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On the Job:  Changes at TCO, new deputy CEO for VT, board changes at Skyline …and more!
25 Nov 2022   /

On the Job: Changes at TCO, new deputy CEO for VT, board changes at Skyline …and more!

Industry moves for the week to 25 Nov.


Inaugural Roam Central event to celebrate southern wine…
22 Nov 2022   /

Inaugural Roam Central event to celebrate southern wine…

The four-day Roam Central food, wine and adventure festival is coming to Central Otago and the Southern Lakes from 26-29 January 2023.


Crankworx heads south for second summer series
15 Nov 2022   /

Crankworx heads south for second summer series

Cardrona, Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka are set to host the Crankworx Summer Series of mountain biking events in 2023.


Proposed Tarras airport “social licence” scrutinised
3 Nov 2022   /

Proposed Tarras airport “social licence” scrutinised

Sustainable Tarras has released its third video in a series investigating the viability of a proposed international airport at Tarras.


Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return
26 Oct 2022   /

Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return

Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.


Water park’s future confirmed
20 Oct 2022  

Water park’s future confirmed

Kiwi Water Park on Lake Dunstan has the go-ahead to operate over summer, following approval from Land Information New Zealand.


Inaugural food & wine event coming to Central Otago
17 Oct 2022   /

Inaugural food & wine event coming to Central Otago

A new food and wine event is launching next year to celebrate Central Otago winemakers, growers, and chefs.


Safety video addresses popular Lake Dunstan Trail challenges
11 Oct 2022   /

Safety video addresses popular Lake Dunstan Trail challenges

Tourism Central Otago has released a new video highlighting key safety messages along the popular new Lake Dunstan cycle trail.


Glenorchy’s Headwaters to host premium wine event
4 Oct 2022   /

Glenorchy’s Headwaters to host premium wine event

The Headwaters Eco Lodge in Glenorchy will host a two-day event showcasing premium wines and cuisine this month.


LINZ “doing its best” to provide answers for water park operator
30 Sep 2022   /

LINZ “doing its best” to provide answers for water park operator

Land Information New Zealand says it is doing its best to provide an answer to Kiwi Water Park over road safety responsibilities and requirements.


Indecision puts popular attraction at risk
29 Sep 2022   /

Indecision puts popular attraction at risk

Kiwi Water Park served 30,000 customers last summer but may not be able to return.


Waitaki Whitestone a step closer to being NZ’s first UNESCO geopark
19 Sep 2022  

Waitaki Whitestone a step closer to being NZ’s first UNESCO geopark

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is one step closer to being New Zealand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – with the final decision just eight months away.


CIAL board urged to revisit Tarras plans after CEO resigns
14 Sep 2022   /

CIAL board urged to revisit Tarras plans after CEO resigns

The departure of Christchurch International Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns could be an opportunity to reset the operator’s Central Otago project, says airport opposition group Sustainable Tarras.


Perspectives: Could a Tarras airport divert tourists from Christchurch?
9 Sep 2022   /

Perspectives: Could a Tarras airport divert tourists from Christchurch?

City ratepayers could pay twice if a new airport struggles to make profit and takes tourism from Canterbury, argues Ilan Noy from Victoria University.


Latest Tarras opposition video “opinions and assumptions” – CIAL
9 Sep 2022   /

Latest Tarras opposition video “opinions and assumptions” – CIAL

Christchurch International Airport is calling Sustainable Tarras’ claims that a proposed airport at Tarras is being hastily prepared without consultation as ‘opinions and assumptions’.


Eat.Taste.Central dishes up taste of Otago for Auckland
6 Sep 2022   /

Eat.Taste.Central dishes up taste of Otago for Auckland

Eat.Taste.Central will showcase its culinary delights in Auckland ahead of the festival’s launch this month, where a select group of guests will get a taste of Otago on their plates.


Christchurch Airport rejects Tarras greenwashing accusations
1 Sep 2022   /

Christchurch Airport rejects Tarras greenwashing accusations

Christchurch Airport has hit back at claims its Tarras airport project is greenwashing its carbon emissions reporting.


Tarras airport plans scrutinised in video series
29 Aug 2022   /

Tarras airport plans scrutinised in video series

A series of videos highlighting issues around Christchurch Airport’s plans to develop an international airport at Tarras in Central Otago has been released by Sustainable Tarras.


‘Tourism serving community’ heart of Central Otago’s 50-year vision
26 Aug 2022   /

‘Tourism serving community’ heart of Central Otago’s 50-year vision

The new DMP also charts a path towards resolving the vital issue of sustainable funding.


Eat.Taste.Central returns to Central Otago
24 Aug 2022   /

Eat.Taste.Central returns to Central Otago

Central Otago is welcoming back the annual spring Eat.Taste.Central food and beverage event for its sixth year, which runs from 23 September – 24 October.


Trust awards $405k to 25 projects
9 Aug 2022  

Trust awards $405k to 25 projects

Projects include a new Leaning Lodge hut, an upgrade of the Otago Outdoor Education Trust’s camp facility, a new rescue boat for Wānaka Yacht Club, and revegetation projects along the Otago Peninsula.


Otago Uni hospo, tourism management ranked 23rd globally
26 Jul 2022  

Otago Uni hospo, tourism management ranked 23rd globally

The University of Otago’s Hospitality and Tourism Management has been ranked 23rd worldwide and the best in New Zealand.


Employee poaching, wage pressures creating wellbeing issues for Otago operators – report
21 Jul 2022   /

Employee poaching, wage pressures creating wellbeing issues for Otago operators – report

But the new workforce plan is positive about the future as the visitor economy recovers.


Crankworx secures $8m for Rotorua, Otago events…
13 Jul 2022   /

Crankworx secures $8m for Rotorua, Otago events…

The money from the Major Events Fund will support 30 mountain bike events over the next six years.


Canterbury, Otago highway snow to clear today – NZTA
13 Jul 2022   /

Canterbury, Otago highway snow to clear today – NZTA

The last few highways still closed by Tuesday’s heavy snowfall should be opening around lunchtime or early afternoon today, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


UNESCO eyes up Waitaki geopark
4 Jul 2022  

UNESCO eyes up Waitaki geopark

Waitaki could receive a major tourism boost with UNESCO assessors now in the geopark evaluating its quality.


DOC empowered to consider more Otago cycle trails
4 Jul 2022   /

DOC empowered to consider more Otago cycle trails

The Department of Conservation has been granted additional capability to consider bicycle trail proposals across public conservation land in Otago.


Tourism Waitaki’s days numbered after new economic plan adopted
8 Jun 2022   /

Tourism Waitaki’s days numbered after new economic plan adopted

Tourism Waitaki’s days as an RTO look to be numbered after Waitaki District Council adopted its new draft economic development strategy.


Tourism Waitaki should be dissolved, new EDA created – report
2 Jun 2022   /

Tourism Waitaki should be dissolved, new EDA created – report

As well as destination marketing, Tourism Waitaki also operates the popular Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony.


Māori film fest added to Matariki Arrowtown Lights…
31 May 2022  

Māori film fest added to Matariki Arrowtown Lights…

The Matariki Arrowtown Lights programme is bringing a Māori film festival to its celebrations from 24-26 June.


Rotorua, Central Otago trails added to Great Rides network
6 May 2022   /

Rotorua, Central Otago trails added to Great Rides network

Two new cycle trails in Rotorua and Central Otago will join the Ngā Haerenga Great Rides network, the first to be added in more than a decade.


Highlands funds mental health initiative
3 Mar 2022   /

Highlands funds mental health initiative

Highlands Motorsport Park will fund a range of mental health initiatives for local Cromwell school students.


CIAL to grant $30k annually to Tarras community projects
24 Feb 2022   /

CIAL to grant $30k annually to Tarras community projects

Christchurch International Airport will make $30,000 available each year for community projects in Tarras.


Royal Albatross Centre celebrates 50 years
23 Feb 2022   /

Royal Albatross Centre celebrates 50 years

The Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Penisnsula today is celebrating 50 years since opening with a 50% discount on their tour.


Wine festival goes online
22 Feb 2022   /

Wine festival goes online

Wānaka food and wine festival Ripe will take place online on 19 March, the same day the cancelled live event was due to take place.


TCO: Central Otago tops 2021 visitor spend growth
18 Feb 2022   /

TCO: Central Otago tops 2021 visitor spend growth

Central Otago has come out on top of the list of 31 regions recording growth in total visitor spend for 2021, says Tourism Central Otago.


Four Barrels Wine Trail to close over winter
10 Feb 2022   /

Four Barrels Wine Trail to close over winter

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail in Cromwell will pause over the autumn and winter seasons and reopen in October 2022.


Govt injects $3.5m in nature programmes
28 Jan 2022   /

Govt injects $3.5m in nature programmes

Otago’s Penguin Place and The Hokonui Rūnanga Catlins Biodiversity Project will receive combined funding of around $3.5m from the government.


Otago confidence up, but tough year ahead for tourism – Westpac
27 Jan 2022   /

Otago confidence up, but tough year ahead for tourism – Westpac

Economic confidence in the Otago region jumped 10 points over the December quarter, according to the latest Westpac McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence report.


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.


TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov
25 Jan 2022   /

TECTS: Otago regions continue spending run in Nov

Regional tourism organisation areas in the wider Otago region continued to put in a better performance for domestic spending in November 2021 versus the same month a year earlier.


Final round of Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund opens
18 Jan 2022   /

Final round of Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund opens

Applications for the third and final round of the Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund are now open for events held May 2022 to February 2023.


TECTS: Otago RTOs top October spending growth
6 Dec 2021   /

TECTS: Otago RTOs top October spending growth

Otago regional tourism organisation areas have topped October 2021 domestic spending growth versus the same month a year ago


Highlands to hold cycling event for charity
19 Nov 2021   /

Highlands to hold cycling event for charity

Highlands Motorsport Park will run a cycling event on 26 March 2022 to support awareness around prostate cancer.


Otago food & wine fest Ripe returns
15 Nov 2021   /

Otago food & wine fest Ripe returns

Wānaka wine and food festival Ripe is returning after a successful inaugural year.


Facilities close for loo review
1 Nov 2021   /

Facilities close for loo review

Campers organising trips to campsites between Wanaka and Makarora over summer may need to adjust their plans, says the Department of Conservation.


Tarras might support long-haul widebody jets – report
24 Sep 2021   /

Tarras might support long-haul widebody jets – report

The airport land might support a 3km-long runway allowing large jets to land, according to an analysis from CIAL.


DMPs paint slow international tourism recovery for Dunedin…
22 Sep 2021  

DMPs paint slow international tourism recovery for Dunedin…

International visitor spend in Dunedin may not fully recover to pre-Covid levels until 2029-2030 at the earliest, according to a new report.


Southern Lakes REF approves nearly $2m for 25 events
20 Sep 2021  

Southern Lakes REF approves nearly $2m for 25 events

Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund has approved nearly $1.98m in funding for a total 25 events to be held between October 2021 and April 2023.


Eat.Taste.Central tweaked to support operators
17 Sep 2021   /

Eat.Taste.Central tweaked to support operators

The Eat.Taste.Central food and wine month in Central Otago has opened a short window for hospitality and accommodation operators to come on board.