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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.


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.


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.


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.


Adventure South sculpts multi-day tours for travellers seeking challenges
19 Sep 2022   /

Adventure South sculpts multi-day tours for travellers seeking challenges

Adventure South has launched new products aimed at encouraging travellers to take part in challenging, multi-activity adventures across the breadth of the South Island.


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.


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.


NZ Riverjet comes to market after Berryman calls time
4 Aug 2022   /

NZ Riverjet comes to market after Berryman calls time

The owner operator is retiring after 20 years in tourism, just as the experience preps to come out of hibernation.


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.


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.


KJet installs emergency buttons for passengers following crash
19 May 2022   /

KJet installs emergency buttons for passengers following crash

TAIC is calling on the commercial jet boat industry to address the risk of single points of failure, following an accident that injured two people.


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.


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.


RealNZ sends “deepest apologies,” bolsters safety following jet boat crash
18 Mar 2022   /

RealNZ sends “deepest apologies,” bolsters safety following jet boat crash

The operator has made a raft of changes to help prevent a similar incident from happening again.


Fatality has “significant impact on our skydiving family” – Skydive Auckland
11 Mar 2022   /

Fatality has “significant impact on our skydiving family” – Skydive Auckland

Skydive Auckland says it is “deeply saddened” by the loss of a skydiver, who died on Thursday evening.


“The reality is stark” – Waimangu Valley’s new GM
2 Mar 2022  

“The reality is stark” – Waimangu Valley’s new GM

But a proposed new Great Walk through the area could be an “exciting” boost, says Adam Hughes.


Industry warning after top operator hacked
31 Jan 2022   /

Industry warning after top operator hacked

One of the country’s iconic tourism businesses suffers an “incredibly disruptive” cyberattack.


A passable summer for top of south operators
19 Jan 2022   /

A passable summer for top of south operators

But pickings are slimmer on the West Coast, particularly further south.


Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…
18 Jan 2022   /

Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…

Regions that rode the “do something new” tourism wave last summer are not benefitting as much but there have been bright spots.


Tutukaka operator hopes to re-open after waves damage marina
17 Jan 2022   /

Tutukaka operator hopes to re-open after waves damage marina

The surge of waves that hit Northland on Saturday night has affected the berths of around 40 boats at the Tutukaka marina but one tourism operator managed to escape direct damage.


…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag
17 Jan 2022   /

…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag

The recent fine weather is proving just the medicine for tourist-starved operators with outdoor offerings in Rotorua and Taupo, with one operator setting a new visitor record.


Research: Covid’s impact on marine ecotourism operators
16 Dec 2021   /

Research: Covid’s impact on marine ecotourism operators

Only 11% of New Zealand’s marine ecotourism operators saw an increase in revenue in the year to May 2021, according to a new report from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.


Conservation laws overhaul will help operators – TIA
13 Dec 2021   /

Conservation laws overhaul will help operators – TIA

Moves to overhaul conservation legislation over the next four years will help tourism operators work better with the country’s natural resources, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.


Operators back adventure tourism qualification
3 Dec 2021   /

Operators back adventure tourism qualification

Around 20 operators are involved in reviving an adventure tourism qualification at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s Rotorua campus in a bid to meet a shortage of outdoor tourism staff.


…but operators push on with Ngāi Tahu Tourism latest to mandate
2 Dec 2021   /

…but operators push on with Ngāi Tahu Tourism latest to mandate

All visitors to Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s attractions across the country will have to show proof of vaccination from Friday 3 December.


New marine ecotourism insight sets stage for sustainability push
2 Dec 2021   /

New marine ecotourism insight sets stage for sustainability push

The marine ecotourism sector has great potential to link back to community and local economic development, says Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge project co-leader Professor Simon Milne at AUT.


“It’s been a long time since we had a rush of reservations”
18 Nov 2021   /

“It’s been a long time since we had a rush of reservations”

Bookings jump for operators like The Rees while others breathe a sigh of relief but all seek more details to help plan for Auckland’s return.


Legnavsky, Wild Wire finalists in business awards
17 Nov 2021  

Legnavsky, Wild Wire finalists in business awards

Tourist attractions Wild Wire, Lavender Farm, and Hook Wānaka are the finalists in the tourism category of the Ignite Wānaka Business Awards.


Tougher regulations may force out adventure operators – TIA
8 Nov 2021   /

Tougher regulations may force out adventure operators – TIA

MBIE is oversimplifying the risks around adventure tourism in its proposed changes to adventure regulations, says TIA.


Ziptrek Ecotours donates over $7500 to mental wellbeing charity
2 Nov 2021   /

Ziptrek Ecotours donates over $7500 to mental wellbeing charity

Ziptrek Ecotours is donating $7725 to the Southern Wellbeing Trust after raising the funds in its #WellbeingForWhakatipu initiative.


Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours wins business award
29 Oct 2021  

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours wins business award

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours has won the tourism category at the 2021 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.


Balme holds on to FWA, endures “bloody tough” trading
27 Oct 2021  

Balme holds on to FWA, endures “bloody tough” trading

“It probably wasn’t my smartest move, putting the business on the market in the middle of a pandemic,” says Ian Balme


WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work
22 Oct 2021   /

WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work

A review finds some of the agency’s actions “unacceptable and not able to be justified”.


Shotover Jet offers free rides to essential workers
19 Oct 2021   /

Shotover Jet offers free rides to essential workers

Shotover Jet is providing free rides for essential workers in Queenstown to thank them for their efforts over the pandemic.


Adventure tourism businesses pull plug as compliance rockets
7 Oct 2021   /

Adventure tourism businesses pull plug as compliance rockets

Moves to bring in tougher safety standards and higher costs are forcing operators to consider their viability.


Operators brace for holidays without Auckland, hope for early easing
1 Oct 2021  

Operators brace for holidays without Auckland, hope for early easing

Attractions are resetting their school holiday expectations with Aucklanders absent.


Ngāi Tahu launches new products for school holidays
30 Sep 2021  

Ngāi Tahu launches new products for school holidays

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is launching three new products in time for Monday’s start of the school holidays.


STAPP keeps Velocity Valley alive after “scary ride” for survival…
27 Sep 2021   /

STAPP keeps Velocity Valley alive after “scary ride” for survival…

A $400k STAPP grant is the only reason the attraction is open, says MD Simon Short.


Govt to toughen safety standards for adventure activities
24 Sep 2021  

Govt to toughen safety standards for adventure activities

The measures are being taken in the wake of the Whakaari White Island eruption, which killed 22 people.


Trampers, surfers help lift Kathmandu revenue
22 Sep 2021   /

Trampers, surfers help lift Kathmandu revenue

Sales of hiking and surfing brands helped lift revenue for FY21, says outdoor retailer Kathmandu.


Operators prep to open at level 2, pray for Auckland and level 1
7 Sep 2021   /

Operators prep to open at level 2, pray for Auckland and level 1

Tourism businesses are re-opening this week but getting viable customer numbers through will take longer.