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New hotel possible option A tourist hotel is the latest suggestion for future options for the old Maniototo Hospital building in Ranfurly. ODT
Highlands Park Raceway unveils latest high adrenalin attraction Seven Sharp’s Mike Thorpe went to Cromwell to ride the bungy-bus. TVNZ
Rail trail stalwart retires She has been pointing the handlebars in the right direction for 23 years, but now it’s time for Daphne Hull to change gear. ODT
Test puts $9.3m into city economy The recent  Bledisloe Cup test in Dunedin injected $9.3million into the city’s  economy, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd says. ODT
Camper company’s website comments ‘offensive’ A van rental company’s website likening the Government to ”Nazis” who fine freedom campers ”like crack addicts smoke crack” has sparked a complaint from a Dunedin city councillor. ODT
Warning of camping ‘mayhem’ From disgust to relief were the reactions after a Dunedin council decision to continue allowing freedom camping. ODT
Helping tourism cash in on movie locations A Dunedin tourism consultant is heading overseas to help organisations capitalise on locations that appear in major films. ODT
Making space Otago Central Rail Trail trustee Ken Gillespie and project mastermind Ian Begg finish placing the rings on a model of Saturn, near Kokonga Lodge, in the Maniototo, as part of an “interplanetary” project on the Otago Central Rail Trail. ODT
Dunedin council votes against freedom camper ban The council has shot down a proposed ban on non-self-contained freedom campers. RNZ
April 2017
Five-star hotel: up, up or away? The battle lines are well and truly drawn in the latest bid for a five-star hotel in Dunedin. ODT
Warrington inundated with freedom campers As the Dunedin City Council looks at opening up new areas for freedom camping, to ease the pressure on Warrington Domain, some local residents are begging for relief. ODT
Air New Zealand adds new jet service between Auckland and Dunedin Air New Zealand is adding a new return jet service between Dunedin and Auckland from July. The Press
Consent in for five-star hotel Consent for the 17-storey shimmering glass tower in the heart of the city has been lodged. ODT
Paradigm paralysis in paradise The tourism boom is an invitation not an invasion, Vaughn Crowther writes. ODT
Potential in tourists’ taste for wine The potential of wine tourism in Central Otago is “massive” and will be a core plank in the Central Otago Wine Association’s (COWA) new wine strategy, its president Angus Bradshaw says. ODT
Discussions on museum Alexandra’s Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery is to hold a series of public meetings to gather feedback about a proposed revamp of the facility. ODT
Central Otago summer luge track helped by $30,000 grant A summer luge track in Central Otago is a step closer with a $30,000 grant awarded to project facilitators. The Press
March 2017
Flight chaos as fog persists in Dunedin Low-lying fog is affecting air travel around the country, with flights delayed and cancelled at several airports, including Dunedin and Invercargill. ODT
Dunedin’s Baldwin Street so popular it’s a safety concern The world’s steepest street has become so popular with tourists, it is a safety risk. Radio NZ
Freedom camping bylaw to be revisited The Waitaki District Council’s freedom camping bylaw could become more ”local friendly” after a review this winter. ODT
Resources essential as tourist numbers grow The pressure on New Zealand’s tourism infrastructure needs careful managing to maintain the unique experience visitors are seeking. ODT
Electric bike use growing on trails The use of electric bikes is up in Central Otago and there is nothing lazy or untoward about it, cycle trail operators say. ODT
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean hints May budget may have freedom camping solution Middle East tourism police might carry guns but managing problematic freedom campers in New Zealand will not require such strong measures, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. Timaru Herald
Cruise bonanza for city Dunedin’s next cruise ship season is going to be a major step up on this year’s record-setting one. ODT
Opening planned for May Whitestone City will open in Oamaru this May, Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill has confirmed. ODT
Tourism continues to drive region’s service sector Otago-Southland’s performance in the service sector index is tracking above the 2016 average, buoyed by tourism operators, cafes and their suppliers. ODT
Cadbury site a ‘huge opportunity’ Informal suggestions about the future of the sprawling Cadbury site range from “hospitals to hotels”, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says. ODT
Tourists’ risky high road stops Safer stopping places are needed along Highcliff Rd, Otago Peninsula Community Board chairman Paul Pope says. ODT
Otago’s growth restrained by capacity Otago’s quarterly ranking of economic performance has slipped from top province in the country to almost middle of the pack, but only because it is at full capacity from strength in the tourism and construction sectors. Otago Daily Times
Embassy wades into ‘poo’ controversy Police are still searching for the Frenchwoman who defecated in a Dunedin street, prompting the French Embassy to ask tourists to “display good manners”. The NZ Herald
Tax the tourists, share proceeds It’s time we developed a new strategy to better cope with booming tourism. Otago Daily Times
Delayed Harbour St project nears completion The finishing touches are being made to a long-awaited $600,000 Victorian-themed Harbour St tourist attraction. Otago Daily Times
Threat to night sky view Astronomer Ian Griffin has warned Dunedin’s chances of developing lucrative dark skies tourism will be harmed by approving subdivision development. Otago Daily Times
Retiring rail boss chuffed by growth Retiring Dunedin Railways chief executive Murray Bond talks about his efforts to develop Taieri Gorge Railway and his confidence in the future of Dunedin tourism. Otago Daily Times[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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