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23 Nov 2022   /

Ski lane enforcement this summer at Southern Lakes

Queenstown Lakes District Council is installing more signage and observing how people use ski lanes to protect boat users and swimmers around waterways this summer.


NZ ski resorts, hotels recognised in global awards
21 Nov 2022   /

NZ ski resorts, hotels recognised in global awards

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Matakauri Lodge, and Azur Luxury Lodge have all picked up awards at the World Ski Awards for 2022.


Big award win, new investments propel Hollyford Wilderness Experience into busy summer
18 Nov 2022   /

Big award win, new investments propel Hollyford Wilderness Experience into busy summer

An almost fully-booked summer is ahead for Hollyford Wilderness Experience, and with newly-renovated accommodation, back-end investments and a win at the New Zealand Tourism Awards, there is much to get on with.


INFLITE’s Munro on Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie’s tourism revival
15 Nov 2022  

INFLITE’s Munro on Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie’s tourism revival

The operator’s new regional GM says it is seeing “pleasantly strong” bookings.


Crankworx heads south for second summer series
15 Nov 2022   /

Crankworx heads south for second summer series

Cardrona, Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka are set to host the Crankworx Summer Series of mountain biking events in 2023.


Ngāi Tahu Tourism posts third annual loss, looks to positive FY23
4 Nov 2022  

Ngāi Tahu Tourism posts third annual loss, looks to positive FY23

The iwi-owned operator says there has been a strong uptick in bookings for the coming year.


Ziptrek partnership takes mindfulness to the trees
2 Nov 2022  

Ziptrek partnership takes mindfulness to the trees

A sold-out event in Queenstown brought mindfulness, connection, nature and adventure together in a unique treehouse meditation session and zipline experience.


Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return
26 Oct 2022   /

Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return

Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.


US expansion boosts Active Adventures as NZ plays catch-up
25 Oct 2022  

US expansion boosts Active Adventures as NZ plays catch-up

A drive into North America during the pandemic has helped the Queenstown-based operator through Covid.


NRDA, operators launch Mārahau Pledge with visitor fee to support environment
13 Oct 2022   /

NRDA, operators launch Mārahau Pledge with visitor fee to support environment

A new visitor fee, a commitment to zero carbon, and operator co-operation are part of an initiative to improve the coastal village of Mārahau on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.


Nelson tourism, hospo get behind holiday challenge
6 Oct 2022   /

Nelson tourism, hospo get behind holiday challenge

Nelson Tasman hospitality, tourism, events and retail businesses are getting behind a new game encouraging locals and visitors to explore their own backyards.


Time to test Milford masterplan – govt
5 Oct 2022  

Time to test Milford masterplan – govt

“Considerable assessment, feasibility testing and planning work is now needed,” says Conservation Minister Poto Williams.


Ziptrek to hold mindfulness in the trees
5 Oct 2022  

Ziptrek to hold mindfulness in the trees

Queenstown’s Ziptrek Ecotours is holding a mindfulness event to be held in the trees on Saturday 29 October.


Govt changes up adventure rules to improve safety following White Island disaster
3 Oct 2022   /

Govt changes up adventure rules to improve safety following White Island disaster

The new operator requirements form part of the govt’s response to the Whakaari/White Island tragedy.


Whakarewarewa launches exclusive electric experience
30 Sep 2022   /

Whakarewarewa launches exclusive electric experience

Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and Electric Bike Rotorua have partnered to offer an exclusive Whaka E-Bike Trail experience into previously non-accessible areas of the Whakarewarewa Valley Reserve.


GCH launches first Chch – Akaroa heli gin experience
29 Sep 2022   /

GCH launches first Chch – Akaroa heli gin experience

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Active Adventures revamps signature South Island experience
23 Sep 2022   /

Active Adventures revamps signature South Island experience

Active Adventures has spruced up its signature travel experience, formerly known as Rimu.


Rotorua mountain bike visitors worth extra 600 jobs by 2026 – report
6 Sep 2022   /

Rotorua mountain bike visitors worth extra 600 jobs by 2026 – report

Mountain bikers could be generating more than $200m in annual visitor spend in the region in four years.


New guidance for commercial jet boat operators
2 Sep 2022   /

New guidance for commercial jet boat operators

Maritime New Zealand and the New Zealand Commercial Jet Boating Association have unveiled new guidance to promote common standards for jet boat maintenance and improve safety on and off the water.


Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO

Experiences must be great for visitors and the environment but also create rewarding connections for Kiwis too, says Stephen England-Hall.


Jolanda Cave on NTT’s priorities for the tourism recovery
23 Aug 2022   /

Jolanda Cave on NTT’s priorities for the tourism recovery

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s new GM on innovation, community, and bringing more storytelling to experiences.


Feedback sought on Fiordland fishing changes
23 Aug 2022  

Feedback sought on Fiordland fishing changes

A proposal to change recreational fishing rules around the Fiordland Marine Area could include daily limits on many fish species, temporary closure of fisheries, and a change to boundary lines where activities can take place.


Ziptrek honoured to win sustainability award
16 Aug 2022   /

Ziptrek honoured to win sustainability award

Ziptrek Ecotours says it is honoured to have won the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s award for the New Sustainability Initiative.


Operators to launch Marahau Pledge for carbon-neutral future – is this the way forward?
12 Aug 2022   /

Operators to launch Marahau Pledge for carbon-neutral future – is this the way forward?

Nine Abel Tasman tourism businesses are involved in a new regenerative tourism initiative that aims to support the village of Mārahau and the region.


Skyline profit tumbles, revenue rises
1 Aug 2022   /

Skyline profit tumbles, revenue rises

Skyline Enterprises has reported a pre-tax profit of $34.98m for the year to March 2022, down 51% from the $68.67m reported last year.


Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies
25 Jul 2022   /

Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies

While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.


Winter woe for Forgotten World Adventures but strong season potential ahead
20 Jul 2022   /

Winter woe for Forgotten World Adventures but strong season potential ahead

A washout serves up an off-season challenge for its new owner but bookings look good for spring and summer.


INFLITE targets 50% summer recovery but cost pressures grow
18 Jul 2022   /

INFLITE targets 50% summer recovery but cost pressures grow

There’s little room to increase prices in an unpredictable environment, says the skydive and scenic flight operator.


INFLITE snaps up Munro from Tourism Waitaki
12 Jul 2022   /

INFLITE snaps up Munro from Tourism Waitaki

The RTO’s GM will join the national tourism group in August.


Staffing, weather dampen otherwise good holiday activity
11 Jul 2022  

Staffing, weather dampen otherwise good holiday activity

The school holidays are giving operators a lift but it’s not all smooth sailing during the crucial business period.


New operator creates ‘Unforgettable Fun’ for visitors
8 Jul 2022   /

New operator creates ‘Unforgettable Fun’ for visitors

With a focus on having a laugh, a new venture aims to leave guests smiling.


NTT’s Shotover Jet unveils ‘world first’ electric boat
6 Jul 2022   /

NTT’s Shotover Jet unveils ‘world first’ electric boat

Ngāi Tahu Tourism says its wants to have half of its jet boat fleet electric by 2030.


Strong start for unique snow experience
20 Jun 2022  

Strong start for unique snow experience

New Zealand’s only heli-snowmobiling visitor experience has kicked off winter 2022 with scenic helicopter flights around the Garvie Plateau and a snowmobile experience for 12 passengers.


SkyCity to light up Sky Tower for Matariki
20 Jun 2022   /

SkyCity to light up Sky Tower for Matariki

Auckland’s Sky Tower will be lit up in the colours of Matariki this week.


Whale, dolphin nationwide count to start
17 Jun 2022  

Whale, dolphin nationwide count to start

Keen whale and dolphin watchers will be keeping a close eye on the ocean this weekend as part of Cetacean Spotting’s third nationwide citizen scientist cetacean survey.


Southern ski fields open
16 Jun 2022  

Southern ski fields open

NZSki has opened its Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown with five of its eight lifts operating.


Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season
15 Jun 2022  

Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season

More than 1.5 metres of snow blanketed parts of Queenstown over the weekend, marking an “epic” ski season ahead for the Southern Lakes ski fields, says Destination Queenstown.


Deals, hot pools, events & activities keys to driving holiday park demand – report
14 Jun 2022   /

Deals, hot pools, events & activities keys to driving holiday park demand – report

Hot pools and winter experiences are strong marketing opportunities for holiday parks.


Matariki, events, Aussies point to strong season – NZSki
9 Jun 2022   /

Matariki, events, Aussies point to strong season – NZSki

The operator also secures critical worker exemption for 275 skilled staff, helping to meet staffing challenges.


New experience sets sights on 24k domestics annually
31 May 2022  

New experience sets sights on 24k domestics annually

Rotorua Ziplines, a venture between an operator and local iwi, offers a 2.5-hour trip and a reforestation mission.


Totally Tourism’s The Helicopter Line wins SAR award
20 May 2022   /

Totally Tourism’s The Helicopter Line wins SAR award

The Helicopter Line has received the Gold Award for Operational Activity for its Mount Cook base at this year’s New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards.


Skydive Queenstown appoints national sales manager
18 May 2022   /

Skydive Queenstown appoints national sales manager

Skydive Queenstown has appointed Martin Langford to the role of national sales manager.


Events revive, visitors return for Auckland recovery
9 May 2022  

Events revive, visitors return for Auckland recovery

Events, food and entertainment are back on the menu to attract visitors and revive the heart of the city.


Rotorua, Central Otago trails added to Great Rides network
6 May 2022   /

Rotorua, Central Otago trails added to Great Rides network

Two new cycle trails in Rotorua and Central Otago will join the Ngā Haerenga Great Rides network, the first to be added in more than a decade.


Fox Glacier Guiding breaks ice on carbon zero ambitions
22 Apr 2022   /

Fox Glacier Guiding breaks ice on carbon zero ambitions

The effort highlights the need for operators working in vulnerable environments to become more sustainable.


Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?
21 Apr 2022   /

Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?

Specific volcano traits could form the basis of a new eruption warning system.


Operators up on Easter ’21, Aussies back quicker than expected
20 Apr 2022   /

Operators up on Easter ’21, Aussies back quicker than expected

Tourism has started its long road to recovery for some with the holidays, the weather and Australians contributing.


Kaikōura businesses take gin experience to the mountains
19 Apr 2022  

Kaikōura businesses take gin experience to the mountains

Two local Kaikōura businesses have teamed up to create a new gin experience in the mountains.


DOC asks hunters to share backcountry over roar
14 Apr 2022   /

DOC asks hunters to share backcountry over roar

DOC says hunters need to share the backcountry, including huts and tracks, safely and are mindful of others during this season’s roar.


Govt allows 275 experienced ski field workers in
13 Apr 2022   /

Govt allows 275 experienced ski field workers in

Employers will be required to pay at least the median wage of $27 an hour for the roles.