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TCDC: Visitor spending continues to grow
14 May 2018  

TCDC: Visitor spending continues to grow

Coromandel’s tourism industry continues to expand as we attract greater numbers of international tourists to our district.


120m-long Maungatapu mural unveiled
14 May 2018  

120m-long Maungatapu mural unveiled

A mural representing the connection between local hapū has been unveiled within the Hairini Link project in Tauranga.


Marvellous Murupara: Changing a town through tourism
11 May 2018  

Marvellous Murupara: Changing a town through tourism

Young backpackers are making a difference to the small Bay of Plenty town of Murupara.


Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback
6 Apr 2018  

Partly automated stations rolled out to combat kauri dieback

Partly automated cleaning stations are being rolled out across regions at risk of kauri dieback disease.


Infometrics: Coromandel economy strong but tourism could slow
7 Mar 2018  

Infometrics: Coromandel economy strong but tourism could slow

Infometrics warns growth in tourism activity could slow over the next few months, due to storm damage on SH25 Thames Coast Rd.


DOC: Kauearanga Valley, Pinnacles closed
16 Feb 2018  

DOC: Kauearanga Valley, Pinnacles closed

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has closed Kauaeranga Valley Road, tracks, campsites and the Pinnacles Hut until 30 March 2018 (Easter Friday).


The Lost Spring appoints new CEO
8 Feb 2018  

The Lost Spring appoints new CEO

Luxury hot pools and spa attraction The Lost Spring has appointed Alanna Kline its new chief executive. 


Karangahake Gorge heritage site to get a new bridge
20 Dec 2017  

Karangahake Gorge heritage site to get a new bridge

The construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Ohinemuri River at Karangahake Gorge Reserve carpark will begin in January 2018.


Come clean to The Coromandel – be a kauri champion this summer
20 Dec 2017  

Come clean to The Coromandel – be a kauri champion this summer

The Coromandel Kauri Dieback Forum is calling on everyone visiting Peninsula forests this summer to help prevent kauri dieback disease spreading.


Popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle returns
7 Dec 2017  

Popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle returns

The popular Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle will be operating over the busy 2017/18 summer holiday season, along with longer opening hours at the Hahei Village Entrance car park.


Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land
9 Nov 2017   /

Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land

Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.


Coromandel launches first regional Food Forum
8 Nov 2017  

Coromandel launches first regional Food Forum

Stunning scenery, seafood and sharing industry information was the main course of the day for the Coromandel’s first Food Forum held this week.


International spend jumps 22% to drive Coromandel growth
1 Nov 2017   / /

International spend jumps 22% to drive Coromandel growth

International visitor spend jumped 22% to $106m for the year to June 2017 in a record year for The Coromandel, according to Destination Coromandel’s latest annual report.


Coromandel recognises outstanding contribution to tourism
30 Oct 2017  

Coromandel recognises outstanding contribution to tourism

The strength and depth of The Coromandel Tourism Industry has been recognised at the second annual Showcase Awards, hosted by Destination Coromandel.


Top 10 Holiday Park excels in local tourism
30 Oct 2017   /

Top 10 Holiday Park excels in local tourism

Top 10 Holiday Park at Hot Water Beach has been recognised for its major contribution to tourism and hospitality on the Coromandel winning the tourism and hospitality section at the recent Hauraki Coromandel Business Award.


Rainbow ends at Waihi’s ‘heart of gold’
25 Oct 2017  

Rainbow ends at Waihi’s ‘heart of gold’

The iconic Rainbow from Rainbow’s End has a new home, and now the brightly coloured landmark is ready to welcome people to Waihi and possibly make the dreams they dare to dream come true!


Share a stake in the sand
3 Oct 2017  

Share a stake in the sand

We are developing a Coastal Management Strategy, which will also help us advocate on your behalf.


“David and Goliath” battle to save Coromandel icon
27 Sep 2017  

“David and Goliath” battle to save Coromandel icon

Campaigners are desperately trying to rally support to prevent the closure of the iconic Opoutere Youth Hostel near Whangamata.


Hauraki Rail Trail grows a new leg
26 Sep 2017  

Hauraki Rail Trail grows a new leg

The new leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail has opened up a world of opportunity for cyclists to discover more of The Coromandel.


Progress on consenting process for Te Ara O Hei Walk
25 Sep 2017  

Progress on consenting process for Te Ara O Hei Walk

Work towards lodging resource consent for Stage One of Te Ara O Hei Walk and a car park at Lees Rd is to be progressed, subject to certain terms being met.


Explore the raw power of White Island/Whakaari with Google
15 Sep 2017  

Explore the raw power of White Island/Whakaari with Google

A project between the Whakatāne District Council and Google is aiming to take that accessibility to a whole new level.


Falls Retreat, Hot Water Beach Top10, The Lost Spring named finalists
5 Sep 2017  

Falls Retreat, Hot Water Beach Top10, The Lost Spring named finalists

Falls Retreat in Waihi, Hot Water Beach Top10 holiday park, and The Lost Spring hot pools are finalists in the 2017 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.       


Coromandel economy outperforms national average
29 Aug 2017  

Coromandel economy outperforms national average

The Coromandel economy expanded by 3.6% over the year to June 2017 topping the national growth rate of 2.8%.


Te Puia and hapu buy Waimangu Volcanic Valley
8 Aug 2017   /

Te Puia and hapu buy Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua’s Te Puia and two local hapu have bought Rotorua’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal attraction.


Refreshed push for BOP tourism priorities
17 Jul 2017  

Refreshed push for BOP tourism priorities

The implementation of regional tourism priorities to help grow the Bay of Plenty’s visitor economy to $2.5bn by 2030 is part of a refresh of the region’s development action plan.


Waimarino to launch new night-time, cultural products
4 Jul 2017  

Waimarino to launch new night-time, cultural products

Bay of Plenty tourism stalwart, Waimarino Group, is developing two new products to add to its kayaking operation.


Major Events Fund open for applications
4 Jul 2017  

Major Events Fund open for applications

Have you got an event that has the potential to become iconic to the Coromandel – will attract domestic and international tourists as well as our holiday home owners – and can be run outside of peak summer?


Nearly 500,000 visitors to Coromandel last summer
4 Jul 2017  

Nearly 500,000 visitors to Coromandel last summer

Nearly half a million people visited the Coromandel over the last Christmas-New Years period, according to our latest peak population study.


Council restores $4m funding for new visitor centre
29 Jun 2017   /

Council restores $4m funding for new visitor centre

A funding review sought by Tourism BOP has seen Tauranga City Council change its mind and restore its $4m funding for a new Mount Maunganui visitor centre.


A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty
20 Jun 2017  

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.


Initiatives aimed at boosting tourism facilities get funding
29 May 2017  

Initiatives aimed at boosting tourism facilities get funding

Community-based organisations with projects aimed at developing visitor facilities have received a funding boost.


Waterfront backpackers for sale
20 Apr 2017   /

Waterfront backpackers for sale

The only waterfront backpackers accommodation hostel in the Coromandel tourist-magnet township of Whitianga has been placed on the market for sale.


Star roles for tourism in city plans
19 Apr 2017  

Star roles for tourism in city plans

Tourism centerpieces are at the heart of fresh annual plans for both Wellington and Tauranga.


Coromandel open for business after Cook skirts region
14 Apr 2017  

Coromandel open for business after Cook skirts region

Holiday-makers can return to Hauraki and Thames Coromandel districts after cyclone Cook passed the east of the Coromandel Peninsula without making landfall.


Operators batten hatches as Cook closes in
13 Apr 2017  

Operators batten hatches as Cook closes in

Operators in the Thames-Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions are preparing for the worse as Cyclone Cook lashes the North Island today.


Severe weather warning for Coromandel and BOP
12 Apr 2017  

Severe weather warning for Coromandel and BOP

The Coromandel and Bay of Plenty regions are battening down the hatches again as MetService issues another heavy rain warning.


Tourism driving buoyant Coromandel economy
28 Mar 2017  

Tourism driving buoyant Coromandel economy

The Coromandel’s tourism sector enjoyed a bumper 2016, with data showing that visitor spending totalled $337M in 2016, up 7.7% from its 2015 level.


Q&A with White Island Tours’ Jenny Tait
21 Mar 2017  

Q&A with White Island Tours’ Jenny Tait

Jenny Tait and her husband Peter started tours to White Island in 1990 with a single boat ferrying six passengers at a time from Whakatane. Today, their business operates four vessels taking up to 350 people a day to the volcanic island.


Tourism BOP launches inaugural No Place Like Home event
2 Mar 2017  

Tourism BOP launches inaugural No Place Like Home event

The beauty of Tauranga’s McLaren Falls Park will be showcased this weekend in a unique family-friendly event – the first of its kind for the reserve.


Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?
7 Feb 2017  

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.


Local celebs celebrate the Bay in ‘No Place Like Home’ campaign
25 Jan 2017  

Local celebs celebrate the Bay in ‘No Place Like Home’ campaign

Local celebrities are voicing what they love about the Bay of Plenty and they want residents to join them.


Showcasing New Zealand as a photographer’s paradise
24 Jan 2017  

Showcasing New Zealand as a photographer’s paradise

Tourism New Zealand and Nikon Australia have today launched a new global partnership to dshowcase New Zealand’s landscapes and Nikon’s KeyMission 360-degree camera.


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