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Nelson Tasman


Council grants $80k for access to Nelson recreation area
16 Nov 2020  

Council grants $80k for access to Nelson recreation area

The grant would allow for continued public access to the land, and as a contribution towards the staffing costs associated with managing the area.


Nelson Airport, Hihiaua Cultural Centre win architecture awards
6 Nov 2020   /

Nelson Airport, Hihiaua Cultural Centre win architecture awards

Nelson Airport’s terminal has won the Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture at the New Zealand Architecture Awards.


Eves Valley reserve recovering from fire
4 Nov 2020   /

Eves Valley reserve recovering from fire

The edges and hillslopes of the 28-hectare reserve near Nelson were burnt by the fire that spread over 2400 hectares.


No re-opening of Nelson freedom camping facility
3 Nov 2020  

No re-opening of Nelson freedom camping facility

Nelson City Council will not be reinstating its daytime facility for freedom campers this summer because fewer campers were expected.


DOC boosts protection of marine reserves
19 Oct 2020   /

DOC boosts protection of marine reserves

The Department of Conservation has appointed a new marine reserve ranger to help protect marine life in Tasman Bay’s two marine reserves.


Prawn park among latest to secure $500k STAPP grants
2 Oct 2020  

Prawn park among latest to secure $500k STAPP grants

Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell, Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Limited, and Huka Prawn Park near Taupō are the latest attractions to have secured Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme funding.


Nelson Tasman launches Adventure Challenge
23 Sep 2020  

Nelson Tasman launches Adventure Challenge

Nelson Regional Development Agency is launching the Nelson Tasman Adventure Challenge, as part of the next phase of its We’ve Got This campaign.


Lack of tourists keeps Nelson down – ASB
16 Sep 2020  

Lack of tourists keeps Nelson down – ASB

Lack of tourists and weak retail has kept Nelson at the bottom of the bank’s latest regional rankings.


$20m boost for Golden Bay port revamp
4 Sep 2020   /

$20m boost for Golden Bay port revamp

The Government will invest up to $20m to redevelop Golden Bay’s Port Tarakohe.


Challenges remain but bolder future awaits – NRDA’s Purcell
23 Jul 2020   /

Challenges remain but bolder future awaits – NRDA’s Purcell

The region’s revival will be driven by a clearer sense of direction, says NRDA’s visitor destination manager.


Nelson Tasman unveils ‘We’ve got this’ campaign
21 Jul 2020   /

Nelson Tasman unveils ‘We’ve got this’ campaign

Nelson Tasman locals are being urged to take part in a new marketing campaign designed to help the region’s economic recovery following the fallout of Covid-19.


Nelson offers further financial relief to businesses
21 Jul 2020  

Nelson offers further financial relief to businesses

Nelson City Council is providing further financial support to local businesses and community groups to help encourage Nelson’s economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19.


GCH Aviation adds Tasman Helicopters to the fold
16 Jul 2020   /

GCH Aviation adds Tasman Helicopters to the fold

Christchurch-headquartered group continues its tourism expansion drive with the purchase of Nelson’s Tasman Helicopters.


Rotorua overtakes Queenstown on travellers’ wishlists – survey
17 Jun 2020   /

Rotorua overtakes Queenstown on travellers’ wishlists – survey

Rotorua has overtaken Queenstown as the destination of choice for travellers, according to a new survey from NZ Pocket Guide.


Cruise ship wharf work extended at Nelson
15 Jun 2020   /

Cruise ship wharf work extended at Nelson

The $20m redevelopment project of the Main Wharf North for cruise vessels will be extended by four weeks, says Port Nelson.


Nelson Tasman locals support visitor sector – survey
11 Jun 2020   /

Nelson Tasman locals support visitor sector – survey

Nelson Tasman locals strongly support the visitor sector and have a keen desire to explore the region themselves, a recent survey from Nelson Regional Development Agency shows.


Missing Kahurangi trampers found alive
28 May 2020   /

Missing Kahurangi trampers found alive

The two missing trampers in the Kahurangi National Park have been found alive after 18 days.


Search continues for missing Kahurangi trampers
20 May 2020   /

Search continues for missing Kahurangi trampers

The search continues this morning for two missing trampers who failed to return from the Kahurangi National Park.


Originair to resume services, donates to Salvation Army
19 May 2020  

Originair to resume services, donates to Salvation Army

Originair will resume its flight schedule on the Nelson–Palmerston North and Nelson–Wellington routes from 29 May 2020.


Nelson announces rent holiday for tourism, hospo tenants
2 Apr 2020  

Nelson announces rent holiday for tourism, hospo tenants

Nelson City Council has announced a three month rent holiday for its tourism and hospitality tenants.


Regions shut mountain bike trails
30 Mar 2020   / /

Regions shut mountain bike trails

Nelson City Council is closing its reserves with mountain bike trails during the Covid-19 shutdown.


Kayaking fatality named
18 Mar 2020  

Kayaking fatality named

Police have named the man who died in a kayaking incident in Tasman Bay on March 12.


DOC launches ‘poo in a loo’ campaign at Abel Tasman
4 Feb 2020   /

DOC launches ‘poo in a loo’ campaign at Abel Tasman

The Department of Conservation has installed new signs along the Tasman National Park track to encourage hikers to use toilets.


Double cruise visit a first for Nelson
27 Jan 2020  

Double cruise visit a first for Nelson

The cruise season is in full swing in Nelson with two vessels arriving simultaneously yesterday in what Port Nelson said was a first for the region.


New Nelson – Wellington flights to boost business
20 Jan 2020  

New Nelson – Wellington flights to boost business

Tasman businesses will be boosted by a new Wellington – Nelson service launched by Originair, says a local business association.


New Tasman ecosanctuary opens
20 Jan 2020  

New Tasman ecosanctuary opens

A new ecosanctuary with a predator-proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell has been opened.


Locals express concern over Tasman freedom camping
15 Jan 2020  

Locals express concern over Tasman freedom camping

Local residents and iwi have expressed concerns to the Tasman District Council Council relating to pollution and health and safety at the Waitapu Bridge freedom camping site.


NRDA’s Mark Rawson on making the move into destination management
18 Dec 2019  

NRDA’s Mark Rawson on making the move into destination management

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DOC assessing routes following heavy rains
17 Dec 2019   /

DOC assessing routes following heavy rains

The Department of Conservation is assessing the future of foot access to Ball Hut and the Tasman Glacier after torrential rainfall. 


Air NZ debuts new regional lounge at Nelson Airport
13 Dec 2019   /

Air NZ debuts new regional lounge at Nelson Airport

Air New Zealand has opened a new regional lounge in Nelson.


New $32m Nelson Airport terminal opens for business
21 Oct 2019  

New $32m Nelson Airport terminal opens for business

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern officially opened the new $32m terminal at Nelson Airport on Saturday.


New terminal at Nelson Airport to open
16 Oct 2019  

New terminal at Nelson Airport to open

The newly completed terminal at Nelson Airport is set to welcome passengers come 22 October.


B&B Association crowns 2019 award winners
6 Jun 2019  

B&B Association crowns 2019 award winners

Kaiteriteri’s Bellbird Lodge has won the Supreme Bed & Breakfast Business of the Year at the 2019 awards supported by the B&B Association New Zealand and Vision Insurance.


INFLITE snaps up jump sites, operators in southern spree
10 May 2019   /

INFLITE snaps up jump sites, operators in southern spree

More staff and aircraft planned as the Auckland-based business expands its skydiving and scenic flight interests.


DOC reassures operators affected by Kahurangi expansion
14 Mar 2019   /

DOC reassures operators affected by Kahurangi expansion

New recreational activities will also be considered in a review of the park’s management plan.


Operators, NRDA elated at Kahurangi National Park expansion…
13 Mar 2019   /

Operators, NRDA elated at Kahurangi National Park expansion…

The expansion of Kahurangi National Park will help protect the added land for generations of visitors to come, say operators in the region.


…but a note of caution from one part of industry
13 Mar 2019   /

…but a note of caution from one part of industry

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Nelson fires hit cycle operators hardest
11 Feb 2019   /

Nelson fires hit cycle operators hardest

“We’re hemorrhaging money”, says a local operator as firefighters battle to contain the 2,300 hectare blaze.


Police host NZ-first canyon rescue workshop
28 Nov 2018  

Police host NZ-first canyon rescue workshop

Nelson Police have hosted New Zealand’s first scenario-based canyon Search and Rescue as the popularity of the sport grows with both locals and visitors.


Watch: Inaugural Lift Off Abel Tasman gets region glowing
23 Oct 2018  

Watch: Inaugural Lift Off Abel Tasman gets region glowing

More than 10,000 people flocked to the inaugural two-day Lift Off Abel Tasman festival held over the long weekend.


Fears fly fishing tour operators risk “annihilation”
17 Oct 2018   /

Fears fly fishing tour operators risk “annihilation”

The owner of luxury fishing operation Owen River Lodge has said his business and others like it will be “annihilated” if a Green Party bill seeking to better protect indigenous freshwater fish is passed in its current form.


Rotorua and Nelson Tasman to star in Royal Tour
5 Oct 2018   /

Rotorua and Nelson Tasman to star in Royal Tour

Tourism and conservation attractions in Rotorua and Nelson Tasman are gearing up for a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the end of the month.


Operator scraps use of Robinson R44s following fatality
1 Aug 2018  

Operator scraps use of Robinson R44s following fatality

Owen River Lodge will no longer use the helicopters following the death of Wanaka pilot Matt Wallis.


Gisborne, Tasman top regional tourism spend
27 Jul 2018   /

Gisborne, Tasman top regional tourism spend

Regional spend grew over the year to June despite a drop in international expenditure, says MBIE.


Top of the south spending booms as central North Island stutters
29 Jun 2018   /

Top of the south spending booms as central North Island stutters

The Nelson Regional Development Agency reported a 38% increase in international tourism spend in May reaching $42m compared to the same month last year.


International visitor fees doubled on four Great Walks
2 Jun 2018   /

International visitor fees doubled on four Great Walks

Foreign tourists will soon have to pay up to $140 per night to stay at some huts along the country’s Great Walks.


Owen River Lodge goes gold
3 May 2018  

Owen River Lodge goes gold

Owen River Lodge in Murchison has attained Qualmark’s Luxury Lodge certification and a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.


Get To Extraordinary Golden Bay
24 Apr 2018   /

Get To Extraordinary Golden Bay

Nelson Tasman locals and people from all around New Zealand have a deep love for Takaka and Golden Bay, and it’s easy to see why.                          


Auckland secures APAIE event, around 2000 visitors expected at NZICC
29 Mar 2018  

Auckland secures APAIE event, around 2000 visitors expected at NZICC

Auckland has won its bid to host the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition, which will bring around 2000 delegates to the city in 2021.


TIA: Access Golden Bay relief fund to prompt more support
16 Mar 2018  

TIA: Access Golden Bay relief fund to prompt more support

Golden Bay tourism businesses suffering in the aftermath of ex-Cyclone Gita have been urged to apply to the government’s new relief fund in order to prompt more support.