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18 Sep 2020   /

Hobbiton unveils new event, conference venues

Two new event facilities, The Millhouse and The Hub, have opened at Hobbiton Movie Set.


Coromandel campaign sees visitor spend jump
18 Sep 2020  

Coromandel campaign sees visitor spend jump

The campaign attracted a record number of 425,200 digital visitors to the campaign website, generating 12,400 referrals to operators’ booking sites. 


Snow closes Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound highway
18 Sep 2020   /

Snow closes Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound highway

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said the avalanche risk was assessed as high.


$360m Northern Pathway to run on west side of motorway
18 Sep 2020   /

$360m Northern Pathway to run on west side of motorway

The walking and cycling pathway would stretch from Westhaven to Albany.


Nine events added to Elemental AKL Festival
18 Sep 2020   /

Nine events added to Elemental AKL Festival

Nine new events have been added to the Elemental AKL festival line up.


DOC reminds visitors to Mahaanui of new conservation rules
18 Sep 2020   /

DOC reminds visitors to Mahaanui of new conservation rules

The Department of Conservation is reminding visitors to the Mahaanui district in Otautahi/Christchurch to follow conservation laws. 


Ridgeline Adventures jointly leads nominations at NZ Food Awards
17 Sep 2020  

Ridgeline Adventures jointly leads nominations at NZ Food Awards

Wanaka 4WD tour operator Ridgeline Adventures is a finalist in three categories at the 2020 New Zealand Food Awards.


Lockdown drives Auckland Airport numbers down
17 Sep 2020   /

Lockdown drives Auckland Airport numbers down

Auckland’s move to Covid-19 alert level 3 on 12 August saw passenger movements fall sharply at Auckland Airport.


TECNZ announces new symposium dates
17 Sep 2020   /

TECNZ announces new symposium dates

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s Xmas Symposium 2020 has been confirmed for 2 December 2020 at Heritage Auckland.


Auckland secures 2023 police conference
17 Sep 2020  

Auckland secures 2023 police conference

The New Zealand Police will host the International Association of Women Police’s annual conference in 2023.


Queenstown lands 12-day remote working festival
17 Sep 2020  

Queenstown lands 12-day remote working festival

Queenstown will host the new 12-day festival RemoteTogetherNZ festival this November.


Northland to host new festival in October
17 Sep 2020  

Northland to host new festival in October

The Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival will take place in Northland this October, and feature several New Zealand family entertainers.


Theatre, museum, exhibition space scheme secures $11.6m
16 Sep 2020   /

Theatre, museum, exhibition space scheme secures $11.6m

The Government is providing $11.6m for an upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected heritage museum and exhibition space.


Air NZ sees record sales with 110k seats snapped up
16 Sep 2020  

Air NZ sees record sales with 110k seats snapped up

More than 110,000 Air New Zealand seats were snapped up after the airline released 160,000 seats for under $50 each.


Extended alert levels “nail in the coffin” – Hospitality NZ
16 Sep 2020  

Extended alert levels “nail in the coffin” – Hospitality NZ

Extending current Covid-19 alert level restrictions across the country could be the nail in the coffin for struggling operators, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Avalanche hazard for Milford Road – NZTA
16 Sep 2020   /

Avalanche hazard for Milford Road – NZTA

Popular tourist route Milford Road, SH94, remains closed due to avalanche risk.


MOT provides level 2 guidance for transport operators
16 Sep 2020   /

MOT provides level 2 guidance for transport operators

The Ministry of Transport is still encouraging physical distancing on public transport even though it is no longer mandatory.


CPG’s five star Hotel Fitzroy opens
16 Sep 2020   /

CPG’s five star Hotel Fitzroy opens

CPG Hotel Group’s new Hotel Fitzroy, Curated by Fable has opened in Auckland.


$200m Park Hyatt hotel opens its doors
15 Sep 2020  

$200m Park Hyatt hotel opens its doors

The $200m Park Hyatt Auckland has officially opened, marking the debut of the Park Hyatt brand in New Zealand.


Tourism New Zealand sets industry roadshow dates
15 Sep 2020  

Tourism New Zealand sets industry roadshow dates

Tourism New Zealand will hit the road in October to update industry on its work and its long-term strategy.


Council appoints board to oversee ATEED/RFA merger
15 Sep 2020   /

Council appoints board to oversee ATEED/RFA merger

Auckland Council has unveiled its new seven-member board of directors to oversee the merger of Regional Facilities Auckland and ATEED.


DOC tweaks tahr control after meeting hunting group
15 Sep 2020   /

DOC tweaks tahr control after meeting hunting group

The Department of Conservation has finalised its Tahr Control Operational Plan for 2020/21 after meeting the Game Animal Council.


Great South launches Dark Sky training on Stewart Island
15 Sep 2020  

Great South launches Dark Sky training on Stewart Island

Great South is co-ordinating a two-day Dark Sky ambassador training course on Stewart Island/Rakiura.


Teen entrepreneurs moot tourism change in schools
15 Sep 2020   /

Teen entrepreneurs moot tourism change in schools

Changing how tourism is taught in schools is one of the winning ideas from the Young Enterprises ‘Entrepreneurs in Action’ business competition.


Online booking company Whyte Waters in liquidation
14 Sep 2020  

Online booking company Whyte Waters in liquidation

The firm owned Real Time Booking Systems Limited and Queenstown Visitor Guide Limited, both of which have also gone into liquidation.


Closed border impacts on tourism to increase unemployment – Govt
14 Sep 2020  

Closed border impacts on tourism to increase unemployment – Govt

The unemployment rate is expected to rise over the next two quarters due to the impact on tourism from restrictions at the border and the end of the wage subsidy.


$45m marine infrastructure could support tourism – Jones
14 Sep 2020  

$45m marine infrastructure could support tourism – Jones

New marine infrastructure in northern Te Tairāwhiti on the North Island’s East Coast could help support tourism ventures, says the Government.


Govt changes critical workers border exception rule
14 Sep 2020  

Govt changes critical workers border exception rule

The Government has changed the assessment criteria for employers wanting to request a border exception for workers under the ‘other critical worker’ category.


Nats will invest $5m in TRENZ – McClay
14 Sep 2020   /

Nats will invest $5m in TRENZ – McClay

It would provide a $5m grant to Tourism Industry Aotearoa to ensure the TRENZ conference could be held in 2021 and 2022.


NZ’s second-oldest airline marks 65 years
14 Sep 2020  

NZ’s second-oldest airline marks 65 years

INFLITE’s Mount Cook Ski Planes will mark 65 years in operation with a long weekend of birthday celebrations at its Pukaki Airport base at Aoraki Mackenzie.


Air NZ grounds 777 fleet until Sept 2021
11 Sep 2020   /

Air NZ grounds 777 fleet until Sept 2021

Air New Zealand has grounded its Boeing 777 fleet until at least September 2021 due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19.


$19m funding ‘shot in the arm’ for Auckland, Northland – Goff
11 Sep 2020   /

$19m funding ‘shot in the arm’ for Auckland, Northland – Goff

The $19m support for Auckland and Northland from the Government’s Regional Events Fund was a welcome “shot in the arm”, says Auckland mayor Phil Goff.


Travel and tourism spend falls 97% in August – Stats NZ
11 Sep 2020   /

Travel and tourism spend falls 97% in August – Stats NZ

Spending on travel and tourism services suffered in August 2020 due to Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions in Auckland and alert level 2 for the rest of New Zealand, says Stats NZ.


Police urge trampers to be prepared as weather warms
11 Sep 2020  

Police urge trampers to be prepared as weather warms

Police are reminding trampers to keep themselves safe as the weather warms up.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds to launch events for Māori Language Week
11 Sep 2020   /

Waitangi Treaty Grounds to launch events for Māori Language Week

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is running a number of events from the 14-21 September celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week.


NTT to restart Dart River Adventures
11 Sep 2020   /

NTT to restart Dart River Adventures

Dart River Adventures in Glenorchy will reopen from 3 December.


Conservation law breakers could face DOC fines up to $800
10 Sep 2020  

Conservation law breakers could face DOC fines up to $800

Those breaking the conservation laws that protect natural places and native species may face fines as the Department of Conservation’s new enforcement system rolls out.


Air NZ to hold virtual 2020 AGM due to Covid
10 Sep 2020  

Air NZ to hold virtual 2020 AGM due to Covid

Air New Zealand will hold a virtual annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday 29 September because of Covid-19-related social distancing.


Tourism benefits expected from $2.8m PGF investment
10 Sep 2020  

Tourism benefits expected from $2.8m PGF investment

Sealing the Pouto road would unlock tourism and business opportunities for Kaipara locals. 


DOC grant funds Taranaki tracks and traps
10 Sep 2020   /

DOC grant funds Taranaki tracks and traps

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga has gained a $48,144 grant for a range of work in the Taramoukou Conservation Area in the northern Taranaki.    


$35k in grants raises hopes for Kāpiti’s largest event
10 Sep 2020  

$35k in grants raises hopes for Kāpiti’s largest event

The Kāpiti Food Fair is hoping to go ahead thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Government’s Domestic Events Fund and $10,000 from Kāpiti Coast District Council.


Tripadvisor accolades roll in for Taranaki trio
10 Sep 2020   /

Tripadvisor accolades roll in for Taranaki trio

Tūpare Gardens and the Dawson Hotel in Taranaki visitor sites have been named 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winners.


Originair snaps up Hamilton to Palmy service
9 Sep 2020   /

Originair snaps up Hamilton to Palmy service

Hamilton Airport will re-establish the Hamilton-Palmerston North route following a new partnership with Originair.


TNZ’s ‘Good Morning World’ collects another accolade
9 Sep 2020   /

TNZ’s ‘Good Morning World’ collects another accolade

Tourism New Zealand’s ‘Good Morning World’ campaign has been awarded Ad Campaign of the Year at the AdNews Agency of the Year awards.


Travel agents report low job security – Stats NZ
9 Sep 2020   /

Travel agents report low job security – Stats NZ

Around 1 in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, says Stats NZ.


Domestic passengers revive in July – Air NZ
9 Sep 2020   /

Domestic passengers revive in July – Air NZ

Air New Zealand carried 714,000 passengers during July 2020, down 56% on the same month last year.


Whanganui visitor spend jumps 30%
9 Sep 2020   /

Whanganui visitor spend jumps 30%

Visitors spent $12.6m in Whanganui during July, which was more akin to spending over summer holidays than a typical winter month.


Govt injects $7.6m into Predator Free Wellington
9 Sep 2020   /

Govt injects $7.6m into Predator Free Wellington

The investment would create 42 new jobs and enable native plants and wildlife to thrive in Wellington.


TECNZ postpones Spring Symposium
8 Sep 2020   /

TECNZ postpones Spring Symposium

A new date would be announced this week and all existing registrations would automatically be transferred.


Historic pā secures $8.5m from PGF
8 Sep 2020   /

Historic pā secures $8.5m from PGF

The Government will invest $8.5m to restore a historic reserve at Ruapekapeka Pā in the Far North.