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All Blacks to become tourism experience in Viaduct Harbour attraction next year

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Market research suggests the All Blacks Experience is likely to attract one-third international visitors. NZ Rugby and brand experience company Discovery Partners are planning to open an All Blacks Experience tourism attraction in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour by late 2017 in a 50:50 joint venture. The immersive, interactive tour will feature the rugby team and help promote New Zealand, said Discovery …

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The Noordam Cruise Ship hits New Zealand

The Noordam cruiseship

The Noordam, sister ship to Ms Oosterdam, of Holland America Lines has hit the Pacific! It’s passengers can make the most of their limited time ashore with Zealandier Tours fully guided shore excursions throughout New Zealand. Under the star-filled skies of the Southern Cross, memorable Down Under experiences are created. White sandy beaches, mountain peaks, charming Victorian architecture, Maori culture, …

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Rotorua geyser bursts back into life after 36 years of inactivity

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A dormant Rotorua geyser has started erupting water for the first time in 36 years. Experts hope the Papakura Geyser in Rotorua is a sign of things to come. The Papakura geyser at Rotorua’s Te Puia tourist attraction became dormant in 1979. But two years ago it started bubbling again, and this week she sprung back into life. Back in …

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PM pays Comvita a visit

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Comvita’s tourism stocks are soaring after joining an illustrious group of sustainable attractions nationwide, backed by a visit from the Prime Minister. The Bay of Plenty attraction recently received the Qualmark Enviro Gold Award, recognising how it exceeds the highest levels of environmental and social responsibilities, representing strong leadership and advocacy.   Prime Minister John Key, Social Development Minister Anne …

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Calling all Fans of The Hobbit Movies and Middle-earth – Tourism New Zealand

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New Zealand is about to become the talk of fantasy enthusiasts around the world, with the call going out globally to find fans keen to take an ultimate Middle-earth journey to New Zealand. Gearing up for the December 17, 2014, release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand, in conjunction with …

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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It’s exciting times here in Middle Earth with the premier of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in LA yesterday. The Hobbit is the prequel to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and this is the second film of a trilogy. It folllows the adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he attempts to help a group of dwarves regain their …

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Wellington gets ready for The Hobbit

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With the release of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey on December 12th, Wellington has been in full swing setting up installations across the city. The view of Golum catching fish at the Wellington Airport is a spectacular sight. Weta Workshop is based in Wellington and best known for their design and effects work on films such as Lord of the …

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Milford Road Delays

Milford Road Ladslide

The Milford Road was partially opened on Thursday 18 October with one lane operating allowing access in and out of Milford Sound.  There is still a significant slip on Milford Road with just one lane access for traffic in and out of Milford Sound.   Works will continue over the next few weeks to fully repair the road.  This will mean …

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The Hobbit – Experience Middle Earth

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It’s now less than 3 months until the release of The Hobbit movie. It’s easy for visitors to New Zealand to come an experience the fantasy of “middle-earth” first hand – it’s right on our doorstep! Hobbiton is one of the movie sets for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. This is located on farmland near Matamata …

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Tauranga Continues to Offer Great Visitor Experiences

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A BIG Thank You to all the volunteers that have helped keep our local Tauranga Coastline clean and the salvage teams working in relation to the stranded Cargo Ship stuck on the Astrolab Reef.   Tauranga remains “Open for Business” and the Bay of Plenty region continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations for New Zealanders and overseas …

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