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West Coast perception challenges remain as international visitors return
24 Nov 2022   /

West Coast perception challenges remain as international visitors return

Visitors have been spending more and staying longer since NZ’s borders fully reopened.


West Coast “rethink, reinvigoration” focus of DWC Tourism Summit
23 Nov 2022   /

West Coast “rethink, reinvigoration” focus of DWC Tourism Summit

The event wants to encourage the sector to challenge the way the region promotes itself.


$35m Pounamu Pathway shifts into execution phase
23 Nov 2022   /

$35m Pounamu Pathway shifts into execution phase

Work on the first of the West Coast attraction’s four hubs is now underway.


Industry heads to West Coast Tourism Summit
22 Nov 2022   /

Industry heads to West Coast Tourism Summit

The event aims to bring the region’s tourism whanau together to rethink, reinvigorate and challenge the state of the West Coast’s tourism offering.


South Island RTOs join forces in northern push
21 Nov 2022   /

South Island RTOs join forces in northern push

West Coast and Canterbury regional tourism organisations are joining forces to relaunch tourism awareness with inbounders in the North Island.


West Coast tourism spend, guest nights fall
21 Nov 2022   /

West Coast tourism spend, guest nights fall

Tourism spending on the West Coast fell 0.7% in the September 2022 year and guest nights also dropped 8.9%.


Regions lean into quirky in campaigns to entice visitors
3 Nov 2022   /

Regions lean into quirky in campaigns to entice visitors

Manawatū and the West Coast are taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to attracting visitors to their regions over the summer, with the launch of two new ad campaigns.


DOC’s Haast job ad attracts thousands
3 Nov 2022  

DOC’s Haast job ad attracts thousands

Global media attention has resulted in more than 1,300 applications for a role as the Department of Conservation’s new biodiversity supervisor in Haast.


Proposed Glacier Country $57m trail could attract 39k visitors annually – report
1 Nov 2022  

Proposed Glacier Country $57m trail could attract 39k visitors annually – report

The experience could generate $161m in West Coast visitor spend over its initial 25 years.


West Coast tourism hui to focus on ‘service as narrative’
1 Nov 2022   /

West Coast tourism hui to focus on ‘service as narrative’

Development West Coast will hold a tourism hui later this month to explore the theme of ‘customer service as a regional narrative’.


Recruitment campaign seeks those ‘Cut out for the Coast’
12 Oct 2022   /

Recruitment campaign seeks those ‘Cut out for the Coast’

A West Coast recruitment campaign is seeking people Cut out for the Coast to fill jobs in the region.


Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC
6 Oct 2022  

Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC

Construction of the Department of Conservation’s new Experience Centre at the $26m Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project at Punakaiki is providing a boost for local accommodation and hospitality providers.


First tokoeka chick of the season hatches at Haast
29 Sep 2022   /

First tokoeka chick of the season hatches at Haast

The chick is one of around 550 Haast tokoeka, the rarest type of kiwi.


West Coast Pounamu Pathway hub to seek consent
20 Sep 2022   /

West Coast Pounamu Pathway hub to seek consent

The first of four experiential visitor hubs along the Pounamu Pathway on the West Coast is to apply for consent from Grey District Council.


Cycle Journeys rides circa $1bn boom to expand on West Coast
8 Sep 2022   /

Cycle Journeys rides circa $1bn boom to expand on West Coast

Significant investment sees the operator position to reap the rewards from cycle tourism, which has seen spend jump to $951m on the Great Rides.


Public hearings on DOC stewardship land changes to begin
8 Sep 2022  

Public hearings on DOC stewardship land changes to begin

Public hearings will get underway next week for the proposed reclassifications of 504 parcels of Department of Conservation stewardship land on the West Coast.


DOC mingles with community for Conservation Week
5 Sep 2022   /

DOC mingles with community for Conservation Week

Members of the Department of Conservation’s West Coast offices are banding together with their communities to celebrate Conservation Week and raise awareness of more than 4,000 at-risk plants and animals.


DOC moves into new Reefton field base office
29 Aug 2022  

DOC moves into new Reefton field base office

The Department of Conservation has opened its new field base office in Reefton after two years in the making.


Paparoa Track Great Walk access road damaged
26 Aug 2022   /

Paparoa Track Great Walk access road damaged

The Paparoa Track Great Walk came through last week’s rainstorms relatively unscathed but the access road on the Blackball side is damaged.


Nearly 7k submissions on DOC’s reclassification of West Coast land
25 Aug 2022  

Nearly 7k submissions on DOC’s reclassification of West Coast land

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$300k pedestrian, cycle trail work to begin
1 Aug 2022   /

$300k pedestrian, cycle trail work to begin

Construction is about to get underway on a connector trail that will link the Buller Bridge with the Toki Poutangata Bridge.


DOC extends stewardship land submission deadline
26 Jul 2022  

DOC extends stewardship land submission deadline

The Department of Conservation has extended the period for making submissions on proposed classifications for stewardship land on the West Coast by 20 working days to 23 August 2022.


South Westland Jobs for Nature secures funding boost
22 Jul 2022   /

South Westland Jobs for Nature secures funding boost

The South Westland Jobs For Nature programme has been extended for another year thanks to total funding of $3.78m from the Department of Conservation until June 2023.


West Coast wanderer eyes Wikipedia to boost tourism
12 Jul 2022   /

West Coast wanderer eyes Wikipedia to boost tourism

A Southland man’s efforts to improve the quality of information about the West Coast’s popular tourist sites is using a somewhat understated tool for the job – Wikipedia.


What we’ve learnt from the pandemic – West Coast operators
3 Jun 2022   /

What we’ve learnt from the pandemic – West Coast operators

Sustainability, collaboration, and new approaches to attracting domestic visitors have come to the fore in one of the hardest hit tourism regions.


Existing tourism concessions safe in West Coast proposals – DOC
30 May 2022   /

Existing tourism concessions safe in West Coast proposals – DOC

Proposed changes to the classification of stewardship land on the West Coast will not affect any existing rights or concessions already granted.


Work on Dolomite Point Experience Centre begins
30 May 2022  

Work on Dolomite Point Experience Centre begins

Work on the Experience Centre at the $26m Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project in Punakaiki is now underway.


Operator reigns supreme at West Coast business awards
24 May 2022  

Operator reigns supreme at West Coast business awards

West Coast businesses have been recognised for their excellence at the 2022 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.


Kiwis drive Buller tourism spend up 10%
19 May 2022   /

Kiwis drive Buller tourism spend up 10%

Total tourism expenditure in the Buller District increased by 9.8% in the year to March 2022.


DOC re-opens Paparoa Track ahead of schedule
13 May 2022   /

DOC re-opens Paparoa Track ahead of schedule

The Department of Conservation has reopened a section of the Paparoa Track on the West Coast ahead of schedule.


Mobile coverage to improve across tourist spots
3 May 2022  

Mobile coverage to improve across tourist spots

A successful effort to bring fibre broadband connectivity to the West Coast will enable the Rural Connectivity Group to build 16 new mobile cell sites across the region.


GorseBusters 2 attracts domestic, international visitors
28 Apr 2022  

GorseBusters 2 attracts domestic, international visitors

Okarito Kayaks’ Barry Hughes has declared the annual GorseBusters 2 cleanup of the Ōkārito Lagoon “possibly the busiest we’ve ever seen the remote South Westland wetland”.


Fox Glacier Guiding breaks ice on carbon zero ambitions
22 Apr 2022   /

Fox Glacier Guiding breaks ice on carbon zero ambitions

The effort highlights the need for operators working in vulnerable environments to become more sustainable.


Dolomite Point’s $26m attraction finally underway
12 Apr 2022   /

Dolomite Point’s $26m attraction finally underway

Construction work on the main phase of the Department of Conservation’s Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project at Punakaiki will start next month.


West Coast tourism, hospo needs a skills boost – report
11 Apr 2022   /

West Coast tourism, hospo needs a skills boost – report

Tourism and hospitality employment opportunities across the region can be improved, says a new report.


GorseBusters 2 for Ōkārito Lagoon
16 Mar 2022  

GorseBusters 2 for Ōkārito Lagoon

Okarito Kayaks and locals will offer free accommodation, food, kayaking and entertainment to participants.


Watch: Top of the south road trip
8 Mar 2022  

Watch: Top of the south road trip

So much to see and do, as seen in this joint top of the south road trip campaign encompassing Marlborough, Kaikoura, Hurunui, West Coast and Nelson.


Glaciers continue to melt faster due to emissions
24 Feb 2022   /

Glaciers continue to melt faster due to emissions

Glaciers are melting at a faster rate in the last 10 years, with the three worst years in the last 35 being since 2011.


M&C to open Copthorne Hotel Greymouth on 1 March
23 Feb 2022   /

M&C to open Copthorne Hotel Greymouth on 1 March

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels will reopen the former Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth as Copthorne Hotel Greymouth on 1 March.


Qualmark gold for West Coast attractions
15 Feb 2022   /

Qualmark gold for West Coast attractions

The West Coast Wild Life Centre at Franz Josef and Shantytown Heritage Park at Greymouth have each attained a Gold tourism sustainability business award from Qualmark.


Heaphy Track partially closed for months – DOC
11 Feb 2022   /

Heaphy Track partially closed for months – DOC

Through-trips on the Heaphy Track will not be possible for several months following severe damage caused by torrential rain last week.


More food festivals to fall to Covid restrictions
3 Feb 2022   /

More food festivals to fall to Covid restrictions

The West Coast’s Wildfoods Festival and North Canterbury Food and Wine Festival have been cancelled.


A passable summer for top of south operators
19 Jan 2022   /

A passable summer for top of south operators

But pickings are slimmer on the West Coast, particularly further south.


TranzAlpine resumes services
17 Jan 2022  

TranzAlpine resumes services

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Williams Hotel Group sells 4-star resort
14 Dec 2021  

Williams Hotel Group sells 4-star resort

The deal for an undisclosed sum sees the 63-bed hotel, the largest in the Buller district, return to the original family who developed the property.


New Mirror Tarn platform thanks to PGF
10 Nov 2021  

New Mirror Tarn platform thanks to PGF

A new viewing platform at the Mirror Tarn in Ōpārara Basin near Karamea on the West Coast is open as part of a series of improvements made possible by $5.7m from the Provincial Growth Fund.


New Heaphy Track “absolutely awesome”
3 Nov 2021   /

New Heaphy Track “absolutely awesome”

The new Lewis Shelter on the Heaphy Track has opened to strong reviews.


West Coast launches holiday campaign with $100 offer
2 Nov 2021   /

West Coast launches holiday campaign with $100 offer

Development West Coast’s Holiday Booster campaign is offering $100 off tourist packages to entice people to explore the region over summer.


West Coast shrugs off tourism woes to top economic rankings – ASB
28 Sep 2021   /

West Coast shrugs off tourism woes to top economic rankings – ASB

The West Coast has made a “stunning” return to the top of ASB’s latest measure of regional economic performance. 


DWC tries to soften blow to tourism in year of Covid
2 Sep 2021  

DWC tries to soften blow to tourism in year of Covid

The EDA has international spending in the region for the year to March 2021 had dropped 93% to just $6m compared with $86m in the previous fiscal year.