About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.
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.
The ‘Hike 5 for Hillary’ next weekend will raise funds for The Himalayan Trust.
July ideal time to view Jupiter and Saturn in early evening from hot pool vantage point.
More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.
Boutique accommodation provider SkyScape has opened its first fully accessible luxury ‘mountain huts’ in the Mackenzie region.
But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.
Two cyclists have raised $25,000 to support the family of a friend who died after being struck by a car.
YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.
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.
The payouts included 19 business and commercial claims.
A lack of input into how a district was being marketed has prompted the creation of a new association.
Mackenzie Tourism is today hosting its first workshop in the Capability Building Programme for Mackenzie operators.
Takapō’s Dark Sky Project’s popular Mount John Summit Experience has reopened.
Both operators would each receive the maximum $500,000 through the programme.
The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is closed between Twizel and Omarama due to the large fire at Ohau.
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.
Visitors to the area have been escorted away as a large blaze continues to burn.
A number of appointments have been made across the tourism industry as businesses look to navigate New Zealand’s Covid-era visitor market.
Hunting operators have welcomed a High Court ruling instructing the Department of Conservation to undertake further consultation on its 2020-2021 tahr culling plans.
The plan that would explore options to unlock and enable sustainable growth and resilience for the district going forward.
Ngāi Tahu is restarting its Dark Sky Project at Tekapo but is ditching its multi-million-dollar hotpool scheme at Queenstown.
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 has launched a new Explore Your Mackenzie campaign to encourage local spending at Mackenzie businesses.
Lisa Chambers, business manager, South Island, Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by INFLITE.
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.
Stargazing at Lake Tekapo and sledging down the Kaituna River were named in Flight Centre’s 50 Travel Experiences for 2020.
Tekapo Springs is celebrating 12 years in business, and is getting ready to launch two new products ahead of the summer season.
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.
New Zealand Mountain Hunting has been ordered to pay $82,500 following an investigation into employment breaches by the Employment Relations Authority.
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.
Operators seek legal advice after INFLITE is forced to delay NZ’s newest skydive venture.
INFLITE’s Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters won the Champion Service Delivery accolade for small enterprises at Canterbury’s Westpac Champion Business Awards.
The $11m attraction has brought around 100 new jobs to Takapō / Lake Tekapo.
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.
The $10m astronomy experience at Takapō / Lake Tekapo opens its doors on Tuesday.
More staff and aircraft planned as the Auckland-based business expands its skydiving and scenic flight interests.
The new boss will join the $10m attraction in June, a month before the stargazing experience is due to open.
The Ticker checks in with operators around the country to get a sense of what the season has delivered to date.
The tourism business owner has also provided a progress update on its Tekapo astronomy centre.
A new night-time experience is to be launched in Tekapo to combat damage and destruction to the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.
Land Information New Zealand has announced the members of its new South Island High Country Advisory Group.
A new cross-district working group of land management agencies has been formed to tackle visitor pressure in the Mackenzie and Waitaki basins.
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, Geoff Gabites, is making way for a new manager to lead the next phase of growth at the six-year-old business.
The tsunami hazard at some of NZ’s top tourist locations could be analysed following a study of the risk at Lake Tekapo.
Aviation tourism operator INFLITE has entered the New Zealand skydive sector with a multi-million dollar purchase of Skydive Franz Josef Glacier.
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.
Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism have revealed concept images for their $10m Astronomy Centre joint venture at Lake Tekapo.
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.