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Booking.com partners with Winter Pride
17 Jun 2021   /

Booking.com partners with Winter Pride

LGBTTQ+ festival to run from 27 August to 5 September.


Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities
17 Jun 2021  

Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities

Activities range from kite flying to weaving.


Auckland expects visitor surge due to events galore over winter
9 Jun 2021   /

Auckland expects visitor surge due to events galore over winter

Sports, stage shows and a smorgasbord of food festivals in New Zealand’s largest city.


$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport
9 Mar 2021   /

$950k boost for World Conference on Women and Sport

The government has injected $950,000 in support of the 8th World Conference of the International Working Group on Women in Sport in Auckland in 2022.


2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be postponed
3 Mar 2021  

2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be postponed

The 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup appears likely to be postponed until next year due to the ongoing pandemic.


Windies win for Queenstown
4 Nov 2020  

Windies win for Queenstown

West Indies will play two matches against a New Zealand A side at John Davies Oval, Queenstown, in late November.


Marathon returns to Whanganui
19 Oct 2020  

Marathon returns to Whanganui

The event is expected to attract more than 1000 competitors this year, half of which are coming from out of town.


Recruitment underway as All Blacks Experience sets December opening
4 Sep 2020   /

Recruitment underway as All Blacks Experience sets December opening

Recruitment is underway for key roles to join the attraction ahead of its 2 December opening date.


Men’s Softball World Cup postponed
28 Apr 2020   /

Men’s Softball World Cup postponed

The WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup scheduled for Auckland’s ELE Stadium in February 2021 has been postponed with a new date yet to be set.


Women’s Cricket World Cup host cities revealed, Chch secures final
24 Jan 2020  

Women’s Cricket World Cup host cities revealed, Chch secures final

Christchurch will host the final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021, which is expected to bring in more than 15,000 visitor nights and nearly $3m in visitor spending to the city.


Real Journeys launches inaugural Walter Peak event
15 Jan 2020   /

Real Journeys launches inaugural Walter Peak event

Registrations are open for the inaugural Walter Peak high country farm run, to be held in Queenstown on 29 February 2020.


3000 attend Winter Forest Festival
6 Aug 2019   /

3000 attend Winter Forest Festival

Almost 3000 spectators and participants attended Rotorua’s Winter Forest Festival on Saturday.


Auckland scores with two shoulder season event wins
3 Dec 2018   /

Auckland scores with two shoulder season event wins

Auckland has secured hosting rights for two global sporting tournaments that are set to drive visitation and spend in the city’s tourism shoulder season.


Women’s Rugby World Cup to attract 4600 visitors to Auckland
15 Nov 2018   /

Women’s Rugby World Cup to attract 4600 visitors to Auckland

The six-week event in July and August 2021 is expected to generate 27,100 guest nights, says ATEED.


WREDA: All Blacks v France test to pack $7m punch
14 Jun 2018  

WREDA: All Blacks v France test to pack $7m punch

The All Blacks v France rugby test at Wellington on Saturday will be worth around $7m to the regional economy.


Hobbiton-themed Magic match dress unveiled
22 May 2018  

Hobbiton-themed Magic match dress unveiled

Hobbiton Movie Set and Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty have unveiled their one-off themed match dress for the Magic netballers. 


Lords of the (netball) ring: Hobbiton to dress netballers, arena in new sponsorship deal
23 Mar 2018   /

Lords of the (netball) ring: Hobbiton to dress netballers, arena in new sponsorship deal

In a first of its kind commercial relationship for professional Netball in New Zealand, Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty have partnered with world famous Hobbiton Movie Set.


Sports events lift hospo growth to new record
15 Aug 2017   /

Sports events lift hospo growth to new record

The World Masters Games and the Lions rugby tour helped boost hospitality which saw record growth for the food and beverages services industry in the June 2017 quarter.


World Masters Games injects $63m, adds 300K guest nights
28 Jul 2017  

World Masters Games injects $63m, adds 300K guest nights

The World Masters Games boosted national GDP by $63m, added more than 300,000 guest nights and made a surplus for its organisers of approximately $800,000.


World Masters Games to inject $53m, 266,000 guest nights
21 Apr 2017   /

World Masters Games to inject $53m, 266,000 guest nights

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Sports tourism set to inject more than $210m in 2017
7 Feb 2017   /

Sports tourism set to inject more than $210m in 2017

Six major sports tourism events are set to pump more than $210m into the New Zealand economy in 2017.