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16 Dec 2019   /

Rail network funding overhaul mooted in draft report

The government’s Draft New Zealand Rail Plan has proposed a new long-term funding framework for rail which would see Kiwirail’s network funding channelled through the National Land Transport Fund.


Green light for $473m Christchurch arena investment case
16 Dec 2019   /

Green light for $473m Christchurch arena investment case

Christchurch City Council has approved the investment case for a $473m multi-use arena which mayor Lianne Dalziel said will be a game-changer for Christchurch and will help re-establish the region as New Zealand’s sporting and cultural capital.


West Coast gets SH6 reopening for Christmas
16 Dec 2019  

West Coast gets SH6 reopening for Christmas

NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that it is aiming to fully reopen State Highway 6 south of Hokitika to Makarora in Otago in time for Christmas.


Forgotten World Highway’s Tunnel Hill back in business
16 Dec 2019  

Forgotten World Highway’s Tunnel Hill back in business

A section of the Forgotten World Highway at Tunnel Hill, Aukopae, which has been closed since 15 October due to a large underslip, has reopened to one lane of traffic.


Waitaki adds freedom camping ambassadors for summer
16 Dec 2019  

Waitaki adds freedom camping ambassadors for summer

Waitaki District Council has appointed two part-time Responsible Freedom Camping Ambassadors to patrol the Ōamaru area and the Ahuriri and Waitaki Valleys over summer.


QLDC: Lake levels dropping, clean up continues
13 Dec 2019   /

QLDC: Lake levels dropping, clean up continues

Wakatipu and Wānaka lake levels have continued to recede, allowing Queenstown Lakes District Council to continue clean-up efforts across the district and particularly in the Wānaka CBD.


Air NZ debuts new regional lounge at Nelson Airport
13 Dec 2019   /

Air NZ debuts new regional lounge at Nelson Airport

Air New Zealand has opened a new regional lounge in Nelson.


No prosecution following Lake Taupō sewerage spill
13 Dec 2019  

No prosecution following Lake Taupō sewerage spill

Waikato Regional Council will not proceed with a prosecution following a wastewater spill into Lake Taupō in July. 


Antarctic activity in Christchurch ramps up, worth $270m to region
13 Dec 2019  

Antarctic activity in Christchurch ramps up, worth $270m to region

Activity between Ōtautahi Christchurch and Antarctica is already ramping up following the kick off of the summer season in early October.


Go with Tourism launches in Northland
13 Dec 2019   /

Go with Tourism launches in Northland

The Go with Tourism job platform has launched in Northland.


Drone film to look at human impact on environment
13 Dec 2019   /

Drone film to look at human impact on environment

Students and staff from Massey University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences will undertake a drone project to gather footage for a film revealing land use, environmental issues and human-environment relationships in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Treasury: Easing tourism contributes to slower, yet solid, growth
12 Dec 2019  

Treasury: Easing tourism contributes to slower, yet solid, growth

The New Zealand economy is experiencing a period of slower, but still solid, economic growth, according to Treasury’s 2019 half year economic and fiscal update.


Rail, roads to benefit from $12bn of new investment
12 Dec 2019   /

Rail, roads to benefit from $12bn of new investment

The government has announced $12bn of new investment, $8bn for specific capital projects.


Rare Hector’s dolphin spotted in Coromandel
12 Dec 2019   /

Rare Hector’s dolphin spotted in Coromandel

The fin of a rare Hector’s dolphin on the eastern seaboard of the Coromandel Peninsula has been sighted.


DOC, NZAC celebrate 30-year milestone
12 Dec 2019   /

DOC, NZAC celebrate 30-year milestone

The Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Alpine Club are celebrating 30 years of managing huts together in the West Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park.


Auckland’s ASB Classic tennis event honoured with award
12 Dec 2019   /

Auckland’s ASB Classic tennis event honoured with award

The ASB Classic has been named as the best event in the world for its tier at the annual WTA Awards


Passengers system outage cancels flights, causes airport delays
11 Dec 2019  

Passengers system outage cancels flights, causes airport delays

Immigration New Zealand’s passport processing systems experienced an outage on Tuesday causing massive delays to passenger processing times.


Local investor scoops up Havelock North motel at record yield
11 Dec 2019  

Local investor scoops up Havelock North motel at record yield

The Harvest Lodge Motel in Havelock North has been sold to well-known local property investor Graeme Fowler.


Environment report into tourism delayed in wake of Whakaari / White Island
11 Dec 2019   /

Environment report into tourism delayed in wake of Whakaari / White Island

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton will delay the release of the report into tourism in the wake of the events at Whakaari/White Island.


Mayor: 2019 a big year for Ruapehu tourism
11 Dec 2019   /

Mayor: 2019 a big year for Ruapehu tourism

Confidence in Ruapehu tourism is growing after a big year for the region, Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron said following the the third annual Visit Ruapehu Industry Forum last week.


Man who died on guided Routeburn Track walk named
10 Dec 2019   /

Man who died on guided Routeburn Track walk named

Police have named the man who died after falling on the Routeburn track on Friday 6 December.


Council seeks $415m to improve train network
10 Dec 2019  

Council seeks $415m to improve train network

Greater Wellington Regional Council has made a business case to the tune of $415m for the delivery of the new trains and associated network improvements in the face of accelerated regional population growth. 


QLDC considers new governance process over QAC
10 Dec 2019   /

QLDC considers new governance process over QAC

Queenstown Lakes District Council is considering an entirely new process to influence Queenstown Airport Corporation’s  Statement of Intent outcomes over the district’s airports.


New Rangitoto e-bike tour launches
10 Dec 2019  

New Rangitoto e-bike tour launches

Adventure Capital have launched new guided e-bike tours of Rangitoto and Motutapu in Auckland.


International student numbers fall but revenue increases to $1.2bn
9 Dec 2019   /

International student numbers fall but revenue increases to $1.2bn

Quality over quantity has aided growth in international student enrolments in universities and the regions, according to education minister Chris Hipkins.


Antarctic pioneer honoured at International Antarctic Centre
9 Dec 2019   /

Antarctic pioneer honoured at International Antarctic Centre

Geologist and researcher Margaret Bradshaw has been honoured at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch for her achievements in the field of Antarctic science.


Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky leads to growth
9 Dec 2019   /

Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky leads to growth

Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky accreditation has played a key part in visitor growth, with Great South reporting a 17% increase in visitor numbers on Stewart Island/Rakiura from April to September 2019,


Fullers360 introduces increased summer pricing
9 Dec 2019   /

Fullers360 introduces increased summer pricing

Fullers360 will introduce summer season pricing on its Waiheke, Motutapu and Rangitoto ferry routes.


New pipeline fuels development at Auckland Airport
9 Dec 2019  

New pipeline fuels development at Auckland Airport

Work has begun to create a more resilient fuel network supporting airfield developments at Auckland Airport.


Wonderland opens at Te Papa
9 Dec 2019   /

Wonderland opens at Te Papa

The Wonderland exhibition is now open for the summer season at Te Papa in Wellington.


MBIE starts monthly tourism spending data tender process
6 Dec 2019   /

MBIE starts monthly tourism spending data tender process

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is calling for registrations of interest for two of its tourism spending datasets.


QLDC harbour master: Stay off lakes and rivers
6 Dec 2019   /

QLDC harbour master: Stay off lakes and rivers

Queenstown Lakes District Council’s harbour master Marty Black is advising boats to stay off lakes and rivers as lake levels remain high, with strong winds adding further risk to the region.


CLIA supports cruise emission reductions in NZ
6 Dec 2019   /

CLIA supports cruise emission reductions in NZ

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia is welcoming the government’s decision to adopt the International Maritime Organization MARPOL Annex VI emissions requirements.


Air NZ crowned at Deloitte Top 200 awards
6 Dec 2019   /

Air NZ crowned at Deloitte Top 200 awards

Air New Zealand was crowned the winner in the sustainable business leadership category at the Deloitte Top 200 awards.


Europcar NZ extends EV initiative across major airports
6 Dec 2019   /

Europcar NZ extends EV initiative across major airports

Europcar Mobility Group NZ will offer its a low emission Electric Day Pass electric vehicle rental and share service for travellers around Auckland City, and to and from Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch airports.


Tekapo stargazing, Kaituna sledging make Flight Centre’s top 50
6 Dec 2019  

Tekapo stargazing, Kaituna sledging make Flight Centre’s top 50

Stargazing at Lake Tekapo and sledging down the Kaituna River were named in Flight Centre’s 50 Travel Experiences for 2020.


TAIC: Corrosion of landing gear cause of emergency landing
5 Dec 2019   /

TAIC: Corrosion of landing gear cause of emergency landing

Corrosion of landing gear locking springs was the cause of equipment failure that led to a diverted emergency landing, says the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.


Cardrona delays summer opening day after snowstorm
5 Dec 2019   /

Cardrona delays summer opening day after snowstorm

Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka has postponed its summer opening after a dump of snow this week.


Bigger stands, new exhibitors for CINZ MEETINGS 2020
5 Dec 2019   /

Bigger stands, new exhibitors for CINZ MEETINGS 2020

Bigger stands as well a new products and regional highlights are expected at next year’s CINZ MEETINGS run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand.


WellingtonNZ launches story-telling website in ‘world first’
5 Dec 2019   /

WellingtonNZ launches story-telling website in ‘world first’

WellingtonNZ has launched a new website driven by visual and story-telling content that suggests further relevant content as visitors navigate the site.


TIA enters new partnership with Marsh NZ
5 Dec 2019  

TIA enters new partnership with Marsh NZ

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has entered into a partnership with international risk advisor Marsh New Zealand.


Colbert’s NZ coverage drives spike in Google searches – TNZ
4 Dec 2019   /

Colbert’s NZ coverage drives spike in Google searches – TNZ

US comedian Stephen Colbert’s week-long coverage of his trip to New Zealand drove a spike in Google searches, says Tourism New Zealand.


Wellington Airport offers travellers 5G experience
4 Dec 2019   /

Wellington Airport offers travellers 5G experience

Wellington Airport and Vodafone have partnered to allow travellers a chance to try 5G for free.


Rotorua i-SITE staff take on freedom camping
4 Dec 2019   /

Rotorua i-SITE staff take on freedom camping

Rotorua’s i-SITEs are the first in the country to assign staff members as responsible camping ambassadors, says Destination Rotorua.


Wanaka Helicopters takes supreme business award
4 Dec 2019  

Wanaka Helicopters takes supreme business award

Scenic flights operator Wanaka Helicopters has won the Supreme Award at the Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.


Air NZ makes way for Sotheby’s sponsorship
4 Dec 2019   /

Air NZ makes way for Sotheby’s sponsorship

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty has been announced as the new title sponsor of the Hawke’s Bay and Queenstown international marathons.


Young industry professionals head to YoungTEC Summit
3 Dec 2019   /

Young industry professionals head to YoungTEC Summit

Young industry professionals are converging on the Grand Millennium Auckland today for the Young Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s annual summit.


New pre-security e-gates at Auckland Airport
3 Dec 2019  

New pre-security e-gates at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport has launched new automated pre-security e-gates at its international terminal.


Hotels, motels consents up 29% in October year
3 Dec 2019   /

Hotels, motels consents up 29% in October year

Building consents for new hotels, motels and other short-term accommodation including alterations or additions grew to 533 for the year to October 2019, up 29% on the previous 12 months.


Air NZ, Les Mills partner to offer inflight wellness exercises
3 Dec 2019  

Air NZ, Les Mills partner to offer inflight wellness exercises

Air New Zealand is joining with gym Les Mills to offer a series of inflight wellness exercises to airline passengers.