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West Coast business awards open
23 Jul 2021   /

West Coast business awards open

Development West Coast has opened entries for its 2021 Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.


DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage
22 Jul 2021   /

DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage

DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.


Residents evacuated in backpackers blaze
20 Jul 2021   /

Residents evacuated in backpackers blaze

West Coast hostel Bazil’s Backpackers and Surf School suffers major damage after a fire broke out overnight.


TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects
16 Jul 2021   /

TIF Round 5: $18m shared by 57 projects

About $10m of the latest deployment is going to five regions hit hard by the lack of international tourists.


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.


West Coast launches competition campaign
30 Jun 2021   /

West Coast launches competition campaign

Campaign targets Kiwi families to plug gap left by internationals.


West Coast’s Treetop for sale with $5.8m of assets
15 Jun 2021   /

West Coast’s Treetop for sale with $5.8m of assets

The tourism business is the latest to come to market as longtime owners seek to exit.


Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months
9 Jun 2021  

Minister Watch: Queenstown, TFT, TIA feature prominently in first six months

Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.


Glacier country operators eligible for up to $50k – DWC
17 May 2021   /

Glacier country operators eligible for up to $50k – DWC

At least 100 hard hit Glacier Country businesses can be helped by Development West Coast’s $5m support fund.


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.


Forget Covid, glacier melt could soon hit NZ tourism
29 Apr 2021  

Forget Covid, glacier melt could soon hit NZ tourism

A new study shows NZ’s glaciers are melting faster than expected.


30 jobs for hard hit Glacier Country in $12m project
28 Apr 2021  

30 jobs for hard hit Glacier Country in $12m project

Further funding is tipped for one of country’s most vulnerable regions.


Freedom camping consultation public meetings start
20 Apr 2021  

Freedom camping consultation public meetings start

Consultation on the government’s freedom camping propopsals is starting with public meetings from today, Tuesday 20 April.


West Coast hosts Tourism New Zealand board
20 Apr 2021   /

West Coast hosts Tourism New Zealand board

Development West Coast hosted the Tourism New Zealand board for a day meeting tourism stakeholders and operators in the region.


New tourism boss Patrick Dault sets out West Coast vision
15 Apr 2021   /

New tourism boss Patrick Dault sets out West Coast vision

Carbon negativity, converting forged-in-adversity image into compelling stories for visitors are key priorities.


DWC restructures tourism team, Jim Little to leave
13 Apr 2021  

DWC restructures tourism team, Jim Little to leave

Development West Coast has appointed Patrick Dault to be its new destination and tourism manager.


No instant relief for hardest hit regions, but cautious optimism
7 Apr 2021   /

No instant relief for hardest hit regions, but cautious optimism

Areas with outsize reliance on international visitors ready to grab Aussie lifeline.


Glacier Country operators eligible for up to $50k support
29 Mar 2021   /

Glacier Country operators eligible for up to $50k support

The new $5m Glacier Country Business Support Fund aims to protect communities in the hard hit region.


KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter
26 Mar 2021   /

KiwiRail cuts TranzAlpine, keeps Coastal Pacific over winter

The SOE is forecasting a significant fall in annual tourist passenger numbers for FY21.


West Coast operator’s initiative attracts hundreds of volunteers
15 Mar 2021  

West Coast operator’s initiative attracts hundreds of volunteers

Okarito Kayaks owners Gemma and Baz Hughes’ GorseBusters initiative in South Westland has attracted hundreds of enquiries from across the country.


Nash rejects claims of lack of support for Glacier Country
11 Mar 2021  

Nash rejects claims of lack of support for Glacier Country

Scenic Hotel Group hibernates hotels and accuses the tourism minister of “throwing businesses under the bus”.


Scenic to put Glacier Country hotels into “extended hibernation”
10 Mar 2021   /

Scenic to put Glacier Country hotels into “extended hibernation”

The four hotels will be mothballed for 12-18 months, says the operator.


DWC stumps up $5m to support Glacier Country
4 Mar 2021   /

DWC stumps up $5m to support Glacier Country

The cash would come from a $128m fund managed by DWC trustees and established in 2001 when the region lost its indigenous forestry industry.


Nash dashes hopes of Glacier Country bail out
3 Mar 2021  

Nash dashes hopes of Glacier Country bail out

But the tourism minister says the Govt is looking at “innovative ways to allow businesses to hibernate”.


Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats
1 Mar 2021   /

Govt putting tourism in “too hard” basket – Nats

The Government must provide targeted support for struggling Fiordland and Glacier Country operators, says the National Party.


Glacier Country asks for $35m, lack of support labelled “criminal”
25 Feb 2021   /

Glacier Country asks for $35m, lack of support labelled “criminal”

The destination has helped fill the Govt’s coffers and it’s time some of it was given back, says the boss of Development West Coast.


Franz Josef fears: more tourism layoffs, asset sales – report
22 Jan 2021  

Franz Josef fears: more tourism layoffs, asset sales – report

There are fears of a second round of tourism redundancies and the offloading of businesses, says a new report.


New West Coast heli biking experience lifts off
11 Jan 2021   /

New West Coast heli biking experience lifts off

GCH Aviation’s Coastwide Helicopters has launched a new heli biking experience after purchasing a set of helicopter bike racks from Canada.


New $1.7m walking, cycling path for Punakaiki
18 Dec 2020  

New $1.7m walking, cycling path for Punakaiki

A new $1.68m shared walking and cycling path will be built at Punakaiki through the Jobs for Nature programme.


West Coast goldtown wins heritage status
17 Dec 2020   /

West Coast goldtown wins heritage status

Historic West Coast goldtown Waiuta will join Tohu Whenua, recognising it as one of New Zealand’s most treasured heritage places.


Franz Josef attraction re-opens
8 Dec 2020  

Franz Josef attraction re-opens

“The Franz Josef Hot Pools are a major drawcard for the domestic market and local West Coasters.”


New trail provides West Coast tourism boost
7 Dec 2020   /

New trail provides West Coast tourism boost

The trail would eventually traverse 55 kilometres of West Coast scenery from Westport, around Cape Foulwind to Charleston.


Jobs for Nature critical for West Coast operators
30 Nov 2020   /

Jobs for Nature critical for West Coast operators

The Government’s Jobs for Nature programme is critical to keeping staff employed who otherwise have been let go, says Fox Glacier Guiding chief executive Rob Jewell.


DOC appeals for info on West Coast vandals
30 Nov 2020   /

DOC appeals for info on West Coast vandals

DOC spent around $20,000 each year repairing damage.


Tourism “desperate” for data post-Covid – DWC’s Little
25 Nov 2020  

Tourism “desperate” for data post-Covid – DWC’s Little

The tourism industry has been bereft of a suite of relevant data, says DWC’s Jim Little.


Rewilding Kawatiri/Buller River would create visitor experience
18 Nov 2020   /

Rewilding Kawatiri/Buller River would create visitor experience

Rewilding the forests lining the Kawatiri/Buller River could provide a unique river landscape visitor experience.


West Coast launches new foodie event
12 Oct 2020   /

West Coast launches new foodie event

Naturally West Coast Food 2020 would run over the month of November and feature signature dishes from local restaurants and cafés.


Distillery secures $900k PGF loan for expansion
28 Sep 2020  

Distillery secures $900k PGF loan for expansion

The $1.86m expansion project will allow the distillery to host more tourists.


West Coast launches school holidays campaign
22 Sep 2020  

West Coast launches school holidays campaign

Development West Coast has launched a new campaign prior to the September/October school holidays, focussing on active retirees, young professionals and mid-to-upper socio-economic families.


Avalanche hazard for Milford Road – NZTA
16 Sep 2020   /

Avalanche hazard for Milford Road – NZTA

Popular tourist route Milford Road, SH94, remains closed due to avalanche risk.


New art initiative for West Coast
20 Aug 2020   /

New art initiative for West Coast

A new series of art awards has been created for the West Coast after more than $40,000 of funding from Creative New Zealand.


West Coast, Fiordland gets digital upgrade
19 Aug 2020   /

West Coast, Fiordland gets digital upgrade

Businesses in the West Coast and Southland are set to benefit from upgraded communication services with new funding from the Provincial Growth Fund.


New walking experience for West Coast – DOC
18 Aug 2020   /

New walking experience for West Coast – DOC

A new loop track and bridge has been opened at Hokitika Gorge, creating a one-hour walking experience.


DOC to review West Coast strategy
22 Jul 2020   /

DOC to review West Coast strategy

The CMS needed to respond to changes in recreational use such as the increasing popularity of mountain biking.


Govt invests $2.5m to help displaced West Coast tourism workers
21 Jul 2020  

Govt invests $2.5m to help displaced West Coast tourism workers

The cash will help hard-hit South Westland operators retain about 50 staff.


First Look: $26m Dolomite Point centre
15 Jul 2020   /

First Look: $26m Dolomite Point centre

The development at Punakaiki will also feature cycle paths, walkways, and a new viewing platform.


Hokitika Airport secures $1.2m for extension
10 Jul 2020   /

Hokitika Airport secures $1.2m for extension

The investment would improve airport terminal congestion problems and provide room for shops and cafés at the airport.


KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience
9 Jul 2020  

KiwiRail secures $13m to improve TranzAlpine resilience

KiwiRail has received a further $13m of government funding for improving the resilience of its iconic TranzAlpine tourist train route.


West Coast hurting as much as Queenstown – Little
8 Jul 2020  

West Coast hurting as much as Queenstown – Little

“There has been a lot of profile on Queenstown and Fiordland but Franz Josef and Fox are in the exactly same boat as those two places and need as much support as we can get them.”


Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild
8 Jul 2020   /

Buller to receive almost $3m for post-Covid 19 rebuild

The Government will invest nearly $3m into the Buller District Council to kick start the post-Covid 19 rebuild.