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ADP: Monthly hotel guest nights break through million mark
28 Nov 2022   /

ADP: Monthly hotel guest nights break through million mark

Hotel guest nights across New Zealand in October 2022 surpassed the million mark for the first time since the pandemic started.


Treefall threat forces DOC to close campsite
4 Nov 2022   /

Treefall threat forces DOC to close campsite

The Department of Conservation has closed the Graces Stream Campsite at Remutaka Forest Park near Wellington due to the threat of treefall.


How much do holiday parks earn? – HPNZ report
19 Oct 2022   /

How much do holiday parks earn? – HPNZ report

New Zealand holiday parks generate average annual income of $1.15m each with larger properties earning more than double that, according to a sample of the industry.


New freedom camping sites proposed for Marlborough
27 Sep 2022  

New freedom camping sites proposed for Marlborough

Marlborough District Council is calling for public feedback on eight proposed freedom camping sites across the region.


Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park scoops award
13 Sep 2022   /

Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park scoops award

Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park has picked up the Tourism Business of the Year Award at the 2022 Katikati and Waihi Beach Community Business Awards.


ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return
29 Aug 2022   /

ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return

International guest nights across NZ increased 135% in July, with southern regions benefitting.


Legislation introduced to tackle freedom camping impacts
25 Aug 2022   /

Legislation introduced to tackle freedom camping impacts

The government has introduced its Self-contained Motor Vehicle Legislation Bill, which it says will address the environmental and social impacts of freedom camping.


And the Holiday Parks NZ Award winners are…
3 Aug 2022   /

And the Holiday Parks NZ Award winners are…

HPNZ’s Colleen Ives is presented the Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry award.


Hanmer Springs holiday park feels the buzz from people’s choice win
3 Aug 2022   /

Hanmer Springs holiday park feels the buzz from people’s choice win

TOP 10 Hanmer Springs owners Jacqui and Dean Anderson are riding the high from their recent People’s Choice win at the recent Hospitality New Zealand Award.


‘Vallery’ art camper celebrates Coastal Arts Trail
3 Aug 2022   /

‘Vallery’ art camper celebrates Coastal Arts Trail

A campervan has been transformed into a fully-curated art gallery featuring 26 New Zealand artists and 50 works.


And the Lion Hospitality Award goes to…
28 Jul 2022   /

And the Lion Hospitality Award goes to…

Fable Dunedin won the best hotel with lodges and holiday parks also among the winners.


Spirit of Hospitality Award finalists revealed
20 Jul 2022   /

Spirit of Hospitality Award finalists revealed

Holiday Parks New Zealand has revealed its ten finalists for the industry’s prestigious Spirit of Hospitality Award 2022.


Holiday parks confident as international returns,  domestic wanes
29 Jun 2022   /

Holiday parks confident as international returns, domestic wanes

Holiday parks hosted more than 7.1 million guest nights for the year ending May 2022, exceeding the number of nights spent in the country’s hotels, backpackers, and lodges.


Fable, Hotel Britomart, TOP 10 among hospo awards finalists
21 Jun 2022   /

Fable, Hotel Britomart, TOP 10 among hospo awards finalists

The relatively new Fable brand and Hotel Britomart, as well as vineyard accommodation and TOP 10 holiday parks, are among the finalists in the Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2022.


TOP 10 CEO David Ovendale on new challenges in the recovery
15 Jun 2022   /

TOP 10 CEO David Ovendale on new challenges in the recovery

The travel revival is bringing in some fresh challenges for holiday parks as Kiwis plan holidays overseas instead of New Zealand’s backyard, with few international visitors to fill in the gaps.


Deals, hot pools, events & activities keys to driving holiday park demand – report
14 Jun 2022   /

Deals, hot pools, events & activities keys to driving holiday park demand – report

Hot pools and winter experiences are strong marketing opportunities for holiday parks.


Taupō camping spot closes until October
30 May 2022  

Taupō camping spot closes until October

The Hipapatua Recreational Reserve at Reid’s Farm in Taupō is closed until 1 October while Taupō District Council carries out maintenance on the site.


ADP: March guest nights down 25%
29 Apr 2022   /

ADP: March guest nights down 25%

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Marlborough to consult further on freedom camping
21 Apr 2022   /

Marlborough to consult further on freedom camping

Marlborough District Council is not satisfied that restrictions on six proposed freedom camping areas are necessary under the Draft Responsible Camping Bylaw 2022.


ADP: December occupancy takes Delta hit, but Aucklanders start revival
16 Feb 2022   /

ADP: December occupancy takes Delta hit, but Aucklanders start revival

Occupancy rates in December at accommodation types nationwide improved to 34.2% for the month continuing an uptrend that started last month, according to Accommodation Data Programme (ADP) results.


THL cites capacity gluts, low barriers to entry in Apollo filing
31 Jan 2022  

THL cites capacity gluts, low barriers to entry in Apollo filing

Tourism Holdings Limited is arguing in its application to the Commerce Commission to acquire a rival motorhome and campervan rental services company that the deal should proceed due to over-capacity in the market, low barriers to entry and differences in products the two companies offer.


Holiday parks see fewer Covid cases than expected, but remain on Omicron watch
19 Jan 2022   /

Holiday parks see fewer Covid cases than expected, but remain on Omicron watch

Five holiday parks have reported Covid cases so far this summer – much fewer than expected, say relieved industry leaders.


HPNZ’s Fergus Brown: A nervous “showtime” ahead for holiday parks
17 Dec 2021   /

HPNZ’s Fergus Brown: A nervous “showtime” ahead for holiday parks

Holiday parks are raring to go, albeit with a couple of Covid-induced nerves.


Fergus Brown: A personal message to industry
30 Nov 2021  

Fergus Brown: A personal message to industry

Holiday Parks New Zealand chief executive Fergus Brown, recently diagnosed with inoperable cancer, has a message for all the men in tourism.


ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops
29 Nov 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops

The occupancy rate for the year to October was 39%, with 94% coming from domestic guest nights.


What operators need to know about traffic light system
26 Nov 2021   /

What operators need to know about traffic light system

How tourism businesses operate under the traffic light settings in the Covid-19 Protection Framework depends on the specific industry.


Holiday Parks NZ calls for fully vaccinated visitors
4 Nov 2021   /

Holiday Parks NZ calls for fully vaccinated visitors

But the industry body stopped short of calling on its circa 300 holiday park members to mandate vaccination for all visitors and staff.


What about accommodation? Accor urges govt action on mandatory vaccination
3 Nov 2021   /

What about accommodation? Accor urges govt action on mandatory vaccination

The country’s biggest hotel group calls for legal cover to allow operators to act.


Tasman Tourism buys Chch asset, raises $329m for more deals
28 Oct 2021   /

Tasman Tourism buys Chch asset, raises $329m for more deals

The acquisitive holiday park investor snaps up another property and readies a war chest for further purchases.


ADP: Occupancy falls to new low, average nights stayed jumps
28 Oct 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy falls to new low, average nights stayed jumps

Occupancy rates in September at accommodation types nationwide were down to 21.2% for the month despite a move to level 2 outside Auckland, marking another record low since the Accommodation Data Programme (ADP) began in mid-2020.


ADP: August occupancy dives to 27% as lockdown hits
27 Sep 2021   /

ADP: August occupancy dives to 27% as lockdown hits

Hotels recorded occupancy for the month of just 38% – the best of all accommodation types.


ADP: Wellington, Manawatū get best of July school holiday bump
30 Aug 2021   /

ADP: Wellington, Manawatū get best of July school holiday bump

But average occupancy in the year to July 2021 across all commercial accommodation types was only 42%.


What to do about freedom camping? Manage numbers for a start
16 Aug 2021   /

What to do about freedom camping? Manage numbers for a start

Tackling freedom camping is an issue long overdue for workable solutions, according to industry leaders.


HPNZ 2021: Camp Glenorchy wins Spirit of Hospitality award
6 Aug 2021   /

HPNZ 2021: Camp Glenorchy wins Spirit of Hospitality award

Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat scooped top prize at the Holiday Park NZ 2021 Awards held in Blenheim last night.


Freedom camping bylaw to be reviewed
6 Aug 2021  

Freedom camping bylaw to be reviewed

Marlborough District Council says it will review its new Responsible Camping Control Bylaw 2020 to respond to concerns raised by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.


HPNZ 2021: Holiday parks on high
5 Aug 2021   /

HPNZ 2021: Holiday parks on high

Business confidence in NZ’s holiday park sector is running close to pre-Covid levels.


HPNZ 2021: Holiday parks regather for annual conference
4 Aug 2021   /

HPNZ 2021: Holiday parks regather for annual conference

The two-day 2021 Holiday Parks New Zealand conference and trade exhibition kicks off this morning in Blenheim.


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.