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Fault mapping raises tsunami hazard for Wānaka
26 Feb 2021  

Fault mapping raises tsunami hazard for Wānaka

Seismic mapping of the bed of Lake Wānaka has provided further evidence of a likely active fault at the popular destination.


Cardrona confirms Willows Quad for winter ’21
24 Feb 2021  

Cardrona confirms Willows Quad for winter ’21

Cardrona Alpine Resort will open its 65 hectare Willows Basin in time for this winter’s ski season following the installation of a chairlift.


Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels
15 Feb 2021  

Herwegh Vonk swoops on NZ hostels

YHA sells five hostels in what it says is a reflection of the distressed nature of the tourism industry.


Barke takes top job at LWT, sets out 2021 priorities
5 Feb 2021   /

Barke takes top job at LWT, sets out 2021 priorities

The former operator says the biggest priorities for the Regional Tourism Organisation at the moment “are around trying to help businesses in the industry here survive”.


Queenstown, Wānaka launch business confidence survey
5 Feb 2021  

Queenstown, Wānaka launch business confidence survey

The Queenstown and Wanaka Chambers of Commerce have launched an annual business confidence survey to provide greater insights into the local economy.


Third stage of Wānaka lakefront development begins
29 Jan 2021  

Third stage of Wānaka lakefront development begins

The work would see the implementation of Te Ara Wānaka, a shared pathway, for pedestrians and cyclists along Lakeside Road, and a separate boardwalk along the lake’s edge.


Lake Wānaka Tourism kicks off ‘Local’s Choice ‘competition
27 Jan 2021   /

Lake Wānaka Tourism kicks off ‘Local’s Choice ‘competition

Lake Wānaka Tourism has launched the Local’s Choice Wanaka 2020 competition.


Snow closes summer activities at ski resorts
20 Jan 2021  

Snow closes summer activities at ski resorts

Snow blanketing southern ski fields has forced them to close their summer activity operations.


TAIC: Mast bumping likely cause of chopper fatality
27 Nov 2020   /

TAIC: Mast bumping likely cause of chopper fatality

Unexpected turbulence probably contributed to the crash that claimed Wanaka pilot Matthew Wallis.


Group criticises QAC for “misleading” on Wānaka Airport
6 Nov 2020  

Group criticises QAC for “misleading” on Wānaka Airport

The public is being misled by Queenstown Airport Corporation and majority shareholder Queenstown Lakes District Council about their plans for Wānaka Airport, says the Wānaka Stakeholders Group.


Australia “critical breath of oxygen” for Wānaka – LWT’s Barke
5 Nov 2020  

Australia “critical breath of oxygen” for Wānaka – LWT’s Barke

We need to keep as many operators as possible alive, says Lake Wānaka Tourism’s acting GM.


Better than expected ski season allows 2021 capex
30 Oct 2020  

Better than expected ski season allows 2021 capex

Operators are planning for a domestic-only 2021 and are growing warier of the effects of global warming.


Robertson: I don’t want to “go backwards” on STAPP
7 Oct 2020  

Robertson: I don’t want to “go backwards” on STAPP

The finance minister rejects revisiting how the programme allocated funds, despite operator concerns.


New wine and food festival for Wānaka
7 Oct 2020   /

New wine and food festival for Wānaka

A new wine and food festival has been announced for Wānaka, taking place over Otago Anniversary weekend next year. 


Wanaka launches new creative sector event
1 Oct 2020  

Wanaka launches new creative sector event

Wanaka has launched a new event, Toi, in a bid to champion its creative sector.


Alpine Group launches ‘world first’ heli-adventure
24 Sep 2020  

Alpine Group launches ‘world first’ heli-adventure

Wanaka and Queenstown operator Alpine Group has launched what it calls a ‘world first’ heli-adventure.


Ridgeline Adventures jointly leads nominations at NZ Food Awards
17 Sep 2020  

Ridgeline Adventures jointly leads nominations at NZ Food Awards

Wanaka 4WD tour operator Ridgeline Adventures is a finalist in three categories at the 2020 New Zealand Food Awards.


Wānaka generates ‘highest ever’ interest in Sounds Air service – CEO
8 Sep 2020  

Wānaka generates ‘highest ever’ interest in Sounds Air service – CEO

Andrew Crawford says his new Wānaka to Christchurch service is simply “giving people what they want”.


LWT relaunches LoveWanaka campaign
7 Sep 2020  

LWT relaunches LoveWanaka campaign

Lake Wanaka Tourism has revitalised its local campaign, LoveWanaka, Supporting Local, ahead of the shoulder season.


Experience Co’s NZ operations suffer, one jump site mothballed
28 Aug 2020   /

Experience Co’s NZ operations suffer, one jump site mothballed

Revenue from the operator’s NZ jump sites has been hit hard by the pandemic.


Take off for Sounds Air Wānaka – Christchurch flights
24 Aug 2020  

Take off for Sounds Air Wānaka – Christchurch flights

Flights would run daily with 12 return services a week, using Sounds Air’s turbo-prop Pilatus PC12 aircraft.


LWT and Winter Games to host an outdoor film event
7 Aug 2020   /

LWT and Winter Games to host an outdoor film event

Lake Wānaka Tourism and Winter Games NZ will together host an outdoor film event showcasing the town’s mountain culture and the final event of the Winter Games NZ Obsidian.


LWT appoints former Totally Tourism boss to acting GM
6 Aug 2020   /

LWT appoints former Totally Tourism boss to acting GM

Lake Wanaka Tourism has appointed Tim Barke as acting general manager.


Tarras airport good for tourism? Views from local industry
23 Jul 2020  

Tarras airport good for tourism? Views from local industry

Will Otago tourism swing in behind a new international airport at Tarras?


Queenstown, Wanaka RTOs team up in campaign first
23 Jul 2020   /

Queenstown, Wanaka RTOs team up in campaign first

In a first for Queenstown Lakes, the district’s two RTOs have teamed up to launch a local campaign.


NZ vineyards recognised as top wine destinations
16 Jul 2020   /

NZ vineyards recognised as top wine destinations

Rippon and Craggy Range have been included in the top 20 of the world’s top wine tourism destinations in the 2020 World’s Best Vineyard Awards.


Sounds Air targets Sept take-off from Wanaka after “overwhelming support”
9 Jul 2020   /

Sounds Air targets Sept take-off from Wanaka after “overwhelming support”

The airline is proposing a scheduled direct service with up to 15 return flights a week.


Gallery: Ardern, Davis visit Cardrona, Queenstown
29 Jun 2020   /

Gallery: Ardern, Davis visit Cardrona, Queenstown

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern and tourism minister Kelvin Davis visited the Queenstown Lakes District on Friday spending the morning at Wayfare’s Cardrona Alpine Resort, near Wanaka, before a tour in the afternoon of its TSS Earnslaw steamer boat in Queenstown.


Winter Games NZ branded ‘Obsidian’, 2020 dates set
26 Jun 2020   /

Winter Games NZ branded ‘Obsidian’, 2020 dates set

Winter Games NZ has branded this year’s event ‘Obsidian’ and confirmed it will be on from 10-20 August.


Survey results to determine Chch to Wanaka flights – Sounds Air
26 Jun 2020  

Survey results to determine Chch to Wanaka flights – Sounds Air

Regional airline Sounds Air may launch a Christchurch to Wanaka weekly service depending on whether a survey indicates sufficient support.


QLDC cuts funding as tourism income falls by $10m
23 Jun 2020   /

QLDC cuts funding as tourism income falls by $10m

The council will take $445k from its tourism promotion budget, meaning less money for the region’s destination marketing bodies.


Lake Wanaka Tourism launches lockdown video series
23 Jun 2020   /

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches lockdown video series

Lake Wanaka Tourism and Ignite Wanaka are promoting a short form video mini-series about local Covid-19 lockdown stories.


Lake Wānaka development plan takes shape
9 Jun 2020  

Lake Wānaka development plan takes shape

The third stage of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is underway with a detailed design nearing completion and a number of artist impressions released to the public.


Lake Wanaka Tourism launches winter ski campaign
25 May 2020   /

Lake Wanaka Tourism launches winter ski campaign

Lake Wanaka Tourism has gone live with its winter ski campaign, The Mountains are Waiting, leading with a campaign video.


Wildwire extends Koha Climb to domestic tourists
13 May 2020  

Wildwire extends Koha Climb to domestic tourists

Wanaka adventure tourism operator Wildwire is extending its Koha Climb product to domestic tourists.


Wonderland’s Glenn O’Callahan on hunkering down and staying nimble
24 Apr 2020  

Wonderland’s Glenn O’Callahan on hunkering down and staying nimble

Makarora’s Wonderland Lodge GM Glenn O’Callahan on hunkering with half-a-dozen staff, reconnecting as a family, and ensuring the business is as nimble as possible.


Locals asked to Love Wanaka in alert level 3
24 Apr 2020   /

Locals asked to Love Wanaka in alert level 3

Lake Wanaka Tourism and the town’s chamber of commerce is rallying the community with the launch of a new campaign to collectively promote a “go local” approach to business as the country transitions through alert level 3.


Covid-19 downs Warbirds Over Wanaka
16 Mar 2020   /

Covid-19 downs Warbirds Over Wanaka

Warbirds Over Wanaka has been cancelled as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Ignite Wanaka chair resigns to focus on ski fields role
13 Mar 2020  

Ignite Wanaka chair resigns to focus on ski fields role

Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce board chair Bridget Legnavsky has resigned to focus on her expanded responsibilities at Cardrona and Treble Cone.


Wanaka A&P set to attract 40,000 visitors
12 Mar 2020  

Wanaka A&P set to attract 40,000 visitors

Around 40,000 people are expected to attend the 2020 Wanaka A&P Show this weekend.


Motatapu draws 4000 participants to Central Otago
12 Mar 2020  

Motatapu draws 4000 participants to Central Otago

Close to 4,000 participants from around New Zealand and 19 countries will take part in Macpac Motatapu near Wanaka this weekend.


NASA returns to Wanaka Airport for super balloon launch
27 Feb 2020   /

NASA returns to Wanaka Airport for super balloon launch

After a two-year hiatus, NASA is to return to Wanaka Airport in mid-April to launch its super pressure balloon.


Wanaka Airport engagement under way
13 Feb 2020  

Wanaka Airport engagement under way

The public engagement phase of the Wanaka Airport impact assessment gets underway next week, with MartinJenkins seeking community views on options.


Wanaka airport consultation ‘inadequate’ – community group
12 Feb 2020  

Wanaka airport consultation ‘inadequate’ – community group

The Wanaka Stakeholders Group (WSG) says consultation on a proposed airport is substandard.


An Operator’s View: Yello!’s Ramash Swamy
10 Feb 2020  

An Operator’s View: Yello!’s Ramash Swamy

The co-owner of Yello! on growth, coping with extreme visitor peaks and troughs, and preparing for a quieter 2020.


NZ’s newest bike park set to open
21 Jan 2020   /

NZ’s newest bike park set to open

The South Island’s newest mountain biking adventure park opens today at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka.


Popular tourist routes affected by maintenance
20 Jan 2020   /

Popular tourist routes affected by maintenance

Two popular tourist routes in the South Island will be affected by maintenance and resealing this week.


ComCom approves Cardrona’s $7m purchase of TC
16 Dec 2019   /

ComCom approves Cardrona’s $7m purchase of TC

The decision paves the way for the consolidation of ski field ownership in the wider Wanaka area.


Tourist hotspots brace for flooding
6 Dec 2019  

Tourist hotspots brace for flooding

A deluge across the south has seen lakefront businesses in Wanaka and Queenstown shore up defences against rising waters.


Gallery: Rising lake threatens Wanaka businesses
6 Dec 2019  

Gallery: Rising lake threatens Wanaka businesses

Wanaka businesses along its lakefront have been shoring up defences as more rain falls on the already-drenched town.