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23 May 2018  

Rafting association: NZ has the highest standards in the world

New Zealand’s rafting industry is the global leader in standards, says the NZRA.


Australian detective named as Shotover River rafting fatality
22 May 2018  

Australian detective named as Shotover River rafting fatality

New South Wales police officer Joshua Paroci has been named as the tourist who died during a rafting trip on Saturday.


Rafting operations suspended following tragedy
21 May 2018  

Rafting operations suspended following tragedy

Two Queenstown operators have suspended rafting excursions after the death of a tourist at the Shotover River.


NZ, Aus washout sees Experience Co downgrade FY18 earnings
16 May 2018  

NZ, Aus washout sees Experience Co downgrade FY18 earnings

Experience Co has downgraded its earnings forecast following a wet start to the year that hampered activity at its NZ and Australian operations.


Bungy NZ marks 30 years with ‘Live More. Fear Less’
9 May 2018  

Bungy NZ marks 30 years with ‘Live More. Fear Less’

AJ Hackett Bungy NZ has marked the company’s 30th year with its #LiveMoreFearLess campaign.


INFLITE jumps into skydiving with multi-million dollar acquisition
23 Apr 2018  

INFLITE jumps into skydiving with multi-million dollar acquisition

Aviation tourism operator INFLITE has entered the New Zealand skydive sector with a multi-million dollar purchase of Skydive Franz Josef Glacier.


TAIC: The Helicopter Line to review safety after four crashes
13 Apr 2018  

TAIC: The Helicopter Line to review safety after four crashes

Queenstown’s The Helicopter Line should review its safety systems after four “serious landing accidents” in three years, says the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).


Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism
4 Apr 2018  

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.


Tributes flow for ‘Chief’ as rafters rename river section in his honour
26 Mar 2018  

Tributes flow for ‘Chief’ as rafters rename river section in his honour

More than 70 family, friends and colleagues of Moana-Roa Keith ‘Chief’ Haare have paid tribute to the popular rafting guide.


Police: ‘Medical event’ probable cause of popular guide’s death
26 Mar 2018  

Police: ‘Medical event’ probable cause of popular guide’s death

A preliminary post-mortem into the death of popular Queenstown Rafting guide Moana-Roa Keith ‘Chief’ Haare suggests he died due to a medical event, say police.


Christchurch Adventure Park secures Qualmark Silver
23 Mar 2018  

Christchurch Adventure Park secures Qualmark Silver

The Christchurch Adventure Park has been recognised as among the most safe and sustainable tourism businesses in the country.


Asia drives NZ golf tourism growth, other markets flat
22 Mar 2018  

Asia drives NZ golf tourism growth, other markets flat

Asian players drove growth at New Zealand’s top golf courses last year as other major markets reported flat results, according to Tourism New Zealand.


Operator fined $93K after Mack Attack passenger breaks back
20 Mar 2018   /

Operator fined $93K after Mack Attack passenger breaks back

A Bay of Islands operator has to pay more than $93,000 in fines following a 2014 accident in which a 60-year old woman suffered a broken back on a boat tour.


TNZ: Valuable boost for golf tourism
14 Mar 2018  

TNZ: Valuable boost for golf tourism

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open provided another valuable opportunity to promote New Zealand as a world class golfing destination.  


Cycle trails secure $2.6m funding
1 Mar 2018   /

Cycle trails secure $2.6m funding

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail has been granted $2.4m in funding for it to be extended and upgraded to a multi-day ride.


Normal service resumes after $80K evac day for Real Journeys
26 Feb 2018  

Normal service resumes after $80K evac day for Real Journeys

Real Journeys cancelled an 8am sailing of its Doubtful Sound cruise today but further trips are operating normally following a slip that trapped 339 tourists yesterday.


International artist to join Dunedin’s street art trail
22 Feb 2018  

International artist to join Dunedin’s street art trail

Dunedin’s popular street art trail will gain two new world-class artworks with international artist Bik Ismo and Christchurch’s Jacob Yikes the latest artists to come to the city.


Waitakere Ranges product at risk after council proposes park closure
21 Feb 2018   /

Waitakere Ranges product at risk after council proposes park closure

Auckland operators are resigned to losing Waitakere Ranges product after the council voted to close the forested areas of the park.


Great Taste Trail re-opens with detours
14 Feb 2018  

Great Taste Trail re-opens with detours

Despite the recent storm all the businesses associated with Tasman’s Great Taste Trail are open.


Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status
2 Feb 2018   / /

Thirty tracks proposed for Great Walk status

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Conservation The Department of Conservation (DOC) has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across MORE »


KJet appoints international sales manager
1 Feb 2018  

KJet appoints international sales manager

Queenstown jet boat operator KJet is looking to expand in to the wholesale markets with the appointment of a new international sales manager.


After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley
1 Feb 2018   /

After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley

After nearly 20 years Agroventures Adventure Park is changing its name to Velocity Valley.


Award winning eco-adventure product comes to NZ
31 Jan 2018  

Award winning eco-adventure product comes to NZ

A new ecotourism and soft nature adventure attraction is coming to New Zealand, with the first Fly-Line operation expected to open next summer.


Tourism Holdings: $3m boost from US tax rate cut
22 Dec 2017  

Tourism Holdings: $3m boost from US tax rate cut

Tourism Holdings could see its net profit jump by up to $3m thanks to incoming tax changes in the United States that will see the company’s tax rate slashed by more than a quarter.


Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app
20 Dec 2017  

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches tracks app

Lake Wanaka Tourism has launched a Wanaka Tracks app in time for the busy summer season ahead.


Tourists urged to take care on backcountry roads
19 Dec 2017  

Tourists urged to take care on backcountry roads

DOC is urging tourists to take care when driving on New Zealand’s backcountry roads ahead of what is expected to bumper summer season.


“Ripening opportunities” in NZ wine tourism
18 Dec 2017  

“Ripening opportunities” in NZ wine tourism

Developing an online presence and targeting the growth markets of America’s and Asia’s visitor markets are two crucial factors in unlocking New Zealand’s wine tourism opportunity, according to a new report.


Support for Cape Foulwind conservation
18 Dec 2017  

Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund.


Swimmers warned away from Lake Taupō sites
11 Dec 2017  

Swimmers warned away from Lake Taupō sites

Waikato Regional Council staff have collected samples from algae blooms found during an inspection of south-eastern Lake Taupō swimming sites this weekend.


Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey
5 Dec 2017  

Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey

Tourism operators and others involved in providing services to people riding the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail this summer are being urged to encourage them to complete a short survey on their experience.


Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal
5 Dec 2017  

Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal

The Hurunui District Council has confirmed its support for a new Waiau Toa (Clarence)/Molesworth Great Walk to run through the Hurunui District.


Behind the rebrand with Skydive Southern Alps
4 Dec 2017  

Behind the rebrand with Skydive Southern Alps

An exciting brand refresh drawing on New Zealand’s most stunning alpine scenery and boundless skies sees Glenorchy-based Skydive Southern Alps ready to make its own mark on the domestic and international visitor market.


Milford Sound Scenic Flights expands fleet
4 Dec 2017  

Milford Sound Scenic Flights expands fleet

Milford Sound Scenic Flights has added a 3rd Cessna Grand Caravan to its already impressive fleet of planes which currently comprises three GA8 Airvans, two Cessna Grand Caravans and three BN Islanders.


Ngāi Tahu Tourism selects apprentice
4 Dec 2017   /

Ngāi Tahu Tourism selects apprentice

Warena Jacobs, from Nelson, has started his marine mechanic career at Shotover Jet in Queenstown.


Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle
24 Nov 2017  

Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle

The Wellington Zipline Adventures (WZA) proposal includes four pairs of ziplines, which would zig-zag down the valley, with wooden take-off and landing decks at each end.


Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards
20 Nov 2017   / /

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt’s hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka’s Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been recognised as New Zealand’s best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.


Heavy spring snow partially closes Routeburn Track
9 Nov 2017  

Heavy spring snow partially closes Routeburn Track

DOC is advising the alpine section of track will be closed today with 25cm of snow at Routeburn Falls Hut and 40cm in the Harris Basin.


Bungy’s need for Highlands speed
7 Nov 2017  

Bungy’s need for Highlands speed

Iconic Central Otago tourism operator AJ Hackett Bungy has teamed up with Highlands motorsport park to launch a new adventure concept which will debut in NZ this weekend.


Christchurch kayak business launches
6 Nov 2017  

Christchurch kayak business launches

A flotilla of water crafts on the Avon River have come together to celebrate the launch of Christchurch Sea Kayaking, the new outdoor venture in town.


Air NZ on track with new Short Walks and Day Hikes
6 Nov 2017   /

Air NZ on track with new Short Walks and Day Hikes

Air New Zealand is expanding its long-term Department of Conservation partnership to boost conservation and biodiversity efforts on DOC’s new Short Walks and Day Hikes network.


NZ takes bigger slice of global golf tourism market
1 Nov 2017  

NZ takes bigger slice of global golf tourism market

New Zealand’s International Golf Tourism Strategy is driving results with golf visitors to marquee courses up 17% in the year to March 2016.


Operator raises funds to protect endangered birds
1 Nov 2017   /

Operator raises funds to protect endangered birds

Queenstown and Glenorchy locals got to experience the world-class Ngāi Tahu Tourism adventures operating in their own backyard over the weekend, with the bonus of helping protect endangered birds.


Cycling Action Network: First NZ Bike Expo a success
1 Nov 2017   /

Cycling Action Network: First NZ Bike Expo a success

The first-ever NZ Bike Expo, which was held in Christchurch on 28-29 October exceeded expectations from exhibitors and visitors alike.


Ziptrek ‘Locals Day’ a soaring success for camp
31 Oct 2017  

Ziptrek ‘Locals Day’ a soaring success for camp

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating another successful ‘Locals Day’ as over 200 locals ‘took to the trees’ on Sunday to raise money for chosen charity Wakatipu High School Branches Camp.


DOC launches new Short Walks and Day Hikes
30 Oct 2017   /

DOC launches new Short Walks and Day Hikes

New Zealand’s new Short Walks and Day Hikes network has been officially launched by the Department of Conservation.


Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience
30 Oct 2017   /

Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners.


NZ one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2018
25 Oct 2017  

NZ one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2018

New Zealand has made it into Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 countries to visit in 2018.


Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail
25 Oct 2017  

Taumarunui to remain key stop on Te Araroa Trail

Taumarunui will continue to benefit from New Zealanders and international visitors walking the 3,000km Te Araroa trail following agreement of a revised route.


Milford, Routeburn guided walks awarded Qualmark Gold
25 Oct 2017  

Milford, Routeburn guided walks awarded Qualmark Gold

Queenstown-based hiking specialists, Ultimate Hikes is kicking off the hiking season on a high, after being awarded Qualmark Gold for its guided walk operations.


Aussies snap up iconic NZ cycle trails operator
24 Oct 2017  

Aussies snap up iconic NZ cycle trails operator

A leading Australian adventure travel specialist has acquired iconic central Otago Rail Trail cycling tour operator, Trail Journeys.


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