-decker buses Eleven double-decker buses in Auckland have been taken off the road after a structural fault was found in a routine inspection. RNZ

Opening of Hilton’s first Wellington hotel delayed until early 2018 Construction delays have forced the owners of Wellington’s first Hilton hotel to push back its opening date. Stuff

Tourism helping planet Tour operators argue exposure to threatened regions converts the curious to conservation. ODT

Hot tourist destination Queenstown has plans for major expansion for airport It’s still not clear who will pay for it and for new infrastructure in the town. TVNZ

Hospo, tourism serve up more jobs The sectors are the fastest growing industries for job opportunities. NZ Herald

Surging tourism and dairy price recovery create rosy forecasts Booming tourism is helping the economy accelerate. Stuff

VIDEO: Labour leader Jacinda Ardern talks tourist tax Labour’s proposed $25 levy on overseas tourists won’t impact tourism numbers. RNZ

Tuesday, 29 August

Anger at TIA backing of water order The backing of a water conservation order for two Hawke’s Bay Rivers has angered local bodies. NZ Herald

A mystery weekend in Invercargill might have been a disappointment – but the upset couple have few legal rights to complain. Stuff

There’s no ‘ta-dah!’ in Invercargill, but give us a chance OPINION: Okay, sure, fine. We’ll grant you this. Invercargill’s charms don’t particularly include the vista from the back end of a hotel. Stuff

Councils ask political parties to keep Capital Connection train The Capital Connection train has again been turned into a political football leading up to the election, with a new plan to keep the service alive. Stuff

AccorHotels to open six hotels in three months October will see the opening of the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Australia; the Pullman Brisbane Airport, Australia and the relaunch of the Sofitel Wellington, New Zealand. CIM

NZ motorhome rally for Gisborne in 2019 NEARLY 1000 motorhome enthusiasts are expected to descend on Gisborne in early 2019 and add an estimated $1 million to the local economy. Gisborne Herald

ConversatioNZ, RANZ rebrand as Eat NZ The collective represents chefs, producers, food media and tourism operators. Southland Times

Monday, 28 August

November earthquake uncovers ‘dinosaur egg’ boulders in Kaikoura Has the November earthquake uncovered Kaikoura’s own version of the Moeraki Boulders? Stuff

Chinese couples splash out on lavish pre-wedding photo shoots starring New Zealand scenery South Island scenery is the star in Chinese wedding photos. Stuff

Six ways of enjoying Queenstown – without putting on skis! You don’t have to head anywhere near the slopes to have a great time. Huffington Post

Motels no solution to homeless – trust A housing trust says buying motels won’t solve the country’s homeless problem. Newshub

National goes user pays, while Labour rules out PPPs A National Party proposal to hike fees for international visitors is not a step towards a broader tax on tourists, leader Bill English says. NZ Herald

South Wairarapa is leading New Zealand with its economic growth A dynamic mix of tourism, housing and good old-fashioned farming in South Wairarapa is lifting a district that has long been known as Wellington’s playground. Manawatu Standard

In pictures: Our environmental story Once it was a popular camping spot, but now Coes Ford at the Selwyn River has become symbolic of freshwater issues. Stuff

Upper Moutere venue makes the cut for dream weddings With scenery like this, it’s no wonder that The Mudcastle can hold its own in a crowd of four million. Stuff

The future of air travel: marathon flights Imagine spending more than 20 hours on a single flight, without getting off and stretching your legs. NZ Herald

Margaret Barker and the history of Larnach Castle RNZ

Milford Sound tourism boat company making both young and old employees feel highly valued Gill Higgins took a trip down to the deep south to see how Real Journeys is making diversity work. 1 News

Friday, 25 August

‘100% Pure’ river-drink tourism ad not misleading, advertising authority rules A promotional campaign showing a tourist about to drink river water does not violate advertising rules, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decided. Stuff

Christchurch headed for hotel glut unless tourist numbers are boosted Latest figures show 75 hotels with more than 11,000 rooms are either under construction or planned in the five main tourist centres, greatly reducing a forecast shortage. Stuff

NZ Herald Editorial: Airport needs to help with the chaos beyond its terminals The trouble with Auckland Airport is not so much flying out from its terminals as reaching them to connect with a flight. NZ Herald

Court ruling could crush tourism into Queenstown, aviation regulator warns The Civil Aviation Authority has warned a court ruling on Wellington Airport’s runway extension proposal could end up slashing tourism in Queenstown. Stuff

Would a bylaw banning non self-contained freedom campers deter Taranaki tourists? Tourists visiting Taranaki have warned introducing a freedom camping bylaw might scare off future visitors. Manawatu Standard

Driving home for Christmas: SH1 opening date revealed Mark it in your calendar (maybe in pencil for now). Road trip to Kaikoura: December 15. Stuff

Phil Hickling: Where are the ferries in parties’ plans? Ferries are an integral element of any public transport system and have been ignored in recent years. NZ Herald

Work starts on $40 million new Sudima Hotel Groundworks have begun on the site of a $40 million central Christchurch complex that will include offices, shops, restaurants and a five-star Sudima Hotel. Stuff

Holiday park in Russell wins top national award A holiday park in the heart of one of New Zealand’s iconic tourist destinations has won the Supreme Award at this year’s TOP 10 Holiday Park Awards. Voxy

Thursday, 24 August

Air NZ staff’s $1700 bonus after $527 million-dollar result Air New Zealand will be giving 8500 members of staff a $1700 bonus after the company reported its second highest earnings in company history. NZ Herald

Winston Peters accused of ‘race-baiting’ attack on Chinese air crew New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is being accused of “race-baiting” over an attack on Chinese airline crew moving into a former special housing area that was designed to help solve Auckland’s housing crisis. NZ Herald

Leaving Auckland airport’s traffic woes out of $10.5b transport package ‘shocking’ Business leaders are fuming after the main road to Auckland International Airport was left of National’s $10.5 billion election transport package. Stuff

365 activities in 365 days: one couple’s mind-blowing tour of New Zealand In terms of travel goals, theirs was pretty epic. Stuff

Industrial manslaughter laws proposed following Dreamworld deaths Australian authorities are calling for corporate manslaughter charges to be introduced after a crash at Dreamworld theme park killed four people last year. Newshub

Editorial: Time for tough calls to get a new arena for Christchurch built EDITORIAL: First the good news. We finally have a firm sense of what a new stadium for Christchurch might be. The Press

Chch convention centre to cost $475m Christchurch’s planned convention centre will cost about $475m, the rebuild minister Nicky Wagner says. RNZ

National Aquarium to get Weta Workshop touch in proposed $45m upgrade The upgrade will involve a major creative touch by Weta. Stuff

Simmering White Island sports new crater lake Calmer conditions on White Island has allowed scientists to get up close. NZ Herald

Wednesday, 23 August

NZ ‘shouldn’t miss Belt and Road bandwagon’ Concerns about Chinese investment in New Zealand are never far from the surface, but one Chinese bank operating here says we have much to gain. Newsroom

Funding to look at geothermal opportunities The Government will invest $150,000 in stimulating demand for geothermal heat resources and opportunities, including tourism. Bay of Plenty Times

Air NZ’s 777-300ER Upgrades Will Include Wi-Fi The next phase of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300ER retrofit program will allow the carrier to begin the introduction of its onboard Wi-Fi service. Aviation Week

Green Party pledges free public transport for under-19s and light rail to Auckland Airport The Greens have been in Auckland outlining their transport strategy ahead of the September 23 general election. Manawatu Standard

Deputy prime minister Paula Bennett opens new Feilding Information Centre Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett says tourists are increasingly keen to experience rural New Zealand and the Government has to work with farmers to look after the environment. Manawatu Standard

Staying at the QT Museum Wellington Steve Braunias fetches up in one of the capital’s more unique establishments, and finds his muse in a hotel room. NZ Herald

Brian Rudman: Lunacy of Easter trade hours It’s time to accept this 21st century reality. If the majority want to shop on Easter Sunday, then why not? NZ Herald

New Plymouth poised to ban some freedom campers New Plymouth is the latest district eying freedom camping restrictions. RNZ

Bob’s Peak project Work could begin on Skyline’s massive redevelopment of its flagship Queenstown operation in the first quarter of next year. ODT

Richie McCaw stars in Christchurch Helicopters safety video The video is inspired by Air New Zealand’s latest psychedelic effort. TVNZ

Tuesday, 22 August

Labour backs ‘golden triangle’ rapid rail plan Labour would invest in a rapid rail network connecting Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and double funding for regional roading projects, leader Jacinda Ardern says. RNZ

Greens could axe free Waiheke ferry service for superannuitants Free travel on Waiheke Island ferries for over 65s will be reviewed by the Green Party. NZ Herald

Public calls for swimmable rivers and safe drinking water going unanswered  OPINION: There is no doubt that New Zealand has a freshwater crisis. Stuff

Immigration and tourism hit new records Immigration hit another annual record with a net 72,400 people coming to New Zealand. RNZ

Hotel taking longer that hoped but still on the way says council CEO Work should begin soon on a $12 million hotel in Lower Hutt. Dominion Post

Small Business: Luxury tourism operator Pure Cruise Matt Horder on the mammoth journey he took to start up his luxury tourism business. NZ Herald

Monday, 21 August

History made as Great Barrier Island becomes Dark Sky Sanctuary for stargazers One of the Hauraki Gulf’s most rugged and pristine inhabited islands has celebrated its first night as a dark sky sanctuary. NZ Herald

Weekend walk along Hollyford Track, Fiordland, is a spirit-lifting experience If you’re not so into the native forest/history stuff, fear not – there is much, much more to this tramp than breathtaking natural beauty and fascinating trivia. Stuff

Liz Carlson: Sleepy Twizel is a great base from which to explore OPINION: Twizel has become a popular place to explore in the South Island. Stuff

Snow at airport for day of fun It was a bluebird day at Wanaka Airport on Saturday morning, following a huge dump of snow the night before, although not from the sky. ODT

Airports group joins Supreme Court hearing to warn of risks from pilots’ safety challenge New Zealand’s airports will square off against the commercial pilots association in the Supreme Court on Thursday, in a case which could impact flights across the country. Stuff

‘Countless’ near-misses and crashes plague train driver Tauranga locomotive engineer Peter Lewer will never forget the near-misses and collisions his trains have been involved in. Bay of Plenty Times

Opinion: Proposed rail service perfect timing A high-speed rail service between Auckland and Rotorua? Yes please! Rotorua Daily Post

Wineries attract sophisticated spending visitors Black Estate in Waipara North Canterbury is one of about 450 wineries benefiting from the tourist influx and a new visitor guide on the NZ Wine website. Stuff

Phil Keoghan focuses on Kiwi people, not just the scenery Phil Keoghan wants the world to know we are more than just stunning scenery and sheep. NZ Herald

Tourism Holdings looks strong Camper van operator Tourism Holdings is expected to report a strong full-year earnings result on Tuesday. ODT

Resuscitating Christchurch tourism Can the new agency get the patient out of intensive care? The Press

Should tourists in NZ, including Hong Kong visitors, take driving tests? Calls for road safety renew amid concern over number of fatal crashes. SCMP

Friday, 18 August

Wine tourism a major drawcard Touring New Zealand’s wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors – with 24 percent of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary. NZ Business

Watch: Frightened Air NZ passengers applaud pilot after plane rag-dolled by high winds over Cook Strait An Air NZ pilot has been applauded by relieved and happy passengers after a white knuckle approach into Wellington Airport this morning from over the Cook Strait. TVNZ

Upgrade underway at Timaru’s Richard Pearse Airport after delays Despite being behind schedule, the $1.3 million upgrade of the Richard Pearse Airport is going well, the Timaru District Council says – and after landscaping work and the installation of new lighting, the carpark is nearly finished. Stuff

Hamilton, Tauranga mayors weigh in on train link idea Hamilton Mayor Andrew King and Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless tell Morning Report it’s an exciting initiative. RNZ

Warning on hotel design The developer behind Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid faces fresh challenges. ODT

74% want only self-contained vehicles A proposal to limit freedom camping in Dunedin to self-contained vehicles has received strong public backing. ODT

‘I mostly have guests every night’ -Tourism boom helping Kiwi Airbnb hosts thrive Edreen Sheath is ready with a warm welcome and spare studio apartment. TVNZ

Economic windfall from World Masters Games confirmed The World Masters Games events created a major windfall for Waipa retailers and accommodation providers during Autumn. Waikato Times

Lumsden plans town centre upgrade The Lumsden Community Development Area Subcommittee have appealed to the central government for $74,000 to help with upgrades to tourist infrastructure in the township. Southland Times

Hawke’s Bay, where you’ll find eel parfait, beetroot macarons and NZ’s best restaurant I spend a gourmet weekend in the region’s seven best restaurants – three of which have just been awarded the highest honours in this year’s Cuisine Good Food Awards. Here are my picks from each. Stuff

Revealed: Blueprint for rapid rail across the upper North Island A daily regional passenger rail service could link major North Island cities. NZ Herald

Airport wants to clip developers’ wings Queenstown’s fast-growing airport has launched a pre-emptive strike on nearby housing growth. Mountain Scene

Tell me about your thesis: Film Tourism For his Film Tourism thesis, Stefan Roesch followed film fans to various locations around the world. RNZ

Thursday, 17 August

Ex-owner of famous steam train dies The Kingston Flyer’s former owner has died. Mountain Scene

Rachel Hunter Auckland ambassador Model Rachel Hunter has a new role as the poster girl for Auckland. RNZ

Adventure Park chairlift cable arrives in Christchurch, ziplines come down A replacement chairlift cable is tantalisingly close for the Christchurch Adventure Park. The Press

How the people of Queenstown are seduced by Airbnb There is a mutual love affair going on between home owners and Airbnb. Timaru Herald

New addition to tramway a sign of confidence The streetcar’s introduction was a response to “steadily increasing” demand. The Press

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Guide to Her “Restorative Safe Haven”—New Zealand The island nation is her fantasy hometown made real. Vogue

Airbnb’s growth in New Zealand ‘helping’ with tourism boom Airbnb is taking off in in tourism hotspots, with one in 10 Queenstown houses now listed on the site. Newstalk ZB

Build Christchurch’s new stadium out of wood, Winston Peters says NZ First Leader Winston Peters wants Christchurch’s new stadium to be built out of New Zealand-grown timber. The Press

Government spends $8.5m buying motels for temporary accommodation The motels were purchased in Auckland, Gisborne, Hastings and Napier. 1 NEWS

Wednesday, 16 August

Top reasons tourists don’t like New Zealand A report into tourists’ impressions of New Zealand has found most of them had a good time, but what about those less than satisfied tourists? Newshub

Incomplete projects hurting Christchurch tourism – Hospitality NZ Hotel and motel owners will meet with Hospitality New Zealand today over concerns the post-earthquake city is being starved of tourists, but not all in the industry agree. RNZ

Airbnb’s ‘explosive growth’ gobbles Queenstown One in 10 dwellings in the Queenstown Lakes District are listed on Airbnb, with hosts earning more than double than their counterparts elsewhere in New Zealand. Stuff

Mercer, North Waikato: The next tourism destination? The North Waikato town is trying to be more than a blink-and-miss, food and gas pit stop. Waikato Times

Winston Aldworth: Celebrate the best You still have time to vote. Herald Travel is celebrating the best of the Kiwi tourism industry. NZ Herald

NZ is safe and scenic but our prices are too high, say some tourists New Zealand’s scenery and safety rated highly in a survey of international visitors, but there were gripes about high prices. Stuff

Asian dairy boom herds New Zealand tourism against agriculture New Zealand markets itself to international tourists as “100 per cent pure,” but a rapid expansion of its dairy industry is endangering its clean, green image. The Australian

Pamela Wade: Keeping local flavour Passion, knowledge, that’s what we want in our tourism service, writes Pamela Wade. NZ Herald

New Waiheke ferry calls at Napier A two-day visit by a ferry built in the biggest commercial boat-building contract in New Zealand sparked thoughts that Hawke Bay could become part of the wonderseas of the country’s biggest ferry and launch operator. Hawke’s Bay Today

New Zealanders have to pay extra at Bay of Plenty hostel The owner of a Bay of Plenty hostel has introduced a $50 bond just for Kiwis in the wake of “unruly” behaviour at the accommodation. Newshub

Tuesday, 15 August

Air New Zealand pushes Wellington in China with free domestic flight offer Air New Zealand is to offer up to 1000 free domestic flights to the capital in a bid to lure Chinese tourists beyond Auckland. Stuff

Hong Kong travel group pays $9m for Auckland site for Chinese tourist accommodation A Hong Kong-listed travel company has bought three parcels of land in Auckland for $9 million, where it plans to build accommodation units for Chinese tourists and to take advantage of the “critical housing shortage” in New Zealand’s biggest city. TVNZ

The World’s 25 Best Travel Experiences: New Ratings Just Announced If you were staying at Minaret Station, a luxury New Zealand lodge so remote you can only get to it by helicopter, your lunch might have begun with helicopter flightseeing over jaw dropping fjords before landing on a private beach. Forbes

Picton plays party planner for America’s Cup welcome It has been confirmed that Picton will enjoy an overnight tour of the Auld Mug with a parade, foreshore reception and evening event. Stuff

Winston Peters wants heavy rail to Auckland Airport Aucklanders are being offered the choice of driving, catching a bus, modern trams and going by train to the city’s airport by the political parties at the elections. NZ Herald

A movable feast of dance on its way Buses, cheese and cream are not things you usually associate with dance. Oamaru Mail

Southern services maintain ranking Tourism, along with the businesses providing services to the sector, were positive. ODT

Monday, 14 August

Tourism, business in focus as Timaru ward election nears Supporting business owners and leveraging off the district’s tourism opportunities have been identified as likely promoters of district growth as candidates vie for votes in a Timaru by-election. Timaru Herald

Nearly 5000 more people visit Northland in June Nearly 5000 extra visitors stayed in Northland’s short-term commercial accommodation in June, with the Lions rugby tour driving strong demand for rooms in the region. Northern Advocate

Heritage-based tourism studied Oamaru’s Victorian precinct has been the subject of a University of Otago Centre for Sustainability study into heritage-based tourism and the buildings themselves. Oamaru Mail 

Christchurch Adventure Park prepares to open in December The fire-ravaged Christchurch Adventure Park is aiming to reopen by December. Stuff

Christchurch airport spreads its wings past passengers and planes In a Shanghai hotel function room under a glittering forest of crystal chandeliers, smart young Mandarin-speaking tourism marketers talk up the South Island. Stuff

Jack Tame: Talking 100% Pure and water till the cows come home I played tour guide last week and showed a group of American mates around New Zealand. NZ Herald

German tourist loses teeth in crash, then faith in New Zealand justice system A German tourist is “disappointed” in New Zealand’s justice system after a crash left him with missing teeth and a bone visible through an open leg wound – and no one being held responsible. Stuff

Tourism boom gives hotels fuel to fight online booking commissions The tourism boom is spurring bigger hotel chains to get savvier about avoiding online travel agent commissions. Taranaki Daily News

Rotorua, city of two languages Popular tourism destination Rotorua hopes to attract even more international interest by becoming officially bilingual. RNZ

Graeme Simpson: Crankworx success down to great teamwork It’s never too early to write about Crankworx. Bay of Plenty Times

The most popular in-flight food and movies are revealed – and they might surprise you The top movies and meals from five major airlines flying to and from Australasia have been revealed, with surprising results. The Daily Mail

Insight: Turning the West Coast Around How can this beautiful but isolated stretch of New Zealand re-invent itself? RNZ

First-time skiing at the age of 50 I’ve never skied before and, like many of my generation, have lived with the notion that unless you start early, forget it, because it’ll take you an age to learn and you’ll probably end up injuring yourself, badly. Stuff

Glamp up your Kauri Coast holiday As much as I love escaping into the New Zealand bush, with just me and my tent, as I grow older I’ve grown to love the comforts of home. Stuff

New step in hotel’s design A revised design for Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid would result in a building that “stepped” down the hill. ODT

‘Bad few’ campers identified New data on Central Otago freedom campers challenges anecdotal wisdom and shows problems are caused by a “bad few”. ODT

Expect more Chinese visitors and ‘the best FTA’ Expect to see more Chinese tourists, students and even construction companies vying for large infrastructure projects in New Zealand. ODT

Friday, 11 August

Auckland considers new bylaw for freedom campers Auckland Council is considering a new bylaw to manage an onslaught of freedom campers in the city. Stuff

Beyond crisis to regeneration We are New Zealand’s newest city and that gives us some great opportunities. Stuff

Flight Centre releases even lower return fare to LA The airfare price war has heated up with Air New Zealand offering $749 return fares to Los Angeles through Flight Centre. NZ Herald

Future of fashion collection unknown The garments, collected by Naseby farmer Eden Hore, are regarded as the country’s largest private collection of 1970s and 1980s couture fashion. ODT

First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe Demos in San Sebastián and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise ships. The Guardian

Hotel in Tekapo awaits consent from Mackenzie District Council A new hotel in Tekapo could help ease accommodation shortfall in the tourist hot spot if its resource consent is approved, but the Tekapo Community Board has concerns about height limit breaches. Timaru Herald

$700m convention centre project and hotel emerges from ground After almost two years of site and foundation works, building structures at the $700 million NZ International Convention Centre are rising. NZ Herald

Gorge closure: ‘We can’t sustain the losses’ Calls are growing for an economic assistance package for businesses affected by the massive slip which has closed the Manawatu Gorge on State Highway 3. RNZ

Motel mayhem for struggling families in Marlborough Seven families living in a Blenheim motel are about to be turfed out for six nights because the motel is pre-booked for paying guests. Stuff

Tourism’s big swing to golf A recent story in US media posed the question: Who plays more golf – Donald Trump or Barack Obama? NBR (Subscription)

Kiwi slopes the perfect training ground for big name ski stars A small town ski field on a hill in the middle of the South Island is hosting some of the world’s biggest names in skiing.  Newshub

Thursday, 10 August

Simon Nixon: Affordable air travel vital to our economy Transport is a core contributor to economic well-being and, if Hawke’s Bay is to be competitive, we simply must have road, rail and air connections that are compatible to other centres. Hawke’s Bay Today

American compares Queenstown to Colorado home OPINION: I’ll be the first to admit I’m rubbish on the mountain. Stuff

Max Christoffersen: Search for summer bliss ends in the Tron OPINION: I’m holidaying in Hamilton this summer. In between, someone is going to have to explain this New Zealand tourism thing to me. Waikato Times

Remote state highway needs $8m upgrade, report says It is “essential” that one of New Zealand’s most remote, and most popular, tourist roads is fully sealed at a cost of millions of dollars, a consultants’ report has concluded. Stuff

‘The scale of some problems is huge’ – not all convinced by Government’s clean water pledge The Government has promised a $44 million injection to clean-up 1000 kilometres of toxic waterways throughout the country, but some say it will have little impact. TVNZ

Terrified tourists on luxury cruise feared pirate attack, made to switch off lights and music Terrified holidaymakers were ordered to turn off all lights and music on a luxury cruise liner for 10 days because of the risk of a pirate attack. NZ Herald

New Zealand’s eeriest spots Believe in ghost stories or not, you don’t have to travel far in New Zealand to find places where spirits are said to linger. Stuff

Paradise Valley Rd repair months from completion Paradise Valley Rd residents will have to wait at least three more months for their road to be repaired, but one major tourism operator says the work – expected to cost around $1.2 million – needs to start now. Rotorua Daily Post

Whitebaiters lose great spot to stay A West Coast holiday park popular with whitebaiters will remain closed over the whitebaiting season while work is carried out to repair damage caused by a 60cm deep flood in February. ODT

Wednesday, 9 August

Blight or boon? Town split on expanding free camping A Southland town that welcomed hundreds of freedom campers into its main domain is split on whether to expand the area. RNZ

Tourism New Zealand and Emirates Airline to offer exclusive deal for agents to do a “self famil” in New Zealand For only Ј300 per person return, Emirates is offering UK travel agents and their spouses flights from the UK to New Zealand. ITCM

Editorial: Light rail to the airport raises several practical questions Suddenly, every Labour Party proposal has to be taken very seriously. NZ Herald

Power to the Regions! If the government won’t do something about housing, then Queenstown mayor Jim Boult will – or at least, that’s the plan. The Spinoff

Mt Tarawera ‘Great Walk’ has potential A new “Great Walk” around Lake Tarawera has the potential to become an iconic trail, as long as it’s done right, say local commentators. Rotorua Daily Post

Here’s a NZ rental cars riddle: Which vehicle is tops? The Toyota Corolla is New Zealand’s biggest-selling passenger car – but is it our most popular car? Stuff

Motel business operating across road from Basin Reserve on the market A motel business with “grandstand views” over New Zealand’s oldest and most revered test cricketing venues is up for sale. Stuff

$60m hotel consent to be publicly notified Developers of a $60 million hotel, proposed for a prime site in Queenstown, will publicly notify the resource consent application. ODT

25 Best Tourism Board Websites in the World in 2017 Whether it’s from the “Lord of the Rings” or other movies, New Zealand has been basking in the film tourism industry for many years. Skift

Platitudes on skill shortages Finally, the Government has acknowledged what business has been saying for years – there is a deep and serious skill shortage in New Zealand. ODT

Tunnel could help Queenstown and Wanaka play nicely A road tunnel under the mountains between Wanaka and Queenstown could help draw the two communities together and boost the district’s economy. Stuff

Tuesday, 8 August

Consumer NZ study finds duty-free goods aren’t always cheaper Don’t buy your chocolates and sweets at duty-free stores – they aren’t guaranteed to be cheaper than supermarkets. Newshub

Seal colony provides ‘special encounter’ for Kapiti Island tour A Kapiti Island tour guide says the sight of young seals visiting the bay his family’s owned for nearly two centuries was “extra special”. Newshub

Airlines get together to fight airport charges Airlines are stepping up their fight against airport charges, with a new Australasian group flexing its muscle. NZ Herald

Hotel hinges on ‘unbundling’ The fate of Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid could hinge on a rare argument for the ‘unbundling’ of planning rules. ODT

Napier’s Pacifica named New Zealand’s restaurant of the year A Napier restaurant has knocked over the heavyweights of the Auckland restaurant industry to claim the supreme honour at this year’s Cuisine Good Food Awards. Stuff

No Christchurch Town Hall shows until 2019 as construction ‘challenges’ push out completion date The city council has confirmed completion of the project will be delayed and part of the building will not be finished until 2019. It was once hoped the Town Hall would reopen in June 2018. The Press

Tourism a key concern for Waiheke locals The Waiheke Local Board is investigating a visitor levy as part of its draft annual board plan. Stuff

Waikato’s finalists at Tourism Awards One of Angus Stubbs’ earliest caving memories is of being lowered down a hole as a five-year-old. Waikato Times

Destination Marlborough’s Jacqui Lloyd After eight years, Destination Marlborough has a new general manager. Stuff

Monday, 7 August

Incorrect steel delays Christchurch airport hotel opening A mistake with steel for Christchurch airport’s new 200-room hotel has delayed its opening by several months. Stuff

Feasibility study for Tarawera ‘Great Walk’ to begin A study has been approved to look into the potential of a trail up Mt Tarawera and the surrounding area that could see it become one of the next national “Great Walks”. Rotorua Daily Post

Only governments can stem the tide of tourism sweeping the globe Tourism, like all globalised trends, can be a force for good, but can also wreak immense localised damage The Guardian

Why are tourists shunning China? Visitors from China may have become the biggest contributors to the global tourism market, but the Asian giant with a 5,000-year history apparently is not that attractive to foreign travellers. NZ Herald

Rotorua hotels and firms join Fast Track to get people off benefit Local hotels and businesses are coming together to help get people in Rotorua off the benefit and into employment. Rotorua Daily Post

Business retreat competition winners revealed From the get-go, Fiordland Outdoors Company embraced innovation. Stuff

Africa or Auckland? South African council uses photo of City of Sails in advertising A South African council has been caught out using a photo of the City of Sails in an online advertisement. Stuff

Hotel market running hot but past peak Hotels occupancy may have peaked a few months ago although hotels are still enjoying some of their best returns in a decade. Stuff

There’s more to New Zealand than the South island While it may boast Queenstown, Milford Sound and Marlborough, its northern counterpart has just as much to offer. The Daily Telegraph

National announces $267 million investment to improve commuter rail services National has unveiled plans to invest $267 million to improve commuter rail services in Wellington and Auckland if it is re-elected. TVNZ

Mudtopia festival could lose $575k in first year Rotorua’s Mudtopia festival could stand to lose more than $500,000 in its first year, it has been revealed. Rotorua Daily Post

Friday, 4 August

Air New Zealand boosts domestic flights, cuts prices Hawke’s Bay Airport passenger numbers have increased by 15 per cent in the year to June and look set to climb further with Air New Zealand announcing more flights, many discounted. Hawke’s Bay Today

Hotel needed for tourism growth, chamber says The battle for hearts and minds hit top gear yesterday as two views of Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid collided head-on. ODT

Solving the mystery of the Kaikōura bubbles Eight months after mysterious sheets of bubbles appeared rising from the seabed off the Kaikōura coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery about their origins. RNZ

Ngāi Tahu and Surfbreak appeal Lyttelton Port dredging plan Lyttelton Port of Christchurch says it is unlikely it will have a cruise ship berth available in 2019 because of appeals against resource consents granted to dredge the harbour. Stuff

Sir Peter Jackson’s replica vintage plane company suspends sales during investigation A manufacturer of replica vintage planes owned by filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson has suspended all sales pending an internal investigation. Stuff

Ngāi Tahu, Surfbreak appeal Lyttelton Port plan Lyttelton Port says it is now unlikely it will have a cruise ship berth available in 2019. Stuff

Tourism boom under threat: Citi downgrades Mantra
The group manages almost 130 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii. AFR

Queenstown families hosting 100 plus seasonal workers makes ‘big difference’
Queenstown homeowners have answered NZSki’s plea. Stuff

Thursday, 3 August

EV future-proofed central city rental car hub One of the features of a new $10m rental car terminal in Christchurch is electric charging stations. Stuff

Northland lodge rated best A leading US travel magazine has named Northland’s Kauri Cliffs the best resort hotel in Australasia. Northern Advocate

Watch: ‘Oh my god, awesome!’ Rare blue whale sighting amazes tourists in Hauraki Gulf. TVNZ

Air Chathams in for the long haul In one year Air Chathams has become so much a part of the Whanganui community it now pays rates. NZ Herald

Invercargill’s sister city staff exchange to be completed Four Councillors and two Council staff members will be travelling to Suqian, China to complete a staff exchange programme and to strengthen relationships for business and tourism opportunities. Voxy

The Great Escape: Air links from NZ to Angola on the radar Flights between New Zealand and China are set to significantly increase this year with the signing of new air services deals. NZ Herald

Traffic problems at hotel Plans for a five-star hotel tower in Dunedin are ”fatally flawed” because of traffic problems on the site, a resource consent hearing has been told. ODT

Taking the train through beautiful country Alexander Bisley rides the rail from Auckland to Wellington and absorbs our spectacular scenery. NZ Herald

What’s next for Mt Crawford as LINZ moves ahead with disposal of prison site? LINZ is currently working with DOC and the council to create a heritage and recreational reserve on former Defence Force land on the peninsula. Stuff

New Zealand’s tallest building turns 20 years old New Zealand’s tallest building, the Sky Tower, is celebrating it’s 20th birthday after welcoming nearly 15 million guests through it’s doors. Stuff

Wednesday, 2 August

Fishing for fun under pressure, ‘needs to change’ urges NZ Initiative think tank and Fish & Game Recreational fishermen are being urged to embrace a licensing fee, to protect the pass-time New Zealanders love. NZ Herald

Rival’s challenge over hotel A lawyer acting for a rival hotel has challenged the developers pushing for a five-star hotel in Dunedin as the second day of a resource consent hearing began today. ODT

The Great Escape: How to bag yourself a cheap airfare Getting a cheap air fare can be a combination of good luck, timing and good management. NZ Herald

Matariki tourism plan takes flight A YEAR after the launch of the Hawke’s Bay economic development action plan (Matariki), the people behind it say Gisborne will benefit from Wairoa’s location, straddling two regional action plan areas. Gisborne Herald

Quest Apartment Hotels continue to invest in sustainability and growth Quest Apartment Hotels in New Zealand has had its 52nd consecutive month of revenue growth and now operates with a base of network revenue in excess of $65 million. NZ Business

Rod Oram on tourism and immigration records Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about the immigration and tourism set records in the latest month and the World Bank launches the first NZ$ denominated green bond. RNZ

Alan Duff: Spain got a Guggenheim, we just got Te Papa NZ needs a Guggenheim Museum like the one here in Bilbao, Spain. NZ Herald

Christchurch’s ‘broken city’ hurting tourism Ongoing issues such as the Cathedral and the roads give the city a bad reputation. Newstalk ZB

Dominance acknowledged The team behind Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid admit the 17-storey tower will dominate its surroundings. ODT

Tuesday, 1 August

Creative Norsewood hub is tourist drawcard The Selfe family are relatively new arrivals in Norsewood and brought their wide artistic talents with them, turning lower Norsewood into a special creative hub. Hawke’s Bay Today

Timaru businesses proactive in getting ‘cruise ready’ With six cruise ship visits set for Timaru next year, businesses from across the region have been learning how benefit from the ‘high-end’ customers they bring in. Stuff

Come fly with us – word of Kapiti Coast Airport may spread into other districts Kapiti Coast Airport has been hampered by inconsistent flights and its geographical location, but the region’s mayor says advertising out of the district could be a way of increasing users. Stuff

Northland airports an ‘endangered species’ Northland’s three airports are an “endangered species” facing a funding crisis caused mainly by years of government neglect. Northern Advocate

Lumsden: A town divided over freedom campers Lumsden is making a name for itself as a hub again, but in 2017 it is tourists, not trains, being drawn to the town. Stuff

Michael Fowler: Napier glowingly endorsed Hastings tourist puller Hastings has had a long history of creating parks and regenerating and beautifying them. NZ Herald

Gold award for Amity Court Motel A Stratford motel has been given top marks by Tourism New Zealand. Stratford Press

Skyline Rotorua’s new general manager is a local Skyline Rotorua has appointed a new general manager. Rotorua Daily Post

Hotel ‘new life’ for city The man behind Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel proposal says the city needs his project. ODT

New Zealand? Give it a try! It’s got jaw-dropping scenery, wonderful wine and of course, the All Blacks. Daily Mail

Monday, 31 July

Uber’s most popular drop-off spots for tourists Tourists to New Zealand’s main centres like the nightlife, they like to boogie, and they can’t seem to get enough of sports grounds, either. Stuff

Lions supporters spend up large on visit to Manawatu More tourist dollars are flowing into the region, with Lions rugby supporters providing a welcome boon. Manawatu Standard

Travellers report record airport queues and traffic as Australia ups security after terror raids New Zealanders affected by the increased security measures at Australian airports following last night’s Sydney terror raids are reporting record queues and airport traffic. NZ Herald

Mayor unhappy with Prime Minister’s response to tourist tax A South Canterbury mayor is unhappy with the response he received after asking the Prime Minister why he could not introduce a road toll, to cope with growing pressure tourists are placing on infrastructure.  Timaru Herald

Tourism NZ’s Stephen England-Hall: The new man who’s selling the country Self-described computer geek Stephen England-Hall says heading Tourism New Zealand was never part of his original long-term plan. NZ Herald

Lions’ fans boost Northland business coffers Rugby fans from the United Kingdom not only roared into Northland but also contributed the lion’s share of nearly $2 million through visitor spending from that part of the world. NZ Herald

Riding the slippery slope to a tourism icon When the Wigley men started New Zealand’s first commercial skifield at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak it’s a fair bet they didn’t anticipate what would follow. Mountain Scene

W&I referring thieves for housekeeping jobs Hotels are using migrant workers instead of candidates sent to them by Work and Income. Stuff

Hotel and carpark proposed for Ports land Ports of Auckland is drawing up plans for a carpark with a hotel on top. NZ Herald

Marlborough ranks last in monthly tourism spend estimates The closure of SH1 continues to hit Marlborough’s visitor economy. Stuff

Friday, 28 July

Another mishap three months later Three months after six passengers and a pilot were injured in a crash at Tyndall Glacier, another of The Helicopter Line’s Squirrels rolled near Mt Cook. ODT

Blenheim bemoans unfair fares as Air NZ fronts up at meeting Marlborough residents feeling short-changed by the cost of air fares have vented their frustration at Air New Zealand. Stuff

Dream comes true for those crossing the ditch Air New Zealand brings it Dreamliner to Adelaide for the first time. The Advertiser

Sounds Air investigates larger planes between Blenheim and Christchurch Marlborough airline Sounds Air is considering a “quantum leap” to larger aircraft on a route Air New Zealand ditched last year due to a lack of demand, its chief executive says. Stuff

Australasian aviation lobby group appoints new boss Pharmaceutical Society of Australia executive director of policy, advocacy and innovation Alison Roberts has been named the first boss of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ). Stuff

Assistance for small airports could benefit Gisborne plans “The demand for tourism has been increasing, the bigger planes have arrived and definitely we need some support.” Gisborne Herald

Bay tourism spending hits $1.8 billion Tourism spending in the Bay of Plenty is estimated to be $1.8 billion for the year to June – up 6 per cent compared with the year to June 2016. Bay of Plenty Times

Visitors disturb threatened birds in wildlife refuge Tourists have been disturbing populations of one of NZ’s most threatened bird species. NZ Herald

Cause of dramatic helicopter crash left unexplained The cause of the accident that left six tourists and a pilot injured cannot be determined. RNZ

Auckland Airport gets board seat An Auckland Airport manager has been quietly added to Queenstown Airport’s board. ODT

Thursday, 27 July

‘Little evidence’ of environmental payoff for tourism concessions Promised conservation benefits are not being realised, says research. RNZ

Editorial: Time for Canterbury to swing in behind Coastal Pacific Trail Canterbury needs to take notice of the cycle trail from Marlborough. Stuff

Dozens of pilots overcome alcoholism About 50 pilots and other aviation professionals have been successfully rehabilitated. RNZ

Timaru’s Richard Pearse Airport not struggling, despite airport association report Timaru’s Richard Pearse Airport has appeared on a list of 12 regional airports needing Government support –  and the district’s mayor says he is unhappy with the implication it is struggling. Stuff

A fond farewell to the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival It was a sometimes wild ride with crazy costumes and lots of fun that made Gisborne and Labour Weekend synonymous for thousands of young and young-at-heart New Zealanders, but the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival is no more. Gisborne Herald

Full-steam tourism planning for Labour Day Gisborne’s wineries are finalising plans for Labour Weekend festivities as Activate Tairawhiti, prepares to market a series of package holiday deals involving wine and train excursions, Rolls Royces and the 2018 national surfing championships. Gisborne Herald

Small New Zealand towns that deserve more of your time Take a little more time on your road trip to explore the small towns en route and you’re bound to come away with a renewed appreciation of what an exceptional – and at times eccentric – country we live in. Stuff

Border tax versus returning GST to regions to pay for tourism infrastructure Councils around the country have voted to lobby the government to return a portion of GST back to the region it was earned in to pay for new tourism infrastructure. Stuff

Deal signed for new $200m Auckland hotel aimed at healthy travellers A deal to bring a new hotel brand to New Zealand was signed in Sydney yesterday, and a 200-room EVEN hotel is now planned for Auckland’s central business district. NZ Herald

Successful launch for new Auckland ferry Torea in Whanganui New Auckland to Waiheke Fullers ferry, Torea, has been launched in Whanganui. Wanganui Chronicle

NZ Women’s Open part of bumper year for Auckland Auckland is in for a bumper year of events, with the inaugural New Zealand Women’s Open and an equestrian showcase coming to the City of Sails for the first time. NZ Herald

Wednesday, 26 July

Maori performing arts in demand on global stages New Zealand Māori Tourism is calling for more funding for Māori performing arts. Māori Television

Spectacular South Hokianga boulder park on the market A natural oddity that has been turned into a popular Northland tourist attraction by its long-time owners is up for sale. NZ Herald

Ministers spend $5.5m on international flights Air New Zealand was the most popular with 1732 flight bookings from the Beehive over that period – around 52 percent overall. Newshub

Christchurch man ups sticks to call Kaikoura accommodation village home Mark von Huben normally wears a tour guide’s hat while working in Kaikoura, nowadays he is behind the wheel of a dump truck. Stuff

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson unveils war memorial in Wellington British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has unveiled a striking new Weta Workshop-designed war memorial in Wellington. NZ Herald

Track closure prompts apology A retirement village developer has apologised for failing to tell the Queenstown Trails Trust it was temporarily closing two public tracks in Lake Hayes Estate. Mountain Scene

Regional airports seek $32m to avert funding crisis The NZ Airports Association claims up to 12 smaller airports face a funding crisis. Stuff

New Kaikoura i-Site website becomes district’s shop window The Kaikoura i-Site visitor centre website has had a makeover, providing a new shop window for Kaikoura. Marlborough Express

IHG announces new Auckland EVEN Hotel InterContinental has announced a new hotel offering a “holistic wellness experience”. Stuff

Study of earning trends vital for investors Auckland Airport, a cornerstone of many portfolios, has been a stunning performer in recent years. NZ Herald

Tuesday, 25 July

Rotorua operators finalists in NZ Tourism Awards Two Rotorua operators are among finalists for the awards. Rotorua Daily Post

Waikato-Tainui nearly doubles annual profit The business owns and manages three hotels which performed very well. NZ Herald

Dropout delays bridge rebuild A dropout has delayed work to build a new $400,000 bridge to one of this region’s top tourist attractions. Gisborne Herald

New Zealand’s national brand appeals to Asians The success of Tourism New Zealand’s global “100% Pure New Zealand” campaign, which helped to reinforce perceptions of the country as a source of high quality products. WARC

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to thank Kaikōura for helping British tourists. RNZ

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park up for national hospitality award It’s one of five holiday parks vying for top honours in the 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Awards to be announced in Dunedin in August. Manawatu Standard

Department of Conservation signs memorandum with Invercargill i-Site Future visitors to Invercargill need only to stop by the i-Site at the museum for all the advice they need to venture into the wilderness. Southland Times

Monday, 24 July

World Famous in New Zealand: Shotover Jet, Queenstown Dodging rocks while hurtling 85kmh through narrow canyons is a thrill-a-minute experience. Stuff

Finding freedom in Rotorua’s forests Flying over the rainforest, I started flapping my arms like wings and crowing like a rooster. Stuff

The Christchurch convention centre’s rocky road: still the talk of missed opportunities After three years of delay, a deal to build Christchurch a new convention centre should be about to be signed. But why do some still think it is misconceived? The Press

ILT hotel facing potential delays The Invercargill Licensing Trust has unearthed some speed bumps in its plans to build a new inner city hotel. Southland Times

Zealandia plans bush classroom in expansion of education programme Wellington’s eco sanctuary is forging ahead with plans for  a new bush classroom. Dominion Post

The Landing, Bay of Islands: In search of winter sun I was told to expect something special. Stuff

Wellington bars snub offer of licence fee waiver if they make outdoor dining smokefree Attempts to entice Wellington cafe owners to ban outdoor smoking by cutting their licence fees appear to have gone up in smoke. Dominion Post

Qatar Airways says world’s longest flight from Auckland not hit by blockade Qatar Airways says the blockade imposed by some of its neighbours has not dented performance of its non-stop Auckland-Doha service. NZ Herald

Insight: Is mountain biking the next golf? The surge of interest in mountain biking is proving a boon. RNZ

Nothing to do in Tauranga, tour operator rues A tour operator says the city is missing out on valuable tourism dollars. Bay of Plenty Times

Do no harm: The social cost of global tourism Look after the world as you enjoy it, writes Leila George. NZ Herald

Friday, 21 July

Graeme Lay: Airport upgrade logical A Friday afternoon at Auckland International Airport, the day the schools break up for the holidays. NZ Herald

One million travellers through Nelson Airport in 12 months Abby Nalder was stunned when she walked through the terminal door at Nelson Airport. Nelson Mail

Far North sights key in new campaign Several Far North sights are being used to lure Australians to come here on road trips. The Northland Age

State owned Airways spent $11,417 on farewell book State owned company Airways has apologised for “excessive and unacceptable” spending after it paid $11,471 for a farewell book for its outgoing chief executive. RNZ

Revealed: Auckland Airport’s new runway The airport has revealed new plans for a second runway. NZ Herald

Christchurch backpacker industry unites to fight dive in custom Christchurch operators are hatching a plan to win back young travellers. Stuff

Public meeting on air services to Marlborough to be held Residents will be able to put their concerns to carriers. Marlborough Express

Thursday, 20 July

How to cope with booming tourism Are we set up to cope with the influx of visitors? RNZ

Hakarimata summit stairs in Ngaruawahia still closed When word spread the Hakarimata Summit steps were back in action, people rejoiced. Waikato Times

Kaikoura workers heading to road works jobs for higher pay, leaving businesses struggling for staff Businesses struggling to find – and keep – staff as locals and tourists find better pay on highway rebuild. The Press

Kaikoura urged to plan for return of tourists Under normal circumstances, Kaikoura should be experiencing its annual lull. Marlborough Express

NZSki reviews power at Remarks
While southern skifields surged with visitors, the ski field was struck by its third major power cut. Mountain Scene

Tunnel vision Auckland may be sitting on an underground benefit for transport and tourism. Newshub

Coromandel publican sells up after on-going Thames Coast Rd closures Tapu publican Bruce Efford has sold his business after on-going Thames Coast Rd closures cost him about $80,000 in earnings. Stuff

The Chatham Islands: Look to the East Helen van Berkel discovers the windswept treasures of our islands off to the side. NZ Herald

Whanganui fast becoming tourist destination of choice All signs show Whanganui is now a desirable destination for a growing number of tourists. NZ Herald

Mountainbiking could bring Gore tourism opportunities A group from the Gore-based Hokonui Bikers have just spent a week in Rotorua riding the trails there, and they’ve come home even more enthused to get the Hokonui Water Race Trail at Croydon Bush finished. Southland Times

‘The ecology of the Sounds is in dire straits’ A Marlborough eco-tourism operator is backing the Department of Conservation’s move to ban new marine wildlife viewing permits. RNZ

Stephen Jones to depart Air NZ for budget Hungarian carrier Wizz Air Air New Zealand’s chief of strategy networks and alliances Stephen Jones has quit to take up a top job at Hungarian budget carrier Wizz Air. NZ Herald

Wednesday, 19 July

Wellingtonians are coolest people I’ve ever seen, says Hollywood star Hollywood star Bryce Dallas Howard made herself at home in Wellington, and is now telling the world about her “favourite city” in a new tourism campaign. Dominion Post

The billions airlines are making by charging you for extras Airline revenue from frequent flier schemes, charging for bags and food has grown more than 10 times in the past decade to nearly $40 billion. Newstalk ZB

Skifield’s power cut again While most southern skifields surged with visitors yesterday, the Remarkables was struck by its third major power cut in five weeks. ODT

Auckland taxi fares double Sydney’s Auckland taxi prices are some of the most expensive in the world according to a new report. RNZ

NZTA: ‘It’s important we get the tourists back into Kaikōura for Christmas’ NZTA says it’s on track to re-open both road and rail before Xmas. Newshub

Survey shows Chinese tourists less likely to shop till they drop Chinese tourists are shopping less and lashing out more on dining and sightseeing. Stuff

New Zealand: fight for ‘sacred mountain’ after discovery of significant gold seam Fears for Karangahake Gorge after mining company find 8,500kg of high quality gold in the North Island conservation area. The Guardian

Q&A: Francesca Voza, Wanaka restaurateur Francesca Voza started business in Wanaka with a food truck. Southland Times

Tuesday, 18 July

Elderly man trapped in campervan for three days An elderly man spent days trapped in his camper van after falling and becoming stuck. Stuff

Report finds safety testing flaws before tuk-tuk crash that injured six people in Wellington A report into a tuk-tuk crash in Wellington late last year has revealed safety testing flaws put passengers at risk, and probably led to the injuries suffered by six people on board. Stuff

Jetstar flight to Nelson diverted to Wellington due to fog, after 2 hours of circling A Jetstar flight from Wellington circled Nelson in the air for two hours as fog closed in on the airport. Stuff

Wildwire in Wanaka: New Zealand’s newest adventure offering is not for amateurs Off the side of a cliff outside of Wanaka, I’m hanging from a thread of wire and a couple of karabiners. Stuff

New marketing campaign 100% Pure NZ puffery OPINION: The “100% Pure New Zealand” campaign has been running for a long time. The Press

Pure deception? The 100% Pure tourism campaign is again being criticised after using a picture of a woman drinking stright from a stream. RNZ

Pilots slam CAA over red-flagged inspector who investigated fatal tourist helicopter crash. Stuff

Plan ready to make Caroline Bay, council-funded events go smokefree Caroline Bay looks set to become the first smokefree beach in the South Island – and council-supported events may soon have to declare themselves smokefree. Timaru Herald

Nelson boutique hostel seeks new owners A boutique backpackers in Nelson has been put on the market. Stuff

Grabaseat glitch exposes passenger details The website hit turbulence when it was overwhelmed with visitors, causing an error which exposed some passenger information to other visitors logging into the website. Newshub

Woman ‘ragdolled’ by jet blast warns of dangers A Christchurch woman says she was lucky she wasn’t killed after being “thrown like a ragdoll” by a plane’s jet blast in Rarotonga. Stuff

Seasonal factors behind index drop The Otago-Southland services sector performance eased during June, eroded by the transitional tourism shoulder season between summer and winter. ODT

Monday, 17 July

Fears for ‘community heart’ on the road to change The Queenstown town centre masterplan signals the beginning of a  redevelopment aimed at ensuring the resort’s CBD remains fit for purpose  as a tourism drawcard. ODT

Cadogan reply to Barclay Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan and Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay have had a “heart to heart” following  comments made about the Clutha District Council’s lack of action in applying for funding. ODT

Insight: Tacking towards the next America’s Cup As the America’s Cup celebration parades end, the planning for the next race is getting under way. Where will the next challenge be held and what form will it take? RNZ

Māori artist Cliff Whiting dies aged 81 In 2000, he was appointed kaumātua to Tourism New Zealand, to ensure Māori culture was correctly portrayed in tourism marketing. RNZ

Putting Gisborne on the tourism radar A $1.5 million marketing campaign is well on track to pay back community faith, with the region’s economic development agency reporting a $4 million increase in economic activity in Gisborne. Gisborne Herald

Christchurch restaurant owner lashes out at customers A Christchurch restaurant owner has vented his frustration about customers who, he says, cost him up to $2000 of lost revenue on Saturday night. The Press

Foreign ownership of Air NZ soars after govt sell-down Overseas investment in Air New Zealand has soared since the government sold off part of the airline but the listed power companies remain tightly held by Kiwi investors. NZ Herald

Jack Tame: Auckland Airport rail link desperately needed Does New Zealand have any infrastructure project as glaringly, desperately overdue as Auckland’s airport rail link? NZ Herald

New ‘100% Pure’ campaign shows tourist drinking river water The latest “100% Pure” campaign, released last week, shows a tourist drinking water from a river, something that would be dangerous in parts of the country. Stuff

How do we keep Chinese tourists them coming? Our scenery attracts them here but we can’t take their custom for granted. Stuff

Wellington sees biggest Lions increase The All Blacks v Lions in the city saw 245% more people visiting the capital. NZ Herald

Two days a tourist Following reports of tourists skipping Christchurch, we spent two days taking in the sights of the Garden City. Stuff

Friday, 14 July

Passengers evacuated after Milford Wanderer cruise ship hits rocks near Stewart Island About 30 passengers were evacuated from a cruise ship in Port Pegasus, Stewart Island, after it became stuck on rocks. The Press

Winter storm disruption in central North Island The wintry blast that has swept the country over the past three days is set to bring more snow, rain and gales. RNZ

Taranaki’s 30th garden festival launched The Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular runs from October 27 to November 5. Taranaki Daily News

Watch: Plane passenger captures hair raising descent in blustery conditions into Wellington Airport Not the smoothest destination to land even on a typical day, passengers on board an Air New Zealand flight into Wellington this morning endured a bumpy descent amid cyclone strength winds. TVNZ

What Chinese tourists want Chinese tourists are increasingly travelling for the experience, not for shopping. NZ Herald

NZ eyes double-digit growth in visitors from India
NZ is undertaking initiatives such as trade show ‘Kiwi Link India’. Financial Express

The world’s best places for a destination wedding If cozy and intimate is the vibe you’re after, you can’t beat Helena Bay Lodge in NZ. CNN

Thursday, 13 July

New Zealand destinations and support on show at AFNC 2017 New Zealand representatives are set to share their diverse destinations and warm hospitality with delegates at the Associations Forum National Conference (AFNC) in Sydney next week. CMW

Tourist did ‘everything wrong’ An ill-equipped Welshman who went on a solo tramp above the snowline near Fox Glacier on Tuesday wearing sneakers and jeans is lucky to be alive. NZ Herald

Boutique New Plymouth hotel ready to charge luxury car owners In the carpark underneath a luxury boutique hotel in New Plymouth lies the future of driving. Stuff

Canterbury guest nights up but Christchurch city still suffering Canterbury accommodation topped the country by recording an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, but Christchurch city is still scrambling to fill beds. Stuff

Kauri Cliffs named number one The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs has been named the number one hotel in Australia and New Zealand, by Travel and Leisure readers in the publication’s World’s Best Awards 2017. Stuff

Tourists huddle for warmth after crash A group of 10 Chinese tourists including their Chinese driver waited for up to an hour in freezing temperatures after the 20 seater bus they were travelling in lost control in snow and ploughed up a bank. ODT

Hamilton Hotel revealed as new theatre location Roll out the red carpet – Waikato’s new marquee theatre promises to be something special. Stuff

“More ideas” needed for Queenstown’s housing woes Tourism is booming in Queenstown, but that’s putting the strain on the resort town’s workers. RNZ

Gisborne missing from an Australian tourism map Tourism NZ says Gisborne excluded because region did not contribute funds. Gisborne Herald

A fierce new acquirer of hotels, resorts and related tourism businesses in Australia and NZ has raised a A$1bn fund. AFR

Six-star hotel to take over Chch’s Harley Chambers One of the council’s “dirty 30” buildings is set to make way for a six-star, 150-room hotel. The Press

Wednesday, 12 July

NZ’s tourism sector attracting a large number of investors The tourism sector has caught the attention of international investors. Radio NZ

Shiver me timbers! Cantabrians are preparing to pack sleety streets in central Christchurch to welcome home the America’s Cup. The Press

Tourism dept among best The University of Otago’s department of tourism has been ranked among the top performing in NZ. ODT

Lions tour $23m boost for hospitality industry The Lions’ tour helped Kiwi businesses earn a quality “draw” at the tills in June. Taranaki Daily News

Tuesday, 11 July

New design for 36-room hotel to help it ‘blend in’ Small changes made to the design of a proposed three-storey lakefront hotel in Wanaka will help it blend into the surrounding environment, a resource consent planner says. ODT

Humans, climate change risk killing New Zealand’s unique alpine plants Some of New Zealand’s alpine plants risk extinction due to the increasing popularity of New Zealand’s mountains with tourists, skiers and mountain bikers. Stuff

Room to grow Tauranga conference sector, say industry leaders Tauranga’s conference sector has huge potential with massive spinoffs for the economy but the city is being held back by a lack of accommodation, local leaders say. Bay of Plenty Times

New Zealand shares dropped, led by Fletcher Building and Auckland International Airport down while Air New Zealand reached a 16-year high. Sharechat

Cost of toilets could skyrocket If the Waitaki District Council installs all of the toilet facilities it may need over the next few years due to increased tourist demand, that may increase servicing and maintenance costs to $750,000 annually, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says. Oamaru Mail

Overseas investors target Tauranga opportunities Overseas investors will travel to Tauranga later this year to target investment opportunities in the region. Bay of Plenty Times

Progress on quake-damaged rail line There’s about 10km of rail line between Picton and Christchurch still needing repairs. Newshub

Hospo and tourism providers expect $26m from Lions Accommodation, restaurant and tourism operators are clapping their hands with glee. Radio NZ

Hotel developer still confident Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid will “not be viable” if the developer is forced to reduce the building’s height. ODT

Taranaki to feature in Air NZ’s new safety video Mt Taranaki is to feature in Air NZ’s new safety video released this week. Taranaki Daily News

Monday, 10 July

Lions tour a $26m win for Auckland business It may not have ended in a win for the All Blacks, but the British and Irish Lions tour has been labelled a success by Auckland businesses. Radio NZ

Rice ban a winner for Kiwi’s Chinese restaurant Former Southlander Aaron Mckenzie was told he’d go broke if he didn’t serve rice at his Guangzhou, China restaurant and bar Social & Co. Stuff

World famous in New Zealand: Tawhiti Museum, Hawera This private museum of local South Taranaki history has a touch of Disney to it. Stuff

Cambridge restaurant included in country’s Top 100 eateries Fiona Massey’s phone woke her from a deep sleep with a heap of messages containing good news for the Cambridge restauranteur. Waikato Times

CuriousCity: Behind the predator proof fence at Zealandia Neil Anderson walks with a spring in his step, whistling as he goes, oblivious to the mud squelching under his feet.  Dominion Post

Reject hotel bid: planner A planner has recommended rejecting Dunedin’s latest five-star hotel bid. ODT

Gault puts the heat on Govt over immigration rules The chef says changes pose a huge threat to the restaurant industry’s future. NZ Herald

The North Island has plenty to offer tourists and adventurers Carlson: Some of my favourite places are actually up north. Stuff

Sailing business hopes next America’s Cup comes back to Auckland As the country speculates the next host of the America’s Cup, a sailing business that was founded on the back of the last cup held in Auckland is looking forward to the exposure and developments the tournament will bring. Stuff

Fourteen Kiwi projects on the World Architecture Festival short-list The seven commercial projects include a brewery in Dunedin, a chapel in Auckland and an extension to Wellington Airport terminal. Stuff

Earth and Sky headquarter details released for Tekapo development Tekapo will be one of only a few places in the world to house historical astronomical equipment come 2018. Stuff

Lions tour investment ‘well worth it’ Auckland’s publicans will be laughing all the way to the bank today, with one industry group saying the British and Irish Lions tour is as big an event as has ever been seen in this country. Radio NZ

Big Read: Restaurants Enjoying the taste of success Another day, another restaurant opening – the hospitality trade is booming, and America’s Cup victory is tipped to put more wind in the sector’s sails. NZ Herald

Fighting fog delays at our airports: what is the answer? There are ways to fight the fog and keep runways open – but it means paying higher ticket prices. Stuff

Ritual watery blessing for Wanaka Marina Apartments Construction of stage one of the five star luxury accommodation complex, now worth about $100 million, starts on July 17. Stuff

Migrating Kiwis touchdown to start sunny winter Kiwis have become airborne and started their seasonal migration to the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast Daily

Martinborough a fan-favourite Early indications suggest the visiting British and Irish Lions fans had a significant positive effect on the Wairarapa region. Wairarapa Times-Age

Friday, 7 July

Port safety work may see cruise ship visits cancelled The installation of new protective features for cruise ships at Timaru’s port  may see the coming season’s two planned cruise ship visits cancelled. Timaru Herald

Grieving mother asks for stricter rules on foreign drivers The grieving parents of a man killed in an accident with a foreign driver have told a select committee the Government could do more to keep accidents from happening. Dominion Post

Auckland CBD, beaches and al fresco dining areas to become smokefree Smoking will be banned in Auckland’s CBD as Auckland Council ramps up its goal of becoming a smokefree city. The Press

Historic pub and hotel The Adelphi bowled on Kaikoura’s main street A historic pub and hotel on Kaikoura’s main street has been demolished. The Press

Hauraki Rail Trail receives grants for improvements and repairs More than $120,000 is to be spent on problem sections of the Hauraki Rail Trail. Waikato Times

Fans ensure a roaring trade Queenstown publicans have been forced to stock up as British and Irish Lions fans pour into the resort’s pubs. Mountain Scene

Government trail funding boosts Otago, omits Southland The Government’s allocation of an additional $528,000 towards the country’s cycle trails this week would have no bearing on plans for Southland District Council’s controversial Around the Mountains trail, the council has said. Southland Times

An $8m vote of confidence in region’s tourism Creating a five-star accommodation facility is a major vote of confidence. Gisborne Herald

Concerns raised about infrastructure build on Linz land Ratepayer money being used to build infrastructure on Linz land. Timaru Herald

‘Not technically impossible’ – Greens say Auckland Airport light rail link can be built for next America’s Cup. TVNZ

Thursday, 6 July

Museum to redevelop science zone The Otago Museum yesterday revealed plans to complete a $2.5million redevelopment of its Discovery World and Tropical Forest. ODT

National park push begins A Wairarapa environmentalist is masterminding a push to recognise Rimutaka Forest Park as a national park. Wairarapa Times-Age

Inclusive hotel earns Olivier Lacoua an Arts Access Accolade Lacoua oversees CQ Hotels Wellington and was awarded the 2017 Arts Access Accolade last night by advocate group Arts Access Aotearoa for his commitment to inclusive hotel services. Dominion Post

DQ sticks to four-day fest Reducing the festival’s duration from 10 days to four this year proved the right decision, Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd says. Mountain Scene

New grants bring trail goals closer Government grants have spurred on projects on some Otago cycle trails, but the task of connecting them all together is proving a long process. ODT

Mourning passenger bumped from overbooked Air New Zealand flight A Nelson businesswoman was left stranded late at night at Auckland airport after being bumped off her Air New Zealand flight which had been overbooked. NZ Herald

Tourist driver ‘just hit me head on’ A couple who survived a horrific collision with an American tourist in Waikato have added their voice to calls for compulsory driving tests and better driver education for visitors to New Zealand. Radio NZ

Dannevirke’s historic Managatera Hotel up for sale Denice Speedy didn’t realise she had a connection with an old hotel in southern Hawke’s Bay before she and her husband bought it. Stuff

Greens pledge to fast-track airport rail line The Green Party is pledging to fast track a light rail link from Auckland Airport to the city’s CBD. Newstalk ZB

Christchurch Arts Centre plans boutique hotel The Arts Centre is planning to use one of its heritage buildings for a 32 room art-themed hotel. Stuff

Status quo certainly offers freedom, but at what cost? It benefits locals and tourists alike if we keep NZ pristine and pleasant to visit. ODT

Improvements sought for Church of the Good Shepherd There are concerns about heavy visitor flows, safety, and rubbish. Timaru Herald

Wednesday, 5 July

Australian airlines Jetstar and Qantas ban kids’ travel accessories All those whacky travel accessories that claim to help kids sleep on long-haul flights may become a thing of the past after airlines added them to their list of dangerous goods. Stuff

Rotorua’s tourism industry opportunities ‘untapped’ The local Property Council has met as part of a drive to bring commercial and industrial property investors to Rotorua. Rotorua Daily Post

Kiwi Experience founder spearheading hotel development Andrew McIntosh is behind a prefabricated luxury hotel destined for Wanaka. Stuff

New $70m hotel revealed as third Ramada property The hotel near Auckland’s Sky Tower is slated to be complete in late 2018. NZ Herald

Auckland could be set for a boom year in 2021 with the possible hosting of the America’s Cup on top of the APEC conference. NZ Herald

Return fares to New York from New Zealand drop below $900 Travellers can celebrate the Fourth of July with cheap fares to the United States, including New York return for $899. NZ Herald

Brian Rudman: Aucklanders have paid their share of America’s Cup improvements Mayor Phil Goff was smart to jump in before all the welcome home Emirates Team New Zealand hysteria breaks out tomorrow and warn that Auckland Council was in no position to pour large amounts of cash into creating a venue for the 2021 rematch. NZ Herald

Riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail is naturally beautiful On a fine morning in Hokitika, Mt Cook and Mt Tasman seem to hover like glass figurines at the end of the streets. Stuff

Peters promises more tourist dollars for Whanganui Whanganui will receive more tourist dollars if New Zealand First is part of the next government, according to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. Wanganui Chronicle

Tuesday, 4 July

Cas Carter: Wellington is a tourism marketing success story OPINION: In 1995 I was part of a small group employed by the first Tourism Wellington organisation. Stuff

Five-star park makeover Start made on $8m lift for Waikanae Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. The Gisborne Herald

Accommodation booked out ahead of Geraldine Ukefest A festival celebrating the ukulele is music to the ears of Geraldine businesses, as the annual event gears up for its biggest turnout yet. The Timaru Herald

Winter tourism spending up Gisborne enjoys a $1.3m spending spike. The Gisborne Herald

Events, adventure and mountainbiking form backbone of Manawatu tourism plan Large-scale events and linking  with a national network of mountainbike trails are  key points of a plan to keep growing the tourism industry Manawatu and Whanganui. Manawatu Standard

Qantas begins after-dark flights into resort Australia’s national carrier has rounded out a quartet of airlines flying to Queenstown after dark. ODT

Hotel vacancies in Christchurch ‘highest since the earthquakes’ Christchurch hoteliers have experienced a winter of discontent. Stuff

Luxury 5-star apartments among Rotorua’s new accommodation Rotorua will get a much-needed boost in accommodation. Rotorua Daily Post

From Hobbiton to the Waitomo Caves, all in one day: What tourists are doing. Stuff

Monday, 3 July

Tourist goods retailer buys key Cathedral Square site The last unaccounted for vacant space in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square has been sold and will be developed. The Press

Couple angry at ‘menial punishment’ for tourist crash driver It had been three weeks since the June 12 crash near Matamata and Teresa said the person responsible, an American tourist, was issued a “menial punishment”. Stuff

Strong growth in NZ business travel The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced full-year global passenger traffic results. NZ Business

Tourism spending in Rotorua rises The Lions tour has brought with it a boost of visitors and international media to Rotorua, according to a local tourism leader. Rotorua Daily Post

Details of the America’s Cup victory parade The team which won the America’s Cup earlier this week is due to be paraded throughout downtown Auckland on Thursday. Radio Sport

Tourist spend in Bay of Plenty nears $1.8 billion The Bay of Plenty is riding a tourism high, according to new estimates. NZ Herald

Auckland bed tax battle highlights search for tourism funding Other councils tipped to follow Auckland’s lead. Stuff

Peter Calder: Bed and bored Why hotels need to put dining back into their restaurants. NZ Herald

Kevin Milne: Hotel industry might have cost country Lions riches It would be a tragedy if hotel prices cost the rest of the tourist industry. Newstalk ZB

Friday, 30 June

More investment for Maori tourism Funding for Maori Tourism will help Maori tourism operators on East Coast to expand their businesses. Gisborne Herald

Confidence in Rotorua economy growing, says Westpac survey In a new survey local business leaders say Rotorua’s economy is booming, but not all retailers agree. Rotorua Daily Post

More bomb threat screening for US-bound passengers from Auckland Millions of passengers heading to the United States every week, including those from Auckland Airport, face extra screening. NZ Herald

Lions tour: Kiwi hospitality in full swing at Johnsonville RFC for Lions supporters Kiwi hospitality is part and parcel of rugby culture, just ask the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club. Stuff

Northland well placed for slice of America’s Cup pie Northland’s economic body is already working on bringing as much benefit as possible to the region from the next America’s Cup. Northland Advocate

Thursday, 29 June

Skifield possums return For the second time in a fortnight, the Remarkables ski area was unable to open yesterday because of a power cut possibly caused by possums. ODT

On safari for the commonly spotted Lions fan British and Irish Lions fans are – relatively speaking – easy to find at 11am on a Wednesday. Radio NZ

Lions visitors fillip for Waitangi after national welcome wows The Waitangi grounds, which played host to the official welcome, is proving a hit with the team’s supporters. Radio NZ

Tourists’ $200 car park fine A campervan couple here for the Lions rugby tour have been fined for parking in the wrong spot in a near-empty carpark. Radio NZ

Industry president calls on Government to back cup defence Q-West director Myles Fothergill is urging the Government to financially back an America’s Cup defence in Auckland. Wanganui Chronicle

Jetstar cuts back frequency of New Plymouth flights over winter period Budget airline Jetstar has temporarily cut back the number of flights between Auckland and New Plymouth, citing a lack of customer demand. Stuff

Student baristas ready to give it their best shot at coffee contest Ahead of the New Zealand Hospitality Championships in Auckland, year 12 student Jason Peng and year 13 student Robbie Cookson are training hard for the competition that will showcase their skills on July 28. Nelson Mail

Deadly crash between bus and 4WD in Central Otago A collision between a bus and a 4WD in Central Otago has killed one person and left several people injured. Radio NZ

Can Auckland handle hosting the next America’s Cup? Aucklanders caught up in the excitement of this week’s sailing glory will be hopeful their city will soon be confirmed as the hosts of the next regatta. Stuff

Multi-millionaire Earl Hagaman’s will requests revealed The children of dead multi-millionaire Earl Hagaman will not receive anything from his will until a fight with his ex-wife is settled. NZ Herald

Wellington charges Lions fans 4x the going rate The fee is more than four times the normal $30 cost to park for 24 hours. Dominion Post

Christchurch’s new Crowne Plaza hotel to open this weekend after ‘long haul’
Christchurch’s tourism scene is about to get a major boost. The Press

Raybon Kan: Four cheers for the America’s Cup! Think of the tourists in four years! NZ Herald

Wednesday, 28 June

Hospitality industry set for ‘good times’ New Zealand’s hospitality industry is set for “good times ahead” following the America’s Cup win according to industry bosses. NZ Herald

Billion-dollar territory? Big gain for NZ from America’s Cup hosting, city chief predicts New Zealand stands to enjoy big economic gains if it hosted the next America’s Cup, an Auckland city boss said this morning, predicting it could be in the billion-dollar territory. NZ Herald

Minister praises Kiwi innovation and tourism potential at Balclutha talk What have rockets and tourism got in common? They’ve got sky-high potential to earn big bucks. Manawatu Standard

Four-star hotel planned for Queenstown A 260-room four-star hotel is planned at Queenstown’s Kawarau Village at Kelvin Heights. ODT

Train drivers need freedom to override tunnel rules – KiwiRail KiwiRail is seeking an urgent transport rule change to ensure passenger trains don’t get stuck in tunnels if the engine catches fire. Radio NZ

Nelson’s Trailways Hotel achieves rare Qualmark Gold Award A Nelson hotel has been recognised as one of the most sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand. Nelson Mail

Samoans preparing for jobs in NZ tourism and fisheries Efforts are underway to extend seasonal work for Samoans in New Zealand’s tourism and fisheries industries. Radio NZ

Cheers! New Zealand’s most famous pub could be yours One of the country’s most famous pubs could be yours. The Press

Hosting the America’s Cup would bring profile and visitors to NZ Imagine another 50 superyachts sailing into New Zealand. Stuff

Tourism industry expecting America’s Cup payoff Tourism chiefs say the international focus on New Zealand will help their sector. NZ Herald

Luxury tourism sector a big winner
The sector will get a big boost from the super-wealthy attracted to an America’s Cup regatta. NZ Herald

A warning to Tongariro tourists Local hapū says the exploitative attitude towards the use of the dual heritage park is about to end. Māori Television

Tuesday, 27 June

A 260-room hotel proposed for Queenstown’s Kawarau Village A 260-room hotel development is proposed above the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa. Stuff

Hotel staff put on colourful display for cancer charity Staff at a Marlborough hotel have put their heads together to come up with an eye-catching way to help a cancer charity. Marlborough Express

NZ should close borders in a major pandemic to save lives, study shows If New Zealand were to be hit by an extreme pandemic, we should shut the borders to trade and tourism to save lives, Wellington researchers say. Stuff

Burger-gate over – bureaucrats burned to a crisp over new rules Burger-gate is over – the threat to medium-rare burger patties is gone. NZ Herald

Giant tiki to be painted on Auckland hotel Accor Hotels has commissioned internationally renowned artist Owen Dippie to design a piece of artwork on its 25m wall on Custom Lane in downtown Auckland. NZ Herald

Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Fund to disburse record sum The Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Fund is expecting to disburse a record sum to beneficiaries later this week. Southland Times

Tourism a threat to Kaikōura’s crayfish Fishers are warning Kaikōura’s famous crayfish are under threat and they’re blaming tourists. Radio NZ

Mayors want help with operational costs Tourists could be causing an unfair strain on smaller districts’ facilities. ODT

CAP aiming for summer reopening The fire-damaged Christchurch Adventure Park should reopen by summer. The Press

Monday, 26 June

A Team New Zealand win could put a $500m wind in our economic sails An America’s Cup win would put New Zealand on the map for wealthy investors and make the country a fashionable place to be for more than $500 million in benefits. Stuff

$30m Lion’s share for Wellington’s economy from rugby double-header British and Irish Lions fans set to converge on Wellington are expected to inject $30 million into the regional economy during their week-long stay. Stuff

American Airlines’ next move in New Zealand American Airlines says it will come back stronger after a two month break in flights between Los Angeles and Auckland. NZ Herald

Quality versus quantity – tourism shares dairy’s challenge Head of an international marketing company says that going for quality over quantity is the real challenge for New Zealand tourism. Stuff

The rise and rise of Auckland Airport For long-term owners of Auckland International Airport shares, it has been a dream run. Newsroom

U-turn on freedom camping The Dunedin City Council has made a U-turn over its proposal to develop three new freedom camping sites in Dunedin. ODT

Tourism is breaking its social contract No one can argue with the concept of Tourism. Nelson Mail

Tourism: a brilliant career or a job for dummies? Tourism faces major challenge recruitment challenges. Stuff

If Kiwis want an overseas holiday, visit Queenstown In June I took a flight to Queenstown and landed in what felt like another country. Newshub

Abel Tasman conservation plan may provide blueprint A successful conservation plan used in the Abel Tasman National Park that draws on partners to fund and deliver is now being considered for New Zealand’s historic Molesworth high country station. Radio NZ

Man has year-old Lions test hotel booking cancelled at the last minute A Kiwi rugby fan living in London had a longstanding accommodation booking for Saturday night’s test cancelled at the last minute by the provider. NZ Herald

Sun rises on new resort venue Queenstown’s next vibrant venue will change its focus with the passage of the sun.  Mountain Scene

Friday, 23 June

Three locations named in big NZ hotel expansion The company planning a new 37-level $200m hotel for Auckland wants to expand in NZ. NZ Herald

Hagaman vs Andrew Little continues Hotelier Lani Hagaman wants to pursue the defamation case against Labour leader Andrew Little. Radio NZ

$100m luxury hotel proposed An American developer plans a $100m luxury hotel in Queenstown. Mountain Scene

Ceremonies begin with a karanga Two waka glided into a candle-lit beach to open the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival yesterday. ODT

They’re barking mad on Coronet They came in tutus, bandannas and butterfly wings, just to clear their throats in front of 200 onlookers in Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park. ODT

Thursday, 22 June

Keep ’em coming: Off The Beaten Track accommodation growing Thousands of people have signed up to Off the Beaten Track since it launched in April, with around 80 listings registered throughout New Zealand. Stuff

Lions hotel swept for BUGS by security as fears grow of spies in camp ahead of first New Zealand test Security experts conduct regular operations searching for electronic listening devices to prevent leaks of tactics and calls. The Sun

German tourists robbed of passports Three German tourists have lost most of their belongings, including their passports, after their rental car was broken into. SunLive

Vital now to gain confidence of tourism industry The decision last week by Tourism Eastland members to gift to the council the community-fundraised i-Site building on public reserve land in Grey Street, along with associated contracts, was a wrench for many. Gisborne Herald

‘Ripped off’ over skydives Queenstown-based online booking company Bookme is helping two Chinese tourists ”ripped off” by a credit card fraudster. ODT

Resort enters festive mode Queenstown’s unofficial forecast for the next four days shows partying, hilarity, mayhem and madness, courtesy of the 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival. ODT

Nothing to see here – Milford on selldown of Tourism Holdings shares Milford Asset Management is warning against reading too much into its sell down of some Tourism Holdings shares. NBR

Naive to think people will just keep coming here Air NZ chief Christopher Luxon says tourism was not driven by macroeconomic factors. Stuff

Chinese tourists’ crime concerns rising, guide says A tour guide is fielding more questions about whether New Zealand is safe to visit. Radio NZ

$200m 37-level hotel planned A 37-level $200m 490-room Holiday Inn Express and Even hotel tower is planned in Auckland’s heart. NZ Herald

Wednesday, 21 June

Regional co-operation key to a prosperous Wellington As an agency, we’re focussed on the work; on driving growth and attracting revenue to the region, as we’ve done successfully throughout amalgamation, and ever since. Manawatu Standard

Auckland Nines may be shelved next year due to Rugby League World Cup The Auckland Nines could be missing from the calendar next year as the event’s promoters and the NRL wrestle with how to fit it into an off-season schedule that includes the World Cup. Sydney Morning Herald

Pilots want tighter rules around drones Airline pilots are increasingly worried about drones and want tighter regulations around their use. NZ Herald

Is the Kiwi dream the new American dream? NBC broadcaster Keith Morrison set out to find why New Zealand is the “it country” for its Sunday Night programme hosted by Megyn Kelly in an clip titled The Americans Are Coming: The Obsession With New Zealand. Stuff

Head to Rainbow Ski Area to enjoy some fun in the snow With the ski field set to open again for the season on July 8, Admire talks to some of the people who love Rainbow. Stuff

Tourist levy unlikely as government fears losing out to Australia, Canada The government remains unconvinced on the merits of a tourist levy. NBR

Cost of training pilots bite A shortage in the supply of pilots is worsening because of the cost of training and worldwide demand. NZ Herald

Tourists to spend $1.24b a year in Northland by 2023 International arrivals forecast to grow by 52%. The Northern Advocate

Tuesday, 20 June

The world’s most expensive beach – and the cheapest Four New Zealand beaches surveyed came around a third up the list with Hahei at place 91 the most expensive. NZ Herald

Kiwi killed in crash with tourists about to become first-time father Mother wants to start a petition to hire Kiwi drivers for all foreign tourists. NZ Herald

Tourists lured with fake Facebook profile, trapped and threatened Three young female tourists were lured by a man using a fake Facebook profile. Stuff

Wellington lays in wait for red army Wellington is gearing up to host the biggest party it has seen in years. Stuff

Film set in Otago screens at festival Otago film buffs can see a feature film shot in the Queenstown area when the New Zealand International Film Festival rolls into Dunedin in August. ODT

Monday, 19 June

The freedom camping goldmine NZ’s 29,500 motorhome owners New Zealand’s growing motorhome fleet is an economic force to be reckoned with. Stuff

MarginFuel adviser hopes to get wheels turning A company which takes the price of a rental car from being “finger in the air” to one which can fuel growth is thinking about how much capital it will need to shift up a gear. Stuff

Amateur sleuth cracks theft case When tourists nicked surfing gear from Mount Backpackers, it wasn’t money motivating business owner Jo Veale to track them down. Bay of Plenty Times

Three of four dead in Waikato crash thought to be French tourists  A rural Waikato resident says the two survivors he helped at the scene of a fatal crash on Saturday evening were French tourists who had only been in the country for a day.  Stuff

Locals jump to adopt Lions fans Rotorua residents are jumping at the chance to show some good old-fashioned Kiwi hospitality by opening their homes to Lions fans needing a place to sleep. Rotorua Daily Post

New twist in red-hot airline competition on the Tasman The transtasman aviation market is in for a shake-up next month as Emirates takes off a superjumbo and partner airline Qantas replaces it with more frequent flights with a new plane between Auckland and Sydney. NZ Herald

A Hunting We Will Go Trophy hunters from around the world as well as local hunters visit the High Peak Game Estate to shoot red stag, fallow bucks, wild goat, feral sheep and wild boar. Radio NZ

Sledding on Mt Ruapehu is set to get a whole lot more expensive Locals are furious that the company which runs the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields is proposing to charge $59 for adults and $35 for children to access the Happy Valley and Alpine Meadow areas which were previously free. Stuff

Sit back and sip the best New Zealand vineyards have to offer The way I see it, there are two types of wineries in this world. Stuff

Transition to new approach needs to be as speedy as possible Major changes are taking place in the way our district organises and promotes itself for economic development, tourism and the growth of higher-paying jobs. Gisborne Herald

David Slack: Freedom campers, it has been a pleasure doing business with you OPINION: So, farewell then, freedom camper. Stuff

DOC earns $17m from concession fees DOC is promising closer scrutiny of payment dodgers. Sunday Star Times

Sprucing up the luxury tourism market – Heletranz Sofia Ambler and her husband bought the helicopter business Heletranz in 2012. NZ Herald

Friday, 16 June

‘Landlocked’ Marlborough Airport reliant on NZDF space to grow Business leaders are adamant Marlborough Airport needs to expand for the region to reach its full potential, but finding the land to grow is proving troublesome. Marlborough Express

NZ aids Niue tourism, communications and solar power New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has opened new tourism facilities and unveiled plans to improve services for Niue households during a brief stopover today. Radio NZ

Stock Takes: Air NZ flies higher Air New Zealand’s strong share performance this month builds on gains in May when the airline’s stock price rise outstripped healthy increases throughout the airline industry. NZ Herald

Trust wants lease extended, no rates The trust that  runs the Snow Farm ski field on the Pisa Range is seeking an extension to its  lease with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. ODT

Top artist wants Queenstown public gallery Grahame Sydney, best known for his landscapes of Central Otago, says it’s a glaring omission in Queenstown’s calling card. Mountain Scene

Spotlight on Waikato: Tourism is the jewel in Waikato’s crown After decades of its economy focused on the farm gate, New Zealand’s biggest export earner now through the country’s airports’ arrivals gate. NBR (subscription)

Adapting to New Zealand’s popularity: more tourists or better tourists? Consider Ireland, a small island nation of about four million people. Stuff

Tourism changes are out of order After 30 years our council has decreed to end Tourism Eastland’s contract to run the i-Site. Gisborne Herald

Tourist tent accommodation sparks interest at Fieldays Farmers looking to utilise their land as an alternative income.  Stuff

Thursday, 15 June

Australian Court Declines Air Cargo Appeal The High Court of Australia today dismissed Air New Zealand’s appeal of the Full Court’s 2016 decision that the airline had breached Australian law in applying fuel and security charges to cargo. NZX

Air New Zealand to start new widebody fleet study in 4Q17 Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int’l) will begin studies involving its future widebody requirements towards the end of this year airline Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christopher Luxon has said. ch-aviation

How Trump’s trouble is hitting greenback, making holidays cheaper for Kiwis The kiwi dollar is forecast to keep tracking well over US70c for the next 12 months. NZ Herald

He Tangata: John Barrett of Kapiti Island Nature Tours I’m a Kapiti Coast boy and have lived around here for around 50 of my 70 years. NZ Herald

Parking plan opposition grows The Otago Farmers Market is the latest business to come out in opposition to changes that would replace car parks directly outside the market with a cycleway. ODT

How Hamilton transforms itself for Fieldays City locals have been plenty busy too, transforming Hamilton, the accommodation hub for the event, into party central. Stuff

Guards patrol entrance to wildlife sanctuary Security guards are patrolling the entrance of Sanctuary Mountain as a stoush over access to Maungatautari sees unauthorised staff, contractors and volunteers kept from one part of the wildlife refuge. Waikato Times

Shares rise, Air NZ up despite appeal loss New Zealand shares rose on Wednesday, led by Air New Zealand, Heartland Bank and A2 Milk Co. Newsie

Tourism body says staff ‘number one priority’ ACTIVATE Tairawhiti and Tourism Eastland were today both looking to the future. Gisborne Herald

Visitors to begin pouring into Rotorua for Lions match with Maori All Blacks More than 20,000 people are expected to visit the city. NZ Herald

Auckland Airport among best airports in the world The airport has landed a top spot on an international ranking that compares airports. Stuff

Wednesday, 14 June

Mayors’ tourism levy call knocked back The Government has knocked-back a multi-mayor approach to impose a levy on tourists. Timaru Herald

Ferry hits object in Waitemata Harbour terrifying passengers on board morning city sailing Terrified passengers were prepared to jump into the harbour moments after an Auckland ferry hit a submerged object in the Waitemata Harbour this morning. NZ Herald

Hamilton City Council says no to campervans at Hamilton Old Boys A Hamilton rugby club has been told it can’t host Lions’ fans in campervans even though its clubrooms are next door to the stadium. Rugby Heaven

Air Chathams carries Ranfurly Shield challengers Whanganui’s ‘Butcher Boys’ will fly direct to Christchurch for their Ranfurly Shield match next week courtesy of one of their sponsors – Air Chathams. Wanganui Chronicle

What’s behind the ‘golden age’ of travel? The formula behind this “golden age” of travel was pretty simple: more airlines flying to and from New Zealand has increased competition which has lowered ticket prices. Stuff

New loos for Whangarei hot tourist spots Northland will receive $160,000 in Government funding to help build new public toilet blocks  at Parihaka and the Abbey Caves  in Whangarei. Whangarei Leader

Green light for major investments in Ashburton The mid-Canterbury town of Ashburton is enjoying a commercial property boom with confirmation of a new Scenic Hotel Group four-star hotel, and a nearby office and retail commercial building. Stuff

Wintry blast for south, ferries cancelled A southerly blast sweeping up the South Island is due to bring severe gales and has forced the cancellation of  Interislander ferry sailings. Radio NZ

Council ‘working as hard as they can to destroy tourism’ A southern hospitality chairman says he has had enough. Stuff

‘Panda Route’ to Chengdu opens up as newest airline from China touches down Sichuan Airlines’ first flight has arrived in NZ. NZ Herald

Hamilton’s Waikato River Explorer
is back for Fieldays after a turbulent start of the year. NZ Farmer

Tuesday, 13 June

Deputy PM and Minister for Tourism to open Cruise New Zealand 2017 Paula Bennett, deputy prime minister and minister for tourism, will officially open Cruise New Zealand 2017 at the Auckland Museum on August 29. Seatrade

Latest airline from China due to touch down in Auckland Sichuan Airlines, the latest of a growing list of Chinese carriers flying into Auckland, is due to arrive in Auckland. NZ Herald

Visiting a forgotten world Kiwi ingenuity and sheer determination has unleashed new life on the panoramic old railway line from King Country to Taranaki, writes Mike Yardley. ODT

Mayor calls for more tourism infrastructure support A South Island mayor is urging the government to spend more on tourism. Radio NZ

Chris Roberts: Tourist boom is manageable It’s no secret that New Zealand has been seeing an unprecedented boom in visitors to our shores. Stuff

Lost natural wonder in New Zealand may be found, say researchers Diaries give clue to location of pink and white terraces. The Guardian

Monday, 12 June

Accommodation providers call for tourism levy expansion in Marlborough Marlborough is behind the 8-ball in New Zealand’s visitor boom and must expand its tourism levy to keep up with the rest of the country, the council has heard. Marlborough Express

Exclusive interview: Simona Turin on Air New Zealand’s digital transformation Simona Turin is the general manager, digital strategy and capabilities, for Air New Zealand. IT Brief

Air NZ accused of racism over questioning of Tongan mum at check-in Air NZ has been accused of racism after a woman said her mother was racially profiled while trying to use Premium Check-in for a flight. NZ Herald

Taranaki Pouakai Crossing and tarns named one of best and most beautiful by Tourism New Zealand Stuff

Funds for coastal tourist facilities Tourists on the East Coast will no longer be caught short on their way to East Cape lighthouse, after the Government allocated a new relief fund to build more toilets. The Gisborne Herald

Anger in the air: what’s fuelling the rise in unruly passenger behaviour NZ Herald

Auckland Airport’s planned $2.1b spend-up ‘overdue’ The airport spent about $400million in the past five years and plans to spend the $2.1billion during the next five. ODT

Luxury hotel shortlisted A luxury boutique Queenstown hotel is shortlisted for one of the world’s top interior design awards. Mountain Scene

The World Bar birthday shenanigans It’s been an eventful 21 years for The World Bar blokes. Mountain Scene

We must avoid the privatisation by stealth of our wilderness How to nurture the adolescent tourism industry into seemly adulthood. The Press

Airlines face fight to save service reputations Global airlines need to work harder to link customer service with commercial success. Stuff

Audio: Kiwis opening their homes to Lions fans Adopt a Lions Fan 2017 organiser Adam Gilshnan on the massive response by NZ. Newstalk ZB

Friday, 9 June

New tracks to grow Tongariro tourism The Ohākune area could get thousands of extra visitors if a community group makes some improvements to the Mountains to Sea cycle trail. Wanganui Chronicle

Kai, wai – it’s ka pai For the first time, a special cultural opening ceremony will be held during Queenstown Winter Festival. Mountain Scene

New coalition forms to tackle freshwater quality A cross-sector group says successive governments’ inaction on degraded waterways has spurred them to come together to forge a new plan for freshwater. Radio NZ

Wellington to bring the party to the Lions show Wellington is set to bring the party to the fans for the British and Irish Lions’ visit to the capital. Stuff

Capital accommodation shortage forces Lions fans to leave town in dead of night. Stuff

The tourism industry has criticised the Government for what it says is a lack of action over New Zealand’s fresh waterways. Newshub

Hamilton motel gets more than $200,000 from taxpayer Government-funded emergency housing is core business for some motels. Waikato Times

Thursday, 8 June

Brighter Future? Even the Catlins feel pressures of increasing tourism Visitor numbers to the Catlins, which is nestled between Dunedin and Invercargill, have jumped 15% in the past year and by at least a third since 2008. Radio NZ

NZ not keen on in-flight laptop ban, airline industry fights surprise move by US and UK An airline industry group wants to ensure the laptop ban on some flights to the United States and United Kingdom does not extend to New Zealand. Stuff

Rachel Stewart: Doomsday clock ticking for birds It’s that time of year, when gongs are given out willy-nilly, when I like to award a gong too. A gong for a nong, you might say. NZ Herald

Themed hotel still possible: Lund A chocolate-themed hotel could still be built at Dunedin’s Cadbury factory site. ODT

Wairoa aims for stars in aerospace law Plans are afoot to make Wairoa the 21st century equivalent of The Hague in the Netherlands and the first port of call for settling commercial aerospace disputes. Gisborne Herald

Motel owner ticked off with daily dunny misdirection A beautified pumping station in Taupo is tricking tourists into thinking it’s a toilet. Waikato Times

Plan to protect Dog Island established by trust The trust is to enable the restoration, conservation and management of Dog Island as a sustainable conservation and tourism destination in Southland. The Southland Times

Aviation provides the lubrication for tourism industry growth Tourism is tipped to surpass $15b a year by 2023. Stuff

Two skifields plan to open on Saturday Skifields are hoping for a good opening day for Cardrona and the learners’ area at the Remarkables. ODT

Robot hotel company is new owner of Cathedral Square site The owners of the world’s first robot hotel are the buyers of the old Press site. Stuff

Wednesday, 7 June

NZ ill-equipped for 5 million overseas visitors Tourism is the rock star of the New Zealand economy but there is some nervousness about how we will cope with almost five million visitors annually by 2023. Stuff

NZ approach to laptop ban more balanced says airline group New Zealand, Australia and Canada are members of the Five Eyes spy group with the US and Britain but have not imposed a ban on large electronic devices in cabins of planes travelling from up to 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. NZ Herald

Lawrence prepares to be “business ready” for cycleway tourism The proposed Clutha Gold Trail extension from Lawrence to Waihola highlights that the Clutha district needs to prepare itself for the level of tourism a new cycleway will bring. The Southland Times

Southern Light Show crowds stun The size of crowds thronging Queenstown Gardens for the resort’s annual light festival have gobsmacked organisers. ODT

Pristine splendor on sailing through New Zealand’s Doubtful Sound It’s a brisk early morning in mid-May, and I am cruising through stunning Doubtful Sound. Travel Weekly

Air New Zealand to go shopping for new ultra-long range planes Air New Zealand will go shopping for their next wide body planes from the end of the year as it eyes ultra long range routes into the North or South America. NZ Herald

Our love hate relationship with tourists – NZ’s visitor fatigue Back in the 1970s locals in the deep south referred to tourists as “loopies”. Stuff

Does tourism trump taonga? In a country marketed for its sparsely-populated landscapes, some destinations are now bursting at the seams. Radio NZ

Chinese ‘influencers’ promote NZ A new campaign aims to lure Chinese visitors to the Wellington, Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. Stuff

Tuesday, 6 June

Bell Rose Flower Gardens could become hotel and conference centre Bell Rose Flower Gardens was once home to a rose garden business is for sale with a pending resource consent to transform the grounds into a hotel and convention centre. Stuff

Key part of global air route needs overhaul says airline group A key part of a global aviation route that New Zealand could be the critical hub of is growing fast but needs an infrastructure overhaul, an airline industry group says. NZ Herald

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Craig Emeny Air Chathams aviation pioneer Craig Emeny flew to the Chatham Islands in the early 1980s and has been based there since. NZ Herald

Shamubeel Eaqub: Bed tax reveals local government flaws The costs of growth are heaped on local government; the benefits largely accrue to workers, businesses and central government. Stuff

Small Business: Zorb, Ogo and putting tourism on the map Zorb inventor Andrew Akers talks about operating his business from a tourism hub. NZ Herald

Fiordland conservationist Ken Bradley receives QSM in 2017 Honours The recently retired DOC senior ranger for Fiordland said he was “surprised and humbled” to have received the award. The Southland Times

Brakes applied over parking Parking looms as a potential judder bar for a 227-room hotel planned for central Queenstown. Mountain Scene

Skyline O’Connell’s revamp Queenstown tourism giant Skyline Enterprises has plans for a huge overhaul of O’Connell’s Shopping Centre. Mountain Scene

Small Auckland motels get raw deal with city’s new bed tax The new bed tax unfairly disadvantages small motels, says an Auckland motel owner who can’t afford to take legal action. Radio NZ

Court decision muddies waters on shark-cage tourism A court has ruled DOC does not have the authority to grant shark-cage diving permits. Radio NZ

Legal risks in hosting fans
Homeowners hoping for an Airbnb windfall by hosting fans of the Lions are being urged to consider the legal risks. ODT

Waitomo Glowworm Caves and DOC form partnership
The new partnership will improve conservation outcomes across the district. Stuff

Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Friday, 2 June

Flight prices cheaper than ever as New Zealand air travel cost falls It’s cheaper than ever for Kiwis to fly, with air travel prices coming down – but it’d be even more affordable if you lived elsewhere. Stuff

Air New Zealand mocks Qantas with new ‘Lions’ ad New Zealand’s national carrier has taken a potshot at trans-Tasman rivals Qantas after the British and Irish Lions chose to fly here on the Australian airline. Newshub

Chinese investment offer a win-win, says councillor A billion dollar investment offer from a Chinese company is nothing to get anxious about, a Far North councillor says. Radio NZ

Chart of the day: Bedding down in Nelson-Tasman. Stuff

Air NZ lifts full-year guidance on lower jet-fuel prices The airline has lifted its full-year guidance as it benefits from lower jet fuel prices. NZ Herald

Te Puia ownership to be transferred to iwi An agreement has been initialled that will transfer ownership from the Crown to iwi. Rotorua Daily Post

Dunedin praised as conference venue The city has captured the heart of an academic who heads an international organisation studying religion. ODT

Thursday, 1 June

Brand Slam: Easyjet vs Air New Zealand We pitch the experiential marketing strategies of airlines Easyjet and Air New Zealand. Event Magazine

The logistics of transporting the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand A lot of work has gone into preparing the British and Irish Lions to take on the All Blacks in their New Zealand tour and only a portion of it has been done on the rugby field. Stuff

Construction begins on $36 million Rydges hotel at Wellington Airport The four-star, 134-bedroom hotel, expected to open late next year, will be adjoined to the main terminal building and accessible directly from the passenger lounge. Stuff

Emirates axes Auckland-Sydney superjumbo flight Emirates is ditching its daily A380 superjumbo flight between Auckland and Sydney as part of a revamp of services. NZ Herald

Phil Goff’s ‘bed tax’ coming down to the wire A controversial “bed tax” on hotels and motels goes to the vote today. NZ Herald

Editorial: Stop grizzling and welcome the visitors The council should not be too quick to discard the idea of a targeted rate. NZ Herald

New tourism app offered to Kaikoura business free Kaikoura’s warm hospitality is being pitched to kick-off a new tourism app. Stuff

These are some of the places that are openly hostile to tourists Constant bad behaviour by tourists, issues of overcrowding and even environmental concerns have prompted some of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations to turn a cold shoulder to tourists.

Wednesday, 31 May

Grant Webster: A ‘bed tax’ would harm hotels just now recovering from the last downturn. NZ Herald

Expert: Tax on tourists for medical costs not a good idea despite millions being spent on treatment. TVNZ

Wellington region looks set to get 10,000-seater indoor arena The Wellington Regional Strategy Committee will advance the plans. Stuff

Here come the Lions – and their 4 tonnes of luggage Qantas is doing the heavy lifting for the British and Irish Lions who are bringing four tonnes of bags and gear. NZ Herald

Moteliers ask for level playing field The Otago Motel Association is lobbying the Dunedin City Council to crack down on the ”booming” alternative accommodation available in the city. ODT

Otago is in desperate need of large scale investment in infrastructure if the region’s tourism industry is to continue thriving. ODT

George Hickton: Auckland’s bed tax debate should not lose sight of Ateed’s value New Zealand’s tourism industry, our single largest export earner, is at a crossroads that could define its medium and long-term future. NZ Herald

Government hints at KiwiRail overhaul as company under review Treasury and the Ministry of Transport will carry out the review, which Transport Minister Simon Bridges says is aimed at looking at the long-term role of rail in New Zealand and how to make sustainable. Newshub

New staff members ready to start the season on Mount Ruapehu Mount Ruapehu’s slopes will open to snow bunnies this weekend – the first ski field in the country to do so this winter. Stuff

Tuesday, 30 May

Phil Goff denies bed tax for accomm providers is illegal Auckland Council is getting set this week to vote on a plan for a so-called bed tax in the city for hotels and motels. Radio NZ

Iwi queries exclusion from $1bn investment offer Far North mayor John Carter should have consulted Māori before signing the district up to a billion-dollar investment offer by a Chinese company. Radio NZ

Standby for biggest influx of Lions fans in 12 years Hawke’s Bay is gearing up for its biggest influx of British and Irish rugby fans in 12 years. Hawke’s Bay Today

Chinese investment in Northland should be mutually beneficial So Chinese interests are keen to invest $1 billion in Northland. The Northern Advocate

Freedom camping overflows Three new freedom-camping sites are proposed for Dunedin, as the two already provided by the Dunedin City Council have reached capacity. ODT

Second chance for dryslope park Queenstown’s indoor ski park is re-opening under new owners and management. Mountain Scene

Fullers has been ordered to pay nearly $100,000 to victims of a ferry crash and fined $40,000 after one of its faulty vessels slammed into a pier. NZ Herald

Jim Boult: Tackling freedom camping rule flouters
 Readers of this column know that I have been critical of freedom campers. Mountain Scene

Hapu claims it doesn’t want to stop Hole in the Rock tourism Hapu which have made claims on the coastline want consultation. The Northern Advocate

Monday, 29 May

Aucklanders have plenty to say for and against world-first plans to light up the Harbour Bridge. NZ Herald

Thousands of Kiwis could be caught in British Airways flights disruption Thousands of Kiwis could be caught by a computer glitch that has grounded British Airways flights through London. AAP

A Chinese company is offering to invest up to $1bn in the Far North in everything from cultural tourism to energy. The Northern Advocate

Ziptrek breaches on Bob’s Peak alleged The council is to investigate Ziptrek over alleged breaches of its resource consent. ODT

Why Christchurch needs a multi-purpose arena downtown A new multi-purpose arena would be a long-term win for the city. The Press

Overseas tourists call on Colac Bay weaver Owning a weaving business on the Southern Scenic Route brings Isobel Bates in contact with many tourists. Southland Times

Overseas visitors’ giant-sized health bill puts DHBs under pressure Taxpayers are forking out tens of millions of dollars a year treating sick foreign visitors. Sunday Star Times

We will wow them with Dunedin chic(k) Lavish bacchanalian indulgence Trenz is coming to Dunedin next year, and the city’s tourism industry — in fact the city itself — has a chance to really impress foreigners both from New Zealand and overseas. ODT

Aurora lights up the South Island The South Island was treated to a spectacular Aurora Australis display Sunday night. Newshub

Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference coming to Waikato University of Waikato has secured hosting rights for a meeting of the world’s largest group of indigenous experts. Waikato Times

Fiordland leads Southland’s tourism growth Southland’s tourism sector is one of the fastest growing in the country, due in no small part to the increase of visitors to Te Anau and Fiordland. Southland Times

Friday, 26 May

High-profile hotel magnate Earl Hagaman dies The hotelier, who recently sued Labour Party leader Andrew Little, has died, aged 92. Stuff

Budget 2017: Hits & misses Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chris Roberts gives his verdict on the Budget. NZ Herald

A new service is hoping to offer attract private landowners who are happy to host tourists on their farms, vineyards and orchards. Radio NZ

Timaru council encourages locals to contribute to tourism site A new $100,000 website promoting the Timaru District is up and running after a long delay. Timaru Herald

Kaikoura roading and rail to benefit in $4 billion New Zealand infrastructure boost in Budget. TVNZ

Video: Tourism Minister predicts another million tourists by 2022. The South Today

Movie’s benefits extolled The money from a $6million to $8million movie planned for filming in Maniototo will filter through the community and the movie will publicise the region. ODT

Tourism in Otago continuing to boom The latest monthly regional tourism estimates show the industry continues to boom in Otago. ODT

Bungi Backpacker ‘family’ forced to move out for new Queenstown hotel A dozen long-term Queenstown backpacker residents are being “forced to leave home” as their hostel is getting demolished next month. The Southland Times

Thursday, 25 May

Owner ordered to secure ‘dangerous’ hotel The owner of the derelict Revingtons Hotel has been ordered to secure the building. ODT

Councillors have been exposed to a range of views about locals renting their homes out for short-term stays. Rotorua Daily Post

Proposed immigration changes hit hospitality A Mt Eden artisan bakery and cafe wants customers to write to the Immigration Minister. NZ Herald

Passenger on Air NZ flight arrested for assault, reportedly abusive to staff. TVNZ

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has promised Queenstown special access to Government funding and resources to cope with the overwhelming costs of tourism due to its “exceptional circumstances.” Southland Times

To tip or not to tip, that isn’t the question The problem is that a culture of tipping creates a different, and entirely inequitable economy The Press West Coast

Waipu Cove accommodation and camping facility to become 50-plus lifestyle village The Northern Advocate

NZ cities prepare for the dollars and excitement of another Lions Tour Whangarei is humming. When the Lions kick off their New Zealand tour by playing the Provincial Barbarians there on June 3, the town’s cafes and pubs are expected to be packed. Stuff

Govt could fund special projects The Government will pay for special Queenstown projects if the district makes a strong case for them. Mountain Scene

Wednesday, 24 May

The Hundertwasser Art Centre fundraising project is heading down to the wire with little over a month left to find $1.25 million to reach its pass-go funding target. The Northern Advocate

Barry Soper: Paula Bennett’s latest crusade reaches tipping point Newstalk ZB

Light rail route needs to be locked in now if Wellington wants it in its future. Stuff

Bay of Plenty tourism agency’s promotional plan could cost ratepayers an extra $1.9m a year. Bay of Plenty Times

Gore businessman launching Thai jet boat venture Thai holidaymakers will soon be rubbing their eyes in disbelief as a supercharged sea monster from Gore hits a popular Phuket beach. The Southland Times

Wellington looks to fill ‘big hole’ in events calendar after sevens move to Hamilton. The Dominion Post

Multicultural food festival proves a big hit Organisers are pleased with the amount of support shown by the Clutha community for this year’s multicultural food festival. ODT

Queenstown may be in line for special tourism funding The Government may stump up with special funding for Queenstown.  Stuff

To tip or not to tip – Restaurants Association supports Bennett The RA says the Tourism Minister’s idea should be encouraged. Radio NZ

NZ’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, has announced that a new five-star Pullman hotel will open in Rotorua in late 2018/early 2019. NZ Herald




Friday, 19 May

Flights around the world now cheaper than ever Flights from every competitor in the sky have fallen in recent times, offering passengers various cheap choices in who they can fly with. Newshub

Air NZ CEO: Emirates’ trans-Tasman A380 flights ‘not a big threat’ Air New Zealand is confident of holding onto its half of the trans-Tasman travel pie, despite the presence of Emirates’ Airbus A380 superjumbos. Australian Business Traveller

Infratil says there is ‘no chance’ Wellington will lose jet services in runway challenge Wellington Airport’s majority owner remains optimistic about its proposed extension, predicting a solution will be found to a court challenge to its runway safety are. Stuff

Temporary accommodation for Edgecumbe Temporary homes are going to be moved onto the Whakatane Holiday Park. Sun Live

Qantas brings in new measures to make trans-Tasman travel easier Qantas has introduced mobile check-in and digital boarding passes for passengers flying between Australia and New Zealand. NZ Herald

No extending Bluff Oyster & Food Festival despite demand Three Airbus A320 charter flights carrying about 500 passengers will arrive in Invercargill on Saturday for the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival. The Country

Cruise berth benefits well beyond tourism Christchurch needs to attract more smart, skilled people to ensure our future prosperity. The Press

Air NZ plane lands on one engine The plane was making an “ominous” creaking sound before the pilot shut one of its engines down. NZ Herald

Building work on an ambitious trail between the Marlborough Sounds and Christchurch could soon be under way. The Marlborough Express

Thursday, 18 May

Couple save historic Kaikohe building with plans for hotel, backpackers A Kaikohe-raised couple who feared the town’s only heritage building would fall into ruin are transforming it into a boutique hotel, backpackers and café. The Northern Advocate

Wanted: Nearly 20,000 service workers in Christchurch Christchurch’s service sector might need to consider hiring sickness beneficiaries, with almost 20,000 new jobs expected over the next three years. Radio NZ

Bed squeeze: Airline cabin crew putting extra pressure on Auckland hotels The influx of new airlines to Auckland means its not only passengers putting the squeeze on hotels but hundreds of extra crew who need top-quality accommodation. NZ Herald

Top hotel managers behind Rotorua’s first five-star development Rotorua should be celebrating the announcement that the city’s first five-star hotel will be managed by top hotel chain AccorHotels, according to industry officials and a local developer. Rotorua Daily Post

AccorHotels to manage proposed Rotorua five-star hotel Rotorua’s newest five-star hotel development will be run by AccorHotels. Stuff

Push for rail trail study about being prepared if opportunity arises Mayor Meng Foon will tomorrow seek councillor support for a feasibility study on an extended Gisborne-Napier cycleway “rail trail”. Gisborne Herald

A Southland mayor has apologised for spending more than $1m in ratepayer money towards a cycle trail court case it has now dropped. Radio NZ

Government help for the badly damaged Christchurch Adventure Park is not likely, says Tourism Minister Paula Bennett. Stuff

Rising tourism numbers have prompted big changes to The Langham Auckland on Symonds St, re-branded as Cordis. NZ Herald

Paula Bennett: Funding for the future of regional tourism. Radio Live

Oyster fest waiting list 1000 Three Airbus A320 charter flights carrying about 500 passengers will arrive in Invercargill on Saturday for the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival. ODT

Special licences for shows Dunedin bars opening on Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be able to serve wine instead of water, thanks to Ed Sheeran. ODT

Wednesday, 17 May

Who should pay to keep NZ pure? Is it time for the companies that benefit from our clean-green image to start chipping in to protect it? Stuff

Tourism: a credible career Tourism and hospitality careers are under-valued, despite being the country’s largest export earner. Radio NZ

Quantity over quality will turn round to bite tourism What is it about NZ’s mentality that is so stupidly drawn to boom and bust? Bay of Plenty Times

Council calls for extra investment in tourism infrastructure The Government’s pledge to pump $25 million a year into tourism was “not even close” to what was needed. Marlborough Express

Taupo to benefit from latest tourism funding The $178m Tourism Infrastructure Fund announced by the Government last week will boost facilities in the Taupo area. Waikato Times

Air NZ “most successful airline in the world”: CEO Air New Zealand’s CEO Chris Luxon has put it out there and claimed his airline is the best in the world. Travel Weekly

Pacific tourism growing in step with global trend Visitor arrivals to the Pacific region grew by 3.7 per cent last year compared with 2015. Radio NZ

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Marathon boost for Hawke’s Bay tourism The Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon boosted the region’s tourism over the weekend. Hawke’s Bay Today

New Zealand’s North Island: An Insider’s View I always tell people to plan as much time as you can when touring New Zealand. Napa Valley Register

Channelling the golden age of riverboats Tourism on the Whanganui River could be greatly boosted if a navigable channel could be created in the upper reaches. Wanganui Chronicle

Tourist levy needed to help struggling councils The tourism industry and local govt have been piling unprecedented the pressure on the Govt. Stuff

How NZ air travel is changing forever With new aircraft, new routes and new stopovers to consider, the options for Kiwi travellers are endless. Stuff

NZ slashes Chinese tourism forecast, denting outlook NZ has slashed its forecast for Chinese tourist spending over the next six years. Bloomberg

The Soap Box: Bennett a bit like a soap opera actor Paula Bennett is a bit like a soap opera actor. Not quite up there with the Kardashians. More like a member of the Osbourne family. Newstalk ZB

Jetstar to charge up to $50 for parents carrying babies on laps Jetstar has brought in a new charge for parents travelling domestically with babies on their laps.

Monday, 15 May 2017

KiwiRail wants quake-resilient facilities for ferries KiwiRail wants new, earthquake-resilient facilities for the Cook Strait ferries, even if it has to share them with its rival, Bluebridge. Radio NZ

Bookabach looks to booming international tourism market HomeAway planned to take one of the “crown jewels” of its portfolio global. Stuff

Timaru and Tekapo named among top emerging tourist draws of 2017 Tourism bookings website Trivago ranked Lake Tekapo Village third and Timaru seventh among 11 “up-and-coming” hotspots. Timaru Herald 

New Zealand tourism benefiting from volatility in the United States New Zealand is increasingly being seen as an “escape” for United States travellers in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, a tourism boss says. NZ Herald

Auckland missing out on new tourism fund – ATEED An Auckland tourism group says it’s missing out on the government’s new tourism fund even though the city has had a record number of visitors this past summer. Radio NZ

Renewed funding push for tourism-generating Aoraki/Mt Cook There will be a push for more money to be spent in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park as the conservation estate meets new tourism demands. Timaru Herald

The world has fallen in love with this Mother’s Day video by Air New Zealand Air New Zealand have released a new promotional video just in time for Mother’s Day which is proving to be a hit around the world. TVNZ

Australia flights ‘a struggle’ for Dunedin Dunedin’s only international flight, to Brisbane, will continue, but travellers should not hold their breath waiting for more transtasman flights. ODT

Little promises tourist levy under Labour in first term Labour leader Andrew Little says he is personally in favour of a tourism levy on visitors to New Zealand. Newshub

Maori feast awaits Lions fans amid fears for impact on islands NZ is bracing for the arrival of 20,000 rugby fans next month. The Guardian

Editorial: Tourism’s rapid growth requires careful stewardship It has been a big week for tourism. NZ Herald

Proposed hotel is about promoting city The developer behind the scheme, says why he believes Dunedin people should get in behind the project. ODT

Friday, 12 May 2017

Tourism boost welcomed but ‘proof will be in the pudding’ says Mackenzie mayor A funding boost of $178m for tourism has been welcomed by South Canterbury mayors. Timaru Herald Think tourism, MPs urged New tourism figures broken down by electorate show the extent of spending in an industry worth more than $4.5 billion a year to the lower South Island. ODT Global warning after fatal cruise ship blast The world’s maritime industry is being warned of the deadly risk posed by corroded nitrogen cylinders used for launching lifeboats after a worker was killed in Dunedi. ODT Helicopter crew who saved two tourists recognised Getting winched out of a helicopter 65 metres in the air – in the middle of a storm – is all just part of the job for Corporal Aeron Mellish. Manawatu Standard $300m Government boost for international and New Zealand movies More Hollywood blockbusters could be made in New Zealand as the screen sector receives a $300 million boost from the upcoming Budget. Stuff ‘Not fair to put the burden on ratepayers in small towns’ Tourism funding boost set to help local communities. TVNZ Air NZ flight from Christchurch to Palmerston North turned around after ‘engineering issue’ Passengers were delayed almost five hours after a flight from Christchurch to Palmerston North was turned back an hour into the flight because of an “engineering issue”. The Press Tourists will happily pay more for attractions: Air NZ CEO Tourists from overseas are happy to pay more than locals for some attractions. Radio NZ The tourism boom is destroying our best destinations Can anything be done to fix it? It’s survival of the fittest in the NZ tourism industry. The Spinoff Public slam proposed hotel The Dunedin City Council has been flooded with submissions opposing Dunedin’s proposed five-star hotel. ODT Thursday, 11 May 2017 Air New Zealand upgrades Houston service, adds another flight to Argentina Air New Zealand will fly a new configuration Dreamliner between Auckland and Houston from later this year as it targets more of the premium market. NZ Herald Dunedin accommodation sold-out for Ed Sheeran Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet but accommodation is already booked up in Dunedin for Ed Sheeran’s March concert. Newshub Prime Minister responds to tourist levy plea from southern mayors The Prime Minister plans to engage further with the six southern mayors who wrote to him appealing for more help to deal with “irresponsible” campers. Stuff New Zealand’s popularity causing tourist problems International travel agents say New Zealand is becoming harder to sell. Newshub The new head of Tourism New Zealand is enthusiastic about the 100% Pure marketing message. NZ Herald Tourism industry urged to tap Indian ‘sleeping giant’ Indian visitor numbers have grown 80 per cent over the last five years Stuff Wednesday, 10 May 2017 Akl hotel rate hike legality queried The legality of a proposed doubling of rates on central Auckland hotels is being questioned by a former regional council chief. Radio NZ Ed Sheeran ‘massive’ coup for Dunedin Pop sensation Ed Sheeran is set to perform Dunedin’s biggest concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium. ODT Concerns over use of island Questions are being asked about the apparent increase in the number of tourists visiting Ruby Island on Lake Wanaka. ODT Why is a tourist levy such a big deal? How disappointing it was to read that Paula Bennett does not consider a tourist levy necessary. Timaru Herald Queenstown, New Zealand, is being loved to death We’d just arrived back in Queenstown after walking the Routeburn Track. Helping farmers cash in on agri-tourism opportunities Farmers are being actively encouraged to cash-in on Taranaki’s soaring popularity. NZ Farmer Tuesday, 9 May 2017 Jetstar adds six more seats to Airbus A320 Jetstar is squeezing more seats onto its Airbus A320, the aircraft that regularly fly between New Zealand and Australia, but says leg room will not be compromised. Stuff New bus service links Coromandel to Rotorua A new bus service from the Coromandel to Rotorua and back has been introduced, giving locals and tourists a direct link between the regions. Rotorua Daily Post Hotel design: back to the future is where it’s at When it comes to hotel design, Dunedin can learn from Hobart. ODT Opinion: No tourist attractions a missed opportunity Tourists are spending more money than ever before, yet we’re missing out. Bay of Plenty Times Racecourses to host campervans of Lions fans Two Auckland race courses will be hosting hundreds of campervans full of Lions rugby fans. Radio NZ A proposed $18 million levy on hotels to attract visitors and big events to Auckland is unlikely to survive a legal challenge, says expert. NZ Herald Monday, 8 May 2017 KiwiRail may spend up to $50m on new carriages for its scenic network as the scenic tour operator rides the tourism boom. NZ Herald A serious crash involving a former Rotorua family near Whakatane has prompted a gesture from a local tourist attraction. Rotorua Daily Post ASB: Booming population growth will keep economy growing for the next two years, despite a slowdown in tourism and construction. Stuff Council issues dozens of fines to Christchurch freedom campers Six freedom campers a week are being stung with fines by Christchurch council officials since the city completely banned the practice. Radio NZ How orcs and All Blacks are attracting the megarich to New Zealand Mega-rich tourists are flocking to enjoy luxury experiences only New Zealand can offer, reports Grant Bradley. NZ Herald Friday, 5 May 2017 Editorial: Care needed to prevent tarnishing tourism’s golden age From any perspective tourism is on a roll. NZ Herald Mayors ask English for tourist levy Southern mayors have taken their concerns about irresponsible camping to the Prime Minister. ODT Phil Goff waters down hotel bed tax Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is set to water down his bed tax, nearly halving the $28 million targeted rate. NZ Herald Air New Zealand Hobbit plane among the ‘ugliest planes that have ever flown’ One of the iconic themed jets has been singled out in a list of the “ugliest planes that have ever flown” NZ Herald Pillow fight: Ateed boss says its tourism funding base should be widened The head of Auckland’s tourism and events promotion organisation says he would like to see a wider range of those in the industry fund its work beyond the accommodation sector which is facing a massive increase in rates. NZ Herald Tourism Minister advises ‘sense of humour’ over Mt Taranaki nude photo Tourism Minister Paula Bennett was not offended by a young woman’s nude photoshoot on Mt Taranaki, but says she will not be stripping down herself. Radio NZ South Canterbury mayors support plans to lobby government for tourism funding This follows an appeal to the Prime Minister, made by six Southern Mayors in a letter, to reconsider the Government’s stance on a tourist levy. Timaru Herald Opposition to proposed hotel grows Public opposition to Dunedin’s proposed Moray Pl hotel is mounting, but only slowly, as submissions trickle in to the Dunedin City Council. ODT Council, tourism body to keep nagging Air New Zealand Blenheim people travelling to Nelson to dodge high airfares is an ongoing issue, and the council says only Air New Zealand can change that. Marlborough Express Same-sex couples flocking to New Zealand to tie the knot Charity Turner and Phoebe Cox had been together for three years and wanted to get married but Australian laws wouldn’t allow it, so they jumped the ditch. Stuff Thursday, 4 May 2017 It’s raining hotels A second landmark hotel is to be built by the main road into downtown Queenstown, amidst the resort’s visitor accommodation shortage. Mountain Scene Tourism and construction growth drives unemployment below 5% The unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in the first three months of the year as the economy created 29,000 new jobs. Radio NZ Watch: Behind the scenes video shows relaxed John Key joking about his new Air NZ gig, offers revealing insight into election. 1 News Now Tourism growth opens up opportunities Growth in visitor numbers to Southland is opening up opportunities for tourism businesses. Southland Times Tourism businesses should pay more to hold staff If wages were higher more young New Zealanders would be attracted to the sector. NZ Herald Chinese magazine coverage seen as coup for the South A prominent story about Dunedin and the South in a major Chinese magazine is expected to be read by the sort of tourists who would travel beyond traditional tourist centres. ODT Playmate Mt Taranaki nude photo deemed disrespectful A Playboy playmate’s decision to pose nude on the top of Mt Taranaki  will upset local Maori, an academic says. Stuff Hamilton couple launch Off The Beaten Track, matching holidaymakers with farms A Hamilton couple have launched a website to take holidaymakers off the beaten track and into rural accommodation. Stuff New glass accommodation latest to join astro-tourism industry A new venture aims to tap into the booming astro-tourism market. Timaru Herald AVANI Hotels & Resorts set to launch in NZ AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the acquisition of Metro Suites in Auckland. Hospitality Net Tourism NZ in pact with 2 airlines to tap tourists Tourism NZ and two airlines have come together to promote NZ to Indian travellers. DNA India Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Editorial: ‘Pre-feasibility’ report on Christchurch stadium could speed city’s revivial. The Press Private backers needed for commercial passenger flights into Alexandra Rapid growth in the use of Alexandra Airport and recent upgrades are unlikely to translate into passenger flights without the help of the private sector, airport officials say. Stuff The Great Tourism Squeeze: Cleaning the loos and shifting the human waste from scenic walks eats into the budget. NZ Herald 250 Queenstown ski field workers out in the cold Hundreds of Queenstown ski field employees are still without accommodation with less than two months to go before the ski season starts. Radio NZ Ohakune Mardi Gras cancelled A $77,000 loss at last year’s event and conflict with the upcoming Lions’ Tour are behind a decision to cancel this year’s Ohakune Mardi Gras event. Stuff UN survey: Migration and tourism supporting NZ economy The United Nations is upbeat over the New Zealand economy. Newshub Air NZ’s Christopher Luxon on success Zigging when others zag is Christopher Luxon’s key to making Air New Zealand a top global airline. Stuff Warnings over drone use by tourists at Franz Josef Helicopter trips to Franz Josef’s Glacier are being put in danger by the use of drones. Radio NZ Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Southern Mayors prepare to lobby Government for tourism funding as situation ‘dire’ A tourist tax could help smaller councils cover the cost of more tourism infrastructure, Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith says. Timaru Herald Tourism continues to boost local economy New estimates suggest further increase in off-peak tourism. Gisborne Herald World Masters Games a success for NZ’s tourism sector Auckland’s tourism agency says the World Masters Games will continue giving to the sector. Newstalk ZB Chinese tourists love NZ’s fresh air but not our hotel charges Chinese travel experts say the market will continue to grow strongly. NZ Herald Planning a Trip to New Zealand? An Insider’s View In case NZ is on your bucket list, this is the first of a three-part series. Napa Valley Register Tourism pressure may see ‘erosion of goodwill’ Tourism is officially NZ’s biggest export earner, but it’s putting a squeeze on infrastructure. Newstalk ZB Matt Heath: My revenge on United Airlines Sadly, last week after a fantastic Air New Zealand international flight I was forced to deal with United Airlines. NZ Herald Seminar emphasises strengthening Pacific tourism An emphasis on strengthening tourism in the Pacific has been made at a Pacific Futures Seminar in Auckland. Radio NZ Tourists spend up big in BOP Tourists spent an estimated $1.7 billion in the Bay of Plenty in the year to March 2017, according to MBIE figures. SunLive Rachel Smalley: Can’t welcome tourists and not provide the infrastructure Our tourism industry is now officially our number one top export earner. Newstalk ZB Monday, 1 May 2017 Tourism intended for prison Dunedin’s old prison has four new trustees including a new tenant with the tourism market in mind. ODT The Great Tourism Squeeze The Government is under increasing pressure to come up with solutions to ease the squeeze from record growth. NZ Herald Tunnel cycleway success Dunedin is one step closer to being joined to the Otago Central Rail Trail. ODT How military technology helped fuel NZ’s tourism boom New Zealand’s current tourism boom can in part be traced to aerospace technology dating back to the late 1950s. NZ Herald Jetstar slammed as Air New Zealand bizarrely named ‘Australia’s best’ Budget airline Jetstar has ranked stone cold last in a survey of international airlines. The New Daily Hotel squeeze forces business travellers into Airbnb One of the country’s biggest corporate travel managers says pressure on Auckland hotels has forced it to use Airbnb for some of its clients. NZ Herald Top restaurants fear government immigration changes will starve them of staff The country’s taste buds could take a hit if changes immigration rules make it harder to hire staff from overseas, restaurant owners say. Radio NZ Cruise ships lining up to visit Gisborne A day after the season closes half a dozen visit confirmed for the next one. Gisborne Herald No support for bed tax The keeper of the Government’s purse has hammered another nail in Queenstown’s bed-tax coffin. ODT International, domestic tourism spend holds up in post-quake market Strong international spend is a heartening sign for post-quake tourism figures, Destination Marlborough says. Marlborough Express Bowen Cottages site sold A central Queenstown site earmarked for a failed affordable housing complex has been sold and could be used for a new hotel. Mountain Scene Friday, 28 April 2017 Tourist attacked by shark A surf instructor says the rescue of a French tourist attacked by a shark at a Southland beach was a textbook operation. Radio NZ Megaship boss: Hurry up and build facilities or risk losing visits Auckland should build facilities for massive vessels or risk losing visits. NZ Herald Mayor asks Air NZ to reconsider direct Blenheim-Christchurch flights Air NZ has been asked to reconsider direct flights. The Marlborough Express A champion is crowned: Air New Zealand vs United Airlines Madeleine Chapman flew to Los Angeles on United Airlines and flew back on Air New Zealand. One was better. The Spinoff Climbing community ‘rocked to core’ Queenstown’s climbing community is in shock after two tragic accidents within a few days. Mountain Scene Multi-million Packard display for 2018 Warbirds Over Wanaka Wanaka Airport will host a multi-million dollar line up of 50 classic Packard motor vehicles at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. Southland Times Johnny Moore: Hospitality a ‘ruthless’ game OPINION: I seem to have become a go-to for every enthusiastic person wanting to open a bar or cafe in Christchurch. The Press Wellington rated the best city in New Zealand to drink beer Wellington has been rated the best city in New Zealand and one of Oceania’s top three towns for drinking beer. Stuff Waikato Museum recognised for tourism excellence Waikato Museum is among the first visitor attractions in the country to be awarded Qualmark’s highest level of quality assurance, under new Tourism New Zealand guidelines. Voxy Thursday, 27 April 2017 Attacks on tourists could damage Northland’s reputation Tourism leaders in Northland have warned frequent attacks on visitors would have a damaging effect on the tourism industry in the region. The Northern Advocate Lonely Planet highlights Wellington as best destination for beer tourists Wellington is the best place in New Zealand for tourists to have a pint, according to a new Lonely Planet guide written specifically for beer-lovers. The NZ Herald Taupo events proving to be big business Hosting large scale events has boosted Taupo’s economy to the tune of $32.7 million over the last 12 months. Waikato Times Tourist arrival numbers could be subsiding Tourist numbers have dropped for the first time in almost three years. Stuff Gisborne bus crash driver appears in court The driver of a bus that crashed on Christmas Eve, killing three people, has appeared in court. Radio NZ CDLHT’s net property income grows 6.4% to $35.9m Thanks to the strong contributions from the New Zealand Hotel. Singapore Business Review Queenstown has no snow but keen skiers were queuing from 4am to buy gear About 200 of people were in the queue for the Salvation Army’s annual ski sale when it opened at 9am on Wednesday. Stuff Fierce competition fails to scare off Christchurch hospo stalwarts Despite some high profile closures, several old hospitality hands are forging ahead with plans for new premises. The Press Plans to close two Wellington streets to prevent alcohol pre-loading Excessive drinking is causing so much concern for people’s welfare and damage to cars that Wellington City Council wants to close Blair and Allen streets to vehicles from 10pm, on Friday and Saturday nights. Dominion Post Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Qatar Airways could drop New Zealand route if laptops banned Qatar Airways would consider cancelling flights to Auckland if New Zealand follows the United States in banning laptops and other large electronic devices on Middle East flights. Stuff Airports warn Transport Minister: Change the law or services will be shut down Jet services could end to some regions if a court ruling forces the aviation watchdog to change its decision making, New Zealand’s airports are warning. Stuff Air New Zealand tops corporate reputation table both sides of ditch Air New Zealand has beaten its Aussie rivals to have the best corporate reputation on both sides of the Tasman. NZ Herald Goff’s half year looms with big fiscal hopes still alive An extra rate on commercial accommodation remain big ticket items. Radio NZ Rents, road works play havoc with hospitality businesses Rents, road works, competition leading to financial trouble for hospitality outlets. The Press Guest rankings drive hotel bookings Smaller hotels and motels dominated a list of Loved By Guests Awards compiled by Stuff The latest trendy pop-up restaurant is dishing up airline food to diners Punters are flocking to This Is How We Fly in Soho to sample Air New Zealand’s in-flight menu. The Mirror Wanaka aviation champions acknowledged by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Wanaka aircraft maintenance business owner Callum Smith has been acknowledged as the best maintenance shop of the year by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Stuff ‘Map missing, Australia wannabe’: World lines up to roast New Zealand Aotearoa is being roasted on a Reddit thread called “How bad can you roast New Zealand?” and the insults have poured in thick and fast. NZ Herald ANZAC Day, 25 April 2017 Monday, 24 April 2017 Tighter security for flights from Middle East flights to New Zealand possible Extra security measures will be considered on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries to New Zealand, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges. 1 News Alibaba deal aims to bring more Chinese tourism to South Island Christchurch Airport is partnering with Alibaba, the world’s largest retail commerce company, to connect small and regional New Zealand businesses with Chinese visitors before, during and after their visit. Radio NZ New $3m plan for Dunedin’s Cadbury plant Mondelez International has unveiled its concepts for the $3 million redevelopment of Cadbury World in Dunedin. NZ Herald Residents will fight height of proposed luxury hotel Owners of nearby apartments are set to fight the planned hotel. Herald on Sunday $53m Kiwi pavilion for World Expo 2020 makes ‘clear economic sense’, govt says The govt will spend $53m building a pavilion to promote NZ. Stuff Inside Waiheke Island’s bus scrap Too big, too ugly, too dangerous, they said. The Herald gave Phil Taylor a ticket to ride. NZ Herald Emirates swoops in drive to attract Kiwi pilots Emirates is coming to New Zealand with open days for pilots its Kiwi recruitment head Craig Mitchell says is part of a plan to recruit as many pilots as possible. NZ Herald Kerikeri culinary school back in the kitchen A Northland cooking school which closed down suddenly last year has reopened after a Queenstown education provider came to the rescue. Northern Advocate Southern Lights delight New Zealand for the second night in a row Stargazers in different parts of the country had a rare treat at the weekend, spotting the Aurora Australis lighting up the night sky on two consecutive nights. Stuff Friday, 21 April 2017 Skifields scramble for staff housing A Queenstown skifield operator is taking ads in school newsletters in a bid to house its staff this winter. Mountain Scene South Island getting into China, the e-commerce way Christchurch International Airport CEO Malcolm Johns is on a roll as he outlines his plans to put innovation and disruption at the centre of the company’s growth strategies. NZ Herald Rental fiasco: Is Airbnb pricing out long-term renters? Accommodation company Airbnb is on the rise, but is it the reason why so many renters are struggling to find a property? NZ Herald Future tourists may go on waiting lists to visit national parks An outgoing DOC ranger believes waiting lists may become a reality. Southland Times A Very, Very Important Person’s guide to Queenstown Queenstown has some special systems and facilities to cope with billionaires. The Spinoff No quick fix for quake-damaged Hurunui Hotel The owners of the earthquake-damaged Hurunui Hotel are at their wits end. Stuff Migration ‘tweaks’ hit hoteliers hard Restaurant and hotel operators in Auckland and Queenstown are warning that ‘tweaks’ to the rules around temporary work visas are already hampering the tourist industry’s efforts to welcome in an extra one million tourists over the next five years. Newsroom World’s top spies meet in Queenstown It is believed officials from the world’s largest spy network, including heads of the heads of the FBI and CIA are heading for a Government-hosted conference in Arrowtown. Newshub Queenstown locals and visitors react to new immigration laws The South Today asked people on the streets of Queenstown if they agree with tougher rules on immigration. The South Today Thursday, 20 April 2017 The freedom to camp? NZ’s push for more tourists is putting the spotlight on some of our greatest scenery, but not always for the right reasons. ODT Time to throw Wicked Campers on the barbie? The vehicle rental company is making a mockery of attempts to curb the use of its offensive slogans. Stuff Auckland tourist attraction is in Christchurch It seems someone at Malaysia Airlines doesn’t have the best grasp of NZ geography. 1 News Now it’s easier to live the dream New Zealand represents a ”dream life” for couple Frankie Chan and Vivian Pan. ODT Tourism operator praises new immigration rules One change means foreigners working in jobs like outdoor adventure guides will be eligible for residence for the first time, making it easier to employ foreign workers. Radio NZ Councillors unaware of hotel bid When Buddy Mikaere went along to Tauranga City Council to ask what was happening to the hotel bid he and partners are making on the 82-98 Devonport road block, he was shocked to discover many councillors were unaware there is even a bid on the table. SunLive Raising your glass in celebration of change Wine tourism, both for domestic and overseas travellers is a growth industry, with Tourism New Zealand reporting that 20% of overseas visitors take part in a wine experience’. ODT Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Easter Sunday trading a victory in part One day you are breaking the law, the next you are not. ODT Hawke’s Bay stands out in tourism stats Hawke’s Bay had the second-greatest increase in visitors for New Zealand in February according to Statistics New Zealand’s Commercial Accommodation Monitor. Hawke’s Bay Today Advertising Standards Authority raises concerns over Wicked Campers non-compliance The boss of Wicked Campers is silently refusing to comply with rulings against its offensive slogans. Stuff Ratepayers against proposed $50,000 boost to events ‘fad industry’ City events could receive an extra $50,000 from rates – but some ratepayers believe it’s the council buying in to a fad industry. Southland Times Buoyant February for Northland accommodation businesses Latest data from Statistics New Zealand shows Northland is leading the country in commercial guest night growth and annual guest nights in the region are fast approaching two million. Stuff Waikato Museum hosting exhibitions on the art of war – and tourism Tourism and warfare usually make uncomfortable bedfellows, but in the Waikato Museum they compliment each other well. Stuff Editorial: Easter in Northland …snore Good Friday and Easter Sunday continue to confuse me. Northern Advocate Work starts on Christchurch red zone walk-run-bike trail Work building a riverside trail through the red zone has begun. The Press Cashing in on tourism Wairarapa is riding a tourist dollar wave, but one district is missing out. Wairarapa Times-Age Malaysia to expand collaboration with NZ in tourism sector Malaysia looks forward to expanding its collaboration with NZ industries. Malaysian Digest Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Stewart Island ‘under selling‘ tourist activities Tourism operators have enjoyed a busy summer season, despite the weather. Southland Times Auckland hospo gears up for World Masters Games Auckland’s hospitality sector is gearing up for a busy fortnight. NZ Herald Small towns should reap benefits of Easter tourists  Wanaka is thriving under new Easter laws but not all tourist towns are benefiting. Newstalk ZB Dining wars: Out of the frying pan … Kiwis spend more than $9 billion eating out each year. That is igniting a boom in new restaurants and dining precincts — and a cut-throat battle for your dining dollar. NZ Herald First legal Easter trading for Wanaka “restored normality”, businesses say Wanaka businesses are open lawfully for the first time after illegally trading on Easter Sunday for over a decade. Stuff Hamilton Airport welcomes increased passenger numbers Hamilton Airport’s passenger numbers are soaring, reversing the previous trend of passenger decline with growing Auckland congestion playing a part. Stuff Hotel developer Fu Wah International hits out at costs The Chinese developer behind a luxury five-star hotel being built on Auckland’s waterfront wants major action to stop rising construction costs which are fast making investment in vital tourism infrastructure uneconomic. NZ Herald A third of overseas visitors are ‘ping pong’ tourists who have been at least once before Once is not enough for many “ping pong” tourists who repeatedly return to holiday in New Zealand. Sunday Star Times Easter Holiday Thursday, 13 April 2017 Lyttelton awaits cruise ship report, lodges reclamation consent Funding options for a Lyttelton cruise ship berth might soon be revealed. Stuff United Airlines boss sorry for ‘horrific’ incident The CEO of United Airlines has apologised for the ‘truly horrific’ removal of a passenger. Radio NZ Lani Hagaman to push ahead with retrial in defamation case Hotelier will continue to pursue a defamation case against Andrew Little. The NZ Herald Christchurch Airport considers multimillion-dollar runway extension Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) is considering a $12 million extension to one of its runways. The Press Fiordland buzzing this Easter From eclectic art to a festival of tartan Te Anau is turning it on for visitors this Easter. Southland Times Cyclone Cook: Worst is yet to come Cyclone Cook’s fury will be unleashed on much of the country today with conditions similar to those that sank the Wahine 49 years ago. Newstalk ZB Sunday sorted but… Wanaka shop owners are looking forward to trading on Easter Sunday without fear of prosecution, but still plan to open on Good Friday. ODT Mike Hosking: Lot of fuss over Waiheke bus There has always been a tension about Waiheke. The NZ Herald Flights delayed, cancelled out of Auckland There’s disruption for flights in and out of Auckland airport on Wednesday evening as wild weather bears down on the country, with one plane bound for Kerikeri forced to turn around in the air. Stuff Aucklanders told to prepare for cancelled bus and ferry services as extreme weather predicted Auckland Transport says disruption to public transport tomorrow seems inevitable, with extreme weather predicted. 1 News Port Marlborough and harbourmaster fear salmon farms and ferries could be on collision course Putting a salmon farm near a major shipping channel could cause serious accidents, with floating debris threatening boats, Marlborough’s port company says. Stuff Wednesday, 12 April 2017 United flight overbooking: Flight or fight? United’s ‘re-accommodation’ of passenger a colossal mistake. Chicago Tribune via Stuff 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 Consent sought at Opua for barge dock, railway station A group is hoping to build a new railway station and offer steam train rides. Northen Advocate What airlines in New Zealand do for passengers bumped from flights New Zealand airlines overbook some flights but more conservatively than in the United States. The NZ Herald Ministers shun Jetstar despite cheaper pricing NZ First leader Winston Peters has slammed Government ministers for refusing to fly Jetstar despite forcing public servants to do so. Newshub Auckland receptionist takes silver in world champs An Auckland hotel worker has claimed silver in the 2017 receptionist world championships. Stuff 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 Little ‘very pleased’ no damages awarded in defamation case A jury has cleared Labour leader Andrew Little of defaming Lani Hagaman and has been unable to reach a decision over Earl Hagaman’s claims. Radio NZ Airport land battle keeps going The battle over 16ha of land at Frankton, known as Lot 6, may not yet be over. ODT Muse on Allen director being chased by liquidators over payments Liquidators of a former fine dining restaurant in Wellington are pursuing the former director over payments he says went to creditors. Dominion Post Where to go when you want to give work emails and Facebook friends a miss Try and get a mobile signal at the East Taranaki town of Whangamomona and you’re out of luck. Stuff Tuesday, 11 April 2017 NZ’s inbound tourism sector could have a new player Flight Centre is expanding as an on-the-ground travel operator. The NZ Herald Regional hospitality booming thanks to Chinese market A new breed of Chinese tourists is driving a spending boom in regional New Zealand. Stuff Little v Hagamans: Jury hung on most claims Labour’s Andrew Little could face another trial on claims brought by hotelier Earl Hagaman. The NZ Herald Remote rural town divided on whether to move into the 21st century Residents of one of the country’s smallest and most isolated towns appear to be torn between moving into the modern world or staying as they are. Taranaki Daily News 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 Extra flights for Hawke’s Bay Marathon Air New Zealand will put on nearly 1000 additional seats to help transport competitors and supporters to the Hawke’s Bay region for the Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon on May 13. Voxy Lions tour, World Masters Games predicted to push families out of emergency motel housing The squeeze on accommodation across the country is putting more pressure on those already homeless. TVNZ Easter trading to boost economy, draw visitors to Napier Giving Napier stores the option to remain open for business on Easter could boost the local economy, and bring more visitors to the region, local proponents say. Hawke’s Bay Today Monday, 10 April 2017 ‘A number will end up in cars’ – fears for the homeless as accommodation books out for Lions tour There are concerns for those relying on Auckland motels for emergency housing as two big sporting events are set to kick-off in the city. 1 NEWS Paul Little: This isn’t the end of the world The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues, Police, State Services, Tourism and Women is not in favour of supplementing the existing border tax with new levies on tourists. NZ Herald 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 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 Andrew Little defamation case: Jury to resume deliberations A jury is due to resume deliberating in the trial of Labour leader Andrew Little for alleged defamation. NewsHub Waiheke bus protesters make tourists get out and walk Around 150 protesters blocked tourists on Waiheke Island from travelling by bus. Newshub Flights cancelled at Palmerston North airport after emergency landing Dozens of passengers packed the airport after a forced landing. Newstalk Auckland Airport launches Strata Club to reward frequent fliers The airport has launched its own loyalty scheme that rewards frequent travellers. NBR Why tiny electric planes and $25 tickets could be the future of regional air travel But what if you could show up at an airport, bypass security checkpoints, board a small hybrid-electric plane with luggage in hand, and be on the ground at your destination in about an hour – all for US$25 each way? The Washington Post Friday, 7 April 2017 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 Labour leader Andrew Little had ‘moral obligation’ to scrutinise Niue hotel deal Labour leader Andrew Little says his comments about a Niue hotel deal at the heart of a defamation case were part of his “moral obligation” to hold the Government to account. Stuff South Korean luge celebrated Queenstown tourism operator Skyline Enterprises has been formally congratulated by South Korean government officials at the opening ceremony for its $20 million luge investment in Tongyeong City. ODT New app helps property owners pimp their driveways to motorhome travellers Rather than risk fines for illegal freedom camping, motorhome travellers will be able to stay the night beside a chook run, a vineyard, or even in the car park of a fancy resort. Stuff Airports face new landing restrictions after court decision, aviation regulator warns Airports across New Zealand may have to extend runways or face new restrictions on the type of planes which can operate there, the aviation regulator is warning. Dominion Post  Charge tourists to pay for free swimming Tourists should be charged entry to museums and art galleries to pay for swimming lessons. Southland Times Accommodation registrations still coming in Council threats are flushing out Queenstown’s unregistered holiday let owners. ODT Air NZ named marketing team of the year Air NZ has won marketing team of the year at Mumbrella’s Travel Marketing Awards. Mumbrella How Air NZ unleashes digital transformation At the recent CIO100 breakfast in Auckland, Air New Zealand’s first chief digital officer talks about customer experience, finding 10X talent and predicting the future. CIO The slow journey to greener air travel Over the past decade, planes have been powered by fuel squeezed from plant seeds, wood chips, nicotine-free tobacco, algae and recycled oil from deep fryers. NZ Herald Thursday, 6 April 2017 Frustrated travellers queue at Wellington Airport after flights cancelled A long line of frustrated customers formed at Wellington Airport, as customers tried to rebook their flights after planes were grounded. NZ Herald Five adventure activities everyone should try in New Zealand Where else in the world can you float through underground caverns, fly high above a forest and tumble down hills in inflatable balls? Stuff Gisborne shares boom in tourism Visitors staying at holiday parks in the Gisborne-East Cape region last year pumped a whopping $20.9 million into the community. Gisborne Herald Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails The Kingston Flyer may yet ride West Coast rails after Development West Coast confirmed it is still investigating the option to buy the historic steam train in its entirety. Greymouth Star Andrew Little will pay any defamation costs from his own pocket The wife of Scenic Hotel founder Earl Hagaman says Labour leader Andrew Little could have avoided a multimillion-dollar defamation suit by making one phone call. Newshub Ngati Awa buys White Island Tours The iwi has announced it is buying iconic Whakatane tour operator White Island Tours. Rotorua Daily Post Consent in for five-star hotel Consent for the 17-storey shimmering glass tower in the heart of the city has been lodged. ODT Air NZ unveils new economy seat design It’s never fun being cramped in the middle seat on an airplane but relief may be on the way. Stuff Wednesday, 5 April 2017 Taruheru Cycleway and Walkway costed at $6.8m A new report has found that a proposal to build a joint cycle and walkway between Bright Street and Campion College will cost $6.8 million. Gisborne Herald Kihikihi walk, cycle route decided Waipa will soon welcome another great trail to the district with the Te Awamutu to Kihikihi trail route confirmed. Te Awamutu Courier Editorial: Northland now brimming with festivals and events It wasn’t that long ago that Northland was a festival backwater. The Northern Advocate Retailers hit by fall in Chinese tourists A drop-off in Chinese visitors to New Zealand and their increasing rejection of group tours is impacting the country’s retailers. NBR (subscription) Airbnb boom: 20,000 listings and counting in New Zealand Airbnb New Zealand manager Sam McDonagh said the number of property listings in New Zealand had reached more than 20,000. Stuff Fog disruption shows airline communication can still improve – Cas Carter New Zealand has weather – lots of it. And most of us probably have a story of how its disrupted our travel. Stuff Jesse Mulligan: We should be embarrassed about how DoC is treated Saturday was the 30th birthday of the Department of Conservation (DoC). Newshub Paradigm paralysis in paradise The tourism boom is an invitation not an invasion, Vaughn Crowther writes. ODT Gareth Morgan stirs up twit-storm over freedom campers The Opportunities Party’s Gareth Morgan is defending his Twitter style. Radio NZ State of emergency amid major flood fears Dozens of people have had to leave their homes in Whanganui and Rangitikei. Radio NZ Tuesday, 4 April 2017 Preparing for China An area of caution will be the 2019 China-New Zealand Year of Tourism. ODT Real estate and tourism hits stride on Coromandel Peninsula Tourists and new residents are flooding into the Coromandel, but there’s a price to pay for the economic boom. Stuff Gareth Morgan goes on Twitter tirade, rages against tourists and PC culture When economist Gareth Morgan launched his bid for Parliament last year, he compared himself to Donald Trump because of his anti-establishment approach. NZ Herald Tourism industry, Paula Bennett don’t want Goff’s levy A tourism lobby group says taxing international visitors is not the direction New Zealand should head. Newshub Campervan company regrets Lions ‘tour surcharge’ A campervan hire company regrets describing a price hike as a Lions tour surcharge. Radio NZ Chinese developers to build $20 million hotel on Dominion Rd A resource consent has been lodged for a 60-room hotel. NZ Herald Air NZ admits airfare mistake with flights to Honolulu A flight to Hawaii for less than $500 return has to be a mistake, right? Stuff Monday, 3 April 2017 Gateway to Fiordland becoming a deathtrap for tourist drivers “Welcome to Smash Palace,” says Mobil owner Mark Dowling. Sunday Star Times Accommodation prices soar up to seven times the usual rate during Lions’ tour NZ-bound Lions fans are facing huge price surges. NZ Herald Now I know why everyone loves awesome New Zealand I never once encounter any unpleasantness, any rudeness of any kind. Daily Mail Labour leader Andrew Little calls for tourist tax Paula Bennett says NZ could be seen as a rip-off. NZ Herald NZ already too costly for tourist tax – Bennett Tourism minister and Deputy PM Paula Bennett does not support taxing tourists to pay for infrastructure, she says. Radio NZ Airport parking costs: Are travellers being charged fairly? A new report into airport car parking has questioned whether travellers are being fairly charged. NZ Herald Tourism brings $63m more into the Bay The Bay of Plenty’s latest figures in tourism showed a $63 million increase in year-to-year spend. BOP Times April fools! Zipline ride from One Tree Hill a flight of fancy If you thought a half-price deal to zipline 800m off the peak of One Tree Hill was too good to be true – well, you were right. NZ Herald 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 Bus driver charged after Tongariro crash A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. ODT  No plans for stricter security on flights from Middle East – CAA The Civil Aviation Authority has no plans at this stage to follow Australian authorities in ramping up security checks on flights from some Middle Eastern countries. Radio NZ Lions surcharge shock: $780 for camper, now $2100 Businesses are being warned against price gouging during the Lions Tour, with one vehicle rental company hiking prices by up to 200 per cent. NZ Herald Mayors and iwi working the road On State Highway 38 shines the jewel of the North Island, pristine Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park. Hawke’s Bay Today Watch NZH Local Focus: Record summer season at Waikaremoana Waikaremoana Holiday Park Manager Petrina Brenchley says it’s been a “record summer season”. NZ Herald 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 Too few beds for two events Wanaka accommodation providers and Lake Wanaka Tourism are predicting there will be an accommodation crisis in March next year due to the Wanaka A&P Show and the Motatapu race both being held on the second weekend that month. ODT 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 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 Friday, 31 March 2017 Te Awa Cycleway gets boost from Waikato motelliers The Te Awa Great NZ River Ride hopes to boost Hamilton’s tourism numbers, and local motelliers are backing the track. Waikato Times Queenstown first in New Zealand to have Airbnb Experience Airbnb has launched it’s first New Zealand Experience destination as the company diversifies its offerings. Stuff Freedom camping turns feral Freedom campers have been snapped sleeping under trees in Queenstown. Mountain Scene Nightmare day of travel as flights delayed around the country Passengers in airports around NZ faced a nightmare day of travel. The NZ Herald Chinese hoteliers on Goff’s new rates rise: ‘If only we’d known …’ If Fu Wah International Group had known its Park Hyatt Auckland hotel would be treated as responsible for 10% of the Auckland visitor economy, it would never have agreed to invest here. NBR (subscription) Does Auckland’s tourism trumpet need muting? Auckland is filled to the brim so why is it still being promoted as a destination? Radio NZ Air New Zealand’s Boeing 767 makes its final journey Air New Zealand’s last Boeing 767 will make its last commercial flight on Friday, March 31. Stuff Air New Zealand cancellation figures ‘pretty good’ despite concerns An aviation analyst says the number of Air New Zealand flights canceled in and out of Timaru is “pretty good”, despite concerns from some residents and members of the business community.  The Timaru Herald Terminal anger: ‘We will have been here 30 hours’ The fog is slowly starting to lift in Wellington, and tired travellers who slept rough in the terminal while “rap music” played at 3am are starting to move on. Radio NZ He Tangata: A chat with Napier City Council’s manager of visitor experiences Sally Jackson Each week Elisabeth Easther gets the story of people in the Kiwi tourism industry. This week, Napier City Council’s manager of visitor experiences, Sally Jackson. The NZ Herald Tourists spent $1.7b in Bay of Plenty in last year Tourists to the Bay of Plenty spent $1.7 billion in the last 12 months to February – up 5 per cent on the previous year. Rotorua Daily Post 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 Thursday, 30 March 2017 Air NZ suspends Wellington flights as fog lingers Air NZ  suspended operations at Wellington as fog and low cloud grounded flights. 1 News Now 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 Kiwis to billet Lions fans struggling to find hotels When A Greymouth rugby fan has set up a Facebook page asking locals to host tourists. Stuff