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$35m Sudima targets 70k additional visitors for Kaikōura
19 Oct 2022   /

$35m Sudima targets 70k additional visitors for Kaikōura

The opening of the $35m Sudima Kaikōura has finally become a reality after long Covid delays – just in time for the much-anticipated summer.


EcoZip restarts South Island expansion, eyes 2023 launch
14 Sep 2022   /

EcoZip restarts South Island expansion, eyes 2023 launch

The Waiheke Island operator is back at its South Island site, vying to become the only zipline operator in the country to expand nationally.


Rāhui placed on parts of Kaikōura coastline
13 Sep 2022  

Rāhui placed on parts of Kaikōura coastline

A rāhui has been placed in the area where a charter boat capsized, killing five people near Kaikōura on Saturday.


Kaikōura i-SITE goes into hibernation
20 Jul 2022  

Kaikōura i-SITE goes into hibernation

The Kaikōura i-SITE will temporarily close its doors to visitors from 31 July until domestic and international visitors return to the town and a viable business model is identified.


Sudima resets Kaikoura hotel opening date
16 Jun 2022   /

Sudima resets Kaikoura hotel opening date

Sudima Hotels’ new 120-room, 4.5 star waterfront hotel in Kaikoura will open on 17 October 2022.


Destination Kaikōura launches voucher system for operators
26 May 2022  

Destination Kaikōura launches voucher system for operators

Destination Kaikōura has launched an automated smart voucher system called aiva, which aims to provide operators with low-cost direct sell capabilities.


Deep-sea cams explore life in Kaikōura Canyon
11 May 2022   /

Deep-sea cams explore life in Kaikōura Canyon

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has conducted a survey of the Kaikōura Canyon to help the Department of Conservation understand more about marine life inside and outside Hikurangi Marine Reserve.


Kaikōura businesses take gin experience to the mountains
19 Apr 2022  

Kaikōura businesses take gin experience to the mountains

Two local Kaikōura businesses have teamed up to create a new gin experience in the mountains.


Regional Recovery: ‘Glimmer of hope’ buoys watchful Kaikōura turnaround
30 Mar 2022   /

Regional Recovery: ‘Glimmer of hope’ buoys watchful Kaikōura turnaround

Tourism businesses in Kaikōura have a ‘glimmer of hope’ after a tough two years, soon to be bolstered by international visitors and a new hotel.


Canterbury operators see softer numbers, steel for post-summer slump
20 Jan 2022   /

Canterbury operators see softer numbers, steel for post-summer slump

Tourism businesses suffer a significant drop in visitation.


Sudima sets Kaikoura hotel opening date
17 Dec 2021   /

Sudima sets Kaikoura hotel opening date

Sudima Hotels’ new 120-room, 4.5 star-rated waterfront hotel in Kaikoura will open 1 September 2022.


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.


Agencies appointed to roll out $20m South Island tourism support
31 Aug 2021   /

Agencies appointed to roll out $20m South Island tourism support

New business support for tourism operators in five South Island regions can be accessed from this week, with specialist local agencies now appointed to deliver the scheme.


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.


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.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala
13 Apr 2021   /

The Interview: Sudima’s Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala

People may think we’re “making a killing” from MIQ but we’re cut off from our iso-hotels, says the hotelier.


KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter
26 Mar 2021   /

KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter

The SOE is forecasting a significant fall in annual tourist passenger numbers for FY21.


Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…
19 Mar 2021  

Nash names five regions in line for targeted structural support…

Nash says he is “deeply concerned” about the situation unfolding in these five destinations.


Second helicopter crash at Mahia follows Kaikōura tragedy
16 Dec 2020  

Second helicopter crash at Mahia follows Kaikōura tragedy

Today’s accident comes after three children suffered serious injuries and their parents were killed in yesterday’s crash.


Cultural artworks line SH1 in Kaikōura
11 Dec 2020   /

Cultural artworks line SH1 in Kaikōura

The cultural artworks along SH1 and the railway line on the Kaikōura coastline have been completed. 


Kaikōura earthquake work wins PM’s award
12 Nov 2020  

Kaikōura earthquake work wins PM’s award

The recovery and improvement of the Kaikōura transport networks have been recognised at the Public Services Commission Spirit of Service Awards.


Waiting for Auckland: Destination Kaikōura on the value of the city
26 Aug 2020  

Waiting for Auckland: Destination Kaikōura on the value of the city

With no international visitors, the value of NZ’s biggest city has grown to regional tourism.


Kaikoura Helicopters partners with Project Jonah to support wildlife
8 Jul 2020   /

Kaikoura Helicopters partners with Project Jonah to support wildlife

GCH Aviation’s Kaikoura Helicopters has partnered with marine mammal welfare organisation Project Jonah to help protect local marine wildlife.


Kaikōura transport networks to complete in December
16 Jun 2020  

Kaikōura transport networks to complete in December

Work to make transport networks around Kaikōura safer and more resilient following the November 2016 earthquake is due to be completed on 15 December.


Whale Watch secures $1.5m from assets protection programme
10 Jun 2020   /

Whale Watch secures $1.5m from assets protection programme

The funding follows the $4m announced for Tourism Holdings’ Discover Waitomo.


Govt invests $15m in regional training and education
21 May 2020   /

Govt invests $15m in regional training and education

“This will be crucial for towns such as Rotorua and Kaikoura, where the effects of Covid-19 will be particularly difficult due to loss of income from international tourism.”


Kaikōura sets up governance group to support tourism
7 May 2020   /

Kaikōura sets up governance group to support tourism

Kaikōura District Council is creating an economic recovery governance group to support tourism and come up with projects to create jobs through the Covid-19 downturn.


Covid crisis parallels 2016 earthquake – Encounter Kaikoura
6 May 2020   /

Covid crisis parallels 2016 earthquake – Encounter Kaikoura

Tourism coming to a grinding halt due to Covid-19 restrictions draws parallels to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, says tour operator Encounter Kaikōura.


Hanmer Springs GM calls on quake experience to recover
5 May 2020  

Hanmer Springs GM calls on quake experience to recover

We’ve been down this path before with Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes, says Graeme Abbot.


Kaikōura “running on empty” following tourism collapse
29 Apr 2020  

Kaikōura “running on empty” following tourism collapse

The Kaikōura District Council is running on empty, says East Coast Community Organisation, which is lobbying for the local authority to be dissolved.


Whale Watch closes to end of June, Transport World shuts doors
24 Mar 2020   /

Whale Watch closes to end of June, Transport World shuts doors

Whale Watch Kaikōura has temporarily closed and its customer service team will cancel and issue refunds for any tours booked from the March 24 to June 30.


Kaikoura freedom camping rules challenged
5 Mar 2020  

Kaikoura freedom camping rules challenged

Responsible Campers Association has lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman over Kaikoura District Council’s new freedom camping bylaw.


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.


Kaikōura accommodation village winds down
11 Feb 2020  

Kaikōura accommodation village winds down

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has re-started the sale-by-tender process for the temporary accommodation village used by crew working on the Kaikōura earthquake recovery.


Kaikōura pins hopes on Sudima in bid to join CINZ
21 Jan 2020   /

Kaikōura pins hopes on Sudima in bid to join CINZ

The town is hoping the $30m hotel will help win it recognition as a new conference destination.


Waiheke’s EcoZip expands to South Island
19 Dec 2019  

Waiheke’s EcoZip expands to South Island

Co-founder Gavin Oliver says the new venture plans to open in October 2020, creating up to 30 new jobs.


KiwiRail, NZTA win engineering award Kaikōura project
11 Nov 2019   /

KiwiRail, NZTA win engineering award Kaikōura project

KiwiRail, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance have won the Supreme Award at the Engineering NZ ENVI Awards.


Awards trifecta for KiwiRail
30 Oct 2019   /

Awards trifecta for KiwiRail

KiwiRail has been recognised for its campaign to relaunch the Coastal Pacific Great Journeys of New Zealand service following the Kaikoura earthquake.


Mackle takes Kaikoura mayoralty in cliffhanger
18 Oct 2019  

Mackle takes Kaikoura mayoralty in cliffhanger

Craig Mackle is the official new mayor of Kaikoura, squeezing out John Diver by 12 votes.


Details of Prince Charles and Camilla visit unveiled
14 Oct 2019  

Details of Prince Charles and Camilla visit unveiled

Further details of the upcoming royal visit to New Zealand by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been revealed.


KiwiRail line repair scoops international award
25 Sep 2019   /

KiwiRail line repair scoops international award

KiwiRail’s restoration of its rail line between Picton and Christchurch following the November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake has been recognised internationally.


NZTA: End in sight for Kaikōura earthquake recovery project
7 Aug 2019  

NZTA: End in sight for Kaikōura earthquake recovery project

The end is in sight for the highway and rail rebuild along SH1 north and south of Kaikōura, as well as the inland route to Waiau, says the NZ Transport Agency.


Kaikōura luxury lodge comes to market for $1.65m+
22 Jul 2019  

Kaikōura luxury lodge comes to market for $1.65m+

Boutique luxury offering Manakau Lodge in Kaikōura has been placed on the market with an asking price over $1.65m.


GCH enters whale watching with Kaikōura acquisition
9 May 2019   /

GCH enters whale watching with Kaikōura acquisition

The Christchurch-based operator will now control one of only two helicopter concessions to fly over the whale sanctuary.


Kaikōura heads Airbnb’s top trending 2019 destinations
4 Dec 2018  

Kaikōura heads Airbnb’s top trending 2019 destinations

The town “is staging a marvellous comeback” from the 2016 quake, says the home sharing service.


Gallery: The PM jumps aboard the Coastal Pacific
26 Nov 2018  

Gallery: The PM jumps aboard the Coastal Pacific

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among the dignitaries who jumped aboard Friday’s special commemorative Coastal Pacific service.


Kaikoura claws back visitor spend, guest nights two years on from quake
22 Nov 2018  

Kaikoura claws back visitor spend, guest nights two years on from quake

Two years on from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which devastated Kaikōura, the popular seaside tourism destination is well on the road to recovery with visitor spend down just 15% for the year compared with pre-quake figures.


From the Regions: Kaikōura Mayor Winston Gray
13 Nov 2018  

From the Regions: Kaikōura Mayor Winston Gray

Gray reflects on the two years since the November 14 earthquake that sealed-off his tourism-dependent town.


Whale Watch Kaikōura rewards local children post-quake
22 Aug 2018  

Whale Watch Kaikōura rewards local children post-quake

Whale Watch Kaikōura this year extended its annual offer of free tours for local preschoolers to school-children across the wider region as a way to “give back” to the local community following the November 2016 earthquake.