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QAC signals fight ahead over Tarras flight paths
27 Sep 2021   /

QAC signals fight ahead over Tarras flight paths

The airport operator says it will be “particularly focussed” on the flight paths the Tarras proposal seeks.


…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale
27 Sep 2021  

…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale

An iconic Taupō tourist attraction selected less than a year ago by the government as a strategic asset worthy of a $500,000 grant is now on the market.


Wānaka to host regenerative tourism hui
27 Sep 2021   /

Wānaka to host regenerative tourism hui

Wānaka will host the Back to Life Hui regenerative tourism event on 26 October 2021.


48 days later: Operators brace for diminished school holidays
21 Sep 2021  

48 days later: Operators brace for diminished school holidays

Auckland’s drop to level 3 is welcomed but tourism businesses will suffer in lockdown for almost seven weeks.


What’s the lifetime value of a visitor? The call goes out for an answer
10 Sep 2021   /

What’s the lifetime value of a visitor? The call goes out for an answer

Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Auckland are funding the hunt for an answer to the question puzzling industry.


Crankworx heads south with new summer series
9 Sep 2021   /

Crankworx heads south with new summer series

The new series of events being hosted in the Southern Lakes and Central Otago could attract thousands of visitors over the summer.


Extra flights put on for people to leave Queenstown
19 Aug 2021  

Extra flights put on for people to leave Queenstown

Additional flights are operating out of Queenstown today for New Zealanders to return home.


DQ’s Paul Abbot: “Excitement, challenge” in tourism shake-up
2 Aug 2021   /

DQ’s Paul Abbot: “Excitement, challenge” in tourism shake-up

Destination Queenstown’s new CEO on the opportunity to shape the future of tourism.


TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions
2 Jul 2021   /

TECTS: Aussie spend felt in Queenstown, cities, but not smaller regions

Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.


Queenstown Lakes launches regenerative tourism initiative
28 Jun 2021  

Queenstown Lakes launches regenerative tourism initiative

Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism, and Queenstown Lakes District Council have formed a partnership to design a regenerative tourism strategy for the region.


New Cardrona, TC ski hub opens on Thursday
1 Jun 2021  

New Cardrona, TC ski hub opens on Thursday

Winter welcome party event, skiing documentary premiere to mark opening of new facility.


…another regional airport battle comes to an end – for now
13 May 2021   /

…another regional airport battle comes to an end – for now

Queenstown Lakes District Council will not appeal the High Court decision that ruled Wānaka Airport’s 100-year lease unlawful.


Cardrona, TC expand in Wānaka with new “everything mountain” hub
12 May 2021  

Cardrona, TC expand in Wānaka with new “everything mountain” hub

A new Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone ski facility in Wānaka is set to open its doors on 1 June.


Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?
7 May 2021   /

Ticker Take: Will Nash’s plan transform tourism?

More recovery than regenerative, the plan introduces yet another initiative to reimagine tourism.


Warbirds over Wānaka secures international bookings
13 Apr 2021  

Warbirds over Wānaka secures international bookings

The airshow, set to take place on 16-17 April 2022, will be headlined by a Polikarpov I-16 Russian WWII fighter aircraft.


Aussie influx for Queenstown in July, Sept – Air NZ
8 Apr 2021   /

Aussie influx for Queenstown in July, Sept – Air NZ

It’s promising to be a busy southern ski season, says the airline.


Wānaka launches new domestic tourism campaign
30 Mar 2021   /

Wānaka launches new domestic tourism campaign

New campaign launching this week features work by local photographers designed to lift spending.


Inaugural Ripe festival gathers 2k revellers
24 Mar 2021  

Inaugural Ripe festival gathers 2k revellers

Wānaka’s inaugural food and wine festival Ripe drew 2000 festival goers on Sunday 21 March at Corbridge Woolshed.


84th Wānaka A&P attracts 45,000
16 Mar 2021  

84th Wānaka A&P attracts 45,000

The annual Wānaka A&P Show drew approximately 45,000 people to the two-day event.


Battle of southern snowfests – Snow Machine, Snowboxx go head-to-head
12 Mar 2021   /

Battle of southern snowfests – Snow Machine, Snowboxx go head-to-head

Two new winter music festivals are to hit southern ski slopes in the same week in September.


Councillors says ‘no’ to Central Otago jet airports
12 Mar 2021  

Councillors says ‘no’ to Central Otago jet airports

Three Queenstown Lakes District councillors have come out against the proposed airport developments at Wānaka at Tarras.


Tourism activities part of fast track projects
4 Mar 2021  

Tourism activities part of fast track projects

Film and wine ventures with tourism components are being fast-tracked through the consenting process.


New Wānaka venture to showcase local food, chefs
3 Mar 2021  

New Wānaka venture to showcase local food, chefs

New Wānaka-based business Forage & Feast aims to showcase Central Otago’s locally cultivated food and chefs through an “immersive culinary adventure”.


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.