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Jan 17 2020
Franz Josef Glacier Guides Visitor numbers bounce back in Franz Josef

The Department of Conservation’s latest track counter data for the Franz Josef Glacier Valley recorded its busiest day ever with 7,137 visiting on 1 January 2020.

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Dec 20 2019
Denniston Mine 12 Historic West Coast spots history buffs will love

It's easy to step back in time on the West Coast of New Zealand, a place steeped in gold and coal mining history. These are the 12 must-visit spots for a history fix.

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Dec 19 2019
Whataroa Road opening good Christmas present for West Coast economy

The scheduled re-opening of the Haast Highway (SH6) between Harihari and Whataroa tomorrow morning (Friday) is an early Christmas present for businesses the entire length of the West Coast.

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Dec 16 2019
Paparoa Shuttle Partial closure of Paparoa Track to continue

DOC has extended the partial closure of the Paparoa Track until the end of February 2020.

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Nov 30 2019
Paparoa Track - Nimmo Photography.PNG The Paparoa Track officially opens

New Zealand’s newest Great Walk, the Paparoa Track, was officially opened in Blackball today.

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Oct 25 2019
dwc-awards.JPG West Coast wins at the New Zealand Tourism Awards

Development West Coast - Tourism won the Industry Connections award at the 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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Oct 02 2019
Skydive Franz INFLITE First CarboNZero Certified Nationwide Aviation Tourism Operator in NZ

Kiwi aviation tourism company, INFLITE has become the first nationwide New Zealand aviation tourism operator to become officially certified CarboNZero as part of its operational commitment across the company to mitigate its carbon footprint.

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Sep 26 2019
kiwi 2019 The World’s Rarest Kiwi – First Hatch

The hatching season for the world’s rarest kiwi is off to a very encouraging start in Franz Josef today with the arrival of the 1st kiwi chick of the breeding season at 1:40am this morning.

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Sep 09 2019
Skydive Fox Glacier Inflite expands and acquires Skydive Fox Glacier

INFLITE, one of New Zealand’s leading aviation tourism companies, has continued its expansion in the adventure tourism market with the acquisition of Skydive Fox Glacier.

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Sep 03 2019
Come Through For The West Coast.jpg Development West Coast - Tourism nominated in 2019 New Zealand Tourism Awards

Development West Coast - Tourism has been nominated for an award in this year's New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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Aug 30 2019
Richard-Benton.JPG Benton steps aside after successful tourism transition

Richard Benton has stepped down as Chair of the Tourism West Coast Board following the appointment of Development West Coast's new Tourism Strategy Group.

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Aug 26 2019
Joshua Walker, Hokitika Sandwich Company 1.jpg Hokitika eatery crowned Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover winner

The West Coast is officially home to the country’s best toastie, with the Hokitika Sandwich Company winning the inaugural Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover competition.

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