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Fiordland & Southland


Fiordland suffering from severe worker shortages – Nats
18 Oct 2022   /

Fiordland suffering from severe worker shortages – Nats

Fiordland businesses are suffering at the hands of the government’s changes to the working holiday visa and skilled migrant categories, says National Party Southland MP Joseph Mooney.


TECNZ picks Rotorua 2023, Invercargill 2024 for conferences
19 Aug 2022   /

TECNZ picks Rotorua 2023, Invercargill 2024 for conferences

Rotorua and Invercargill will host the next two Tourism Export Council of New Zealand annual conferences.


NZ must be smart with cruise rules – PONANT’s Sarina Bratton
18 Aug 2022   /

NZ must be smart with cruise rules – PONANT’s Sarina Bratton

The French operator’s APAC chair urges the govt to take a practical approach and criticises proposals to cap visits to Fiordland.


Fiordland hunting efforts eradicate deer from conservation areas
17 Aug 2022   /

Fiordland hunting efforts eradicate deer from conservation areas

More than 430 female deer have been eradicated from conservation areas around Kaikiekie/Bradshaw Sound in western Fiordland.


Milford Opportunities Project leader appointed
3 Aug 2022   /

Milford Opportunities Project leader appointed

Business transformation professional Chris Goddard has been appointed to lead the controversial Milford Opportunities Project through its next chapter of growth.


Resident visa applications top 103k
27 Jul 2022   /

Resident visa applications top 103k

Immigration New Zealand has received more than 103,000 applications involving 209,000 people for the 2021 Resident Visa, and of those, 37,455 have been processed.


Southern summer work programme to return
19 Jul 2022   /

Southern summer work programme to return

Great South’s Summer of Work initiative is returning for 2022 and it is seeking employers to join it.


Avalanche risk closes section of Milford Road
18 Jul 2022   /

Avalanche risk closes section of Milford Road

The closure begins at Hollyford Road and will remain in place all day Monday 18 July.


Invercargill revamp to become “highly desirable city”
23 May 2022  

Invercargill revamp to become “highly desirable city”

Invercargill is on track to be a “highly desirable city to visit and settle down in”, according to the group behind a drive to rejuvenate the city and the wider Southland region.


Lodge worker found dead at Milford Track named
20 Apr 2022  

Lodge worker found dead at Milford Track named

Police have named the man who died last month while on a day tramp near the northern end of the Milford Track.


DOC questions value of Milford Sound airstrip, scenic planes
9 Mar 2022   /

DOC questions value of Milford Sound airstrip, scenic planes

Fixed wing aircraft may be incompatible with one of the jewels in NZ’s tourism crown, says one of DOC’s leaders.


Domestic cruise plots course through Covid’s choppy waters
26 Jan 2022  

Domestic cruise plots course through Covid’s choppy waters

Cruising in NZ waters has been well supported over summer but there are clouds on the horizon, say operators.


JUCY Cruise turns into Pure Milford
13 Dec 2021   /

JUCY Cruise turns into Pure Milford

Milford Sound’s JUCY Cruise has rebranded to Pure Milford and altered its product mix for the recovery.


Southland food tourism mecca mooted
8 Dec 2021   /

Southland food tourism mecca mooted

Southland could become a hotbed of food activity under new plans to transform the regional home of Bluff Oysters into a food tourism mecca.


Fiordland DOC hut Covid location of interest
8 Dec 2021   /

Fiordland DOC hut Covid location of interest

The Department of Conservation’s Green Lake Hut hut in Fiordland National Park has been named a location of interest after a visit by a Covid case last weekend.


RealNZ launches voluntourism expedition
11 Nov 2021   /

RealNZ launches voluntourism expedition

RealNZ is seeking 24 people for a Fiordland cruise that will also see them get involved in the area’s history and conservation.


Rakiura Stewart Island more than just a bucket list destination
1 Nov 2021   /

Rakiura Stewart Island more than just a bucket list destination

Almost all visitors who went last summer say they intend to return, so what did they like?


Southland events fund finished, Fiordland still available
11 Oct 2021   /

Southland events fund finished, Fiordland still available

Great South has allocated more than $550,000 this year from the government’s Regional Event Fund for events in Southland and Fiordland.


RealNZ Cruise-for-a-Cause raises almost $30k
8 Oct 2021   /

RealNZ Cruise-for-a-Cause raises almost $30k

The RealNZ Cruise-for-a-Cause raised nearly $30,000 for the Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust. 


Hard hit tourism communities to benefit in $17m Jobs for Nature investment
20 Sep 2021   /

Hard hit tourism communities to benefit in $17m Jobs for Nature investment

Among the recipients of the Jobs for Nature funding is an operator who has secured $700k for a restoration project.


Milford airport closure plan “quixotic, utopian” – Save Milford Airport group
20 Sep 2021  

Milford airport closure plan “quixotic, utopian” – Save Milford Airport group

Milford Sound aviation operators and stakeholders have hit back at calls for the closure of the facility in a document that outlines the case to keep the runway.


Fiordland trust secures nearly $1m for trails, conservation
16 Sep 2021  

Fiordland trust secures nearly $1m for trails, conservation

The funding will create 15 full-time-equivalent staff over the length of the project, or roughly 50 part-time seasonal positions. 


Agencies appointed to roll out $20m South Island tourism support
31 Aug 2021   /

Agencies appointed to roll out $20m South Island tourism support

New business support for tourism operators in five South Island regions can be accessed from this week, with specialist local agencies now appointed to deliver the scheme.


Great South taps Cordelle to lead Visit Fiordland
25 Aug 2021   /

Great South taps Cordelle to lead Visit Fiordland

Great South has hired former Shotover Canyon Swing boss Stu Cordelle to lead Visit Fiordland.


Fiordland, Southland form new marketing alliance
25 Aug 2021   /

Fiordland, Southland form new marketing alliance

Visit Fiordland and Visit Southland have formed their own international marketing alliance, to be promoted as ‘Great South’.


Southland, Fiordland events fund opens
3 Aug 2021  

Southland, Fiordland events fund opens

Great South has opened applications for round two of its Regional Events Fund


“Disgrace, kick in the guts, disrespectful” – Milford operators on masterplan
29 Jul 2021  

“Disgrace, kick in the guts, disrespectful” – Milford operators on masterplan

Operators line up to challenge the plan’s recommendations with aviation and cruise at the front of the queue.


Mayors weigh in on Milford makeover
29 Jul 2021  

Mayors weigh in on Milford makeover

The launch of the Milford masterplan has received a mixed reaction among local council leadership in the deep south.


Ban cruise ships, scrap aerodrome, charge foreigners – Milford masterplan
28 Jul 2021  

Ban cruise ships, scrap aerodrome, charge foreigners – Milford masterplan

The Milford Opportunities Project unveils its highly-anticipated plan for the destination.


“While it’s tough, it’s a pretty cool time” – Great South’s Brown on showcasing the south
27 Jul 2021   /

“While it’s tough, it’s a pretty cool time” – Great South’s Brown on showcasing the south

A turbocharged destination plan, long-term marketing campaigns and city developments are expected to support tourism to Southland and Fiordland.


Great South’s Amie Young receives Bright Star award
15 Jul 2021  

Great South’s Amie Young receives Bright Star award

Great South hopes to achieve International Dark Sky Park protection.


Former pilot convicted for flying tourists in damaged aircraft
22 Jun 2021   /

Former pilot convicted for flying tourists in damaged aircraft

The charge relates to a January 2010 flight involving passengers from Milford Sound.


Te Anau Helicopter applies for 30 year lease at Milford Sound
12 May 2021   /

Te Anau Helicopter applies for 30 year lease at Milford Sound

DOC calling for submissions by 4 June.


DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks
11 May 2021   /

DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks

Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


Great South grants $288k to Southland, Fiordland events
23 Apr 2021   /

Great South grants $288k to Southland, Fiordland events

Great South has allocated $287,500 to 11 events across Fiordland and Southland in its first deployment of the government’s regional events fund.


New Great South campaign aims to “inject some immediacy”
14 Apr 2021   /

New Great South campaign aims to “inject some immediacy”

Great South’s regional tourism organisations Visit Southland and Visit Fiordland have launched their latest Southland campaign.


No instant relief for hardest hit regions, but cautious optimism
7 Apr 2021   /

No instant relief for hardest hit regions, but cautious optimism

Areas with outsize reliance on international visitors ready to grab Aussie lifeline.


Wayfare’s $1 ‘no joke’ Milford promo crashes bookings
1 Apr 2021   /

Wayfare’s $1 ‘no joke’ Milford promo crashes bookings

Real Journeys was forced to pause its $1 ‘no joke’ Milford Sound scenic cruise promotion this morning after demand overwhelmed its bookings systems.


Goodbye Destination Fiordland, hello Visit Fiordland
1 Apr 2021  

Goodbye Destination Fiordland, hello Visit Fiordland

Destination Fiordland becomes part of economic development agency Great South from today, 1 April 2021.


Fiordland, Southland RTOs renamed in merger
18 Mar 2021   /

Fiordland, Southland RTOs renamed in merger

Destination Fiordland and the tourism division of economic development agency Great South will be renamed Visit Fiordland and Visit Southland from 1 April 2021.


Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats
1 Mar 2021   /

Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats

The Government must provide targeted support for struggling Fiordland and Glacier Country operators, says the National Party.


Ultimate Hikes raises $125k for Starship
22 Jan 2021  

Ultimate Hikes raises $125k for Starship

Queenstown-based guiding company Ultimate Hikes has raised $125,000 for the Starship Foundation.


Milford Track fully re-opens
30 Nov 2020  

Milford Track fully re-opens

Fiordland’s Milford Track has fully re-opened today after being damaged by a storm on 4-6 February.


Partial track closures leave million dollar hole – Destination Fiordland
24 Nov 2020   /

Partial track closures leave million dollar hole – Destination Fiordland

The ongoing closure of the Milford and Routeburn tracks has the Fiordland economy $1m out of pocket, says Destination Fiordland manager Madeleine Peacock. 


Te Anau Bird Sanctuary welcomes ducklings
12 Nov 2020   /

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary welcomes ducklings

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary has welcomed three new kōwhiowhio, or blue duck, ducklings who hatched at the end of October.


NZTA funds $2m repair of Lower Hollyford Road
10 Nov 2020   /

NZTA funds $2m repair of Lower Hollyford Road

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will fund the $2m repair of the last 3km of Lower Hollyford Road in Fiordland.


Destination Fiordland launches summer ‘reset’
9 Nov 2020  

Destination Fiordland launches summer ‘reset’

Destination Fiordland has launched its reset for 2021 summer campaign to attract domestic travellers.


Operators help raise $12k to restore Fiordland
5 Nov 2020   /

Operators help raise $12k to restore Fiordland

Items primarily donated by tourism operators in the Queenstown and Fiordland areas were auctioned off.


Air NZ’s Invercargill jet service to operate over Xmas
14 Oct 2020  

Air NZ’s Invercargill jet service to operate over Xmas

Air New Zealand’s direct A320 jet service between Auckland and Invercargill will operate over Christmas and New Year.