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Taupō & Ruapehu

Parklands Motor Lodge sale a rare opportunity for investors

The sale of Parklands Motor Lodge offers owner-operators and passive investors alike the rare opportunity to acquire a freehold motel with vacant possession in the highly desirable area of Turangi.

RAL ditches charging for free snow zones

A public backlash has seen Ruapehu Alpine Lifts back down from charging for access to popular snow play areas at the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields.

An Operator’s View: Forgotten World Adventures’ Ian Balme

Forgotten World Adventures founder and director Ian Balme on business collaboration, targeting the international market, the value of employing Taumarunui locals and how he went from selling golf cart rides to telling stories.

Shared vision leads to an MOU between Destination Rotorua and DOC

Destination Rotorua and Department of Conservation (DOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin how they will share information and collaborate to support tourism, destination management and conservation within the Rotorua Lakes District.

Biggest turn out in a decade for Happy Valley opening

A record number of skiers, snowboarders and sightseers headed to Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley over the long weekend.

Destination Great Lake Taupō launches winter campaign

Destination Great Lake Taupō has just launched its winter campaign, positioning the region as a top winter ski holiday destination.

Council agrees support to Annual Plan funding proposals

Ruapehu District Council have voted in favour of supporting the proposals for funding economic development.

Ruapehu set to establish new international adventure event

The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire Volcanic Relay, Solo Ultra and Marathon will take place over Easter 2018.

Support for Ruapehu Regional Visitor Development Plan

Leading tourism industry experts and key stakeholders have lent their collective brainpower and experience to a special ‘Thought Leaders Workshop’.

PM opens new tourism assets on Ruapehu

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron, Chief Executive Clive Manley, Councillor Kim Wheeler and Visit Ruapehu Chairperson Peter Till and CE Claire McKnight had the pleasure of supporting the official opening of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Rangatira Express Chairlift and Snow Factory by Prime Minister Bill English.

New i-SITE at National Army Museum

Ruapehu District Council and the National Army Museum in Waiouru have signed-off on arrangements for operating an official i-SITE visitor information centre within the Museum as part of the $2.5 million redevelopment of its entranceway.

Investment leads to early ski season at Mt Ruapehu

A early ski season is expected at Mt Ruapehu after an early dusting of snow and new snowmakers combined to ensure fields would open a month earlier than usual.

Use of Ruapehu images by Taupo draws strong local reaction

Ruapehu Mayor Don Cameron said that public reaction to Taupo using snow and skiing images to promote Taupo as a tourism destination was another example of why maintaining investment into Visit Ruapehu was so important.

Critical step in progressing regional tourism growth gets underway

A critical step in progressing the Accelerate25 Action Plan for regional tourism growth got underway this week.

RTOs launch autumn, winter domestic campaigns

Destination Marlborough (DM) and Destination Great Lake Taupo (DGLT) and have launched domestic campaigns to attract New Zealanders to their regions over winter and autumn respectively.

Ruapehu to tackle Tongariro congestion with transport hub

Ruapehu council is planning to provide almost $1m in funding to help ease track congestion on the Tongariro Crossing and support tourism infrastructure in the region.

$100K move to market Taupō district as premier ski hub

A plan to transform the Taupō District into New Zealand’s premier ski destination has gained full support from Taupō District Council who approved $100k of funding.

Geri Fallon to head Tomahawk Taupo office

Auckland-based digital agency Tomahawk, which specialises on the tourism industry, is expanding operations in both New Orleans in the US and Taupo in NZ

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.
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ROUND UP

April 2017

Bus driver charged after Tongariro crash A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. ODT 

March 2017

Taupo caravan design being built by German company Dethleff for holidaymakers If you can’t buy it, build it. That’s Brent Thurlow’s attitude and now his caravan design has been picked up by a European motorhome manufacturer. Stuff

Kiwi couple return to find Mangakino holiday home in ashes A Kiwi couple have returned to total destruction after a blaze left their holiday home near Taupo in ashes. The NZ Herald