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Rotorua’s benchmark beating growth in domestic visitor nights
17 May 2018  

Rotorua’s benchmark beating growth in domestic visitor nights

Benchmark beating growth in domestic visitor nights spent in Rotorua’s commercial accommodation for the month of March 2018 points to Rotorua being a favourite place for Kiwis to enjoy over the Easter break.


TRENZ 2019 goes to…
6 May 2018  

TRENZ 2019 goes to…

TRENZ is to return to Rotorua next year, and will be held in Christchurch in 2020.


Rotorua, Taupo to be included in helicopter services process
24 Apr 2018  

Rotorua, Taupo to be included in helicopter services process

Rotorua and Taupo will now be able to take part in proposals for future air ambulance services following a meeting yesterday between Health Minister David Clark, mayors and district health board representatives.


Redwoods Treewalk launches lantern entrance
23 Apr 2018  

Redwoods Treewalk launches lantern entrance

A lantern-inspired spiral entranceway with a focus on design, sustainability and innovation has opened at Redwoods Treewalk, Rotorua.


Peppers on the Point hires new lodge manager
19 Apr 2018  

Peppers on the Point hires new lodge manager

Peppers on the Point – Lake Rotorua are pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Gregor – Greene to the role of Lodge Manager.


Rotorua plays to its strengths in the MICE market
9 Apr 2018   /

Rotorua plays to its strengths in the MICE market

How is Rotorua competing for events on the world stage, what sectors of the domestic market is it targeting and what effect will NZ’s new convention centres have on the destination’s share of the MICE market? The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell was taken on a tour of the city’s conference offerings. 


Rotorua wins Infrastructure NZ event
20 Mar 2018   /

Rotorua wins Infrastructure NZ event

Infrastructure New Zealand has announced that the location for the 2019 Building Regions Symposium will be Rotorua with the Energy Events Centre hosting the conference in August 2019.


Skyline Rotorua appoints sales and marketing manager
13 Mar 2018  

Skyline Rotorua appoints sales and marketing manager

Playing a role in what makes Rotorua the tourism epicentre of the North Island is something Andrew Aitken has been passionate about for a long time.


After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley
1 Feb 2018   /

After nearly 20 years, Agroventures becomes Velocity Valley

After nearly 20 years Agroventures Adventure Park is changing its name to Velocity Valley.


Rotorua’s geothermal wonders wow Filipinos
31 Jan 2018  

Rotorua’s geothermal wonders wow Filipinos

More than 1.5 million Filipinos tuned in to watch a recent episode of a popular television programme showcasing Māori culture and Rotorua’s geothermal wonders.


Long-serving manager to retire from Skyline Enterprises
22 Jan 2018  

Long-serving manager to retire from Skyline Enterprises

One of Skyline Enterprises’ longest-serving senior managers, Rotorua-based Neville Nicholson, is retiring in April 2018 after 34 years with the company.


Pou unveiled at Te Puia l NZMACI site
21 Dec 2017  

Pou unveiled at Te Puia l NZMACI site

NZMACI tumu whakairo (head of school), Arekatera Maihi says it is the first time the three main carving styles of this area have been officially acknowledged in one place.


Waimangu Volcanic Valley appoints new GM
4 Dec 2017  

Waimangu Volcanic Valley appoints new GM

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is gearing up for growth with the appointment former Skyline Rotorua manager David Blackmore as general manager.


Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience
30 Oct 2017   /

Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners.


Te Puia manager elected first female chair of BYATA
19 Sep 2017   /

Te Puia manager elected first female chair of BYATA

Rotorua’s Mary Tolley knows how important the backpacker market is to Rotorua and NZ, and now it will be part of her responsibility to help others realise it too.


Rangatira Investments CEO resigns
15 Sep 2017   /

Rangatira Investments CEO resigns

Phil Veal, the chief executive of Rangatira Investments, which owns two of the country’s most iconic attractions, has resigned and will leave his role in November.


First chick hatches high hopes for Kiwi Encounter
12 Sep 2017   / / /

First chick hatches high hopes for Kiwi Encounter

The first kiwi of the season has hatched at Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua – marking “the start of a great new era” for New Zealand’s largest kiwi hatching facility.


New luxury spa and wellness centre to open in Rotorua
11 Sep 2017  

New luxury spa and wellness centre to open in Rotorua

Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa is set to put Rotorua on track to becoming the spa and wellness capital of the Southern Hemisphere.


Million dollar boost from seismic event
5 Sep 2017  

Million dollar boost from seismic event

More than a million dollars is expected to be pumped into the Rotorua economy when a thousand volcanologists and delegates converge on the city for four days of workshops and lectures.


Australians left charmed by largest ever Rotorua Roadshow
25 Aug 2017  

Australians left charmed by largest ever Rotorua Roadshow

Destination Rotorua and the largest ever group of local tourism operators have the Australian travel industry buzzing.


Rotorua tourism boost from bilingual city status
14 Aug 2017  

Rotorua tourism boost from bilingual city status

Rotorua is set to become the country’s first bilingual city and district with Te Tatau o Te Arawa leading the initiative with support from Council and Te Puni Kōkiri.


Te Puia and hapu buy Waimangu Volcanic Valley
8 Aug 2017   /

Te Puia and hapu buy Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua’s Te Puia and two local hapu have bought Rotorua’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal attraction.


Mud festival to continue without imported product
8 Aug 2017  

Mud festival to continue without imported product

Rotorua’s Mudtopia festival will be staged in December without imported cosmetic mud powder.


Farmers muddy the waters for Rotorua festival
31 Jul 2017  

Farmers muddy the waters for Rotorua festival

Without wishing to wallow in the absurdity of what some people are willing to pay for, farmers are bemused by plans by Rotorua to import mud from Korea.


Taxpayer-funded mud slinging?
28 Jul 2017  

Taxpayer-funded mud slinging?

The Taxpayers’ Union is astounded at MBIE’s decision to provide $1.5m of funding to the Mudtopia Festival, to be held in Rotorua in December. 


Haka record goes global as world media get a taste of NZ
28 Jun 2017  

Haka record goes global as world media get a taste of NZ

The world’s biggest haka in Rotorua, organised as part of the nationwide festival of events for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series tour attracted extensive international media attention.


RotoruaNZ reaches 200,000 fans on Facebook
27 Jun 2017  

RotoruaNZ reaches 200,000 fans on Facebook

Destination Rotorua’s Facebook page has just reached 200,000 ‘fans’, only the second destination Facebook page in New Zealand to have achieved this milestone.


$300K boost for Tarawera ultramarathon upgrade
26 Jun 2017  

$300K boost for Tarawera ultramarathon upgrade

The Tarawera ultramarathon will receive an investment of $300,000 over the next two years to support the expansion of the internationally successful event.


A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty
20 Jun 2017  

A weekend of entertainment in the Bay of Plenty

The wave of hospitality spending around a Lions game continued on the weekend with spending through Paymark in Bay of Plenty amongst merchants such as bars, clubs and cafes amounted to $3.5m.


A roaring success: The Lions in Rotorua
19 Jun 2017  

A roaring success: The Lions in Rotorua

The excitement of the DHL NZ Lions Series isn’t quite over for Rotorua with many visitors expected to return to the district during the coming weeks.


Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award
13 Jun 2017  

Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award

Jasmine Adams of the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has won the inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award for holiday park professionals under the age of 35.


Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides take top award
12 Jun 2017  

Outside the Walls Walking Tour guides take top award

Rotorua Museum Outside the Walls Walking Tour Guides has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Trustpower Rotorua Lakes Community Awards.


Weather dampens Rainbow’s End, Polynesian Spa owner’s earnings
8 Jun 2017   /

Weather dampens Rainbow’s End, Polynesian Spa owner’s earnings

A wet summer has contributed to flat earnings for the owner of Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa and Auckland’s Rainbow’s End. Rangatira Investments has reported operating earnings for the year to March MORE »


Rotorua targets Canterbury tourists with a spontaneous challenge
31 May 2017  

Rotorua targets Canterbury tourists with a spontaneous challenge

Destination Rotorua is rolling out the red carpet with a challenge that will see two lucky Cantabrians spend their Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Rotorua. But there is a catch.


Prime Minister’s Fellow visits Agrodome
25 May 2017   /

Prime Minister’s Fellow visits Agrodome

Prime Minister’s Fellow from the Philippines, Secretary of the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco, visited Rotorua’s Agrodome today to learn more about New Zealand agriculture and Ngāi Tahu Tourism.


Rotorua plans major venue upgrade to take on NZICC
7 Mar 2017  

Rotorua plans major venue upgrade to take on NZICC

Rotorua is planning an upgrade of its Energy Events Centre to keep it competitive with new venues coming online.


New zipline, kiwis and classic motorcycles among winners of $2.5m TGP funding
3 Mar 2017   /

New zipline, kiwis and classic motorcycles among winners of $2.5m TGP funding

Two Rotorua and two Southland attractions have been granted nearly $2.5m in funding from the Tourism Growth Partnership.


Rotorua retailers to open on Easter Sunday
1 Mar 2017  

Rotorua retailers to open on Easter Sunday

An Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy which will enable retailers throughout the Rotorua district to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish has been adopted by the council.


$1.7m boost for Rotorua’s Crankworx
28 Feb 2017  

$1.7m boost for Rotorua’s Crankworx

The Government will invest up to $1.7 million over five years into the mountain biking Crankworx Festival and Enduro World Series in Rotorua.


Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?
7 Feb 2017  

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.


TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ
27 Jan 2017  

TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ

Two Rotorua accommodation providers have taken out their categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.


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