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Aoraki Mt Cook, Tekapo & Mackenzie


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.


Hooker Valley Track reopens
5 Sep 2022   /

Hooker Valley Track reopens

Aoraki/Mt Cook’s Hooker Valley Track her now reopened to the public following heavy rain that eroded the riverbanks around the bridge in late August.


Erosion closes Aoraki Mt Cook National Parks Hooker Valley Track…
25 Aug 2022   /

Erosion closes Aoraki Mt Cook National Parks Hooker Valley Track…

The Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has been closed from its first swing bridge due to recent erosion.


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.


Matariki Mackenzie programme revealed
3 Jun 2022  

Matariki Mackenzie programme revealed

Mackenzie Tourism has unveiled the website and programme for its Matariki festival taking place on 24 – 25 June.


SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies
31 May 2022   /

SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies

SOUTH launches a new ski product designed to attract Australian visitors.


Strong morale, STAPP support helps Tekapo Springs through ‘unsettling unknown’
6 Apr 2022   /

Strong morale, STAPP support helps Tekapo Springs through ‘unsettling unknown’

The attraction is looking to the skies for international visitors and ramping up recruitment for winter.


Pragmatism steers the way for Mackenzie rebound
4 Apr 2022   /

Pragmatism steers the way for Mackenzie rebound

Lockdowns in China and questions around international tourism demand are prompting businesses in the Mackenzie to set pragmatic goals for the future.


Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival
17 Mar 2022   /

Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival

Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.


Mackenzie to open second round of event funding
10 Mar 2022   /

Mackenzie to open second round of event funding

Applications for the second round of the Mackenzie Regional Events Fund will open on Friday 1 April.


Canterbury operators see softer numbers, steel for post-summer slump
20 Jan 2022   /

Canterbury operators see softer numbers, steel for post-summer slump

Tourism businesses suffer a significant drop in visitation.


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.


Dark Sky Project takes astro-tours online after lockdown demand rockets
23 Sep 2021   /

Dark Sky Project takes astro-tours online after lockdown demand rockets

An initiative by Dark Sky Project to bring people in lockdown together for an online stargazing tour was so popular that the astro-tourism attraction is making it a monthly event.


Agencies appointed to roll out $20m South Island tourism support
31 Aug 2021   /

Agencies appointed to roll out $20m South Island tourism support

New business support for tourism operators in five South Island regions can be accessed from this week, with specialist local agencies now appointed to deliver the scheme.


TECTS: Trends diverge with Ruapehu top, Mackenzie negative vs 2020
9 Aug 2021   /

TECTS: Trends diverge with Ruapehu top, Mackenzie negative vs 2020

All regional tourism organisation areas around the country except for Mackenzie saw stronger domestic spending in June 2021 compared with the same month a year ago.


Dynamics change for small RTOs in post-Covid tourism
28 Jul 2021   /

Dynamics change for small RTOs in post-Covid tourism

Smaller regional tourism organisations are leveraging their weight differently in the post-Covid world.


TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects
16 Jul 2021   /

TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects

About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.


Mackenzie gets ball rolling on destination management
9 Jul 2021  

Mackenzie gets ball rolling on destination management

Mackenzie District Council is inviting public engagement from 6 July – 13 August on the creation of a 100-year vision for the region as a first step towards a destination management plan.


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.


Tekapo Springs hopes ‘winter wonderland’ can attract Aussies
19 May 2021  

Tekapo Springs hopes ‘winter wonderland’ can attract Aussies

July ideal time to view Jupiter and Saturn in early evening from hot pool vantage point.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


New SkyScape accom taps into ‘access citizen’ population
29 Apr 2021   /

New SkyScape accom taps into ‘access citizen’ population

Boutique accommodation provider SkyScape has opened its first fully accessible luxury ‘mountain huts’ in the Mackenzie region.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


Alps 2 Ocean challenge raises $25k for charity
17 Feb 2021  

Alps 2 Ocean challenge raises $25k for charity

Two cyclists have raised $25,000 to support the family of a friend who died after being struck by a car.


Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels
15 Feb 2021  

Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels

YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.


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.


Ohau fire costs hit $34m so far
23 Nov 2020  

Ohau fire costs hit $34m so far

The payouts included 19 business and commercial claims.


New tourism group launches so “operators can be heard”
12 Nov 2020   /

New tourism group launches so “operators can be heard”

A lack of input into how a district was being marketed has prompted the creation of a new association.


Mackenzie to host operator workshop
5 Nov 2020   /

Mackenzie to host operator workshop

Mackenzie Tourism is today hosting its first workshop in the Capability Building Programme for Mackenzie operators.


Dark Sky Project’s Mt John experience reopens
30 Oct 2020  

Dark Sky Project’s Mt John experience reopens

Takapō’s Dark Sky Project’s popular Mount John Summit Experience has reopened.


Napier, Tekapo attractions secure $500k STAPP grants
19 Oct 2020  

Napier, Tekapo attractions secure $500k STAPP grants

Both operators would each receive the maximum $500,000 through the programme. 


Ohau fire closes parts of Alps 2 Ocean trail
6 Oct 2020   /

Ohau fire closes parts of Alps 2 Ocean trail

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is closed between Twizel and Omarama due to the large fire at Ohau.


NZ’s second-oldest airline marks 65 years
14 Sep 2020  

NZ’s second-oldest airline marks 65 years

INFLITE’s Mount Cook Ski Planes will mark 65 years in operation with a long weekend of birthday celebrations at its Pukaki Airport base at Aoraki Mackenzie.


Mackenzie blaze: Visitor evacuations at Aoraki/Mt Cook
31 Aug 2020  

Mackenzie blaze: Visitor evacuations at Aoraki/Mt Cook

Visitors to the area have been escorted away as a large blaze continues to burn.


New appointments as operators position for Kiwi-only summer
26 Aug 2020   /

New appointments as operators position for Kiwi-only summer

A number of appointments have been made across the tourism industry as businesses look to navigate New Zealand’s Covid-era visitor market.


High Court stops tahr “decimation” and saves jobs – NZTF
13 Jul 2020   /

High Court stops tahr “decimation” and saves jobs – NZTF

Hunting operators have welcomed a High Court ruling instructing the Department of Conservation to undertake further consultation on its 2020-2021 tahr culling plans.


Mackenzie puts destination management plan up for tender
13 Jul 2020  

Mackenzie puts destination management plan up for tender

The plan that would explore options to unlock and enable sustainable growth and resilience for the district going forward.


Ngāi Tahu revives Dark Sky Project, pulls plug on hotpools
3 Jul 2020  

Ngāi Tahu revives Dark Sky Project, pulls plug on hotpools

Ngāi Tahu is restarting its Dark Sky Project at Tekapo but is ditching its multi-million-dollar hotpool scheme at Queenstown.


Tekapo Springs to re-open for Queen’s Birthday weekend
22 May 2020  

Tekapo Springs to re-open for Queen’s Birthday weekend

The attraction’s hot pools, ice rink, day spa and café will all be operational during the opening hours of 11am until 7pm, with start gazing after 7pm.


ChristchurchNZ launches #ExploreYourMackenzie campaign
7 May 2020  

ChristchurchNZ launches #ExploreYourMackenzie campaign

ChristchurchNZ has launched a new Explore Your Mackenzie campaign to encourage local spending at Mackenzie businesses.


Lowdown on the Lockdown: INFLITE’s Lisa Chambers
1 Apr 2020  

Lowdown on the Lockdown: INFLITE’s Lisa Chambers

Lisa Chambers​, business manager, South Island, Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by INFLITE.


Tekapo Springs marks 12th anniversary with bushfire relief package
21 Feb 2020   /

Tekapo Springs marks 12th anniversary with bushfire relief package

Tekapo Springs has pulled together a collaborative Australian bushfire relief package and launched its new Jumpernaut and Aqua Drop waterslide to celebrate 12 years in business.


Tekapo stargazing, Kaituna sledging make Flight Centre’s top 50
6 Dec 2019  

Tekapo stargazing, Kaituna sledging make Flight Centre’s top 50

Stargazing at Lake Tekapo and sledging down the Kaituna River were named in Flight Centre’s 50 Travel Experiences for 2020.


Tekapo Springs marks 12 years of business with new product roll out
24 Oct 2019   /

Tekapo Springs marks 12 years of business with new product roll out

Tekapo Springs is celebrating 12 years in business, and is getting ready to launch two new products ahead of the summer season.


INFLITE secures Pukaki skydiving approval
18 Oct 2019  

INFLITE secures Pukaki skydiving approval

INFLITE has been given the go-ahead for its Skydive Mt Cook operation at Pukaki Airport but had to apply for resource consent to land its parachutes.


Hunting operator ordered to pay $82k after ‘unbelievable’ breach
10 Oct 2019  

Hunting operator ordered to pay $82k after ‘unbelievable’ breach

New Zealand Mountain Hunting has been ordered to pay $82,500 following an investigation into employment breaches by the Employment Relations Authority.


INFLITE CEO: We could start skydive operations without council approval
4 Oct 2019  

INFLITE CEO: We could start skydive operations without council approval

Proceeding with skydive operations without council approval or getting the case heard in court are options being considered by INFLITE after it delayed the launch of the country’s newest skydive operation.


Skydivers scramble after dispute over parachute stops jump site
3 Oct 2019   /

Skydivers scramble after dispute over parachute stops jump site

Operators seek legal advice after INFLITE is forced to delay NZ’s newest skydive venture.


Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters wins business award
23 Sep 2019  

Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters wins business award

INFLITE’s Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters won the Champion Service Delivery accolade for small enterprises at Canterbury’s Westpac Champion Business Awards.


Economic lift from new Dark Sky Project
2 Jul 2019  

Economic lift from new Dark Sky Project

The $11m attraction has brought around 100 new jobs to Takapō / Lake Tekapo.