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West Coast

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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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