Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Taupō & Ruapehu

Taupō iwi: We have acted reasonably and in good faith on lake fees

The iwi attempting to impose license fees on tourism businesses using Lake Taupō says it has acted reasonably and in good faith towards operators.

Taupō operators fear for future under new lake licence plans

Tourism businesses fear they may be priced off the Lake Taupō if local iwi implement a new licensing regime many operators consider onerous.

Chris Jolly Outdoors launches cultural cruise experience

This summer, visitors to the Great Lake Taupo region can look forward to a new Maori cultural offering with Chris Jolly Outdoors’ Taurikura Maori Cultural Scenic Cruise.

New tourism organisation for North Island explored

A new tourism entity to take over Visit Ruapehu and other central North Island regional tourism bodies has been proposed by Ruapehu District Council.

Mt Ruapehu lake death referred to the coroner

On Friday 29 September, a 39-year-old Taupo resident was reported missing to Police. The man had left his home the day before to go skiing at Whakapapa skifield, Mount Ruapehu.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts secures 60-year license for Tūroa

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has secured a new license that could see it operate Mt Ruapehu's Tūroa ski field for another sixty years.

Snow legends pay tribute to Kiwi icon at inaugural event

Some of the biggest names in NZ freestyle snow sports will hit Mt Ruapehu on Saturday in memory of one of this country’s freeski legends.

Inspiration (& snowballs) abound at i-SITE conference

Innovation, enterprise, and conviviality were celebrated last week at the 2017 i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference in Ruapehu.

Ruapehu i-SITE conference overwhelming success

Ruapehu’s tourism and visitor sector is anticipating a big jump in interest following the success of the National i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference.

From the Regions: Ruapehu’s Claire McKnight

The outgoing chief executive of Visit Ruapehu, Claire McKnight, on transforming the region into a year-round destination, managing growth, and identifying the opportunities ahead for the unique area.

Award recognises Ruapehu regional tourism best practice

The lead team behind the development of the ‘Ruapehu Regional Visitor Sector Development Plan and Destination Value Proposition’ are celebrating receiving a Commendation Award for Collaboration with Business, Iwi and the Community.

Ruapehu accommodation providers benefit from tourism growth

Ruapehu accommodation providers have had a good year according to the latest guest night statistics from the Commercial Accommodation Monitor.

Ruapehu, Waitaki tourism leaders resign

Visit Ruapehu (VR) chief executive Claire McKnight has resigned and, in an unrelated move, Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill has handed in his notice.

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort wins big

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort has walked away with two major awards including the top award at the ServiceIQ Great Lake Taupo Business Awards 2017.

Lake Taupo Holiday Resort leaves TOP10

PRESS RELEASE: Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Trish and Lloyd Lusty, who have been under the TOP10 umbrella for many years, have left the group to strike out on their own. “We are ready to stand on...

Owhango makes amenity decision

Owhango was one of the five successful locations around Ruapehu that received government co-investment funding for a public toilet under the Regional mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Visitor Ambassadors activated to support shuttles

The second weekend of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) free park and ride snow shuttle service went well with local businesses reporting they were happy with council’s response to the parking and congestion issues that arose the inaugural weekend.

Spirit of winter captured in Great Lake Taupō video series

An ‘insider’s tips’ video series inspiring New Zealanders and tourists alike to visit the Great Lake Taupō region for a winter ski holiday has been launched by Destination Great Lake Taupō.

Perfect weekend for start of free park and ride service

An estimated 7,000 plus people made use of the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) new free park and ride service from Ohakune and National Park Village to Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas over the weekend.

Hashtag hijacked!

The hashtag from our beloved #LOVETAUPO giant lettering has been stolen!

Conference preparations in full swing

Preparations for the National i-SITE Visitor Information Network Conference being held at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel in September are in full swing with almost half of the anticipated 120 delegates already confirmed.

Mother Nature delivers Mt Ruapehu snow

Steady snowfall over the last few days at Mt Ruapehu has arrived in perfect time for the school holidays - and more snow is forecast.

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.

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

i-SITE trial at DoC Whakapapa Visitor Centre a success

Ruapehu Council has deemed the nine-month trial of an i-SITE at the Department of Conservation (DoC) Visitor Centre at Whakapapa a success and voted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with DoC to continue its operation for another three years.

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