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More upgrades underway for 2022 Christchurch SailGP event
27 Jul 2021   /

More upgrades underway for 2022 Christchurch SailGP event

Additional improvements are being made to the Naval Point area in preparation for the SailGP event at Lyttelton Harbour on 29-30 January 2022.


Northland, Christchurch named in TIME’s Greatest Places
23 Jul 2021  

Northland, Christchurch named in TIME’s Greatest Places

Northland and Christchurch have been named in TIME’s third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places.


New $16m gallery gifted to Canterbury Museum
22 Jul 2021   /

New $16m gallery gifted to Canterbury Museum

Ravenscar House Museum set to open to public in October.


Council to vote on Christchurch arena design
21 Jul 2021   /

Council to vote on Christchurch arena design

Christchurch City Council will vote on Thursday on the preliminary design for the new Canterbury Multi-Use Arena.


TIF helps fund Rakaia’s salmon sculpture site upgrade
21 Jul 2021  

TIF helps fund Rakaia’s salmon sculpture site upgrade

Project largely funded by $740,000 grant from Tourism Infrastructure Fund and approximately $250,000 from Ashburton District Council.


Occupancy, RevPAR rise on positives – Colliers
15 Jul 2021   /

Occupancy, RevPAR rise on positives – Colliers

Queenstown is the only centre lagging on most hotel indicators.


Te Pae set to host two-day innovation expo from 31 Oct
15 Jul 2021  

Te Pae set to host two-day innovation expo from 31 Oct

International science conference and Australasian ports conference also slated for this year.


Brass festival to attract 2000 visitors, generate $1.4m
7 Jul 2021  

Brass festival to attract 2000 visitors, generate $1.4m

Around 8100 visitor nights are expected to be generated by event


TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions
2 Jul 2021   /

TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions

Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.


Christchurch calls for e-scooter providers
2 Jul 2021  

Christchurch calls for e-scooter providers

Permits for Lime and Flamingo due to expire end-August.


Work begins on Timaru theatre and museum
1 Jul 2021  

Work begins on Timaru theatre and museum

Next phase of design to be presented to council later in year.


Final property secured for $473m arena
30 Jun 2021  

Final property secured for $473m arena

Existing building on site to be removed over next year.


Christchurch starts prep for SailGP 2022
29 Jun 2021  

Christchurch starts prep for SailGP 2022

Work expected to take six months to complete.


Christchurch pedestrian mall to be permanently lit
29 Jun 2021  

Christchurch pedestrian mall to be permanently lit

Lighting to form part of Matariki season event on 10 July.


Weekly hotel results: Christchurch occupancy settles into ‘new normal’
25 Jun 2021   /

Weekly hotel results: Christchurch occupancy settles into ‘new normal’

Occupancy at Christchurch hotels was steady in the week ending Saturday June 19, with weekly occupancy at 55.4%.


Higher property values see Skyline profit jump
24 Jun 2021  

Higher property values see Skyline profit jump

Skyline Enterprises will not pay a dividend for FY21 as uncertainty around return of international visitors remains.


Inaugural light festival boasts local approach
23 Jun 2021   /

Inaugural light festival boasts local approach

Series of two-metre tall cubes to depict Ngāi Tahu stories about stars in Victoria Square.


Te Pae launches recruitment drive for 100 staff before October
21 Jun 2021  

Te Pae launches recruitment drive for 100 staff before October

Positions include those related to running audio-visual, food services, events coordination.


Christchurch ‘beautiful basecamp for exploration’ – Kath Low
17 Jun 2021   /

Christchurch ‘beautiful basecamp for exploration’ – Kath Low

Partnerships and collaborations are a priority for ChristchurchNZ’s new tourism boss.


Christchurch heritage building wins ‘supreme’ award
15 Jun 2021  

Christchurch heritage building wins ‘supreme’ award

Suffragist received news of vote for women in garden at house.


Wyndon Aviation “unaware of any causal factors” in chopper crash
14 Jun 2021  

Wyndon Aviation “unaware of any causal factors” in chopper crash

Operator Wyndon Aviation says it is unaware of any reason why its Robinson 44 helicopter crashed on Saturday.


ChristchurchNZ launches ‘Do Winter Different’ campaign
14 Jun 2021  

ChristchurchNZ launches ‘Do Winter Different’ campaign

Wider ExploreCHC campaign developed in partnership between Mackenzie, Mid Canterbury, Selwyn, Hurunui, Kaikōura and West Coast RTOs and Christchurch International Airport.


‘We’re back, we’re ready’ – Heaphy on Chch’s business events strategy
10 Jun 2021  

‘We’re back, we’re ready’ – Heaphy on Chch’s business events strategy

ChristchurchNZ is taking a “subject-specific” approach to attracting business events to the city, says Loren Heaphy.


Inaugural winter festival for Hanmer Springs in July
8 Jun 2021   /

Inaugural winter festival for Hanmer Springs in July

Hanmer Springs will hold its first Winter Festival next month.


DOC tracks closed, damaged due to floods
4 Jun 2021  

DOC tracks closed, damaged due to floods

Caution urged for long weekend amid warnings of washouts, slips, windfall and general flooding.


Te Pae’s Ross Steele on ushering in a ‘new generation’ convention centre
3 Jun 2021   /

Te Pae’s Ross Steele on ushering in a ‘new generation’ convention centre

The venue’s technology makes it more than just a pretty face, says its GM.


Aurora flights back due to popular demand
3 Jun 2021  

Aurora flights back due to popular demand

More Southern Lights by Flight trips have been scheduled from Christchurch Airport after earlier flights sold out.


Airports cleanse carry-on with new UV system
3 Jun 2021  

Airports cleanse carry-on with new UV system

Aviation Security has installed new UV light kits at screening points in New Zealand airports with the latest coming online at Christchurch.


Operator’s season faces flood wipeout, another “gets away with it”
2 Jun 2021   /

Operator’s season faces flood wipeout, another “gets away with it”

Mid Canterbury operators have had to curtail activities but there are hopes of a quick return.


Air NZ steps up flights to help flood relief effort
2 Jun 2021   /

Air NZ steps up flights to help flood relief effort

Air New Zealand has added one additional flight per day for the next six days for customers travelling between Timaru and Wellington in the wake of severe flooding affecting the area.


Inaugural Moon Festival to illuminate the city
27 May 2021  

Inaugural Moon Festival to illuminate the city

The inaugural Ōtautahi Christchurch South Island Moon Festival is set to illuminate the central business district with a display of art, lanterns, performances and food in September.


Weekly hotel results: Steady as she goes for Christchurch
21 May 2021   /

Weekly hotel results: Steady as she goes for Christchurch

Occupancy at Christchurch hotels was steady for the week ending Saturday 15 May, with weekly occupancy at 54.6%, according to STR.


Christchurch local music festival returns in one-day format for 2021
21 May 2021  

Christchurch local music festival returns in one-day format for 2021

Go Live will be held 24 July, tickets cost $10 for admission to all events.


Christchurch garden festival to return in 2022
19 May 2021  

Christchurch garden festival to return in 2022

The 2022 Grow Ōtautahi is set to return to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on 18-20 March 2022.


New architecture festival attracts more than 12k visitors
18 May 2021  

New architecture festival attracts more than 12k visitors

The next Open Christchurch festival is set for 30 April-1 May 2022


New museum and a revamped theatre for Timaru
17 May 2021  

New museum and a revamped theatre for Timaru

A new heritage museum and an upgraded Theatre Royal is set to open its doors in 2023.


New Christchurch cinema to open July, further sites planned
12 May 2021  

New Christchurch cinema to open July, further sites planned

New cinema to be located in Christchurch’s The Landing Shopping Mall.


Operators gear up as prospects of super ski season grow
11 May 2021  

Operators gear up as prospects of super ski season grow

Resorts are preparing for a season they hope will build on the strength of 2020’s domestic-only surge.


TECTS: Hurunui tops lockdown skewed spending growth
10 May 2021   /

TECTS: Hurunui tops lockdown skewed spending growth

The north Canterbury region has enjoyed a surge in an already strong domestic market.


TRENZ “like no other” opens to vastly altered environment
5 May 2021   /

TRENZ “like no other” opens to vastly altered environment

The event at Christchurch Town Hall returns today reshaped after missing 2020.


New Christchurch festival opens doors to city’s unique buildings
5 May 2021  

New Christchurch festival opens doors to city’s unique buildings

The Open Christchurch festival runs from 15 to 16 May.


Chch to showcase lessons in resilience at TRENZ
4 May 2021  

Chch to showcase lessons in resilience at TRENZ

Christchurch seeks to showcase its revitalisation since the 2011 earthquake as a major theme at the TRENZ Hui 2021 this week.


Build of Avon bridges costing $13.7m to start July
3 May 2021  

Build of Avon bridges costing $13.7m to start July

Construction of three new pedestrian bridges in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor is expected to start ahead of schedule.


Heritage audio tour secures $30k grant
3 May 2021  

Heritage audio tour secures $30k grant

Christchurch City Council has awarded $30,000 to an architectural audio tour project through its newly established Intangible Heritage Grant Fund.


Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age
29 Apr 2021  

Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age

A law change will likely lead to an increase in wine cellar doors and vineyard visitation, says NZ Winegrowers.


ADP: March occupancy falls with season end
29 Apr 2021   /

ADP: March occupancy falls with season end

Hotel guest nights beat holiday parks and campgrounds for the first time in several months.


Inaugural lighting event to illuminate Christchurch for Matariki
29 Apr 2021   /

Inaugural lighting event to illuminate Christchurch for Matariki

The new Tīrama Mai event will feature lighting installations, projections and illuminated artworks within the central city and the seaside suburb from Friday 25 June until Saturday 10 July.


Māori rock art sites secure $250k
27 Apr 2021   /

Māori rock art sites secure $250k

Funding to be used for 14 sites at Opihi, South Canterbury.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


TRENZ Hui reaches capacity for shortened event
22 Apr 2021   /

TRENZ Hui reaches capacity for shortened event

Expected attendees less than half the number who attended in 2019.