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Wellington Airport urged to support climate goals
3 Mar 2021  

Wellington Airport urged to support climate goals

Wellington regional councillors have called for Wellington Airport’s expansion plans to support the region’s climate goals. 


$4.5m Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre gets green light
1 Mar 2021  

$4.5m Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre gets green light

Kāpiti Coast District Councillors have voted seven to four to proceed with the Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre.


Council to meet to discuss future of $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway.
22 Feb 2021  

Council to meet to discuss future of $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway.

Kāpiti Coast District Council will meet this Thursday 25 February to discuss the future of the proposed $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway visitor centre.


Wellington Airport earnings guidance lifts after “strong” domestic demand
17 Feb 2021   /

Wellington Airport earnings guidance lifts after “strong” domestic demand

Domestic passenger capacity at Wellington International Airport in December reached 90% of pre-Covid levels with local demand expected to come close to offsetting the lack of international traffic, says majority owner Infratil.


Capital’s Cable Car celebrates 119th birthday
17 Feb 2021  

Capital’s Cable Car celebrates 119th birthday

Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, launched in 1902, will celebrate its 119th birthday this month.


Six60 2021 tour attracts 100k fans
16 Feb 2021  

Six60 2021 tour attracts 100k fans

Kiwi band Six60 says its show on Saturday at Wellington’s Sky Stadium attracted 32,000 fans, bringing its 2021 total tour numbers to around 100,000.


Wings over Wairarapa to feature US Airforce B-52
15 Feb 2021  

Wings over Wairarapa to feature US Airforce B-52

The United States Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress will feature at the month’s Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival .


Proposed $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway under review
10 Feb 2021  

Proposed $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway under review

Kāpiti Coast district councillors have been briefed on the proposed Kāpiti Gateway Centre in preparation of their 25 February decision on whether to proceed with the development following a PwC report.


WellingtonNZ urges visitors to use official ticket websites
10 Feb 2021  

WellingtonNZ urges visitors to use official ticket websites

WellingtonNZ is urging ticket buyers to make purchases only through official ticket websites after fielding complaints from people who bought overpriced event tickets via online ticket reseller Viagogo.


Go-ahead for $130m Wellington harbour shared pathway
9 Feb 2021  

Go-ahead for $130m Wellington harbour shared pathway

Construction of the cycling and walking path between Ngaūraunga and Petone is slated to start in the middle of the year, with completion expected in 2024.


Support for $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway Project divided – survey
4 Feb 2021  

Support for $4.5m Kāpiti Gateway Project divided – survey

The survey found 49.2% of respondents did not feel their business would be enhanced or strengthened in some way by the project.


Air NZ re-opens Wellington lounge to meet ‘strong’ demand
4 Feb 2021   /

Air NZ re-opens Wellington lounge to meet ‘strong’ demand

The airline said that to accommodate strong domestic demand the regional lounge would be open on weekdays.


More than 70 aircraft confirmed for Wings Over Wairarapa
3 Feb 2021  

More than 70 aircraft confirmed for Wings Over Wairarapa

It would be the first major air show in New Zealand for two years.


Campaign launched to save Kāpiti Airport
2 Feb 2021  

Campaign launched to save Kāpiti Airport

The group, comprised of concerned community members, businesses, pilots, and airport users, said the airport was currently at risk.


Capital set for inaugural Welly Weekend
21 Jan 2021  

Capital set for inaugural Welly Weekend

Wellington’s waterfront will host the city’s Pasifika Festival and Sky Show Fireworks over this long anniversary weekend for the capital.


Park event to showcase region’s recreation areas
13 Jan 2021  

Park event to showcase region’s recreation areas

Kaitoke Regional Park will host Whānau Summer Day this Saturday 16 January.


Advisor appointed to Remutaka Cycle Trail
18 Dec 2020   /

Advisor appointed to Remutaka Cycle Trail

Kim Young, who previously worked at Te Papa, would help develop the Remutaka Cycle Trail into the next “Great Ride” along the lines of other popular Great Rides such as the Otago Central Rail Trail and Alps 2 Ocean.


Opposition prompts KiwiRail to upgrade current terminal
17 Dec 2020   /

Opposition prompts KiwiRail to upgrade current terminal

KiwiRail plans to build a new ferry terminal at its current Kaiwharawhara terminal within four years to support its new Interislander ferries.


Te Papa visits fall 28% to 1.1 million due to Covid closures
9 Dec 2020   /

Te Papa visits fall 28% to 1.1 million due to Covid closures

Visits to Te Papa Museum reached 1.1 million in the year to June 2020, a 28% decrease on 2019.


Naumi opens fourth NZ hotel
3 Dec 2020   /

Naumi opens fourth NZ hotel

Singaporean-based Naumi Hotels has officially opened its Wellington city hotel, its fourth property in New Zealand.


WellingtonNZ seeks tourism sustainability supplier
2 Dec 2020  

WellingtonNZ seeks tourism sustainability supplier

WellingtonNZ is seeking a supplier to help the region’s tourism businesses to become carbon neutral.


Wyndham unveils Queenstown, Wellington TRYP hotels
19 Nov 2020  

Wyndham unveils Queenstown, Wellington TRYP hotels

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is bringing its TRYP by Wyndham lifestyle brand to New Zealand with new hotels in Queenstown and Wellington.


Council saves Levin Adventure Park
19 Nov 2020  

Council saves Levin Adventure Park

Horowhenua District Council will take over the expiring lease for the Levin Adventure Park to safeguard the park’s immediate future.


New wine, gin spot for Martinborough
19 Nov 2020  

New wine, gin spot for Martinborough

The space would feature a restaurant, tasting room, gin distillery, private dining, terrace and underground barrel hall.


Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2020
17 Nov 2020  

Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2020

Around 300 industry professionals will attend the sold-out Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington today.


Nash to open Tourism Summit Aotearoa
9 Nov 2020   /

Nash to open Tourism Summit Aotearoa

New tourism minister Stuart Nash will present the opening address at this year’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa.


Accor expands The Sebel with Wellington offer
28 Oct 2020  

Accor expands The Sebel with Wellington offer

Accor’s opening of a new hotel in Wellington next year will take to 35 the number of The Sebel properties across Australasia.


Wellington Airport international recovery by 2024 – S&P
12 Oct 2020   /

Wellington Airport international recovery by 2024 – S&P

S&P Global says it expects Wellington International Airport’s domestic passenger traffic to pick up over the next one or two years but it will take longer for international recovery.


Weekly hotel results: Steady rise for consistent Wellington
2 Oct 2020   /

Weekly hotel results: Steady rise for consistent Wellington

Wellington has seen a steady but consistent climb in occupancy since late August to report the highest average weekly rate last week, according to figures from STR.


Police urge trampers to be prepared as weather warms
11 Sep 2020  

Police urge trampers to be prepared as weather warms

Police are reminding trampers to keep themselves safe as the weather warms up.


$35k in grants raises hopes for Kāpiti’s largest event
10 Sep 2020  

$35k in grants raises hopes for Kāpiti’s largest event

The Kāpiti Food Fair is hoping to go ahead thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Government’s Domestic Events Fund and $10,000 from Kāpiti Coast District Council.


Wine tourism drives vineyard regions boom
7 Sep 2020  

Wine tourism drives vineyard regions boom

While parts of the country struggle, wine regions are seeing record numbers through their cellar doors.


Foran to address Tourism Summit Aotearoa
7 Sep 2020   /

Foran to address Tourism Summit Aotearoa

Tourism Industry Aotearoa is planning to hold its annual summit on 17 November, with Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran lined up as a speaker.


Festival cancelled due to extended alert levels
7 Sep 2020  

Festival cancelled due to extended alert levels

Carterton District Council has cancelled the 2020 Daffodil Festival due the Government announcement on Friday that New Zealand will remain in Covid-19 alert level 2 until at least 16 September.


New data shows promising kiwi numbers at Pūkaha
21 Aug 2020  

New data shows promising kiwi numbers at Pūkaha

12 wild kiwi are alive and well in the reserve, including several pairs.


Greater Wellington seeks feedback on regional parks
21 Aug 2020  

Greater Wellington seeks feedback on regional parks

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking public feedback on the future of its regional parks network.


$45m film studio for Upper Hutt
13 Aug 2020  

$45m film studio for Upper Hutt

A new $45m film studio development is under construction in Upper Hutt.


Weekly hotel results: Wellington fall settles at higher occupancy than others
7 Aug 2020   /

Weekly hotel results: Wellington fall settles at higher occupancy than others

Wellington’s hotel occupancy has plateaued following the July school holiday peak but at a higher level than any of the other major markets, according to figures from STR.


‘Shovel ready’ Wellington cathedral restoration secures $8.5m
6 Aug 2020   /

‘Shovel ready’ Wellington cathedral restoration secures $8.5m

The $16m restoration of Wellington’s Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is underway thanks to an $8.5m contribution from the Government’s ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure fund.


Auckland, Wellington airports prep for Pacific travel bubble
4 Aug 2020  

Auckland, Wellington airports prep for Pacific travel bubble

Changes have been made at the terminals to ensure passengers are kept separate and safe.


Lower Hutt secures $27m for pool
31 Jul 2020  

Lower Hutt secures $27m for pool

The rebuild will create and support more than 200 local jobs and unlock massive local economic benefits.


Wellington Airport preps $100m bond offer
28 Jul 2020   /

Wellington Airport preps $100m bond offer

Wellington International Airport is making a bond offer of up to $75m with the ability to accept oversubscriptions of up to $25m.


Thousands snap up local tourism deals in Wellington
21 Jul 2020   /

Thousands snap up local tourism deals in Wellington

More than 2300 vouchers have been downloaded since the launch of WellingtonNZ’s Explore Wellington platform.


Govt cash unlocks $17m airport upgrade
16 Jul 2020   /

Govt cash unlocks $17m airport upgrade

The $10m Hoods Aerodrome investment follows recent Government aviation funding for Hawke’s Bay and Hokitika.


Porirua launches first-ever Love Local Expo
16 Jul 2020  

Porirua launches first-ever Love Local Expo

Porirua City Council has launched the first ever Love Local Expo in a bid to introduce the region to its local businesses.


Air NZ reconnects Auckland, Wellington services to Invercargill
6 Jul 2020   /

Air NZ reconnects Auckland, Wellington services to Invercargill

Air New Zealand’s direct A320 jet service between Auckland and Invercargill resumes today.


Long road back for capital’s accommodation sector – BERL
3 Jul 2020   /

Long road back for capital’s accommodation sector – BERL

Accommodation and food services will be Wellington’s hardest hit industries by Covid-19, according to a new report.


S&P affirms one NZ airport rating, downgrades two others
23 Jun 2020  

S&P affirms one NZ airport rating, downgrades two others

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed debt ratings for Auckland Airport but downgraded Wellington and Christchurch airports.


Wellington Airport secures $76m from owners
11 Jun 2020   /

Wellington Airport secures $76m from owners

Wellington International Airport Limited has secured a $75.76m facility from its two shareholders to help cope with the impact of Covid-19.


RTOs line up for Govt’s $20m funding
9 Jun 2020   /

RTOs line up for Govt’s $20m funding

The Government’s $20.2m cash injection for New Zealand’s regional tourism organisations will play a pivotal role in the sector’s rebuild.