Around New Zealand

New Hobbiton Hub presents opportunity for small business events and conferences

Monday, 15 July 2019 04:03

Hobbiton™ Movie Set is on its way to completing its latest development set to open before the end of 2019. The structure, or ‘Hobbiton Hub’ as it is referred to, is an architecturally designed building situated at the top of the visitor carpark at The Shires Rest™. The 1200m2 building will bring all of the business functions under one big roof for the first time, including administration, sales and marketing, accounts, operations and reservations.

Celebrity Speakers launch new website

Sunday, 07 July 2019 22:19

Celebrity Speakers is celebrating 30 years in business in November. To celebrate they are pulling out all the stops with expansion into America, a brand redesign, commissioning world-first industry research, welcoming additional staff to the team and finally launching a new website.

Lower Hutt event centre earn 5 star Qualmark rating

Monday, 01 July 2019 10:43

In the 10thmonth of its operation, Lower Hutt Events Centre has earned a 5 Star Qualmark rating with a Silver tier Sustainable Business award on 21stMay 2019. Evaluated on the 16thof April 2019, the venue showcased its superior operational capabilities and venue design.

Brackenridge embraces ‘TIAKI’ and invites guests to make 'the promise'

Sunday, 23 June 2019 23:04

Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa in Martinborough, South Wairarapa has pledged support for the Tiaki Promise, which is, in short a set of guiding principles for visitors to follow, outlining how they can positively contribute to preserving and protecting New Zealand.

Standing out at Fieldays

Thursday, 20 June 2019 02:52

An exhibition stand that featured ‘blender bikes’ has won the Fieldays’ inaugural Contribution to Sustainability Award. The stand, by Zespri International, involved visitors creating their own smoothie masterpieces through the power of simple pedalling.

Standing out at Fieldays

Thursday, 20 June 2019 02:48

An exhibition stand that featured ‘blender bikes’ has won the Fieldays’ inaugural Contribution to Sustainability Award. The stand, by Zespri International, involved visitors creating their own smoothie masterpieces through the power of simple pedalling.

Again Again at the Zoo Zoo

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:57

From 11 June (launch of Again Again in Auckland) Zoo visitors wanting a hot brew to go rather than a sit down hot drink in café crockery, can use their own re-usable cup or borrow an Again Again cup for a refundable $3 deposit.

Peppers Parehua awarded dark sky friendly status

Sunday, 09 June 2019 23:08

Martinborough’s Peppers Parehua has become the latest local business awarded Dark Sky Friendly status in another step toward making South Wairarapa an international dark sky reserve. General Manager Nathan Maynard has signed the Martinborough Dark Sky Society’s charter that requires the business to ensure its lighting meets the rules of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) for managing night-time light pollution.

Auckland ranks third in Australasia for attracting business events

Monday, 03 June 2019 05:55

Auckland has ranked third out of all Australasian cities for the number of business events it hosts, overtaking Brisbane, Australia in the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings.

New Zealand’s largest city hosted 39 international association events in 2018 that meet ICCA criteria. The figure has moved Auckland up one place from 4th in 2017. Sydney and Melbourne took the number one and two spots for Australasia respectively. Out of all cities in Asia-Pacific, Auckland ranks 17th.

Head of Auckland Convention Bureau, Anna Hayward, says it’s fantastic to see Auckland featuring in the top three ICCA rankings for Australasia.

'Auckland’s business events industry has been working hard to promote the region as a premium international business events destination and this ranking highlights our growing popularity,' she says.  'It’s an exciting time for Auckland, we are getting closer by the day to the completion of the New Zealand International Convention Centre, there remains a solid pipeline of investment in infrastructure to support the visitor economy, as well as strong pool of professionals supporting events here.'

Adding to the business events offering this year has been the opening of the Domes at Auckland Zoo, offering a truly unique experience for event organisers, able to cater for up to 350 delegates. Refurbishments have also recently been completed on Auckland’s leading performing arts and events hub, Aotea Centre. Next month, Park Hyatt will open providing a welcome luxury addition to Auckland’s accommodation offering. Over the next five years 4,000-plus hotel rooms are in the pipeline with other leading international brands Ritz Carlton and Intercontinental joining the mix.

The NZ International Convention Centre (NZICC) will however be the “game-changer for Auckland,' says Hayward. 'NZICC gives Auckland the chance to attract a larger and new pool of international business events we’ll anticipate over time to further improve Auckland and New Zealand’s international rankings'.

NZICC will have the capacity to host 4,000 people for one-off events, or 3,000 people for conferences, exhibitions or dinners. With 32,500sqm of floor space it will be New Zealand’s largest purpose-built convention centre.It is set to open in 2020 and is already proving to be a popular venue, with a number of large-scale events already secured, including hosting some of the APEC events in 2021, culminating with Leaders’ Week in November where world leaders from 21 Pacific-rim countries will be in attendance.

The ICCA releases its ‘Country & City Rankings’ report annually.

Wellington steps up impressively

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 05:14

The new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC) will have more than 10,000 sqm of purpose-built exhibition area and conference space for up to 1700 people, a 2500 sqm exhibition floor, two large, flexible plenary halls and meeting rooms, and a gala dinner capacity of 1400 people.

Auckland secures bid for global education event

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 04:23

Auckland has secured the bid for the 34th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), which will be hosted by The University of Auckland, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, from 21 – 24 January 2021.

New Zealand on show for international business event organisers

Sunday, 19 May 2019 23:25

International business event organisers will be converging on Auckland next week for New Zealand’s biggest showcase of conference and incentive products, on 29 and 30 May at ASB Showgrounds.

New Month For Meetings 2020

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 05:09

New Zealand’s largest annual business events trade exhibition MEETINGS, run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) will be moving to an earlier date in April next year.

Chief executive, Sue Sullivan says CINZ wanted to announce the new dates before MEETINGS 2019, so everyone could diary them well in advance.'With a busy Auckland venue scene for May and June, MEETINGS 2020 will be held a month earlier on 22 and 23 April at ASB Showgrounds, prior to the ANZAC Day long weekend,' she says.

'Our annual MEETINGS showcase is not to be missed. It is the stand-out event on New Zealand’s business events calendar. We are ensuring everyone has the 2020 dates locked in, and we are focused on delivering another world class event to all buyers and exhibitors.'

This year’s CINZ MEETINGS kicks off with a welcome function at Auckland’s new Aotea Centre on 28 May. The two-day event at ASB Showgrounds on 29 and 30 May will showcase over 190 exhibitors from 17 regions across New Zealand to more than 700 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers. Exhibitors include venues, theming companies, hotels, AV companies, regional bureaux, attractions and activities.

Online registrationis now open, and free for Day Buyers attending CINZ MEETINGS 2019.

New Zealand welcoming more conferences than ever

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 22:48

New Zealand’s popularity is growing as an international conference hosting destination. New data from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranks New Zealand 46th in the world as a conference destination, up five places on 2017, and 12th in Asia Pacific.

Sustainability Partnership

Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:29

A new sustainability partnership between ZEALANDIA eco-sanctuary and James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor aims to strengthen environmental goals and enrich the visitor experience to Wellington.

100% Pure Hot Water

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 05:08

Demonstrating excellence in visitor hosting and a commitment to Tiaki - Care for New Zealand is what landed Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa an award at the inaugural Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards. 

Graeme Abbot, General Manager of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, said the business had grown from a simple pool next to a tin bathing shed to a multi-million dollar complex.

‘We have never rested on our laurels and are currently building a $4.5 million development which will add five new thermal pools and an aquatic thrill ride to the complex. We also put enormous effort into conserving thermal water and have saved 58 million litres in the past 12 months. This has largely been achieved through the use of a $200,000 building management system (BMS).

’Our water is our life blood. Every drop is heated by the earth and infused with minerals that have anti-aging and pain-relieving benefits. It’s a natural process that scientists tell us takes 173 years, so we try not to waste a drop! 

The inaugural Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand awards were presented to seven exceptional visitor experience operator winners by Minister for Tourism Kelvin Davis, at a gala evening held at Parliament.


Fieldays Kitchen Theatre hosts star kiwi chefs

Monday, 06 May 2019 03:23

Visitors to the Fieldays Kitchen Theatre will be treated to a wealth of knowledge and experience from this year’s group of eight confirmed celebrity chefs who will educate, entertain and inspire.This year’s chef line-up includes Peter Gordon, Claire Turnbull, Ray McVinnie, Brett McGregor, Simon Gault, Megan May by Hyundai, Marc Soper with Greenlea Butcher shop and Yvonne Lorkin from Winefriend.  

New Zealand’s event experiences on show at MEETINGS 2019

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 22:34

The business events industry will be out in force for MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland this month, the year’s largest New Zealand-wide showcase of regions, venues and suppliers.

Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) on 29 and 30 May at ASB Showgrounds, MEETINGS will host over 190 exhibitors across 17 regions from the top of the North to the deep South. Sue Sullivan, chief executive, says CINZ is welcoming 22 new exhibitors to MEETINGS this year.

CINZ Introduces new day buyer initiative for MEETINGS 2019

Monday, 29 April 2019 00:52

Event planners will be lunching for a good cause when they sign up for the new Day Buyer programme at CINZ MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland from 29 to 30 May.

The new ‘Meet, Eat and Speak’ event will be a free lunchtime experience for day buyers, combining fare from award-winning social enterprise Eat My Lunch with a showcase of talented speakers from Celebrity Speakers.

Trade goes exploring

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:12

More than 230 buyers, representing mainly inbound trade but also the incentive and convention sector and travel retail, attended the eXplore trade show at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday.

Roxburgh hosts Tourism Advisory Board

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:01

The recently formed Tourism Central Otago advisory board met in Roxburgh last week.

Wine event to Christchurch

Monday, 08 April 2019 22:42

Christchurch is set to host Pinot Noir 2021, a gathering of the world’s Pinot Noir community.

Meet, eat and speak at MEETINGS

Monday, 08 April 2019 19:29

Event planners will be lunching for a good cause when they sign up for the new Day Buyer programme at CINZ MEETINGS 2019 in Auckland from 29 to 30 May.

HOT award for ChCh events team

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 20:00

HOT Events, part of House of Travel Christchurch City, received the Gold Group Sales Award, winning Group of the Year for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, at the House of Travel Group's conference in Auckland late last month.

ACB plants seeds for growth

Monday, 01 April 2019 02:21

Auckland Convention Bureau held its business events update recently at Whoa! @The Grounds in Henderson.

Pure Pursuit a pure success

Monday, 25 March 2019 23:07

Twenty leading luxury and experiential travel and events professionals from around the world have just completed a six day pure pursuit journey in New Zealand.

Events pump $15m into CHCH economy

Monday, 11 March 2019 20:35

Christchurch is wrapping up a bumper summer of events as the city continues to prove itself an ideal event host city.

Queenstown Bureau launches dedicated web page

Monday, 04 March 2019 18:18

The Queenstown Convention Bureau (QCB) has expanded its presence on, with a micro-site that brings to life what Queenstown can offer to conference and incentive organisers and delegates.

Queenstown wins international adventure conference

Monday, 04 March 2019 04:49

Queenstown has won a bid to host the 2020 International Adventure Conference, which will bring leading tourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in December next year.

Heritage Hotels enters Dunedin

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:17

Heritage Hotels has added a new hotel to its group - The Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge which will come on board from 1 May 2019.

Internationally renowned operator to manage Te Pae

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 04:35

Ōtākaro Limited has appointed AEG Ogden, a leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch.

Christchurch dishes out warm welcome

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 18:35

Over 600 delegates arriving for the conference this week were treated to a warm Christchurch welcome.

Susan Kirby to present at EVOLVE 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019 20:04

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at EVOLVE 2019.

Mighty Waikato gets new brand

Monday, 17 December 2018 19:46

Heavy-hitters from New Zealand’s tourism industry have thrown support behind the Mighty Waikato branding strategy formally released last week.

Snack on Exercise at BoP Business Expo

Monday, 17 December 2018 19:33

The Bay of Plenty’s annual Business Expo has announced an award-winning wellbeing specialist, author and entrepreneur as keynote speaker for its 2019 event.

Larnach Castle wins Obiz Tourism Award

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:05

Larnach Castle was awarded the Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Award at the Westpac Otago Business Awards for 2018 recently.

Queenstown wins most influential destination

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 19:31

Queenstown has been named the ‘most influential destination’ in the 2018 Goldfinger Awards in China.

Skyline seeks feedback on Franz Josef Gondola

Monday, 29 October 2018 20:59

Skyline Enterprises is seeking feedback on its proposal for a gondola to be built at Franz Josef Glacier, as part of public consultation to the draft Westland Tai Poutini National Park Management Plan.

Local iwi urged for scholarship

Monday, 22 October 2018 20:38

A successful young Rotorua man is calling for fellow young Māori to follow in his footsteps and consider a career in the city’s booming tourism industry.

OneNineFive to host Pure Pursuit

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:57
Wellington-based organiser OneNineFive has been chosen to design and deliver the Southern Hemisphere's first Pure Pursuit, being held in New Zealand in March 2019.

CHC famil announced post-MEETINGS

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 22:13

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan this week announced a new initiative for MEETINGS 2019, with a post-MEETINGS familiarisation for 20 leading Australian PCOs and media to Christchurch.

New look for Convene South

Monday, 01 October 2018 02:07

A new, intimate venue and some first time exhibitors and visitor (along with familiar faces) gave this year’s Convene South a fresh look and feel.

AKL secures $45m worth of business events

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:29

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), in conjunction with its members and industry partners, has won $45 million worth of business events in the year ending June 2018.

ZQN to host US and Kiwi golf managers this Spring

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:13

Golf club managers from around New Zealand and the United States will gather in Queenstown next moth for two biennial conferences.

WREDA rejig to benefit region

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 21:37

The shape of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s (WREDA) organisational structure has been changed to better enable the agency to deliver its goal of making the Wellington region wildly famous.

InterContinental WLG wins top award

Monday, 03 September 2018 23:05

InterContinental Wellington was named Australasia’s leading conference hotel at the annual World Travel Awards held last night in Hong Kong.

AKL to host World Library congress

Monday, 03 September 2018 04:04

Auckland has secured the bid to host the world’s most significant library and information congress in 2020.

Flying the flag for Gay Pride

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 21:44

Queenstown’s leading zipline company is celebrating love, community, diversity, visibility and inclusion with its support of the largest winter pride event in the Southern Hemisphere.

New suites at Queenstown Park

Monday, 27 August 2018 21:05

The addition of three new suite rooms at Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is progressing well.

WLG wins sci-fi convention

Monday, 27 August 2018 03:10

Thousands of science fiction fans will descend on Wellington in 2020 after the region won the rights to host the 78th World Science Fiction Convention.

Canadian govt brings indigenous business delegation to NZ

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 23:25
The government of Canada and members of the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF - Canada) met with the Te Ohu Whai Ao Charitable Trust in Rotorua recently to progress planning for the 9th World Indigenous Business Forum later this year. 

Cruising into Marlborough

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 06:28

The annual New Zealand Cruise Association conference is being hosted in Marlborough this week (23-24 August 2018), and will focus on the destination's huge growth.

Green light for WLG convention centre

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:39

Wellington City Council is forging ahead with its plans for a new convention centre for the region.

Parliament Venues open day

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:20

Te Papa Venues recently held its first open day at New Zealand’s Parliament, showcasing the venues within its buildings.