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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.


$35m Pounamu Pathway shifts into execution phase
23 Nov 2022   /

$35m Pounamu Pathway shifts into execution phase

Work on the first of the West Coast attraction’s four hubs is now underway.


For first time in 35 years, winter operator stays open for summer
18 Nov 2022   /

For first time in 35 years, winter operator stays open for summer

Ski Time will keep its doors open over the Christmas and New Year period for the first time in 35 years.


Sumatran tigers join Auckland Zoo
17 Nov 2022  

Sumatran tigers join Auckland Zoo

Two critically endangered Sumatran tigers have joined Auckland Zoo as part of an international breeding and advocacy programme.


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.


Hobbiton digs deeper into iconic experience to explore hobbit holes
8 Nov 2022  

Hobbiton digs deeper into iconic experience to explore hobbit holes

Hobbiton Movie Set is adding a new dimension to its Bagshot Row façades to give visitors a chance to explore behind the doors of the iconic Hobbit homes.


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.


Staff sought for Northland attractions, hospo
3 Nov 2022   /

Staff sought for Northland attractions, hospo

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is seeking permanent, fixed term and casual staff at some of Northland’s premium heritage places over summer.


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.


Proposed Glacier Country $57m trail could attract 39k visitors annually – report
1 Nov 2022  

Proposed Glacier Country $57m trail could attract 39k visitors annually – report

The experience could generate $161m in West Coast visitor spend over its initial 25 years.


Auckland Museum revives rooftop tours
1 Nov 2022  

Auckland Museum revives rooftop tours

Auckland War Memorial Museum has reinstated its popular Incredible Rooftop Tour.


Christchurch Attractions restarts garden tours
27 Oct 2022  

Christchurch Attractions restarts garden tours

Christchurch Attractions has restarted its Botanic Gardens Tour for the first time since March 2020.


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.


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.


Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations
17 Oct 2022   /

Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations

Tākina Events has appointed Wētā Workshop head of tourism Jake Downing its new director of museum and commercial services.


RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind
17 Oct 2022   /

RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind

Lake Whakatipu’s TSS Earnslaw is turning 110-years-old and may soon have a new lease on life through a decarbonisation project.


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.


iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council
10 Oct 2022   /

iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council

The operator topped the count in his ward and says he will be ‘the voice of tourism’ on the visitor-dependent district’s council.


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.


Ocean art exhibit comes to National Aquarium
30 Sep 2022  

Ocean art exhibit comes to National Aquarium

Visitors are encouraged to reflect on their own personal connections, memories and experiences in relation to the ocean.


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.


Pūkaha open day ropes in Richie McCaw
23 Sep 2022  

Pūkaha open day ropes in Richie McCaw

The Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre near Masterton is holding an open day on Sunday 24 September, with special guest Richie McCaw who will read the book Three Little Kiwi to the audience.


West Coast Pounamu Pathway hub to seek consent
20 Sep 2022   /

West Coast Pounamu Pathway hub to seek consent

The first of four experiential visitor hubs along the Pounamu Pathway on the West Coast is to apply for consent from Grey District Council.


T. rex drives record visitation to Auckland Museum
20 Sep 2022  

T. rex drives record visitation to Auckland Museum

Peter the T. rex will remain at Auckland War Memorial Museum until the end of 2023 due to popular demand from visitors.


Waitaki Whitestone a step closer to being NZ’s first UNESCO geopark
19 Sep 2022  

Waitaki Whitestone a step closer to being NZ’s first UNESCO geopark

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is one step closer to being New Zealand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – with the final decision just eight months away.


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.


The search is on for Penguin of the Year
6 Sep 2022  

The search is on for Penguin of the Year

Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand is on a mission to find this year’s Penguin of the Year and is inviting the public to make their votes.


Cardi the penguin returns to Kelly Tarlton’s after eye surgery
2 Sep 2022  

Cardi the penguin returns to Kelly Tarlton’s after eye surgery

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium is celebrating the successful recovery of its first penguin to undergo cataract surgery.


Canterbury Museum starts shift for $205m overhaul
1 Sep 2022  

Canterbury Museum starts shift for $205m overhaul

It is the biggest move in the Christchurch attraction’s history.


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.


SkyCity falls to $34m loss, notes strong post-lockdown performance
25 Aug 2022  

SkyCity falls to $34m loss, notes strong post-lockdown performance

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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.


Jolanda Cave on NTT’s priorities for the tourism recovery
23 Aug 2022   /

Jolanda Cave on NTT’s priorities for the tourism recovery

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s new GM on innovation, community, and bringing more storytelling to experiences.


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.


PM opens $32m Hastings aquatic centre
12 Aug 2022  

PM opens $32m Hastings aquatic centre

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened the new $32m Hawke’s Bay Regional Aquatic Centre in Hastings.


Museum partnership supports local arts
12 Aug 2022   /

Museum partnership supports local arts

Whanganui Regional Museum is partnering with the Blumhardt Foundation in an effort to support public art galleries and museums in their acquisition of work by contemporary New Zealand craft practitioners.


Sky Tower turns 25
3 Aug 2022   /

Sky Tower turns 25

Auckland’s Sky Tower will celebrate its 25th birthday today with a light show at 7:25pm.