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Agrodome makes life a treat with Shaun the Sheep
7 Dec 2022  

Agrodome makes life a treat with Shaun the Sheep

Rotorua Agrodome has added a popular film and TV star to its attraction, who goes by Shaun the sheep.


Wētā Workshop supports kauri protection message
25 Nov 2022   /

Wētā Workshop supports kauri protection message

Wētā Workshop’s modelling talents have been put to use as part of efforts to protect kauri from pests and diseases such as dieback.


Hamilton Zoo closing for three days
16 Nov 2022  

Hamilton Zoo closing for three days

Hamilton Zoo is closing for three days next week while roadworks are completed outside the entrance.


ZipTrek locals’ day nets $7k for charity
16 Nov 2022   /

ZipTrek locals’ day nets $7k for charity

ZipTrek Ecotours’ Locals Day annual fundraiser has raised $7,225 for Sustainable Queenstown.


Pūkaha releases rare parakeets into the wild
16 Nov 2022   /

Pūkaha releases rare parakeets into the wild

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is releasing six young yellow-crowned kākāriki back into the wild today.


‘The Interview’ by Tourism Talent: Te Puia’s Tim Cossar on being a positive force
14 Nov 2022  

‘The Interview’ by Tourism Talent: Te Puia’s Tim Cossar on being a positive force

The chief executive of one of Rotorua’s most popular attractions discusses staff retention and attraction in the current challenging environment.


$2m available for groups to protect heritage sites, visitor infrastructure
9 Nov 2022  

$2m available for groups to protect heritage sites, visitor infrastructure

A Department of Conservation fund partly used to protect at-risk cultural heritage sites and maintain visitor infrastructure is now open for applications.


SkyCity secures US$125m in debt facilities
7 Nov 2022  

SkyCity secures US$125m in debt facilities

SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited has entered into an agreement with two of its existing United States private placement holders to secure additional financing.


THL’s Discover Waitomo, KiwiEx back in the black in FY23
2 Nov 2022   /

THL’s Discover Waitomo, KiwiEx back in the black in FY23

Tourism Holdings Limited expects its New Zealand tourism division to return positive earnings this fiscal year after two years of losses.


Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return
26 Oct 2022   /

Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return

Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.


Spider monkeys return to Orana Wildlife Park
21 Oct 2022  

Spider monkeys return to Orana Wildlife Park

Spider monkeys have returned to Orana Wildlife Park at Christchurch in a newly-renovated habitat.


Water park’s future confirmed
20 Oct 2022  

Water park’s future confirmed

Kiwi Water Park on Lake Dunstan has the go-ahead to operate over summer, following approval from Land Information New Zealand.


Police Museum unveils memorial honouring the brave
20 Oct 2022  

Police Museum unveils memorial honouring the brave

A new memorial honouring the outstanding courage of Police and members of the public has opened at the Royal New Zealand Police College’s lower grounds near Porirua.


Off the slopes and in for a soak: Ski a boon for new attraction
19 Oct 2022   /

Off the slopes and in for a soak: Ski a boon for new attraction

A good first winter helps Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa – partially owned by NZSki – put the pandemic behind it.


Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration
17 Oct 2022   /

Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration

Historic battle site Te Pakanga o Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe in Northland has opened to the public after a $1.79m restoration project.


Tansy Tompkins takes Wellington CEO role
12 Oct 2022  

Tansy Tompkins takes Wellington CEO role

Tansy Tompkins has been appointed chief executive at Wellington Cable Car.


Māori cultural performances return to Auckland Museum
6 Oct 2022   /

Māori cultural performances return to Auckland Museum

Māori cultural performances are back at Auckland War Memorial Museum after being suspended due to Covid.


Auckland Museum seeks $35m council levy, plans for a million visitors
4 Oct 2022   /

Auckland Museum seeks $35m council levy, plans for a million visitors

The increased funding will support critical programmes as the popular attraction gears up for recovery.


LINZ “doing its best” to provide answers for water park operator
30 Sep 2022   /

LINZ “doing its best” to provide answers for water park operator

Land Information New Zealand says it is doing its best to provide an answer to Kiwi Water Park over road safety responsibilities and requirements.


Newly named Te Pā Tū puts on a feast and a show
30 Sep 2022   /

Newly named Te Pā Tū puts on a feast and a show

Rotorua’s newly named Te Pā Tū is putting on two new seasonal kai and Māori culture experiences for visitors.


Indecision puts popular attraction at risk
29 Sep 2022   /

Indecision puts popular attraction at risk

Kiwi Water Park served 30,000 customers last summer but may not be able to return.


Overseas visitors return for International Hobbit Day
27 Sep 2022   /

Overseas visitors return for International Hobbit Day

More than 450 guests from around the world gathered at Hobbiton Movie Set Tours near Matamata last week to celebrate International Hobbit Day.


New crocs for Auckland Zoo ahead of new habitat launch
19 Sep 2022  

New crocs for Auckland Zoo ahead of new habitat launch

Auckland Zoo has welcomed two freshwater crocodiles to its family ahead of the new South East Asia Jungle Track’s Indonesian swamp forest habitat, expected to open on Labour Weekend.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds development showcased
1 Sep 2022  

Waitangi Treaty Grounds development showcased

Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi is opening its upstairs exhibitions gallery for a look inside the history of building and maintenance works at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds since 1934.


Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO

Experiences must be great for visitors and the environment but also create rewarding connections for Kiwis too, says Stephen England-Hall.


McCaw headlines Pūkaha open day return
29 Aug 2022  

McCaw headlines Pūkaha open day return

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will join the Pūkaha Wildlife Sanctuary’s first community open day in three years on Sunday 25 September.


Zealandia underscores visitor value from regenerative tourism
24 Aug 2022   /

Zealandia underscores visitor value from regenerative tourism

The eco-sanctuary’s commitment to to conservation can only be achieved with the help of visitors, says CEO Danielle Shanahan.


Learnings from the pandemic: Kiwis expect Māori tourism experiences to be free – Cossar
23 Aug 2022   /

Learnings from the pandemic: Kiwis expect Māori tourism experiences to be free – Cossar

Kiwis do not want to pay for Māori tourism experiences – they believe they should get them for free, says Te Puia’s Tim Cossar.


Baby giraffe born at Auckland Zoo…
23 Aug 2022  

Baby giraffe born at Auckland Zoo…

The calf was born to resident giraffes Kiraka and Billy and is estimated to reach almost two metres tall.


Māori cultural attraction proposed for Tauranga
28 Jul 2022   /

Māori cultural attraction proposed for Tauranga

A plan to transform a Tauranga reserve into a cultural and historic centre would provide a visitor experience around Māori life, including the 1864 battle of Gate Pā Pukehinahina.


Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies
25 Jul 2022   /

Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies

While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.


Moa bones on display at Pūkaha
15 Jul 2022  

Moa bones on display at Pūkaha

Visitors to Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre will be able to see giant moa bones on display and learn about the natural history of the species.


Immigration woes send skilled staff packing
11 Jul 2022   /

Immigration woes send skilled staff packing

The government needs to fix immigration delays or risk losing skilled workers with longserving staff giving up on the wait, says a tourism operator.


Antisocial antics threaten Hawke’s Bay hotspot
4 Jul 2022   /

Antisocial antics threaten Hawke’s Bay hotspot

Mangatutu Hot Springs in Hawke’s Bay could be closed if anti-social behaviour continues at the popular thermal pools and campsite.


“Smuggled” tapestries attract thousands to New Plymouth
29 Jun 2022  

“Smuggled” tapestries attract thousands to New Plymouth

A “smuggled” tapestry exhibition attracted around 21,800 visitors to New Plymouth, with 16,000 people coming from outside the region.


Zoo receives tick for animal welfare
28 Jun 2022   /

Zoo receives tick for animal welfare

New Plymouth’s Brooklands Zoo has received accreditation from the Zoo Aquarium Association for its excellence and commitment to positive animal welfare.


Polynesian Spa owner Rangatira sees profit fall, but NAV, valuation up
20 Jun 2022  

Polynesian Spa owner Rangatira sees profit fall, but NAV, valuation up

Polynesian Spa and Rainbow’s End owner Rangatira Investments says it will report net profit after tax of $9.1m for the year to March 2022, down 8% from the previous year.


Magic Memories snaps up Game of Thrones tour deal
14 Jun 2022   /

Magic Memories snaps up Game of Thrones tour deal

Magic Memories has secured a content partnership with the world’s only Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Northern Ireland.


Prince Philip memorial at Christchurch Gondola to open
8 Jun 2022  

Prince Philip memorial at Christchurch Gondola to open

The Duke of Edinburgh Memorial Grove at the Christchurch Gondola will officially open to the public on 10 June with a karakia and plantings at the site.


Skyline Rotorua opens new luge tracks
27 May 2022  

Skyline Rotorua opens new luge tracks

Skyline Rotorua has opened three new luge tracks, increasing its total number of courses on offer to five.


He Tohu exhibition celebrates 100k visitors
18 May 2022  

He Tohu exhibition celebrates 100k visitors

The National Library’s He Tohu exhibition has hosted almost 100,000 people over the last five years.


Magic Memories created at US zoo
12 May 2022   /

Magic Memories created at US zoo

Magic Memories has partnered with US-based Zoo Atlanta to add interactive digital content experiences that engage visitors with the zoo’s wildlife and core mission messages.


Former DQ boss Kennedy to lead RealNZ’s International Antarctic Centre
14 Mar 2022  

Former DQ boss Kennedy to lead RealNZ’s International Antarctic Centre

David Kennedy has been appointed chief executive of RealNZ’s International Antarctic Centre.


Sky Tower glows for International Women’s Day
8 Mar 2022   /

Sky Tower glows for International Women’s Day

SkyCity’s Sky Tower will glow purple this evening for today’s International Women’s Day in support of diversity and inclusion in New Zealand.


Highlands funds mental health initiative
3 Mar 2022   /

Highlands funds mental health initiative

Highlands Motorsport Park will fund a range of mental health initiatives for local Cromwell school students.


All Blacks Experience wins design award
28 Feb 2022   /

All Blacks Experience wins design award

The All Blacks Experience has been named the winner in the Digital – Interactives and Exhibition section of the Best Design Awards.


Royal Albatross Centre celebrates 50 years
23 Feb 2022   /

Royal Albatross Centre celebrates 50 years

The Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Penisnsula today is celebrating 50 years since opening with a 50% discount on their tour.


$33m Hundertwasser Art Centre opens
21 Feb 2022   /

$33m Hundertwasser Art Centre opens

The $33.2m Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery opened doors in Whangarei on Sunday.


Historic theatre, museum gets backer, targets 2022 opening
21 Feb 2022  

Historic theatre, museum gets backer, targets 2022 opening

New Zealand’s longest operating provincial movie theatre until its closure in 2012 is getting a chance at resurrection.


“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced” – Hundertwasser centre’s CEO on opening
17 Feb 2022   /

“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced” – Hundertwasser centre’s CEO on opening

The new Northland attraction will still open this weekend despite the Omicron wave.