Monday, October 23, 2017
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Waikato & King Country

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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ROUND UP

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