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Air NZ unveils 300k domestic fares under $100
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.


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.


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.


Whanganui calls for feedback on freedom camping bylaw
15 Jul 2021  

Whanganui calls for feedback on freedom camping bylaw

New rules aim to restrict number of nights, number of vehicles, and allow only self-contained vehicles.


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.


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.


11 injured, 2 seriously in hot air balloon incident
9 Jul 2021  

11 injured, 2 seriously in hot air balloon incident

A hot air balloon carrying 11 people has crashed near Arrowtown, leaving two people seriously injured.


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.


West Coast launches competition campaign
30 Jun 2021   /

West Coast launches competition campaign

Campaign targets Kiwi families to plug gap left by internationals.


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.


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.


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.


Visa extensions not enough to plug labour gap – Sperring
21 Jun 2021   /

Visa extensions not enough to plug labour gap – Sperring

Hundreds of working holiday makers are heading to NZ from Aus but it won’t fill shortages, says BYATA’s chair.


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.


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.


Auckland Airport passenger volumes increase in April
17 Jun 2021   /

Auckland Airport passenger volumes increase in April

International passengers were up 114% to 66,229 as Aussie bubble opened during month.


Ultimate Hikes: Milford Track accom still available
17 Jun 2021   /

Ultimate Hikes: Milford Track accom still available

Guided walking tours would start on 1 December and run through to 3 April 2022.


Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities
17 Jun 2021  

Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities

Activities range from kite flying to weaving.


Adventure park, accommodation mooted for Hamilton site
16 Jun 2021  

Adventure park, accommodation mooted for Hamilton site

Titles for first”superlots” in Te Awa Lakes project likely available mid-2022.


West Coast’s Treetop for sale with $5.8m of assets
15 Jun 2021   /

West Coast’s Treetop for sale with $5.8m of assets

The tourism business is the latest to come to market as longtime owners seek to exit.


Bookings for summer season Great Walks open
15 Jun 2021  

Bookings for summer season Great Walks open

Milford, Heaphy and Rakuira tracks open first.


Wairarapa DOC sites record 39% revenue lift over summer
15 Jun 2021   /

Wairarapa DOC sites record 39% revenue lift over summer

Staff see more first time campers than in many years.


ChristchurchNZ launches ‘Do Winter Different’ campaign
14 Jun 2021  

ChristchurchNZ launches ‘Do Winter Different’ campaign

Wider ExploreCHC campaign developed in partnership between Mackenzie, Mid Canterbury, Selwyn, Hurunui, Kaikōura and West Coast RTOs and Christchurch International Airport.


New director to lead Hamilton Gardens
14 Jun 2021  

New director to lead Hamilton Gardens

Gardens proving popular in summer as borders remain closed.


Mt Hutt ski field opens for season with upgrades
14 Jun 2021  

Mt Hutt ski field opens for season with upgrades

Coronet Peak will open on 19 June and The Remarkables and Treble Cone on 26 June.


Operator to pay $310k over Shotover River jet boat crash
11 Jun 2021   /

Operator to pay $310k over Shotover River jet boat crash

Skippers Canyon Jet has been fined $50,000 and ordered to pay $260,000 in reparations by Queenstown District Court for a jet boat crash that injured 10 people.


Date set for Arrowtown’s inaugural e-bike festival
11 Jun 2021   /

Date set for Arrowtown’s inaugural e-bike festival

Cyclorama e-bike festival set to go ahead on 13-14 November 2021.


Sustainable travel is front of mind for Kiwis – Booking.com survey
11 Jun 2021  

Sustainable travel is front of mind for Kiwis – Booking.com survey

Those accommodation providers that have sustainability practices fail to communicate them well.


Jetstar marks NZ anniversary with cheap flights
10 Jun 2021  

Jetstar marks NZ anniversary with cheap flights

Aucklanders could scan QR codes on moving planes on digital advertisements at Newmarket Station to be in with the chance to win flight vouchers.


Kiwis embracing Matariki holiday – survey
10 Jun 2021   /

Kiwis embracing Matariki holiday – survey

A year away from Matariki being recognised as a public holiday, a Bookabach survey has recorded a 57% uptick in bookings to celebrate the occasion.


Perspectives: 50 years young for MoaTrek
8 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: 50 years young for MoaTrek

MoaTrek managing director Miles Clark writes even a global pandemic hasn’t slowed down the business, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.


Kiwis heading to Cook Island surge, but still around half normal levels
1 Jun 2021  

Kiwis heading to Cook Island surge, but still around half normal levels

Kiwis currently have Cook Islands all to themselves.


New Kāpiti tourism campaign targets Wellingtonians
31 May 2021  

New Kāpiti tourism campaign targets Wellingtonians

‘Recharge in Kapiti’ campaign with prizes valued at $2000, with entries closing 20 June.


World-class tourism attraction coming to Rotorua for summer
28 May 2021  

World-class tourism attraction coming to Rotorua for summer

A world-class adventure attraction is set to be developed in Rotorua, bringing a unique offering that will complement the region’s existing tourism landscape.


Not just for sale, Nomad Safaris open to investment
27 May 2021   /

Not just for sale, Nomad Safaris open to investment

Owner David Gatward-Ferguson says he is open to bringing in new investment partners to drive expansion.


Proposed attraction turns to crowdfunding for $500k
27 May 2021  

Proposed attraction turns to crowdfunding for $500k

Waikato Culture Park is seeking $500,000 crowdfunding platform Pledge Me to raise funds for its proposed development.


After a year like no other, operators are heading for the exit
24 May 2021  

After a year like no other, operators are heading for the exit

Three significant regional tourism businesses are up for sale.


Hermitage hosts Aoraki ‘Everest Day’ event
21 May 2021  

Hermitage hosts Aoraki ‘Everest Day’ event

The ‘Hike 5 for Hillary’ next weekend will raise funds for The Himalayan Trust.


Large portion of Mackenzie to become conservation land
20 May 2021  

Large portion of Mackenzie to become conservation land

Area includes the Grampians and Godley Peaks.


Ruapehu ski area to open for Queens Birthday
20 May 2021  

Ruapehu ski area to open for Queens Birthday

Happy Valley to open 5 June, while Whakapapa and Turoa will open 3 July.