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$195m museum revamp secures consent, seeks funding
28 Jul 2021  

$195m museum revamp secures consent, seeks funding

Christchurch City Council has granted resource consent for the proposed redevelopment of Canterbury Museum.


QLDC to consider new commercial activities on lakefront
28 Jul 2021  

QLDC to consider new commercial activities on lakefront

Queenstown Lakes District Council is set to consider Thursday new commercial activities along the foreshore as part of partial review of the Queenstown Bay Foreshore Reserves Management Plan 2016.


French Film Festival Aotearoa sees significant audience growth
27 Jul 2021  

French Film Festival Aotearoa sees significant audience growth

Audience attendance at the 2021 French Film Festival Aotearoa rose to 67,000, up 85.3% on the rolling four year average attendance prior to 2019.


Hawke’s Bay gets $19m arena expansion
26 Jul 2021  

Hawke’s Bay gets $19m arena expansion

Work on a $19m expansion of Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale, Hawke’s Bay, is underway.


Northland, Christchurch named in TIME’s Greatest Places
23 Jul 2021  

Northland, Christchurch named in TIME’s Greatest Places

Northland and Christchurch have been named in TIME’s third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places.


1000-year walk bridge secures $1.75m
23 Jul 2021  

1000-year walk bridge secures $1.75m

A $1.75m cash injection from the Lottery Significant Projects Fund will see the completion of Gisborne’s 1000-year pedestrian bridge, albeit cheaper than originally envisioned.


New plan proposed for popular lagoon
23 Jul 2021  

New plan proposed for popular lagoon

Grovetown Lagoon has become a popular area for walking, biking, picnicking, kayaking, food gathering and bird watching.


Waitaki’s ‘Sweet Spot’ campaign moves to second phase
22 Jul 2021  

Waitaki’s ‘Sweet Spot’ campaign moves to second phase

Second phase to promote accommodation, food activities and local attractions using photos.


New $16m gallery gifted to Canterbury Museum
22 Jul 2021   /

New $16m gallery gifted to Canterbury Museum

Ravenscar House Museum set to open to public in October.


Queenstown gets new, safe lake lookout
22 Jul 2021  

Queenstown gets new, safe lake lookout

New area better sign-posted, with multiple parking spots for cars, coaches and campers.


Govt pauses quarantine-free travel from South Australia
21 Jul 2021   /

Govt pauses quarantine-free travel from South Australia

SkyCity closes its Adelaide casino as the city moves into a week-long lockdown.


America’s Cup makes loss but most watched “of all time”
21 Jul 2021   /

America’s Cup makes loss but most watched “of all time”

The return on investment for the event was $156.1m in the red, according to post-event report by Major Events New Zealand.


TIF helps fund Rakaia’s salmon sculpture site upgrade
21 Jul 2021  

TIF helps fund Rakaia’s salmon sculpture site upgrade

Project largely funded by $740,000 grant from Tourism Infrastructure Fund and approximately $250,000 from Ashburton District Council.


Quinn’s $7m bid for motorsport attraction awaits approval
20 Jul 2021  

Quinn’s $7m bid for motorsport attraction awaits approval

Tony Quinn’s $7.1m offer for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo will go to a shareholder vote.


Sir Edmund Hillary-inspired train tour launches
19 Jul 2021   /

Sir Edmund Hillary-inspired train tour launches

The first tour would hit the tracks in March 2022.


Kingston Flyer gets green light for public trips
16 Jul 2021   /

Kingston Flyer gets green light for public trips

Historic steam train can now operate commercially on the 14km Kingston to Fairlight railway.


Festival secures DCC funding boost
16 Jul 2021  

Festival secures DCC funding boost

A total of $956,800 allocated to 33 groups across Dunedin from various funds in latest round.


Great South’s Amie Young receives Bright Star award
15 Jul 2021  

Great South’s Amie Young receives Bright Star award

Great South hopes to achieve International Dark Sky Park protection.


Picton’s Shelly Beach upgrades underway
13 Jul 2021  

Picton’s Shelly Beach upgrades underway

Project received some funding from Tourism Infrastructure Fund.


Slow start to NZ school holidays for operators
12 Jul 2021  

Slow start to NZ school holidays for operators

The Covid disrupted Australian school holidays provided little boost, say southern operators.


Waitomo marks Matariki with glowing programme
5 Jul 2021  

Waitomo marks Matariki with glowing programme

Waitomo is celebrating Matariki with eight days of events from 3-10 July, alongside hosted cave tours and underground boat rides.


Work begins on Timaru theatre and museum
1 Jul 2021  

Work begins on Timaru theatre and museum

Next phase of design to be presented to council later in year.


Explore buys Fullers GreatSights in Bay of Islands
30 Jun 2021   /

Explore buys Fullers GreatSights in Bay of Islands

The collapse in international tourism was the catalyst for talks, says Explore GM William Goodfellow.


Rotorua Museum secures $4.1m grant
30 Jun 2021  

Rotorua Museum secures $4.1m grant

Funds tagged for exhibition use, as well as earthquake strengthening due to start next year.


Final property secured for $473m arena
30 Jun 2021  

Final property secured for $473m arena

Existing building on site to be removed over next year.


QLDC mulls $5.4m for new arts, cultural hub
30 Jun 2021   /

QLDC mulls $5.4m for new arts, cultural hub

Project to be worked on by council and the Te Atamira Trust, with funding part of ten year plan.


Hobbiton to host mid-winter feast
30 Jun 2021  

Hobbiton to host mid-winter feast

Traditional ales, lantern night tour, and rowdy singsong slated to help warm hearts and hairy feet.


Christchurch starts prep for SailGP 2022
29 Jun 2021  

Christchurch starts prep for SailGP 2022

Work expected to take six months to complete.


Auckland’s revamped waterfront to open
29 Jun 2021  

Auckland’s revamped waterfront to open

Public space on Quay Street and new ferry berths part of $350m investment.


Christchurch pedestrian mall to be permanently lit
29 Jun 2021  

Christchurch pedestrian mall to be permanently lit

Lighting to form part of Matariki season event on 10 July.


Polynesian Spa tepid, pot of gold at Rainbow’s End – Rangatira
28 Jun 2021  

Polynesian Spa tepid, pot of gold at Rainbow’s End – Rangatira

Rainbow’s End has not felt the same impact from border closures as Polynesian Spa, says owner Rangatira.


Te Papa to re-open Tuesday
28 Jun 2021   /

Te Papa to re-open Tuesday

Te Papa is expected to open following deep cleaning last week after the Australian Covid case visit.


Roof goes on Auckland Zoo’s Indonesian habitat
28 Jun 2021  

Roof goes on Auckland Zoo’s Indonesian habitat

Habitat to be hot, steamy 28-degrees Celsius all year round.


Marlborough parks, tracks affected by flooding
25 Jun 2021  

Marlborough parks, tracks affected by flooding

Walkers on the Marlborough District council’s track system were advised to exercise caution, as work continues to repair flooding and waterlogged surfaces.


Higher property values see Skyline profit jump
24 Jun 2021  

Higher property values see Skyline profit jump

Skyline Enterprises will not pay a dividend for FY21 as uncertainty around return of international visitors remains.


All Black legends to host All Blacks Experience tours
23 Jun 2021  

All Black legends to host All Blacks Experience tours

The All Blacks Experience at SkyCity is hosting “exclusive guided tours” during the winter school holidays.


Inaugural light festival boasts local approach
23 Jun 2021   /

Inaugural light festival boasts local approach

Series of two-metre tall cubes to depict Ngāi Tahu stories about stars in Victoria Square.


EcoZip donates $8k for native tree planting
22 Jun 2021  

EcoZip donates $8k for native tree planting

Waiheke’s EcoZip Adventures has contributed $8000 towards the purchase of 1400 native trees for planting in seven wetland areas across the island.


Te Papa announces nine days of Matariki events
22 Jun 2021  

Te Papa announces nine days of Matariki events

Main foyer to be converted into marae-style cinema.


e-scooter permit goes to new supplier in Dunedin
21 Jun 2021   /

e-scooter permit goes to new supplier in Dunedin

Lime leaves after weighing up factors following new bylaw.


Wānaka A&P show injects $28m into local economy
18 Jun 2021  

Wānaka A&P show injects $28m into local economy

Spend was more than double that seen for the 2015 event.


America’s Cup close to leaving NZ shores as bids open to others
17 Jun 2021  

America’s Cup close to leaving NZ shores as bids open to others

Ireland, Spain and Dubai among overseas venues to have raised hands.


Scenic Hawke’s Bay off-road cycle trail opens
17 Jun 2021  

Scenic Hawke’s Bay off-road cycle trail opens

Waimārama Road off-road cycle trail jointly funded by MBIE, district councils and community trust.


Polynesian Spa owner swings into black
16 Jun 2021  

Polynesian Spa owner swings into black

Rangatira’s tourism operations drag on other sectors in its investment portfolio.


Auckland Zoo cafe wins architecture award
16 Jun 2021  

Auckland Zoo cafe wins architecture award

Te Puna cafe becomes entry in 2022 New Zealand Architecture Awards.


Hamilton events venue to be renamed in September
16 Jun 2021  

Hamilton events venue to be renamed in September

Naming rights signed for five years, extendable for another five.


International lineup for Ohakune/Queenstown Mardi Gras
16 Jun 2021  

International lineup for Ohakune/Queenstown Mardi Gras

International acts to be part of lineup over two weekends in two ski towns.


Wairarapa DOC sites record 39% revenue lift over summer
15 Jun 2021   /

Wairarapa DOC sites record 39% revenue lift over summer

Staff see more first time campers than in many years.


Festivals to provide ‘bumper culinary weekend’ 
15 Jun 2021  

Festivals to provide ‘bumper culinary weekend’ 

Wellington is set to receive a ‘bumper culinary weekend’ from 13-15 August with two coinciding festivals, Beervana and Visa Wellington On a Plate.


New director to lead Hamilton Gardens
14 Jun 2021  

New director to lead Hamilton Gardens

Gardens proving popular in summer as borders remain closed.