Sunday, April 22, 2018

Waikato & King Country

Tourism continues billion-dollar supercharge of regional economy

The Hamilton & Waikato region reached another significant milestone recently when it smashed its record for annual visitor expenditure.

Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback

Partly automated cleaning stations are being rolled out across regions at risk of kauri dieback disease.

Mt Karioi tracks closed following myrtle rust find

DOC is closing the Mt Karioi summit tracks, near Raglan, following a confirmed finding of myrtle rust. It will be closed to the public until further notice.

Hawaiian Airlines expands flights, announces sports sponsorships

Hawaiian Airlines has announced its support for Netball in New Zealand via a major sponsorship of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and Northern Stars ANZ Premiership teams.

Lords of the (netball) ring: Hobbiton to dress netballers, arena in new sponsorship deal

In a first of its kind commercial relationship for professional Netball in New Zealand, Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty have partnered with world famous Hobbiton Movie Set.

Hamilton Airport wins from Auckland congestion

Congested Auckland roads may be contributing to an ongoing increase in air travellers choosing to use Hamilton Airport.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari secures $1.4m funding

New Zealand's largest mainland sanctuary for native wildlife has been granted $1.4 million over four years by Waikato Regional Council.

7 months, 1000 applicants, $150,000+ salary, 1 hire – Forgotten World finally has a...

It took seven months, the lure of a $150,000 salary, and eventually some national media coverage which helped generate global attention, but Taumarunui's Forgotten World Adventures has finally got a general manager.

Award winning eco-adventure product comes to NZ

A new ecotourism and soft nature adventure attraction is coming to New Zealand, with the first Fly-Line operation expected to open next summer.

Best in Show for Hobbiton as it scoops garden awards

Matamata's Hobbiton Movie Set has scooped a trilogy of awards at the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show in Auckland.

Tourism leaders recognised at Waikato awards

Two of Waikato’s tourism leaders have been awarded prestigious awards at the 2017 Westpac Waikato Business Awards.

Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail

Taumarunui will continue to benefit from New Zealanders and international visitors walking the 3,000km Te Araroa trail following agreement of a revised route.

PRINZ conference coup for Hamilton & Waikato

Some of New Zealand’s top public relations specialists are heading to Hamilton & Waikato following the announcement that the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) will be holding their annual conference in the region in 2018.

Tainui plans 40 room expansion for Hamilton Novotel

The Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel will undergo a 40-room expansion next year to serve the hotel’s growing customer base in the quality accommodation market.

Visitors spend more in Hamilton & Waikato

Visitors to Hamilton & Waikato are spending more than this time last year, with nearly $1.44 billion ringing through tills across the region.

Waikato RTO owner reports 60% profit jump, huge property uplift

Waikato Regional Airport Ltd Group (WRAL) has reported a pre-tax operating profit of $800,000 for the year to June, up 60% on last year's result.

Learn more about the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre

Momentum Waikato and Creative Waikato invite you to learn more about the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre.

Kiwis for kiwis at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has been selected as a prominent site to make a significant contribution long-term to the population of New Zealand’s national bird.

Mineral spring holiday park for sale

One of the few New Zealand holiday parks and camping grounds to contain its own thermal bore-spring pool facility has been placed on the market for sale.

Public consultation sought for Waikato theatre projects

Two significant theatre projects will be the subject of public consultation processes following a Hamilton City Council meeting this week.

Tourism and business boosting Hamilton

Hamilton/Waikato was now New Zealand’s fifth largest region by visitor expenditure and the third largest region for conventions and business events.

Kiwi Ingenuity of “Black Water Rafting” Continues to Thrill – 30 Years On

One of New Zealand’s most iconic adventure tourism offerings - Black Water Rafting - celebrates 30 years this month.

$15m grant sets stage for Waikato theatre

Trust Waikato, one of the region’s largest philanthropic trusts, has just approved a grant towards the development of the new Waikato Regional Theatre.

New co-directors for festival

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the joint appointment of Sally Barnett and Bronwyn Bent as Co-Directors for the 2018 Festival.

An Operator’s View: Black Water Rafting’s Angus Stubbs

As Black Water Rafting celebrates 30 years this month, operations manager Angus Stubbs tells us how the business has evolved since it launched off the back of a ute, coping with growth that has seen 200 customers a summer become 200 a day, and how caving was a family affair for the Waitomo local. 

Art hotel, gallery proposed for $73m Waikato theatre

A lifestyle art hotel and a public gallery have been proposed as part of the $73m, 1,100-seat Waikato Regional Theatre development in Hamilton.

From the Regions: Hamilton & Waikato’s Jason Dawson

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism CEO Jason Dawson on the challenges and opportunities of managing growth, the need for more investment and accommodation options, and Hamilton's 50-year plan to turn itself towards the Waikato River.

SkyCity CEO: Queenstown, Hamilton scoped for redevelopment, hotels

SkyCity Entertainment Group is evaluating its Queenstown and Hamilton sites for redevelopments which could include new hotels.

From the Regions: Waitomo Mayor Brian Hanna

Waitomo District Council Mayor Brian Hanna on coping with booming tourism, the success of products like the Timber Trail Lodge and Sir Colin Meads attraction, and plans to build a much-needed new hotel. 

‘Improving Performance’ the theme of Aviation NZ Conference

‘Improving Performance’ is the theme of the 2017 Aviation NZ Conference to be held at the Distinction in Hamilton on 24 and 25 July.

Tourism “very vulnerable” to climate change

New Zealand's tourism industry is particularly vulnerable to climate change and operators must start preparing for it, says an academic.

Waikato’s strong cultural links attract major event

Waikato will welcome around 800 international Indigenous studies experts in June 2019.

Paymark: $740K Lions boost for Waikato

PRESS RELEASE: Paymark Another Lions game and more cause for celebration - or commiseration. Whatever the motive, spending through Paymark in Waikato increased amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes to $2.2 million between 9am...

Hamilton becomes a ‘Neat’ place

Hamilton Central Business Association in conjunction with Hamilton & Waikato Tourism and Hamilton City Council, is excited to bring Neat Places to Hamilton.

Fed Farmers: What about the damage wreaked by tourists?

Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven hits back at criticism his industry is not doing enough to protect the environment and he takes particular aim at the Tourism Export Council.

Luxury lodge comes to market

The luxury Lake Karapiro Lodge and hospitality venue in Waikato is for sale.

Waikato tourism in line for Sevens bonanza

Waikato's hospitality and accommodation sectors will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moving to Hamilton.

An Operator’s View: The Timber Trail Lodge’s Bruce Maunsell

Timber Trail Lodge director Bruce Maunsell on its first five weeks of operation, the repercussions of the Tourism Growth Partnership being scrapped and the pressing infrastructure needs in the King Country and beyond.

New research on overseas drivers challenges perceptions

The correlation between rising tourism figures and road accidents comes under scrutiny in a new study from the Waikato Institue of Technology.

Audio: Seeking sustainability in NZ’s tourism sector

The University of Waikato's recent joining of The United Nations' prestigious international network of sustainable tourism observatories will allow it to conduct long-term research on the impact tourism is having on the environment. Asad Mohsin, the associate...

Waikato becomes NZ’s first UN tourism observatory

The University of Waikato has joined The United Nations' prestigious international network of sustainable tourism observatories.

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.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves awarded official mark of quality

Waitomo Glowworm Caves is the proud recipient of a Qualmark Gold Award – one of the first issued to a tourism operator under the new guidelines issued by Tourism New Zealand.

Castle anyone? Waikato attraction up for grabs

One of Waikato’s best-known tourist attractions is up for sale, and it could come with one of Australasia’s largest doll and toy collections.

April opening for $3.2m Timber Trail Lodge

The $3.2m Timber Trail Lodge being built in the King Country’s Pureora Forest Park is on track to open next month.

InterCity’s airport buses now offer ‘business class’

Travellers on InterCity’s direct bus service between Hamilton and Auckland Airport can now enjoy a taste of business class on the road.
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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

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

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

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

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

April 2017

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

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

March 2017

Waikato River tourism potential ready and waiting Big strides are being taken to turn the river into the centre of tourists’ attention. Waikato Times

Mangaweka residents searching for new publican to reopen hotel Ever wanted to be the life of a small country settlement? Residents of Mangaweka are looking for a new owner for their much-loved pub. Stuff

Entry fee proposed for Hamilton Gardens Hamilton’s Mayor is proposing that everyone but local ratepayers pays a $25 entry fee to see the city’s themed gardens. Waikato Times