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Aoraki Mt Cook, Tekapo & Mackenzie


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.


Gallery: Dark Sky Project
2 Jul 2019  

Gallery: Dark Sky Project

Ngāi Tahu Tourism and its joint venture partners have opened their Dark Sky Project at Takapō / Lake Tekapo to the public following a launch event attended by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.


Watch: Ngāi Tahu Tourism teases Dark Sky Project
28 Jun 2019  

Watch: Ngāi Tahu Tourism teases Dark Sky Project

The $10m astronomy experience at Takapō / Lake Tekapo opens its doors on Tuesday.


INFLITE snaps up jump sites, operators in southern spree
10 May 2019   /

INFLITE snaps up jump sites, operators in southern spree

More staff and aircraft planned as the Auckland-based business expands its skydiving and scenic flight interests.


Earth & Sky appoints head of Lake Tekapo observatory
26 Apr 2019   /

Earth & Sky appoints head of Lake Tekapo observatory

The new boss will join the $10m attraction in June, a month before the stargazing experience is due to open.


Summer sentiment: How has the season been for operators?
21 Jan 2019  

Summer sentiment: How has the season been for operators?

The Ticker checks in with operators around the country to get a sense of what the season has delivered to date.


NTT profit increases 11% in “strong and busy year”
26 Oct 2018   /

NTT profit increases 11% in “strong and busy year”

The tourism business owner has also provided a progress update on its Tekapo astronomy centre.


Visitors to be shepherded on new night-time Tekapo tour
27 Aug 2018   /

Visitors to be shepherded on new night-time Tekapo tour

A new night-time experience is to be launched in Tekapo to combat damage and destruction to the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.


New High Country advisory group members announced
2 Aug 2018   /

New High Country advisory group members announced

Land Information New Zealand has announced the members of its new South Island High Country Advisory Group.


New cross-district group to tackle visitor pressure
23 Jul 2018  

New cross-district group to tackle visitor pressure

A new cross-district working group of land management agencies has been formed to tackle visitor pressure in the Mackenzie and Waitaki basins.


Hermitage partners with Rydges to boost distribution
12 Jul 2018  

Hermitage partners with Rydges to boost distribution

The Hermitage Hotel has teamed up with the Australian-listed hotel group that owns Rydges and QT Hotels in a move that will see the remote stand-alone property tap into the Rydges extensive distribution network.


Cycle Journeys founder to make way for new GM
10 Jul 2018   /

Cycle Journeys founder to make way for new GM

Cycle Journeys’ founder, Geoff Gabites, is making way for a new manager to lead the next phase of growth at the six-year-old business.


Watch: Tsunami hazard flagged for top tourist locations
13 Jun 2018  

Watch: Tsunami hazard flagged for top tourist locations

The tsunami hazard at some of NZ’s top tourist locations could be analysed following a study of the risk at Lake Tekapo.


INFLITE jumps into skydiving with multi-million dollar acquisition
23 Apr 2018   /

INFLITE jumps into skydiving with multi-million dollar acquisition

Aviation tourism operator INFLITE has entered the New Zealand skydive sector with a multi-million dollar purchase of Skydive Franz Josef Glacier.


Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism
4 Apr 2018  

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.


First Look: Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s $10m Astronomy Centre
13 Mar 2018   /

First Look: Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s $10m Astronomy Centre

Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism have revealed concept images for their $10m Astronomy Centre joint venture at Lake Tekapo.


China Southern’s investment in Tekapo tourism revealed
28 Nov 2017   /

China Southern’s investment in Tekapo tourism revealed

Mt John Observatory’s partnership with China Southern Airlines is worth $450,000 over three years with 10% of it going towards tourism infrastructure in the Mackenzie district.


NZ a leader in burgeoning astro-tourism industry
13 Oct 2017  

NZ a leader in burgeoning astro-tourism industry

New Zealand is a world leader in astro-tourism with more product on the way and a reputation in Asia as being one of the best places in the world to enjoy the night sky, says one of the country’s leading astronomers. 


Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival
3 Oct 2017   /

Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival

New Zealand is set to welcome some of the most influential astrophysicists in the world, as part of the third Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.


New Tekapo Springs GM brings a wealth of experience
4 Aug 2017  

New Tekapo Springs GM brings a wealth of experience

Tourism marketing strategist Anton Wilke is applying a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and general business management to his new role of General Manager at Tekapo Springs.


Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises
13 Jul 2017  

Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises

Booming tourism in the Mackenzie District has seen Canterbury record an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, topping Stats NZ’s latest accommodation survey.


Aussies expand into Mackenzie, plot more NZ investments
6 Jun 2017   /

Aussies expand into Mackenzie, plot more NZ investments

Skydive the Beach is looking for further investments in New Zealand after purchasing land in the Mackenzie District to launch a new skydiving operation.


China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism
24 Apr 2017  

China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism

China Southern Airlines has become an official partner of Mt John Observatory in a deal believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.


New Tekapo toilets open for business
30 Mar 2017  

New Tekapo toilets open for business

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.