Around New Zealand

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.

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.

Take a tour of Te Pae

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:02

Conference organisers can now take a virtual tour of Christchurch’s Te Pae convention centre, with the release of a new animated video.

Christchurch to host TECNZ 2019

Monday, 13 August 2018 23:56

Christchurch is gearing up to host next year’s annual Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) tourism conference.

NZEA Event Awards 2018 open

Monday, 06 August 2018 11:12

The New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) Events Awards has opened for all 2018 applications.

Holiday Parks 2018 awards

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 23:42

Himatangi Beach Holiday Park has won the 2018 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

This award is the holiday park sector’s premier award, made to the holiday park which excels in providing an outstanding visitor experience.

Park owners Alice and Rueben Ebrey are 100% committed to providing the highest level of service every day of the year.

'We make it a family rule that when we step out of our house we have a positive outlook so our ‘positive vibes’ can be felt by customers. We always take the time to engage with customers, even when we are busy.'

They analyse guest feedback and monitor all online reviews to make sure they are at the top of their game.

The judges said the park’s online reviews were what garnered the win.

The Holiday Park 2018 Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Hamilton last night (25 July).

A full list of Holiday Park 2018 Award winners follows:

Spirit of Hospitality – sponsored by AA Traveller

Winner:                Himatangi Beach Holiday Park, Manawatu

Finalists:               All Seasons Holiday Park, Rotorua
                           Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park, Bay of Plenty
                           Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel
                           Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park, Bay of Islands

Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry

Winner:                Richard and Noela Gunson

Richard and Noela Gunson have made an outstanding contribution to the holiday park sector. Richard served for five years as HPNZ President and is still an enthusiastic Board member. The couple travel the country regularly, visiting parks and attending HPNZ events. This generous couple are always the first to offer assistance and share their ideas. They have also travelled to promote New Zealand at overseas events.

Epay Emerging Star Award (for holiday park professionals under the age of 35)

Winner:                Peter Crawford, Manager, New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park

Peter has been recognised for his highly successful and professional business approach. He took over the holiday park in 2013 as a family business and since then has grown visitor revenue by over 30% every year. (This award was announced in June).

TIA Sustainability Innovation Award

Winner:                Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, Nelson/Tasman

The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve employs over 110 people between November and May and around 50 between June and October. It sustains staff levels through winter by developing products such as the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park and the associated product development in accommodation and food and beverage. Free to enter, the Mountain Bike Park has taken years of hard work, commercial and environmental planning, community engagement and volunteer activity to develop it into the world-class facility it is today.

Resco Best New Build over $100,000

Winner:                Kaikoura TOP 10

More than 20 years old, the main ablution block was letting the 5-star Kaikoura TOP 10 down, with guest reviews noting it wasn’t up to the same high standards as the park’s other facilities. The owners embarked on an ambitious $200,000 facelift for the big bathroom block, and while the Kaikoura earthquake threw a major spanner in the timeline, the transformation is now complete. New features include custom-made heated mirrors, individual automatic flushing urinals and heat pumps on self-timers for guests’ comfort in the colder months.

Resco Best Upgrade under $100,000

Winner:                Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

Located at the front of this award-winning park, the interior of this ablutions block was tired and dated and the wet flooring had become a hazard. The owners invested in a $42,000 upgrade, which included the addition of six new toilet cubicles and four showers, the installation of infra-red heaters which are very popular with guests, auto close doors, eco-friendly LED lighting and new double glazed windows.

Highly Commended:       Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park

PGG Wrightsons Park Grounds Award

Winners:              Miranda Holiday Park & Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

                           Miranda Holiday Park, Coromandel

It’s been a whirlwind year of constant activity at Miranda Holiday Park, with a focus on adding value and offering better amenities. Highlights include new family units, $5000 worth of new plants, an all-weather children’s playground, new street signage inside and outside the park, and an increased focus on pest control.

                           Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park

Over the past 12 months, park owners Jasmine and Jared Adams have invested the equivalent of $75,000 to upgrade the grounds, including new outdoor furnishings, artwork and outdoor family facilities and activities. Children are a big part of the park’s marketing effort and a new jumping pillow, trampoline areas and playground keep the kids happy while their parents relax.

Predator Free NZ Park Award

Winner:                Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

This park’s predator free programme is focused on achieving solid outcomes to reduce predators and restore native flora and fauna. The programme demonstrates good management and data collection and excellent collaboration and community engagement. There is a strong desire to educate other park owners about the importance and value of New Zealand’s Predator Free initiative. 

Highly Commended:       Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

HPNZ President’s Award

Jason Hitchens, Leisurebuilt - for his support of the holiday park sector

AA Traveller - for their long-term support of the holiday park sector

HPNZ Board Service Award

Lee Boot, Alpine Pacific Kiwi Holiday Park, Kaikoura

Seekom Productivity Improvement Award

Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park

ServiceIQ Award

Hanmer Hot Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park

Lower Hutt Events Centre is officially open

Friday, 20 July 2018 00:07

Several thousand people turned out last Saturday to see and experience the new Lower Hutt Events Centre and refurbished Town Hall.

Recycling a sitter at Ellerslie Event Centre

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 22:49

Ellerslie Event Centre marked World Environment Day today – themed 'Beat Plastic Pollution' –  by seating its guests on chairs covered in 100% recycled fabric made from used plastic bottles.

Upping Wairarapa’s ante

Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:50

Brand new experiences and developments in the Wairarapa are just some of the ways the region is redefining itself when it comes to business events, which Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says is imperative when attracting more business.

‘Securing more small-to-medium size business events, conferences and incentive groups is a priority and the region’s industry leaders are taking a collaborative approach to ensure that happens,’ he says.

Rebrand for GSE

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:45

Global Sports & Events is this week rebranding to Fortis Events.

Managing director Joelle Talbot says the change in brand reflects the significant growth over the past year in corporate incentive management.

Breaking the fast at Convene 2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:31

A full day of convening started with a breakfast put on by Austins Food Design, with Dave Sutherland from Whoa! Studios putting on a presentation to get delegates inspired for the day.

Speaking about the concept of being 'there and back' again, Sutherland informed the group on his journey from the corporate world to becoming an entrepreneur and then coming back again with Whoa! Studios' foray into

Auckland's edu conference win

Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:10

Auckland has won the bid to host a major international education conference.

The three-day Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in 2021.

South Canterbury on show

Monday, 26 March 2018 23:10

South Canterbury is now on show with the launch of a new guided tour company.

Explore South Canterbury, a subsidiary of Pleasant Point transport company Aitkinson and Dossett, has launched a new service with a guided agricultural tour, taking in some of the best scenery, experiences and food in the

Meet, play, sleep with VEC

Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:44

Vodafone Event Centre’s gearing up for a big couple of months, as it prepares to showcase its offerings at both Convene (held at the centre) on 10 April and MEETINGS on 30-31 May.

Second Nature Charitable Trust (SNCT) chief operating officer Karyn Spencer says the VEC’s latest campaign, Meet. Play. Sleep. will be emblazoned across its six-stand exhibit space and the mood will be ‘celebratory’.

Gold Coast connects in Auckland

Monday, 19 March 2018 23:03

Both new and familiar favourites from across the ditch were in Auckland last week as part of Gold Coast Connect.

Hosted in Grand Mercure Auckland’s funky laneway, PCOs, incentive operators and corporate travel managers received an update on new developments on the coast as it heads into the Commonwealth Games next month.

Christchurch conference wins

Monday, 19 March 2018 20:07

A Christchurch conference has been recognised among the world’s best at the Eventex 8th Global Event Awards.

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 (SEWF 2017) and hosted by the Ākina Foundation and organised by New Zealand professional conference organiser Conference Innovators, was awarded second place in the Best

Site prime for redevelopment

Monday, 12 March 2018 21:34

A prominent city block of land in Tauranga’s central business district has been placed on the market for sale, with the property cited as a potential spot for a hotel tower.

The property fronting Cameron Road and bordered by Harington Street, Durham Street and Hamilton Street sits directly opposite Tauranga Domain and currently sustains the Durham Motor Inn Tauranga, which has a management lease expiring in July this year.