The newly curated self-drive journey product and itinerary aims to encourage visitors to discover new experiences while travelling along State Highway 3.
In a series of profiles leading up to next Thursday’s awards, the Ticker talks to finalist Altitude Tours.
Christchurch Attractions has restarted its Botanic Gardens Tour for the first time since March 2020.
A drive into North America during the pandemic has helped the Queenstown-based operator through Covid.
The industry is struggling with what could be a substantial gap between supply and demand this summer.
The new tours range from six to 17 days with the longest stretching from Auckland to Queenstown.
The small group tour operator ramps up investment as it nears a sell-out of its 150 tours over the 2022-23 season.
Its flagship vessel, the MV Monarch, turns 70 this week, and alongside the celebrations the company is ready to chart the course for visitors.
The association will tour the country in May to prepare the regions for a hopeful restart of cruise in October.
A winter recovery rests on further easing of border restrictions.
From catering for some of the 400k visitors annually from China, almost all the specialist ITOs have shut their doors.
Intrepid Travel has expanded its operations in the US, with the acquisition US tour operator Wildland Trekking.
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The Auckland Town Hall and The Civic Tours are set to make a return come the end of January.
The Coastal Arts Trail has teamed up with Quirky Campers NZ to launch a new art-immersive campervan.
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 will operate in accordance with a new specific animal welfare policy to show its commitment to responsible travel.
The only thing really missing, particularly in Auckland and Northland, is customers.
Tourism businesses across the region re-open their doors tomorrow and some are seeing good demand.
In the first of a series of profiles leading up to the 2021 NZ Tourism Awards, the Ticker talks to NZ Nature Highlights.
More and more Kiwi operators are going virtual to find new markets.
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.
Intrepid acquires Haka Tourism’s tour assets in a sign of confidence in travel to NZ.
Customer feedback to Ultimate Hikes’ mandating vaccination before being able to go on one of its tours has been overwhelmingly positive, says the operator.
A TECNZ poll lays out how international wholesalers and agents are seeing NZ – and it’s not pretty.
The group’s New Zealand tourism business has tipped into the red making a $600k loss.
The deal gives Active access to a booming US domestic market as well as expanding its offering to 100+ different trips.
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-based Altitude Tours has been voted the Top Wine Experience in the world in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2021 ‘Best of the Best Awards’.
A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.
The decision to sell the Bay of Islands operator was a difficult one to make, says Entrada’s CEO.
The collapse in international tourism was the catalyst for talks, says Explore GM William Goodfellow.
The possibility of profit beckons after a long drought and tough restructuring for Queenstown operator.
Leisure Time Travel has launched its latest travel brochure which it says is its largest touring programme to date.
MoaTrek managing director Miles Clark writes even a global pandemic hasn’t slowed down the business, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
The agency will look for funding for two tourism-related developments in the Manawatū.
Hilton Taupo expects revenue to recover to pre-pandemic levels by year-end.
A law change will likely lead to an increase in wine cellar doors and vineyard visitation, says NZ Winegrowers.
Drop mitigated by Kiwi tourists exploring Hauraki Gulf more.
Competition for whale watch customers could soon heat up.
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”.
With the industry yet to revive, one BOP excursion company aims to expand as far as the South Island with a new product.
Hassle-free Tours built back better and bigger after the quakes but Covid is a different challenge.
Support packages awarded to a select number of predominantly large tourist operators were “totally biased and very unjust”.
The tour industry had “gone through the wringer” and 2021 will bring some positive change for the sector.
Spaces on the tour would be limited to 25 people and run through a ticketing system, costing $10 per person, children free.
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.
In a first for NZ, one of the country’s leading tenors will perform in a Discover Waitomo glowworm cave.
Closed international borders meant the operator had to find a new way to support themselves.
The experience would run from Sunday 20 December and would be available for selected weekend departures.