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One-stop tourism platform for students launched
4 Dec 2020  

One-stop tourism platform for students launched

Auckland Unlimited’s Study Auckland and Northland Inc have launched a new one-stop tourism website to help international students explore the northern regions.


Difficult 2020 ends with new beginning – Armitage
3 Dec 2020  

Difficult 2020 ends with new beginning – Armitage

The year has brought out the best in Auckland’s tourism sector, writes Auckland Unlimited’s GM of destination.


All Blacks Experience: “We’re opening come hell or high water”
2 Dec 2020  

All Blacks Experience: “We’re opening come hell or high water”

Board chair Dame Julie Christie says the seven year project has been a “rollercoaster”.


Nash: New attraction will help boost Auckland tourism
2 Dec 2020  

Nash: New attraction will help boost Auckland tourism

The new All Blacks Experience provides a welcome lift for Auckland, says the tourism minister.


BE Reconnected: Business events, budgets and barriers for 2021
2 Dec 2020  

BE Reconnected: Business events, budgets and barriers for 2021

Green shoots of recovery are on the horizon for the business events sector with a new Tourism New Zealand survey revealing pockets of optimism for 2021.


Auckland Airport wins building award, secures new accreditation
2 Dec 2020  

Auckland Airport wins building award, secures new accreditation

Auckland Airport has won the asset owners category in the BuildingSMART International 2020 Awards for its digital modelling of its buildings.


BE Reconnected kicks off in Auckland
1 Dec 2020  

BE Reconnected kicks off in Auckland

New Zealand’s battle-weary business events sector is gathering in Auckland today for the first official function of the year, BE Reconnected.


Auckland wins international STEM conference
1 Dec 2020  

Auckland wins international STEM conference

Auckland will host the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists conference in 2023.


“Slow” tourism encouraged for Auckland islands
1 Dec 2020  

“Slow” tourism encouraged for Auckland islands

The Environmental Defence Society is calling for a strengthening of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 to better protect the landscapes of the Hauraki Gulf Islands.


Auckland Museum to unveil new South Atrium entrance
1 Dec 2020  

Auckland Museum to unveil new South Atrium entrance

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is this week reopening its South Atrium entrance, Te Ao Mārama, after being closed for 18 months.


Four Points by Sheraton wins brace of national awards
27 Nov 2020   /

Four Points by Sheraton wins brace of national awards

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland has won a brace of national property awards.


Police conference worth $1.3m to Auckland economy
26 Nov 2020  

Police conference worth $1.3m to Auckland economy

The International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference will bring an estimated $1.3m into the local economy when Auckland plays host in 2023, says Auckland Convention Bureau.


Auckland Zoo to rehome elephants
26 Nov 2020   /

Auckland Zoo to rehome elephants

Auckland Zoo is looking for new overseas homes for its two female Asia elephants, Anjalee and Burma.


Unlawful operators in sights during America’s Cup
25 Nov 2020   /

Unlawful operators in sights during America’s Cup

Operators intending to carry fare-paying passengers to watch the America’s Cup will need to be in a recognised safety system, says Maritime NZ.


QT Auckland opens its doors
20 Nov 2020  

QT Auckland opens its doors

The hotel featured 150 rooms and suites, a restaurant, and a sixth-floor bar with views of the harbour.


Auckland city, hotels win big at MICE awards
19 Nov 2020   /

Auckland city, hotels win big at MICE awards

Auckland has been named the best meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions destination in Oceania at the inaugural World MICE Awards 2020.


Youth programme adds to America’s Cup legacy – ATEED
19 Nov 2020  

Youth programme adds to America’s Cup legacy – ATEED

A new educational programme has been launched for young learners, leveraging next year’s 36th America’s Cup.


Precinct’s plans for One Queen St still in warmer drawer
18 Nov 2020  

Precinct’s plans for One Queen St still in warmer drawer

Precinct Properties hopes to recommence building of its proposed $298m luxury hotel at the One Queens St redevelopment in Auckland.


AT testing people-friendly spaces on Ponsonby Rd
17 Nov 2020  

AT testing people-friendly spaces on Ponsonby Rd

Auckland Transport will test people-friendly spaces and safer ways to travel along Auckland’s Ponsonby Road as part of the Innovating Streets project.


Auckland Airport passenger volumes down 69% in October
17 Nov 2020  

Auckland Airport passenger volumes down 69% in October

However, domestic passenger numbers in October 2020 were 47.9% up on September 2020


Tourism, events slump risks $1bn hole for Auckland
12 Nov 2020  

Tourism, events slump risks $1bn hole for Auckland

The $450m hole that Covid-19 has punched in Auckland Council’s finances this year could grow by a further $540m by 2024, says Auckland Council.


Singapore Airlines adds Auckland flight
10 Nov 2020   /

Singapore Airlines adds Auckland flight

Singapore Airlines will add capacity to and from Auckland from 3 December.


Auckland Town Hall opens doors for tours
10 Nov 2020   /

Auckland Town Hall opens doors for tours

Auckland Live has launched tours of the historic Auckland Town Hall.


Summer goal: Break even in hostels – Haka Tourism
9 Nov 2020   /

Summer goal: Break even in hostels – Haka Tourism

One of the hardest-hit parts of tourism is holding on for a quick rebound when international travel resumes.


Opening date, pricing unveiled for new Weta attraction
9 Nov 2020  

Opening date, pricing unveiled for new Weta attraction

Weta Workshop’s Auckland attraction opens to the public on Tuesday 15 December.


EcoZip secures ‘climate positive’ certification
9 Nov 2020   /

EcoZip secures ‘climate positive’ certification

Waiheke-based operator EcoZip Adventures has secured climate positive certification for the second consecutive year from not-for-profit Ekos.


New promo plugs downtown Auckland visitation
6 Nov 2020  

New promo plugs downtown Auckland visitation

Heart of the City has launched a new campaign to entice workers and visitors to downtown Auckland to support city centre businesses.


New attractions to be showcased at Discover Auckland
6 Nov 2020   /

New attractions to be showcased at Discover Auckland

Weta Workshop Unleashed and the All Blacks Experience will be among 70 Auckland-wide exhibitors at the Discover Auckland Travel Expo next week.


Semi Permanent event returns – this time free
6 Nov 2020  

Semi Permanent event returns – this time free

Semi Permanent Aotearoa will return to Auckland Aotea Centre on 12 November 2020, and for the first time, will be free to attend.


Ports of Auckland offers America’s Cup inner harbour racing
5 Nov 2020  

Ports of Auckland offers America’s Cup inner harbour racing

Ports of Auckland says it will facilitate the use of the inner harbour courses for all racing for the 36th America’s Cup.


Bush and Beach introduces migrants to NZ nature, water safety
4 Nov 2020  

Bush and Beach introduces migrants to NZ nature, water safety

West Auckland walking tour operator Bush and Beach has run a free tour for a group of recent migrants.


‘Massive’ year for ATEED – then Covid struck
3 Nov 2020  

‘Massive’ year for ATEED – then Covid struck

The pandemic has forced a “re-balancing” of tourism, major and business events activities, says CEO Nick Hill.


Sneak peek of All Blacks Experience at travel expo
3 Nov 2020   /

Sneak peek of All Blacks Experience at travel expo

The public will be able to get a sneak peek of new All Blacks Experience at the upcoming Discover Auckland Travel Expo on 14 November at Shed 10.


Protected islands not for dogs
2 Nov 2020   /

Protected islands not for dogs

The Department of Conservation is reminding visitors to stick to the rules as an influx of visitors were found bringing dogs to Auckland islands, which are home to endangered species.


Adventure operator wins top business award
30 Oct 2020  

Adventure operator wins top business award

Skydive Auckland has won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2020 for the north and west region.


Auckland Museum launches new membership scheme
30 Oct 2020  

Auckland Museum launches new membership scheme

Membership is priced in three tiers, at $50, $75 and $500 annually.


Luxury lodge comes to market
28 Oct 2020  

Luxury lodge comes to market

The Kourawhero Mountain Lodge has been placed on the market for sale.


Auckland to host NZ’s largest beach festival
27 Oct 2020  

Auckland to host NZ’s largest beach festival

Auckland’s Takapuna Beach will host its first Waterbourne Beach Festival between February – March 2021.


Nick Hill to lead merged ATEED/RFA agency
23 Oct 2020  

Nick Hill to lead merged ATEED/RFA agency

The current CEO of ATEED will step into the role on 1 December, when the new entity officially starts.


Auckland Diwali Festival spreads across city
23 Oct 2020  

Auckland Diwali Festival spreads across city

Covid-19 precautions meant that this year the festival would not feature the traditional gathering in Aotea Square


Fullers360 launches ‘summer ready’ services
22 Oct 2020  

Fullers360 launches ‘summer ready’ services

Fullers360 is launching a set of new products and services, specifically tailored to the local domestic market.


Work on Auckland Airport roading network ramps up
22 Oct 2020  

Work on Auckland Airport roading network ramps up

The main route into the airport will close over four consecutive nights as work continues on its roading network.


ATEED’s ambition: Keep Aucklanders in Auckland
20 Oct 2020   /

ATEED’s ambition: Keep Aucklanders in Auckland

GM of destination Steve Armitage hopes to “make it difficult” for other regions to attract visitors from the city.


100 operators target for new Auckland travel expo
20 Oct 2020   /

100 operators target for new Auckland travel expo

ATEED will host the Discover Auckland Travel Expo next month to showcase the region to locals.


New 3D biosecurity scanner for airport
20 Oct 2020  

New 3D biosecurity scanner for airport

Biosecurity NZ has installed a new 3D scanner at Auckland Airport, which will undergo trials with passengers before they collect their check-in baggage from carousels.


Second lockdown cost SkyCity $20m – CEO
19 Oct 2020  

Second lockdown cost SkyCity $20m – CEO

Graeme Stephens says Auckland’s level 3 lockdown in August cost the operator millions.


EVENT tees off into golf market with Auckland deal
15 Oct 2020   /

EVENT tees off into golf market with Auckland deal

The Australasian hotel, cinema and ski field operator has selected Auckland for its first foray into golf.


Sept Auckland Airport passenger numbers fall 77%
15 Oct 2020  

Sept Auckland Airport passenger numbers fall 77%

Total passenger volumes at Auckland Airport fell by 76.9% in September 2020 compared to the year previous.


Villa Maria reopens with new visitor facility
15 Oct 2020  

Villa Maria reopens with new visitor facility

Villa Maria Estate has reopened its cellar door with the launch of the newly refurbished space, called Tasting Room, at its Manukau site in Auckland.


Five otter pups born at Auckland Zoo
15 Oct 2020  

Five otter pups born at Auckland Zoo

The pups are four weeks old and bring the total of the zoo’s Asian small-clawed otters to 13 after parents Takumi and Kanan gave birth to two sets of triplets in 2019.