Central North Island operators in the Ruapehu region and Taumarunui are set to benefit from the scenic train’s visits.
Hamilton Zoo is closing for three days next week while roadworks are completed outside the entrance.
The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival will now be known as Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa.
A native pekapeka long-tailed bat has been released back into the wild by Hamilton Zoo and the Department of Conservation and iwi.
Hobbiton Movie Set is adding a new dimension to its Bagshot Row façades to give visitors a chance to explore behind the doors of the iconic Hobbit homes.
Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.
The Department of Conservation has closed the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk in the Waikato region due to erosion risk.
More than 450 guests from around the world gathered at Hobbiton Movie Set Tours near Matamata last week to celebrate International Hobbit Day.
Hamilton’s Claudelands Grandstand is out of action for at least 12 months while remedial works are planned and undertaken to repair borer damage.
Registrations are now open for Tourism Summit Aotearoa and New Zealand Tourism Awards, which will both be held in Hamilton this year.
Kirikiriroa Hamilton and the University of Waikato have welcomed more than 100 international students from 18 countries.
The owner operator is retiring after 20 years in tourism, just as the experience preps to come out of hibernation.
The Tourism Infrastructure Fund has awarded $306,000 to Waitomo District Council for three infrastructure projects.
While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.
There’s a key component missing from the region’s tourism offer, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism’s new CEO.
A washout serves up an off-season challenge for its new owner but bookings look good for spring and summer.
More than 19 events across the Waikato, Rotorua, Taupō and Ruapehu regions have received almost $1.3m in the second round of the Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund.
A new visitor centre, café improvements, and safety and security enhancements will be funded from $1.5m granted to Hamilton Gardens.
It’s a bittersweet end for managing director Darren Mills’ decade operating the Hamilton experience.
The New Zealand Parks Awards have named the best of the country’s recreational spots in Bay of Plenty, Taupō and Upper Hutt.
Tainui Group Holdings and joint venture partner Kiwi Property have announced plans to redevelop Hamilton’s Centre Place and bring a mothballed underground railway station back to life.
The Novotel Tainui Hamilton Hotel has received a Gold Award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2022.
The HSBC New Zealand Sevens will return to Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato on 21-22 January, 2023.
Hamilton Gardens now offers visitors a trip through Egypt with the opening of its Ancient Egyptian Garden today.
Hobbiton Movie Set’s Middle-earth Halfling Marathon near Matamata on Saturday attracted around 2,500 participants and spectators.
The Hobbiton Movie Set on the outskirts of Matamata will host the very first Middle-Earth Halfling Marathon on 30 April.
The government has invested $2.97m into a complete rebuild of the Waikato Rangiriri Pa Trenches complex.
Hamilton City Council will demolish the dilapidated Founders Theatre in the central city to make way for a $4m multi-purpose park and community performance space.
Covid-19 vaccine passes will no longer be a requirement of entry at any Waitomo District Council owned and managed facility come 4 April.
The fund offered businesses $5,000 or more for high-profile events that promoted Hamilton and brought economic benefits to the city.
Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.
Fieldays 2022 has been postponed due to challenges caused by the Omicron outbreak.
H3 is making preparations to ensure the busy schedule of events across its venues this month is not derailed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has won the Social & Environmental Sustainability Award at the annual Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
The ending of STAPP support for the glowworm experiences has seen revenue dry up.
A new business space has launched at Ngāruawāhia aimed at attracting visitors, offering food, local tourism experiences, retail shopping, and professional services.
The casino and hotel operator is in hunker down mode as it controls costs before any meaningful return of international tourists.
Discover Waitomo has won the 2021 Tiakina Taiao Environmental Leadership Award at this year’s Recreation Aotearoa Outdoor Awards.
SkyCity Casino Hamilton has been named a Covid-19 location of interest after a Covid-19 case visited between 5.33pm-6.38pm on Tuesday 25 January.
Bookings for accommodation on the Bachcare platform for the month of January are 17% higher than at the same point in 2020, the company says.
With more people moving to the region and its tourism profile on the up, the Waikato is looking to capitalise on momentum with its new destination management plan.
A former professional rugby player is acquiring Forgotten World Adventures, agreeing to buy it before even visiting.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism development manager Nicola Greenwell will take over as interim general manager of the RTO on 3 February.
Tourism businesses within a few hours drive of Auckland are saying better late than never, and hoping for the increase in traffic to continue as long as possible after the visitor drought in the second half of 2021.
Dawson will join Air New Zealand as its regional affairs manager reporting to Reuben Levermore.
Work on a new entrance to connect Hamilton Zoo and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is entering its second stage, as parts of the entry building open this week.
Waikato Regional Council is urging boaties to be vigilant, with visitor numbers expected to spike this summer.
Hobbiton Movie Set will today mark 20 years since the first instalment of Sir Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy with an outdoor film screening of The Fellowship of the Ring on a 13-metre screen in 4k.
The Waikato River Festival can help divert the flow of tourists from traditional routes to support more operators in the region, says Tainui Waka Tourism.
Ōtorohanga Kiwi House is ready to welcome back Aucklanders from 15 December but does not expect many tourists until March or April next year.