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NZ Tourism Awards: A unique offer blends history, culture, education and environment
4 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: A unique offer blends history, culture, education and environment

In a series of profiles leading up to next Thursday’s event, the Ticker talks to Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park, a finalist in the Māori Tourism Award.


Staff sought for Northland attractions, hospo
3 Nov 2022   /

Staff sought for Northland attractions, hospo

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is seeking permanent, fixed term and casual staff at some of Northland’s premium heritage places over summer.


Northland campaign encourages visitors to explore F&B delights
18 Oct 2022   /

Northland campaign encourages visitors to explore F&B delights

Northland Inc has launched a food and beverage marketing campaign enticing visitors to explore the region’s hospitality and indulge in “Long Lunching, Northland Style”.


Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration
17 Oct 2022   /

Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration

Historic battle site Te Pakanga o Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe in Northland has opened to the public after a $1.79m restoration project.


Northland shored up for return of cruise
14 Oct 2022  

Northland shored up for return of cruise

Taitokerau Northland businesses are preparing to welcome the first cruise ship back to the Bay of Islands on Monday.


Govt invests $32m in kauri protection
3 Oct 2022  

Govt invests $32m in kauri protection

The government is investing $32m into a plan to protect kauri in the country’s northern forests from dieback disease.


Northland Inc, Te Hiringa Trust join RBP Network
28 Sep 2022  

Northland Inc, Te Hiringa Trust join RBP Network

Northland Inc and Te Hiringa Trust have successfully won a tender to deliver business support services through the Regional Business Partner Network.


Third round of Northland events fund to open
14 Sep 2022   /

Third round of Northland events fund to open

The Northland Regional Events Fund will soon take applications for its third round in October 2022, aimed at supporting events that drive visitation to the region.


DOC seeks reports of rare Northland Hector’s dolphin sightings
7 Sep 2022   /

DOC seeks reports of rare Northland Hector’s dolphin sightings

A Hector’s dolphin has been spotted off the coastline around Northland and Auckland and the Department of Conservation is urging people in the area to report any sightings.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds development showcased
1 Sep 2022  

Waitangi Treaty Grounds development showcased

Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi is opening its upstairs exhibitions gallery for a look inside the history of building and maintenance works at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds since 1934.


Hundertwasser attracts 40k visitors, 70% from outside Northland
18 Jul 2022   /

Hundertwasser attracts 40k visitors, 70% from outside Northland

The attraction is proving a boon five months after opening, enticing visitors to spend more time in the region.


Waitangi venue operator wins $30k grant
14 Jul 2022   /

Waitangi venue operator wins $30k grant

Waitangi operator Baylys’ Farm’s wedding and event venue has won a $30,000 grant from Top Energy’s Business Development Fund.


New operator creates ‘Unforgettable Fun’ for visitors
8 Jul 2022   /

New operator creates ‘Unforgettable Fun’ for visitors

With a focus on having a laugh, a new venture aims to leave guests smiling.


Kaipara reserve upgrades receive TIF funding
4 Jul 2022  

Kaipara reserve upgrades receive TIF funding

Kaipara District Council has received $537,860 for upgrades to a reserve, two carparks and public toilets as part of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.


Music festival draws thousands to Kaitaia
26 May 2022  

Music festival draws thousands to Kaitaia

More than 3,500 people converged on Northland to attend the sold-out Ngāti Kuri #HīkoiTo100 Music Festival in Awanui, Kaitaia.


Auckland, Northland transport projects hit milestones
16 May 2022   /

Auckland, Northland transport projects hit milestones

The tender process has begun for two major Auckland projects: Auckland Light Rail and the Additional Waitematā Harbour Connections.


Northland Inc, Air NZ partner to enhance traveller experience
11 May 2022   /

Northland Inc, Air NZ partner to enhance traveller experience

Northland Inc has partnered with Air New Zealand to provide an online tool to encourage visitors to the Taitokerau Northland region, hosted on the Air New Zealand website.


Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO
4 May 2022   /

Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO

Linton is currently Callaghan Innovation’s chief innovation expertise officer.


NZ’s first destination management hui launches
2 May 2022   /

NZ’s first destination management hui launches

The country’s first destination management event has started at Waitangi, Bay of Islands, with formulating strategy the theme of the inaugural residential wānanga.


Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary marks Easter grand opening
6 Apr 2022  

Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary marks Easter grand opening

Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April.


Northland urges govt to extend $49m Kick-start Fund
29 Mar 2022   /

Northland urges govt to extend $49m Kick-start Fund

Taitokerau Northland leaders are calling on Tourism Minister Stuart Nash to extend the $49m Tourism Kick-start Fund to support hard-hit tourism and hospitality in the region.


New tourism assets transforming Northland into cultural destination
3 Mar 2022   /

New tourism assets transforming Northland into cultural destination

The region can become a major showcase for NZ culture, says Northland Inc’s Tania Burt.


“A giant has fallen” – tourism pays tribute to Jeroen Jongejans
23 Feb 2022  

“A giant has fallen” – tourism pays tribute to Jeroen Jongejans

He will be remembered for his infectious enthusiasm, tireless advocacy, and his pioneering work with Dive! Tutukaka.


Dive! Tutukaka’s Jeroen Jongejans passes
23 Feb 2022  

Dive! Tutukaka’s Jeroen Jongejans passes

The tourism industry stalwart and award-winning advocate died unexpectedly on Monday evening.


$33m Hundertwasser Art Centre opens
21 Feb 2022   /

$33m Hundertwasser Art Centre opens

The $33.2m Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery opened doors in Whangarei on Sunday.


“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.


“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced” – Hundertwasser centre’s CEO on opening
17 Feb 2022   /

“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced” – Hundertwasser centre’s CEO on opening

The new Northland attraction will still open this weekend despite the Omicron wave.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins business award
17 Feb 2022   /

Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins business award

Waitangi Treaty Grounds has won the Northland Business Excellence EMA Best Not for Profit Award.


Kauri Museum on track with rebuild, eyes research tie
9 Feb 2022  

Kauri Museum on track with rebuild, eyes research tie

The Kauri Museum at Matakohe expects three out of four of the projects funded by a $3m Provincial Growth Fund grant to be complete by Labour Day.


Omicron Wave: How operators are preparing
2 Feb 2022  

Omicron Wave: How operators are preparing

Tourism businesses are getting ready in a number of ways, and for Auckland Seaplanes, it was just in time.


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.


Domestic cruise plots course through Covid’s choppy waters
26 Jan 2022  

Domestic cruise plots course through Covid’s choppy waters

Cruising in NZ waters has been well supported over summer but there are clouds on the horizon, say operators.


Waitangi loses out on 40k visitors as Omicron spurs event cancellations
25 Jan 2022   /

Waitangi loses out on 40k visitors as Omicron spurs event cancellations

Waitangi Day commemorations will be closed to the public but other major events are cancelled.


Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs
25 Jan 2022  

Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs

Bookings for accommodation on the Bachcare platform for the month of January are 17% higher than at the same point in 2020, the company says.


Move to orange relief for Northland hospo, accom
21 Jan 2022  

Move to orange relief for Northland hospo, accom

Northland’s move to the orange traffic light system overnight will be welcome relief to hospitality and accommodation venues across the region.


Tutukaka operator hopes to re-open after waves damage marina
17 Jan 2022   /

Tutukaka operator hopes to re-open after waves damage marina

The surge of waves that hit Northland on Saturday night has affected the berths of around 40 boats at the Tutukaka marina but one tourism operator managed to escape direct damage.


Mixed tourism performance for Auckland’s regional neighbours…
17 Jan 2022   /

Mixed tourism performance for Auckland’s regional neighbours…

Tourism businesses within a few hours drive of Auckland are saying better late than never, and hoping for the increase in traffic to continue as long as possible after the visitor drought in the second half of 2021.


This time may be different – hoteliers say no rush of Aucklanders
16 Dec 2021   /

This time may be different – hoteliers say no rush of Aucklanders

The tsunami of Aucklanders that typified the end of previous lockdowns is yet to appear, say hoteliers.


Northland Inc’s Tania Burt: The challenges keep coming, but progress has been made
16 Dec 2021   /

Northland Inc’s Tania Burt: The challenges keep coming, but progress has been made

The challenges keep coming for Te Tai Tokerau Northland but progress has been made with more to come in 2022, says Tania Burt, Northland Inc’s GM of destination.


We’re open for business but disadvantaged at red – Northland Inc’s Tania Burt
14 Dec 2021  

We’re open for business but disadvantaged at red – Northland Inc’s Tania Burt

Northland tourism and hospitality businesses want the rest of New Zealand to know that they are still open for business.


Smooth, steady, slow start for operators under traffic light system
7 Dec 2021   /

Smooth, steady, slow start for operators under traffic light system

The only thing really missing, particularly in Auckland and Northland, is customers.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds aims for larger profile as NZ evolves
7 Dec 2021   /

Waitangi Treaty Grounds aims for larger profile as NZ evolves

Waitangi Treaty Grounds occupies a unique space in the nation’s psyche and its profile as a tourism destination is slowly changing.


New dolphin calf spotted in Bay of Islands
7 Dec 2021   /

New dolphin calf spotted in Bay of Islands

A new calf has been born in the bottlenose dolphin pod that frequents the Bay of Islands, just ahead of the implementation of a new marine sanctuary in the area.


Visitors vital to regional economy – Northland Inc
6 Dec 2021  

Visitors vital to regional economy – Northland Inc

Visitors to Northland over the holiday period will be critical to the future and wellbeing of the entire region, says Northland Inc chair Nicole Anderson.


ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops
29 Nov 2021   /

ADP: Occupancy in October lifts off lows with Hawke’s Bay tops

The occupancy rate for the year to October was 39%, with 94% coming from domestic guest nights.


Northland operator eyes rebound for its Covid-safe offerings
19 Nov 2021   /

Northland operator eyes rebound for its Covid-safe offerings

Kiwi North could be one of the earlier operators to see more custom in the post-lockdown era, says director Allie Fry.


Bay of Islands marine sanctuary to launch, limits approach to 300m
18 Nov 2021   /

Bay of Islands marine sanctuary to launch, limits approach to 300m

A marine mammal sanctuary to protect declining numbers of bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Island will come into force on 15 December.


Northland Inc CEO Murray Reade resigns
16 Nov 2021   /

Northland Inc CEO Murray Reade resigns

Northland Inc chief executive Murray Reade has resigned after more than two years at Te Tai Tokerau’s regional economic development and destination marketing agency.


Auckland to move to level 3.2, Far North to level 2
8 Nov 2021  

Auckland to move to level 3.2, Far North to level 2

Restrictions will ease for Auckland from midnight Tuesday allowing some attractions and retail to open.


Far North braces for tougher tourist drought, hopes for Auckland movement
3 Nov 2021   /

Far North braces for tougher tourist drought, hopes for Auckland movement

Operators now at level 3 say they have seen little business since Delta lockdowns started.