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Marlborough & Kaikōura


Jacqui Lloyd to depart Destination Marlborough
7 Nov 2022   /

Jacqui Lloyd to depart Destination Marlborough

She has been with the regional tourism organisation since May 2017, where she has developed and guided strategic marketing strategies to grow Marlborough’s destination profile.


…while top of the South Island tracks suffer rain damage
25 Aug 2022   /

…while top of the South Island tracks suffer rain damage

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Destination Marlborough secures $30k for travel trade promo
15 Jun 2022   /

Destination Marlborough secures $30k for travel trade promo

Destination Marlborough has received $30,000 for a one-off grant from Marlborough District Council.


Omaka to showcase 70th Cessna anniversary
23 May 2022   /

Omaka to showcase 70th Cessna anniversary

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will put on a show to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cessna 180 from 27-29 May.


Omaka Mosquito Day raises $35k for iconic aircraft
9 May 2022   /

Omaka Mosquito Day raises $35k for iconic aircraft

New Zealand Aviation Museum Trust has raised $35,000 towards the upkeep of the John Smith Mosquito, a De Havilland aircraft from WW2.


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.


Queenstown, Marlborough in freedom camping moves
15 Dec 2021   /

Queenstown, Marlborough in freedom camping moves

Queenstown Lakes District Council will vote on its proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021 tomorrow, Thursday 16 December.


Marlborough Wine and Food Festival cancelled again
9 Dec 2021   /

Marlborough Wine and Food Festival cancelled again

Organisers the Marlborough Winegrowers Association said on Wednesday that given staff shortages in the industry it did want to risk the grape harvest, which runs from February to April.


Pounamu Tourism seeks sweet success with new choc shop
7 Dec 2021   /

Pounamu Tourism seeks sweet success with new choc shop

Pounamu Tourism Group has opened what it says is “New Zealand’s most extensive collections of craft chocolate brands”. 


Marlborough to review freedom camping bylaw
16 Nov 2021  

Marlborough to review freedom camping bylaw

Marlborough District Council is reviewing its Responsible Camping Control Bylaw 2020.


Queen Charlotte Track closure impacts spending
29 Oct 2021   /

Queen Charlotte Track closure impacts spending

Stormy weather and the short-term closure of the Queen Charlotte Track impacted September spending in Marlborough.


Marlborough’s Moa Tap Room wins best beer tourism award
26 Oct 2021   /

Marlborough’s Moa Tap Room wins best beer tourism award

Moa Tap Room in Marlborough has won the beer tourism accolade at the 2021 New Zealand Beer Awards.


Marlborough park open for locals walking only
25 Aug 2021   /

Marlborough park open for locals walking only

Wither Hills Farm Park in Blenheim is open for walking at Covid-19 alert level 4 but the mountain bike park is closed.


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.


Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age
29 Apr 2021  

Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age

A law change will likely lead to an increase in wine cellar doors and vineyard visitation, says NZ Winegrowers.


Legal action launched over public access to reserve
29 Apr 2021   /

Legal action launched over public access to reserve

Public Access New Zealand has launched legal proceedings against Land Information New Zealand to allow for all-year access in the Molesworth reserve in the Marlborough region.


Hostel operator goes into liquidation
24 Feb 2021   /

Hostel operator goes into liquidation

Blenheim-based Diamond Hostel Limited has gone into liquidation.


2021 Omaka airshow to be largest in Southern Hemisphere
11 Feb 2021   /

2021 Omaka airshow to be largest in Southern Hemisphere

The Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow 2021, Marlborough’s largest multi-day event, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


Scenic departs Marlborough Convention Centre
2 Feb 2021   /

Scenic departs Marlborough Convention Centre

The Marlborough Convention Centre will now be managed by the Marlborough District Council, after Scenic Hotel Group’s lease came to an end after 13 years.


Nats pledge to support wine tourism
12 Oct 2020   /

Nats pledge to support wine tourism

National will amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act to support wine tourism if they are elected into Government.


Wine tourism drives vineyard regions boom
7 Sep 2020  

Wine tourism drives vineyard regions boom

While parts of the country struggle, wine regions are seeing record numbers through their cellar doors.


Private aviation collection to debut at Omaka
26 Aug 2020   /

Private aviation collection to debut at Omaka

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will host a once-only display compilation of the John Smith Collection at the 2021 Dangerous Skies WW2 Exhibition next Easter.


Marlborough seeks feedback on freedom camping
11 Aug 2020  

Marlborough seeks feedback on freedom camping

Marlborough District Council is seeking public submissions on the district’s Freedom Camping Bylaw.


Omaka to exhibit John Smith warbirds
15 Jul 2020   /

Omaka to exhibit John Smith warbirds

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre has been appointed guardian of the John Smith collection of warbirds.


New train tour to pump $1m+ into regional tourism – PTG
26 Jun 2020  

New train tour to pump $1m+ into regional tourism – PTG

Pounamu Tourism Group shareholders have funded the new product, which plans to launch in April 2021.


Marlborough resumes flights to main centres
14 May 2020   /

Marlborough resumes flights to main centres

Flights to and from Marlborough Airport will resume as New Zealand moves into alert level 2, says Marlborough District Council.


Queenstown, Rotorua, Marlborough flights back at alert level 2
8 May 2020   /

Queenstown, Rotorua, Marlborough flights back at alert level 2

“We’ll be strongly encouraging Kiwis to support our tourism sector and to visit friends and family,” says Air NZ’s CEO.


Leading through Crisis: Baptism of fire for Hutchins at MTC
2 Apr 2020  

Leading through Crisis: Baptism of fire for Hutchins at MTC

Abbe Hutchins took up the newly-created CEO role at Marlborough Tour Company… then the pandemic hit.


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.


Marlborough Tour Company appoints Hutchins as CEO
9 Dec 2019  

Marlborough Tour Company appoints Hutchins as CEO

Abbe Hutchins takes the helm of the fast-growing family-owned business that is putting Marlborough on the map.


MTC’s Godsiff: “We had to diversify,  we had to adapt”
6 Nov 2019  

MTC’s Godsiff: “We had to diversify, we had to adapt”

From a single boat to luxury lodges and coaches – a retiring Chris Godsiff on building Marlborough Tour Company.


It’s local elections, meet the (tourism) candidates: Barbara Faulls
30 Sep 2019  

It’s local elections, meet the (tourism) candidates: Barbara Faulls

The holiday park stalwart on why destination management is a priority for the Marlborough region.


Bluebridge to run limited ferries after Picton wharf damage
17 Jul 2019  

Bluebridge to run limited ferries after Picton wharf damage

Bluebridge is running limited servicxes after one of its ferries clipped its berth at Picton wharf attempting to dock.


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.


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.


Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights
26 Feb 2018  

Sounds Air adds additional Wellington to Blenheim flights

Sounds Air have introduced an additional four flights a week from Wellington to Blenheim.


Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer
12 Feb 2018   /

Kaikōura growth jumps as recovery gives way to “fantastic” summer

Kaikōura has made a welcome return to strong growth as the region’s recovery is underpinned by a booming tourism sector.


TNZ ramps autumn drive with new $500K Aussie campaign
31 Jan 2018   / / /

TNZ ramps autumn drive with new $500K Aussie campaign

A new $500,000 campaign that aims to increase Australian visitors to New Zealand in the autumn is set to launch next week.


Paymark: Marlborough leads spending growth into Xmas
11 Dec 2017  

Paymark: Marlborough leads spending growth into Xmas

New Zealand’s regions are leading the spending growth in the run-up to Christmas with the earthquake affected region of Marlborough, which includes Kaikoura, taking the top spot.


Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal
5 Dec 2017  

Hurunui throws weight behind Great Walk proposal

The Hurunui District Council has confirmed its support for a new Waiau Toa (Clarence)/Molesworth Great Walk to run through the Hurunui District.


Marlborough secures 400-delegate conference
6 Nov 2017   /

Marlborough secures 400-delegate conference

Marlborough has won another significant event for next year securing the New Zealand Aquaculture Conference, which will bring up to 400 delegates and inject around $344,400 into the region.


TRC: Cycle trail could generate $131m over 20 years
5 Oct 2017  

TRC: Cycle trail could generate $131m over 20 years

The Coastal Pacific Trail could generate more than $131m for the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions over the next 20 years, according to a new report.


NZSF: New ferry terminals needed to enhance tourist experience
14 Sep 2017  

NZSF: New ferry terminals needed to enhance tourist experience

Now is the time to build new ferry terminals to help enhance the experience for tourists, says the New Zealand Shipping Federation.


Emirates Team NZ puts Picton on its tour map
6 Sep 2017   /

Emirates Team NZ puts Picton on its tour map

An early evening event on the Picton foreshore is being arranged to host members of Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who are bringing the ‘Auld Mug’ south.


Key conference win for Marlborough
13 Jul 2017  

Key conference win for Marlborough

Business Events Marlborough is delighted to announce that the Apiculture New Zealand Conference and Trade Exhibition will be held in Marlborough in 2018.


Established ‘holiday highway’ motel for sale
4 Jul 2017   /

Established ‘holiday highway’ motel for sale

A busy motel on the main route between Blenheim and Christchurch has been placed on the market for sale.


Mayor welcomes destination marketing report
29 Jun 2017  

Mayor welcomes destination marketing report

Marlborough District Mayor John Leggett has welcomed the recommendations of a destination marketing review prepared for the Council.


Government to buy Marlborough motel
13 Jun 2017  

Government to buy Marlborough motel

The Government plans to buy a 17-unit motel near Blenheim and convert it to emergency housing.


Marlborough launches domestic campaign: It’s never been better
15 May 2017  

Marlborough launches domestic campaign: It’s never been better

Destination Marlborough has launched a new domestic visitor campaign to capture the attention of NZ’s city dwellers.


Former Destination Marlborough GM joins TRC Tourism 
1 May 2017   / /

Former Destination Marlborough GM joins TRC Tourism 

Former Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston has joined Australasian consultancy TRC Tourism.