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Infratil: Airport lifts earnings but delays disadvantage capital
18 May 2018  

Infratil: Airport lifts earnings but delays disadvantage capital

An increase in income from Wellington Airport has helped majority owner Infratil report EBITDA of $552.4m for the year to March, up 6.3% on the previous period.


Bret McKenzie, the Muppets, Wellington and… Kiwi pies?
17 May 2018  

Bret McKenzie, the Muppets, Wellington and… Kiwi pies?

The latest promo from WellingtonNZ starring Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie.


Te Papa and EQC’s Minecraft Mod shakes up earthquake education
16 May 2018  

Te Papa and EQC’s Minecraft Mod shakes up earthquake education

Skeleton horses and killer bunnies may not be traditional learning tools, but a new mod for the computer game Minecraft is using them to teach important lessons about earthquake safety.


New tourism hub sought for Wellington
15 May 2018  

New tourism hub sought for Wellington

A new tourism hub to house the country’s industry associations is being sought after they were told they might not be able to return to their Wellington headquarters for up to a year.


Operators urged to help combat Argentine ants
6 May 2018  

Operators urged to help combat Argentine ants

DOC has confirmed a colony of the small, honey-coloured ants has been discovered at Paraparaumu Beach.


Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company
3 May 2018  

Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington acquires Greytown tour company

Tranzit’s Hammonds Wellington Tours has acquired Wairarapa’s Country Village Heaven Greytown Tours. Country Village Heaven was established in September last year to bring visitors to Greytown from Wellington on a MORE »


Who says Wellington’s a drag? $390K domestic diversity campaign launches
29 Mar 2018  

Who says Wellington’s a drag? $390K domestic diversity campaign launches

Drag queens, skateboarders and a comic give Wellington’s new $390,000 winter campaign launching today a diverse sub-cultural edge.


Te Papa’s nature exhibitions make way for the new
26 Mar 2018  

Te Papa’s nature exhibitions make way for the new

As part of Te Papa’s renewal of its permanent exhibitions, the natural history spaces on Level 2 of the national museum will close after Easter for redevelopment.


Wellington flight path trial
21 Mar 2018  

Wellington flight path trial

A trial using satellite navigation technology to improve flight paths, reduce noise and improve the environment will commence in Wellington from September.


Airline operators sought to fill Air NZ gap at Kāpiti Coast Airport
19 Mar 2018   /

Airline operators sought to fill Air NZ gap at Kāpiti Coast Airport

Kāpiti Coast District Council chief executive Wayne Maxwell says the Council is solutions focussed and taking action, following the announcement by Air New Zealand to suspend flights between the Kāpiti Coast and Auckland.


Te Papa: New gallery a ‘game changer’ for art in NZ
16 Mar 2018  

Te Papa: New gallery a ‘game changer’ for art in NZ

The new $8.4 million art gallery spans two levels of the museum and is part of a major renewal of all Te Papa’s exhibition spaces.


Kāpiti operators look to neighbours after Air NZ withdrawal
12 Mar 2018  

Kāpiti operators look to neighbours after Air NZ withdrawal

Kāpiti Coast tourism operators are seeking solutions from their regional neighbors following Air New Zealand’s announced withdrawal from the region’s airport.


Suffrage 125 commemorations at Te Papa
8 Mar 2018  

Suffrage 125 commemorations at Te Papa

International Women’s Day marks the launch of the year-long Suffrage 125 commemorations.


WREDA seeks to wow a wider arts audience
2 Mar 2018   /

WREDA seeks to wow a wider arts audience

A programme to make arts and culture available to a wider audience is part of an initiative to mark the numerous cultural milestones being celebrated in Wellington during 2018.


Kāpiti Coast Airport open day to mark Air NZ flight
26 Feb 2018  

Kāpiti Coast Airport open day to mark Air NZ flight

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Mayor K Gurunathan will join other regional leaders, the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce, and Air New Zealand to host an open day at Kāpiti Coast Airport.


Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights
26 Feb 2018  

Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights

Sounds Air have introduced an additional four flights a week from Wellington to Blenheim.


WorkSafe to investigate tourists’ kayaking incident
16 Feb 2018  

WorkSafe to investigate tourists’ kayaking incident

Maritime New Zealand is to launch an investigation into why tourists had to be rescued from Wellington harbour during a guided kayaking trip yesterday.


Te Papa celebrates 20 years of “our place”
12 Feb 2018  

Te Papa celebrates 20 years of “our place”

After a dawn ceremony and huge anticipation, at midday on February 14, 1998, yachtsman Sir Peter Blake led two children through the doors of Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand, on Wellington’s waterfront.


Millions of Aussies wake to Wellington
9 Feb 2018  

Millions of Aussies wake to Wellington

Lord of the Rings characters and Waitangi Day celebrations may sound like an unlikely mix but it’s what 2.4 million viewers of Australia’s Sunshine breakfast TV show enjoyed this week.


TNZ ramps autumn drive with new $500K Aussie campaign
31 Jan 2018   / / /

TNZ ramps autumn drive with new $500K Aussie campaign

A new $500,000 campaign that aims to increase Australian visitors to New Zealand in the autumn is set to launch next week.


WREDA appoints new CEO
19 Dec 2017  

WREDA appoints new CEO

Lance Walker has been appointed the new chief executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, WREDA.


Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route
14 Dec 2017  

Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route

Jetstar will operate between Wellington and Queenstown three times a week from March next year, providing travellers with a choice on the route for the first time since 2013.


Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership
14 Dec 2017   /

Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership

InterContinental Wellington and Weta Studio Tours are excited to launch an exciting partnership.


Ramaroa opening adds new dimension to Queen Elizabeth Park
4 Dec 2017   / /

Ramaroa opening adds new dimension to Queen Elizabeth Park

The rich Maori, European and natural heritage of Queen Elizabeth Park is now on display with the opening of Ramaroa, the brand new heritage centre at the park’s Mackays Crossing entrance.


Extensive upgrade planned for the zoo’s chimp habitat
30 Nov 2017  

Extensive upgrade planned for the zoo’s chimp habitat

Wellington Zoo’s resident chimpanzees will be seeing an update to their habitat in 2018 thanks to a new project supported with funding from Pub Charity Limited and Wellington City Council.


Resilient Wellington attracts crisis response conference
26 Nov 2017  

Resilient Wellington attracts crisis response conference

Wellington’s status as a resilient city was a drawcard for securing a conference that will bring hundreds of experts in crisis management to the city in November 2018. 


Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle
24 Nov 2017  

Proposed Wellington zipline flies past its first hurdle

The Wellington Zipline Adventures (WZA) proposal includes four pairs of ziplines, which would zig-zag down the valley, with wooden take-off and landing decks at each end.


Te Papa’s Mahuki teams showcase tech innovations
22 Nov 2017  

Te Papa’s Mahuki teams showcase tech innovations

Eight entrepreneurial teams from Te Papa’s Mahuki technology incubator unveiled business propositions which provide digital solutions to challenges faced by cultural organisations worldwide.


Let’s Get Wellington Moving launches
16 Nov 2017  

Let’s Get Wellington Moving launches

Wellingtonians have a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the future of their city’s transport and need to make sure their views are known, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says.


Tourism a key focus at NZ, China mayoral talks
15 Nov 2017   /

Tourism a key focus at NZ, China mayoral talks

Tourism will feature as one of the key discussion points at next month’s New Zealand China Mayoral Forum. 


Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM
13 Nov 2017  

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

Melissa Shaw has joined Sofitel Wellington as General Manager, bringing decades of experience in the luxury accommodation industry.


Wellington, Auckland win big at recreation industry awards
10 Nov 2017  

Wellington, Auckland win big at recreation industry awards

The 2017 award winners represent the quality recreation opportunities available in New Zealand.


Wellington Airport: Runway extension vital for visitor economy
8 Nov 2017  

Wellington Airport: Runway extension vital for visitor economy

Wellington Airport has reported a net loss of $1.7m for the six months to September, up from the $5m loss made for the same period last year.


Kākā adventure app launches in Wellington
8 Nov 2017  

Kākā adventure app launches in Wellington

Young Wellingtonians will be treated to an immersive adventure in Central Park this November, blending the virtual with the real world to help rescue NZ’s wildlife from predators.


Tourism investment on agenda for Chinese mayors’ visit
6 Nov 2017  

Tourism investment on agenda for Chinese mayors’ visit

Investment in New Zealand tourism wil be on the agenda for a delegation of mayors from China representing around 80 million people.


Virtuoso Strings reigns supreme at Wellington Airport awards
2 Nov 2017  

Virtuoso Strings reigns supreme at Wellington Airport awards

Virtuoso Strings, a life-changing music programme nurturing the talent of Porirua children from low-decile schools, has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.


Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit
1 Nov 2017  

Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit

More than 50 travel agents and travel industry representatives from around the country will head to Wellington for the premiere of La Nuit by Sofitel – the brand’s signature event.


Air NZ offers extra flights for football fans
19 Oct 2017  

Air NZ offers extra flights for football fans

Air New Zealand is deploying additional capacity between Auckland and Wellington over the weekend of 11-12 November to help football fans see the All Whites take on Peru in the FIFA World Cup – Intercontinental Playoff.


Inaugural Wellington Heritage Week goes down in history
18 Oct 2017  

Inaugural Wellington Heritage Week goes down in history

We’re proud supporters of the inaugural Wellington Heritage Week, which will showcase the history of the capital through events, tours, exhibitions, and behind the scenes sneak peeks from 23-29 October.


Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo
17 Oct 2017  

Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is celebrating Conservation Week 2017 this Labour weekend with a range of fun conservation-themed activities based on this year’s Conservation Week theme of ‘Love my Backyard.’


Kaikoura quake hits CentrePort profits despite vehicles, cruise growth
16 Oct 2017  

Kaikoura quake hits CentrePort profits despite vehicles, cruise growth

Wellington’s CentrePort made a $2.3m loss for the year to June despite its vehicles and cruise businesses up 32% and 12% respectively on the previous period.


Gallery to close for accessibility refurb
11 Oct 2017  

Gallery to close for accessibility refurb

Visitation to the Gallery has grown over the past five years and the refurbishments will further enhance the Gallery’s accessibility.


Mayor: Porirua adventure park will be a world-class destination
6 Oct 2017  

Mayor: Porirua adventure park will be a world-class destination

New Zealand’s newest adventure park, offering an exciting array of activities, will be built on the hills and surrounding area of Porirua’s Rangituhi / Colonial Knob.


Wellington makes capital pitch to Canberra
4 Oct 2017  

Wellington makes capital pitch to Canberra

Cuisine and culture is a big part of Wellington’s pitch as a long weekend destination, which is a growth area for Australian tourism to NZ


Zoo contributes $390K towards conservation
4 Oct 2017  

Zoo contributes $390K towards conservation

The Zoo is proud to have contributed staff time and commitment and nearly $390K towards local and global field conservation efforts.


Cruise to inject $65m into Wellington for 2017/18 season
4 Oct 2017   / /

Cruise to inject $65m into Wellington for 2017/18 season

The arrival today of Radiance of the Seas in Wellington marks the start of the summer cruise season in the capital which is expected to inject around $65m into the regional economy.


Wellington ditches Guy Fawkes, backs major Matariki event
2 Oct 2017   /

Wellington ditches Guy Fawkes, backs major Matariki event

Wellington City Council will make Māori New Year, Matariki, a major civic festival in 2018 and will move its fireworks display from November to help celebrate it.


Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti
29 Sep 2017  

Chambers to promote local air service for Kāpiti

Kāpiti and Porirua Chambers of Commerce have begun engaging with Air New Zealand to promote flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland, to drive demand for the local air service.


Wellington welcomes back Sofitel
28 Sep 2017  

Wellington welcomes back Sofitel

To both locals’ and travellers’ delight, Wellington’s decadent Sofitel will reopen its doors in October, following a temporary hiatus. 


Wellington installs world’s first VR service experience
25 Sep 2017  

Wellington installs world’s first VR service experience

Wellington Airport has installed a new virtual reality experience that allows people to take an interactive trip across the world from the capital.


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