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Report: Tourism livelihoods at risk from climate change

New Zealand's ski industry could benefit from climate change in the short term but would suffer from its long term effects as would attractions such as the country's glaciers, according to a new report.

Mt Ruapehu’s long-serving GM to leave

Thirty-six years ago Steve McGill headed to Mt Ruapehu for a ski season - a trip that turned into a lifelong career on the mountain.

Cardrona GM voted chair of Ignite

The Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce has new leadership, with the election of Bridget Legnavsky as chair and Mike Toepfer as deputy at the board meeting yesterday.

Winter Games injects record $13m

The Audi quattro Winter Games attracted 865 athletes and pumped a record $13.4m into Central Otago, says the event's organisers.

Tourism NZ fosters China’s next generation of skiers

Chinese skiers are visiting New Zealand during China’s off-season to hone their skills on our South Island ski fields.

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt's hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka's Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been recognised as New Zealand's best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

“Innovative” Cardrona takes supreme business award

Wanaka ski area Cardrona Alpine Resort has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

$15m upgrade boosts Mt Ruapehu ski season

A new look ski season centred around a multi million-dollar upgrade has paid off in success for Mt Ruapehu.

Jet Park Hotel, Snowplanet reign supreme

Jet Park Hotel and Snowplanet both won the supreme prize at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 for the southern and northern regions respectively.

Real Journeys becomes Winter Festival title sponsor

Real Journeys is stepping up to become the principle sponsor of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Gay Ski Week QT nominated for Australian LGBTI award

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest Winter Pride event - Gay Ski Week QT continues to go from strength to strength with its recent nomination in the Australian LGBTI Awards – ‘Destination Category’.

Cardrona: Record ski season spurs $20m investment

This year's record winter ski season will help spur $20m worth of investment in facilities, says Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Mt Hutt opens highest spa pool in the country

Not only officially New Zealand’s best ski resort two years in a row, plus the best snowfall at a Kiwi ski field this year but now also the highest altitude spa pool in the country.

Ski season boosts holiday numbers in August

August was a boom month for holidaymakers coming to New Zealand according to the latest International Travel and Migration figures.

Mt Ruapehu lake death referred to the coroner

On Friday 29 September, a 39-year-old Taupo resident was reported missing to Police. The man had left his home the day before to go skiing at Whakapapa skifield, Mount Ruapehu.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts secures 60-year license for Tūroa

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has secured a new license that could see it operate Mt Ruapehu's Tūroa ski field for another sixty years.

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at inaugural event

Some of the biggest names in NZ freestyle snow sports will hit Mt Ruapehu on Saturday in memory of one of this country’s freeski legends.

Winter Games chief to step down

The CEO of Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Arthur Klap has announced his intention to stand down at the end of this year.

Southern Lakes boost from bumper Winter Games

The Southern Lakes region is set to benefit from New Zealand’s largest recurring sporting event, the Audi quattro Winter Games, which kicks off tonight.

Buy Side/Sell Side: Cardrona Alpine Resort’s Mat Woods

Cardrona Alpine Resort's head of sales, Mat Woods, on developing the Chinese market, the resort's $15m investment programme coming to fruition, a new year-round product and tapping into the trend for an alpine experience.

NZ’s first commercial ski field, Coronet Peak, turns 70

In 1947, Coronet Peak in Queenstown opened with just a rope tow pulling keen skiers up a mountain, the first commercial ski field to open in New Zealand.

An Operator’s View: Coronet Peak’s Nigel Kerr

Coronet Peak’s ski area manager, Nigel Kerr, on what's changed in the snow industry, what hasn't, and what's happening at one of the country's most popular ski fields.

Mother Nature delivers Mt Ruapehu snow

Steady snowfall over the last few days at Mt Ruapehu has arrived in perfect time for the school holidays - and more snow is forecast.

Winter is here! Treble Cone opens tomorrow.

This weekend the wintery weather enabled the hardworking Snow Makers to complement the natural snow fall from the weekend, which ensures that Treble Cone Ski Area will open Saddle Basin, Home Basin, Nice ‘n’ Easy Platter and the Magic Carpet.

Coronet Peak opens all lifts

Coronet Peak, Queenstown’s closest ski field, has opened all eight of its lifts, one of the first in New Zealand to do so.

New sightseeing experience at Cardrona

With the new McDougall’s Chondola this winter, we’re very excited to launch a new Sightseeing product at Cardrona for the 2017 season & beyond.

Treble Cone on standby

Due to some unusually warm temperatures over the past week, the Home Basin has insufficient snow cover to proceed with opening day.

$10m Chondola launches as skiers hit southern slopes

Cardrona's $10m McDougall's Express Chondola made its season debut with the opening of the Cardrona ski field.

Mt Hutt opens today – the South Island ski season begins!

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt in Canterbury, opens today, marking the start of the South Island ski season.

Biggest turn out in a decade for Happy Valley opening

A record number of skiers, snowboarders and sightseers headed to Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley over the long weekend.

Destination Great Lake Taupō launches winter campaign

Destination Great Lake Taupō has just launched its winter campaign, positioning the region as a top winter ski holiday destination.

Treble Cone gets its guns out

Treble Cone are proud to announce extra snowmaking facilities for the 2017 season.

PM opens new tourism assets on Ruapehu

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron, Chief Executive Clive Manley, Councillor Kim Wheeler and Visit Ruapehu Chairperson Peter Till and CE Claire McKnight had the pleasure of supporting the official opening of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Rangatira Express Chairlift and Snow Factory by Prime Minister Bill English.

Investment leads to early ski season at Mt Ruapehu

A early ski season is expected at Mt Ruapehu after an early dusting of snow and new snowmakers combined to ensure fields would open a month earlier than usual.

Coronet Peak launches midweek night skiing

Coronet Peak is bringing out the stars on Wednesdays nights, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience to Wednesdays during July.

Central Otago ski fields join forces for Winter Games

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

Treble Cone invests in new snowmaking system

Treble Cone is proud to announce that a new snowmaking system will be in place for the 2017 season.

Q&A with Cardrona Alpine Resort’s Bridget Legnavsky

Bridget Legnavsky, Cardrona Alpine Resort Bridget Legnavsky is the general manager of Cardrona Alpine Resort, which in recent year’s has been blazing a trail in terms of NZ skifield’s developing their summer offer. Winter is...

Cardrona invests $15m in winter ’17

Cardona Alpine Resort is on track to complete $15m of developments in time for the winter season.

$100K move to market Taupō district as premier ski hub

A plan to transform the Taupō District into New Zealand’s premier ski destination has gained full support from Taupō District Council who approved $100k of funding.

Celebrate Mt Hutt’s best ski resort award for a good cause

The lifts will be spinning on Saturday March the 4th at Mt Hutt for the ‘Discover Mt Hutt’ family open day; celebrating Mt Hutt’s second award for best New Zealand Ski Resort, at the same time helping Canterbury charity Māia Health Foundation raise funds for a future-proofed rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital.

Tourism JV launches Mt Cook Glacier Guiding

Fox Glacier Guiding and INFLITE’s Mt Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters have teamed up to create new glacier-guiding experiences for visitors to Mt Cook National Park.
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