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28 Jan 2020  

Go Orange resumes jet boat operations following accident

Queenstown-based Go Orange has today resumed jet boat operations having temporarily closed after five customers were injured on the Kawarau River on Monday (26 January).


DOC adds geo-targeting to summer campaign tactics
28 Jan 2020   /

DOC adds geo-targeting to summer campaign tactics

The Department of Conservation is using geo-targeting technology to manage visitor impact as part of its $150,000 behaviour in nature campaign, ‘Love this Place’.


Hostel World puts Haka Lodge Auckland on 2019 hot list
28 Jan 2020  

Hostel World puts Haka Lodge Auckland on 2019 hot list

Ryan Sanders’ Haka Tourism Group has chalked up another accolade with its Haka Lodge Auckland making Hostel World’s top nine hostels for 2019.


Heritage holiday campaign wins global recognition
28 Jan 2020  

Heritage holiday campaign wins global recognition

Heritage Hotels’ integrated marketing campaign for the New Zealand July school holiday has been recognised on the world stage receiving a silver Adrian Award.


QLDC gears up for Frankton Motor Camp overhaul
28 Jan 2020  

QLDC gears up for Frankton Motor Camp overhaul

The redevelopment of Frankton Motor Camp is set to begin at the end of the month in a move that will add “much needed” camping capacity to the Queenstown region.


Kāpiti Coast looks for economic boost from summer events
28 Jan 2020   /

Kāpiti Coast looks for economic boost from summer events

Kāpiti Coast District Council is looking for an economic boost from its calendar of new and returning large-scale summer events.


Higher airfares boost inflation
27 Jan 2020   /

Higher airfares boost inflation

Rising prices for both international and domestic airfares were one of the main drivers behind a 0.5% increase to the consumer price index (CPI) in the December quarter, according to Stats NZ.


Dunedin trials the Octagon Experience for summer events
27 Jan 2020  

Dunedin trials the Octagon Experience for summer events

Dunedin’s iconic Octagon and surrounding streets are to be closed to traffic for a trial period over summer when visitors flock to a number of events take place in the southern city.


Rotorua showcase deepens links to its $40m Chinese market
27 Jan 2020   /

Rotorua showcase deepens links to its $40m Chinese market

Destination Rotorua’s annual Chinese New Year event has taken place in Auckland as the Year of the Rat is ushered in.


Double cruise visit a first for Nelson
27 Jan 2020  

Double cruise visit a first for Nelson

The cruise season is in full swing in Nelson with two vessels arriving simultaneously yesterday in what Port Nelson said was a first for the region.


Surrealist addition to open at Hamilton Gardens
27 Jan 2020   /

Surrealist addition to open at Hamilton Gardens

A new addition to popular Waikato tourist attraction, Hamilton Gardens, will be formally opened by Mayor Paula Southgate on Monday 3 February.


Women’s Cricket World Cup host cities revealed, Chch secures final
24 Jan 2020  

Women’s Cricket World Cup host cities revealed, Chch secures final

Christchurch will host the final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, which is expected to bring in more than 15,000 visitor nights and nearly $3m in visitor spending to the city.


Missing pair confirmed dead by coroner
24 Jan 2020  

Missing pair confirmed dead by coroner

The two people missing after the Whakaari/White Island eruption on 9 December 2019 have been confirmed dead by the chief coroner.


Hokitika Gorge Bridge work begins to create new loop walk
24 Jan 2020   /

Hokitika Gorge Bridge work begins to create new loop walk

Work has begun on the second bridge at Hokitika Gorge, which will link two sections of new track creating a one hour loop walk.


ATEED supports Māori businesses with festival
24 Jan 2020   /

ATEED supports Māori businesses with festival

Māori businesses will be in the spotlight at the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival in Auckland on 31 January.


SH1 at Cape Reinga reopens after scrub fire
24 Jan 2020  

SH1 at Cape Reinga reopens after scrub fire

State Highway 1 at Cape Reinga has reopened to traffic following a closure on Wednesday because of a large scrub fire.


PGF funds broadband at Rātana Pā in time for celebrations
24 Jan 2020  

PGF funds broadband at Rātana Pā in time for celebrations

The Rātana Pā near Whanganui now has ultra-fast broadband, in time for annual Rātana celebrations this week.


FMC: NZSki Remarkables road charge “alarming”
23 Jan 2020  

FMC: NZSki Remarkables road charge “alarming”

Federated Mountain Clubs is urging NZSki to pause its plan to charge for vehicle access on the Remarkables Ski Field access road, saying the move is ‘alarming’.


Auckland mayor: Ferry cancellations ‘unacceptable’
23 Jan 2020   /

Auckland mayor: Ferry cancellations ‘unacceptable’

Auckland mayor Phil Goff says the recent Fullers ferry cancellations in Auckland are “unacceptable”.


Air NZ looks at AI to improve performance
23 Jan 2020   /

Air NZ looks at AI to improve performance

Air New Zealand is trialling new computer vision artificial intelligence to help improve on-time performance.


Major Events Fund seeds new $1.5m creative, cultural incubator
23 Jan 2020   /

Major Events Fund seeds new $1.5m creative, cultural incubator

The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, funded through the Major Events Fund, will open Monday 3 February.


Vuletich’s Fresh Info wins $144k freedom camping contract
22 Jan 2020  

Vuletich’s Fresh Info wins $144k freedom camping contract

The Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment has awarded its Responsible Camping Summer Research 2019/20 project to Auckland’s Fresh Information.


SkyCity to donate Sky Tower funds to Australian firefighters
22 Jan 2020  

SkyCity to donate Sky Tower funds to Australian firefighters

All proceeds generated from Auckland’s Sky Tower admissions on 26 January will go to the South Australian Country Fire Service Foundation (CFS).


Mt Earnslaw fall victim named
22 Jan 2020   /

Mt Earnslaw fall victim named

Police have named the man who died following a fall on Mt Earnslaw on 18 January.


Upgrade underway on Auckland Airport highway
22 Jan 2020   /

Upgrade underway on Auckland Airport highway

Construction has started on the upgrade of State Highway 20B to Auckland airport.


Homer Tunnel reopens after fire
22 Jan 2020   /

Homer Tunnel reopens after fire

The Homer Tunnel on SH94 between Te Anau and Milford Sound has reopened, allowing hundreds of queued cars to pass through from Milford Sound.


Fog hampers flights at Wellington Airport
21 Jan 2020  

Fog hampers flights at Wellington Airport

Fog and low cloud are causing disruption to Air New Zealand’s regional turboprop and domestic jet services into and out of Wellington Airport.


Ferry fares to rise after Auckland Transport changes
21 Jan 2020  

Ferry fares to rise after Auckland Transport changes

Auckland Transport has announced its annual fare changes which come into effect from 9 February 2020.


Air NZ opens Auckland to New York flights
21 Jan 2020  

Air NZ opens Auckland to New York flights

Air New Zealand has opened flights for its new non-stop Auckland-New York flights.


Conservation Week winner helps with DOC efforts
21 Jan 2020  

Conservation Week winner helps with DOC efforts

A budding conservationist and her mother had a unique experience to learn about local threatened species and directly help with conservation efforts.


NZ’s newest bike park set to open
21 Jan 2020   /

NZ’s newest bike park set to open

The South Island’s newest mountain biking adventure park opens today at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka.


Training hostel to be rental apartments at Christchurch marae
21 Jan 2020   /

Training hostel to be rental apartments at Christchurch marae

The old Māori trade training hostel, Te Kooti te Rato, located at Rehua Marae in Christchurch will soon be repurposed into six modern apartments for local Christchurch whānau.


Climber dies on Mt Earnslaw
20 Jan 2020  

Climber dies on Mt Earnslaw

A body has been recovered after a person fell on Mount Earnslaw, Central Otago yesterday.


New Nelson – Wellington flights to boost business
20 Jan 2020  

New Nelson – Wellington flights to boost business

Tasman businesses will be boosted by a new Wellington – Nelson service launched by Originair, says a local business association.


New Tasman ecosanctuary opens
20 Jan 2020  

New Tasman ecosanctuary opens

A new ecosanctuary with a predator-proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell has been opened.


Cycle trail to Bridge to Nowhere reopens
20 Jan 2020   /

Cycle trail to Bridge to Nowhere reopens

The Mangapurua section of the Mountains to Sea cycle trail has been reopened following extensive work by the Department of Conservation.


Popular tourist routes affected by maintenance
20 Jan 2020   /

Popular tourist routes affected by maintenance

Two popular tourist routes in the South Island will be affected by maintenance and resealing this week.


Aotea/Great Barrier tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrades
17 Jan 2020   /

Aotea/Great Barrier tracks reopen after kauri dieback upgrades

Ten walks on Aotea/Great Barrier Island have reopened following upgrades to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.


Mood of the Nation validates destination management – Armitage
17 Jan 2020   /

Mood of the Nation validates destination management – Armitage

The Mood of the Nation survey validates destination management, according to Steve Armitage, general manager of destination at Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development.


Man arrested at Auckland Airport with objectionable material on mobile
17 Jan 2020   /

Man arrested at Auckland Airport with objectionable material on mobile

A 40-year-old man has appeared in the Manukau District Court after customs investigators at Auckland Airport found child sexual abuse images and videos on his phone.


Hospitality spend increases 2% for Q4 2019
17 Jan 2020   /

Hospitality spend increases 2% for Q4 2019

Hospitality spend grew by 1.8% to $59m in the last quarter of 2019, according to StatsNZ.


Missing Hanmer attraction sculpture recovered
16 Jan 2020  

Missing Hanmer attraction sculpture recovered

A pounamu sculpture stolen from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa by a masked burglar has been recovered.


QLDC releases airport assessment scope for airport development
16 Jan 2020   /

QLDC releases airport assessment scope for airport development

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has released the scope of the report it commissioned from MartinJenkins on economic and social impact assessments of future airport development in the district. 


Hotels, motels consents up 20% in November year
16 Jan 2020   /

Hotels, motels consents up 20% in November year

The number of consents for hotels, motels and other short-term accommodation grew by 20.7% to reach 519 for year to November 2019, compared to the same period last year.


Julie White appointed Hospitality NZ CEO
16 Jan 2020   /

Julie White appointed Hospitality NZ CEO

Julie White is the new chief executive of industry body Hospitality New Zealand.


Marlborough Sounds eco lodge with underwater observatory for sale
16 Jan 2020  

Marlborough Sounds eco lodge with underwater observatory for sale

An award-winning waterfront eco-lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is on the market for sale.


Locals express concern over Tasman freedom camping
15 Jan 2020  

Locals express concern over Tasman freedom camping

Local residents and iwi have expressed concerns to the Tasman District Council Council relating to pollution and health and safety at the Waitapu Bridge freedom camping site.


Police urge caution after trampers rescued
15 Jan 2020   /

Police urge caution after trampers rescued

At around 1.30 pm on 11 January, the Rescue Coordination Centre received an emergency locator beacon signal from the top of the Gillespie Pass, Mt Aspiring National Park.


Real Journeys launches inaugural Walter Peak event
15 Jan 2020   /

Real Journeys launches inaugural Walter Peak event

Registrations are open for the inaugural Walter Peak high country farm run, to be held in Queenstown on 29 February 2020.


Tourism Waitaki directors reappointed
15 Jan 2020  

Tourism Waitaki directors reappointed

Mike McElhinney and Janine Tulloch have been reappointed to their roles on the board of the Waitaki District Council (WDC) council-controlled organisation, Tourism Waitaki.