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Tourism & leisure industries
  • Visitor growth helps drive hotel rates up 7pc
    The cost of a night away from home is on the rise.A new survey shows average nightly hotel rates in New Zealand have increased by 7 per cent. A stay in a hotel room at Lake Tekapo topped the list of the most expensive Kiwi destinations...
    Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:38:57 +1200

  • They're filthy rich and on their way here
    New Zealand is increasingly becoming the No 1 travel destination for the rich and the famous.Luxury travel organisation Virtuoso this month released its figures for 2013 travel bookings, totalling more than $32 billion in client...
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • High tech splash for new breed of cruise ships
    Hot competition to make the biggest splash in the cruise industry has taken another step with the unveiling of details of what's being billed as the world's smartest ship that features a bionic bartender.The 167,800 tonne...
    Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:11:57 +1200

Destination New Zealand
  • Auckland: A tank full of surprises
    To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be bitten at the Kelly Tarlton Shark Dive Xtreme, so it came as a big surprise.As 2.4m-long sand tiger sharks circled overhead, I noticed a swift movement by my ankle. I looked down, and there...
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Action stations
    Suburban playgrounds and bush tracks can get busy on the weekends. Instead, try some of the sporting options in and around the CBD. There's everything from climbing trees and jogging behind sound walls, to free games of tennis and...
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Pauanui
    Where is it? On the east coast of Coromandel Peninsula, 151km from Auckland, 136km northeast of Hamilton or a short ferry ride from Tairua. Origin of name: Wikipedia says it is Maori for "place with heavy rains", but loc
    Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Caving in to Waitomo's bright lights
    "This rock fell during an earthquake," announces Uncle Trev, our guide as he pointed to a block of limestone 4m long by 2m wide and half a metre deep, weighing at least 10 tonnes.I looked around the edges for signs of former life...
    Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +1200

  • Fiordland: Awed by water, ice and stone
    If I'd known the captain was going to run our 103m-long ship right under the beautiful Stirling Falls, I wouldn't have bothered having a wash that morning.For the occasion they allowed us on to the usually sacrosanct foredeck of...
    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +1200

  • Lucky Kiwis get more time off than most
    As we tough out our longest stretch without a public holiday, here's the good news — Kiwis are among the luckiest in the world for annual leave and beat America hands down.What's more, we're heading to the US in increasing...
    Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +1200

Business travel
  • Mega cruise ships set to command top prices
    Royal Caribbean boss Richard Fain is blunt about cruise ship economics - the vessels cost too much and the fares are too low.He's half joking when he says ship prices should be half what they are but he's deadly serious about improving...
    Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +1200

NZI Business National Confrence Discussed
The prospect of a new government backed national convention centre is likely to be the key…
Tue, Jun 22 2010 07:30:00 +1200