Monday, August 21, 2017
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Transport

Labour: Airport light rail within 10 years

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern has pledged light rail from downtown Auckland to the city's airport within a decade if it wins the general election in September.

Motorhome Friendly status – a tourism boost for two towns

South Taranaki towns Hawera and Opunake were officially welcomed into the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s nationwide Motorhome Friendly scheme.

Council: Gorge closure “is a barrier to tourism”

Hawke’s Bay needs and deserves a definitive statement setting out a plan for a robust, resilent transport corridor to the Manawatu.

Taieri Gorge Railway affected by recent rain event

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

Visitor Ambassadors activated to support shuttles

The second weekend of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) free park and ride snow shuttle service went well with local businesses reporting they were happy with council’s response to the parking and congestion issues that arose the inaugural weekend.

Cook Strait ferries cancelled

Sailings of the Interislander and Bluebridge ferries have been cancelled due to the deterioration of weather in Cook Strait.

Delays on popular tourist route

People who use the road between Wanaka and Tarras, State Highway 8A, may experience some disruptions from next week

Popular tourist routes focus of road safety improvements

Work is now underway on dozens of individual road safety projects that aim to make busy South Island tourist routes safer for visiting drivers

Booming tourism helps Mainfreight lift earnings 17%

Mainfreight is pleased to announce another year of record results to 31 March 2017.

Go Bus wins airport park and ride contract

Go Bus has secured the contract to deliver passengers to and from Queenstown Airport's new 150-space park and ride facility.

Free electric cars for corporate travellers

Regular business travellers will be able to book an e-Golf for their day of travel, free of charge.

Super Shuttle goes Platinum with new luxury service

Super Shuttle has launched a new business class service as it upgrades its fleet, pushes into the regions, and expands its marketing.

Nomad goes 360° as it expands offering

Nomad Safaris, Queenstown’s oldest off-road tour company, has introduced two new activities to its adventure menu for 2017.

NZ tech company behind latest New York ferry service

Christchurch technology company Connexionz has won the contract to support New York City’s latest ferry operation.

Waikato Explorer answers calls for park & ride ferry service

Hamilton’s iconic River Cruise service, the Waikato River Explorer, has kicked off from its new launch space at Day’s Park.

PM criticised over Chinese FIT comments

The Bus & Coach Association has hit back at government comments encouraging Chinese visitors off tours and into independent travel.

Importance of coach services

There are many reasons why encouraging tourists to partake in tours, as opposed to travelling themselves, would actually be advantageous to New Zealand.

Grant Webster on THL’s electric future

Tourism Holdings Limited's chief executive Grant Webster tells the Ticker of the company's electric motorhome plans and beyond.

Explorer Tourlines statement on Te Anau Milford Highway crash

Presented at Press Conference at 2pm Friday at Rydges Latimer Christchurch following the Te Anau Milford Highway crash last Tuesday that killed two German tourists.

Ruapehu to tackle Tongariro congestion with transport hub

Ruapehu council is planning to provide almost $1m in funding to help ease track congestion on the Tongariro Crossing and support tourism infrastructure in the region.

SH1, south of Kaikoura, to close for emergency stabilisation

State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, will be closed to all traffic for eight days from 8pm on Sunday, 26 March to 7am on Tuesday 4 April to enable emergency slip face stabilisation work to be carried out.

New Fullers ferry to cope with tourist demand

Fullers is introducing a new vessel, Capricornian Surfer, dedicated to Devonport to cope with tourism demand.

Go Bus to bolster luxury fleet to meet tourism demand

Go Bus is pumping up to $20m of dollars into its luxury Johnston's Coachlines business to meet soaring tourism demand.

Q&A with JUCY’s Kat Van Dijk

Kat Van Dijk entered tourism relatively recently when she joined JUCY just over four years ago. She is GM Southern Lakes at what was originally a car rental company but has expanded into campervans, cruise and hotels.

Public transport breakthrough for the Wakatipu

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

KiwiRail tourism services booming despite $9m Kaikoura hit

KiwiRail took a $9m hit in revenue due to the Kaikoura earthquake however tourism services on its Interislander ferry service was booming.

Kiwi Experience revenue fall fails to slow THL growth

Tourism Holdings Limited’s (THL) New Zealand tourism operations saw earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) jump to $4.3m for the half-year to 31 December 2016, up 30% on the previous corresponding period.

Auckland Airport welcomes Sichuan Airlines

Auckland Airport welcomes the announcement that Sichuan Airlines will start flying between Auckland and Chengdu in China from June this year.

Jetstar & Qantas welcome NZ govt travel announcement

The Qantas Group has welcomed the New Zealand government’s announcement naming both Jetstar and Qantas as contracted suppliers for government air travel, commencing 1 March 2017.

New flights and fares bring NZ closer for Euro visitors

One-stop flights and highly competitive fares mean visiting New Zealand from Europe is easier than ever before.

Auckland Airport welcomes world’s longest flight

Auckland Airport welcomed Qatar Airways on Monday as the airline launches the world’s longest commercial passenger flight on the Auckland-Doha route.

New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle unveiled in Christchurch airport

The future arrived at Christchurch Airport this morning, with the introduction of the fully autonomous Smart Shuttle.

Air fares, road transport costs drive inflation up

Sharp increases in air fares and road passenger transport prices were behind a lift in the consumer price index (CPI) inflation rate to 1.3%.

TranzAlpine services to West Coast resume

KiwiRail has cleared the slips on the Midland Line and will begin running services, including the internationally acclaimed TranzAlpine train.

New InterCity buses bring business class to the road

Two new InterCity double-decker buses are hitting the road this week, offering a new level of luxury for long-distance bus passengers.

Major milestones for Air New Zealand’s mobile app

Air New Zealand’s mobile app is proving a hit with customers, clocking up its one millionth user download this week.

KiwiRail launches truncated TranzAlpine service

KiwiRail is offering day trips from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on its popular TranzAlpine service after Wednesday’s weather bomb cut road and rail links.

Million passenger milestone for Queenstown

Air New Zealand is celebrating a new milestone after it carried a million domestic passengers to and from Queenstown in 2016.

Campaigns target peak season international drivers

Tourism New Zealand has launched two social media campaigns to educate international visitors that driving in New Zealand is different from what they are used to.

Operators face bleak season after 7.8 magnitude shake

Kaikoura tourism operators are yet to get to grips with the impact Monday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude quake will have on their businesses.
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