Around New Zealand

Horizon Hotel Auckland to open in March

Sunday, 14 January 2024 23:22

New Auckland five-star hotel Horizon by SkyCity will open to guests from 1 March 2024.

Scenic Plus launches on Coastal Pacific

Sunday, 17 December 2023 20:32

The iconic Coastal Pacific scenic train has returned to its seven days a week schedule, and is now offering an enhanced premium experience for visitors.

Dunedin's new Destination campaign

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 20:36

Enterprise Dunedin, the Dunedin City Council’s economic development department has launched a new destination campaign designed to encourage people to consider visiting Ōtepoti Dunedin by challenging what they think they know about the city.

Chch President, Victoria Wales collects International Skål Awards 

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 22:30

Christchurch International Skål President and Chair of the International Membership Committee, Victoria Wales from HOT Events has recently returned from the Skål World Congress in Malaga, Spain where she picked up several key awards.

Wellington wins Asia Pacific IP Conference

Monday, 04 December 2023 01:28

Wellington has won the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre Conference (APNIC 58) for the first time.

Napier War Memorial hosts business awards

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 21:06

The Napier Conferences & Events team collaborated with the Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce for the Datacom Hawke's Bay Business Awards, held at the Napier War Memorial Centre in mid November. The event showcased a diverse range of businesses from Hawke’s Bay.

Tākina Events celebrates six months

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 21:00

Six months ago, Tākina Wellington Exhibition and Convention Centre opened its doors, signalling a new chapter for business events in Wellington. Operated by Tākina Events, Wellington's largest built infrastructure investment in over twenty years has welcomed over 22,000 delegates.

Christchurch wins 2025 biology conference

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 23:15

Christchurch is to host 300 leading international scientists for CRISPR 2025, the first time the genome biology conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

ICMS Growing business events for Christchurch

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:28

Professional Conference Organiser ICMS Australasia, which opened a Christchurch office in March this year, has a strategy to grow the event pie for the benefit of the entire industry and local suppliers.

IWPC2023: A gathering of great women in Auckland

Monday, 13 November 2023 23:50

The speakers, the venue, the city, the delegates – even the weather played a part in making the 2023 International Women in Policing Conference (IWPC2023) in Auckland unforgettable for all the right reasons. 

Conference win underlines Wellington New Zealand’s open learning opportunities

Monday, 13 November 2023 22:21

Te Pūkenga and Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa have won their joint bid to host the International Council for Open and Distance Education’s (ICDE) 30th World Conference in Wellington in 2025. The win was announced at this year’s ICDE World Conference in Costa Rica.

Te Pae wins sustainable tourism award

Monday, 06 November 2023 03:14

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has been awarded the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the Community and Government Projects category.

More prizes on offer at Business Events Expo

Monday, 06 November 2023 03:09

The upcoming Business Events Expo has announced another major prize – a trip to Fiji – that will be available to trade visitng the event.

Corporate PA Summit at Cordis Auckland

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:08

The Corporate PA Summit took place in Auckland on Tuesday at the Cordis Auckland.  

Providing the Motive – three years on

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 20:37

A big ‘dose of gumption’, demand from clients and support from suppliers are all factors in Motive Events’ success, let alone survival, over the past three years, the company’s directors say.

Prizes on offer at The Business Events Expo

Monday, 09 October 2023 22:20

Plenty of prizes are on offer at the Business Events Expo on 21 November at the Viaduct Events Centre Auckland.  Buyers are encouraged to register early to not miss out and can do so by clicking here.

New DMC dedicated to offering NZ experiences

Wednesday, 04 October 2023 21:48

A new destination management company (DMC) dedicated to curating and delivering local conference and incentive experiences throughout New Zealand has officially launched today.

Wellington business events grow in scale and share

Sunday, 24 September 2023 23:13

Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington hosted a total of 758 conferences in the 2022/2023 year, including 541 multi-day events.

New Queenstown DMO board announced

Monday, 11 September 2023 00:43

The board of directors for Destination Southern Lakes, the new destination management organisation (DMO) for the Queenstown and Wānaka region.

Worcester Bridge punting site to re-open Wednesday

Monday, 11 September 2023 00:35

Punting on the Avon is re-opening their Worcester Bridge site for daily tours from this Wednesday.

Restored Napier War Memorial officially open

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:31

The Napier War Memorial now has its essential elements back in place for the whole community to visit. It was reopened, after a significant rebuild, in August 2023 and rededicated to the fallen by Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise.


Located to the right of the main entrance to the Napier War Memorial Centre, the memorial creates a beautiful sanctuary in the centre of the city for everyone to enjoy.


The roll of honour plaques and eternal flame have been returned to the site. The plaques have been fully restored by an expert stonemason after each name was checked and researched by historians. The flame has been reinstated to a custom-made plinth on the upper pond.


New features include a ‘living roll’ with the names of the fallen and a QR-enabled link so people can discover more information about each name through their mobile phones. Ceiling panels along the ‘arrow head’ pavillion include some that are red to represent red poppies. A single purple panel is for the purple poppy associated with animals used in war such as dogs, horses and pigeons.

The 1955 floral clock has been restored by specialist horologists and returned to a location a few metres from its original home. It has been planted with flowers prepared in the Napier nursery including hundreds of pansys.


The Napier War Memorial creates a space that people can visit to take a moment, to remember and reflect, a place of tranquility and a wonderful addition to the Napier War Memorial Centre.


New Ballroom name honours original architect

To honour the original architect of the Napier War Memorial Centre, we're pleased to announce that the ballroom has been officially named Natusch Ballroom.

Guy Natusch was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and had a life-long passion for Napier and its built environment. A third-generation architect, he worked in the family firm established in 1886. He was the architect of the original War Memorial Hall, opened in 1957 and many of the elements in the restored memorial reflect his designs.

New Zealand Tourism Awards finalists revealed

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:23

The New Zealand Tourism Awards 2023 finalists have been announced  The awards, presented by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), showcase and celebrate the very best of New Zealand tourism’s individual and business successes.

Winning Wellington turns to conference goals

Monday, 28 August 2023 05:23

As Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington farewells the football frenzy that drew more than 230,000 fans to the city, it is looking to new goals, welcoming more than 40 notable multi-day conferences over the next few months.

Wellington to host the 48th ICTM in 2025

Friday, 11 August 2023 02:18

Wellington will welcome music and dance scholars from around the globe in 2025, as the World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) comes to New Zealand for the first time.

Amway to spend $40million in NZ

Friday, 11 August 2023 00:15

New Zealand has secured the annual Amway Distributor seminar which will provide a welcome boost of an estimated $40 million to New Zealand’s economy. 

General Travel celebrates 50 years

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 03:44

Suppliers, team members and other industry partners dressed the part (70s style) and joined in the celebrations when inbound tor operator General Travel marked 50 years of operation on Sunday night.

ACVE adds Collective to its catering roster

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 06:31

Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events (ACVE) has added Collective Hospitality to its list of preferred caterers across its 11 Auckland venues.

Auckland wins RACMA conference in October

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 02:46

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will welcome medical leaders from across Australasia when it hosts The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference this October.

Online platform to showcase Auckland

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 01:16

The launch of a new online platform, Discover Auckland, is set to deliver a one-stop-shop for all visitor-related experiences and events across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Rotorua to host MEETINGS 2024

Monday, 03 July 2023 21:40

Rotorua has been named host city for New Zealand’s 28th national business events showcase, MEETINGS to be held at the Energy Events Centre on 19 and 20 June 2024.

ChristchurchNZ launches BE Purposeful tool kit 

Monday, 26 June 2023 23:09

ChristchurchNZ is on a mission to help business event organisers create purposeful events with sustainability at their core.

Ocean Spa Re-opening Enhances Delegate Experiences 

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:08

Ocean Spa, Napier's premier heated pool and gym complex, reopened its doors to the public in May. Located next to the Napier War Memorial Centre, the facility offers conference and event delegates a delightful retreat just steps away from their venue, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Wellington to host TRENZ 2024

Friday, 16 June 2023 03:04

Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) is excited to announce TRENZ 2024 is coming to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington for the first time.  

GP event again delivers value for Rotorua

Monday, 12 June 2023 03:17

Short, sharp and to the point content with some key take home messages were the order during the 16th General Practice Conference and Medical Exhibition (GP CME) late last week.

55th Fieldays to showcase cutting-edge solutions and trends to a global audience

Monday, 12 June 2023 02:08

This Wednesday, Fieldays, the Southern Hemisphere's largest agricultural event will open its gates for the 55th year.  This year marks a significant milestone as it will be the first time since 2019 that the borders will be fully open, allowing for a global exchange of ideas and innovations.

New West Coast travel packages added to TranzAlpine

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 01:58

New rail-based tourism packages will encourage people to get out and explore the West Coast.

NZICC Supports Growth of Business Events industry with IAPCO Partnership

Monday, 29 May 2023 00:16

With the much-anticipated convention centre in Auckland’s city centre nearing completion, the NZICC is looking to bolster the global Business Events Industry by developing a multi-year leadership programme in partnership with the International Association for Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

Te Pae Christchurch Continues Golden Run

Monday, 22 May 2023 02:11

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is continuing its golden run, recertifying gold during its recent Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award review.

Wai Ariki set to shift the dial for Rotorua

Monday, 15 May 2023 04:19

With just a few short weeks to completion, Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell got an inside look last week  at the city’s new Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, nestled into the newly re-developed lakefront.

TRENZ takes off after three-year absence

Monday, 15 May 2023 02:42

TRENZ 2023, the major international business event for tourism was held from 8-11th May at Te Pae Christchurch.

First time for Wellington

Sunday, 07 May 2023 23:41

The business events industry will converge on New Zealand’s vibrant capital in June for the first time in the event’s 27-year history.

New Central North Island meeting option

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:48

Timber Trail Lodge is building a dedicated meeting room to further cater to business events.

New ambassadors to help attract business events to Wellington

Saturday, 29 April 2023 01:29

Wellington is continuing to build its advocate programme to support the city in attracting international conferences, with the addition of five new ambassadors in key fields, from health to earth science and design.

Celebrity Speakers recognised as one of best places to work

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 22:01

Celebrity Speakers NZ (a part of the Saxton Group) has been named on the 2023 Financial Review AFR Boss Best Places to Work List! 

Auckland to host leadership summit for women engineers

Monday, 17 April 2023 20:11

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will be a focal point for advancing women in engineering as New Zealand hosts the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit (ILS) for the first time this December.

Wellington famil wows events experts

Wednesday, 12 April 2023 01:08

Wellington recently welcomed two international groups to experience everything the city has to offer event planners, including a sneak peek at the new Tākina conference and exhibition centre before its opening in June.

Training to future proof New Zealand’s regions

Monday, 10 April 2023 22:46

As New Zealand’s business events sector (and tourism in general) enters a new phase of post pandemic development, it is important that people receive training that suits their level of experience in the industry.

Global conference to highlight Indigenous communications in Christchurch

Monday, 10 April 2023 03:25

New Zealand will host major global communications conference the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in 2024, the first time in almost 30 years the event will take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

ICMS Australasia expands footprint by opening New Zealand office

Monday, 20 March 2023 22:53

ICMS Australasia (ICMSA) has expanded its geographic footprint and opened an office in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier open

Thursday, 09 March 2023 01:38

Scenic Hotel Te Pania has advised that it will once again be able to accept bookings from tomorrow Friday 10th March.

Dunedin takes a trophy with congress win

Monday, 27 February 2023 23:34

Dunedin has won the International Deer Biology Congress in 2026, which will attract up to 500 cervid researchers and professionals to the ‘unofficial wildlife capital of New Zealand’. 

Te Pae Christchurch Commits to CarbonZero

Thursday, 16 February 2023 04:18

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has taken the next step in its sustainability journey, drafting an agreement with Toitū Envirocare as the Centre commits to reducing its environmental footprint.

Queenstown Lakes tourism strategy gets the green light

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 23:06

The Queenstown Lakes regenerative tourism strategy is officially under way following the unanimous endorsement of the Queenstown Lakes District Councillors at a full council meeting today.