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Tourist hot spot gets a makeover
4 May 2018   /

Tourist hot spot gets a makeover

Work has begun on the exciting redevelopment of Otumuheke Stream area in Spa Thermal Park, Taupo.


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.


“Shocking. Crazy. No sense” – operators on plan to axe Taupō rescue helicopter
11 Apr 2018  

“Shocking. Crazy. No sense” – operators on plan to axe Taupō rescue helicopter

Plans to axe the Taupō-based Greenlea rescue helicopter has angered operators in the region who say it makes no sense and will increase the time it takes to get to emergencies.


600+ head for Ruapehu Ring of Fire
6 Apr 2018  

600+ head for Ruapehu Ring of Fire

This Saturday, Mt Ruapehu will be lit up by a circle of headlamps as 628 runners, including 37 from overseas representing 7 countries, compete in the inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire.


Sections of Mountains to Sea trail damaged by storm
13 Mar 2018  

Sections of Mountains to Sea trail damaged by storm

Ruapehu civil defence is now in recovery mode following the storm event on Thursday last week that caused significant damage to roads and farm infrastructure in parts of the district.


Deluge traps guests at Blue Duck Lodge
9 Mar 2018  

Deluge traps guests at Blue Duck Lodge

Around 120 people are needing to spend the night at the Blue Duck Lodge, Whakahoro, on the Retaruke River following last night’s heavy rain.


Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes
7 Mar 2018  

Ski field investment spurs visitor growth to NZ slopes

Visitors to New Zealand’s ski slopes grew on average 5% over the past four years to reach 1.6 million in 2017, according to the Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ).


Travellers urged to enjoy local attractions as Desert Rd closes
7 Mar 2018   /

Travellers urged to enjoy local attractions as Desert Rd closes

Travellers affected by the closure of the Desert Rd today are being encouraged to factor a bit more time into their journey so that they can enjoy some of the sites and activities on the alternate route.


Tourism hub plans for railway station
5 Mar 2018  

Tourism hub plans for railway station

The Railway Station could be used as a tourism and community hub where the i-SITE and proposed community museum would be.


Australian ski marketing campaigns delivering for Ruapehu
15 Feb 2018  

Australian ski marketing campaigns delivering for Ruapehu

The success of the 2017 Ruapehu Australian winter marketing campaign “Stay Taupo – Visit Ruapehu” has encouraged Tourism NZ to lead a $750,000 winter touring campaign.


Taupō, Hawke’s Bay showcased to 33.5 million Chinese viewers
14 Feb 2018  

Taupō, Hawke’s Bay showcased to 33.5 million Chinese viewers

The Taupō and Hawke’s Bay regions have been showcased to more than 33.5 million Chinese viewers in a Chef Nic episode launched this month.


‘Highest hotel in New Zealand’ offered for sale
1 Feb 2018   /

‘Highest hotel in New Zealand’ offered for sale

One of New Zealand’s most iconic alpine resorts is being offered for sale through Colliers International.


Health warning lifted for Lake Taupō
19 Dec 2017  

Health warning lifted for Lake Taupō

The health warning issued for parts of Lake Taupo has now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health.


Ruapehu launches new brand
12 Dec 2017   / /

Ruapehu launches new brand

Two milestone events in support of Ruapehu business development and Council’s goal of increasing jobs, incomes and opportunities took place at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel last week.


Swimmers warned away from Lake Taupō sites
11 Dec 2017  

Swimmers warned away from Lake Taupō sites

Waikato Regional Council staff have collected samples from algae blooms found during an inspection of south-eastern Lake Taupō swimming sites this weekend.


Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey
5 Dec 2017  

Operators asked to help with cycle trail survey

Tourism operators and others involved in providing services to people riding the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail this summer are being urged to encourage them to complete a short survey on their experience.


DOC bans freedom camping at Taupō sites
30 Nov 2017  

DOC bans freedom camping at Taupō sites

The Department of Conservation has banned freedom camping at three Taupō sites citing tourism growth and the rise in non-self-contained vehicles using them.


Ruapehu Easter Sunday trading rules under review
28 Nov 2017  

Ruapehu Easter Sunday trading rules under review

All Ruapehu shops will be able to decide for themselves if they want to open on Easter Sunday next year if a Draft Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy being consulted on is adopted by Council.


$15m upgrade boosts Mt Ruapehu ski season
10 Nov 2017  

$15m upgrade boosts Mt Ruapehu ski season

A new look ski season centred around a multi million-dollar upgrade has paid off in success for Mt Ruapehu.


Taupō iwi: We have acted reasonably and in good faith on lake fees
18 Oct 2017  

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
17 Oct 2017  

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
12 Oct 2017  

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
5 Oct 2017   / /

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
2 Oct 2017  

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
25 Sep 2017  

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
20 Sep 2017  

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
19 Sep 2017  

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
18 Sep 2017   /

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.


Award recognises Ruapehu regional tourism best practice
1 Sep 2017  

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
25 Aug 2017  

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
21 Aug 2017  

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
14 Aug 2017  

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
2 Aug 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. MORE »


Owhango makes amenity decision
31 Jul 2017  

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
25 Jul 2017  

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
24 Jul 2017  

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
18 Jul 2017  

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!
13 Jul 2017  

Hashtag hijacked!

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


Conference preparations in full swing
11 Jul 2017  

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
11 Jul 2017  

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
21 Jun 2017   /

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.


Shared vision leads to an MOU between Destination Rotorua and DOC
14 Jun 2017  

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
8 Jun 2017  

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
6 Jun 2017  

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
22 May 2017  

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
18 May 2017  

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
15 May 2017  

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
8 May 2017   /

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
1 May 2017  

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
26 Apr 2017  

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.


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