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Southland & Stewart Island


Southlanders canvassed for their views on tourism
23 Nov 2022   /

Southlanders canvassed for their views on tourism

Great South has launched an online survey seeking community feedback from residents about their views on tourism.


Southland music conference a boost for local tourism
21 Oct 2022  

Southland music conference a boost for local tourism

SIT research manager Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen says some delegates have chosen to extend their visit to explore the south.


$52m The Langlands Hotel officially opens
30 Sep 2022  

$52m The Langlands Hotel officially opens

Invercargill’s 4.5-star The Langlands Hotel has been officially opened.


Invercargill – Auckland jet service project wins airport award
31 Aug 2022   /

Invercargill – Auckland jet service project wins airport award

Invercargill Airport Limited has picked up the Community Engagement Initiative of the Year at the 2021 New Zealand Airport Awards.


International students return to South Island
30 Aug 2022  

International students return to South Island

Southland and Nelson-Marlborough are welcoming back international students after more than two and a half years.


TECNZ picks Rotorua 2023, Invercargill 2024 for conferences
19 Aug 2022   /

TECNZ picks Rotorua 2023, Invercargill 2024 for conferences

Rotorua and Invercargill will host the next two Tourism Export Council of New Zealand annual conferences.


Great South appoints new CEO
27 Jul 2022   /

Great South appoints new CEO

Great South has appointed Chami Abeysinghe its new chief executive to fill the vacancy left by the sudden death of Graham Budd.


Predator-free Rakiura “major drawcard for tourism” – F&B
7 Jul 2022   /

Predator-free Rakiura “major drawcard for tourism” – F&B

A “game-changing” project to investigate how to rid pests and predators from Rakiura/Stewart Island will receive $2.8m over four years.


Stewart Island track renamed to honour Queen
7 Jun 2022   /

Stewart Island track renamed to honour Queen

A 58-metre walk on Rakiura, Stewart Island has been renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.


DOC consults operators for island pest plan
2 Jun 2022   /

DOC consults operators for island pest plan

The Department of Conservation is consulting with tourism operators, iwi, community and landowners to tackle pest management on Ulva Island.


Invercargill revamp to become “highly desirable city”
23 May 2022  

Invercargill revamp to become “highly desirable city”

Invercargill is on track to be a “highly desirable city to visit and settle down in”, according to the group behind a drive to rejuvenate the city and the wider Southland region.


Great South appoints Bluff tourism plan lead
29 Mar 2022   /

Great South appoints Bluff tourism plan lead

Great South has contracted Bluff Community Board member Tammi Topi to lead the Bluff Motupōhue 2020 Tourism Master Plan.


New seal, dolphin swimming venture proposed
26 Jan 2022  

New seal, dolphin swimming venture proposed

Pure Salt NZ has applied for a permit to operate commercial marine mammal viewing at Fiordland, Foveaux Strait, and Stewart Island.


…but NZ islands from sub-tropical to windswept as popular as ever
18 Jan 2022   /

…but NZ islands from sub-tropical to windswept as popular as ever

‘Overseas’ destinations around the country are continuing to see large numbers of visitors seeking a taste of exoticism, seclusion and yesteryear, according to local operators.


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.


Southland food tourism mecca mooted
8 Dec 2021   /

Southland food tourism mecca mooted

Southland could become a hotbed of food activity under new plans to transform the regional home of Bluff Oysters into a food tourism mecca.


2022 Southland A&P cancels, Wānaka good to go
26 Nov 2021  

2022 Southland A&P cancels, Wānaka good to go

The Southland A&P Show on 5 March 2022 has been cancelled due to uncertainty around the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.


Rakiura Stewart Island more than just a bucket list destination
1 Nov 2021   /

Rakiura Stewart Island more than just a bucket list destination

Almost all visitors who went last summer say they intend to return, so what did they like?


2022 Burt Munro Challenge cancelled
29 Oct 2021  

2022 Burt Munro Challenge cancelled

Southland’s 2022 Burt Munro Challenge has been cancelled due to the pandemic and uncertainty around the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.


Transport World raises $42k for KidsCan
20 Oct 2021   /

Transport World raises $42k for KidsCan

Invercargill’s Bill Richardson Transport World has raised $42,000 for charity KidsCan to help support vulnerable young New Zealanders and their families.


Permit sought for commercial marine mammal viewing vessel
18 Oct 2021  

Permit sought for commercial marine mammal viewing vessel

Oban-based boat tour and water taxi services firm Rakuira Charters is applying for permission to add another commercial vessel for the viewing of marine mammals around Stewart Island.


Southland events fund finished, Fiordland still available
11 Oct 2021   /

Southland events fund finished, Fiordland still available

Great South has allocated more than $550,000 this year from the government’s Regional Event Fund for events in Southland and Fiordland.


Fiordland, Southland form new marketing alliance
25 Aug 2021   /

Fiordland, Southland form new marketing alliance

Visit Fiordland and Visit Southland have formed their own international marketing alliance, to be promoted as ‘Great South’.


Southland, Fiordland events fund opens
3 Aug 2021  

Southland, Fiordland events fund opens

Great South has opened applications for round two of its Regional Events Fund


Go Bus acquires McDermott in southern expansion
2 Aug 2021   /

Go Bus acquires McDermott in southern expansion

Go Bus has acquired Invercargill-based McDermott Coachlines.


“While it’s tough, it’s a pretty cool time” – Great South’s Brown on showcasing the south
27 Jul 2021   /

“While it’s tough, it’s a pretty cool time” – Great South’s Brown on showcasing the south

A turbocharged destination plan, long-term marketing campaigns and city developments are expected to support tourism to Southland and Fiordland.


Air traffic control services to remain at Invercargill – Airways
12 Jul 2021  

Air traffic control services to remain at Invercargill – Airways

The result follows a review of air traffic services provided at seven regional airports with reduced traffic volumes.


Campaign boosts Invercargill-Auckland air ticket sales
25 Jun 2021   /

Campaign boosts Invercargill-Auckland air ticket sales

Sales of air tickets for the Invercargill-Auckland jet service rose on the back of a joint marketing campaign reboot by Great South and Air New Zealand.


Southern Discoveries doubles domestics, predicts long recovery
25 May 2021   /

Southern Discoveries doubles domestics, predicts long recovery

“We don’t see a bounce-back in 2022,” says the operator’s CEO, Tim Hunter.


Key events at inaugural music festival sell out
19 May 2021  

Key events at inaugural music festival sell out

Inaugural country music festival to be held 29 May until 6 June in Gore.


DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks
11 May 2021   /

DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks

Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.


New Great South campaign aims to “inject some immediacy”
14 Apr 2021   /

New Great South campaign aims to “inject some immediacy”

Great South’s regional tourism organisations Visit Southland and Visit Fiordland have launched their latest Southland campaign.


Goodbye Destination Fiordland, hello Visit Fiordland
1 Apr 2021  

Goodbye Destination Fiordland, hello Visit Fiordland

Destination Fiordland becomes part of economic development agency Great South from today, 1 April 2021.


Diagnosis for Southland tourism? ‘Long Covid’
16 Mar 2021   /

Diagnosis for Southland tourism? ‘Long Covid’

The tourism sector will be the weak link in the recovery of Southland, according to an economic analysis of the region.


Air NZ boosts capacity for Bluff oyster festival
12 Mar 2021  

Air NZ boosts capacity for Bluff oyster festival

Air New Zealand is adding another charter flight between Auckland and Invercargill for the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival on 22 May.


New event to showcase Southland F&B
26 Feb 2021   /

New event to showcase Southland F&B

A new event to support Southland’s hospitality and accommodation sector and boost the region’s reputation as a food and beverage destination will run from 1 April to 16 May 2021.


Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac
14 Jan 2021   /

Southern tourism still suffering most – Westpac

But tourism in regions like Hawke’s Bay and Northland has fared better, says the bank.


Invercargill $165m makeover begins
11 Dec 2020  

Invercargill $165m makeover begins

The estimated cost of the redevelopment was $165m and is a key project in the Southland Regional Development Strategy Action Plan.


Big plans for Bluff with new tourism concept
10 Dec 2020  

Big plans for Bluff with new tourism concept

A central tourism hub would contain a variety of visitor attractions as well as the ferry link to Rakiura Stewart Island.


Great South hosts tourism, hospo jobs sessions
8 Dec 2020   /

Great South hosts tourism, hospo jobs sessions

Great South is holding two free one-day information sessions in Te Anau this month for those wanting work in hospitality and tourism over the summer.


DOC completes tahr control for 2020
27 Nov 2020   /

DOC completes tahr control for 2020

The Department of Conservation has completed its planned Himalayan tahr control operations for 2020.


Ohau fire costs hit $34m so far
23 Nov 2020  

Ohau fire costs hit $34m so far

The payouts included 19 business and commercial claims.


Transport World cancels 2021 George Begg race
12 Nov 2020  

Transport World cancels 2021 George Begg race

Transport World’s 2021 George Begg Classic Speedfest has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.


Destination Fiordland launches summer ‘reset’
9 Nov 2020  

Destination Fiordland launches summer ‘reset’

Destination Fiordland has launched its reset for 2021 summer campaign to attract domestic travellers.


Air NZ’s Invercargill jet service to operate over Xmas
14 Oct 2020  

Air NZ’s Invercargill jet service to operate over Xmas

Air New Zealand’s direct A320 jet service between Auckland and Invercargill will operate over Christmas and New Year.


Rebuilding tourism will provide lasting benefits – Great South’s Brown
1 Oct 2020   /

Rebuilding tourism will provide lasting benefits – Great South’s Brown

Great South’s GM of tourism and events on tourism’s recovery and the vital role RTOs play.


Snow closes Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound highway
18 Sep 2020   /

Snow closes Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound highway

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said the avalanche risk was assessed as high.


Great South launches Dark Sky training on Stewart Island
15 Sep 2020  

Great South launches Dark Sky training on Stewart Island

Great South is co-ordinating a two-day Dark Sky ambassador training course on Stewart Island/Rakiura.


Great South to develop food tourism strategy
1 Sep 2020   /

Great South to develop food tourism strategy

Great South have engaged Eat New Zealand to help develop its regional Food Tourism Strategy.


Southern deals campaign launches to drive visitation
15 Jul 2020   /

Southern deals campaign launches to drive visitation

Great South and Destination Fiordland have launched the third phase of their Rediscover Southland campaign with a range of deals to encourage Southland visitation.