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27 Jul 2021  

Air NZ unveils 300k domestic fares under $100

Air New Zealand has announced 300,000 domestic fares for under $100 on flights departing in September to November.


NZ Winter Games 2021 to go ahead with reduced lineup event
26 Jul 2021  

NZ Winter Games 2021 to go ahead with reduced lineup event

The New Zealand Winter Games has green-lighted a smaller scale event for 2021 amidst continuing border closures.


Northland, Christchurch named in TIME’s Greatest Places
23 Jul 2021  

Northland, Christchurch named in TIME’s Greatest Places

Northland and Christchurch have been named in TIME’s third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places.


New plan proposed for popular lagoon
23 Jul 2021  

New plan proposed for popular lagoon

Grovetown Lagoon has become a popular area for walking, biking, picnicking, kayaking, food gathering and bird watching.


DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage
22 Jul 2021   /

DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage

DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.


Waitaki’s ‘Sweet Spot’ campaign moves to second phase
22 Jul 2021  

Waitaki’s ‘Sweet Spot’ campaign moves to second phase

Second phase to promote accommodation, food activities and local attractions using photos.


New $16m gallery gifted to Canterbury Museum
22 Jul 2021   /

New $16m gallery gifted to Canterbury Museum

Ravenscar House Museum set to open to public in October.


Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism
20 Jul 2021   /

Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism

A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.


Hamilton opens $100k events fund
20 Jul 2021   /

Hamilton opens $100k events fund

Hamilton City Council has opened applications to its annual Community Event Fund.


CubaDupa 2022 calls for ‘wildly creative ideas’
20 Jul 2021   /

CubaDupa 2022 calls for ‘wildly creative ideas’

Wellington’s CubaDupa festival has opened artist applications and expressions of interest for its 2022 festival.


Sir Edmund Hillary-inspired train tour launches
19 Jul 2021   /

Sir Edmund Hillary-inspired train tour launches

The first tour would hit the tracks in March 2022.


Kingston Flyer gets green light for public trips
16 Jul 2021   /

Kingston Flyer gets green light for public trips

Historic steam train can now operate commercially on the 14km Kingston to Fairlight railway.


Festival secures DCC funding boost
16 Jul 2021  

Festival secures DCC funding boost

A total of $956,800 allocated to 33 groups across Dunedin from various funds in latest round.


Hamilton gets ready for ‘pumping’ weekend
15 Jul 2021  

Hamilton gets ready for ‘pumping’ weekend

Two international rugby matches and a sold-out concert all in the space of a few hours for Hamilton


Te Pae set to host two-day innovation expo from 31 Oct
15 Jul 2021  

Te Pae set to host two-day innovation expo from 31 Oct

International science conference and Australasian ports conference also slated for this year.


P&O Cruises announce inaugural NZ music festival ‘at sea’
15 Jul 2021  

P&O Cruises announce inaugural NZ music festival ‘at sea’

Line-up of country stars as well as country-themed dance and activities on offer for three day cruise.


Operator “stumbles” across better business model in Covid pivot
14 Jul 2021   /

Operator “stumbles” across better business model in Covid pivot

The firm has now closed for winter, but has strong bookings for September re-opening.


Milford Sound masterplan to be unveiled 28 July
14 Jul 2021   /

Milford Sound masterplan to be unveiled 28 July

The Milford Opportunities masterplan project is set to be launched publicly at the Te Anau Club on Wednesday 28 July at 11am.


TIA Summit confirms first speakers for 2021
14 Jul 2021   /

TIA Summit confirms first speakers for 2021

Tourism minister Stuart Nash to speak on 1 September.


Auckland’s winter festival Elemental AKL launches
14 Jul 2021  

Auckland’s winter festival Elemental AKL launches

Event featuring art exhibitions, food festivals, stage productions, talks and live concerts slated to run until 1 August.


Picton’s Shelly Beach upgrades underway
13 Jul 2021  

Picton’s Shelly Beach upgrades underway

Project received some funding from Tourism Infrastructure Fund.


Slow start to NZ school holidays for operators
12 Jul 2021  

Slow start to NZ school holidays for operators

The Covid disrupted Australian school holidays provided little boost, say southern operators.


Aus yoga festival to debut in Napier
6 Jul 2021  

Aus yoga festival to debut in Napier

Yoga Festivals Australia will hold a New Zealand event for the first time in Hawke’s Bay on 7-8 August.


DOC launches new campsite pass
2 Jul 2021  

DOC launches new campsite pass

New pass for campers rather than hut users, with aim to boost use off-peak.


Rotorua Museum secures $4.1m grant
30 Jun 2021  

Rotorua Museum secures $4.1m grant

Funds tagged for exhibition use, as well as earthquake strengthening due to start next year.


West Coast launches competition campaign
30 Jun 2021   /

West Coast launches competition campaign

Campaign targets Kiwi families to plug gap left by internationals.


QLDC mulls $5.4m for new arts, cultural hub
30 Jun 2021   /

QLDC mulls $5.4m for new arts, cultural hub

Project to be worked on by council and the Te Atamira Trust, with funding part of ten year plan.


Hobbiton to host mid-winter feast
30 Jun 2021  

Hobbiton to host mid-winter feast

Traditional ales, lantern night tour, and rowdy singsong slated to help warm hearts and hairy feet.


REF funding to open for Coromandel
29 Jun 2021  

REF funding to open for Coromandel

First round of funding to be up to $140,000.


Christchurch starts prep for SailGP 2022
29 Jun 2021  

Christchurch starts prep for SailGP 2022

Work expected to take six months to complete.


PM scotches support for ski areas hit by burst bubble
28 Jun 2021   /

PM scotches support for ski areas hit by burst bubble

There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.


Polynesian Spa tepid, pot of gold at Rainbow’s End – Rangatira
28 Jun 2021  

Polynesian Spa tepid, pot of gold at Rainbow’s End – Rangatira

Rainbow’s End has not felt the same impact from border closures as Polynesian Spa, says owner Rangatira.


Roof goes on Auckland Zoo’s Indonesian habitat
28 Jun 2021  

Roof goes on Auckland Zoo’s Indonesian habitat

Habitat to be hot, steamy 28-degrees Celsius all year round.


Marlborough parks, tracks affected by flooding
25 Jun 2021  

Marlborough parks, tracks affected by flooding

Walkers on the Marlborough District council’s track system were advised to exercise caution, as work continues to repair flooding and waterlogged surfaces.


Higher property values see Skyline profit jump
24 Jun 2021  

Higher property values see Skyline profit jump

Skyline Enterprises will not pay a dividend for FY21 as uncertainty around return of international visitors remains.


NZ experiences top TripAdvisor plaudits
24 Jun 2021   /

NZ experiences top TripAdvisor plaudits

Kiwi tourism operators have been highlighted in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice 2021 selections with Rotorua Canopy Tours and Heli Hike Fox Glacier topping their categories.


Visitors to New Plymouth help boost local economy
24 Jun 2021   /

Visitors to New Plymouth help boost local economy

Art and music events proving popular among out-of-towners.


Larger protection areas needed in Hauraki Gulf plan – Jongejans
23 Jun 2021   /

Larger protection areas needed in Hauraki Gulf plan – Jongejans

Increasing protected sea areas from the current 9.8% to 30% has the potential to boost marine tourism, says a Northland operator.


Consumer spend helps offset loss of tourists – Westpac
23 Jun 2021  

Consumer spend helps offset loss of tourists – Westpac

More household spending on entertainment closer to home cited.


Inaugural light festival boasts local approach
23 Jun 2021   /

Inaugural light festival boasts local approach

Series of two-metre tall cubes to depict Ngāi Tahu stories about stars in Victoria Square.


Wayfare promotes Legnavsky, Norris made chief conservation officer
22 Jun 2021   /

Wayfare promotes Legnavsky, Norris made chief conservation officer

Chief conservation officer to conservation and sustainability initiatives across the group.


EcoZip donates $8k for native tree planting
22 Jun 2021  

EcoZip donates $8k for native tree planting

Waiheke’s EcoZip Adventures has contributed $8000 towards the purchase of 1400 native trees for planting in seven wetland areas across the island.


Te Papa announces nine days of Matariki events
22 Jun 2021  

Te Papa announces nine days of Matariki events

Main foyer to be converted into marae-style cinema.


Visits to Lake Dunstan campsites up 15% – LINZ
22 Jun 2021  

Visits to Lake Dunstan campsites up 15% – LINZ

Around 10,000 more people used free campsites at four locations.


Zorb owners launch new board game venture
22 Jun 2021  

Zorb owners launch new board game venture

Personalised board game produced with trivia questions about each family that buys it.


e-scooter permit goes to new supplier in Dunedin
21 Jun 2021   /

e-scooter permit goes to new supplier in Dunedin

Lime leaves after weighing up factors following new bylaw.


Nelson mountain bike trails under audit
18 Jun 2021  

Nelson mountain bike trails under audit

Signage and marketing materials to be updated with new grades.


Wānaka A&P show injects $28m into local economy
18 Jun 2021  

Wānaka A&P show injects $28m into local economy

Spend was more than double that seen for the 2015 event.


Low snow sees southern ski openings postpone
17 Jun 2021  

Low snow sees southern ski openings postpone

Coronet Peak hopes to open on Sunday 20 June and Cardona is aiming for 21 June.


Scenic Hawke’s Bay off-road cycle trail opens
17 Jun 2021  

Scenic Hawke’s Bay off-road cycle trail opens

Waimārama Road off-road cycle trail jointly funded by MBIE, district councils and community trust.