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Hotel weekly results: Queenstown hits 2022 high
9 Dec 2022   /

Hotel weekly results: Queenstown hits 2022 high

Occupancy reaches a peak at the resort thanks to the return of its annual marathon.


Queenstown Lakes aims for carbon-zero tourism industry by 2030
24 Nov 2022  

Queenstown Lakes aims for carbon-zero tourism industry by 2030

Queenstown Lakes District is aiming to make the destination’s tourism industry the first to carbon-zero by 2030 but is yet to reveal details of how it will achieve the ambitious target.


Queenstown Marina opens, KJet anchor tenant
24 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Marina opens, KJet anchor tenant

The first stage of the $20m Queenstown Marina will officially open this week, offering 85 berths for use complemented by 17 floating buildings.


Queenstown Lakes must accept “perpetually leaner workforce” – economist
23 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Lakes must accept “perpetually leaner workforce” – economist

Businesses need to refocus investment on maintaining yield with fewer staff.


Ski lane enforcement this summer at Southern Lakes
23 Nov 2022   /

Ski lane enforcement this summer at Southern Lakes

Queenstown Lakes District Council is installing more signage and observing how people use ski lanes to protect boat users and swimmers around waterways this summer.


“At last, Covid disruption slowly dissipating” – Skyline interim profit jumps 44%
22 Nov 2022  

“At last, Covid disruption slowly dissipating” – Skyline interim profit jumps 44%

The Queenstown-based group says all of its lead indicators point to a strong summer of trading.


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.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers beat pre-Covid again…
18 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers beat pre-Covid again…

Queenstown Airport recorded 186,403 passenger movements in October 2022, up from 183,048 reported for the same month in pre-Covid 2019.


Queenstown Marathon attracts 12k athletes
18 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Marathon attracts 12k athletes

More than 12,000 athletes will converge on Queenstown for the 2022 New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Queenstown Marathon series of races this Saturday.


ZipTrek locals’ day nets $7k for charity
16 Nov 2022   /

ZipTrek locals’ day nets $7k for charity

ZipTrek Ecotours’ Locals Day annual fundraiser has raised $7,225 for Sustainable Queenstown.


Water monitoring buoys placed in southern lakes
11 Nov 2022  

Water monitoring buoys placed in southern lakes

Freshwater monitoring buoys have been deployed in lakes Wānaka and Whakatipu as part of an effort to improve water quality monitoring.


Feedback sought on Queenstown alcohol bylaws
8 Nov 2022   /

Feedback sought on Queenstown alcohol bylaws

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking early feedback about two alcohol bylaws coming up for review.


Ziptrek partnership takes mindfulness to the trees
2 Nov 2022  

Ziptrek partnership takes mindfulness to the trees

A sold-out event in Queenstown brought mindfulness, connection, nature and adventure together in a unique treehouse meditation session and zipline experience.


Virgin Australia returns to Queenstown
1 Nov 2022   /

Virgin Australia returns to Queenstown

The first Virgin Australia flights in 950 days will touch down in Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane tomorrow.


Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation

New Zealand and Australian trade and tourism ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting trans-Tasman cooperation.


Queenstown Lakes destination strategy to be revamped
28 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown Lakes destination strategy to be revamped

The draft destination management strategy for Queenstown Lakes is now moving towards its second iteration following feedback from the community.


Cardrona development to feature $10m ‘resort-like’ homestead
28 Oct 2022   /

Cardrona development to feature $10m ‘resort-like’ homestead

A $10m homestead will be a major feature of the $650m Mt Cardrona Station development and act as the heart of the alpine village.


Bee Card rolled out on Queenstown ferries
26 Oct 2022   /

Bee Card rolled out on Queenstown ferries

Queenstown public transport users will now be able to use their Bee Card to travel on ferry services from today.


Queenstown winter “one for the history books” as visitor spend beats pre-Covid
25 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown winter “one for the history books” as visitor spend beats pre-Covid

Queenstown’s winter season saw visitor expenditure exceed pre-Covid levels off the back of a strong ski season and the return of events.


Queenstown Airport first to exceed pre-pandemic levels
17 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown Airport first to exceed pre-pandemic levels

The airport has surpassed pre-pandemic levels of activity with September 2022 the breakthrough month.


RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind
17 Oct 2022   /

RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind

Lake Whakatipu’s TSS Earnslaw is turning 110-years-old and may soon have a new lease on life through a decarbonisation project.


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.


iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council
10 Oct 2022   /

iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council

The operator topped the count in his ward and says he will be ‘the voice of tourism’ on the visitor-dependent district’s council.


Destinations change mayors in sweeping local body elections
10 Oct 2022  

Destinations change mayors in sweeping local body elections

Rotorua and Queenstown are among the popular destinations that have new council leaders.


ADP: NZ guest nights reach 88% of pre-Covid
5 Oct 2022   /

ADP: NZ guest nights reach 88% of pre-Covid

A bumper ski season and the open border helps Queenstown lead occupancy in August.


DQ, LWT contribute to Queenstown quality survey
4 Oct 2022   /

DQ, LWT contribute to Queenstown quality survey

Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism have helped to develop questions on the visitor economy for Queenstown Lakes District Council’s latest Quality of Life survey.


Weekly hotel results: Queenstown dips after Snow Machine high
30 Sep 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Queenstown dips after Snow Machine high

Average weekly occupancy and ADR have slid from their winter highs at Queenstown but the October school holidays will hopefully give the resort another spring boost.


Queenstown winter visitor spend tops pre-Covid
27 Sep 2022   /

Queenstown winter visitor spend tops pre-Covid

Visitors flocked to Queenstown over winter with total expenditure for June, July and August 2022 up 20% over the same period in pre-Covid 2019.


Domestic winter passenger volumes beat pre-Covid – Queenstown Airport
23 Sep 2022   /

Domestic winter passenger volumes beat pre-Covid – Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport has reported strong passenger volumes over winter, helped by the removal of border restriction and school holidays in New Zealand and Australia.


Queenstown Airport predicts passenger recovery in FY25, slashes growth to 3.1%
22 Sep 2022  

Queenstown Airport predicts passenger recovery in FY25, slashes growth to 3.1%

QAC plans for moderate and sustainable growth, which it says is a shift in its strategy.


Queenstown Airport expands biodiversity partnership
2 Sep 2022   /

Queenstown Airport expands biodiversity partnership

Queenstown Airport is expanding its long-standing relationship with the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust to include continue a local biodiversity planting project.


Winter Pride catalyst for diversity discussions
31 Aug 2022   /

Winter Pride catalyst for diversity discussions

More than 100 senior executives from the Queenstown business community came together to discuss workplace diversity and inclusion as part of the annual Winter Pride Festival on Tuesday.


iFLY’s Matt Wong running for council
30 Aug 2022   /

iFLY’s Matt Wong running for council

iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong is running for a spot on Queenstown Lakes District Council.


Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO

Experiences must be great for visitors and the environment but also create rewarding connections for Kiwis too, says Stephen England-Hall.


ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return
29 Aug 2022   /

ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return

International guest nights across NZ increased 135% in July, with southern regions benefitting.


Millbrook Resort invests another $1m in expansion
26 Aug 2022   /

Millbrook Resort invests another $1m in expansion

Millbrook Resort is investing $1m into an expansion of its golf driving range to meet increased usage and prepare for the 2023 New Zealand Open.


Athletes converge on Queenstown for Winter Games
23 Aug 2022   /

Athletes converge on Queenstown for Winter Games

More than 400 athletes from 23 countries are expected for the annual Winter Games at Coronet Peak, beginning on Saturday.


SkyCity scraps Queenstown hotel plans, puts $18m land up for sale
22 Aug 2022   /

SkyCity scraps Queenstown hotel plans, puts $18m land up for sale

The operator abandons its proposal for a luxury hotel and new VIP casino on the banks of Lake Whakatipu.


TIA, Meta to hold digital skills workshop for operators
19 Aug 2022   /

TIA, Meta to hold digital skills workshop for operators

Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Facebook owner Meta have partnered to hold an in-person digital workshop in Queenstown.


…while Queenstown Airport restarts dividend despite profit fall
18 Aug 2022  

…while Queenstown Airport restarts dividend despite profit fall

Queenstown Airport Corporation’s profit after tax fell to $1.08m for the year to June 2022, down 34% on the previous fiscal year.


Coronet Peak kicks off 75th celebrations
18 Aug 2022   /

Coronet Peak kicks off 75th celebrations

Coronet Peak’s 75th anniversary celebrations are underway this week as the ski field puts a five-day festival of music, events, fashion and ski events for the public.


Ziptrek honoured to win sustainability award
16 Aug 2022   /

Ziptrek honoured to win sustainability award

Ziptrek Ecotours says it is honoured to have won the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s award for the New Sustainability Initiative.


Hotel RevPAR recovers to pre-Covid levels – Horwath HTL
15 Aug 2022   /

Hotel RevPAR recovers to pre-Covid levels – Horwath HTL

ADR jumps as guests fork out to secure scarce rooms in Queenstown and Te Pae helps boost demand in Christchurch.


Queenstown Airport hits 97% of pre-Covid levels
15 Aug 2022   /

Queenstown Airport hits 97% of pre-Covid levels

Strong trans-Tasman demand and the school holidays helped drive July passenger numbers.


QLDC seeks complete Wānaka landmark takeover
15 Aug 2022   /

QLDC seeks complete Wānaka landmark takeover

Queenstown Lakes District Council is making a play for the management of Mount Iron Scenic Reserve, currently under control of the Department of Conservation.


TIA teams with Meta on digital skills workshops
11 Aug 2022   /

TIA teams with Meta on digital skills workshops

Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Meta, the company behind Facebook, will run digital skills workshops in Queenstown and Rotorua in September.


Queenstown seeks economic diversification tenders
5 Aug 2022   /

Queenstown seeks economic diversification tenders

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking tenders for the implementation of its District Economic Diversification Plan.


Skyline profit tumbles, revenue rises
1 Aug 2022   /

Skyline profit tumbles, revenue rises

Skyline Enterprises has reported a pre-tax profit of $34.98m for the year to March 2022, down 51% from the $68.67m reported last year.


Final call for Queenstown Lakes operators to apply for funding
27 Jul 2022   /

Final call for Queenstown Lakes operators to apply for funding

Queenstown Lakes District Council has issued a final call for tourism businesses in the district to apply for up to $60,000 funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers jump in June
26 Jul 2022  

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers jump in June

The airport reported a 15.2% increase for the month of June compared to the same month last year.