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Taranaki Crossing visitor centre set for $3m redevelopment
15 Sep 2022   /

Taranaki Crossing visitor centre set for $3m redevelopment

The Taranaki Crossing visitor centre is set to undergo a $2.9m redevelopment as work gets underway to improve the experience for people traversing 41 kilometres of tracks in the region.


New Plymouth Airport wins design awards
6 Sep 2022   /

New Plymouth Airport wins design awards

The New Zealand Airports Association has selected New Plymouth Airport as the winner of two design and excellence awards.


International students bring benefits to Taranaki
8 Aug 2022   /

International students bring benefits to Taranaki

More than 70 international students have arrived in Taranaki to begin their education at schools and universities in the region.


DOC warns national park visitors to keep pets at home
4 Aug 2022   /

DOC warns national park visitors to keep pets at home

Keep cats, dogs and animal friends at home and out of national parks – that is the message from the Department of Conservation after trampers brought their cats up Mt Taranaki this week.


‘Vallery’ art camper celebrates Coastal Arts Trail
3 Aug 2022   /

‘Vallery’ art camper celebrates Coastal Arts Trail

A campervan has been transformed into a fully-curated art gallery featuring 26 New Zealand artists and 50 works.


Venture Taranaki reappointed RBP
19 Jul 2022  

Venture Taranaki reappointed RBP

Venture Taranaki has renewed its partnership with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Callaghan Innovation.


“Smuggled” tapestries attract thousands to New Plymouth
29 Jun 2022  

“Smuggled” tapestries attract thousands to New Plymouth

A “smuggled” tapestry exhibition attracted around 21,800 visitors to New Plymouth, with 16,000 people coming from outside the region.


Zoo receives tick for animal welfare
28 Jun 2022   /

Zoo receives tick for animal welfare

New Plymouth’s Brooklands Zoo has received accreditation from the Zoo Aquarium Association for its excellence and commitment to positive animal welfare.


Visitor spend in Taranaki jumps 10%
19 May 2022   /

Visitor spend in Taranaki jumps 10%

Taranaki is among the top seven regions in the country for visitor spend for the year ending February 2022, says Venture Taranaki.


Hotel school eager for students from near and far
24 Feb 2022   /

Hotel school eager for students from near and far

Pacific International Hotel Management School in Taranaki is calling on New Zealand students to train for a tourism career ahead of an expected surge in demand.


WOMAD 2022, Auckland Art Festival live shows cancelled
10 Feb 2022   /

WOMAD 2022, Auckland Art Festival live shows cancelled

All live shows at the Auckland Art Festival and the WOMAD festival in New Plymouth have been cancelled due to the Omicron outbreak.


SkyCity Casino Hamilton a location of interest
2 Feb 2022   /

SkyCity Casino Hamilton a location of interest

SkyCity Casino Hamilton has been named a Covid-19 location of interest after a Covid-19 case visited between 5.33pm-6.38pm on Tuesday 25 January.


WOMAD NZ awaits decision on go ahead
2 Feb 2022   /

WOMAD NZ awaits decision on go ahead

WOMAD NZ organisers will proceed with extreme caution as they to works towards WOMAD 2022 set to take place in Taranaki 18-20 March.


Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…
18 Jan 2022   /

Central North Island suffers muted tourism as Kiwis stay closer to home…

Regions that rode the “do something new” tourism wave last summer are not benefitting as much but there have been bright spots.


Coastal Arts Trail,  Quirky Campers NZ launch Gallery-Camper
18 Jan 2022   /

Coastal Arts Trail, Quirky Campers NZ launch Gallery-Camper

The Coastal Arts Trail has teamed up with Quirky Campers NZ to launch a new art-immersive campervan.


New Plymouth Airport wins international award
17 Dec 2021   /

New Plymouth Airport wins international award

New Plymouth Airport’s Te Hono terminal has won the special prize for an airport exterior at the Prix Versailles Airports 2021, beating Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport, Athens International Airport, and the Philippines’ Clark International Airport.


New Plymouth Festival of Lights cancelled
12 Nov 2021  

New Plymouth Festival of Lights cancelled

The TSB Festival of Lights in New Plymouth has been cancelled due to Covid restrictions.


Major works for Taranaki Crossing tracks over summer
9 Nov 2021   /

Major works for Taranaki Crossing tracks over summer

Around 95% of Taranaki Crossing routes will be upgraded over summer.


Taste of Taranaki pop-up to draw summer foodies
9 Nov 2021   /

Taste of Taranaki pop-up to draw summer foodies

A group of 20 Taranaki food and beverage producers are coming together to showcase their products in Eltham, the home of New Zealand’s first cheese exports.


Taranaki events hope for level 2 – VT’s Gilliland
15 Oct 2021   /

Taranaki events hope for level 2 – VT’s Gilliland

But they are unlikely to have the usual crowds of Aucklanders, says Venture Taranaki’s CEO


Taonga projects secure $10m, 58 jobs to be created
13 Aug 2021   /

Taonga projects secure $10m, 58 jobs to be created

Taranaki projects protecting taonga species have received a $9.8m boost through the government’s Jobs for Nature programme.


Mt Taranaki’s Around the Mountain Circuit could close for months
11 Aug 2021  

Mt Taranaki’s Around the Mountain Circuit could close for months

Mt Taranaki’s Around the Mountain Circuit could be closed for months, following damage to the track during storms in July.


TECNZ retrospective – a look back and laugh
10 Aug 2021   /

TECNZ retrospective – a look back and laugh

A trip down memory lane was one of the highlights of last week’s Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s annual conference in New Plymouth.


Industry converges on Tourism Trade Expo, TECNZ 2021
3 Aug 2021   /

Industry converges on Tourism Trade Expo, TECNZ 2021

Nearly 100 tourism suppliers are meeting the country’s inbound tour operators at the inaugural Tourism Trade Expo in Taranaki today.


Multi-region arts trail industry first for RTOs
2 Aug 2021   /

Multi-region arts trail industry first for RTOs

Whanganui, Taranaki and the Manawatū are jointly launching a pan-region arts trail to showcase works and entice visitors to the lower west coast of the North Island.


Taranaki Maunga tracks close, ‘big clean-up’ in progress
29 Jul 2021   /

Taranaki Maunga tracks close, ‘big clean-up’ in progress

The Department of Conservation staff is clearing and rerouting tracks on Taranaki Maunga after severe storm damage, and damage assessment of the entire network of tracks was still underway.


Digital use to grow as more travel alone – Venture Taranaki
7 Jul 2021  

Digital use to grow as more travel alone – Venture Taranaki

The use of personalised virtual assistants and digital tools will grow as more people travel alone in the future, according to research from Venture Taranaki.


Visitors to New Plymouth help boost local economy
24 Jun 2021   /

Visitors to New Plymouth help boost local economy

Art and music events proving popular among out-of-towners.


Taranaki businesses struggle as border closure continues
21 Jun 2021   /

Taranaki businesses struggle as border closure continues

Lack of overseas visitors, difficultly in finding migrant workers cited.


Venture Taranaki takes top award at EDNZ 2021
31 May 2021  

Venture Taranaki takes top award at EDNZ 2021

Christchurch and Nelson also win awards.


Venture Taranaki launches Taranaki Story
28 May 2021  

Venture Taranaki launches Taranaki Story

Venture Taranaki has made available over 400 assets and resources as part of its new Taranaki Story initiative to support regional enterprises.


Taranaki extends EV charging network with new stations
26 May 2021  

Taranaki extends EV charging network with new stations

Stations located near main entrance of gardens and free to use 24/7.


Taranaki secures WOMAD festival for 5 years
21 May 2021  

Taranaki secures WOMAD festival for 5 years

Deal set to provide major economic boost for Taranaki economy.


Mount Taranaki bodies found, recovery underway
6 May 2021  

Mount Taranaki bodies found, recovery underway

Police and Alpine Cliff Rescue staff have identified the climbers who fell near the summit of Mount Taranaki as Christchurch-based engineering geologists Richard Phillips and  Peter Kirkwood.


All routes to Mount Taranaki summit closed for Rāhui
6 May 2021  

All routes to Mount Taranaki summit closed for Rāhui

Ngā Iwi o Taranaki have placed a rāhui on all access routes to the Mount Taranaki summit to acknowledge the fatalities of the Christchurch climbers on 4 May.


Delegates converge on Taranaki for business event
24 Mar 2021  

Delegates converge on Taranaki for business event

More than 100 delegates are forecasted to travel to Taranaki for its Regional Business Partner Network Conference.


DOC starts new phase of Taranaki Crossing project
5 Mar 2021   /

DOC starts new phase of Taranaki Crossing project

The Department of Conservation has started construction of new boardwalks across the Pouakai Tarns and the Ahukawakawa wetland as part of its Taranaki Crossing project.


Auckland moves to Covid-19 alert level 3 lockdown
15 Feb 2021  

Auckland moves to Covid-19 alert level 3 lockdown

The rest of NZ shifts to level 2 after three Auckland cases, two of whom recently visited Taranaki attractions.


WOMAD 2021 cancelled
18 Dec 2020  

WOMAD 2021 cancelled

The annual WOMAD music festival at New Plymouth has been cancelled for the first time in its 16 years due to Covid-19 concerns.


Stratford i-SITE moves to library
16 Dec 2020  

Stratford i-SITE moves to library

The Stratford Information Centre i-SITE has moved to the Stratford Library in Prospero Place.


DOC warns visitors following arrival of leopard seal
24 Nov 2020   /

DOC warns visitors following arrival of leopard seal

The Department of Conservation is reminding people to take care around marine mammals coming to shore this summer after the arrival of a leopard seal on a Taranaki beach.


Taranaki RESET opens with night performances
9 Nov 2020  

Taranaki RESET opens with night performances

Taranaki arts event RESET 2020 – A Festival for Aotearoa kicked off last week with three opening night performances across the region.


Freedom camping banned at Taranaki sites
29 Oct 2020  

Freedom camping banned at Taranaki sites

New Plymouth District Council has voted to ban freedom camping completely at Corbett Park in Ōākura and at two areas at Tongaporutu.


Venture Taranaki launches new campaign
22 Oct 2020  

Venture Taranaki launches new campaign

Venture Taranaki has launched its new ‘Taranaki – Just around the corner’ domestic tourism campaign.


Bookings for busy mountain hut goes online
7 Oct 2020   /

Bookings for busy mountain hut goes online

From 2 November Mount Taranaki’s Pouakai Hut will move to online booking via the Department of Conservation’s website.


Govt must listen to domestic tourism experts – VT’s Gilliland
28 Sep 2020   /

Govt must listen to domestic tourism experts – VT’s Gilliland

The Government and those responsible for looking after New Zealand’s tourism future need to listen more to those with domestic tourism expertise, says Justine Gilliland.


Hopes for tourism in new marina proposal
24 Sep 2020   /

Hopes for tourism in new marina proposal

New Plymouth District Council is seeking feedback on the possibility of a marina as part of how $2bn of public funds will be invested in its next 10-year plan.


Could Taranaki be NZ’s next food tourism capital?
22 Sep 2020   /

Could Taranaki be NZ’s next food tourism capital?

Venture Taranaki is seeking proposals for developing the region as a food tourism destination, as well as any potential product offerings that may be involved within the project.


CEOs slam “discouraging, cannibalising” $50m event fund allocation
14 Sep 2020   /

CEOs slam “discouraging, cannibalising” $50m event fund allocation

Gilliland said the approach resulted in “pathetically small” support for already-strong domestic tourism-centric regions.


DOC grant funds Taranaki tracks and traps
10 Sep 2020   /

DOC grant funds Taranaki tracks and traps

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga has gained a $48,144 grant for a range of work in the Taramoukou Conservation Area in the northern Taranaki.