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Jobs for Nature projects create 165 jobs in Gisborne
27 Jul 2021   /

Jobs for Nature projects create 165 jobs in Gisborne

The announcement of four new Jobs for Nature projects in Gisborne is set to create 165 jobs over the next three years.


Hawke’s Bay gets $19m arena expansion
26 Jul 2021  

Hawke’s Bay gets $19m arena expansion

Work on a $19m expansion of Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale, Hawke’s Bay, is underway.


1000-year walk bridge secures $1.75m
23 Jul 2021  

1000-year walk bridge secures $1.75m

A $1.75m cash injection from the Lottery Significant Projects Fund will see the completion of Gisborne’s 1000-year pedestrian bridge, albeit cheaper than originally envisioned.


Hawke’s Bay Airport dangles new terminal for southern routes
21 Jul 2021  

Hawke’s Bay Airport dangles new terminal for southern routes

The airport’s CEO wants direct flights from Nelson, Dunedin, and Queenstown within months of the terminal opening.


NZEA unveils 2021 event awards finalists
21 Jul 2021   /

NZEA unveils 2021 event awards finalists

Winners to be announced at gala event in Hastings on 30 September.


Aus yoga festival to debut in Napier
6 Jul 2021  

Aus yoga festival to debut in Napier

Yoga Festivals Australia will hold a New Zealand event for the first time in Hawke’s Bay on 7-8 August.


Hastings gets $5.5m boost for museum
1 Jul 2021   /

Hastings gets $5.5m boost for museum

The New Zealand Lotteries Commission has granted $5.47m funding for a museum storage facility in Hastings.


Scenic Hawke’s Bay off-road cycle trail opens
17 Jun 2021  

Scenic Hawke’s Bay off-road cycle trail opens

Waimārama Road off-road cycle trail jointly funded by MBIE, district councils and community trust.


Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months
9 Jun 2021  

Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months

Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.


Napier drops $78m aquarium plan, removes council funding
14 May 2021  

Napier drops $78m aquarium plan, removes council funding

Napier City Council says it will focus instead on repairing and renewing its existing National Aquarium.


Hawke’s Bay festival to attract 12k ‘wonderers’
14 May 2021  

Hawke’s Bay festival to attract 12k ‘wonderers’

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Napier steps out as domestic tourist magnet, aims for record business
12 May 2021  

Napier steps out as domestic tourist magnet, aims for record business

Success in Hawkes Bay comes despite cancellation of main tourism event of year.


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.


Bumper Hawke’s Bay summer ends on low note
30 Apr 2021  

Bumper Hawke’s Bay summer ends on low note

Auckland lockdowns, cancelled events, and changing alert levels proved a headache for the region’s tourism.


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.


Hawke’s Bay Tourism seeks food and wine legends
22 Apr 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay Tourism seeks food and wine legends

Do you know someone big in Hawke’s Bay food and wine?


DOC upgrades historic East Coast hut
18 Mar 2021   /

DOC upgrades historic East Coast hut

The 56-year-old Kahunui Hut in the Waioeka Conservation Area on the East Coast has been upgraded to help preserve the area’s heritage.


New partnership to boost Te Mata Park
18 Mar 2021  

New partnership to boost Te Mata Park

Hawke’s Bay produce exporter Te Mata Exports has partnered with Te Mata Park to help fund their Revegetation Project.


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.


Operators hit higher ground to wait out tsunami threat
5 Mar 2021  

Operators hit higher ground to wait out tsunami threat

Dive!Tutukaka has a boat out at sea – the safest place for it, says owner Jeroen Jongejans.


Scenic Te Pania reopens refurbished following flood
2 Mar 2021  

Scenic Te Pania reopens refurbished following flood

Napier’s Scenic Te Pania Hotel has reopened after flooding last year caused extensive damage to the building.


Tourism headquarters comes to market
2 Mar 2021  

Tourism headquarters comes to market

Tourism House in Napier is up for sale.


Napier’s Art Deco Festival cancelled
17 Feb 2021   /

Napier’s Art Deco Festival cancelled

Napier’s Art Deco Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 uncertainty.


Bumper season for Splash Planet
29 Jan 2021  

Bumper season for Splash Planet

The Napier attraction has enjoyed one of its busiest seasons to date, with more than 100,000 visitors since 16 November.


Gisborne camping permits pitch up 20%
26 Jan 2021  

Gisborne camping permits pitch up 20%

Gisborne District Council has issued 20% more permits for camping areas this season compared to last, as both domestic tourists and locals take a summer break on the East Coast.


Kennedy Park preps for summer with new facilities
17 Dec 2020  

Kennedy Park preps for summer with new facilities

Construction of Kennedy Park Resort’s new bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities have been completed.


Govt invests $750k in Hawke’s Bay track
14 Dec 2020  

Govt invests $750k in Hawke’s Bay track

Work has begun to nearly double the length of popular Hawke’s Bay walking and cycling track, the Tukituki Trail.


Gannet Beach Adventures resumes Cape Kidnappers tours
10 Dec 2020   /

Gannet Beach Adventures resumes Cape Kidnappers tours

Gannet Beach Adventures tours at Cape Kidnappers will return to operations tomorrow after almost two years.


Hastings hosts free public summer art tours
8 Dec 2020   /

Hastings hosts free public summer art tours

Hastings City Art Gallery will hold free public art tours over the summer season.


Hawke’s Bay secures 2021 BEIA conference
3 Dec 2020  

Hawke’s Bay secures 2021 BEIA conference

Hawke’s Bay has secured hosting rights for the 2021 Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) conference.


Flood damage closes Napier’s Scenic Te Pania Hotel
20 Nov 2020   /

Flood damage closes Napier’s Scenic Te Pania Hotel

Scenic Hotel Group managing director Brendan Taylor said the situation was “seriously disappointing and comes on top of an already challenging year.”


Gannet Safaris offers first Christmas Day tour
10 Nov 2020   /

Gannet Safaris offers first Christmas Day tour

Gannet Safaris Overland is offering a Christmas morning tour, a first for the Hawke’s Bay tour operator. 


Gisborne changes freedom camping rules
27 Oct 2020  

Gisborne changes freedom camping rules

Gisborne District Council will consult with the public on its Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2020, reviewed to address issues arising from freedom and summer camping in the district.


Napier, Tekapo attractions secure $500k STAPP grants
19 Oct 2020  

Napier, Tekapo attractions secure $500k STAPP grants

Both operators would each receive the maximum $500,000 through the programme. 


Hawke’s Bay projects secure $4m PGF investment
19 Oct 2020   /

Hawke’s Bay projects secure $4m PGF investment

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will receive a $750,000 grant to enhance the Tuki Tuki Cycle and River Trails.


Gisborne allocates $300k camping funding
16 Oct 2020  

Gisborne allocates $300k camping funding

Gisborne District Council has received $300,000 in funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s $8m Responsible Camping Fund.


DOC warns people handling little blue penguins
13 Oct 2020   /

DOC warns people handling little blue penguins

The Department of Conservation is warning people about handling kororā/little blue penguins after reports of people in Napier posing images of themselves holding the birds on social media.


New $12.5m Gisborne Airport terminal opens
12 Oct 2020   /

New $12.5m Gisborne Airport terminal opens

A Provincial Growth Fund grant of $5.5m helped cover the $12.5m cost of the project.


Nats pledge to support wine tourism
12 Oct 2020   /

Nats pledge to support wine tourism

National will amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to support wine tourism if they are elected into Government.


National Aquarium unveils Penguin of the Year finalists
12 Oct 2020  

National Aquarium unveils Penguin of the Year finalists

This year Burny, Captain and Mo will be battling it out for the prestigious title.


Hawke’s Bay tops August visitor spend growth
9 Oct 2020   /

Hawke’s Bay tops August visitor spend growth

Visitor spending in the Hawke’s Bay topped any other region during August.


Cape Kidnappers access on track for Labour Weekend
5 Oct 2020   /

Cape Kidnappers access on track for Labour Weekend

The Department of Conservation and Hastings District Council say visitor risk management work at Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauae-a-Māui should be completed by Labour Weekend, allowing people to access the DOC track.


Work starts on Olympic pool redevelopment
30 Sep 2020  

Work starts on Olympic pool redevelopment

The redevelopment of the Olympic pool in Gisborne Tairāwhiti will soon be under way.


National Aquarium launches Penguin of the Year campaign
25 Sep 2020  

National Aquarium launches Penguin of the Year campaign

Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand is gearing up to launch its Penguin of the Year campaign for 2020.


$45m marine infrastructure could support tourism – Jones
14 Sep 2020  

$45m marine infrastructure could support tourism – Jones

New marine infrastructure in northern Te Tairāwhiti on the North Island’s East Coast could help support tourism ventures, says the Government.


Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s F.A.W.C! returns in November
4 Sep 2020   /

Hawke’s Bay Tourism’s F.A.W.C! returns in November

Hawke’s Bay Tourism facilitated the F.A.W.C! programme twice a year on behalf of the region’s food and wine industries.


Cape Kidnappers gannet tours to start early
28 Aug 2020   /

Cape Kidnappers gannet tours to start early

Gannet Safaris Overland will bring its season forward after around 6000 gannets started building their nests at Cape Kidnappers.


Missing cruise ships add to Port Napier earnings decline
26 Aug 2020   /

Missing cruise ships add to Port Napier earnings decline

Loss of cruise ship visits contributed to a decline in FY20 earnings, says Port Napier.


Hāpuku find new home at National Aquarium
26 Aug 2020   /

Hāpuku find new home at National Aquarium

Four hāpuku have been transferred from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s Northland Marine Research Centre to the main Oceanarium exhibit at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.


New walk and cycleway for Mahia Peninsula
24 Aug 2020   /

New walk and cycleway for Mahia Peninsula

Once completed the project would create a 24km loop track that would begin and end at Mahia Beach.