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Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities
17 Nov 2022   /

Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities

Central North Island operators in the Ruapehu region and Taumarunui are set to benefit from the scenic train’s visits.


Hamilton Zoo closing for three days
16 Nov 2022  

Hamilton Zoo closing for three days

Hamilton Zoo is closing for three days next week while roadworks are completed outside the entrance.


Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival rebrands
10 Nov 2022   /

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival rebrands

The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival will now be known as Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa.


Hamilton Zoo, DOC set long-tailed bat free
9 Nov 2022   /

Hamilton Zoo, DOC set long-tailed bat free

A native pekapeka long-tailed bat has been released back into the wild by Hamilton Zoo and the Department of Conservation and iwi.


Hobbiton digs deeper into iconic experience to explore hobbit holes
8 Nov 2022  

Hobbiton digs deeper into iconic experience to explore hobbit holes

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.


Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return
26 Oct 2022   /

Post-Covid high for Labour Weekend as visitors return

Operators say good weather and the return of cruise contribute to the best customer numbers since Covid began.


DOC closes natural bridge walk
11 Oct 2022   /

DOC closes natural bridge walk

The Department of Conservation has closed the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk in the Waikato region due to erosion risk.


Overseas visitors return for International Hobbit Day
27 Sep 2022   /

Overseas visitors return for International Hobbit Day

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 venue closed for repairs
22 Sep 2022   /

Hamilton’s Claudelands Grandstand venue closed for repairs

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 open for TIA’s summit, NZ Tourism Awards
17 Aug 2022   /

Registrations open for TIA’s summit, NZ Tourism Awards

Registrations are now open for Tourism Summit Aotearoa and New Zealand Tourism Awards, which will both be held in Hamilton this year.


Hamilton highlights culture as international students return
9 Aug 2022  

Hamilton highlights culture as international students return

Kirikiriroa Hamilton and the University of Waikato have welcomed more than 100 international students from 18 countries.


NZ Riverjet comes to market after Berryman calls time
4 Aug 2022   /

NZ Riverjet comes to market after Berryman calls time

The owner operator is retiring after 20 years in tourism, just as the experience preps to come out of hibernation.


Waitomo welcomes $306k TIF support
27 Jul 2022   /

Waitomo welcomes $306k TIF support

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund has awarded $306,000 to Waitomo District Council for three infrastructure projects.


Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies
25 Jul 2022   /

Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies

While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.


Nicola Greenwell: What Waikato needs to be a tourism mecca
21 Jul 2022  

Nicola Greenwell: What Waikato needs to be a tourism mecca

There’s a key component missing from the region’s tourism offer, says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism’s new CEO.


Winter woe for Forgotten World Adventures but strong season potential ahead
20 Jul 2022   /

Winter woe for Forgotten World Adventures but strong season potential ahead

A washout serves up an off-season challenge for its new owner but bookings look good for spring and summer.


…while Thermal Explorer events share $1.3m funding
13 Jul 2022   /

…while Thermal Explorer events share $1.3m funding

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.


New visitor centre in $1.5m Hamilton Gardens upgrade
29 Jun 2022   /

New visitor centre in $1.5m Hamilton Gardens upgrade

A new visitor centre, café improvements, and safety and security enhancements will be funded from $1.5m granted to Hamilton Gardens.


Waikato River Explorer charts new course as business goes up for sale
27 Jun 2022   /

Waikato River Explorer charts new course as business goes up for sale

It’s a bittersweet end for managing director Darren Mills’ decade operating the Hamilton experience.


BOP, Taupō, Upper Hutt top winners at NZ Parks Awards
27 Jun 2022   /

BOP, Taupō, Upper Hutt top winners at NZ Parks Awards

The New Zealand Parks Awards have named the best of the country’s recreational spots in Bay of Plenty, Taupō and Upper Hutt.


Hamilton plan hopes to revive city centre station
13 Jun 2022   /

Hamilton plan hopes to revive city centre station

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.


Novotel Tainui awarded gold for cultural design
8 Jun 2022   /

Novotel Tainui awarded gold for cultural design

The Novotel Tainui Hamilton Hotel has received a Gold Award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2022.


NZ Sevens returning to Hamilton in 2023
31 May 2022  

NZ Sevens returning to Hamilton in 2023

The HSBC New Zealand Sevens will return to Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato on 21-22 January, 2023.


Hamilton unveils Ancient Egyptian Garden
10 May 2022  

Hamilton unveils Ancient Egyptian Garden

Hamilton Gardens now offers visitors a trip through Egypt with the opening of its Ancient Egyptian Garden today.


Hobbiton’s Halfling Marathon attracts 2.5k runners, viewers
2 May 2022   /

Hobbiton’s Halfling Marathon attracts 2.5k runners, viewers

Hobbiton Movie Set’s Middle-earth Halfling Marathon near Matamata on Saturday attracted around 2,500 participants and spectators.


Middle-earth first: Hobbiton marathon starts Saturday
29 Apr 2022   /

Middle-earth first: Hobbiton marathon starts Saturday

The Hobbiton Movie Set on the outskirts of Matamata will host the very first Middle-Earth Halfling Marathon on 30 April.


Rangiriri pā secures $3m from PGF
27 Apr 2022   /

Rangiriri pā secures $3m from PGF

The government has invested $2.97m into a complete rebuild of the Waikato Rangiriri Pa Trenches complex.


Hamilton’s Founders Theatre to be demolished
27 Apr 2022  

Hamilton’s Founders Theatre to be demolished

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.


Waitomo council to remove vaccine pass mandate
30 Mar 2022   /

Waitomo council to remove vaccine pass mandate

Covid-19 vaccine passes will no longer be a requirement of entry at any Waitomo District Council owned and managed facility come 4 April.


Hamilton launches 2022 major event fund
22 Mar 2022   /

Hamilton launches 2022 major event fund

The fund offered businesses $5,000 or more for high-profile events that promoted Hamilton and brought economic benefits to the city.


Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival
17 Mar 2022   /

Operators relieved, look to summer 2022-23 for revival

Tourism businesses welcome the new border re-opening dates but it will take months for many to enjoy the benefits.


Fieldays 2022 postponed…
14 Mar 2022  

Fieldays 2022 postponed…

Fieldays 2022 has been postponed due to challenges caused by the Omicron outbreak.


…while Hamilton’s H3 venues brace against Omicron
14 Mar 2022  

…while Hamilton’s H3 venues brace against Omicron

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 wins sustainability award
14 Mar 2022   /

Sanctuary Mountain wins sustainability award

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has won the Social & Environmental Sustainability Award at the annual Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.


THL’s Waitomo losses balloon 387%
25 Feb 2022   /

THL’s Waitomo losses balloon 387%

The ending of STAPP support for the glowworm experiences has seen revenue dry up.


New hotspot launches at Ngāruawāhia
16 Feb 2022  

New hotspot launches at Ngāruawāhia

A new business space has launched at Ngāruawāhia aimed at attracting visitors, offering food, local tourism experiences, retail shopping, and professional services.


“We don’t see an environment where we are shut” – SkyCity’s Ahearne
15 Feb 2022  

“We don’t see an environment where we are shut” – SkyCity’s Ahearne

The casino and hotel operator is in hunker down mode as it controls costs before any meaningful return of international tourists.


Discover Waitomo wins at outdoor awards
8 Feb 2022   /

Discover Waitomo wins at outdoor awards

Discover Waitomo has won the 2021 Tiakina Taiao Environmental Leadership Award at this year’s Recreation Aotearoa Outdoor Awards.


SkyCity Casino Hamilton a location of interest
2 Feb 2022   /

SkyCity Casino Hamilton a location of interest

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.


Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs
25 Jan 2022  

Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs

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.


Departing Dawson’s message to successor: Here’s your top priority
24 Jan 2022   /

Departing Dawson’s message to successor: Here’s your top priority

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.


FWA sold sight unseen – the rugby champ ready to tackle NZ tourism
21 Jan 2022   /

FWA sold sight unseen – the rugby champ ready to tackle NZ tourism

A former professional rugby player is acquiring Forgotten World Adventures, agreeing to buy it before even visiting.


Hamilton & Waikato Tourism appoints interim GM
20 Jan 2022   /

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism appoints interim GM

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism development manager Nicola Greenwell will take over as interim general manager of the RTO on 3 February.


Mixed tourism performance for Auckland’s regional neighbours…
17 Jan 2022   /

Mixed tourism performance for Auckland’s regional neighbours…

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.


Hamilton & Waikato Tourism CEO Jason Dawson resigns
16 Dec 2021   /

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism CEO Jason Dawson resigns

Dawson will join Air New Zealand as its regional affairs manager reporting to Reuben Levermore.


First phase finished for ‘world-class’ wildlife destination
16 Dec 2021  

First phase finished for ‘world-class’ wildlife destination

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 warns boaties beware as visitors set to surge
16 Dec 2021  

Waikato warns boaties beware as visitors set to surge

Waikato Regional Council is urging boaties to be vigilant, with visitor numbers expected to spike this summer.


Hobbiton celebrates 20 years of NZ as Middle-earth
10 Dec 2021  

Hobbiton celebrates 20 years of NZ as Middle-earth

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.


Tainui looks to river festival to broaden, boost tourism
9 Dec 2021   /

Tainui looks to river festival to broaden, boost tourism

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: Slow summer ahead, $8m development on track
8 Dec 2021   /

Ōtorohanga Kiwi House: Slow summer ahead, $8m development on track

Ōtorohanga Kiwi House is ready to welcome back Aucklanders from 15 December but does not expect many tourists until March or April next year.