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Taupo & Ruapehu


Ruapehu mayor welcomes ski fields support
8 Dec 2022  

Ruapehu mayor welcomes ski fields support

Ruapehu Mayor Weston Kirton says the government’s decision to provide an additional $6m to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ ski operations is a vital lifeline for the region.


Govt throws $6m lifeline to RAL ski fields
7 Dec 2022  

Govt throws $6m lifeline to RAL ski fields

The funding allows more time to find a long-term solution for the ski fields and enables them to open next winter.


Community group touts crowdfunding up to $30m to save Mt Ruapehu skifields
6 Dec 2022  

Community group touts crowdfunding up to $30m to save Mt Ruapehu skifields

Crowdfunding is being touted as the a viable option to save Mt Ruapehu’s skifields from closure.


RAL life pass holders launch petition
24 Nov 2022  

RAL life pass holders launch petition

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts life pass holders have launched a petition to encourage the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to engage more closely with community about the future of the Mt Ruapehu’s ski fields.


RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy
21 Nov 2022  

RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy

The govt and ANZ would write off $28m in debt if a new entity can be created to take over RAL’s operations.


Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities
17 Nov 2022   /

Northern Explorer’s Taumarunui stop ripe for operator opportunities

Central North Island operators in the Ruapehu region and Taumarunui are set to benefit from the scenic train’s visits.


Perspectives: RAL and the uncertain future of snow sports
27 Oct 2022   /

Perspectives: RAL and the uncertain future of snow sports

The operator’s troubles underscore the volatility of commercial ski businesses as climate change accelerates.


Thousands expected to take part in Taupō cycle challenge
20 Oct 2022   /

Thousands expected to take part in Taupō cycle challenge

Thousands of cyclists are set to compete in The BDO Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge next month after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.


Iwi should have been consulted on RAL – Ngāti Rangi
13 Oct 2022  

Iwi should have been consulted on RAL – Ngāti Rangi

Bay of Plenty iwi Ngāti Ranginui said it should have been consulted on Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ move to voluntary administration.


Consent sought for shared use trail on Mt Ruapehu
28 Sep 2022   /

Consent sought for shared use trail on Mt Ruapehu

Consent is being sought from the Department of Conservation for the development of a walking and cycling trail on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu.


Free parking coming to an end at Taupō Airport
28 Sep 2022  

Free parking coming to an end at Taupō Airport

Taupō District Council will introduce parking charges at Taupō Airport when the new terminal opens in December.


Snow arrives for RAL but path ahead unclear
7 Sep 2022   /

Snow arrives for RAL but path ahead unclear

There’s clear weather ahead following snow on its ski fields but the future of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts appears as murky as ever.


Thermal Explorer Fund brings new golf festival to Taupō
17 Aug 2022   /

Thermal Explorer Fund brings new golf festival to Taupō

BU Events will bring The Festival of Golf to Wairakei Resort, which is expected to attract 300 female competitors to Taupō.


Taupō Airport passenger numbers on the up
11 Aug 2022  

Taupō Airport passenger numbers on the up

Taupō Airport has recorded more than 22,000 passengers through its doors in the first half of 2022, and numbers could exceed 50,000 before 2023.


Hilton Lake Taupo & MSD launch training programme
10 Aug 2022   /

Hilton Lake Taupo & MSD launch training programme

The Ministry of Social Development is partnering with Hilton Lake Taupo to address the chronic labour shortage plaguing hospitality and tourism.


Rāhui lifted at Tongariro National Park’s Mt Ngāuruhoe
9 Aug 2022   /

Rāhui lifted at Tongariro National Park’s Mt Ngāuruhoe

A rāhui has been lifted from Mt Ngāuruhoe following the death of a climber who fell into a gully on the mountain on Saturday.


Visit Ruapehu reveals guiding forces within DMP
26 Jul 2022   /

Visit Ruapehu reveals guiding forces within DMP

Visit Ruapehu says its destination management plan has a focus on reciprocity and responsibility as a result of feedback from the community.


…while Thermal Explorer events share $1.3m funding
13 Jul 2022   /

…while Thermal Explorer events share $1.3m funding

More than 19 events across the Waikato, Rotorua, Taupō and Ruapehu regions have received almost $1.3m in the second round of the Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund.


Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge revamps for 2022
1 Jul 2022   /

Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge revamps for 2022

The date has been set for the 44th Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 26 November.


Proposed Tongariro Crossing visitor caps “unnecessarily low” – TIA
13 Jun 2022   /

Proposed Tongariro Crossing visitor caps “unnecessarily low” – TIA

DOC should delay plans to cap numbers on the walk as it could impact operators and regional visitation, says the association.


Ruapehu’s rumblings help drive ski pass sales – RAL
10 Jun 2022   /

Ruapehu’s rumblings help drive ski pass sales – RAL

Operating on an active volcano has presented both challenges and opportunities for the company.


Taupō camping spot closes until October
30 May 2022  

Taupō camping spot closes until October

The Hipapatua Recreational Reserve at Reid’s Farm in Taupō is closed until 1 October while Taupō District Council carries out maintenance on the site.


DOC to trial first national park visitor cap outside of Great Walks
13 May 2022   /

DOC to trial first national park visitor cap outside of Great Walks

The exact cap is still to be determined but local iwi has suggested 800, says DOC.


Consent sought for Taupō attraction redevelopment
4 May 2022   /

Consent sought for Taupō attraction redevelopment

Taupō Moana Group Holdings (TMGH) will apply for resource consent to redevelop and expand Taupō’s popular Hole in One golf attraction.


GVR full steam ahead for autumn voyages
22 Mar 2022   /

GVR full steam ahead for autumn voyages

Glenbrook Vintage Railway will bring the second of its seven steam locomotives back online in the next month.


Vax pass requirement relaxed for some Taupō attractions
15 Mar 2022  

Vax pass requirement relaxed for some Taupō attractions

The vaccine pass will still be required at some facilities, including the Taupō Events Centre.


Eco-sanctuary secures $2m to help boost jobs, tourism
14 Mar 2022   /

Eco-sanctuary secures $2m to help boost jobs, tourism

The funding will provide an initial 14 jobs in an area hard-hit by the downturn in tourism.


Police investigate death at Taupō motel
8 Mar 2022   /

Police investigate death at Taupō motel

Taupō residents can expect to see a continued heightened police presence in the township as detectives continue to investigate the death of a man at the Adelphi Motel Sunday morning.


Man rescued from Mt Ruapehu glacier
1 Mar 2022   /

Man rescued from Mt Ruapehu glacier

A man had to be rescued at Mount Ruapehu on the weekend after sustaining serious injuries following a fall on ice and rocks.


Wanaka wine festival, Taupō Ironman fall to Covid
11 Feb 2022   /

Wanaka wine festival, Taupō Ironman fall to Covid

Wanaka’s Ripe Food & Wine Festival and Ironman NZ in Taupō are the latest events to cancel due to capacity restrictions under Covid-19 red light settings.


Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge cancelled
26 Jan 2022  

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge cancelled

The event, planned for 19 February, would have brought 5000 riders and 7500 supporters the town.


Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs
25 Jan 2022  

Bachcare Jan bookings jump as Aucklanders stretch legs

Bookings for accommodation on the Bachcare platform for the month of January are 17% higher than at the same point in 2020, the company says.


Spending jumps in Taupō over Christmas, New Year
21 Jan 2022  

Spending jumps in Taupō over Christmas, New Year

Spending in the Taupō district jumped over the Christmas/New Year period, peaking at $17.5m in the week ending 3 January, an increase of 11.2% on the same period the previous year.


Taupō Equifest to boost tourism
19 Jan 2022   /

Taupō Equifest to boost tourism

Taupō Equifest festival is expected to attract thousand of visitors and provide a boost to the region’s tourism operators.


RAL open to selling Tūroa to plug $31m debt hole
18 Jan 2022   /

RAL open to selling Tūroa to plug $31m debt hole

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says it will consider unbundling assets after two Covid-impacted seasons hit income.


Council urges caution on river floating at Taupō
18 Jan 2022  

Council urges caution on river floating at Taupō

Taupō District Council is warning people taking part in river floating on the Waikato River to exercise caution.


…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag
17 Jan 2022   /

…but activities boom in busy Rotorua, Taupō despite silver dollar drag

The recent fine weather is proving just the medicine for tourist-starved operators with outdoor offerings in Rotorua and Taupo, with one operator setting a new visitor record.


Quinn to settle $10m TMP acquisition early, attraction to delist
7 Dec 2021  

Quinn to settle $10m TMP acquisition early, attraction to delist

Tony Quinn will settle his $9.8m acquisition of the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo on 17 December, two weeks earlier than expected.


Life pass holders put brakes on RAL restructuring
3 Dec 2021   /

Life pass holders put brakes on RAL restructuring

A plan to restructure meets resistance from life pass holders worried they will lose privileges.


Ski season’s “financial disaster” forces belt tightening, funding support
19 Nov 2021   /

Ski season’s “financial disaster” forces belt tightening, funding support

Capex is put on hold as operators look to rebuild their balance sheets in 2022.


Tamaki Māori Village owner appoints head of tourism
9 Nov 2021   /

Tamaki Māori Village owner appoints head of tourism

Tauhara North Tourism has appointed Kiri Atkinson-Crean its head of tourism.


“Third time lucky” Tony Quinn seals $10m deal for TMP
5 Nov 2021   /

“Third time lucky” Tony Quinn seals $10m deal for TMP

Taupo Motorsport Park joins Quinn’s Hampton Downs and Highlands attractions.


Prawn park touts geothermal potential in sale
28 Oct 2021   /

Prawn park touts geothermal potential in sale

Huka Prawn Park is pushing its existing geothermal resource consents as a possible reason to buy the attraction.


Visit Ruapehu beefs up destination management team
27 Oct 2021  

Visit Ruapehu beefs up destination management team

Visit Ruapehu has employed community leader and strategic consultant Erena Mikaere to help develop a destination management plan.


Quinn close to clinching another motorsport attraction for $9.8m
11 Oct 2021  

Quinn close to clinching another motorsport attraction for $9.8m

The Highlands and Hampton Downs owner appears to have sealed the deal for Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo by adding another $1.7m to his bid.


Motorsport attraction says acquisition offer coming
4 Oct 2021  

Motorsport attraction says acquisition offer coming

Taupo Motorsport Park says it has received advice of a potential offer for the attraction’s assets and businesses.


…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale
27 Sep 2021  

…but STAPP’s not enough for another, which is put up for sale

An iconic Taupō tourist attraction selected less than a year ago by the government as a strategic asset worthy of a $500,000 grant is now on the market.


Taupō offers free post-lockdown holidays to Aucklanders
17 Sep 2021   /

Taupō offers free post-lockdown holidays to Aucklanders

Five free holidays in Taupō are up for grabs for Aucklanders dreaming of a post-lockdown escape.


RAL preps for level 2 ski fields re-opening
2 Sep 2021   /

RAL preps for level 2 ski fields re-opening

Ski fields on Mt Ruapehu are gearing up for re-opening at level 2, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Deans.


Lockdown optimism low for tourism-reliant regions
27 Aug 2021   /

Lockdown optimism low for tourism-reliant regions

A majority of businesses in Auckland, Waikato, Taupō and Tauranga are confident of surviving the pandemic, but optimism is much lower in areas heavily reliant on tourism.