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CPG Hotels acquires Rendezvous for Fable brand
15 Oct 2021  

CPG Hotels acquires Rendezvous for Fable brand

The Pandey family’s hotel group has snapped up the Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch.


Staffing the main challenge when NZ re-opens – Park Hyatt’s Sweetman
14 Oct 2021   /

Staffing the main challenge when NZ re-opens – Park Hyatt’s Sweetman

Visitors are itching to come to New Zealand, particularly in the luxury leisure market, says the hotel’s GM.


New GM for rebranded Woodhouse Mountain Lodge
12 Oct 2021   /

New GM for rebranded Woodhouse Mountain Lodge

Capstone Hotel Management has hired Joshua Thomas to be general manager of the newly rebranded Woodhouse Mountain Lodge at Matakana.


Luxury Lodges launches villa category with eye on 2022
28 Sep 2021  

Luxury Lodges launches villa category with eye on 2022

Luxury Lodges of New Zealand has launched an exclusive new collection of stays named the Luxury Villas of New Zealand.


…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale
27 Sep 2021  

…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale

An iconic Taupō tourist attraction selected less than a year ago by the government as a strategic asset worthy of a $500,000 grant is now on the market.


Capstone adds Matakana Coast lodge to portfolio
17 Aug 2021  

Capstone adds Matakana Coast lodge to portfolio

Capstone Hotel Management has added Woodhouse Mountain Lodge near Warkworth on the Matakana Coast to its management portfolio, effective from 1 September.


Mackenzie lodge wins first Dark Sky Friendly status
12 Aug 2021   /

Mackenzie lodge wins first Dark Sky Friendly status

Lakestone Lodge at Lake Pukaki has been awarded the first Dark Sky Friendly status in the region by the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve board.


Skyline’s big gain on Dunedin Leisure Lodge sale
4 Aug 2021  

Skyline’s big gain on Dunedin Leisure Lodge sale

It’s now clear why SkyCity said ‘yes’ to the unsolicited offer from Distinction Hotel Group.


Hanmer Springs luxury lodge for sale
3 Aug 2021  

Hanmer Springs luxury lodge for sale

The St James Premium Accommodation in Hanmer Springs has been put up for sale.


‘Survival mode’ Kohutapu Lodge celebrates first graduates
19 Jul 2021   /

‘Survival mode’ Kohutapu Lodge celebrates first graduates

A focus on community values drives the award-winning operator’s vision for tourism.


New SkyScape accom taps into ‘access citizen’ population
29 Apr 2021   /

New SkyScape accom taps into ‘access citizen’ population

Boutique accommodation provider SkyScape has opened its first fully accessible luxury ‘mountain huts’ in the Mackenzie 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%.


Ruapehu secures first Qualmark Gold for 5-star accom
23 Feb 2021   /

Ruapehu secures first Qualmark Gold for 5-star accom

Nightsky Cottage, part of Tongariro Suites in Ruapehu, has become the first 5-star accommodation in Ruapehu to receive Qualmark’s Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.


New TV series showcases luxury tourism sector
18 Feb 2021  

New TV series showcases luxury tourism sector

A new television series highlighting many of the country’s top luxury accommodation offerings has started on TV One.


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.


KSL gets green light for Huka Lodge acquisition
29 Jan 2021   /

KSL gets green light for Huka Lodge acquisition

The iconic lodge will join the US private equity firm’s Australian subsidiary, luxury operator Baillie Lodges.


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.


Queenstown wins big at 2020 World Travel Awards
16 Nov 2020  

Queenstown wins big at 2020 World Travel Awards

Queenstown has been named Oceania’s Leading City Destination at the 27th Annual World Travel Awards.


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.


Luxury lodge comes to market
28 Oct 2020  

Luxury lodge comes to market

The Kourawhero Mountain Lodge has been placed on the market for sale.


Ultra-luxury hit hardest by loss of big spenders
27 Oct 2020  

Ultra-luxury hit hardest by loss of big spenders

However, operators just under the very top end say they are doing better than expected.


Scenic’s eco-luxury hotel to reopen ‘reimagined’
14 Oct 2020   /

Scenic’s eco-luxury hotel to reopen ‘reimagined’

Scenic Hotel Group’s Te Waonui Forest Retreat at Franz Josef will re-open on 1 November 2020.


Lodge named best regional resort in global awards
13 Oct 2020  

Lodge named best regional resort in global awards

Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown has been named the top resort in the Condé Nast Traveler Australia and The South Pacific: Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.


Would you like a Porsche with that?
22 Sep 2020   /

Would you like a Porsche with that?

South Island luxury fly fishing retreat Owen River Lodge is offering guests the use of a Porsche Boxster S. 


Capstone: More luxury deals to follow Waiheke contract
6 Aug 2020   /

Capstone: More luxury deals to follow Waiheke contract

The NZ-owned hotel management firm has secured its 11th property – Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island.


CPG Hotels unveils new luxury brand
29 Jul 2020   /

CPG Hotels unveils new luxury brand

Six existing CPG properties in Auckland, Picton, and Dunedin would be refurbished and re-emerge under the Fable masthead within two years


CPG bets $100m on luxury to drive post-Covid recovery
9 Jul 2020   /

CPG bets $100m on luxury to drive post-Covid recovery

The hotel group says it will fill the five-star segment with a distinctly Kiwi brand to help drive demand.


Perspectives: Supporting luxury operators isn’t cheap, but it is worth it
5 Jun 2020   /

Perspectives: Supporting luxury operators isn’t cheap, but it is worth it

Industry has to convince Kiwis our best experiences are worth the price, writes the Ticker’s Shannon Williams.


Luxperience annual conference goes virtual
5 Jun 2020   /

Luxperience annual conference goes virtual

The virtual event would allow luxury travel businesses and tourism destinations to stay connected with key decision makers and qualified travel buyers.


Kiwis to get experiences reserved for global elite – luxury operator
1 May 2020   /

Kiwis to get experiences reserved for global elite – luxury operator

New Zealanders will soon be able to enjoy high-end tourism experiences that are usually reserved for the global elite, says a luxury operator.


Touch of Spice’s Jacqui Spice on refining luxury’s USP for recovery
21 Apr 2020  

Touch of Spice’s Jacqui Spice on refining luxury’s USP for recovery

Luxury pricing is being reconfigured for a domestic market, says MD Jacqui Spice.


Julian Robertson’s plans for new ‘super luxury’ Waiheke lodge
19 Feb 2020  

Julian Robertson’s plans for new ‘super luxury’ Waiheke lodge

The US billionaire has applied for consent to cater for up to 40 guests in 16 villas.


Auckland heliport closure blow to premium market – operators
23 Jan 2020   /

Auckland heliport closure blow to premium market – operators

Luxury aviation operators say they are being abandoned by Auckland Airport.


An Operator’s View: Alpine Luxury Tours’ Lee Saunders
17 Jan 2020  

An Operator’s View: Alpine Luxury Tours’ Lee Saunders

The operator on the rapid growth of premium, how that market wants something different, and the value of sustainable growth.  


Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa opens
18 Dec 2019  

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa opens

Gibbston Valley Winery in Central Otago has opened its new lodge and spa. 


Scenic Hotel Group launches luxury Legacy Collection
6 Nov 2019   /

Scenic Hotel Group launches luxury Legacy Collection

Scenic Hotel Group has launched a new Legacy Collection offering for its premium properties.


Minaret Station flies the flag to win American Airlines awards
29 Aug 2019  

Minaret Station flies the flag to win American Airlines awards

Wanaka’s luxury lodge, Minaret Station, has beaten off international competition to be named Best Sporting Resort in American Airlines’ annual Platinum List Awards.


An Operator’s View: Touch of Spice’s Jacqui Spice
23 Aug 2019  

An Operator’s View: Touch of Spice’s Jacqui Spice

Touch of Spice’s founder and MD on the growth of luxury, how the market is holding up, and the need for better recognition of tourism’s value.


Exec reshuffle signals further growth at Touch of Spice
30 Jul 2019   /

Exec reshuffle signals further growth at Touch of Spice

Luxury travel company, Touch of Spice, is positioning itself further growth undertaking an executive reshuffle which sees founder and chief executive, Jacqui Spice, move into a managing director role.


Millbrook Resort founder Eiichi Ishii dies
26 Jul 2019  

Millbrook Resort founder Eiichi Ishii dies

Eiichi Ishii, the founder of Queenstown’s Millbrook Resort, has died in Tokyo following a short illness.


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.


An Operator’s View: OneNineFive’s Greg Norris
12 Jul 2019  

An Operator’s View: OneNineFive’s Greg Norris

The premium experience tour operator on building a new brand and running NZ’s first Pure Pursuits event.


Airbnb Luxe launches in NZ with southern luxury offerings
27 Jun 2019  

Airbnb Luxe launches in NZ with southern luxury offerings

Airbnb has launched its luxury offering in New Zealand with 14 properties listed.


SKYCITY gets go-ahead for trophy Queenstown site purchase
7 Jun 2019   /

SKYCITY gets go-ahead for trophy Queenstown site purchase

The OIO has granted consent for the operator’s $16m acquisition of the lakeside development property.


MTC makes multi-million dollar move following Burkhart buy-in
29 Nov 2018  

MTC makes multi-million dollar move following Burkhart buy-in

The operator says it wants to “make the province sing” with its purchase of two iconic lodges.


First Look: Goodbye Aspen Hotel, hello Kamana Lakehouse
28 Nov 2018   /

First Look: Goodbye Aspen Hotel, hello Kamana Lakehouse

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GSLH launches $1500pp Greenstone Experience
27 Nov 2018  

GSLH launches $1500pp Greenstone Experience

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters has launched a premium $1500 per person overnight product at Greenstone Valley, west Otago.


VUW Luxury Symposium: ‘Value’ now central to luxury market
8 Nov 2018  

VUW Luxury Symposium: ‘Value’ now central to luxury market

The concept of value is central to the luxury accommodation market even when customer are spending eye-watering amounts of money, according to Auckland University of Technology senior lecturer Dr Tracy Harkison.


VUW Luxury Symposium: Airbnb challenging hotels on experience design
7 Nov 2018   /

VUW Luxury Symposium: Airbnb challenging hotels on experience design

Hotels have been slow to pick up on the emerging trend of “experience design” which has resulted in Airbnb stealing a march, according to one of the world’s leading authorities in hotel revenue management.


VUW Luxury Symposium: “Find your truth” in a commoditised market
7 Nov 2018  

VUW Luxury Symposium: “Find your truth” in a commoditised market

The commoditisation of the luxury travel and tourism market presents an opportunity for New Zealand product, according to Tourism Futures expert Dr Ian Yeoman.