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Southland & Stewart Island


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.


RTOs line up for Govt’s $20m funding
9 Jun 2020   /

RTOs line up for Govt’s $20m funding

The Government’s $20.2m cash injection for New Zealand’s regional tourism organisations will play a pivotal role in the sector’s rebuild.


Great South joins calls for inter-regional travel
5 May 2020  

Great South joins calls for inter-regional travel

Great South is calling for the Government to allow interregional travel once New New Zealand enters alert level 2.


Missing Stewart Island hunter found
27 Mar 2020   /

Missing Stewart Island hunter found

The man reported missing on Stewart Island this week has been located.


Search for Stewart Island hunter
26 Mar 2020  

Search for Stewart Island hunter

The search for a hunter missing on Stewart Island in continuing.


Whale Watch closes to end of June, Transport World shuts doors
24 Mar 2020   /

Whale Watch closes to end of June, Transport World shuts doors

Whale Watch Kaikōura has temporarily closed and its customer service team will cancel and issue refunds for any tours booked from the March 24 to June 30.


Invercargill, Wellington i-SITEs to close
23 Mar 2020   /

Invercargill, Wellington i-SITEs to close

Invercargill i-SITE will become a virtual service, while the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre will be closed until further notice.


Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky leads to growth
9 Dec 2019   /

Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky leads to growth

Stewart Island/Rakiura’s dark sky accreditation has played a key part in visitor growth, with Great South reporting a 17% increase in visitor numbers on Stewart Island/Rakiura from April to September 2019,


Stewart Island to receive $3.16m from PGF for wind turbines
25 Nov 2019   /

Stewart Island to receive $3.16m from PGF for wind turbines

Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines.


Largest high country station potential new visitor destination
12 Nov 2019   /

Largest high country station potential new visitor destination

A new area for skiing, tramping and mountain biking could be made available to visitors, with submissions now open on the tenure review of New Zealand’s largest high country pastoral lease, Glenaray Station in Southland.


Shark Experience: “Some people will never accept what we do”
14 Oct 2019  

Shark Experience: “Some people will never accept what we do”

The operator says it has missed out on around $500k in earnings but will be back in business on 1 December.


Spreading benefits key to new southern strategy – Lockhart
11 Oct 2019   /

Spreading benefits key to new southern strategy – Lockhart

Almost 60 initiatives will help inform Great South’s new destination plan, says the agency’s Ann Lockhart.


Invercargill to host 2020 i-SITE Conference
13 Sep 2019   /

Invercargill to host 2020 i-SITE Conference

The event will bring the owners and staff from the network of 77 full member visitor centres across the country to Southland next year.


Operators pledge up to $50m for Invercargill development
10 Sep 2019   /

Operators pledge up to $50m for Invercargill development

The O’Donnell family’s HW Richardson Group and Distinction Hotel Group founder Geoff Thompson have both pledged up to $25m each for the multi-million dollar overhaul of Invercargill’s CBD.


Southland gives notice of Milford opportunity
28 Aug 2019  

Southland gives notice of Milford opportunity

The council is seeking a new plan that will ensure Milford Sound maintains its iconic visitor status.


New Invercargill direct service to inject up to $12.5m
22 Aug 2019  

New Invercargill direct service to inject up to $12.5m

The new Air New Zealand service between Auckland and Invercargill could inject up to $12.5m into the Southland region, according to economic development agency Great South.


PGF invests $1.7m in Southland, Stewart Island
19 Jul 2019   /

PGF invests $1.7m in Southland, Stewart Island

Invercargill Airport will get $500,000 for upgrades.


Watch: Hump Ridge Track to  be NZ’s next Great Walk
15 Jul 2019  

Watch: Hump Ridge Track to be NZ’s next Great Walk

The Fiordland experience has beaten the Te Paki Coastal and Queen Charlotte tracks to the prestigious status.


Warrick Low leaves Southland tourism
3 Jul 2019  

Warrick Low leaves Southland tourism

Warrick Low has left his tourism and events manager role at Venture Southland, now named Great South.


DOC: Two-thirds of Fiordland guiding activities non-compliant
18 Jun 2019  

DOC: Two-thirds of Fiordland guiding activities non-compliant

A compliance sweep found a quarter of all activities in breach or operating illegally.


Gore museum, Whangarei’s camera obscura secure PGF cash
18 Apr 2019  

Gore museum, Whangarei’s camera obscura secure PGF cash

Gore’s Hokonui Moonshine Museum and a new Maruawai Heritage Centre at the Southland town have secured $1.6m from the Provincial Growth Fund.


Venture Southland boss steps down ahead of RDA launch
27 Feb 2019   /

Venture Southland boss steps down ahead of RDA launch

The chief executive of Venture Southland, Paul Casson, is stepping down ahead of the launch of the region’s new regional development agency.


ASB: Southland’s “transfixed tourists” help it top economic scoreboard
20 Dec 2018   /

ASB: Southland’s “transfixed tourists” help it top economic scoreboard

Southland’s tourism sector has helped push it to the top of ASB’s regional economic scoreboard for the third quarter.


Invercargill “is ready to go” ahead of direct Air NZ Auckland service
17 Dec 2018  

Invercargill “is ready to go” ahead of direct Air NZ Auckland service

Southlanders are hopeful of a visitation boost following the announcement by Air New Zealand of a trial direct service between Invercargill and Auckland.


Tourism feedback sought from ‘Southlanders and Southlanders at heart’
3 Dec 2018   /

Tourism feedback sought from ‘Southlanders and Southlanders at heart’

Venture Southland is calling on all Southlanders to have their say as it continues to develop its wider regional destination plan.


Venture Southland drafts in Sydney consultant for destination strategy
15 Oct 2018  

Venture Southland drafts in Sydney consultant for destination strategy

Stafford Strategy will develop the region’s strategy, which aims to generate $1bn in tourism revenue by 2025.


Passenger growth helps drive IAL profit up 60%
2 Oct 2018  

Passenger growth helps drive IAL profit up 60%

Passenger movements grew by 4.2% during FY18, well above the historic average growth rate of 1%, says Invercargill Airport.


Thirty-one recipients to share $20m from the TIF
11 Sep 2018   /

Thirty-one recipients to share $20m from the TIF

Southland is the big winner securing almost $6m from the second round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.


MP: Law can be changed to allow shark cage diving
6 Sep 2018   /

MP: Law can be changed to allow shark cage diving

The Wildlife Act can be amended to allow the tours off Stewart Island, says Sarah Dowie.


Shark cage diving operations at risk
5 Sep 2018  

Shark cage diving operations at risk

Stewart Island operators may have to stop providing the activity after a court ruled it an offence.  


Stewart Island secures $1m for new museum
6 Aug 2018  

Stewart Island secures $1m for new museum

Stewart Island is set to get a new multi-million dollar tourism attraction after securing $1m in government funding for the Rakiura Heritage Centre.


First Look: Invercargill’s proposed $40m inner-city hotel
29 Jun 2018   /

First Look: Invercargill’s proposed $40m inner-city hotel

The Invercargill Licensing Trust has released a concept design for its proposed $40m, 4.5-star inner-city hotel.


Transport World owner revs up city overhaul
19 Jun 2018  

Transport World owner revs up city overhaul

A $160m plan to transform Invercargill into a unique tourism destination has been unveiled.


Dowie: Due diligence done on shark cage diving
4 May 2018  

Dowie: Due diligence done on shark cage diving

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie has rejected criticism she did not consult with shark cage diving operators before introducing her private member’s bill.


Operator: No industry consultation on bill
3 May 2018  

Operator: No industry consultation on bill

A shark cage diving operator has criticised a move by National’s Sarah Dowie to try and regulate the industry.