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14 Apr 2021  

No to cruise, yes to expeditions – Heritage launches luxury Explorer

Heritage Expeditions’ new 18-passenger expedition yacht Heritage Explorer has set sail on its maiden voyage.


New Great South campaign aims to “inject some immediacy”
14 Apr 2021   /

New Great South campaign aims to “inject some immediacy”

Great South’s regional tourism organisations Visit Southland and Visit Fiordland have launched their latest Southland campaign.


TNZ teams up with Richie and Gemma McCaw
13 Apr 2021   /

TNZ teams up with Richie and Gemma McCaw

Richie and Gemma McCaw team up with TNZ to list their top 10 must-do’s in New Zealand.


Some service please, mate? Staff shortages risk underwhelming Aussies
8 Apr 2021  

Some service please, mate? Staff shortages risk underwhelming Aussies

Enough quality service – or perhaps any kind of service at all – might be hard to find in some tourist destinations.


RAL rolls out training program to recruit Kiwis
7 Apr 2021   /

RAL rolls out training program to recruit Kiwis

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has launched its Apprentice Instructor Programme to recruit Kiwis as international staffing remains difficult.


Balmes bring Forgotten World Adventures to market
6 Apr 2021  

Balmes bring Forgotten World Adventures to market

The attraction has had a bumper year making it the perfect time to sell, say owners Ian and Rachel Balme.


Operators enjoy a bumper Easter…
6 Apr 2021   /

Operators enjoy a bumper Easter…

Tourism businesses across the country enjoyed good visitor numbers over Easter with some having to turn people away they were so full.


…and pin hopes on a trans-Tasman bubble
6 Apr 2021   /

…and pin hopes on a trans-Tasman bubble

With Jacinda Ardern expected to make a major announcement today, the Ticker hears from operators what they want to hear from the PM.


Kelly Tarlton’s calls on public to name new baby penguin
31 Mar 2021  

Kelly Tarlton’s calls on public to name new baby penguin

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s welcomed its first newborn King penguin on Valentines Day and has asked the public to give it a name via an online competition.


Sectors key to tourism most affected by lockdowns – Stats NZ
26 Mar 2021   /

Sectors key to tourism most affected by lockdowns – Stats NZ

The two sectors most drastically affected by last year’s national Covid-19 alert level lockdown were accommodation and food, and arts and recreation, says Stats NZ.


RAL ski prep nears completion, 2021 pricing updated
26 Mar 2021   /

RAL ski prep nears completion, 2021 pricing updated

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says its Whakapapa and Tūroa ski slopes are nearly ready for the season with recent work undertaken on its High Noon Express chairlift and Sky Waka Gondola.


Auckland Live launches marketing kit for hotels
26 Mar 2021   /

Auckland Live launches marketing kit for hotels

Venue Auckland Live has launched an online marketing toolkit to encourage visitation to the city and create a cross-sector collaboration with the hotel industry.


Deer hunters urged to “put safety first” during roar
25 Mar 2021   /

Deer hunters urged to “put safety first” during roar

DOC asks deer hunters to take extra care in key season after two year gap in bid to avoid injuries.


Pay in wage subsidy… or in dole – BYATA’s call for support
24 Mar 2021   /

Pay in wage subsidy… or in dole – BYATA’s call for support

Govt will end up footing the unemployment bill if workers in the hard-hit youth sector lose jobs, says BYATA’s new chair.


Skydive Auckland to host 2021 national comp
24 Mar 2021   /

Skydive Auckland to host 2021 national comp

The New Zealand Parachute Federation National Competition will take place at Skydive Auckland this month.


KJet suspends operations following weekend crash
22 Mar 2021   /

KJet suspends operations following weekend crash

A KJet boat with 11 passengers plus the driver on board was involved in a crash on Sunday morning. Five were flown to hospital.


Tauranga Skydive staffer dies after skydiving accident
22 Mar 2021  

Tauranga Skydive staffer dies after skydiving accident

Man dies after a skydiving accident in Mount Maunganui on Saturday 21 March.


Ziptrek launches ‘world first’ AR-enhanced experience
17 Mar 2021   /

Ziptrek launches ‘world first’ AR-enhanced experience

Ziptrek Ecotours will launch what it calls a ‘world first’ zipline experience incorporating enhanced augmented reality.


Go Local grows tourism activities listings
17 Mar 2021  

Go Local grows tourism activities listings

Go Local says it now has 175 tourism activities businesses listed on its platform.


America’s Cup bookings back on tourist agendas
8 Mar 2021  

America’s Cup bookings back on tourist agendas

Tourist bookings for the America’s Cup matches in Auckland starting this week have returned to normal levels, says Heletranz co-owner Sofia Ambler.


Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down
26 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down

Hassle-free Tours built back better and bigger after the quakes but Covid is a different challenge.


BOP operator redeploys staff into Jobs for Nature
24 Feb 2021  

BOP operator redeploys staff into Jobs for Nature

Kaitiaki Adventures will be able to redeploy up to 19 of its staff into Jobs for Nature projects.


Cardrona confirms Willows Quad for winter ’21
24 Feb 2021  

Cardrona confirms Willows Quad for winter ’21

Cardrona Alpine Resort will open its 65 hectare Willows Basin in time for this winter’s ski season following the installation of a chairlift.


Experience Co: Queenstown tourism business hardest hit
23 Feb 2021   /

Experience Co: Queenstown tourism business hardest hit

The Australasian operator’s New Zealand skydiving business was among its worst performers, according to the company’s half-year report.


Regional cancellations highlight Auckland visitor value
16 Feb 2021  

Regional cancellations highlight Auckland visitor value

Regional operators are being cut-off by Auckland as a visitor source and a transit point for those further afield.


Dire visitation prospects force adventure operator to hibernate
11 Feb 2021  

Dire visitation prospects force adventure operator to hibernate

Bleak post-summer prospects for Queenstown’s tourism sector have led to one of the resort’s long-standing canyoning operators temporarily shutting up shop.


Distress beacon registrations up 30%
3 Feb 2021  

Distress beacon registrations up 30%

The up-tick in beacon registrations in December was in line with more activity in January, as more Kiwis took to the outdoors over the holiday period.


How one remote operator is having a “fantastic” summer…
2 Feb 2021  

How one remote operator is having a “fantastic” summer…

As the industry splits into boom and bust regions, one operator reveals how it bucked the trend.


…while others grapple with an unpredictable domestic market
2 Feb 2021  

…while others grapple with an unpredictable domestic market

Many operators are not only grappling with fewer visitors this summer but also an unpredictable domestic market.


Maritime NZ pleased with operators at America’s Cup
1 Feb 2021  

Maritime NZ pleased with operators at America’s Cup

There have not been any commercial operators breaking any rules to take spectators on the water to watch America’s Cup racing, says Maritime NZ


Lockdown barely dents drowning stats in 2020
29 Jan 2021  

Lockdown barely dents drowning stats in 2020

The provisional preventable drowning toll for 2020 is 74.


Dockline trams return to Auckland waterfront
29 Jan 2021  

Dockline trams return to Auckland waterfront

The trams will return to the waterfront this Waitangi Weekend and will be in action over the remainder of the 36th America’s Cup and beyond.


Hanmer Springs extends summer hours
28 Jan 2021  

Hanmer Springs extends summer hours

The extension has been made possible by the support of domestic visitors.


Baring Head Taiao Open Day this weekend
28 Jan 2021  

Baring Head Taiao Open Day this weekend

The Open Day is part of Greater Wellington’s summer programme, which features 24 events across the region.


Mackenzie station, tourism operation jets onto market
26 Jan 2021   /

Mackenzie station, tourism operation jets onto market

A South Island high-country station which plays its part in the Mackenzie tourism landscape as the birthplace of the Hamilton Jet has been put up for sale.


Operators look beyond summer peak with trepidation
18 Dec 2020  

Operators look beyond summer peak with trepidation

After a quiet spring, activities and attractions operators fear visitation will collapse in February without a trans-Tasman bubble.


Inclusive tourism drive launches in Queenstown
14 Dec 2020  

Inclusive tourism drive launches in Queenstown

Queenstown could lead New Zealand to become the “inclusive home of adventure”


Opera in the cave – new experience launches at Waitomo
11 Dec 2020   /

Opera in the cave – new experience launches at Waitomo

In a first for NZ, one of the country’s leading tenors will perform in a Discover Waitomo glowworm cave.


Gannet Beach Adventures resumes Cape Kidnappers tours
10 Dec 2020   /

Gannet Beach Adventures resumes Cape Kidnappers tours

Gannet Beach Adventures tours at Cape Kidnappers will return to operations tomorrow after almost two years.


New mountain bike trails launch at Hanmer Springs
7 Dec 2020  

New mountain bike trails launch at Hanmer Springs

Located in the Hanmer Forest Park, the new trails added to an existing network and included the 4km Tombstone trail, an advanced single-track that provided 185m of climbing followed by a 240m descent.


Rotorua Canopy Tours ‘chuffed’ at new gift business
16 Nov 2020  

Rotorua Canopy Tours ‘chuffed’ at new gift business

Chuffed Gifts enabled recipients to ‘choose their own adventure’ so they could be sure they get exactly what they wanted. 


More Kiwis head for the hills following lockdown – survey
5 Nov 2020   /

More Kiwis head for the hills following lockdown – survey

The initial findings of a survey carried out for Walking Access Aotearoa are good news for commercial tourism operators according to its lead researcher.


Bungy NZ celebrates 15 years of teens bungy jumping
3 Nov 2020  

Bungy NZ celebrates 15 years of teens bungy jumping

More than 1000 teenagers from Wakatipu High School had taken part in the local rite of passage since the operator launched the programme in 2006.


Adventure operator wins top business award
30 Oct 2020  

Adventure operator wins top business award

Skydive Auckland has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2020 for the north and west region.


TNZ teams with duo for $1.2m domestic push
28 Oct 2020   /

TNZ teams with duo for $1.2m domestic push

Dozens of operators feature in Tourism New Zealand’s new $1.17m summer domestic tourism campaign fronted by comedy duo Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek.


BOP jet boat experience comes to market
23 Oct 2020  

BOP jet boat experience comes to market

Bay of Plenty operator New Zealand Riverjet is up for sale.


iFly staff now “earning more than last year” – GM
22 Oct 2020   /

iFly staff now “earning more than last year” – GM

iFly NZ’s Matt Wong says the operator’s post-lockdown success is down to its staff.


EVENT tees off into golf market with Auckland deal
15 Oct 2020   /

EVENT tees off into golf market with Auckland deal

The Australasian hotel, cinema and ski field operator has selected Auckland for its first foray into golf.


Police warn water goers as summer draws near
13 Oct 2020  

Police warn water goers as summer draws near

Police are warning the public to use common sense and be cautious with water safety as the summer months near.


Zipline, kiwi attractions each secure $500k STAPP funding
12 Oct 2020  

Zipline, kiwi attractions each secure $500k STAPP funding

The tourism businesses are the latest to have their STAPP support confirmed.