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Review 2022: HPNZ’s Fergus Brown on Covid’s lessons for holiday parks
9 Dec 2022   /

Review 2022: HPNZ’s Fergus Brown on Covid’s lessons for holiday parks

No one can understate how tough it’s been on people, says the holiday park association’s chief executive.


NZ Tourism Awards: A unique offer blends history, culture, education and environment
4 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: A unique offer blends history, culture, education and environment

In a series of profiles leading up to next Thursday’s event, the Ticker talks to Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park, a finalist in the Māori Tourism Award.


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.


Holiday park first for Te Anau operator
4 Oct 2022   /

Holiday park first for Te Anau operator

Summer bookings are coming in thick and fast at Tasman Holiday Park Te Anau – and visitors are already seeing first-hand how the operator is creating a sustainable future for guests – and the business.


Tasman Tourism to expand again with another holiday park acquisition
30 Sep 2022   /

Tasman Tourism to expand again with another holiday park acquisition

The acquisitive operator plans to invest in the business, bringing jobs and visitors to the Bay of Plenty.


Wānaka holiday park scoops supreme TOP 10 award
23 Sep 2022   /

Wānaka holiday park scoops supreme TOP 10 award

Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park has taken out the supreme prize – and three other wins – at this year’s TOP 10 Holiday Parks Annual Conference and Awards.


Holiday parks confidence grows on international prospects
20 Sep 2022  

Holiday parks confidence grows on international prospects

The positive sentiment comes as the domestic market wanes from its 2020/21 highs.


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.


Value of youth travellers extends beyond single trip – BYATA
25 Aug 2022   /

Value of youth travellers extends beyond single trip – BYATA

Youth travellers spend more on average than Australian visitors and it is their lifetime value that is the real benefit.


Qualmark inconsistencies could be behind declining holiday park certification – Spreitzer
4 Aug 2022   /

Qualmark inconsistencies could be behind declining holiday park certification – Spreitzer

Holiday parks have seen certification decline, prompting fears they may be missing out on valuable TNZ activities.


Community, collaboration, and the challenges ahead – Aflallo
3 Aug 2022   /

Community, collaboration, and the challenges ahead – Aflallo

In his final address as president of HPNZ, David Aflallo says the holiday park industry’s ability to adapt, listen and rebuild will propel it through the recovery.


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.


Nash: Holiday parks’ ‘big play’ in NZ’s net zero journey
2 Aug 2022   /

Nash: Holiday parks’ ‘big play’ in NZ’s net zero journey

The tourism minister says the industry should apply for the new $54m innovation fund and suggests a project he would be happy to support.


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.


Pools, packages & plans: Tasman Tourism on NZ opportunities
4 Jul 2022   /

Pools, packages & plans: Tasman Tourism on NZ opportunities

After snapping up NZ assets, the company turns to refurbishment and renovation to add value.


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.


Kiwi support keeps Jan guest nights at pre-Covid high – Holiday Parks NZ
4 Mar 2022   /

Kiwi support keeps Jan guest nights at pre-Covid high – Holiday Parks NZ

Kiwi holidaymakers have helped keep guest nights up at pre-Covid levels for holiday parks’ busiest month, says Holiday Parks New Zealand.


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.


Gisborne operators, flights nationwide locations of interest
11 Feb 2022  

Gisborne operators, flights nationwide locations of interest

Gisborne City Vintage Railway has been named a Covid-19 location of interest after a Covid-19 case visited between 1.00pm-3.30pm on Sunday 30 January.


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.


NZ Tourism Awards: Kiwi Hatchery looks to virtual, VIP for growth
25 Nov 2021   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Kiwi Hatchery looks to virtual, VIP for growth

The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa at Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs Nature Park has seen a substantial increase in brown kiwi chicks but a big fall in visitor numbers since the pandemic struck.


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: 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%.


Tasman Tourism eyes expansion, targets tourist centres – Aflallo
12 Aug 2021  

Tasman Tourism eyes expansion, targets tourist centres – Aflallo

Holiday park operator Tasman Tourism New Zealand is hoping to expand its portfolio of assets and create a database of potential employees to tap when the time is right.


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.


Wednesday Letter: Why industry must emphasise ‘preparedness over prediction’
28 Jul 2021  

Wednesday Letter: Why industry must emphasise ‘preparedness over prediction’

HPNZ president David Aflallo says the pandemic has taught tourism some valuable lessons.


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.


HPNZ 2021 confirms event speakers
16 Jul 2021   /

HPNZ 2021 confirms event speakers

Trade expo event to be held at the Marlborough Events Centre in Blenheim on 4-5 August.


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.


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.


Cromwell Holiday Park closes after 30 years
10 May 2021  

Cromwell Holiday Park closes after 30 years

Cromwell Holiday Park has closed its doors after 30 years of operating.


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.


Holiday park looks to childcare to see it through lean winter
27 Apr 2021  

Holiday park looks to childcare to see it through lean winter

Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park is providing childcare support and education programmes in an effort to diversify.


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.


Glacier Country operators eligible for up to $50k support
29 Mar 2021   /

Glacier Country operators eligible for up to $50k support

The new $5m Glacier Country Business Support Fund aims to protect communities in the hard hit region.


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.


Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ
19 Jan 2021   /

Accommodation spend drops 32% in December – Stats NZ

Stats NZ domestic card spending data for December reveals a sluggish start to summer for the accommodation sector.


Queenstown campground operators appointed
18 Dec 2020   /

Queenstown campground operators appointed

A “comprehensive redevelopment” is in store after Queenstown Lakes District Council granted a lease over land for Frankton Campground.


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.