Today's Tourism News
31 Oct 2014
TIA members in the news
Trippers win in long-haul bus wars - New Zealand Herald - 31st Oct 2014
Budget travellers will soon have three major long-distance bus operators to choose from, offering fares from as little as $1 each way between Auckland and Wellington.
Summer events to inject millions - Dominion Post - 30th Oct 2014
Aucklands packed summer events calendar is expected to inject millions of dollars into the economy.
Rare penguins surprise early hikers - 3 News - 30th Oct 2014
A waddle of rare Fiordland Crested Penguins has delighted early walkers on Fiordland's Hollyford Track.
Tough year for KiwiRail - Christchurch Press - 31st Oct 2014
Two unexpected and high-profile events, ranked "among the tougher tests" ever faced by KiwiRail, headlined a challenging year for the state-owned transport business.
Airlines & airports
Bomb threat sentencing over 'ruckus' - Otago Daily Times - 30th Oct 2014
When an Auckland midwife turned up to the airport 19 minutes before her flight and was told she could not check in she said: "I'm going to cause a ruckus".
No plans for more flights - Otago Daily Times - 31st Oct 2014
The two airlines flying domestic routes to Queenstown are coy about a call for more flights into the resort this summer.
SH6 to be closed next week to replace bridge - New Zealand Herald - 30th Oct 2014
The Haast Pass will close next week as the New Zealand Transport Agency replaces a bridge to help restore State Highway 6 to two lanes.
Tasman squall means serendipitous stay - Otago Daily Times - 31st Oct 2014
Dunedin had a flood of visitors yesterday, thanks to the unexpected and longer-than-usual visit of a cruise ship. Oosterdam sailed into Port Chalmers about noon yesterday.
Stage 1 cycle trail already popular - Southland Times - 30th Oct 2014
Anticipation and excitement is in the air at Lumsden as the official opening of stage one of the Round the Mountain Cycle Trail draws near but it is already getting plenty of use.
Tekapo hotel land sale goes ahead - Timaru Herald - 30th Oct 2014
The Mackenzie District Council has finalised its sale agreement for land destined for a new Tekapo hotel.
Developers again target world-class beauty spot - New Zealand Herald - 31st Oct 2014
Fresh plans have been lodged for a subdivision near a world-renowned Coromandel beach, reigniting opposition by a group fighting to keep the area free of development.
Pollution shocks water forum - Northern Advocate - 30th Oct 2014
Overseas visitors attending the Waitaha 2014 International Forum on Water at Waitangi earlier this month were dismayed to find the sea in which they were swimming was polluted with stock...
Looking to long term at ecosanctuary - Otago Daily Times - 31st Oct 2014
A foundation to ensure the long-term future of Orokonui Ecosanctuary was launched in Dunedin last night.
Trudy de Graaf: The apple's collateral damage - New Zealand Herald - 31st Oct 2014
When arriving in New Zealand, the first people we see representing New Zealand, our Customs officers, are generally friendly, helpful and reasonable.
TIA members’ media releases
Rare Fiordland penguins delight first walkers of the season on Hollyford Track – Hollyford Track Guided Walks, 30 Oct 2014
Hollyford Track Guided Walks, owned and operated by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, has opened for the summer season and early walkers on the track have been rewarded with regular sightings of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.
Te Anau is New Zealand’s number one tramping town – Destination Fiordland, 29 Oct 2014
Outdoor lovers have voted Fiordland’s gateway town Te Anau as the place they’d most like to up sticks and move to.