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Beach Hop disorder prompts police warning
28 Nov 2022  

Beach Hop disorder prompts police warning

Incidents at the Whangamata Beach Hop last weekend have prompted police to issue a reminder to drivers about responsibilities on the road, and to avoid intoxication.


New name, new game for Hauraki Coromandel RTO
9 Nov 2022   /

New name, new game for Hauraki Coromandel RTO

Destination Hauraki Coromandel has a new name and a new mission as it transitions to becoming a destination management organisation as well as encouraging visitors to spend more in the region.


Coromandel Dark Sky proposal secures funding
17 Oct 2022   /

Coromandel Dark Sky proposal secures funding

A proposed Dark Sky reserve around the Coromandel is one step closer to achieving recognition after receiving a $50,000 grant.


Visitors urged to give Coromandel dotterels space
22 Sep 2022   /

Visitors urged to give Coromandel dotterels space

Beachgoers are putting threatened Opoutere dotterels and variable oystercatchers at risk of habitat destruction near a key nesting site in the Coromandel, says the Department of Conservation.


DOC seeks seal sightings in Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel
7 Jul 2022   /

DOC seeks seal sightings in Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel

Visitors and residents around the Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel are being asked to keep an eye for kekeno or New Zealand fur seals overthe next three months.


Diplomats get a taste of Tauranga
10 Jun 2022  

Diplomats get a taste of Tauranga

Western Bay of Plenty economic development agency Priority One is hosting a delegation of New Zealand and Australian-based Heads of Mission, Ambassadors and High Commissioners from 37 countries this week.


Destination Coromandel launches sustainability programme
19 May 2022   /

Destination Coromandel launches sustainability programme

Destination Coromandel has launched a regional industry-wide sustainability programme to help 200 businesses to reduce their environmental impact.


Green light for $8m Coromandel wharf
11 Mar 2022   /

Green light for $8m Coromandel wharf

The Kōpū business and marine precinct has been granted consent to build a commercial working wharf and recreational boat ramp at a cost of $8.2m.


Coromandel visitor numbers surge
18 Jan 2022   /

Coromandel visitor numbers surge

Tourism operators in The Coromandel have seen the busiest December in three years, according to Destination Coromandel.


Mixed tourism performance for Auckland’s regional neighbours…
17 Jan 2022   /

Mixed tourism performance for Auckland’s regional neighbours…

Tourism businesses within a few hours drive of Auckland are saying better late than never, and hoping for the increase in traffic to continue as long as possible after the visitor drought in the second half of 2021.


Auckland return: some see immediate bump, others ‘wait and hope’…
15 Dec 2021   /

Auckland return: some see immediate bump, others ‘wait and hope’…

Operators in traditional summer destinations report good interest but those further afield are waiting.


Hauraki Coromandel tourism economy at “critical point”
25 Nov 2021   /

Hauraki Coromandel tourism economy at “critical point”

The Coromandel tourism industry is counting on a busy summer after visitor spend fell 34% between August and October 2021, compared with the same period last year.


New operator seeks marine mammal viewing permit
23 Nov 2021   /

New operator seeks marine mammal viewing permit

Coromandel Ocean Adventures is applying to the Department of Conservation for a marine mammal viewing permit.


Regional operators set for post-lockdown surge – Bachcare
15 Nov 2021  

Regional operators set for post-lockdown surge – Bachcare

Regional tourism and accommodation operators could see a surge in Aucklanders booking out-of-region travel, according to Bachcare.


‘Bowed’ moa on display at DOC visitor centre
3 Nov 2021  

‘Bowed’ moa on display at DOC visitor centre

A complete moa skeleton in an unfamiliar pose is now on display at the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre in the Coromandel.


Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours wins business award
29 Oct 2021  

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours wins business award

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours has won the tourism category at the 2021 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.


Waikato cases cloud Auckland’s ‘in principle’ move to level 3
20 Sep 2021  

Waikato cases cloud Auckland’s ‘in principle’ move to level 3

The three Waikato cases come as the government decides whether to shift Auckland from level 4 lockdown.


DOC warns Coromandel boaties to stay home
25 Aug 2021   /

DOC warns Coromandel boaties to stay home

Boaties cruising around Coromandel’s Mercury Islands are being told to stay home as New Zealand’s Covid-19 restrictions continue.


Coromandel operator shuts for two weeks, staff isolating
19 Aug 2021  

Coromandel operator shuts for two weeks, staff isolating

Driving Creek Railway says it will stay closed until the end of August after a Covid case visited on Saturday.


Delta Covid cases rise to 10, Coromandel operators places of interest
18 Aug 2021  

Delta Covid cases rise to 10, Coromandel operators places of interest

Coromandel’s Star and Garter Hotel is among more than a dozen tourism, hospitality, and retail outlets named locations of interest.


Popular walking route resurface on track for Aug finish
28 Jul 2021  

Popular walking route resurface on track for Aug finish

Resurfacing of the popular Kauri Block Walkway in the Coromandel is slated to be complete by mid-August, says the Department of Conservation.


REF funding to open for Coromandel
29 Jun 2021  

REF funding to open for Coromandel

First round of funding to be up to $140,000.


Tourism operators eligible for Hauraki business awards
6 May 2021  

Tourism operators eligible for Hauraki business awards

The 2021 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards is now open for entries.


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.


Coromandel’s popular scallop festival returns – without the scallops
21 Apr 2021   /

Coromandel’s popular scallop festival returns – without the scallops

Organisers have “flipped the script doing away with scallops altogether,” says Destination Coromandel GM Hadley Dryden.


Destination Coromandel reveals event fund winners
18 Mar 2021   /

Destination Coromandel reveals event fund winners

Boating, sports, food and arts events have secured funding from Destination Coromandel’s $80,000 Signature Events Marketing Fund.


Civil Defence cancels tsunami threat
5 Mar 2021  

Civil Defence cancels tsunami threat

Civil Defence has cancelled its tsunami warning and says there is no threat to the country’s coastlines.


Cruise absence sees ship visits fall at Port of Tauranga
2 Mar 2021  

Cruise absence sees ship visits fall at Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga saw ship visits decline by 15.3% to 661 for the six months to December 2020.


Whakatāne launches cheeky “sunniest place in the world” campaign
1 Mar 2021  

Whakatāne launches cheeky “sunniest place in the world” campaign

Whakatāne has launched a new tongue-in-cheek “sunniest place in the world” campaign.


Coromandel camping fines fall following funding
16 Feb 2021  

Coromandel camping fines fall following funding

Less litter, cleaner public toilets, happier visitors and more promotion of the Coromandel were the successful outcomes of the $656,566 Responsible Camping Fund granted to Thames-Coromandel District Council.


Destination Coromandel opens $80k events fund
21 Jan 2021   /

Destination Coromandel opens $80k events fund

Event organisers in the Coromandel can now apply for marketing support from Destination Coromandel’s $80k Signature Events Marketing Fund.


Whakaari eruption court hearing moved to March
15 Dec 2020  

Whakaari eruption court hearing moved to March

The first court appearance for the 13 parties charged by WorkSafe in relation to the 2019 Whakaari/White Island eruption has been moved to next year. 


Whakaari/White Island, one year on – TBOP’s Kristin Dunne
9 Dec 2020  

Whakaari/White Island, one year on – TBOP’s Kristin Dunne

Tourism Bay of Plenty’s CEO recalls a day of “shock and disbelief” as the tragedy unfolded and the agency swung into crisis management.


White Island Tours owner leads services for Whakaari victims
9 Dec 2020  

White Island Tours owner leads services for Whakaari victims

A dawn service was held at Whakatane Heads this morning to commemorate the 22 lives lost in the Whakaari/White Island eruption one year ago.


Waimangu Volcanic Valley transferred in iwi settlement
7 Dec 2020  

Waimangu Volcanic Valley transferred in iwi settlement

Ownership of Bay of Plenty destination Waimangu Volcanic Valley has been transferred to Te Arawa iwi Ngāti Rangitihi as part of its settlement with the Crown.


Operators, govt agencies charged over White Island deaths
1 Dec 2020  

Operators, govt agencies charged over White Island deaths

White Island Tours and Volcanic Air Safaris are among the parties charged.


Families to miss Whakaari commemoration due to Covid
30 Nov 2020  

Families to miss Whakaari commemoration due to Covid

Covid-19 restrictions mean many families of the victims of last year’s eruption will not be able to attend the one year commemoration.


Whakaari White Island eruption death toll rises
27 Nov 2020  

Whakaari White Island eruption death toll rises

German man Horst Westenfelder, 64, died on 2 July at an overseas hospital due to medical complications while receiving treatment for injuries.


Car enthusiasts descend on Coromandel for Beach Hop
26 Nov 2020  

Car enthusiasts descend on Coromandel for Beach Hop

Running from Wednesday to Sunday, the festival draws hot rod, classic car, caravan and motorcycle enthusiasts to the area.


One more STAPP grant left to be allocated – MBIE
25 Nov 2020  

One more STAPP grant left to be allocated – MBIE

Tak Mutu’s MDA Experiences is the penultimate operator to secure funding from the programme.


Destination Coromandel warns against funding cut
16 Nov 2020  

Destination Coromandel warns against funding cut

TCDC has sought public feedback on how important it is that council continues investing in promoting tourism.


Campsite, spa comes to market after nearly 30 years
10 Nov 2020   /

Campsite, spa comes to market after nearly 30 years

Fernland Spa in Tauranga is on the market for sale for the first time nearly 30 years.


Cruise donations fund kiwi hatching
2 Nov 2020   /

Cruise donations fund kiwi hatching

Donations made by cruise ship passengers visiting the Bay of Plenty during the 2019/2020 season have funded the hatching and raising of a kiwi chick.


BOP jet boat experience comes to market
23 Oct 2020  

BOP jet boat experience comes to market

Bay of Plenty operator New Zealand Riverjet is up for sale.


Fullers360 launches ‘summer ready’ services
22 Oct 2020  

Fullers360 launches ‘summer ready’ services

Fullers360 is launching a set of new products and services, specifically tailored to the local domestic market.


Coastal BoP amongst top 100 sustainable destinations
22 Oct 2020   /

Coastal BoP amongst top 100 sustainable destinations

It is the first region in New Zealand to be named in the Green Destinations’ Top 100 Sustainable Destination list.


Walking, cycling path part of BOP upgrade
21 Oct 2020  

Walking, cycling path part of BOP upgrade

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency’s Takitimu North Link project is up for tender for construction. 


Bookabach reveals NZ’s top bach
14 Oct 2020  

Bookabach reveals NZ’s top bach

The Boat Shed at Tarawera has been named the country’s best and most popular bach.


TBOP launches $100k+ ‘Sure to Make You Smile’ campaign
8 Oct 2020  

TBOP launches $100k+ ‘Sure to Make You Smile’ campaign

Tourism Bay of Plenty has launched its new Sure to Make You Smile campaign thanks to the $700,000 funding it received through the Government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme.


DOC urges summer campers to book early
7 Oct 2020   /

DOC urges summer campers to book early

The Department of Conservation is urging those planning to camp at the Kauaeranga Valley to book early ahead of what it expects to be a busy summer season.