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Waikato & King Country


Hamilton gets ready for ‘pumping’ weekend
15 Jul 2021  

Hamilton gets ready for ‘pumping’ weekend

Two international rugby matches and a sold-out concert all in the space of a few hours for Hamilton


Hamilton Airport joins Airports Council International Asia-Pacific
13 Jul 2021  

Hamilton Airport joins Airports Council International Asia-Pacific

Hamilton Airport has become the eighth New Zealand airport to become an ACI member.


Te Huia service boosting weekend leisure travel – Dawson
8 Jul 2021  

Te Huia service boosting weekend leisure travel – Dawson

The service has attracted criticism for low weekday passengers but Saturday services can be full.


Hamilton Zoo chimp euthanised
8 Jul 2021  

Hamilton Zoo chimp euthanised

Sally the chimpanzee at Hamilton Zoo is dead.


Operators back SWDC’s tourism move to go it alone
5 Jul 2021   /

Operators back SWDC’s tourism move to go it alone

Tourism operators in South Waikato say they support leaving the region’s RTO and hope that forging their own path will lead to better outcomes.


Waitomo marks Matariki with glowing programme
5 Jul 2021  

Waitomo marks Matariki with glowing programme

Waitomo is celebrating Matariki with eight days of events from 3-10 July, alongside hosted cave tours and underground boat rides.


Hamilton & Waikato Tourism suffers funding cut as council walks
2 Jul 2021   /

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism suffers funding cut as council walks

South Waikato District Council goes it alone claiming it doesn’t get good bang for buck.


Fieldays success delivers economic cheer for Waikato winter
30 Jun 2021  

Fieldays success delivers economic cheer for Waikato winter

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson says more hotels would be key to boost the events economic impact.


Central North Island RTOs fund 15 events from REF
24 Jun 2021   /

Central North Island RTOs fund 15 events from REF

The regions of Waikato, Rotorua, Taupō, and Ruapehu will produce a total of 15 events across the area with an initial round of funding worth $1.6m from the Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund (REF).


Registrations open for Tourism Summit Aoteroa’s Hamilton debut
23 Jun 2021   /

Registrations open for Tourism Summit Aoteroa’s Hamilton debut

Tourism Summit Aotearoa will be held in the Waikato for the first time on 1 September.


Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities
17 Jun 2021  

Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities

Activities range from kite flying to weaving.


Adventure park, accommodation mooted for Hamilton site
16 Jun 2021  

Adventure park, accommodation mooted for Hamilton site

Titles for first”superlots” in Te Awa Lakes project likely available mid-2022.


Hamilton events venue to be renamed in September
16 Jun 2021  

Hamilton events venue to be renamed in September

Naming rights signed for five years, extendable for another five.


Hamilton Waikato Tourism secures $575k for film initiative
10 Jun 2021  

Hamilton Waikato Tourism secures $575k for film initiative

Wharf project receives $2 million, while Hamilton-Waikato Tourism gets one-off grant of $575,000 over three year period.


Waikato-Auckland rail service gets boost in long term plan
31 May 2021  

Waikato-Auckland rail service gets boost in long term plan

Saturday train services to to be extended.


Proposed attraction turns to crowdfunding for $500k
27 May 2021  

Proposed attraction turns to crowdfunding for $500k

Waikato Culture Park is seeking $500,000 crowdfunding platform Pledge Me to raise funds for its proposed development.


Hamilton streets to get temporary makeover
26 May 2021   /

Hamilton streets to get temporary makeover

Trial projects part of Waka Kotahi-NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People programme.


Hamilton secures TIA’s tourism summit, industry awards
13 May 2021  

Hamilton secures TIA’s tourism summit, industry awards

The 2021 Tourism Summit Aotearoa will be held on Wednesday 1 September.


Hobbiton marks ‘millionth litre’ of ale, expands distribution
13 May 2021  

Hobbiton marks ‘millionth litre’ of ale, expands distribution

Hobbiton Movie Set’s The Green Dragon Inn pub is celebrating pouring its millionth litre of brew and is launching a celebratory limited-edition ale to mark the occasion.


‘Get an Aussie in free’ at Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11 May 2021  

‘Get an Aussie in free’ at Waitomo Glowworm Caves

New campaign aims to drive visitation to region, runs to 30 June.


Hamilton street set to become pedestrian mall
3 May 2021  

Hamilton street set to become pedestrian mall

Endemic speed violations factor into decision to make area pedestrian-only.


Airport CEO wins business leader award
30 Apr 2021  

Airport CEO wins business leader award

Waikato Regional Airport chief executive Mark Morgan has been awarded Business Leader of the Year at the 2021 Waipa Business Awards in Hamilton.


DOC reopens popular Hacket Track – but only temporarily
30 Apr 2021   /

DOC reopens popular Hacket Track – but only temporarily

The Department of Conservation has re-opened the Hacket Track in the Mount Richmond Forest Park in Marlborough, with a temporary trail around a landslip on 13 April.


DOC reopens Waikato track with upgrades
19 Apr 2021   /

DOC reopens Waikato track with upgrades

Waikato’s popular southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway can appeal to wider range of users.


Travel bubble “not all positive” for Waikato tourism
15 Apr 2021  

Travel bubble “not all positive” for Waikato tourism

Australian options may increase competition for domestic tourists, says a Waikato economist.


Balmes bring Forgotten World Adventures to market
6 Apr 2021  

Balmes bring Forgotten World Adventures to market

The attraction has had a bumper year making it the perfect time to sell, say owners Ian and Rachel Balme.


Auckland, Hamilton launch first joint campaign
23 Mar 2021   /

Auckland, Hamilton launch first joint campaign

Auckland Unlimited and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism have launched a month-long joint venture campaign.


DOC adds Waikato hut to online booking system
18 Mar 2021   /

DOC adds Waikato hut to online booking system

Trampers to Waikato’s Pahautea Hut in Pirongia Forest Park are now asked to book their stay via DOC’s online booking system.


DOC calls for more Māui dolphin sightings for survey
12 Mar 2021   /

DOC calls for more Māui dolphin sightings for survey

The Department of Conservation is asking for Waikato west coast boaties to continue to report Māui dolphin sightings. 


$8bn transport investment up for public consultation
24 Feb 2021   /

$8bn transport investment up for public consultation

A draft plan for an $8bn upgrade in Waikato transport infrastructure has been signed-off for public consultation.


Waikato – Auckland rail service launch date confirmed
11 Feb 2021  

Waikato – Auckland rail service launch date confirmed

There would be two return services on weekdays to get commuters to Papakura in time for the start of the workday.


Pureora hunting competition back for 2021
10 Feb 2021   /

Pureora hunting competition back for 2021

The annual Pureora Forest Park Hunting Competition will return for 2021 after being cancelled last year due to Covid-19.


How one remote operator is having a “fantastic” summer…
2 Feb 2021  

How one remote operator is having a “fantastic” summer…

As the industry splits into boom and bust regions, one operator reveals how it bucked the trend.


New transport hub opens in Hamilton
1 Feb 2021  

New transport hub opens in Hamilton

The hub would be a major connection point for buses, as well as providing a rail station for the Waikato to Auckland passenger rail service Te Huia.


Discover Waitomo workers redeployed to $500k project
28 Jan 2021   /

Discover Waitomo workers redeployed to $500k project

The $500,000 project will save ten local jobs by deploying workers from Discover Waitomo into nature-based jobs.


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.


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.


Waikato attractions to benefit from combined infra projects
10 Dec 2020  

Waikato attractions to benefit from combined infra projects

Hamilton City Council will combine three high profile infrastructure projects to improve access to the Hamilton Zoo and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.


Hamilton events allowed food stalls
9 Dec 2020  

Hamilton events allowed food stalls

Food trucks and mobile shops can operate provided it was part of a permitted wider event.


Heritage B&B comes to market
24 Nov 2020  

Heritage B&B comes to market

The heritage Villa Walton bed and breakfast in Matamata has been put on the market for sale.


Waikato River Authority calls for tougher regulations on freedom camping
20 Nov 2020  

Waikato River Authority calls for tougher regulations on freedom camping

The Waikato River Authority is calling for a full review of freedom camping regulations in order to protect the country’s waterways.


HCC asks for feedback on $19.6m Rototuna village development
18 Nov 2020   /

HCC asks for feedback on $19.6m Rototuna village development

The project included a library, community hub/meeting rooms, a village square, open recreation and play spaces, and a potential privately owned and operated pool.


Hamilton Zoo recognised for animal welfare practices
6 Nov 2020   /

Hamilton Zoo recognised for animal welfare practices

Zoo director Dr Baird Fleming said it reflected the importance the zoo team placed on the wellbeing of the animals in their care.


Waikato scoops national, international awards
3 Nov 2020  

Waikato scoops national, international awards

The Waikato region has won a number of national awards for its people, places and events.


One-off Te Huia rail charter proposed
2 Nov 2020  

One-off Te Huia rail charter proposed

A weekend charter service using Te Huia rail carriages will operate in January, providing a one-off experience for visitors to the Waikato and Auckland regions.


Waikato river works open tourism opportunities
30 Oct 2020  

Waikato river works open tourism opportunities

Work will get underway next week on a major project in central Hamilton aimed at making the river more accessible, boosting river tourism and safeguarding essential infrastructure.


BOP jet boat experience comes to market
23 Oct 2020  

BOP jet boat experience comes to market

Bay of Plenty operator New Zealand Riverjet is up for sale.


Hamilton Zoo’s Sally the chimp turns 50
20 Oct 2020  

Hamilton Zoo’s Sally the chimp turns 50

Chimpanzee Sally, Hamilton Zoo’s oldest resident, has turned 50.


TLC, Waitomo operators band together to boost business
16 Oct 2020  

TLC, Waitomo operators band together to boost business

Power firm The Lines Company and a group of Waitomo-based adventure tourism operators have banded together to boost tourism sales.


Prawn park among latest to secure $500k STAPP grants
2 Oct 2020  

Prawn park among latest to secure $500k STAPP grants

Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell, Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Limited, and Huka Prawn Park near Taupō are the latest attractions to have secured Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme funding.