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Taupo & Ruapehu


Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism
20 Jul 2021   /

Vintage rail “spreads the love” for domestic tourism

A slew of new products has set up the railway for growth, with local businesses on board for the economic ride.


Quinn’s $7m bid for motorsport attraction awaits approval
20 Jul 2021  

Quinn’s $7m bid for motorsport attraction awaits approval

Tony Quinn’s $7.1m offer for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo will go to a shareholder vote.


Kiwis taking up slack as Aussies cancel ski trips – Bachcare
12 Jul 2021  

Kiwis taking up slack as Aussies cancel ski trips – Bachcare

Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown record last minute domestic uptick for ski trips.


Making Māori central to tourism experience NZ’s advantage
6 Jul 2021   /

Making Māori central to tourism experience NZ’s advantage

Tourism organisations and RTOs are urged to put the Māori at the centre of the visitor experience.


RAL ski fields busy as wider opening ramps up
6 Jul 2021   /

RAL ski fields busy as wider opening ramps up

RAL aims to open lower mountain chairlifts next.


Tongariro track thrives off visitor care
2 Jul 2021  

Tongariro track thrives off visitor care

Visitors are increasingly taking part in a unique initiative to help preserve the Erua Forest beside the Tongariro National Park, says Visit Ruapehu.


New spring offerings as Ruapehu expands events line-up
1 Jul 2021   /

New spring offerings as Ruapehu expands events line-up

Visit Ruapehu hopes for more new events stemming from February funding round.


Central North Island RTOs fund 15 events from REF
24 Jun 2021   /

Central North Island RTOs fund 15 events from REF

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 lineup for Ohakune/Queenstown Mardi Gras
16 Jun 2021  

International lineup for Ohakune/Queenstown Mardi Gras

International acts to be part of lineup over two weekends in two ski towns.


RAL on target to open first this season
2 Jun 2021   /

RAL on target to open first this season

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.


Section of Taupo Museum closes for refresh
31 May 2021  

Section of Taupo Museum closes for refresh

Remaining areas to be free entry until reopening on 11 June.


Taupo town centre to get ‘people-friendly spaces’
24 May 2021  

Taupo town centre to get ‘people-friendly spaces’

Town centre set to get two pedestrian malls, more parking, safer environment for walkers.


Ruapehu ski area to open for Queens Birthday
20 May 2021  

Ruapehu ski area to open for Queens Birthday

Happy Valley to open 5 June, while Whakapapa and Turoa will open 3 July.


Operators gear up as prospects of super ski season grow
11 May 2021  

Operators gear up as prospects of super ski season grow

Resorts are preparing for a season they hope will build on the strength of 2020’s domestic-only surge.


DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks
11 May 2021   /

DOC expands international pricing to more Great Walks

Weekend pricing has also been introduced for some high-use DOC huts.


Tongariro hikers urged to plan, prepare
3 May 2021  

Tongariro hikers urged to plan, prepare

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.


Trans-Tasman bubble boosts conference bookings, revenue outlook
30 Apr 2021   /

Trans-Tasman bubble boosts conference bookings, revenue outlook

Hilton Taupo expects revenue to recover to pre-pandemic levels by year-end.


400 delegates converge on Taupō resort
30 Apr 2021  

400 delegates converge on Taupō resort

Wairakei Resort Taupo is hosting 400 health professionals for the annual National Rural Health Conference.


Consultation opens on Mt Ruapehu parking changes
28 Apr 2021  

Consultation opens on Mt Ruapehu parking changes

Changes to be implemented from winter, submissions close 21 May.


Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC
22 Apr 2021   /

Tourist hotspots cool over summer – DOC

But areas near urban centres saw strong growth in visitor numbers.


Quinn makes bid for Taupo motorsport attraction
21 Apr 2021  

Quinn makes bid for Taupo motorsport attraction

Tony Quinn has made a conditional buyout offer for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo.


From the Regions: Taupō ‘ready but realistic’
16 Apr 2021  

From the Regions: Taupō ‘ready but realistic’

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.


RAL ski prep nears completion, 2021 pricing updated
26 Mar 2021   /

RAL ski prep nears completion, 2021 pricing updated

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.


New Covid messaging welcomes Ruapehu visitors
29 Jan 2021  

New Covid messaging welcomes Ruapehu visitors

Visitors to Mt Ruapehu are being reminded to ‘click, clean and be caring’ this summer by new signage. 


Police urge care on Tongariro Alpine Crossing
28 Jan 2021  

Police urge care on Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Police are urging walkers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing to plan appropriately and be adequately prepared.


RTO alliance secures $3.75m in first REF deployment
18 Dec 2020   /

RTO alliance secures $3.75m in first REF deployment

The Government will invest $3.75m in a North Island tourism alliance aimed at developing events for visitors along the Thermal Explorer Highway.


Who let the prawns out? Park closes fishing after numbers fall mysteriously
17 Dec 2020  

Who let the prawns out? Park closes fishing after numbers fall mysteriously

Taupo’s Huka Prawn Park is closing its prawn fishing activity after numbers have dropped off mysteriously.


#FindYourAroha – Visit Ruapehu launches new campaign
23 Nov 2020   /

#FindYourAroha – Visit Ruapehu launches new campaign

Visit Ruapehu has launched its latest marketing campaign for the summer season, The Aroha Is All In The Detail. 


Chateau hosts 4th annual Ruapehu tourism forum
11 Nov 2020   /

Chateau hosts 4th annual Ruapehu tourism forum

More than 50 stakeholders and operators attended Visit Ruapehu’s fourth annual industry forum at Chateau Tongariro Hotel.


‘No scan, no service’ call for Ruapehu Mardi Gras
4 Nov 2020  

‘No scan, no service’ call for Ruapehu Mardi Gras

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.


Airlines add Taupō services to main centres
9 Oct 2020  

Airlines add Taupō services to main centres

Air New Zealand will add three more weekly return Taupō services provided from Monday, November 2.


Taupō attraction comes to market
7 Oct 2020  

Taupō attraction comes to market

Taupō Wake Park has been placed on the market for sale.


PGF ploughs $5m into Ruapehu, Taranaki tourism
5 Oct 2020   /

PGF ploughs $5m into Ruapehu, Taranaki tourism

Ruapehu District’s Mountain to Sea cycle trail and South Taranaki’s Patea museum are the latest beneficiaries of the PGF.


Police release name of Mt Ruapehu fatality
5 Oct 2020  

Police release name of Mt Ruapehu fatality

Police have released the name of the woman who died after falling on Mount Ruapehu on Saturday 26 September.


New snow sees RAL extend ski season
30 Sep 2020   /

New snow sees RAL extend ski season

The second week of the school holidays is looking promising for Mt Ruapehu ski fields, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Dean.


Covid cases visited Taupō tourism operators
25 Sep 2020  

Covid cases visited Taupō tourism operators

Three family members who have tested positive for Covid-19 visited two attractions over the weekend.


Kiwis ‘rediscover’ ski towns during winter – Booking.com
25 Sep 2020   /

Kiwis ‘rediscover’ ski towns during winter – Booking.com

Ski destinations are leading the top 10 trending destinations ‘rediscovered’ by Kiwis, according to Booking.com. 


Refinancing and Sky Waka visitors help RAL face Covid challenge
23 Sep 2020   /

Refinancing and Sky Waka visitors help RAL face Covid challenge

An increase in Sky Waka Gondola sightseeing guests was a saving grace for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts in a difficult ski season.


Ruapehu secures $8m to help with tourism loss
20 Aug 2020   /

Ruapehu secures $8m to help with tourism loss

Ruapehu District Council will receive $7.78m in Government funding to jump-start its Housing Options programme.


Ruapehu rising as holiday destination for Kiwis – research
5 Aug 2020  

Ruapehu rising as holiday destination for Kiwis – research

The Ruapehu region is rising in popularity as a destination, according to recent research by Kantar.


Motel sales reflect confidence in tourism – Bayleys
4 Aug 2020  

Motel sales reflect confidence in tourism – Bayleys

Recent motel sales is a reflection of the confidence investors have in New Zealand’s tourism sector, says Bayleys.


New pou-whenu completes $2.3m Mt Ruapehu facility
29 Jul 2020   /

New pou-whenu completes $2.3m Mt Ruapehu facility

 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. 


Busy weekend sees 13,000 head up Ruapehu
28 Jul 2020   /

Busy weekend sees 13,000 head up Ruapehu

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Dean said the new car park booking system helped ease the traffic congestion.


Solar-powered bins to encourage sustainable tourism
24 Jul 2020  

Solar-powered bins to encourage sustainable tourism

Ruapehu District Council has installed solar-powered ‘Big Belly’ compacting rubbish bins at 11 high traffic sites around Ruapehu.


Ruapehu online car park booking system goes live
23 Jul 2020   /

Ruapehu online car park booking system goes live

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.


Sika Show hunting event all go in Taupo
16 Jul 2020   /

Sika Show hunting event all go in Taupo

The event had been running for 27 years and attracted close to 6000 hunters and their families.


RAL updates carpark booking system following criticism
8 Jul 2020   /

RAL updates carpark booking system following criticism

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts have updated its new carpark booking system following an uproar from the public.


Snow falls in time for season opening – RAL
2 Jul 2020  

Snow falls in time for season opening – RAL

Mt Ruapehu has officially opened for the season, with snow arriving in time for the July school holidays.


Carpark queues ‘thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu – RAL
30 Jun 2020  

Carpark queues ‘thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu – RAL

Queuing for a carpark will become ‘a thing of the past’ at Mt Ruapehu’s Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Fields, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.


Council cuts $500k from DGLT budget
29 Jun 2020   /

Council cuts $500k from DGLT budget

Job losses are coming after a “significantly larger” than expected funding cut for the RTO.