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Venture Taranaki, HWT launch ‘The Waikato to Taranaki Way’ to push SH3 experiences
1 Dec 2022   /

Venture Taranaki, HWT launch ‘The Waikato to Taranaki Way’ to push SH3 experiences

The newly curated self-drive journey product and itinerary aims to encourage visitors to discover new experiences while travelling along State Highway 3.


NZ Tourism Awards: Altitude Tours on its ‘surprise and delight’ offer
2 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Altitude Tours on its ‘surprise and delight’ offer

In a series of profiles leading up to next Thursday’s awards, the Ticker talks to finalist Altitude Tours.


Christchurch Attractions restarts garden tours
27 Oct 2022  

Christchurch Attractions restarts garden tours

Christchurch Attractions has restarted its Botanic Gardens Tour for the first time since March 2020.


US expansion boosts Active Adventures as NZ plays catch-up
25 Oct 2022  

US expansion boosts Active Adventures as NZ plays catch-up

A drive into North America during the pandemic has helped the Queenstown-based operator through Covid.


“Tours might suffer” – BCA’s McFadgen on the  challenges for bus & coach
7 Oct 2022   /

“Tours might suffer” – BCA’s McFadgen on the challenges for bus & coach

The industry is struggling with what could be a substantial gap between supply and demand this summer.


KiwiRail launches short break, multi-day package tours
2 Sep 2022   /

KiwiRail launches short break, multi-day package tours

The new tours range from six to 17 days with the longest stretching from Auckland to Queenstown.


MoaTrek invests in new fleet as “ferocious” demand drives bookings
31 May 2022   /

MoaTrek invests in new fleet as “ferocious” demand drives bookings

The small group tour operator ramps up investment as it nears a sell-out of its 150 tours over the 2022-23 season.


Monarch hits 70th milestone ahead of promising summer
11 Apr 2022   /

Monarch hits 70th milestone ahead of promising summer

Its flagship vessel, the MV Monarch, turns 70 this week, and alongside the celebrations the company is ready to chart the course for visitors.


NZCA to reconnect cruise, tourism industries with eye on October
18 Mar 2022   /

NZCA to reconnect cruise, tourism industries with eye on October

The association will tour the country in May to prepare the regions for a hopeful restart of cruise in October.


For Queenstown, an anxious eye on a winter revival
4 Feb 2022   /

For Queenstown, an anxious eye on a winter revival

A winter recovery rests on further easing of border restrictions.


Few China ITOs left as Lunar New Year holidays start
1 Feb 2022   /

Few China ITOs left as Lunar New Year holidays start

From catering for some of the 400k visitors annually from China, almost all the specialist ITOs have shut their doors.


Intrepid expands in US with acquisition
27 Jan 2022   /

Intrepid expands in US with acquisition

Intrepid Travel has expanded its operations in the US, with the acquisition US tour operator Wildland Trekking.


Intrepid recertifies B Corp status
21 Jan 2022   /

Intrepid recertifies B Corp status

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Auckland Town Hall, Civic tours make a comeback
19 Jan 2022  

Auckland Town Hall, Civic tours make a comeback

The Auckland Town Hall and The Civic Tours are set to make a return come the end of January.


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.


…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag
17 Jan 2022   /

…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag

The recent fine weather is proving just the medicine for tourist-starved operators with outdoor offerings in Rotorua and Taupo, with one operator setting a new visitor record.


Haka Educational Tours highlights animal welfare in tourism
10 Dec 2021   /

Haka Educational Tours highlights animal welfare in tourism

Haka Educational Tours will operate in accordance with a new specific animal welfare policy to show its commitment to responsible travel.


Smooth, steady, slow start for operators under traffic light system
7 Dec 2021   /

Smooth, steady, slow start for operators under traffic light system

The only thing really missing, particularly in Auckland and Northland, is customers.


Wariness, confusion, relief tinge prospects for Auckland operators
2 Dec 2021  

Wariness, confusion, relief tinge prospects for Auckland operators

Tourism businesses across the region re-open their doors tomorrow and some are seeing good demand.


NZ Tourism Awards: Operator takes NZ farm to the world
22 Nov 2021   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Operator takes NZ farm to the world

In the first of a series of profiles leading up to the 2021 NZ Tourism Awards, the Ticker talks to NZ Nature Highlights.


The rise and rise of virtual tours
10 Nov 2021   /

The rise and rise of virtual tours

More and more Kiwi operators are going virtual to find new markets.


Stats reveal scale of tourism sector shrinkage in first year of Covid
2 Nov 2021   /

Stats reveal scale of tourism sector shrinkage in first year of Covid

Tens of thousands of tourism workers were let go and hundreds of businesses closed in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from Stats NZ.


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.


“Overwhelmingly positive” reaction to vaccination mandate – Ultimate Hikes
18 Oct 2021  

“Overwhelmingly positive” reaction to vaccination mandate – Ultimate Hikes

Customer feedback to Ultimate Hikes’ mandating vaccination before being able to go on one of its tours has been overwhelmingly positive, says the operator.


Overseas agents’ “biggest frustration” with NZ
28 Sep 2021   /

Overseas agents’ “biggest frustration” with NZ

A TECNZ poll lays out how international wholesalers and agents are seeing NZ – and it’s not pretty.


Tourism Holdings posts $14.5m loss, sells record number of vehicles
26 Aug 2021  

Tourism Holdings posts $14.5m loss, sells record number of vehicles

The group’s New Zealand tourism business has tipped into the red making a $600k loss.


Active Adventures enters US with Montana acquisition
25 Aug 2021   /

Active Adventures enters US with Montana acquisition

The deal gives Active access to a booming US domestic market as well as expanding its offering to 100+ different trips.


Tourism newbie launches sell out tours to help mental health
17 Aug 2021   /

Tourism newbie launches sell out tours to help mental health

A retired pesticide business owner in Taumarunui has seen success with a new rail tour venture launched in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Queenstown tour named ‘Top Wine Experience’ in world
30 Jul 2021  

Queenstown tour named ‘Top Wine Experience’ in world

Queenstown-based Altitude Tours has been voted the Top Wine Experience in the world in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2021 ‘Best of the Best Awards’.


Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism
20 Jul 2021   /

Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism

A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.


Why we sold Fullers GreatSights – John Thorburn
1 Jul 2021   /

Why we sold Fullers GreatSights – John Thorburn

The decision to sell the Bay of Islands operator was a difficult one to make, says Entrada’s CEO.


Explore buys Fullers GreatSights in Bay of Islands
30 Jun 2021   /

Explore buys Fullers GreatSights in Bay of Islands

The collapse in international tourism was the catalyst for talks, says Explore GM William Goodfellow.


Better demand on horizon for Altitude Tours, Black ZQN – Hobbs
29 Jun 2021   /

Better demand on horizon for Altitude Tours, Black ZQN – Hobbs

The possibility of profit beckons after a long drought and tough restructuring for Queenstown operator.


Leisure Time launches largest tour programme
14 Jun 2021  

Leisure Time launches largest tour programme

Leisure Time Travel has launched its latest travel brochure which it says is its largest touring programme to date.


Perspectives: 50 years young for MoaTrek
8 Jun 2021   /

Perspectives: 50 years young for MoaTrek

MoaTrek managing director Miles Clark writes even a global pandemic hasn’t slowed down the business, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.


CEDA to seek investment for key tourism assets
26 May 2021   /

CEDA to seek investment for key tourism assets

The agency will look for funding for two tourism-related developments in the Manawatū.


Trans-Tasman bubble boosts conference bookings, revenue outlook
30 Apr 2021   /

Trans-Tasman bubble boosts conference bookings, revenue outlook

Hilton Taupo expects revenue to recover to pre-pandemic levels by year-end.


Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age
29 Apr 2021  

Cheers to cellar door rules as wine tourism comes of age

A law change will likely lead to an increase in wine cellar doors and vineyard visitation, says NZ Winegrowers.


Fuller360 suffers 30% drop in passengers across destinations
30 Mar 2021   /

Fuller360 suffers 30% drop in passengers across destinations

Drop mitigated by Kiwi tourists exploring Hauraki Gulf more.


Save the whales? They might save marine tourism as firms seek permits
17 Mar 2021  

Save the whales? They might save marine tourism as firms seek permits

Competition for whale watch customers could soon heat up.


Operator gives $40k ‘thank you’ to BOP locals
15 Mar 2021  

Operator gives $40k ‘thank you’ to BOP locals

Former cruise tour business Mount Classic Tours has donated nearly $40,000 in free transport to 2,162 Bay of Plenty locals and selected “good causes”.


Cruise excursion firm pivots, plans for growth
3 Mar 2021   /

Cruise excursion firm pivots, plans for growth

With the industry yet to revive, one BOP excursion company aims to expand as far as the South Island with a new product.


Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down
26 Feb 2021  

Ten Years On: Quake can’t keep a good entrepreneur down

Hassle-free Tours built back better and bigger after the quakes but Covid is a different challenge.


ProGuidesNZ: STAPP “totally biased and very unjust”
11 Feb 2021   /

ProGuidesNZ: STAPP “totally biased and very unjust”

Support packages awarded to a select number of predominantly large tourist operators were “totally biased and very unjust”.


Q1 travel bubble “game changer” for hard-hit tour operators
18 Dec 2020  

Q1 travel bubble “game changer” for hard-hit tour operators

The tour industry had “gone through the wringer” and 2021 will bring some positive change for the sector.


Tours return to Fiordland sanctuary
15 Dec 2020   /

Tours return to Fiordland sanctuary

Spaces on the tour would be limited to 25 people and run through a ticketing system, costing $10 per person, children free.


Gallery: Weta Workshop Unleashed
14 Dec 2020   /

Gallery: Weta Workshop Unleashed

The Ticker went behind-the-scenes at the new Weta Workshop Unleashed attraction in Auckland last week, set to open to the public tomorrow, Tuesday 15 December.


Opera in the cave – new experience launches at Waitomo
11 Dec 2020   /

Opera in the cave – new experience launches at Waitomo

In a first for NZ, one of the country’s leading tenors will perform in a Discover Waitomo glowworm cave.


Tour operator turns to tea for survival
11 Dec 2020   /

Tour operator turns to tea for survival

Closed international borders meant the operator had to find a new way to support themselves. 


Hobbiton launches ‘Second Breakfast’ tour
10 Dec 2020  

Hobbiton launches ‘Second Breakfast’ tour

The experience would run from Sunday 20 December and would be available for selected weekend departures.