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8 Jul 2020   /

Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild

The Government will invest nearly $3m into the Buller District Council to kick start the post-Covid 19 rebuild.


TOP 10, Tourism Holdings partner on pop-up camper network
7 Jul 2020   /

TOP 10, Tourism Holdings partner on pop-up camper network

TOP 10 Holiday Parks has teamed up with Tourism Holdings-owned Britz motorhomes to open a raft of pop-up motorhome branches across the country.


Wellington Airport Flyer back on the job
7 Jul 2020   /

Wellington Airport Flyer back on the job

NZ Bus has resumed its Wellington Airport Flyer service.


Carpark queues ‘thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu – RAL
30 Jun 2020  

Carpark queues ‘thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu – RAL

Queuing for a carpark will become ‘a thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu’s Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Fields, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.


InterCity expands Northland services
29 Jun 2020  

InterCity expands Northland services

The services would operate on a reduced schedule, four days per week.


Auckland streets upgrade plan secures $1.4m funding
24 Jun 2020  

Auckland streets upgrade plan secures $1.4m funding

Auckland will receive around $1.4m in new funding from the Government’s Innovating Streets for People programme.


New airport electric bus route to launch next year
15 Jun 2020   /

New airport electric bus route to launch next year

Auckland Transport’s new bus route using electric buses operated by Go Bus will be launched in the first half of 2021.


Avis, Budget remove cancellation fees
2 Jun 2020   /

Avis, Budget remove cancellation fees

Avis and Budget Car Rentals have removed cancellation fees for booking made before 31 August 2020. 


Entrada cuts 80 staff, InterCity resumes services
27 May 2020   /

Entrada cuts 80 staff, InterCity resumes services

Physical distancing measures meant there would be reduced seating capacity, and services might run at a loss.


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.


Black Cat retains Diamond Harbour ferry contract
22 May 2020  

Black Cat retains Diamond Harbour ferry contract

Lyttelton-based Black Cat Cruises has been awarded the contract for the Diamond Harbour ferry service for the next 12 years.


Operators adapt as vehicle rental industry stays subdued – Westpac
21 May 2020   /

Operators adapt as vehicle rental industry stays subdued – Westpac

Plummeting demand for passenger and recreational vehicle rentals due to the tourism shutdown looks set to continue for quite some time, according to Westpac.


Road Guru launches Save My Bucket List initiative
20 May 2020   /

Road Guru launches Save My Bucket List initiative

Driver guide platform Road Guru has developed a new website allowing people to buy vouchers from their favourite New Zealand tourism experiences in an effort to support the hard-hit sector.


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. 


Wairarapa train services to resume from next week
1 May 2020  

Wairarapa train services to resume from next week

Wairarapa Train services will return to their regular timetable from Monday, May 4 in line with the return to normal timetables for all Metlink rail services, according to the Greater Wellington Regional Council.


What alert levels 3 and 2 mean for NZ travel
23 Apr 2020   /

What alert levels 3 and 2 mean for NZ travel

Airlines will still be required to severely restrict their capacity to meet physical distancing requirements at Covid-19 alert level 2, according to the Ministry of Transport.


KiwiRail starts track maintenance programme
23 Apr 2020   /

KiwiRail starts track maintenance programme

A significant track maintenance programme is underway on Auckland’s Eastern train line, says KiwiRail. 


Kawau Cruises to run essential ferry services
20 Apr 2020   /

Kawau Cruises to run essential ferry services

A passenger ferry service between Kawau Island and Auckland’s mainland will continue so residents can replenish supplies and access essential services.


Public feedback open for $360m Northern Pathway ramp
17 Apr 2020  

Public feedback open for $360m Northern Pathway ramp

More detail has been provided about the proposed walking and cycling link over the Auckland Harbour Bridge by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Tour operator Headfirst Travel pivots to delivery services
16 Apr 2020  

Tour operator Headfirst Travel pivots to delivery services

Tour drivers who previously ferried visitors are being hired for a new personal shopping service.


Otago council seeks feedback on Wakatipu ferry
15 Apr 2020   /

Otago council seeks feedback on Wakatipu ferry

The Otago Regional Council will open online consultation on a proposed 18-month trial of a public service water ferry on Lake Wakatipu.


Driver licensing and vehicle requirements to be extended
14 Apr 2020   /

Driver licensing and vehicle requirements to be extended

Legislative changes to driver licensing and vehicle certification requirements will help drivers safely navigate the Covid-19 lockdown.


Travellers get real-time transport capacity data
8 Apr 2020  

Travellers get real-time transport capacity data

Auckland Transport has updated its AT Mobile app to show users how many people are on a train in real time.


BCA hits out against double dipping claims
6 Apr 2020   /

BCA hits out against double dipping claims

The Bus and Coach Association says it is “dumbfounded” by the suggestion of one union organisation that bus companies are ‘double dipping’ on the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme.


Virtual public consultation on Auckland to North Shore link
31 Mar 2020  

Virtual public consultation on Auckland to North Shore link

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on the dedicated walking and cycling link between central Auckland and the North Shore.


Non-essential marine use “unacceptable” – harbourmasters
27 Mar 2020   /

Non-essential marine use “unacceptable” – harbourmasters

Harbourmasters from across the country are urging boaties to stay off the water during the four-week long Covid-19 lockdown.


Police manage congestion at ferry terminals
25 Mar 2020   /

Police manage congestion at ferry terminals

Police in Picton say they are providing traffic management support at the ferry terminals in the town due to heavy congestion.


Public transport still safe to use – NZTA
20 Mar 2020   /

Public transport still safe to use – NZTA

It is still safe to use public transport if you are well, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Govt to invest $54bn in transport over the next 10 years
20 Mar 2020   /

Govt to invest $54bn in transport over the next 10 years

The Government will invest a record $54b in its balanced transport policy over the next decade.


InterCity reassures on cleaning and flexible fares
19 Mar 2020   /

InterCity reassures on cleaning and flexible fares

InterCity says all bus services are operating as usual.


Trains, buses, ferries to be cleaned
18 Mar 2020   /

Trains, buses, ferries to be cleaned

Metlink is rolling out new precautionary cleaning measures across rail, bus, and ferry today to give passengers further peace of mind.


NZTA outlines increased Milford access proposals
6 Mar 2020   /

NZTA outlines increased Milford access proposals

An increase in daily convoys into Milford Sound and night-time public access are two measures being proposed to widen access to the popular destination.


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.


Milford Sound convoys continue – no private vehicle access
26 Feb 2020   /

Milford Sound convoys continue – no private vehicle access

Convoys of buses for visitors and essential services vehicles to Milford Sound Piopiotahi are continuing this week, with a small change in frequency and timing from Thursday.


First buses get into Milford Sound
24 Feb 2020   /

First buses get into Milford Sound

The first convoys, including visitor buses into Milford Sound Piopiotahi since the torrential rain of just over a fortnight ago, have gone smoothly.


Buses to return to Milford Sound from Friday
20 Feb 2020  

Buses to return to Milford Sound from Friday

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reconnecting Milford Sound Piopiotahi for tourist bus travellers alongside essential service vehicles from this Friday.


Milford Road repairs under way
11 Feb 2020   /

Milford Road repairs under way

Good progress building a four-wheel drive, single lane route into Milford Sound Piopiotahi has been made in the past few days of sunshine


NZTA: Busy week on roads as travellers head to events
3 Feb 2020  

NZTA: Busy week on roads as travellers head to events

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is warning motorists of a busy week in Dunedin as international entertainers take to the stage.


Lifeline for Go Orange’s Queenstown ferry service
31 Jan 2020   /

Lifeline for Go Orange’s Queenstown ferry service

Go Orange’s Lake Wakatipu ferry service has been thrown a lifeline as the Otago Regional Council proposes adding a water ferry to Queenstown’s public transport network.


Road to relief for resort’s traffic woes in $90m package
30 Jan 2020   /

Road to relief for resort’s traffic woes in $90m package

The new investment will help Queenstown cope with a growing number of tourists and residents.


NZTA urges summer drivers to plan ahead in the South Island
19 Dec 2019  

NZTA urges summer drivers to plan ahead in the South Island

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging people to prepare for the unexpected when travelling on roads in the South Island this summer. 


West Coast gets SH6 reopening for Christmas
16 Dec 2019  

West Coast gets SH6 reopening for Christmas

NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that it is aiming to fully reopen State Highway 6 south of Hokitika to Makarora in Otago in time for Christmas.


Forgotten World Highway’s Tunnel Hill back in business
16 Dec 2019  

Forgotten World Highway’s Tunnel Hill back in business

A section of the Forgotten World Highway at Tunnel Hill, Aukopae, which has been closed since 15 October due to a large underslip, has reopened to one lane of traffic.


QLDC: Lake levels dropping, clean up continues
13 Dec 2019   /

QLDC: Lake levels dropping, clean up continues

Wakatipu and Wānaka lake levels have continued to recede, allowing Queenstown Lakes District Council to continue clean-up efforts across the district and particularly in the Wānaka CBD.


Operators welcome reopening of SH6 south
11 Dec 2019   /

Operators welcome reopening of SH6 south

West Coast tourism operators have welcomed the announcement that State Highway 6 from Whataroa – located north of Franz Josef – right through to Wanaka will re-open tomorrow.


Council seeks $415m to improve train network
10 Dec 2019  

Council seeks $415m to improve train network

Greater Wellington Regional Council has made a business case to the tune of $415m for the delivery of the new trains and associated network improvements in the face of accelerated regional population growth. 


West Coast: Visitors hit the road as timeline for SH6 reopening emerges
10 Dec 2019   /

West Coast: Visitors hit the road as timeline for SH6 reopening emerges

Operators returning to ‘business as usual’ as police convoy escorts visitors from Fox, Franz air evacuations continue and timeline for re-opening of southern portion of SH6 emerges.


New park and ride facility for Auckland Airport
2 Dec 2019   /

New park and ride facility for Auckland Airport

Work has begun on a second Park & Ride facility at Auckland Airport that aims to boost options for access to the terminals and reduce the number of vehicles on the precinct’s busy road network.


Stopping areas of Milford Sound highway to close due to rockfall risk
21 Nov 2019   /

Stopping areas of Milford Sound highway to close due to rockfall risk

Two stopping areas on the Milford Sound highway (SH94) will close for the summer season, due to increased rockfall risk.


ORC to present case for Queenstown ferry as Go Orange bows out
21 Nov 2019  

ORC to present case for Queenstown ferry as Go Orange bows out

The Otago Regional Council is developing a business case for a water ferry on Lake Wakatipu, following news this week Go Orange will cease its public scheduled ferry services come the end of February 2020.