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World-class tourism attraction coming to Rotorua for summer

28 May 2021  By Contributor

The aerial adventure park from KristallTurm is on its way to New Zealand.


A world-class adventure attraction is set to be developed in Rotorua, bringing a unique offering that will complement the region’s existing tourism landscape.

Tourism entrepreneur Alex Schmid has secured a site in the popular domestic destination for his first New Zealand aerial adventure park, Ropes and Thrills Rotorua, and is looking for strategic partners to come along for the ride.

Schmid has resource consent in place for a high ropes course to be built at the popular Waipa Valley Mountain Biking Hub – which attracts around 300,000 visitors a year to what is the largest mountain bike network in the country with around 150km of trails in and around Whakarewarewa forest.

A site has been secured for Ropes and Thrills Rotorua.

Ropes and Thrills Rotorua will see the New Zealand debut of award-winning internationally patented adventure park system from German manufacturer KristallTurm, which can be designed to include tube slides, giant swings or a walk the plank challenge.

The adventure attraction has been installed in more than 55 locations across 30 countries and four continents, where the proven concept attracts customers ranging from families to thrill seekers – and it is not expected to be any different on New Zealand soil.

Located at the Whakarewarewa mountain biking hub five minutes drive from Rotorua CBD and just a few hours drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, the affordable eco-tourism activity can either get the blood pumping or the laughter flowing, according to Schmid.

“If you’re a mountain biker who has had enough of the dirt for the day but are keen for another adrenalin hit, you can park your bike up and test your vertical limits on the 20 metre high wires,” says Schmid.

“Or you could head there as a group of family or friends and experience the adventure together before heading off to the nearby Secret Spot Spa with a beer or wine in hand.”

The kids haven’t been forgotten either, with the experience also including a specially designed Kids Course providing easy access for children from four years old, and Waipa’s newly-opened Trail Café caters for the whole family.

The attraction will give visitors another reason to visit – and return to – Rotorua, which has long had a solid domestic following historically responsible for close to two out of every three tourism dollars spent in the Bay of Plenty city.

And with an opening date of December 2021 in the calendar, strategic partners will be well-positioned to share in the upside when visitors from Australia and further afield return to New Zealand’s shores for summer and beyond.

For more information contact Alex on 021 084 01156 or email him at

For more information about KristallTurm click here.


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