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ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot
27 Jul 2021   /

ADP: June occupancy 40%, Manawatū reclaims top spot

Around 11% of core tourism accommodation properties were closed or had no guests during June due to a combination of seasonal closures and the effects of Covid-19 on guest numbers.


Holiday parks in revival mode – HPNZ’s Brown
7 Jul 2021   /

Holiday parks in revival mode – HPNZ’s Brown

Holiday parks had not escaped the impacts of Covid but are surviving due to a strong domestic base.


QLDC seeks freedom camping feedback
6 Jul 2021   /

QLDC seeks freedom camping feedback

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking feedback on freedom camping in the district via a survey.


New bill proposes tougher freedom camping rules
2 Jul 2021  

New bill proposes tougher freedom camping rules

More stringent freedom camping restrictions are on the cards if a members’ bill drawn from the ballot Thursday makes its way into law.


ADP: May occupancy falls, Fiordland suffers most
28 Jun 2021   /

ADP: May occupancy falls, Fiordland suffers most

Fiordland recorded the lowest occupancy nationally, with 16.8%, down from 27.8% in April.


Accommodation spend falls 26% in March year
25 May 2021   /

Accommodation spend falls 26% in March year

Accommodation spending for the year to March 2021 fell to $3.41bn, down 25.5% on the previous 12 month period, says Stats NZ.


Tasman Tourism appoints CEO, expands in NZ
30 Apr 2021   /

Tasman Tourism appoints CEO, expands in NZ

Tasman Tourism has appointed Nikki Fisher to chief executive to help guide the Australian-based operator’s expansion both at home and in New Zealand.


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.


A little light, a lot of questions at freedom camping consultation
23 Apr 2021   /

A little light, a lot of questions at freedom camping consultation

Submissions on new freedom camping proposals due 16 May.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


Vehicle standards, tougher penalties focus of freedom camping plans
9 Apr 2021  

Vehicle standards, tougher penalties focus of freedom camping plans

Vehicle rental companies may be required to collect fines under a new set of proposals.


ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end
25 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy falls in Feb as holidays end

Manawatū was the top performer for the month seeing occupancy rise to 60%.


THL, TOP 10 support 1,400km charity e-scooter journey
10 Mar 2021   /

THL, TOP 10 support 1,400km charity e-scooter journey

Tourism Holdings and TOP 10 Holiday Parks are supporting Canterbury cricket umpire Eugene Sanders’ 1,400km charity e-scooter trip of the Tour Aotearoa Trail.


ADP: Kiwis go camping in January
1 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Kiwis go camping in January

Campgrounds helped drive occupancy up across the country, according to the Accommodation Data Programme.


ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy
16 Feb 2021   /

ADP: Xmas ‘Baycations’ see Hawke’s Bay top Dec occupancy

A Christmas bump saw Hawke’s Bay regional tourism organisation area top occupancy across all accommodation types in December, knocking Wellington from the top of the table.


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.


HPNZ calls for holidaying later in “make or break” summer
7 Dec 2020  

HPNZ calls for holidaying later in “make or break” summer

Holiday Parks New Zealand is calling for Kiwis to holiday later in the summer to help the struggling tourism industry, 


ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy
27 Nov 2020  

ADP: Wellington, Manawatu, Waikato top Oct occupancy

The Wellington, Manawatu and Waikato regional tourism organisation areas topped occupancy across all accommodation types in October, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.


Wednesday Letter: HPNZ’s Brown on the focus for holiday parks
18 Nov 2020  

Wednesday Letter: HPNZ’s Brown on the focus for holiday parks

In its submission to the Tourism Futures Taskforce, Holiday Parks New Zealand focused on responsible camping, sustainability and the conservation estate.


Successful sale prompts hunt for opportunities
13 Nov 2020  

Successful sale prompts hunt for opportunities

After selling two holiday parks to overseas investors, TOP 10 chair Ian Smith and wife Vicki are looking for more.


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.


ADP: Wellington tops Sept, holiday parks win again
30 Oct 2020   /

ADP: Wellington tops Sept, holiday parks win again

The Wellington regional tourism organisation area topped occupancy across all accommodation types in September for the second month in a row, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme figures.


Rotorua holiday park wins top gong
28 Oct 2020   /

Rotorua holiday park wins top gong

All Seasons Holiday Park Rotorua has won the Spirit of Hospitality Award at the 2020 Holiday Parks Awards.


Holiday parks ripe for reinvestment – Tasman Tourism
22 Oct 2020   /

Holiday parks ripe for reinvestment – Tasman Tourism

Underinvestment in the country’s holiday parks has presented investors with an opportunity, says a new market entrant. 


Are NZ holiday parks on cusp of corporatisation?
2 Oct 2020   /

Are NZ holiday parks on cusp of corporatisation?

The acquisition of three holiday parks by overseas investors could start a trend, say industry experts.


Wellington and holiday parks perform best in August accom – ADP
29 Sep 2020   /

Wellington and holiday parks perform best in August accom – ADP

Holiday parks reported the only month-on-month growth with 358,700 guest nights, up 11.1% on August 2019.


Industry slams Govt’s $8m for freedom camping
21 Aug 2020   /

Industry slams Govt’s $8m for freedom camping

The money should be spent helping operators survive the pandemic, says an industry group.


TOP 10, Tourism Holdings partner on pop-up camper network
7 Jul 2020   /

TOP 10, Tourism Holdings partner on pop-up camper network

TOP 10 Holiday Parks has teamed up with Tourism Holdings-owned Britz motorhomes to open a raft of pop-up motorhome branches across the country.


Freedom camping sites should stay shut at alert level 2 – HPNZ
6 May 2020   /

Freedom camping sites should stay shut at alert level 2 – HPNZ

Freedom camping sites should not be allowed to reopen at Covid-19 alert level 2, says Holiday Parks New Zealand.


Napier accommodation outlet starts $1.75m redevelopment
6 May 2020   /

Napier accommodation outlet starts $1.75m redevelopment

Kennedy Park Resort in Napier has begun construction of a $1.75m bathroom, kitchen and laundry facility.


Hotels, motels, holiday parks can stay open – with conditions
25 Mar 2020   /

Hotels, motels, holiday parks can stay open – with conditions

The deadline for domestic travel for those trying to get home has also been extended.


South Island holiday parks focus of Covid-19 trace
18 Mar 2020   /

South Island holiday parks focus of Covid-19 trace

The Southern District Health Board is alerting people who may have been in locations in Queenstown and Christchurch that they may have come into contact with the eight case of COVID-19, a Danish tourist.


Outdoor groups want more say in freedom camping management
19 Feb 2020  

Outdoor groups want more say in freedom camping management

Off-roader’s, hunters, trampers, river users and other outdoor groups are calling on Minister Kelvin Davis to address what they say are inequalities in freedom camping.


Kaikōura surveys freedom campers
17 Feb 2020  

Kaikōura surveys freedom campers

Kaikoura District Council has launched a survey to guage the camping experience in the district.


Holiday park operator donates $10k to Aus bushfire fight
14 Jan 2020  

Holiday park operator donates $10k to Aus bushfire fight

Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde owners Tonnie and Erna Spijkerbosch will donate $10,000 to support those affected by the Australian bushfires, via the Queenstown Lions Club Charitable Trust.


Year in Review: HPNZ’s Fergus Brown on 2019
17 Dec 2019   /

Year in Review: HPNZ’s Fergus Brown on 2019

The winner of the Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award takes a look at this year’s challenges and achievements.


Holiday park operator to pay record $680k penalty for exploiting workers
16 Dec 2019  

Holiday park operator to pay record $680k penalty for exploiting workers

A North Island holiday park owner has been banned as an employer and ordered to pay a record $680,350 in penalties and unpaid wage to three migrant workers.


Hurunui restricts freedom camping
18 Sep 2019  

Hurunui restricts freedom camping

Hurunui District Council has restricted freedom camping at a number of reserves to ensure facilities in the region can cope.


Report: Holiday park investment boosts local expenditure
17 Sep 2019   /

Report: Holiday park investment boosts local expenditure

The increasing amount of holiday park dollars spent in local communities across the country has been highlighted in a new report into regional business expenditure.


New operators for Tairua Campground
16 Sep 2019  

New operators for Tairua Campground

Thames Coromandel District Council-owned Tairua Campground has been leased by locals Joe Ferguson and Ruby Woodruffe.


“I’d rather be criticised for doing too much than doing nothing” – Davis
6 Sep 2019  

“I’d rather be criticised for doing too much than doing nothing” – Davis

The minister responds to operators’ top industry concern.


Nelson: $256k camping funding for education, facilities and survey
2 Sep 2019   /

Nelson: $256k camping funding for education, facilities and survey

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese says the council will spend its $256k funding on its camping education programme, a temporary toilet and washroom hub, increased facilities for campers’ waste management, and a user survey.


Tech, education, enforcement share $8m freedom camping funding
2 Sep 2019   /

Tech, education, enforcement share $8m freedom camping funding

Technology pilots providing improved information to freedom campers, as well education, enforcement and temporary camping facilities are all measures that will be funded this summer as efforts to support responsible camping continue.


Auckland moves to restrict freedom camping
23 Aug 2019  

Auckland moves to restrict freedom camping

Auckland Council has moved to restrict freedom camping across the region with officials looking to see how the activity can be curtailed.


Gallery: Holiday Parks Conference 2019
5 Aug 2019   /

Gallery: Holiday Parks Conference 2019

Around 270 holiday parks professionals were in Wellington last week for the Holiday Parks Conference 2019.


NZ’s most hospitable holiday park 2019 is…
2 Aug 2019   /

NZ’s most hospitable holiday park 2019 is…

The sole South Island holiday park shortlisted has won the sector’s coveted Spirit of Hospitality award.


Big hitters to take the stage for Holiday Parks Conference 2019
1 Aug 2019   /

Big hitters to take the stage for Holiday Parks Conference 2019

Associate tourism minister Peeni Henare, Tourism New Zealand’s new chair, Jamie Tuuta, and Department of Conservation boss, Lou Sanson are all on the bill for this year’s Holiday Parks Conference which starts in earnest today.


Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park’s Richard Gunson
1 Aug 2019  

Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park’s Richard Gunson

The owner on the sector’s growth, battling the bed tax, and dealing with government ignorance.


QLDC seeks proposals for 20-year lease of Frankton Campground
22 Jul 2019  

QLDC seeks proposals for 20-year lease of Frankton Campground

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking proposals for the new 20-year commercial lease of Frankton Campground.


Muriwai coastal lodge and campground complex for sale
17 Jul 2019   /

Muriwai coastal lodge and campground complex for sale

Muriwai Lodge Store and Campground has been put up for sale.