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Hotel profitability at historic lows, but clouds clearing – Colliers
14 Apr 2021   /

Hotel profitability at historic lows, but clouds clearing – Colliers

Queenstown hotels have been particularly battered in the last 12 months.


The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala
13 Apr 2021   /

The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala

People may think we’re “making a killing” from MIQ but we’re cut off from our iso-hotels, says the hotelier.


Sculpture to greet visitors at Te Pae Christchurch
13 Apr 2021  

Sculpture to greet visitors at Te Pae Christchurch

A ceremonial entranceway called Te Aika is set to be installed for Ōtautahi Christchurch’s new Te Pae convention centre.


Final call for TRENZ registrations
8 Apr 2021  

Final call for TRENZ registrations

Registrations for next month’s TRENZ close today.


DOC closes campsite after asbestos found
7 Apr 2021  

DOC closes campsite after asbestos found

The Department of Conservation has temporarily closed the campsite at Awaroa/Godley Head near Lyttelton after dangerous levels of asbestos was found nearby.


Christchurch Adventure Park seeks legal advice on High Court ruling
1 Apr 2021   /

Christchurch Adventure Park seeks legal advice on High Court ruling

CAP says it is taking legal advice after the High Court found the operator’s chairlift spread the 2017 Port Hills fires.


New story telling stop near Aoraki Mt Cook
1 Apr 2021  

New story telling stop near Aoraki Mt Cook

A new sign installed at Tapataia Mahaka Peters Lookout on Highway 80 to Aoraki Mt Cook tells the stories of manawhenua in Te Manahuna Mackenzie Basin.


50+ events secured for 2021-22 – ChristchurchNZ
29 Mar 2021   /

50+ events secured for 2021-22 – ChristchurchNZ

ChristchurchNZ GM of destination and attraction Loren Heaphy says more than 50 events are on the books for Christchurch over the next two years.


KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter
26 Mar 2021   /

KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter

The SOE is forecasting a significant fall in annual tourist passenger numbers for FY21.


Whio to be released in Arthurs Pass
24 Mar 2021   /

Whio to be released in Arthurs Pass

Seventeen hand-reared whio, or blue duck, are to be released in the Edwards and Mingha Valley in Arthurs Pass National Park.


TRENZ re-emerges revamped and renamed
15 Mar 2021   /

TRENZ re-emerges revamped and renamed

NZ’s largest annual tourism trade expo will focus on three themes: ‘Revive, Reconnect, Revitalise’.


Public feedback sought on Canterbury Museum plans
11 Mar 2021  

Public feedback sought on Canterbury Museum plans

Canterbury Museum has put out a call for residents to have their say on the attraction’s redevelopment plans. 


Van Gogh exhibitions extended
11 Mar 2021   /

Van Gogh exhibitions extended

The Van Gogh Alive immersive exhibition has extended its shows in Christchurch and will be opening ahead of time in Auckland to serve demand.


CPG Hotels adds Terrace Downs to Fable brand
10 Mar 2021  

CPG Hotels adds Terrace Downs to Fable brand

One of the country’s most acquisitive hotel investors will bring the Canterbury resort into its luxury portfolio.


Hotel Grand Central brings former hotel site to market
10 Mar 2021   /

Hotel Grand Central brings former hotel site to market

Hotel Grand Central is marketing its Grand Central Building at 161 Cashel Street, Christchurch.


Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event
9 Mar 2021   /

Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is launching a ‘Taste of Te Pae’ pop-up activation event ahead of the venue’s launch later this year.


Reshaped Ōtautahi Pride Festival goes ahead
5 Mar 2021   /

Reshaped Ōtautahi Pride Festival goes ahead

Ōtautahi Pride Festival will go ahead with some events cancelled or postponed due to current Covid alert levels.


Covid could push Tarras airport delivery out to 2035 – CIAL’s Johns
4 Mar 2021   /

Covid could push Tarras airport delivery out to 2035 – CIAL’s Johns

Covid-19 has likely delayed the project by up to five years, says CIAL’s CEO Malcolm Johns.


Gallery puts on publicly selected exhibition
1 Mar 2021   /

Gallery puts on publicly selected exhibition

Timaru’s Aigantighe Art Gallery is exhibiting its most popular works from its permanent collection of 1,800 pieces.


Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down
26 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down

Hassle-free Tours built back better and bigger after the quakes but Covid is a different challenge.


Ten Years On: Christchurch quake “ten times worse” than Covid
25 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Christchurch quake “ten times worse” than Covid

“As a tourism operator, we had no city,” recalls Christchurch Attractions’ Michael Esposito.


First dose vaccinations pass 1000 mark, more vaccines arrive
25 Feb 2021  

First dose vaccinations pass 1000 mark, more vaccines arrive

Around 40 border workers at Christchurch Airport have received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – the first to do so in the South Island.


Ten Years On: Tourism fundamentally changed but on the rise
24 Feb 2021   /

Ten Years On: Tourism fundamentally changed but on the rise

It’s been a long road to recovery but momentum is building in this brand new city, writes Loren Heaphy.


Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy
23 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy

CEO Malcolm Johns says the airport operator went on a drive to diversify and outsource to help it cope with crises.


Ten Years On: Black Cat ready to change spots again in current crisis
22 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Black Cat ready to change spots again in current crisis

Customer patterns changed permanently for the operator following the 2011 quakes.


Entries open for heritage, tourism awards
19 Feb 2021  

Entries open for heritage, tourism awards

The biennial Box 112 Canterbury Heritage Awards is now open for entries.


Airports suffer as pandemic hits interim revenues
18 Feb 2021   /

Airports suffer as pandemic hits interim revenues

Auckland Airport falls into the red but Queenstown and Christchurch manage to stay in the black – but only just.


Christchurch wins bid to host international AI conference
12 Feb 2021   /

Christchurch wins bid to host international AI conference

The conference would attract up to 200 computer science, psychology, robotics and design academics worldwide.


Free entry at Quake City on 10-year earthquake anniversary
10 Feb 2021  

Free entry at Quake City on 10-year earthquake anniversary

Entry into Quake City at the Canterbury Museum will be free for Cantabrians to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake.


Running lean keeps Grand Chancellor in the black
9 Feb 2021  

Running lean keeps Grand Chancellor in the black

Hotel Grand Chancellor’s lean operations have kept the group in the black during the pandemic, says the company’s New Zealand manager, Frank Delli Cicchi.


Hanmer Springs extends summer hours
28 Jan 2021  

Hanmer Springs extends summer hours

The extension has been made possible by the support of domestic visitors.


Christchurch hotel development site up for grabs
26 Jan 2021   /

Christchurch hotel development site up for grabs

The 400-square metre corner site at 252 Barbadoes Street has a building consent which allows for the construction of a 36-room hotel over four levels. 


ChristchurchNZ: Could Covid-19 be “the great equaliser” for destinations?
17 Dec 2020  

ChristchurchNZ: Could Covid-19 be “the great equaliser” for destinations?

People in Ōtautahi Christchurch and Waitaha Canterbury are ready to do away with response and recovery, says ChristchurchNZ’s Loren Heaphy.


CPG buys Hanmer hotel, brings back 40 staff
8 Dec 2020   /

CPG buys Hanmer hotel, brings back 40 staff

The Pandey family’s hotel group announces its second acquisition in two weeks as it continues to roll out its $100m Fable expansion.


New mountain bike trails launch at Hanmer Springs
7 Dec 2020  

New mountain bike trails launch at Hanmer Springs

Located in the Hanmer Forest Park, the new trails added to an existing network and included the 4km Tombstone trail, an advanced single-track that provided 185m of climbing followed by a 240m descent.


Southern boost for summer cargo flights
3 Dec 2020   /

Southern boost for summer cargo flights

Christchurch Airport says it will see a boost in cargo flights this summer following more Government support for the International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme.


$67m Lyttelton cruise berth opens for business
27 Nov 2020   /

$67m Lyttelton cruise berth opens for business

It is New Zealand’s first purpose-built cruise ship facility.


Te Pae Christchurch sets mid-2021 completion
25 Nov 2020   /

Te Pae Christchurch sets mid-2021 completion

Construction of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is on track to be completed mid-2021, with the first events likely to be held in the second half of the year.


Museum to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year
24 Nov 2020  

Museum to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Canterbury Museum will host the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.


Mackenzie Tourism tests its mettle in domestic-only market
23 Nov 2020   /

Mackenzie Tourism tests its mettle in domestic-only market

New tourism development manager Lydia Stoddart said there was a lot of product in the region that people did not know about.


New tourism group launches so “operators can be heard”
12 Nov 2020   /

New tourism group launches so “operators can be heard”

A lack of input into how a district was being marketed has prompted the creation of a new association.


New $67m berth – on time, under budget, but no cruise ships in sight
12 Nov 2020   /

New $67m berth – on time, under budget, but no cruise ships in sight

Lyttelton Port’s $67m purpose-built cruise ship berth will officially be opened in about two weeks but port executives are looking at alternative uses until cruising resumes.


DOC urges caution to drivers after seal death
11 Nov 2020   /

DOC urges caution to drivers after seal death

DOC is urging beach goers to drive carefully on the foreshore after a critically injured kekeno/seal pup had to be euthanised on a Christchurch beach.


CIAL: Domestic doing “as well, if not better” than pre-Covid
6 Nov 2020   /

CIAL: Domestic doing “as well, if not better” than pre-Covid

Trans-Tasman travel will bring enough business to keep the sector happy for a couple of years, says the airport operator.


Better than expected ski season allows 2021 capex
30 Oct 2020  

Better than expected ski season allows 2021 capex

Operators are planning for a domestic-only 2021 and are growing warier of the effects of global warming.


Fly through: $154m Cathedral concept revealed
23 Oct 2020  

Fly through: $154m Cathedral concept revealed

The proposed Cathedral Quarter will be “a point of pride” for Christchurch and a revitalised NZ attraction.


Christchurch Tramway celebrates 25 years
22 Oct 2020  

Christchurch Tramway celebrates 25 years

Christchurch Tramway is celebrating 25 years in operation.


Will events drive Christchurch’s tourism recovery?
21 Oct 2020   /

Will events drive Christchurch’s tourism recovery?

The biggest stimulus for the city’s visitor economy will come from major and business events, says ChristchurchNZ.


Contractor plans more modular hotels after $20m project completes
21 Oct 2020  

Contractor plans more modular hotels after $20m project completes

Cosa Hotel in central Christchurch has officially opened after a marathon build for its owners.


Hurunui allocated $186k responsible camping funding
21 Oct 2020  

Hurunui allocated $186k responsible camping funding

The Hurunui District Council will receive $185,705 from the Government’s Responsible Camping Fund to support the region’s camping needs.