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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.    


Tripadvisor accolades roll in for Taranaki trio
10 Sep 2020   /

Tripadvisor accolades roll in for Taranaki trio

Tūpare Gardens and the Dawson Hotel in Taranaki visitor sites have been named 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winners.


Venture Taranaki releases new tourism plan
8 Sep 2020   /

Venture Taranaki releases new tourism plan

Venture Taranaki has published its Transition Pathway Action Plan as part of the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap, covering tourism, regulation, metrics and evaluation.


Former mayor, Taranaki tourism board member passes
8 Sep 2020  

Former mayor, Taranaki tourism board member passes

Former Taranaki Regional Council chair David Walter has passed away after a battle with Leukaemia. He was 80 years old.


Synthony to play first-ever outdoor show
31 Jul 2020  

Synthony to play first-ever outdoor show

The Synthony orchestral show will play its first-ever outdoor show TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth next January. 


Loss of business events hurting region – Venture Taranaki’s Gilliland
14 Jul 2020   /

Loss of business events hurting region – Venture Taranaki’s Gilliland

Venture Taranaki’s CEO says the region is seeing above-average visitor spend but the lack of business travel is having a severe impact.


PGF invests $14m in Parihaka tourism
29 Jun 2020   /

PGF invests $14m in Parihaka tourism

The Taranaki settlement is getting a new visitor centre to house taonga and an exhibition of the Parihaka story.


Mangorei Track upgrade marks Taranaki Crossing milestone
18 Jun 2020   /

Mangorei Track upgrade marks Taranaki Crossing milestone

The first section of the Mangorei Track, part of the Taranaki Crossing Project, has been completed.


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.


Taranaki Council resumes Pukeiti Gardens upgrade
21 May 2020  

Taranaki Council resumes Pukeiti Gardens upgrade

Multi-year upgrades at Pukeiti Gardens have resumed because of the importance to Taranaki’s post-Covid-19 recovery, says Taranaki Regional Council chair David MacLeod.


Report: Domestic market provides hope for Taranaki tourism
1 May 2020   /

Report: Domestic market provides hope for Taranaki tourism

Taranaki’s strong domestic tourism market is expected to contribute to the region’s economic recovery, according to new research which forecasts an 8.5% contraction in regional GDP for the year to March 2021 – slightly worse than the 8% drop forecast nationwide.


2020 TECNZ Conference cancelled
23 Apr 2020   /

2020 TECNZ Conference cancelled

However, the association has rebooked the same venue, The Devon Hotel at New Plymouth, to hold the 2021 event.


Civil Defence closes roads into Egmont National Park
6 Apr 2020   /

Civil Defence closes roads into Egmont National Park

Roads into Egmont National Park will be closed following an order by Civil Defence in a bid to combat Covid-19.


Work to begin on $13.3m Taranaki Crossing project
6 Mar 2020   /

Work to begin on $13.3m Taranaki Crossing project

The first stage of the Taranaki Crossing development in Egmont National Park has begun.


Forgotten World Highway $13.4m funding boost to help lift visitor numbers
2 Mar 2020   /

Forgotten World Highway $13.4m funding boost to help lift visitor numbers

A further $13.4m will be spent on improving State Highway 43 the Forgotten World Highway.


PFG invests $9.6m in Forgotten World Highway
3 Dec 2019  

PFG invests $9.6m in Forgotten World Highway

The government will inject $9.6m into the Forgotten World Highway (State Highway 43) to seal the remaining 12km unsealed stretch of road through the Tangarakau Gorge.


Paparoa Track opens with 77% bed nights sold
2 Dec 2019   /

Paparoa Track opens with 77% bed nights sold

More than 6600 bed nights have been snapped up on the newest Great Walk – 91% of them by New Zealanders.


Hector’s or Māui dolphins confirmed in Taranaki region
12 Nov 2019   /

Hector’s or Māui dolphins confirmed in Taranaki region

New research by the Department of Conservation and the University of Auckland has confirmed that Hector’s or Māui dolphins are often present in the Taranaki region.


Tourism NZ’s Tuuta appointed to RDA chair
21 Oct 2019   /

Tourism NZ’s Tuuta appointed to RDA chair

Tourism NZ chair Jamie Tuuta has been appointed as chair of the board for Venture Taranaki Trust.


Taranaki Crossing to attract extra 35k visitors, $3.7m
5 Sep 2019   /

Taranaki Crossing to attract extra 35k visitors, $3.7m

Once complete in 2022, the $19m project is expected to inject an extra $3.7m into the local economy, says the govt.


Taranaki wins TECNZ 2020 conference
16 Aug 2019  

Taranaki wins TECNZ 2020 conference

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s annual conference will be held in New Plymouth next year.


Boutique New Plymouth hotel comes to market
13 Jun 2019   /

Boutique New Plymouth hotel comes to market

The State Hotel at New Plymouth is part of a large hospitality hub that is up for sale. 


Ngāmotu JV buys Novotel New Plymouth for $23m
26 Nov 2018   /

Ngāmotu JV buys Novotel New Plymouth for $23m

A joint venture between three Taranaki iwi has bought the Novotel New Plymouth Hobson Hotel for $23m.


New bike trails for New Plymouth’s Lake Mangamahoe
6 Aug 2018   /

New bike trails for New Plymouth’s Lake Mangamahoe

New Plymouth’s mountain bike trails at Lake Mangamahoe are set to be extended by 10km with work on a pavilion also progressing.


Taranaki holiday park operator wins emerging star HPNZ award
7 Jun 2018  

Taranaki holiday park operator wins emerging star HPNZ award

Peter Crawford of Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park has been awarded the 2018 Holiday Parks ePay Emerging Star Award.


Mayor: Tourist levy needed to help pay for freedom camping
23 Apr 2018  

Mayor: Tourist levy needed to help pay for freedom camping

New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom has called for a levy on inward flights to NZ to help pay for freedom camping facilities in the region.


Taranaki tourism wins big in latest $20m PGF round
9 Apr 2018  

Taranaki tourism wins big in latest $20m PGF round

A major new Taranaki tourism initiative is set to get off the ground following the latest deployment from the government’s $1bn Provincial Growth Fund.


$6m proposed for Taranaki rainforest garden
6 Mar 2018   / /

$6m proposed for Taranaki rainforest garden

Public consultation is starting on two exciting, new projects embracing Taranaki’s tourism and environmental opportunities.


M&C buys New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel
7 Feb 2018  

M&C buys New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has bought New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel.


Festival of Lights injects $4.6m, attracts 8000 visitors
26 Nov 2017   /

Festival of Lights injects $4.6m, attracts 8000 visitors

A survey on the New Plymouth District Council-run TSB Festival of Lights has highlighted the significant contribution the summer spectacular is making to the region’s economy.


Len Lye Centre pumps $7.4m into district
14 Nov 2017   /

Len Lye Centre pumps $7.4m into district

New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre has pumped $7.4m into the district and brought more than 17,000 visitors to the region in 2016, according to a new report.


Tourism, food and energy ‘key pillars of the bold Tapuae Roa’
1 Sep 2017  

Tourism, food and energy ‘key pillars of the bold Tapuae Roa’

The vision of Tapuae Roa comprises three key things: attractive lifestyle, talented people and a modern high-value economy.


Tourism priority in ‘Message to Wellington’ from Taranaki leaders
24 Aug 2017  

Tourism priority in ‘Message to Wellington’ from Taranaki leaders

Whoever wins power in the September 23 general elections needs to focus on eight key issues of importance to Taranaki.


$3.4m for Taranaki Crossing
19 May 2017  

$3.4m for Taranaki Crossing

A $3.4 million investment into the Taranaki Crossing is part of the Government’s plan to boost growth in Taranaki.


Council to take control of New Plymouth airport
7 Apr 2017  

Council to take control of New Plymouth airport

The Government and New Plymouth District Council have agreed in principle to transfer New Plymouth Airport to local government ownership.


Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?
7 Feb 2017  

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.