Tourism

03:25
As tourism booms, some councils are worried about the burden on a small base of ratepayers.

'It's a large burden on small shoulders' – tiny NZ towns struggle under weight of booming tourist numbers

Tourist costs are skyrocketing for councils, with facilities like toilets paid by ratepayers.

02:34
There will be plenty of glasses raised with the reopening of The Terraces.

Seven years on, new nightlife strip opens in central Christchurch

There will be plenty of glasses raised with the reopening of The Terraces.

03:24
New Zealanders will be exempt from the fee which will come into force if National is re-elected.

Where should New Zealand's next Great Walks be?

Kiwis are being given a say on where two new Great Walks should be established.

02:11
Labour will introduce a tourist tax to help fund tourism and conservation projects.

Labour wants $25 tourist tax added to visitors' airline tickets

The tax would help pay for tourism and conservation projects around New Zealand.

00:58
The aquarium is looking to attract significantly more visitors per year with the re-design of its Marine Parade location.

Watch: Virtual flyover gives stunning sneak peek of Napier's epic proposed National Aquarium expansion

Weta Workshop will be brought in to help with the redesign of one of Hawke's Bay's premier attractions.

01:33
It's the latest in the "gap filler" initiative that started after the 2011 earthquake.

Helpful old parking meter in Christchurch's Cathedral Square issuing tourist tips rather than tickets

It's the latest idea in the Gap Filler initiative that started after the 2011 earthquake.

Beauty of regional New Zealand showcased in Tourism NZ's new video ad

"We know this will grab their attention and really build that desire to travel here."

01:48
The Crowne Plaza has been given a new lease of life in the Forsyth Barr building.

Largest upscale hotel in Christchurch reopens after 2011 earthquakes

Just a block from its old home, the Crown Plaza Hotel will take guests for the first time this weekend in a renovated office building.

01:43
The South Island's ski season is set to kick off tomorrow.

Big turnout and great conditions expected at Mt Hutt for start of ski season

Fresh snow fall and clear conditions has this year's open day at Mt Hutt slated as one of the best in years.

A group is calling for guaranteed access to employee bathrooms around the country, in a bid to make their lives easier.

Government pours $5.2 million into new tourist toilets

The money will be spent on new toilets, showers and parking facilities across New Zealand.

05:07
Lonely Planet's Chris Zeiher has just returned from Chernobyl, and tell Breakfast why these destinations are on the rise.

From genocide to natural disasters sites - dark tourism is on the rise

Lonely Planet's Chris Zeiher has just returned from Chernobyl, and tell Breakfast why these destinations are on the rise.

Kaikoura wants a national strategy, while Auckland's Chamber of Commerce says there has been no consultation about the idea.

Auckland Council votes in favour of controversial 'bed tax'

The move could spark legal action by hotel owners.

00:36
AUT Tourism Professor Simon Milne says despite high costs for tourists visiting hospitals, we don’t want to treat it like a cash cow by taxing visitors.

Expert: Tax on tourists for medical costs not a good idea despite $160m spend

While we should be looking at ways to encourage tourists to pay their way, taxing them could lead to "bad PR", says a professor of tourism.

09:29
The Kazmaier-Golkel's campervan trip became a very itchy experience.

'You wanted to scratch the whole time' – German family have NZ trip ruined by bed bugs

The Kazmaier-Golkel's campervan trip became a very itchy experience.

02:04
Some are doing it tough with SH1 north of Kaikoura closed but others on the new inland route are reaping the benefits.

Kaikoura quake brings unexpected boom for some Marlborough businesses

Some are doing it tough with SH1 north of Kaikoura closed but others on the new inland route are reaping the benefits.

01:41
Tourism Industry Aotearoa CEO Chris Roberts says the funding boost is welcome, and well-designed, but there’s a question around whether $25.5m per year is enough.

Tourism funding boost for local government 'needs to be bigger'

Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive Chris Roberts says $25.5million a year is a step in the right direction, but more is needed.

01:36
The funding over four years aims to boost facilities in response to rising tourist numbers

New Zealand tourism infrastructure to get $178 million boost in this month's Budget

DOC will get $76 million to help upgrade tourist facilities on conservation land.

01:50
The Dunedin Prison building is now a site for a game where people have to use their wits, to escape.

Take a look inside the game taking life in Otago's historic prison

The Dunedin Prison building is now a site for a game where people have to use their wits, to escape.

Wellington

Wellington named world's most liveable city in global survey

The capital has beaten stiff international competition to emerge on top.

New $56m berth will see cruise ships return to Lyttelton

Lyttelton has not hosted cruise ships since the 2011 earthquake.

02:44
At 54 times the size of a normal cow, meet Morrinsville's massive cow.

Watch: Meet the cow-lossal hefer about to put Morrinsville on the map

At 54 times the size of a normal cow, meet the mega new addition set to startle Morrinsville's good folk.

02:09
Some are asking if spending that much to take part in the Dubai expo is worth it.

Splashing $53 million on NZ pavilion at World Expo a waste of money, say Greens, ACT

The Government believes its investment in the 2020 Dubai expo will pay for itself.

03:29
Athletes from around the world are gathering at Eden Park for the opening ceremony.

'We're gonna be marching like the Olympics' - thousands gear up for Master Games

Athletes from around the world are gathering at Eden Park for the opening ceremony.

00:43
Rachael Shadbolt of Hospitality NZ says basic things like safety and quality need to be ensured.

Hospitality industry pushes for Airbnb providers to be regulated

Queenstown in particular is struggling with the issue, as beds there are in hot demand and locals are finding it hard to even find a rental.

00:53
In a post on Facebook, the airline said Auckland’s Mt Eden stands "tall above Christchurch".

Auckland tourist attraction is in Christchurch, according to Malaysia Airlines' gaffe

In a Facebook post the airline said the Mt Eden volcanic cone is located in Christchurch.

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