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Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to consider tourism submissions
22 May 2018  

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to consider tourism submissions

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will spend the next three days hearing and considering submissions to its draft Long Term Plan, called Facing our Future 2018-28.


New airport transport hub nears completion
22 May 2018  

New airport transport hub nears completion

PRESS RELEASE: Wellington Airport A major milestone for Wellington Airport’s new multi-level car park and transport hub has been achieved with the last panels on the exterior cladding of the MORE »


International event organisers head to Auckland
22 May 2018  

International event organisers head to Auckland

Leading business event organisers from around the world are heading to New Zealand’s largest business tourism trade exhibition in Auckland next week, on 30 and 31 May.


Council to study iwi concerns over Te Mata Peak track
21 May 2018  

Council to study iwi concerns over Te Mata Peak track

The Hastings District Council is working with stakeholders to review the options presented by Craggy Range Winery at a meeting held with stakeholders on Monday 7 May, as well as other ideas presented by the community.


New interactive map offers insights into regional spending
21 May 2018  

New interactive map offers insights into regional spending

Stats NZ has launched an interactive map that allows users to explore patterns of retail spending around the country.


Mountain biking to be allowed at Tongariro National Park
18 May 2018  

Mountain biking to be allowed at Tongariro National Park

The New Zealand Conservation Authority approved amendments to the Tongariro National Park Management Plan which will allow for mountain biking at its most recent meeting in Wellington on 23 April.


Southern ski fields fire up their guns
18 May 2018  

Southern ski fields fire up their guns

Natural snow, cold temperatures and “heaps more fire power” are getting Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ready for the ski season.


Haka named finalist in ExportNZ Awards
18 May 2018  

Haka named finalist in ExportNZ Awards

Haka Educational Tours has been named a finalist in the 2018 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards for business from the Auckland and Waikato regions.  


Rotorua’s benchmark beating growth in domestic visitor nights
17 May 2018  

Rotorua’s benchmark beating growth in domestic visitor nights

Benchmark beating growth in domestic visitor nights spent in Rotorua’s commercial accommodation for the month of March 2018 points to Rotorua being a favourite place for Kiwis to enjoy over the Easter break.


ChristchurchNZ shows off city to conference organisers
17 May 2018  

ChristchurchNZ shows off city to conference organisers

Christchurch’s excellent conferencing facilities and its exciting and evolving central city will be in the spotlight this month.


Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries strikes gold
17 May 2018  

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries strikes gold

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries has been recognised for its outstanding business practices, earning the country’s highest accolade for tourism operators, a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award rating from Qualmark.


PATA: Record 636 million arrivals to APAC
16 May 2018  

PATA: Record 636 million arrivals to APAC

With a cumulative count of 636 million foreign arrivals into the region in 2017, Asia Pacific sets a new record.


Te Papa and EQC’s Minecraft Mod shakes up earthquake education
16 May 2018  

Te Papa and EQC’s Minecraft Mod shakes up earthquake education

Skeleton horses and killer bunnies may not be traditional learning tools, but a new mod for the computer game Minecraft is using them to teach important lessons about earthquake safety.


Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom wins architecture award
16 May 2018  

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom wins architecture award

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom won the sole award for public architecture at the New Zealand Institute of Architects Western Architecture Awards on Friday night.


TCDC: Visitor spending continues to grow
14 May 2018  

TCDC: Visitor spending continues to grow

Coromandel’s tourism industry continues to expand as we attract greater numbers of international tourists to our district.


120m-long Maungatapu mural unveiled
14 May 2018  

120m-long Maungatapu mural unveiled

A mural representing the connection between local hapū has been unveiled within the Hairini Link project in Tauranga.


Tourism retailer’s new development design
14 May 2018  

Tourism retailer’s new development design

The building was commissioned by property owner Redson Corporation Holdings Limited for its tourism business Aotea Gifts.


Singapore Airlines to bring A350-900 to Christchurch route
14 May 2018  

Singapore Airlines to bring A350-900 to Christchurch route

Singapore Airlines today announced it will deploy one of its A350-900 aircraft to New Zealand for the first time.


Tourism infrastructure among costs prompting inquiry
14 May 2018  

Tourism infrastructure among costs prompting inquiry

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced the Government will hold a Productivity Commission inquiry into local government funding.


Christchurch launches Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival 2019
14 May 2018  

Christchurch launches Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival 2019

After a rigorous process, ChristchurchNZ is excited to announce that Strut & Fret Production House has been awarded the contract to deliver the enhanced and reshaped Buskers Festival. 


RAL appoints two key staff
11 May 2018  

RAL appoints two key staff

Mt Ruapehu has appointed two staff into key roles in time for the upcoming ski season.


New zoo rules to keep animals contained
11 May 2018  

New zoo rules to keep animals contained

A new zoo standard signed off by the Environmental Protection Authority will help zoos prevent animals from escaping into the wider environment, or pose a risk to people.


Museum awards finalists revealed
11 May 2018  

Museum awards finalists revealed

Eight expert judging panels have selected the 26 finalists who will contend for top honours at the 2018 ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards.


Interislanders to rotate into maintenance
11 May 2018  

Interislanders to rotate into maintenance

KiwiRail’s Interislander ferry Kaiarahi heads across to Nelson at the end of this week, marking the start of an annual maintenance and inspection programme for all three ferries.


TNZ, Air NZ grow the value of inbound tourism
10 May 2018  

TNZ, Air NZ grow the value of inbound tourism

Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand have re-committed to their marketing partnership worth up to $20 million annually to promote New Zealand offshore.


MYOB: Tourism is now a tech business
10 May 2018  

MYOB: Tourism is now a tech business

As New Zealand’s largest tourism industry conference takes place in Dunedin this week, new analysis by business software provider MYOB points to the increasing importance of technology for the country’s largest foreign exchange earner.


Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraiser selling out
10 May 2018  

Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraiser selling out

This year’s annual Cruise-for-a-Cause recipients, the KidsCan Charitable Trust and Wanaka Search & Rescue are both off to swift start with their fundraising efforts.


SKYCITY unveils five-star Horizon Hotel
9 May 2018  

SKYCITY unveils five-star Horizon Hotel

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has unveiled its Horizon Hotel being built alongside the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland.


Record $1.24bn summer for Christchurch
9 May 2018  

Record $1.24bn summer for Christchurch

A thriving hospitality scene, brand new retail precincts and booming hotel sector are proving a hit with visitors to the South Island’s largest city.


WREDA, Te Papa provide exclusive tour for hearing-impaired
9 May 2018  

WREDA, Te Papa provide exclusive tour for hearing-impaired

Te Papa and WREDA have joined forces for New Zealand Sign Language Week to give 36 hearing-impaired Wellingtonians a free behind the scenes tour of the national museum’s back-of-house collections.


KiwiRail: Record season for tourism services
8 May 2018  

KiwiRail: Record season for tourism services

KiwiRail is celebrating a record tourism season fuelled by growing visitor numbers to New Zealand and a global rail renaissance.


Invercargill gets NZ’s first digital air traffic control tower
8 May 2018  

Invercargill gets NZ’s first digital air traffic control tower

Invercargill Airport will be the first airport in New Zealand to have its air traffic control tower replaced with a digital system operated from a remote location.


DunedinNZ launches Spotify channel
8 May 2018  

DunedinNZ launches Spotify channel

In a first for New Zealand, DunedinNZ has launched its own Spotify channel as a new city marketing and branding tactic to highlight Dunedin’s identity as a vibrant music city.


Operators urged to help combat Argentine ants
6 May 2018  

Operators urged to help combat Argentine ants

DOC has confirmed a colony of the small, honey-coloured ants has been discovered at Paraparaumu Beach.


Memorial attraction unveiled
6 May 2018  

Memorial attraction unveiled

Ports of Auckland and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei today unveiled Te Toka o Apihai Te Kawau, a commemorative memorial of the founding of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).


ReserveGroup becomes Blue Ocean Marketing
6 May 2018  

ReserveGroup becomes Blue Ocean Marketing

Tourism marketing experts ReserveGroup have evolved their business to Blue Ocean Marketing occupying a new space in the market where they are “more than strategy, more than execution”.


Tourist hot spot gets a makeover
4 May 2018   /

Tourist hot spot gets a makeover

Work has begun on the exciting redevelopment of Otumuheke Stream area in Spa Thermal Park, Taupo.


TIA backs Waitaki plan to seek UNESCO status
4 May 2018   /

TIA backs Waitaki plan to seek UNESCO status

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is enthusiastically supporting Waitaki District Council’s proposal to seek UNESCO recognition for its heritage buildings and unique geological treasures.


Queenstown, Wanaka explore unified approach to tourism, business
4 May 2018   /

Queenstown, Wanaka explore unified approach to tourism, business

Queenstown and Wanaka business, tourism and council leaders have agreed to adopt a unified approach to regional issues during a “ground-breaking” meeting this week.


Singapore Airlines starts Melbourne transit service
4 May 2018  

Singapore Airlines starts Melbourne transit service

Singapore Airlines begins its Wellington to Asia via Melbourne service today with four flights per week on the route. 


Tourism finalists announced in heritage awards
3 May 2018  

Tourism finalists announced in heritage awards

Heritage Christchurch, Designer Cottages B&B, Hackthorne Gardens Luxury Accommodation and Sign of the Kiwi are the tourism finalists in the Canterbury Heritage Awards.


Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company
3 May 2018  

Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company

Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington Tours has acquired Wairarapa’s Country Village Heaven Greytown Tours. Country Village Heaven was established in September last year to bring visitors to Greytown from Wellington on a MORE »


Timber Trail Lodge quality recognised
3 May 2018  

Timber Trail Lodge quality recognised

The Timber Trail Lodge in King Country’s Pureora Forest Park has been awarded a Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business accreditation, with a 5 Star grading for its accommodation offering.


Owen River Lodge goes gold
3 May 2018  

Owen River Lodge goes gold

Owen River Lodge in Murchison has attained Qualmark’s Luxury Lodge certification and a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.


Registration opens for TIA’s Discussing Tourism events
3 May 2018  

Registration opens for TIA’s Discussing Tourism events

PRESS RELEASE: Tourism Industry Aotearoa Tourism businesses around New Zealand are being invited to discuss the big challenges and opportunities facing them and their regions at a series of events MORE »


Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill summit becomes vehicle-free
2 May 2018  

Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill summit becomes vehicle-free

The tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill will permanently close to all motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters from late next week.


Dunedin begins Easter trading review
1 May 2018  

Dunedin begins Easter trading review

Dunedin City Council is seeking feedback from employees, retailers and the public after Easter Sunday trading was allowed for the first time in the city this year.


Nature attractions to open doors to locals
1 May 2018   /

Nature attractions to open doors to locals

Wellington nature attractions ZEALANDIA and Wellington Zoo are opening their doors to locals this weekend for a $2 donation per person. The proceeds from the donations will go towards ZEALANDIA’s MORE »


SH1 through Kaikōura opens 24/7
30 Apr 2018  

SH1 through Kaikōura opens 24/7

State Highway 1 through Kaikōura between Picton and Christchurch will re-open for night-time travel from today.


Wellington missing out on $26m a year because of lack of venue
27 Apr 2018  

Wellington missing out on $26m a year because of lack of venue

A new WREDA-commissioned report shows Wellington is missing out on large performances, family and sport events because it doesn’t have the right-sized venue.


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