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Coromandel & Bay of Plenty


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.


The three things I’ve learned in 2020: DC’s Hadley Dryden
6 Oct 2020  

The three things I’ve learned in 2020: DC’s Hadley Dryden

DC’s Hadley Dryden on reconnecting with nature and communities, the importance of Regional Tourism NZ, and ticking something off your bucket list. 


Middle East investors enter NZ tourism with trio of acquisitions
1 Oct 2020  

Middle East investors enter NZ tourism with trio of acquisitions

Abu Dhabi private equity snaps up assets in New Zealand tourism’s hottest sub-sector.


Coromandel campaign sees visitor spend jump
18 Sep 2020  

Coromandel campaign sees visitor spend jump

The campaign attracted a record number of 425,200 digital visitors to the campaign website, generating 12,400 referrals to operators’ booking sites. 


Visitors urged to give young seals space
3 Sep 2020  

Visitors urged to give young seals space

July through to September were known as the ‘hauling out’ months for seals, with weaned pups coming ashore to rest, sometimes in what seem like unusual places.


Tauranga not planning for cruise in 2020-21 season
31 Aug 2020   /

Tauranga not planning for cruise in 2020-21 season

Port of Tauranga says it is not budgeting for any cruise ship visits in the 2020-21 season.


Govt invests $8.2m in Kōpū marine precinct
13 Aug 2020   /

Govt invests $8.2m in Kōpū marine precinct

The project would see Kōpū developed as a centre of marine servicing operations across the Hauraki Gulf, and act as a connection for water-based tourism opportunities and a growing aquaculture industry.


Cathedral Cove’s “loo with a view” gets seasonal clean
30 Jul 2020   /

Cathedral Cove’s “loo with a view” gets seasonal clean

The cleaning operation required the use of a helicopter and its crew, a septic tank truck and several DOC staff to empty more than 3.5 tonnes of waste.


Nature and Nosh launches couples-focused gourmet hiking escapes
23 Jul 2020   /

Nature and Nosh launches couples-focused gourmet hiking escapes

The Waikato tourism operator has launched a suite of couples-focused gourmet hiking escapes as part of its domestic tourism push.


Child dies after kayak capsizes in Firth of Thames
20 Jul 2020  

Child dies after kayak capsizes in Firth of Thames

One person has died after a kayak capsized off the Waikato coast near Miranda.


Washout closes popular BOP track
15 Jul 2020   /

Washout closes popular BOP track

A section of track at the Fairbrother Loop in Ōhope Scenic Reserve has been made impassable due to a washout, meaning visitors will no longer have a loop option while repairs are made over the next few weeks.


Coromandel hosts workshop to promote tourism
8 Jul 2020  

Coromandel hosts workshop to promote tourism

The workshop will support and enhance the work already planned by Destination Coromandel in the coming months.


Emerging from disaster – Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne
2 Jul 2020   /

Emerging from disaster – Tourism BOP’s Kristin Dunne

The RTO chief executive on the region’s resilience, reacting to disaster and moving forward.


Covid a bump in ‘100-year plan’ for Tamaki Māori Village – owner
30 Jun 2020   /

Covid a bump in ‘100-year plan’ for Tamaki Māori Village – owner

The popular Rotorua attraction has formed a new partnership to help its 110 employees.


Eastern Bay of Plenty campsites re-open for holidays
30 Jun 2020   /

Eastern Bay of Plenty campsites re-open for holidays

Matata Campground and Whirinaki Recreation Camp both needed upgrades and safety work undertaken and had extended closures after the Covid-19 lockdown while the work was done.


Govt injects $5m into predator-free programme
30 Jun 2020   /

Govt injects $5m into predator-free programme

The environmental projects will benefit locals who are looking for work and who have been affected by the Whakaari disaster and Covid-19 downturn.


PGF sprays regions with cash for tourism
29 Jun 2020  

PGF sprays regions with cash for tourism

Rotorua will receive just over $2m in additional funding from the Provincial Growth Fund as part of a raft of new announcements from the Government last week.


Ōpōtiki secures $4.5m for cycleways, footpaths, horse trails
16 Jun 2020   /

Ōpōtiki secures $4.5m for cycleways, footpaths, horse trails

Ōpōtiki will receive almost $4.5m for new footpaths, cycleway extensions and to improve horse trails in the district.


Waimangu Volcanic Valley: Restructures, reorients, reopens
11 Jun 2020   /

Waimangu Volcanic Valley: Restructures, reorients, reopens

“We have to recreate our future rather than wait for it to come to us,” says GM David Blackmore.


$500 up for grabs to showcase Coromandel in contest
26 May 2020   /

$500 up for grabs to showcase Coromandel in contest

Thames-Coromandel District Council is offering $500 in prize money to Coromandel schools as part of a 60-second video contest showcasing the region. 


Bay of Plenty to escape the worst of Covid-19 impacts – report
20 May 2020   /

Bay of Plenty to escape the worst of Covid-19 impacts – report

The Covid-19 crisis may not have as severe an impact on the Bay of Plenty as other parts of New Zealand, says the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.


BOP launches ‘no place like home’ local campaign
11 May 2020   /

BOP launches ‘no place like home’ local campaign

Tourism Bay of Plenty has launched a campaign to support tourism operators by reminding locals of the attractions near to them.


Queenstown top destination for Kiwis following lockdown
5 May 2020  

Queenstown top destination for Kiwis following lockdown

Queenstown has been named the destination most New Zealanders would like to visit once travel restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted.


Māori freehold land to be used for new boat harbour
15 Apr 2020   /

Māori freehold land to be used for new boat harbour

Eleven hectares of Māori freehold land will be used for the new boat harbour in eastern Bay of Plenty.


Lowdown on the Lockdown: Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Kristin Dunne
6 Apr 2020  

Lowdown on the Lockdown: Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Kristin Dunne

Kristin Dunne, chief executive at Tourism Bay of Plenty, on the emotional adjustment of lockdown and the opportunity to collaborate.


Council blasts Coromandel holidaymakers during lockdown
6 Apr 2020  

Council blasts Coromandel holidaymakers during lockdown

The Thames Coromandel District Council is warning residences against travelling to their holiday homes for the Easter period, saying they need to abide by lockdown rules during the Covid-19 crisis.