The operator’s new regional GM says it is seeing “pleasantly strong” bookings.
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.
The Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has been closed from its first swing bridge due to recent erosion.
The RTO’s GM will join the national tourism group in August.
Mackenzie Tourism has unveiled the website and programme for its Matariki festival taking place on 24 – 25 June.
SOUTH launches a new ski product designed to attract Australian visitors.
The attraction is looking to the skies for international visitors and ramping up recruitment for winter.
Lockdowns in China and questions around international tourism demand are prompting businesses in the Mackenzie to set pragmatic goals for the future.
Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.
Applications for the second round of the Mackenzie Regional Events Fund will open on Friday 1 April.
Tourism businesses suffer a significant drop in visitation.
Ngāi Tahu Tourism is launching three new products in time for Monday’s start of the school holidays.
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.
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.
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.
Smaller regional tourism organisations are leveraging their weight differently in the post-Covid world.
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.