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Museums in rapid change
20 May 2018  

Museums in rapid change

Repatriation, innovation, and virtual reality will be among the issues that come up for debate at museums’ national conference in Christchurch.


ChristchurchNZ shows off city to conference organisers
17 May 2018  

ChristchurchNZ shows off city to conference organisers

Christchurch’s excellent conferencing facilities and its exciting and evolving central city will be in the spotlight this month.


Christchurch Airport, ATEED partner for China push
15 May 2018  

Christchurch Airport, ATEED partner for China push

A new partnership aimed at unlocking potential from NZ’s growing Chinese visitor market has been unveiled by Christchurch Airport and Auckland’s regional tourism organisation.


Tourism retailer’s new development design
14 May 2018  

Tourism retailer’s new development design

The building was commissioned by property owner Redson Corporation Holdings Limited for its tourism business Aotea Gifts.


Christchurch launches Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival 2019
14 May 2018  

Christchurch launches Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival 2019

After a rigorous process, ChristchurchNZ is excited to announce that Strut & Fret Production House has been awarded the contract to deliver the enhanced and reshaped Buskers Festival. 


ChristchurchNZ poaches ATEED’s Loren Heaphy
10 May 2018  

ChristchurchNZ poaches ATEED’s Loren Heaphy

ChristchurchNZ has appointed Loren Heaphy its new general manager of destination and attraction.


Record $1.24bn summer for Christchurch
9 May 2018  

Record $1.24bn summer for Christchurch

A thriving hospitality scene, brand new retail precincts and booming hotel sector are proving a hit with visitors to the South Island’s largest city.


TRENZ 2019 goes to…
6 May 2018  

TRENZ 2019 goes to…

TRENZ is to return to Rotorua next year, and will be held in Christchurch in 2020.


Scenic hires former RTO comms manager
3 May 2018  

Scenic hires former RTO comms manager

Scenic Hotel Group has hired Kelly Watson, nee Stock, to be its new communications and brand specialist.


Tourism finalists announced in heritage awards
3 May 2018  

Tourism finalists announced in heritage awards

Heritage Christchurch, Designer Cottages B&B, Hackthorne Gardens Luxury Accommodation and Sign of the Kiwi are the tourism finalists in the Canterbury Heritage Awards.


Christchurch secures 2021 scientific conference
2 May 2018  

Christchurch secures 2021 scientific conference

Christchurch has won the right to host the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) conference, which will bring 900 biochemists to the city.


Antarctic dance film highlights Christchurch’s gateway status
23 Apr 2018  

Antarctic dance film highlights Christchurch’s gateway status

The penguin-populated ice desert of Antarctica is the backdrop for the first ever dance film to be staged on the world’s last great wilderness.


TIA backs Christchurch plan to woo events
20 Apr 2018   /

TIA backs Christchurch plan to woo events

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is calling on Christchurch City Council to boost funding for events in its 2018-2028 Draft Long-Term Plan.


Christchurch ski season attracts more Australian visitors
17 Apr 2018  

Christchurch ski season attracts more Australian visitors

The glistening snowy peaks of Canterbury ski area Mt Hutt feature in an international campaign to lure more Australian ski visitors to New Zealand.


Watch: Christchurch’s “green spine” from city to sea
13 Apr 2018  

Watch: Christchurch’s “green spine” from city to sea

A green spine extending from the city to sea is poised to set Christchurch apart as a place that is prepared to explore new ways of living with nature – from adaptive housing to sustainable urban agriculture.


Tourists flock to Christchurch as spend jumps 20%
10 Apr 2018  

Tourists flock to Christchurch as spend jumps 20%

Christchurch’s spectacular summer saw record-breaking tourist numbers inject more than $3.6 million in our region’s economy, with February tourism spend up 20 percent from the previous month.


Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism
4 Apr 2018  

Report: Track and trail private land access under threat by booming tourism

Booming tourism and the impact of growing poor behaviour are making South Island private landholders reconsider allowing access to track and trail users, according to a new report.


Red Travel strikes Qualmark Gold
2 Apr 2018  

Red Travel strikes Qualmark Gold

Red Travel may only be in its 4th year of operation but that has not stopped the team from achieving for a 2nd consecutive year running the Tourism New Zealand Qualmark Gold Status.


Augusta closes capital raise for air traffic control centre
27 Mar 2018   /

Augusta closes capital raise for air traffic control centre

The money will fund the development of a new building on the existing title, an Air Traffic Control centre which will be leased to Airways for 25 years.


Christchurch Airport named one of world’s best
23 Mar 2018   /

Christchurch Airport named one of world’s best

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.


Christchurch Adventure Park secures Qualmark Silver
23 Mar 2018  

Christchurch Adventure Park secures Qualmark Silver

The Christchurch Adventure Park has been recognised as among the most safe and sustainable tourism businesses in the country.


Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed
20 Mar 2018  

Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Maree Welgus as Hotel Manager for the in-development Sudima Christchurch City.


Premier athletics to return to Christchurch
19 Mar 2018  

Premier athletics to return to Christchurch

World Champion shot putter Tom Walsh has an exciting message for Christchurch – premier athletics is returning to our city with the New Zealand Track and Field Championships confirmed for 2019 and 2020.


NZ-made driverless vehicle joins airport trial
15 Mar 2018   /

NZ-made driverless vehicle joins airport trial

New Zealand’s first on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles will change up a gear later this year with the inclusion of the first locally designed and built vehicle.


Self-piloted electric air taxi ‘Cora’ revealed in Canterbury
13 Mar 2018  

Self-piloted electric air taxi ‘Cora’ revealed in Canterbury

A self-piloted electric air taxi is being tested in Christchurch and hopes to be the first viable craft of its kind in commercial operation.


Lantern festival boosts central city businesses
13 Mar 2018  

Lantern festival boosts central city businesses

Central city businesses have reaped the benefits of thousands of people visiting the annual lantern festival in the heart of Christchurch.


Three in a row for Christchurch conference sector
8 Mar 2018  

Three in a row for Christchurch conference sector

Christchurch has secured the 2020 Learning Environments Australasia conference – the third major event win for city announced in the past month. 


Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes
7 Mar 2018  

Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes

Visitors to New Zealand’s ski slopes grew on average 5% over the past four years to reach 1.6 million in 2017, according to the Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ).


Chinese visitors jump 30% to help lift CIAL profit
7 Mar 2018  

Chinese visitors jump 30% to help lift CIAL profit

A jump in Chinese passenger numbers in the six months to December 2017 has helped Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) lift its interim revenue and profit.  


Record Summer at Museum and Quake City
5 Mar 2018   /

Record Summer at Museum and Quake City

Canterbury Museum and its special exhibition Quake City (above) have had another record summer with 276,061 visitors during the last three months.


China business experts announced for Christchurch forum
27 Feb 2018  

China business experts announced for Christchurch forum

Two international China experts will speak at this year’s South Island Lantern Business Forum – aiming to help businesses take a strategic view of opportunities presented by the China market.


Christchurch hotel set to welcome Golden Oldies
21 Feb 2018   /

Christchurch hotel set to welcome Golden Oldies

One local Christchurch hotel owner is counting down the days until the Golden Oldies come to town, confirming record bookings for the month of April.


Swimmers warned from Otago, Canterbury lakes
14 Feb 2018   /

Swimmers warned from Otago, Canterbury lakes

PRESS RELEASE: Otago Regional Council Regular water quality monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) scums in Lake Hayes over the weekend. Detailed results of the testing will MORE »


Christchurch secures international wetlands conference
12 Feb 2018  

Christchurch secures international wetlands conference

The 11th Intecol International Wetlands conference will be held in 2020, and is tipped to attract around 1,000 academics, researchers and experts from around the world.


Christchurch Airport preps for strongest ever Chinese NY
12 Feb 2018  

Christchurch Airport preps for strongest ever Chinese NY

Forecast Chinese arrivals for the month of February are for up to 6000 visitor arrivals which is a growth of 50% compared to February 2017.


5000+ to converge on Christchurch’s Golden Oldies
12 Feb 2018  

5000+ to converge on Christchurch’s Golden Oldies

More than 5,000 participants will take part in sports festivals during a month-long celebration of fun, friendship and fraternity.


Christchurch secures major tech conference
8 Feb 2018  

Christchurch secures major tech conference

One of the most respected technical conferences to be held in Australasia is coming to Christchurch.


Christchurch Airport: December busiest month ever
11 Jan 2018   /

Christchurch Airport: December busiest month ever

Statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record.


Christchurch jumps in Australian destination preferences
22 Dec 2017  

Christchurch jumps in Australian destination preferences

Christchurch has jumped six spots as a preferred destination for Australian visitors.


Strong support for Christchurch restoration and recreation
20 Dec 2017  

Strong support for Christchurch restoration and recreation

Regenerate Christchurch has published all feedback on possible land uses for the 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area.


Bula! Air New Zealand boosts Fiji flights from Christchurch
18 Dec 2017  

Bula! Air New Zealand boosts Fiji flights from Christchurch

Air New Zealand will fly nearly 6000 extra seats on its seasonal service between Christchurch and Fiji in 2018, an increase of more than 40 percent.


NZ helicopter company wins international recognition
14 Dec 2017  

NZ helicopter company wins international recognition

Christchurch Helicopters has won the prestigious Salute to Excellence “Humanitarian Service” Helicopter Association International award for 2018.


Record dry days for Christchurch Airport while West Coast soaks
11 Dec 2017  

Record dry days for Christchurch Airport while West Coast soaks

The record number of dry days* in a row recorded at Christchurch Airport was 45 days and this was seen during September/October 1954.


Christchurch Adventure Park appoints GM
7 Dec 2017  

Christchurch Adventure Park appoints GM

Marketer Anne Newman has taken the helm of the Christchurch Adventure Park which re-opened this week after the Port Hills fire saw it closed for 10 months.


Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….
7 Dec 2017  

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

Heritage Christchurch has secured two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 which were announced over the weekend at a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties.


ChristchurchNZ: Successful city economy critical to NZ
6 Dec 2017  

ChristchurchNZ: Successful city economy critical to NZ

A successful Christchurch economy is critical to Canterbury and national GDP, making government investment to complete the rebuild a must.


Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation
5 Dec 2017   /

Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation

The rise of Airbnb’s popularity in Christchurch has seen guest nights in the city bounce back to near pre-earthquake levels.


Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards
28 Nov 2017   /

Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards

It might not be surrounded by Queenstown’s remarkable scenery but that hasn’t stopped Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from winning the Best Course in Oceania at the 2017 World Golf Awards.


Two years in two minutes: Memorial Avenue airport bridge
28 Nov 2017  

Two years in two minutes: Memorial Avenue airport bridge

New time-lapse footage released today by the NZ Transport Agency shows the dramatic transformation of one of Christchurch’s busiest intersections, the new Memorial Avenue Gateway Bridge.


Christchurch-based autumn breaks promoted to Australians
23 Nov 2017  

Christchurch-based autumn breaks promoted to Australians

A new campaign is underway to get more Australians basing themselves in Christchurch for an autumn holiday next year.


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