Tourist swarms worry Kiwis

Kiwis see the economic benefits of tourism, but have concerns about overcrowding, road accidents and traffic congestion.

Almost one in five Kiwis feel we are attracting too many overseas visitors.

Swipe payments for freedom campers

The KiwiCamp ablution block ensures councils get payback from freedom campers.

A truck stop owner has designed an ablution block with a payment app for freedom campers.

Spreading the word

Cloudy Bay vineyard manager Peter Lamb, Chinese Consul-General Jin Zhijain, and Cloudy Bay assistant viticulturist Matt ...

Chinese consul-general in Marlborough to talk tourism, wine, business and education.

Going the extra mile

Flaxbourne Services and Cafe employee 
Roxanne Phipps.

Meet the owner of Flaxbourne Services, a crucial part of the Ward community.

Otago vineyards' new spray-drift tool

Recent damage from an agrichemical spray drift incident in Central Otago.

Central Otago winegrowers hope to prevent multi-million damage to vineyards from agrichemical spray drift.

End of the line for NZ rail?

A slip blocks part of the main north line, near Kaikoura.

The future of rail in New Zealand could be under threat if earthquake damage on east coast is not repaired.

The Lowdown

Tash Wakelin is a familiar sight in Marlborough.

Six years ago Tash Wakelin started Koffie Mobile Barista, which sees her making coffee at events right across the region.

Wine founders bankrupt

Isabel Estate winery on Hawkesbury Rd in Marlborough.

Bankruptcy orders handed down to Isabel Estate founders Michael and Robyn Tiller.

The quake tumbleweed towns

Country Kai Cafe owner Marie Flowerday in front of the map where travellers stopping in at the Seddon business put their ...

They're just pins on a world map. Now they're a symbol of everything these small Malborough towns have lost.

Stranded Kaikoura rentals rescued

Tomorrow's third rental vehicle convoy from Kaikoura has been postponed by the threat of bad weather.

More than 100 volunteers pitch in to get abandoned tourists' vehicles out of quake-hit town.

Bluebridge ferry sold

Bluebridge ferry Straitsman is now owned by funds managed by Champ Private Equity Group.

Ferry operator Strait Shipping and Freight Lines - both founded by transport industry legend Jim Barker - have been sold.

Bad news for cherry lovers

Cherryland Orchard staff member Flick Leov with a sample of this season's cherry crop.

Cherry prices are expected to rise after a poor spring and transport delays following the November quake.

Extra Christmas flights added

Sounds Air ground operations manager Sophie Macdonald at Marlborough Airport.

South Island travellers look skyward to save themselves time on the long inland bypass.

Cows avoid road, rail and air traffic

Cows on the Tripe family's Koromiko dairy farm have to walk under State Highway One and the main trunk line to milking ...

Traffic comes from every direction as Koromiko cows make their way to milking each day.

Online plan for Kaikoura shops

Ina Kinski is trying to help Kaikoura businesses by setting an online personal shopper.

A Dunedin woman is on a mission to save Christmas for Kaikoura businesses.

Kaikoura businesses seek help

Little Rock gift shop owner Colette Cargill said without the government subsidy, she would have had to tell her staff ...

More than 300 businesses are relying on subsidies to stay afloat post-quake.

Tourist tax proposed

Ideas for raising money for tourist facilities could benefit  visitor hot spots such as Lake Tekapo.

Bed and border levies are proposed to help pay for toilets, car parks and other tourist facilities

Restaurateur's barbershop philosophy

Eat Thai Restaurant owners Chatree Vongleelakorn, left, and Benjamas Srihorn inside their High St business.

"I've only got one chance to make an impression," says Eat Thai Restaurant owner.

Hotel had 'critical weaknesses'

Hurunui hotel publican Sean Madden said that when he took over the lease two months ago he was not aware of an ...

Drinkers were oblivious to the fact the hotel's front wall was so unstable an emergency tunnel was suggested.

'Many months,' not years for SH1

A section of State Highway 1, near Kekerengu, lies deserted following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Mending the "spine" of South Island roads will be hard, but won't take years, minister says.

Wine loss revealed

Damage to a barrel hall at Constellation Brands' winery at the Riverlands Industrial Estate, south of Blenheim.

New survey reveals extent of damage to Marlborough wine companies and challenges ahead.

Template for the future

Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens gives a presentation at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology ...

A 'white paper' for the Marlborough wine industry will help drive initiatives around accommodation, pastoral care and labour issues.

Daily China flights for Christchurch

A year after appearing in Christchurch skies, China Southern Airlines has announced 50 per cent more flights over the summer.

China Southern Airlines will provide daily flights to Christchurch over summer, despite Kaikoura earthquake disruption.

NZ's post-quake message

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Cordon continues on Hawkestone street
Earthquake: Damage to quake-hit ...

They say it takes years to build a reputation, and one bad headline to destroy it.

Barge firm ready for log jam

Nautilus Pacific barging logs in the Marlborough Sounds.

500,000 tonnes of logs will be harvested in Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds a year over the next 50 years.

Ministerial day for Marlborough

Primary industries minister Nathan Guy addresses Flaxbourne farmers at the Ward Community Hall on Thursday.

Three cabinet ministers paid a visit to the region for wine, farming and high-speed broadband talks.

300-plus rentals stuck

Stranded tourists park up in Kaikoura after the 7.8 earthquake

Keys taken by evacuating tourists, roads shut, cars missing. It's a logistical nightmare for hire companies.

Full steam ahead for cruise season

The Emerald Princess docks in Picton, one week after the earthquake in neighbouring Kaikoura.

Cruise ships are expected to inject valuable tourism dollars into quake-affected regions.

Race against time

Many Marlborough wineries need to replace tanks before the next vintage in 15 weeks.

Many Marlborough wine tanks were saved from the earthquakes by seismic anchors but dozens more were unprotected.

Kaikoura marina rescue

The Kaikoura marina, as it was pre-earthquakes, now needs to be deepened so fishing and wildlife tours can resume.

Work on deepening Kaikoura marina may be fast tracked to assist marooned tourism operators and fishing boats.

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