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24 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Marina opens, KJet anchor tenant

The first stage of the $20m Queenstown Marina will officially open this week, offering 85 berths for use complemented by 17 floating buildings.


More action, less talk for new Auckland harbour crossing – Bridges
15 Nov 2022   /

More action, less talk for new Auckland harbour crossing – Bridges

Auckland’s much-debated second harbour crossing is up for debate once again, and businesses in the city are calling for a clear roadmap.


Preferred bidders picked for Auckland Light Rail
28 Sep 2022  

Preferred bidders picked for Auckland Light Rail

Auckland Light Rail and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have named preferred bidders for Auckland Light Rail and the additional Waitematā Harbour connections.


How can NZ fund tourism? Here are the options – report
17 Aug 2022   /

How can NZ fund tourism? Here are the options – report

A new analysis outlines the benefits and the risks involved.


Nash launches wharf, inspects visitor centre project
5 Aug 2022   /

Nash launches wharf, inspects visitor centre project

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has cut the ribbon for the renovated Whakatāne wharf and broken ground on work to construct the new Commercial Boat Harbour.


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.


Waitomo welcomes $306k TIF support
27 Jul 2022   /

Waitomo welcomes $306k TIF support

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund has awarded $306,000 to Waitomo District Council for three infrastructure projects.


Picton ferry terminal rebuild to start early 2023
25 Jul 2022   /

Picton ferry terminal rebuild to start early 2023

An upcoming project to rebuild the Picton ferry terminal has been celebrated with a public information day, held on Saturday.


Marlborough road restoration progress
18 Jul 2022   /

Marlborough road restoration progress

Significant progress” is being made on restoring 460km of Marlborough’s road network following floods that affected the region last year.


More EV chargers coming to tourist routes
8 Jul 2022  

More EV chargers coming to tourist routes

Meridian Energy will install 10 electric vehicle chargers along popular tourist routes in the South Island,.


TIF deploys $15m for 62 projects
27 Jun 2022   /

TIF deploys $15m for 62 projects

Funding for projects supporting the delivery of Matariki were considered for the first time.


Mobile coverage to improve across tourist spots
3 May 2022  

Mobile coverage to improve across tourist spots

A successful effort to bring fibre broadband connectivity to the West Coast will enable the Rural Connectivity Group to build 16 new mobile cell sites across the region.


Dolomite Point’s $26m attraction finally underway
12 Apr 2022   /

Dolomite Point’s $26m attraction finally underway

Construction work on the main phase of the Department of Conservation’s Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project at Punakaiki will start next month.


Stop treating tourism like “a problem that needs fixing” – NZSki’s Anderson
28 Mar 2022   /

Stop treating tourism like “a problem that needs fixing” – NZSki’s Anderson

The sector needs better infrastructure and increased investment, not misguided criticism, says NZSki’s CEO.


$16.5m TIF lift for Matariki tourism infrastructure
2 Mar 2022   /

$16.5m TIF lift for Matariki tourism infrastructure

The government is providing $16.5m in funding to support local communities build up tourism facilities, with a special focus on Matariki commemorations.


“A risk too great” – Whangarei mayor on $136m events centre project
18 Feb 2022   /

“A risk too great” – Whangarei mayor on $136m events centre project

Making the project work financially would have required a significant scaling back, which would have undermined the attraction’s purpose.


PGF marks milestone with 243 tourism projects worth $527m approved
1 Feb 2022  

PGF marks milestone with 243 tourism projects worth $527m approved

Tourism has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the $3bn three-year fund.


New $290m archive to attract educational visits
1 Feb 2022  

New $290m archive to attract educational visits

Construction has started on a new $290m archive repository in Wellington expected to attract educational visits from those seeking to connect with New Zealand stories and heritage.


Te Pae Christchurch officially opens
17 Dec 2021   /

Te Pae Christchurch officially opens

The Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is holding its opening ceremony today.


Value of hotels, motels consents plummet 93%
17 Dec 2021   /

Value of hotels, motels consents plummet 93%

The value of building consents issued for hotels, motels and other short term accommodation for the month of October 2021 was $4m, a decline of 93.3% from the same month last year.


Auckland Airport mass transit improvements near opening
21 Oct 2021   /

Auckland Airport mass transit improvements near opening

As part of the larger project to upgrade State Highway 20B near Auckland Airport, mass transit bus lanes will shortly be completed at the George Bolt entrance to the facility, increasing the speed and frequency of access possible.


Prepare for takeoff of electric planes – Infrastructure Commission
14 Oct 2021   /

Prepare for takeoff of electric planes – Infrastructure Commission

New Zealand needs to get ready for the age of electric planes, says a key Crown entity tasked with mapping out the country’s future infrastructure needs.


Kaikōura approves $21m waterfront redevelopment
7 Oct 2021  

Kaikōura approves $21m waterfront redevelopment

Architectural concept designs for a $19m – $21m revamp of the Kaikōura waterfront have been approved.


Te Pae confirms December delay, strikes environmental ‘gold’
28 Sep 2021  

Te Pae confirms December delay, strikes environmental ‘gold’

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has confirmed it will now open in late December rather than October as planned because of Delta lockdown delays. 


Island connection surge for Air Chathams
13 Sep 2021  

Island connection surge for Air Chathams

The pandemic has been hard on aviation but it has also brought benefits for NZ’s largest privately-owned airline.


Parts of Auckland Airport combined terminal plan delayed
13 Sep 2021  

Parts of Auckland Airport combined terminal plan delayed

Parts of the plan to merge the international and domestic terminals at Auckland International Airport have been delayed due to the current Delta outbreak.


Fletchers sticks to 2024 delivery of NZICC
20 Aug 2021   /

Fletchers sticks to 2024 delivery of NZICC

Fletcher Building is continuing to forecast a 2024 completion date for the New Zealand International Convention Centre in its latest annual report, despite contractual leeway for a later delivery.


Catlins bridge reopens after $3.6m investment
11 Aug 2021   /

Catlins bridge reopens after $3.6m investment

Hinahina Bridge in the Catlins has reopened following a $3.6m upgrade jointly funded by Clutha District Council and Waka Kotahi.


Auckland Airport to retool international terminal for domestics
9 Aug 2021  

Auckland Airport to retool international terminal for domestics

Auckland Airport is integrating a new domestic terminal into its existing international terminal.


Gorge closes for several weeks for repairs
28 Jul 2021  

Gorge closes for several weeks for repairs

The Takarau Gorge road in Wellington, linking Johnsonville and Mākara, will be closed for several weeks while $1.5m worth of repairs is carried out.


New IVL investments unlikely while borders stay shut – report
27 Jul 2021   /

New IVL investments unlikely while borders stay shut – report

Revenue collected in the first year to June 2020 was $57.3m, approximately 30% lower than the forecasted revenue of $82m.


More upgrades underway for 2022 Christchurch SailGP event
27 Jul 2021   /

More upgrades underway for 2022 Christchurch SailGP event

Additional improvements are being made to the Naval Point area in preparation for the SailGP event at Lyttelton Harbour on 29-30 January 2022.


TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects
16 Jul 2021   /

TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects

About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.


NZICC deadline pushed three years to Dec 2027
14 Jul 2021   /

NZICC deadline pushed three years to Dec 2027

SkyCity says it is “prudent to have a buffer” between Fletcher’s current delivery date of late 2024 and the project’s deadline.


Govt to invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail
9 Jul 2021   /

Govt to invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail

The government will invest $1.3bn in KiwiRail over three years as part of the Rail Network Investment Programme.


Auckland’s revamped waterfront to open
29 Jun 2021  

Auckland’s revamped waterfront to open

Public space on Quay Street and new ferry berths part of $350m investment.


Te Uruhi / Kāpiti Gateway project to start in September
18 Jun 2021  

Te Uruhi / Kāpiti Gateway project to start in September

Development work on Te Uruhi, previously known as the Kāpiti Gateway, is set to start in September.


$10m centre mooted for Whanganui River living entity
16 Jun 2021  

$10m centre mooted for Whanganui River living entity

The new visitor centre project dovetails with plans to promote Whanganui River Road as a tourism driving route.


Nelson Airport appoints CentrePort GM to be CEO
15 Jun 2021   /

Nelson Airport appoints CentrePort GM to be CEO

Nelson Airport has appointed a new chief executive with port experience as the local councils move to merge the region’s major air and sea port operations.


Walking charity welcomes pedestrian bridge over Auckland harbour
9 Jun 2021   /

Walking charity welcomes pedestrian bridge over Auckland harbour

Bridge supports Climate Change Commission target of reducing emissions by making walking and cycling easier.


Govt backs $785m bike, walking Auckland harbour bridge
4 Jun 2021   /

Govt backs $785m bike, walking Auckland harbour bridge

A new walking and cycling bridge is expected to become tourist attraction for the city.


SkyCity launches $125m raise, pushes out NZICC delivery
3 May 2021   /

SkyCity launches $125m raise, pushes out NZICC delivery

Delivery of the beleaguered NZICC has been pushed back again, this time to 2024.


Hamilton street set to become pedestrian mall
3 May 2021  

Hamilton street set to become pedestrian mall

Endemic speed violations factor into decision to make area pedestrian-only.


30 jobs for hard hit Glacier Country in $12m project
28 Apr 2021  

30 jobs for hard hit Glacier Country in $12m project

Further funding is tipped for one of country’s most vulnerable regions.


Resort transport project gets green light
20 Apr 2021  

Resort transport project gets green light

A project to significantly improve transport links in Queenstown and reduce congestion for locals and visitors in the tourism hotspot has secured government approval.


TIF opens, up to $18m to be allocated
13 Apr 2021  

TIF opens, up to $18m to be allocated

Round five of Tourism Infrastructrure Fund is now open for applications with five South Island regions hit hardest by the lack of international tourists given priority.


…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list
19 Mar 2021  

…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list

Tourism minister Stuart Nash outlines his vision for tourism once international visitors returns which would include policy and sectoral changes.


Arterial route to Auckland Airport to close for improvements
26 Feb 2021   /

Arterial route to Auckland Airport to close for improvements

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close a main arterial route to Auckland Airport for safety improvements and road widening.


Ten Years On: Christchurch quake “ten times worse” than Covid
25 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Christchurch quake “ten times worse” than Covid

“As a tourism operator, we had no city,” recalls Christchurch Attractions’ Michael Esposito.


Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy
23 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake spurs CIAL to future-proof strategy

CEO Malcolm Johns says the airport operator went on a drive to diversify and outsource to help it cope with crises.