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Wellington’s Weta Workshop heads north with new experience
18 Dec 2018  

Wellington’s Weta Workshop heads north with new experience

Peter Jackson’s tourism business is heading to Auckland’s SKYCITY entertainment precinct.


Auckland Seaplanes buys island airfield, launches Waiheke Wings
17 Dec 2018  

Auckland Seaplanes buys island airfield, launches Waiheke Wings

The operator will use Waiheke Island’s sole airstrip to launch a new land-based air service.


Invercargill “is ready to go” ahead of direct Air NZ Auckland service
17 Dec 2018  

Invercargill “is ready to go” ahead of direct Air NZ Auckland service

Southlanders are hopeful of a visitation boost following the announcement by Air New Zealand of a trial direct service between Invercargill and Auckland.


Air NZ to trial first direct Invercargill – Auckland service
14 Dec 2018  

Air NZ to trial first direct Invercargill – Auckland service

Air New Zealand is set to trial a direct flight between Invercargill and Auckland in the second half of 2019 – the first ever time it has offered the service between the two cities.


New airport 3D scanners to cut passenger waiting times
12 Dec 2018   /

New airport 3D scanners to cut passenger waiting times

The new tech will scan baggage for biosecurity risks before passengers reach their luggage.


Auckland Airport apologises after terminal fire disruption
10 Dec 2018  

Auckland Airport apologises after terminal fire disruption

Auckland Airport has apologised to around 5000 passengers after their travel plans were disrupted by a fire at the international terminal.


Auckland, Queenstown partner to target high-value incentive market
6 Dec 2018  

Auckland, Queenstown partner to target high-value incentive market

The country’s two leading incentive destinations will work together to target high-value, long-haul markets as a dual destination proposition.


Two in the running for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
6 Dec 2018  

Two in the running for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

Panuku Development Auckland is parallel negotiations with two preferred operators for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park following delays which mean an appointment is now likely to come after Christmas.


Proposed freedom camping bylaw puts 422 Akl sites on watchlist
5 Dec 2018  

Proposed freedom camping bylaw puts 422 Akl sites on watchlist

Auckland council’s proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles ByLaw includes 422 sites across the region where freedom camping could be prohibited or restricted.


TECNZ Xmas Symposium to tackle ‘tourism fatigue’
3 Dec 2018  

TECNZ Xmas Symposium to tackle ‘tourism fatigue’

Combating ‘tourism fatigue’ in New Zealand is top of the agenda at the final national tourism fixture of the year, the annual Tourism Export Council New Zealand Christmas Symposium.


Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari wins Sustainable Business award
27 Nov 2018  

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari wins Sustainable Business award

Marine conservation and tourism experience Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari has triumphed in the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards 2018 winning the ‘Restoring Nature’ category.


Airbnb Plus launches in New Zealand
26 Nov 2018  

Airbnb Plus launches in New Zealand

Airbnb has launched its premium accommodation offer, Airbnb Plus, in New Zealand.


TIAP v TAP: Where Auckland goes, others will follow
21 Nov 2018  

TIAP v TAP: Where Auckland goes, others will follow

By launching the TIAP, ATEED is treading all over NZTE’s Tourism Attractions Project – and it knows it.


ATEED’s tourism attractions investment plan
20 Nov 2018   /

ATEED’s tourism attractions investment plan

The agency is hunting for new ideas and investors to help develop tourism product across Auckland.


Waitakere’s Kitekite Falls track to re-open by Xmas
20 Nov 2018   /

Waitakere’s Kitekite Falls track to re-open by Xmas

The kauri dieback-affected Kitekite Falls track in the Waitakere Ranges will be reopened by Christmas, according to Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse.


Haka wins WABA gong for marketing
16 Nov 2018  

Haka wins WABA gong for marketing

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Women’s Rugby World Cup to attract 4600 visitors to Auckland
15 Nov 2018   /

Women’s Rugby World Cup to attract 4600 visitors to Auckland

The six-week event in July and August 2021 is expected to generate 27,100 guest nights, says ATEED.


Fullers360: Collaboration, investment key to new ferry plan
14 Nov 2018  

Fullers360: Collaboration, investment key to new ferry plan

The operator has launched ‘Gulf 2025’ to help cope with an expected surge in passenger numbers.


Review: City of 100 Lovers
13 Nov 2018  

Review: City of 100 Lovers

What to expect from a from a musical comedy that pitches itself as being “created for locals and tourists alike”? 


Kiwi season hits Rainbow Springs, Auckland Zoo
12 Nov 2018   /

Kiwi season hits Rainbow Springs, Auckland Zoo

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Rainbow Springs has added an interactive ‘Kiwi Burrow’ experience to its offering.


Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor wins world’s best award
12 Nov 2018  

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor wins world’s best award

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor has won the best new hotel category at the Boutique Hotel Awards in London.


CINZ 2018: “Strong case” for Q’town convention centre – Sir John Key
2 Nov 2018  

CINZ 2018: “Strong case” for Q’town convention centre – Sir John Key

Former prime minister John Key has spoken out in favour of a convention centre in Queenstown, mooting involvement from SKYCITY Entertainment Group.


Hayward honoured with CINZ outstanding contributor award
2 Nov 2018   /

Hayward honoured with CINZ outstanding contributor award

Auckland’s Convention Bureau manager Anna Hayward has received the 2018 Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Outstanding Contributor Award.


Operators partner to spearhead “dual destination” China strategy
1 Nov 2018   /

Operators partner to spearhead “dual destination” China strategy

Wayfare, Skyline, NZICC and ACB will together target the lucrative Chinese incentives and conference market.


CINZ 2018: Global business events experts to the fore
31 Oct 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Global business events experts to the fore

NZ’s conventions and incentives industry is converging on Auckland for CINZ Conference 2018.


CINZ 2018: Gallery of the conference’s opening event
31 Oct 2018   /

CINZ 2018: Gallery of the conference’s opening event

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Auckland Museum plots $4.5m ‘Tāmaki Stories’ gallery
29 Oct 2018  

Auckland Museum plots $4.5m ‘Tāmaki Stories’ gallery

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is to expand its offer with the creation of a new permanent gallery on the back of a $4.5m cash injection from the Lottery Board.


Sweet as: $7.5m Chelsea Bay visitor centre opens
29 Oct 2018  

Sweet as: $7.5m Chelsea Bay visitor centre opens

Auckland’s iconic Chelsea Sugar factory has re-opened to the public.


Report: Restructure Auckland’s cultural attractions
23 Oct 2018  

Report: Restructure Auckland’s cultural attractions

MOTAT could possibly be split in two with part located in a disadvantaged area of the city, says a new review.


SKYCITY CEO: No certainty yet on NZICC delivery date
23 Oct 2018   /

SKYCITY CEO: No certainty yet on NZICC delivery date

SKYCITY Entertainment Group does not yet have a delivery date for its $703m NZ International Convention Centre and Horizon Hotel project.


SKYCITY: Further delays to NZICC delivery expected
19 Oct 2018  

SKYCITY: Further delays to NZICC delivery expected

The already-delayed $703m NZICC and Horizon Hotel project will miss its December 2019 delivery date.


$1.8bn Auckland waterfront stadium unveiled
19 Oct 2018  

$1.8bn Auckland waterfront stadium unveiled

The privately-funded, enclosed stadium will hold up to 65,000 for major events, say its backers.


ATEED unveils Auckland Winter Festival plan
18 Oct 2018   /

ATEED unveils Auckland Winter Festival plan

The call has gone out to the tourism sector to come forward with ideas to develop the new event.


Kauri dieback measures see 21 tracks permanently closed
18 Oct 2018  

Kauri dieback measures see 21 tracks permanently closed

The measure comes as DOC races to contain the spread of the disease.


ATEED: Auckland hotel pipeline books in 4,000 new rooms
15 Oct 2018  

ATEED: Auckland hotel pipeline books in 4,000 new rooms

A combination of new developments, refurbishments and extensions will see more than 4,000 hotel rooms come online in Auckland over the next five years, according to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.


Fullers rolls-out new centralised brand, raises fares
12 Oct 2018  

Fullers rolls-out new centralised brand, raises fares

The group has re-branded under the single banner of Fullers360 Experiences and Cruises.


5-star hotel scheme wins Auckland tower competition
10 Oct 2018  

5-star hotel scheme wins Auckland tower competition

A $200m, 48-level tower has won the design competition for a new Auckland highrise.


POAL: Cruise numbers jump with more to come for 2018/19
4 Oct 2018  

POAL: Cruise numbers jump with more to come for 2018/19

More cruise visitors and larger ships are demanding infrastructure investment, says POAL in its FY18 results.


Auckland Airport gears up for summer with $100m transport plan
3 Oct 2018  

Auckland Airport gears up for summer with $100m transport plan

Auckland International Airport has unveiled a series of transport initiatives to ease travel pressure over the summer peak as part of a $100m transport investment programme.


INZBC Summit: Govt to push for direct India flights
2 Oct 2018   /

INZBC Summit: Govt to push for direct India flights

The Government will use an upcoming meeting with India’s minister of aviation to push for direct flights, says Andrew Little.


Dunedin, Auckland prep for inner-city freedom camping
2 Oct 2018  

Dunedin, Auckland prep for inner-city freedom camping

Cities at the opposite ends of the country are preparing for the summer tourism rush by putting in place measures to manage freedom camping – some more successfully than others.


ATEED credits Project Palace with $250m Indigo win
1 Oct 2018   /

ATEED credits Project Palace with $250m Indigo win

In its annual report, ATEED also says major events are to play a key role in growing Auckland’s visitor economy.


Auckland Airport adds $150m of debt firepower
27 Sep 2018   /

Auckland Airport adds $150m of debt firepower

Auckland International Airport has added $150m of firepower for infrastructure investment to its books following this week’s bond issue.


Boatie sentenced for colliding with Fullers ferry
25 Sep 2018  

Boatie sentenced for colliding with Fullers ferry

An Auckland boatie has been ordered to complete 120 hours of community service after his boat collided with Fullers Group ferry Seaflyte.


Pullman to play host to TEC heads young and old
25 Sep 2018   /

Pullman to play host to TEC heads young and old

The final national fixtures in the tourism industry calendar, the Tourism Export Council Xmas Symposium and YoungTEC Summit, will take place at the Pullman Auckland this year.


Chris Luxon: “I really do apologise…”
24 Sep 2018   /

Chris Luxon: “I really do apologise…”

Air NZ’s CEO says sorry for “disruptions, delays, and overcrowded lounges” but he also criticises the country’s airport operators.


Auckland Airport launches $175m bond offer
24 Sep 2018   /

Auckland Airport launches $175m bond offer

Auckland International Airport has today hit the market with up to $175m six-year fixed rate bonds as its $2bn infrastructure investment programme continues apace.


JUCY to enter business market with third hotel
21 Sep 2018  

JUCY to enter business market with third hotel

The Auckland hotel will see the launch of a co-working concept called JUCY Share.


Museum hires former Starship Foundation CEO, Air NZ GM
20 Sep 2018   /

Museum hires former Starship Foundation CEO, Air NZ GM

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum has appointed the former chief executive of the Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, to be its director of transformation and development.


ACB adds $45m of business events to agenda
20 Sep 2018  

ACB adds $45m of business events to agenda

Auckland Convention Bureau has secured $45m worth of business events in the year ending June 2018, according to the Auckland Council-controlled organisation.