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Weekly hotel results: Wellington shifts into summer in strongest shape
2 Dec 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Wellington shifts into summer in strongest shape

Of the country’s major hotel markets, Wellington appears to have come out of spring the strongest with average weekly occupancy mostly above 80% since mid-October, according to figures from STR.


Kāpiti ready for 35k visitors over summer
2 Dec 2022  

Kāpiti ready for 35k visitors over summer

Kāpiti Coast District Council is preparing for more than 35,000 visitors who are expected in the region this summer.


Taste Trail strives towards sustainability
7 Nov 2022   /

Taste Trail strives towards sustainability

Sustainability is a major focus at the 2022 Horowhenua Taste Trail this year, with its 16 producer participants aiming to lessen the food event’s impact on the environment.


Wellington Airport interim profit jumps as internationals return
31 Oct 2022  

Wellington Airport interim profit jumps as internationals return

Wellington International Airport Limited has reported net profit after tax of $11m for the six months ended 30 September 2022, up from the $2.9m reported for the same period last year.


Kāpiti Coast Art Trail returns
28 Oct 2022   /

Kāpiti Coast Art Trail returns

The Kāpiti Coast Art Trail is back this November, with works from more than 125 local artists on display and many more at local galleries and creative spaces.


Kāpiti Food Fair a sustainable affair for 12k visitors
25 Oct 2022   /

Kāpiti Food Fair a sustainable affair for 12k visitors

About 12,000 food lovers and 250 vendors are expected at this year’s Kāpiti Food Fair in December – and a plan is underway to ensure sustainability is a top priority.


Police Museum unveils memorial honouring the brave
20 Oct 2022  

Police Museum unveils memorial honouring the brave

A new memorial honouring the outstanding courage of Police and members of the public has opened at the Royal New Zealand Police College’s lower grounds near Porirua.


Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations
17 Oct 2022   /

Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations

Tākina Events has appointed Wētā Workshop head of tourism Jake Downing its new director of museum and commercial services.


Weekly hotel results: WOW puts spring in Wellington’s step
14 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: WOW puts spring in Wellington’s step

The capital is having a strong spring with the return of the World of WearableArt after three years helping to drive occupancy and ADR.


Kāpiti Island Nature Tours’ Barrett inducted into hall of fame
11 Oct 2022   /

Kāpiti Island Nature Tours’ Barrett inducted into hall of fame

Kapiti Island Nature Tours co-founder John Barrett has been inducted into Business Kapiti Horowhenua’s Hall of Fame.


Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport
14 Sep 2022   /

Metlink removes mask requirements on public transport

Masks are no longer required on Metlink’s bus, rail, ferry, and total mobility services, but remain strongly recommended on public transport.


Tourism sector opportunities highlighted in new Wellington plan
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism sector opportunities highlighted in new Wellington plan

The new plan identifies key initiatives that can help help grow and maintain a sustainable and thriving visitor economy for he region.


Wellington secures new conference
25 Aug 2022   /

Wellington secures new conference

Wellington will host New Zealand’s first Life Sciences Summit Life Sciences Summit on 22-23 March 2023 at Shed 6.


Beervana draws local, international visitors
22 Aug 2022   /

Beervana draws local, international visitors

The 21st annual Beervana festival attracted beer lovers from all around the world to Wellington’s SKY Stadium last weekend.


Wellington urged to approve electric bus, stadium project
18 Aug 2022  

Wellington urged to approve electric bus, stadium project

Greater Wellington’s climate committee is urging the regional council to approve two carbon reduction and energy efficiency projects from Metlink and Wellington Regional Stadium Trust.


Weekly hotel results: How did Queenstown do during the holidays?
5 Aug 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: How did Queenstown do during the holidays?

Queenstown hit an average weekly occupancy high of 70.5% during the July New Zealand school holidays, according to figures from STR.


Quest opens new Wellington apartment hotel
3 Aug 2022  

Quest opens new Wellington apartment hotel

Quest Apartment Hotels has opened a new Wellington property at 256 Lambton Quay, operated by franchise directors Sean and Lena Chin.


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.


Air NZ cancels 140+ flights after wild weather hits Wellington
22 Jul 2022   /

Air NZ cancels 140+ flights after wild weather hits Wellington

It may take several days to return to normal schedules, says the airline.


Toast Martinborough back after two-year hiatus
21 Jul 2022   /

Toast Martinborough back after two-year hiatus

The Toast Martinborough food and wine festival is returning this November after a two-year hiatus.


Moa bones on display at Pūkaha
15 Jul 2022  

Moa bones on display at Pūkaha

Visitors to Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre will be able to see giant moa bones on display and learn about the natural history of the species.


Wellington wins MEETINGS 2023
14 Jul 2022   /

Wellington wins MEETINGS 2023

BEIA takes its business events conference to the capital for the first time, helping to showcase the brand new Tākina venue.


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.


Food, film, kites among Kāpiti event fund recipients
22 Jun 2022   /

Food, film, kites among Kāpiti event fund recipients

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s 2022 Major Event Fund has allocated $200,000 to six events this year.


120+ events for Visa Wellington on a Plate
1 Jun 2022   /

120+ events for Visa Wellington on a Plate

More than 120 events and pop-ups will take place during Visa Wellington On A Plate, on during the month of August.


He Tohu exhibition celebrates 100k visitors
18 May 2022  

He Tohu exhibition celebrates 100k visitors

The National Library’s He Tohu exhibition has hosted almost 100,000 people over the last five years.


New Kāpiti visitor centre on track despite $3.2m cost blowout
9 May 2022  

New Kāpiti visitor centre on track despite $3.2m cost blowout

Kapiti Coast District Council will continue to support plans for the Te Uruhi biosecurity and visitor centre at Maclean Park in Paraparaumu Beach, despite ballooning project costs of $3.2m.


Thousands to converge on Featherston festival
27 Apr 2022  

Thousands to converge on Featherston festival

7000 visitors are expected to gather in the Wairarapa for this year’s Booktown Karukatea 2022 Festival in Featherston from 8-12 June.


NZ opens arms to Aus visitors
13 Apr 2022   /

NZ opens arms to Aus visitors

Thousands of visitors from Australia will arrive today, marking the restart of isolation-free trans-Tasman travel.


Wellington Airport taps Matt Clarke for CEO
5 Apr 2022   /

Wellington Airport taps Matt Clarke for CEO

The former Rotorua Airport boss will take over from Steve Sanderson on 1 May.


Watch: Wellington’s Skyline Walkway
31 Mar 2022  

Watch: Wellington’s Skyline Walkway

Journey along Wellington’s highest peaks between Johnsonville and Karori.


Watch: The Meaning Of Tākina
24 Mar 2022  

Watch: The Meaning Of Tākina

An evocative film from WellingtonNZ on the meaning of Tākina, the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre.


$200k up for grabs in Kāpiti Major Events Fund
22 Mar 2022   /

$200k up for grabs in Kāpiti Major Events Fund

The Kapiti Coast District Council has opened applications for the 2022 Major Events Fund for the region.


Special decals to protect birds at Wellington Cable Car
14 Mar 2022   /

Special decals to protect birds at Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car is installing specially designed decals to prevent birds flying into the windows of its Kelburn Terminal.


Landslip closes part of Remutaka Cycle Trail
10 Mar 2022   /

Landslip closes part of Remutaka Cycle Trail

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Foo Fighters to draw Wellington, Auckland crowds
7 Mar 2022  

Foo Fighters to draw Wellington, Auckland crowds

The Foo Fighters will return to New Zealand for shows at Wellington and Auckland this December.


TECTs: Wairarapa tops Dec growth, Auckland lockdown drags
21 Feb 2022   /

TECTs: Wairarapa tops Dec growth, Auckland lockdown drags

Regional tourism organisation areas around the country put in a mixed performance in December versus a year earlier.


Winetopia confirmed for major centres
18 Feb 2022   /

Winetopia confirmed for major centres

Winetopia is heading to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch this winter.


Kāpiti Coast sets up tourism advisory board
15 Feb 2022   /

Kāpiti Coast sets up tourism advisory board

A new tourism advisory board has been assembled at the Kāpiti Coast to focus on increasing tourism activity and visitor numbers to the district, led by former Tourism NZ chief executive George Hickton.


New motorhome park for Foxton
21 Jan 2022  

New motorhome park for Foxton

The NZ Motorhome Caravan Association has opened a new motorhome park at the Foxton Racing Club as more camper vans explore the town.


WellingtonNZ’s Anna Calver: Despite the hurdles, there are reasons to be hopeful
16 Dec 2021   /

WellingtonNZ’s Anna Calver: Despite the hurdles, there are reasons to be hopeful

WellingtonNZ’s departing GM of marketing and comms says you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more resilient bunch than New Zealand’s tourism whānau.


Auckland, Wellington to each host nine Women’s World Cup matches
2 Dec 2021   /

Auckland, Wellington to each host nine Women’s World Cup matches

Auckland and Wellington will host nine games each for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted by New Zealand and Australia.


WellingtonNZ showcases businesses in podcast series
23 Nov 2021  

WellingtonNZ showcases businesses in podcast series

WellingtonNZ has launched a new podcast service to showcase local culture and business.


Perspectives: Loving local more important than ever
18 Nov 2021  

Perspectives: Loving local more important than ever

Auckland visitors contributed $218m to Wellington’s economy pre-Covid but at the moment they cannot spend anything, writes WellingtonNZ CEO John Allen.


Food fair cancels due to Covid
17 Nov 2021   /

Food fair cancels due to Covid

The Kāpiti Food Fair has been cancelled due to Covid uncertainty.


Tākina secures rocks conference worth $3.4m
1 Nov 2021  

Tākina secures rocks conference worth $3.4m

Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre has won the right to host the 22nd International Sedimentological Congress in 2026.


Wellington Zoo, Massey sign MOU
1 Nov 2021   /

Wellington Zoo, Massey sign MOU

Wellington Zoo and Massey University have signed an agreement to establish closer ties and identify more opportunities for both parties.


$3.3m advertising helps generate $424m visitor spend – WellingtonNZ
26 Oct 2021   /

$3.3m advertising helps generate $424m visitor spend – WellingtonNZ

WellingtonNZ says it has seen a significant return on its advertising spend with the impact of its Love Local campaign a highlight.


Capital cancels Christmas festival due to Covid
21 Oct 2021  

Capital cancels Christmas festival due to Covid

Wellington City Council has cancelled its A Very Welly Christmas festival due to Covid uncertainty.


Wellington’s landmark Cable Car goes to the dogs
15 Oct 2021  

Wellington’s landmark Cable Car goes to the dogs

Dogs are getting more than just a day on Wellington’s Cable Car with a trial on iconic funicular from 1-30 November.