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NZ Travel Collective adds Wānaka tours
19 Sep 2023   /

NZ Travel Collective adds Wānaka tours

The New Zealand Travel Collective has added Wanaka Wine Tours to its portfolio of its curated tourism products.


Southern Discoveries launches multi-language commentary app
18 Sep 2023  

Southern Discoveries launches multi-language commentary app

Southern Discoveries has launched a multi-language commentary app for its Queenstown to Milford Sound coach journeys.


Transport World’s Back Shed tour returns
11 Sep 2023  

Transport World’s Back Shed tour returns

Invercargill’s Transport World is preparing to host an insider’s journey into automotive craftmanship as part of its Back Shed tour, which returns next month.


QLDC enacts bylaw on commercial pub crawls
4 Sep 2023  

QLDC enacts bylaw on commercial pub crawls

A new Queenstown bylaw has put in place new rules around events and commercial activities in public spaces.


Active Adventures recognised for contribution to tourism with USA
4 Sep 2023  

Active Adventures recognised for contribution to tourism with USA

Active Adventures and Austin Adventures have beaten JW Marriott and Hotel Britomart to win the Contribution to Tourism with the USA award at the American Chamber of Commerce’s DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.


Operators bring 007 experience to Queenstown
1 Sep 2023   /

Operators bring 007 experience to Queenstown

Queenstown-based BLACK Tourism is now offering a James Bond Aston Martin experience to cater to the luxury market.


Hawke’s Bay operators team up for wilderness experience
1 Sep 2023   /

Hawke’s Bay operators team up for wilderness experience

Hawke’s Bay tour operator Gannet Safaris Overland is opening for its 2023/24 season this weekend with a new package to help regeneration on the Cape Kidnappers peninsula.


An Operator’s View: Active Adventures’ Wendy van Lieshout
14 Aug 2023   /

An Operator’s View: Active Adventures’ Wendy van Lieshout

The NZ and US operator’s CEO on recovery, business priorities, M&A and the Queenstown-based company’s global opportunity.


After 56 years, Hammonds Wellington Tours closes its doors
19 Jul 2023   /

After 56 years, Hammonds Wellington Tours closes its doors

Tranzit shutters the tour operator despite the recovery in international visitor numbers.


Active Adventures launches private group tours
11 Jul 2023  

Active Adventures launches private group tours

Active Adventures has launched new private group tours across its range of experiences.


Cycle Journeys invests in carbon offsetting
4 Jul 2023   /

Cycle Journeys invests in carbon offsetting

Tour operator Cycle Journeys is committing to offset its carbon emissions from its fuel-powered vehicle fleet and its clients’ accommodation.


Wellington adds more e-bike tours of creative spaces
9 Jun 2023   /

Wellington adds more e-bike tours of creative spaces

Wellington City Council has given the green light to a series of bookable e-bike tours across the city’s creative spaces.


Food tour for MasterChef UK judge
16 May 2023   /

Food tour for MasterChef UK judge

MasterChef UK judge William Sitwell is touring Auckland this week to sample the city’s fine dining and food experiences.


Tourism Talent’s The Interview: Haka Tourism Group’s Eve Lawrence
15 May 2023   /

Tourism Talent’s The Interview: Haka Tourism Group’s Eve Lawrence

Haka Tourism Group’s general manager of touring brands, Eve Lawrence, on how Covid impacted talent retention and bringing back former staff.


Gannet Beach Adventures closes after 71 years
4 May 2023  

Gannet Beach Adventures closes after 71 years

The iconic Cape Kidnappers operator shuts its doors for good, frustrated at ongoing disruptions.


Chinese tour groups return “faster than expected” with strong demand being seen
6 Mar 2023   /

Chinese tour groups return “faster than expected” with strong demand being seen

The return of Chinese tour groups is happening faster than some industry professionals expected with strong demand for New Zealand being seen by market specialists.


Airlines ramp up China services as first tour groups land
3 Mar 2023   /

Airlines ramp up China services as first tour groups land

“It’s going to provide a late summer boost to the tourism sector,” says Auckland Airport’s Scott Tasker.


ITOs at sharp end of disruption after wild weather impacts schedules
3 Feb 2023   /

ITOs at sharp end of disruption after wild weather impacts schedules

Inbounders scrambled to rearrange schedules but some overseas visitors had to cancel following Auckland’s floods.


Invivo Wines celebrates maiden ‘Cloud Wine’ flight
2 Feb 2023   /

Invivo Wines celebrates maiden ‘Cloud Wine’ flight

Invivo Wines has celebrated its maiden flight from Auckland to Queenstown this week.


Sir Ed Hillary tour goes virtual
17 Jan 2023   /

Sir Ed Hillary tour goes virtual

A virtual tour of the Sir Ed Hillary Walkway Tour in Ōtorohanga is now available for people who are not able to visit in person, or those who want to have a sneak peek before their journey.


E-bike tours to showcase Wellington art spaces
17 Jan 2023  

E-bike tours to showcase Wellington art spaces

Wellington City Council is encouraging people in the creative sector to get on their bikes this month and explore the city’s art spaces.


Guided walk operator celebrates 40 years
14 Dec 2022  

Guided walk operator celebrates 40 years

Guided walk operator Walk Christchurch is celebrating 40 years of business with a tribute to its staff.


Antarctica to see more activity with 100k tourists expected this summer – Antarctica NZ
29 Nov 2022  

Antarctica to see more activity with 100k tourists expected this summer – Antarctica NZ

There has been a significant increase in visitor interest in Antarctica.


Auckland Museum revives rooftop tours
1 Nov 2022  

Auckland Museum revives rooftop tours

Auckland War Memorial Museum has reinstated its popular Incredible Rooftop Tour.


Active Adventures revamps signature South Island experience
23 Sep 2022   /

Active Adventures revamps signature South Island experience

Active Adventures has spruced up its signature travel experience, formerly known as Rimu.


Inflation is at a 30-year high but can operators increase their prices?
29 Apr 2022   /

Inflation is at a 30-year high but can operators increase their prices?

The Ticker looks at how tourism businesses are coping with rising costs and whether they can increase prices in a recovering market.


‘World first’ tours gin up untapped market
17 Dec 2021   /

‘World first’ tours gin up untapped market

Queenstown’s Altitude Tours has launched two new gin tours, including the world’s first gin tour by helicopter.


TIME Unlimited’s Sperath on reprioritising for new tourism era
1 Dec 2021  

TIME Unlimited’s Sperath on reprioritising for new tourism era

The pandemic has been difficult but has also offered valuable lessons on wellbeing, innovation, and sustainability, says Ceillhe Sperath.


Haka Tours’ Ryan Sanders on selling to Intrepid
18 Oct 2021   /

Haka Tours’ Ryan Sanders on selling to Intrepid

Intrepid acquires Haka Tourism’s tour assets in a sign of confidence in travel to NZ.


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.


More than just ski destination operators hurt by burst bubble
29 Jun 2021   /

More than just ski destination operators hurt by burst bubble

Operators in the north are also feeling the impact of curtailed travel but to varying degrees.


River Valley Lodge goes regenerative for a ‘less is more’ experience
29 Jun 2021  

River Valley Lodge goes regenerative for a ‘less is more’ experience

River Valley Lodge has reimagined itself with a focus on niche offerings such as its new permaculture course.


NZ-Aus border closures growing concern for global tour operators – Poon Tip
25 Mar 2021   /

NZ-Aus border closures growing concern for global tour operators – Poon Tip

Some pent-up international demand for travel might dissipate before Australia and New Zealand’s borders re-open, says the founder of G Adventures.


Post-Covid travel boom predictions prompt investment spree
12 Feb 2021   /

Post-Covid travel boom predictions prompt investment spree

Overseas investors betting on a post-Covid travel boom are pumping multi-million dollar investments into tourism.


Gannet Beach Adventures resumes Cape Kidnappers tours
10 Dec 2020  

Gannet Beach Adventures resumes Cape Kidnappers tours

Gannet Beach Adventures tours at Cape Kidnappers will return to operations tomorrow after almost two years.


Lower South Island tops Kiwi’s roadies
16 Nov 2020  

Lower South Island tops Kiwi’s roadies

Four of the top five road trips on Kiwis’ to-do lists were in the lower South Island, according to a survey from Budget New Zealand.


Operator swoops on liquidation, snaps up tour assets
17 Sep 2020  

Operator swoops on liquidation, snaps up tour assets

Tranzit Group subsidiary Cross Country Rentals has acquired the assets of Christchurch-based Maugers Rentals which went into liquidation in March.


Ridgeline Adventures jointly leads nominations at NZ Food Awards
17 Sep 2020  

Ridgeline Adventures jointly leads nominations at NZ Food Awards

Wanaka 4WD tour operator Ridgeline Adventures is a finalist in three categories at the 2020 New Zealand Food Awards.


Tour bus company involved in crash goes into liquidation
9 Sep 2020   /

Tour bus company involved in crash goes into liquidation

The coach tour company involved in a crash that saw 20 Chinese visitors injured, two of them severely, has gone into liquidation.


Coach operators plead for help after 2000 drivers lose jobs
27 Aug 2020   /

Coach operators plead for help after 2000 drivers lose jobs

Bus and Coach Association chief executive Dr Pim Borren says the tour coach business is at a virtual standstill.


Naturally NZ Holidays liquidators report released
21 Aug 2020   /

Naturally NZ Holidays liquidators report released

The abrupt cessation of international tourism led to the collapse of 25-year-old inbound tour operator Naturally New Zealand Holidays Limited with around $600,000 owing to unsecured creditors outside the business.


Fullers360 cancels Auckland tours
17 Aug 2020  

Fullers360 cancels Auckland tours

Fullers360 tour products and services will be on hold during the Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions, which includes trips to Rangitoto, Tiritiri Matangi, Winter Wine and Dine and the Explorer Hop on Hop off bus.


TECNZ maps return to pre-Covid arrivals
15 Jun 2020   /

TECNZ maps return to pre-Covid arrivals

NZ might not see a return to pre-Covid visitor numbers until the end of March 2024, says the association.


Wellington operator trumps discounting to go free for customers
27 May 2020   /

Wellington operator trumps discounting to go free for customers

Wellington-based Rover Tours Group says the Government’s wage subsidy has enabled it to keep operating, and it is now offering a free service.


Bush and Beach pivots to parcels ahead of relaunch
18 May 2020  

Bush and Beach pivots to parcels ahead of relaunch

The award-winning operator has branched into the courier trade to bring in income.


Lowdown on the Lockdown: Tranzit’s Jenna Snelgrove
6 May 2020  

Lowdown on the Lockdown: Tranzit’s Jenna Snelgrove

Jenna Snelgrove, sales and marketing director at Tranzit Group, on operating in a re-active state as the Covid crisis developed at pace, to now turning the corner and being able to focus on forward planning, opportunities and innovation. 


ITO survey reveals redundancies, closures and subsidy lifeline
30 Apr 2020   /

ITO survey reveals redundancies, closures and subsidy lifeline

New Zealand’s inbound tour operators are “holding faith” that the tourism sector will receive further support from government as new research shows how deeply the industry has been hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.


Competitors partner to target Kiwis with new premium product
24 Apr 2020  

Competitors partner to target Kiwis with new premium product

Once fierce competitors for international visitors, rivals are now collaborating to target the domestic market.


DOC acknowledges Cape Kidnappers “frustrations and concerns”
24 Jan 2020   /

DOC acknowledges Cape Kidnappers “frustrations and concerns”

The Department of Conservation has acknowledged the “frustrations and concerns” it has caused Gannet Beach Adventures after it suspended the operator’s concession to run tours at Cape Kidnappers. 


Police charge driver in Queenstown tour bus crash
22 Jan 2020  

Police charge driver in Queenstown tour bus crash

The operator of the coach that crashed near Queenstown injuring 20 Chinese tourists says the driver is an experienced guide and it’s unclear how the accident happened.