January 2019

In this month’s update, read on to find out more about Air New Zealand’s newest direct service, Wellington’s confirmed convention centre and Dunedin getting a facelift.

Mine Bay, Taupō


Air New Zealand launches first ever direct service between Auckland and Invercargill. 

Air New Zealand announced its plan on using its Airbus A320 jet aircraft for the route from the second half of 2019. The trial service will operate five days a week, with a flight time of approximately 2 hours. 


New Kiwi Burrow Experience opens at Rainbow Springs. 

The interactive experience aims to teach visitors about kiwi and recover efforts to save New Zealand’s national icon. Stand in a human-sized kiwi burrow, sit in a giant kiwi egg and see real kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure. 


Restoration on Taupō’s Mine Bay Māori rock carvings to commence in February. 

Artist Matahi Brightwell will lead a small team to clean and re-sculpt the smaller carvings that surround the giant carving of Ngātoroirangi, in order to return them to their original state. It is not expected that the maintenance programme will interrupt boat and kayak tours to the carvings.


Get hands-on experience at Weta Workshop.

Weta Workshop have launched two new workshops making silicon scars, movie blood and chainmaille. Both workshops are 1-hour long and available daily. 

Revised plans for Wellington convention centre given the green light. 

The renewed plans will see an 18,000-square-metre complex suited for hosting exhibitions and multi-day conventions for up to 1500 people – built between Cable St and Wakefield St, across the road from Te Papa. 


Expansion planned at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. 

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre has been awarded a grant for Feasibility Study to develop a northern gallery. A new gallery, and further enhancements to the WW2 space will enable a richer coverage of aviation during the conflicts. 


Vantage Helicopters launches scenic flights on West Coast. 

Based in Franz Josef, Vantage Helicopters offer three amazing scenic flights that take you close to the awe-inspiring glaciers, magnificent mountains of the Southern Alps and the evergreen forest.


Dunedin set to get a facelift. 

Over the next 10 years, major works on the city centre’s infrastructure will make it a more pedestrian-orientated city and the waterfront is also due to undergo redevelopment. 

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