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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.


Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…
19 Mar 2021  

Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…

Nash says he is “deeply concerned” about the situation unfolding in these five destinations.


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.


Queenstown and Fiordland make TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best
28 Jan 2021   /

Queenstown and Fiordland make TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best

Queenstown came in sixth under the Trending Destinations category, while Fiordland came in 10th for National Parks.


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.


Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac
14 Jan 2021   /

Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac

But tourism in regions like Hawke’s Bay and Northland has fared better, says the bank.


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.


Last opportunity for Milford Sound feedback
5 Oct 2020  

Last opportunity for Milford Sound feedback

Feedback was required on possible options and ideas for the sound, the road leading into it and Te Anau and the surrounding regions.


Damaged Hollyford Road to undergo $400k repair
28 Sep 2020   /

Damaged Hollyford Road to undergo $400k repair

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has confirmed the first 11km section of the flood-damaged Lower Hollyford Road in Fiordland will be repaired, at a cost of $400,000.


Snow closes Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound highway
18 Sep 2020   /

Snow closes Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound highway

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said the avalanche risk was assessed as high.


Fiordland unveils Host a Holiday campaign
1 Sep 2020  

Fiordland unveils Host a Holiday campaign

The initiative would see locals provided something free of charge if they brought full paying out-of-towners to a local business.


West Coast, Fiordland gets digital upgrade
19 Aug 2020   /

West Coast, Fiordland gets digital upgrade

Businesses in the West Coast and Southland are set to benefit from upgraded communication services with new funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.


Tourism-related southern projects secure $34m
17 Jul 2020   /

Tourism-related southern projects secure $34m

The Govt is investing the cash in Fiordland’s Homer Tunnel, an Arrowtown museum, and a Balclutha hub.


Southern deals campaign launches to drive visitation
15 Jul 2020   /

Southern deals campaign launches to drive visitation

Great South and Destination Fiordland have launched the third phase of their Rediscover Southland campaign with a range of deals to encourage Southland visitation.


Future of Milford Sound explored in survey
15 Jul 2020   /

Future of Milford Sound explored in survey

Public feedback is being sought on the future of Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounding regions.


NTT’s Hollyford Track experience to reopen Jan 2021
2 Jul 2020  

NTT’s Hollyford Track experience to reopen Jan 2021

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s three-day wilderness experience on the Hollyford Track in Fiordland will reopen in January 2021.


Ultimate Hikes sets opening dates, discounts prices for Milford, Routeburn
5 Jun 2020   /

Ultimate Hikes sets opening dates, discounts prices for Milford, Routeburn

Ultimate Hikes will open for the season on the 17 December and run through until 5 April 2021.


Fiordland’s Homer Tunnel to close for works
27 May 2020   /

Fiordland’s Homer Tunnel to close for works

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close Homer Tunnel for road resurfacing following Queen’s Birthday weekend.


NZTA outlines increased Milford access proposals
6 Mar 2020   /

NZTA outlines increased Milford access proposals

An increase in daily convoys into Milford Sound and night-time public access are two measures being proposed to widen access to the popular destination.


Milford Sound convoys set to continue as road repairs ongoing
2 Mar 2020   /

Milford Sound convoys set to continue as road repairs ongoing

Convoys in and out of Milford Sound Piopiotahi are set to be ongoing as work continues on repairing the road following adverse weather that closed the highway in February.


Milford Sound convoys continue – no private vehicle access
26 Feb 2020   /

Milford Sound convoys continue – no private vehicle access

Convoys of buses for visitors and essential services vehicles to Milford Sound Piopiotahi are continuing this week, with a small change in frequency and timing from Thursday.


First buses get into Milford Sound
24 Feb 2020   /

First buses get into Milford Sound

The first convoys, including visitor buses into Milford Sound Piopiotahi since the torrential rain of just over a fortnight ago, have gone smoothly.


Buses to return to Milford Sound from Friday
20 Feb 2020  

Buses to return to Milford Sound from Friday

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reconnecting Milford Sound Piopiotahi for tourist bus travellers alongside essential service vehicles from this Friday.


Milford Sound operators start voluntary redundancy consultation
19 Feb 2020   /

Milford Sound operators start voluntary redundancy consultation

Road damage affecting access and the coronavirus outbreak have taken a toll.


Milford convoy gets through, another to go today
18 Feb 2020  

Milford convoy gets through, another to go today

The first convoy of essential services vehicles and material went in and out of Milford Sound Piopiotahi, on Saturday, two weeks after torrential rain closed the highway.


$1.5m lost on closed Gt Walks, bookings surge on Kepler, Rakiura
17 Feb 2020   /

$1.5m lost on closed Gt Walks, bookings surge on Kepler, Rakiura

The Department of Conservation has missed out on around $1.47m from cancelled bookings on its temporarily closed Milford and Routeburn tracks but many trampers have opted for other Great Walks.


Milford access opens for essential services
13 Feb 2020   /

Milford access opens for essential services

A four-wheel drive route into Milford Sound Piopiotahi is now available for emergency services, and essential services convoys are planned to start this weekend.


Southland relief fund available for people, businesses affected by floods
12 Feb 2020  

Southland relief fund available for people, businesses affected by floods

The Southland Mayoral Relief Fund is available to help Southlanders and businesses affected by the February 3 floods.


Milford Road repairs under way
11 Feb 2020   /

Milford Road repairs under way

Good progress building a four-wheel drive, single lane route into Milford Sound Piopiotahi has been made in the past few days of sunshine


Milford Rd stays shut, but Southland links gradually reopening
10 Feb 2020  

Milford Rd stays shut, but Southland links gradually reopening

The Milford road remains cut off but others are reopening across the region, says Emergency Management Southland.


Real Journeys: Milford cruises back on
10 Feb 2020  

Real Journeys: Milford cruises back on

Real Journeys is resuming its Milford Sound cruises today and will increase its customer capacity in Doubtful Sound.


A “wild, scary” night on Routeburn before trampers evacuated
5 Feb 2020   /

A “wild, scary” night on Routeburn before trampers evacuated

Dozens are airlifted from Fiordland National Park after a landslide crashes into a hut.


Fiordland evacuations: Milford floods, hundreds stranded, roads, huts, tracks damaged
4 Feb 2020  

Fiordland evacuations: Milford floods, hundreds stranded, roads, huts, tracks damaged

Helicopter evacuations of tourists, massive road destruction and slips have taken place in the Milford Sound area where a “red” state of emergency remains in force due to the record deluge of rain.


Bodies of two climbers recovered from Fiordland National Park
3 Feb 2020  

Bodies of two climbers recovered from Fiordland National Park

Police and members of the Alpine Rescue Team recovered the bodies of two male climbers from Fiordland National Park on Friday.


Great South shifts into destination management with new strategy
21 Nov 2019   /

Great South shifts into destination management with new strategy

Great South will become the third regional development agency to shift away from destination marketing to a destination management strategy, as it looks to improve visitor growth and encourage stronger visitor spend.


Buy Side/Sell Side: Southern Discoveries’ Kerry Myers
14 Nov 2019  

Buy Side/Sell Side: Southern Discoveries’ Kerry Myers

The GM of sales and marketing on competition, the value of partnerships, and the increasing importance of OTAs.


Real Journeys launches 2020 Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraiser
4 Nov 2019   /

Real Journeys launches 2020 Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraiser

Real Journeys is taking applications for its Cruise-for-a-Cause fundraiser for 2020.


Gallery: 2019 Destination Fiordland Tourism Awards
17 Sep 2019   /

Gallery: 2019 Destination Fiordland Tourism Awards

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Sanson: Milford Sound being sold too cheap
6 Aug 2019  

Sanson: Milford Sound being sold too cheap

One of the most iconic landscapes on the planet must move up the value chain as visitor numbers boom, says DOC’s director-general.


Milford Sound visitor growth slows, but still up 83% since 2015
18 Jun 2019   /

Milford Sound visitor growth slows, but still up 83% since 2015

Milford Sound visitor numbers grew 2.14% to 882,296 in the year to March 2019, according to Milford Sound Tourism.


DOC: Two-thirds of Fiordland guiding activities non-compliant
18 Jun 2019  

DOC: Two-thirds of Fiordland guiding activities non-compliant

A compliance sweep found a quarter of all activities in breach or operating illegally.


Sanson: Great Walks “flipped” back to majority Kiwi
3 Apr 2019   /

Sanson: Great Walks “flipped” back to majority Kiwi

NZers have “come back onto our tracks in droves” after overseas visitor fees were hiked, says DOC’s director general.


Southern Discoveries to launch “unimaginable” amphibious twin lakes cruise
1 Apr 2019  

Southern Discoveries to launch “unimaginable” amphibious twin lakes cruise

Southern Discoveries has today unveiled plans for the conversion on its Spirit of Queenstown catamaran into an amphibious vehicle for a new twin lakes cruise product.