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Aoraki Mt Cook, Tekapo & Mackenzie


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.


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.


First Look: Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s $10m Astronomy Centre
13 Mar 2018  

First Look: Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s $10m Astronomy Centre

Earth & Sky and Ngāi Tahu Tourism have revealed concept images for their $10m Astronomy Centre joint venture at Lake Tekapo.


China Southern’s investment in Tekapo tourism revealed
28 Nov 2017   /

China Southern’s investment in Tekapo tourism revealed

Mt John Observatory’s partnership with China Southern Airlines is worth $450,000 over three years with 10% of it going towards tourism infrastructure in the Mackenzie district.


NZ a leader in burgeoning astro-tourism industry
13 Oct 2017  

NZ a leader in burgeoning astro-tourism industry

New Zealand is a world leader in astro-tourism with more product on the way and a reputation in Asia as being one of the best places in the world to enjoy the night sky, says one of the country’s leading astronomers. 


Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival
3 Oct 2017   /

Astro stars set to descend on NZ for starlight festival

New Zealand is set to welcome some of the most influential astrophysicists in the world, as part of the third Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.


New Tekapo Springs GM brings a wealth of experience
4 Aug 2017  

New Tekapo Springs GM brings a wealth of experience

Tourism marketing strategist Anton Wilke is applying a wealth of experience in sales, marketing and general business management to his new role of General Manager at Tekapo Springs.


Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises
13 Jul 2017  

Canterbury guest nights lead latest rises

Booming tourism in the Mackenzie District has seen Canterbury record an extra 25,000 guest nights in May, topping Stats NZ’s latest accommodation survey.


Aussies expand into Mackenzie, plot more NZ investments
6 Jun 2017   /

Aussies expand into Mackenzie, plot more NZ investments

Skydive the Beach is looking for further investments in New Zealand after purchasing land in the Mackenzie District to launch a new skydiving operation.


China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism
24 Apr 2017  

China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism

China Southern Airlines has become an official partner of Mt John Observatory in a deal believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.


New Tekapo toilets open for business
30 Mar 2017  

New Tekapo toilets open for business

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today opened new toilet facilities in Tekapo, co-funded through the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.


Church of Good Shepherd – TEC continues support
21 Mar 2017  

Church of Good Shepherd – TEC continues support

TEC is working with the Church to assist with enhancement of the experience for visitors, car-parking, and other related issues.


On the Road with Tourism Ticker: Tekapo II
24 Feb 2017  

On the Road with Tourism Ticker: Tekapo II

In the second of our On the Road series, the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell visits a soon-to-open stargazing venture: Tekapo Springs


On the Road with Tourism Ticker: Tekapo I
23 Feb 2017  

On the Road with Tourism Ticker: Tekapo I

In the first of our On the Road series, the Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell heads north on State Highway 6 to take the pulse of the industry. First stop: Tekapo.


Innovative star gazing tours launch at Tekapo Springs
17 Feb 2017  

Innovative star gazing tours launch at Tekapo Springs

Star gazing in one of the world’s top ‘clear sky’ locations is being launched by Tekapo Springs in New Zealand’s Mackenzie country.


Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?
7 Feb 2017  

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.


Star-gazers win $3.5m TGP funding
9 Nov 2016   /

Star-gazers win $3.5m TGP funding

Two star-gazing ventures have attracted a total of $3.5m of government investment in the latest round of funding from the Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP).


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