A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.
Tony Quinn’s $7.1m offer for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo will go to a shareholder vote.
Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown record last minute domestic uptick for ski trips.
Tourism organisations and RTOs are urged to put the Māori at the centre of the visitor experience.
RAL aims to open lower mountain chairlifts next.
Visitors are increasingly taking part in a unique initiative to help preserve the Erua Forest beside the Tongariro National Park, says Visit Ruapehu.
Visit Ruapehu hopes for more new events stemming from February funding round.
The regions of Waikato, Rotorua, Taupō, and Ruapehu will produce a total of 15 events across the area with an initial round of funding worth $1.6m from the Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund (REF).
International acts to be part of lineup over two weekends in two ski towns.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts is set to open its Happy Valley beginner’s ski facility at Whakapapa on Saturday 5 June with the rest of the field and neighbouring Tūroa opening on 3 July.
Remaining areas to be free entry until reopening on 11 June.
Town centre set to get two pedestrian malls, more parking, safer environment for walkers.
Happy Valley to open 5 June, while Whakapapa and Turoa will open 3 July.
Resorts are preparing for a season they hope will build on the strength of 2020’s domestic-only surge.
Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.
The Department of Conservation and New Zealand Police are urging hikers to be prepared and plan for extreme winter conditions when hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit.
Hilton Taupo expects revenue to recover to pre-pandemic levels by year-end.
Wairakei Resort Taupo is hosting 400 health professionals for the annual National Rural Health Conference.
Changes to be implemented from winter, submissions close 21 May.
But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.
Tony Quinn has made a conditional buyout offer for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo.
With the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble days away, the Ticker refocuses on the regions and how RTOs and operators are faring and preparing. First up, Taupō.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says its Whakapapa and Tūroa ski slopes are nearly ready for the season with recent work undertaken on its High Noon Express chairlift and Sky Waka Gondola.
Visitors to Mt Ruapehu are being reminded to ‘click, clean and be caring’ this summer by new signage.
Police are urging walkers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing to plan appropriately and be adequately prepared.
The Government will invest $3.75m in a North Island tourism alliance aimed at developing events for visitors along the Thermal Explorer Highway.
Taupo’s Huka Prawn Park is closing its prawn fishing activity after numbers have dropped off mysteriously.
Visit Ruapehu has launched its latest marketing campaign for the summer season, The Aroha Is All In The Detail.
More than 50 stakeholders and operators attended Visit Ruapehu’s fourth annual industry forum at Chateau Tongariro Hotel.
Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron is calling on the region’s businesses to ensure people use the COVID Tracer app during this weekend’s Mardi Gras.
Air New Zealand will add three more weekly return Taupō services provided from Monday, November 2.
Taupō Wake Park has been placed on the market for sale.
Ruapehu District’s Mountain to Sea cycle trail and South Taranaki’s Patea museum are the latest beneficiaries of the PGF.
Police have released the name of the woman who died after falling on Mount Ruapehu on Saturday 26 September.
The second week of the school holidays is looking promising for Mt Ruapehu ski fields, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Dean.
Three family members who have tested positive for Covid-19 visited two attractions over the weekend.
Ski destinations are leading the top 10 trending destinations ‘rediscovered’ by Kiwis, according to Booking.com.
An increase in Sky Waka Gondola sightseeing guests was a saving grace for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts in a difficult ski season.
Ruapehu District Council will receive $7.78m in Government funding to jump-start its Housing Options programme.
The Ruapehu region is rising in popularity as a destination, according to recent research by Kantar.
Recent motel sales is a reflection of the confidence investors have in New Zealand’s tourism sector, says Bayleys.
A new pou-whenua, Uenuku Te Pou Tipua o Tūroa, has been unveiled and completes the new park and ride and camping facility at the foot of Mt Ruapehu.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Dean said the new car park booking system helped ease the traffic congestion.
Ruapehu District Council has installed solar-powered ‘Big Belly’ compacting rubbish bins at 11 high traffic sites around Ruapehu.
The new booking system would be free this season and would operate for the busiest 10 of the 17 weekends that the mountain is open in winter.
The event had been running for 27 years and attracted close to 6000 hunters and their families.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts have updated its new carpark booking system following an uproar from the public.
Mt Ruapehu has officially opened for the season, with snow arriving in time for the July school holidays.
Queuing for a carpark will become ‘a thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu’s Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Fields, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.
Job losses are coming after a “significantly larger” than expected funding cut for the RTO.