Sunday, April 22, 2018

West Coast

Buller votes to keep Tourism West Coast, leaves door open to DWC

Buller District Council has voted overwhelmingly to keep control of Tourism West Coast but has left the door open to the local economic development agency to proceed with its take it over.

TIA: Councils should reject plan to scrap West Coast RTO

An attempt to wrestle West Coast tourism promotion from the local regional tourism organisation has been slammed as "poorly timed" and "without supporting evidence" by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Tourism West Coast appoints marketing manager

Samantha Beneke has been appointed the new marketing manager at Tourism West Coast.

RTOs welcome $12m funding, keen for more from $1bn PGF

Regional tourism leaders have welcomed the government's investment in developing new products and expect more to come from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund in further rounds.   

Northland, Gisborne, West Coast tourism among first to benefit from $1bn PGF

Tourism in Northland, Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast will be among the first beneficiaries of the first deployment from the $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.

Kiwi Experience: Stranded passengers in good spirits

Customers on a Kiwi Experience coach stranded near Franz Josef by last night's storm are in good spirits and waiting for the road to clear, says the tour operator. 

Record dry days for Christchurch Airport while West Coast soaks

The record number of dry days* in a row recorded at Christchurch Airport was 45 days and this was seen during September/October 1954.

Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land

Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

Tourism NZ picks West Coast for first South Island single-region campaign

The West Coast has been selected as the region to feature in Tourism New Zealand’s second single-region marketing campaign and its first in the South Island.

Video: Thirty years of KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine celebrated

One of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, KiwiRail’s iconic TranzAlpine train journey, has marked 30 years of operation with celebrations in Christchurch and Greymouth.

MBIE: West Coast leads tourist September spend growth

Tourism expenditure grew in most regions over the year to September 2017.

NZ one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2018

New Zealand has made it into Lonely Planet's list of top 10 countries to visit in 2018.

Skyline advances “spectacular” glacier gondola project

Skyline Enterprises’ proposed Franz Josef Glacier Gondola project will be a “spectacular” attraction well positioned to capture growing West Coast tourism numbers.

From the Regions: West Coast’s Jim Little

Tourism West Coast's CEO Jim Little tells us about building on the region's successful brand, how the RTO is developing wilderness attractions, and why it is seeking a big boost to its budget.

Travel back 230 million years at new Tuatara Encounter

The West Coast Wildlife in Franz Josef is proud to be announcing the opening of its brand new Tuatara Encounter in Franz Josef on Sunday 1st October 2017.

Labour: $1m funding for West Coast trails

The Labour Party wants to build on the West Coast's strengths in tourism and engineering in its development plan for the region.

Land corridor connects Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks

Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks are now connected by a 169-hectare block of land purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund.

Australians encouraged to explore South Island cycle trails

Three South Island cycle trails feature in the latest TNZ promotion to get more Australians thinking about and planning a cycling based Kiwi holiday.

Monteith’s Brewery awarded Qualmark Gold

PRESS RELEASE: Monteith’s Brewery Leading West Coast tourism attraction Monteith’s Brewery has had its status as one of the country’s top sustainable performers confirmed after being awarded a prestigious Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award. Nick Rogers...

Big hitters help West Coast’s ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ win

Former head of Saatchi & Saatchi Kevin Roberts and the current CEO of TVNZ Kevin Kendrick can take a bow for their parts in helping the West Coast's 'Untamed natural wilderness' brand win a prestigious Local Government New Zealand award.

Work to begin on new Great Walk

Construction is set to start by the end of the month on the new Great Walk in Paparoa National Park in memory of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster.

$5m boost for West Coast visitor economy

A $36.8m Action Plan will help boost the West Coast's visitor economy, support economic development, and improve connectivity and infrastructure.   

West Coast Cycle Trail brings companies together

The success of the West Coast Wilderness Trail has bought Hokitika-based shuttle company Wilderness Shuttles together with Christchurch-based Cycle Journeys, to enable them to establish a ‘one-stop’ point of contact for the trail.

Lessons for Marlborough from West Coast’s untamed wilderness

The West Coast’s regional tourism organisation says a new report is further endorsement of its marketing strategy which has seen the region become the fastest growing tourism market in the country over the past 12 months.

West Coast’s ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ brand recognised

The West Coast’s 'Untamed Natural Wilderness' brand has seen the council become a finalist at the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards.

DOC refutes Oparara “developer” claims

Contrary to recent media reports, DOC has not committed to any “theme park” style development in the Oparara Basin.

MBIE: Nelson, West Coast fastest growing regions

Tourism expenditure grew in all regions over the year to February 2017, according to the latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates released by MBIE.

New Great Walk through Paparoa approved

A new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy.

Top of the South cluster releases new trade resource

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura.

InterCity launches coast-to-coast bus service

New Zealand’s largest long distance transport provider InterCity will operate bus services between Christchurch and Greymouth while the TranzAlpine scenic railway is out of action.

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.

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.
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Tourism ‘transforming’ West Coast economy Operators are reporting October and November already way ahead of 2016 figures. ODT

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

March 2017

Tourists flock to West Coast Tourist numbers on the West Coast exploded last month, including a new record at Franz Josef Glacier despite the six-week rail closure that resulted in 17,000 cancellations on the Tranz Alpine train. ODT

Watch: Aerial footage showcases 65km new Great Walk on West Coast in memory of Pike River Mine victims A new Great Walk has been approved by the Government today, with the green light given to a track through the Paparoa National Park in memory to the victims of the Pike River Mine tragedy. 1 News Now

Midland Railway Line to reopen between Greymouth and Christchurch The Midland Railway Line between Christchurch and Greymouth will reopen earlier than expected. The Press