Cancellations and the expense of water workarounds are among the challenges for the resort’s operators.
Queenstown operators also report a rise in staff illness recently, though the cause is unclear.
WSNZ’s Drowning Report 2019, which looked at the impact of Covid-19 on water safety, said Aucklanders were particularly at risk.
One person is missing following a water incident on the Waikato River near the Hamilton Gardens on Sunday night.
Harbourmasters from across the country are urging boaties to stay off the water during the four-week long Covid-19 lockdown.
The value of healthy waterways to New Zealand’s tourism industry must be looked at urgently, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
The death of Wanaka pilot Nick Wallis just three months after his brother was killed in another helicopter accident is a “tragedy for the entire community”, said Lake Wanaka Tourism chairman Mark Morrison.
A Real Journeys vessel carrying 39 tourists on a private charter hit a rock while seal watching.