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Tauranga projects to be supported by user levies
5 Dec 2022   /

Tauranga projects to be supported by user levies

Tauranga will be the first region to access a new government fundraising tool to support up to $175m for local infrastructure projects.


Tauranga waterfront lights up for summer
11 Nov 2022  

Tauranga waterfront lights up for summer

Tauranga’s waterfront is awash with lights and colour as part of a new art and sculpture installation in the city centre.


BOP preps for 171k cruise passengers
7 Oct 2022   /

BOP preps for 171k cruise passengers

Tourism Bay of Plenty is expecting more than 170,000 visitors to the region this season thanks to cruise’s return.


Tasman Tourism to expand again with another holiday park acquisition
30 Sep 2022   /

Tasman Tourism to expand again with another holiday park acquisition

The acquisitive operator plans to invest in the business, bringing jobs and visitors to the Bay of Plenty.


Whakaari eruption warning tests completed
15 Sep 2022  

Whakaari eruption warning tests completed

Volcanologists and engineers have completed two years of testing on an automated eruption warning system for Whakaari White Island that aims to estimate the likelihood of an eruption.


Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park scoops award
13 Sep 2022   /

Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park scoops award

Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park has picked up the Tourism Business of the Year Award at the 2022 Katikati and Waihi Beach Community Business Awards.


TIA teams with Meta on digital skills workshops
11 Aug 2022   /

TIA teams with Meta on digital skills workshops

Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Meta, the company behind Facebook, will run digital skills workshops in Queenstown and Rotorua in September.


‘Significant progress’ made improving Tauranga venues – council
10 Aug 2022  

‘Significant progress’ made improving Tauranga venues – council

Tauranga City Council says its Bay Venues network has made ‘significant progress’ to improve customer experience, staffing and operational facilities within its aquatics, sports, community centres and halls, and events.


Interactive kiosk to highlight history
10 Aug 2022   /

Interactive kiosk to highlight history

A new kiosk and etching in Tauranga’s Wharf Street Upgrade in Te Papa will showcase the history of the city as part of an interactive audio and video experience.


Nash launches wharf, inspects visitor centre project
5 Aug 2022   /

Nash launches wharf, inspects visitor centre project

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has cut the ribbon for the renovated Whakatāne wharf and broken ground on work to construct the new Commercial Boat Harbour.


Matariki challenge serves up BOP feast
5 Aug 2022   /

Matariki challenge serves up BOP feast

The 2022 Matariki Dish Challenge in Rotorua and Bay of Plenty have showcased the best of the region’s storytelling and food, with four winners crowned.


First cohort of TBOP’s green initiative graduates
4 Aug 2022   /

First cohort of TBOP’s green initiative graduates

The first cohort from TBOP’s Green Room Programme graduates after an intensive 12-weeks helped participants reduce, reuse and recycle.


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.


Mt Maunganui to close for cultural installations
15 Jul 2022   /

Mt Maunganui to close for cultural installations

Sections of Tauranga’s Mt Maunganui Mauao will be closed to the public next week as works get underway to place new wayfinding signage and cultural touchpoints across the mountain.


BOP, Taupō, Upper Hutt top winners at NZ Parks Awards
27 Jun 2022   /

BOP, Taupō, Upper Hutt top winners at NZ Parks Awards

The New Zealand Parks Awards have named the best of the country’s recreational spots in Bay of Plenty, Taupō and Upper Hutt.


STEMFest returns to Tauranga
21 Jun 2022   /

STEMFest returns to Tauranga

Tauranga’s inaugural STEMFest is back after a two-year hiatus, promising a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities to inspire children and the whole family.


Fire damage at Tauranga’s Historic Village
17 Jun 2022  

Fire damage at Tauranga’s Historic Village

A building on the outskirts of Tauranga’s Historic Village has been destroyed by a fire.


…while Ōpōtiki unveils 10-day Matariki events calendar
31 May 2022   /

…while Ōpōtiki unveils 10-day Matariki events calendar

Ōpōtiki has lined up 19 events for locals and visitors to honour and celebrate Matariki.


Historic Tauranga battle site upgrades underway
20 May 2022   /

Historic Tauranga battle site upgrades underway

A Tauranga reserve commemorating the 1864 Battle of Re Ranga is being upgraded to create a place of remembrance and storytelling.


TBOP launches sustainability programme with TIA
16 May 2022   /

TBOP launches sustainability programme with TIA

The programme shows participants how to achieve the knowledge, skills, and confidence to actively pursue zero carbon and regenerative goals.


Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?
21 Apr 2022   /

Could new research help predict eruptions on Whakaari White Island?

Specific volcano traits could form the basis of a new eruption warning system.


Flavours of Plenty Festival set for April
18 Mar 2022   /

Flavours of Plenty Festival set for April

The Flavours of Plenty Festival in the coastal Bay of Plenty will go ahead 7-10 April.


Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival
17 Mar 2022   /

Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival

Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.


Watch: Keep NZ Beautiful supreme award winner,  Whakatāne
9 Mar 2022  

Watch: Keep NZ Beautiful supreme award winner, Whakatāne

A deserved supreme winner at the recent Keep NZ Beautiful Awards – Whakatāne!


Watersports festival to attract hundreds
4 Mar 2022   /

Watersports festival to attract hundreds

The New Zealand SUP Nationals is underway at Mt Maunganui, with more than 100 athletes taking part.


“The reality is stark” – Waimangu Valley’s new GM
2 Mar 2022  

“The reality is stark” – Waimangu Valley’s new GM

But a proposed new Great Walk through the area could be an “exciting” boost, says Adam Hughes.


Whakatāne reigns supreme as most beautiful town
21 Feb 2022  

Whakatāne reigns supreme as most beautiful town

The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Supreme Towns & Cities Award winner for 2021 is Whakatāne.


$355k Jobs For Nature funds Te Puke heritage Pā restoration
16 Feb 2022   /

$355k Jobs For Nature funds Te Puke heritage Pā restoration

The first steps to restoring Maungaruahine Pā at Te Puke are underway following a $355,000 funding injection from the Government’s Mahi mō te Taiao | Jobs for Nature programme.


BOP food festival to go ahead under red
11 Feb 2022  

BOP food festival to go ahead under red

The inaugural Flavours of Plenty Festival is set to go ahead with tickets now on sale.


Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs
25 Jan 2022  

Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs

Bookings for accommodation on the Bachcare platform for the month of January are 17% higher than at the same point in 2020, the company says.


BOP weekend events to attract visitor influx, pull in $700k
19 Jan 2022   /

BOP weekend events to attract visitor influx, pull in $700k

Large numbers of visitors are expected to descend on the Mount Maunganui, Pāpāmoa, and Tauranga region this weekend for high-profile events.


…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag
17 Jan 2022   /

…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag

The recent fine weather is proving just the medicine for tourist-starved operators with outdoor offerings in Rotorua and Taupo, with one operator setting a new visitor record.


WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work
22 Oct 2021   /

WorkSafe slammed for slack Whakaari/White Island work

A review finds some of the agency’s actions “unacceptable and not able to be justified”.


Regional operators fear further hit with Waikato lockdown
4 Oct 2021  

Regional operators fear further hit with Waikato lockdown

The loss of the Waikato market will whittle down already slim pickings for operators in neighbouring regions, already bracing for an absent Auckland market.


Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints Blackmore to lead Agrodome
4 Oct 2021  

Ngāi Tahu Tourism appoints Blackmore to lead Agrodome

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has appointed David Blackmore to lead the operator’s Agrodome attraction in Rotorua.


Operators prep to open at level 2, pray for Auckland and level 1
7 Sep 2021   /

Operators prep to open at level 2, pray for Auckland and level 1

Tourism businesses are re-opening this week but getting viable customer numbers through will take longer.


Lockdown optimism low for tourism-reliant regions
27 Aug 2021   /

Lockdown optimism low for tourism-reliant regions

A majority of businesses in Auckland, Waikato, Taupō and Tauranga are confident of surviving the pandemic, but optimism is much lower in areas heavily reliant on tourism.


Social distance for people and seals is 20 metres – DOC
26 Aug 2021   /

Social distance for people and seals is 20 metres – DOC

Seals are coming ashore during the winter season to rest in the Bay of Plenty need to be given space, says the Department of Conservation.


Motiti Island protection rules come into force
12 Aug 2021  

Motiti Island protection rules come into force

Rules are now in place to stop people anchoring boats or taking any kind of marine life from three offshore reef areas surrounding Motiti Island, off Papamoa Beach.


Dunne joins Miles Partnership as director of destination strategy
28 Jul 2021  

Dunne joins Miles Partnership as director of destination strategy

The former TBOP boss will lead the launch of a new leadership academy for tourism professionals.


‘Survival mode’ Kohutapu Lodge celebrates first graduates
19 Jul 2021   /

‘Survival mode’ Kohutapu Lodge celebrates first graduates

A focus on community values drives the award-winning operator’s vision for tourism.


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.


New TBOP project aims to showcase regional food offerings
23 Jun 2021   /

New TBOP project aims to showcase regional food offerings

New project framework developed with STAPP funding, aims to continue domestic tourism momentum.


Court hearing for parties charged over Whakaari begins
3 Jun 2021  

Court hearing for parties charged over Whakaari begins

A two-day administrative hearing begins today in Whakatāne District Court to hear charges laid by Worksafe against 13 parties in the Whakaari/White Island eruption over alleged health and safety breaches.


Whakatāne revels in domestic tourism spend boost
1 Jun 2021  

Whakatāne revels in domestic tourism spend boost

Whakatāne reported $3m more was spent during the first quarter of 2021 compared to 2020.


New June date for BOP cultural festival
26 May 2021  

New June date for BOP cultural festival

This year’s event was originally planned for March.


Motiti Island protection rules in place from August
6 May 2021  

Motiti Island protection rules in place from August

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Tauranga to host inaugural waka festival
4 May 2021  

Tauranga to host inaugural waka festival

The festival aims to raise awareness about waka hourua and their voyages to reconnect with ancestral homelands.


Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age
29 Apr 2021  

Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age

A law change will likely lead to an increase in wine cellar doors and vineyard visitation, says NZ Winegrowers.


TBOP’s Kristin Dunne resigns
28 Apr 2021   /

TBOP’s Kristin Dunne resigns

The chief executive has led the RTO through both extraordinary growth and challenges.