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The board of Rotorua’s New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, trading as Te Puia, has appointed Tim Cossar as its new chief executive. He will step down from his current role as chief executive of Tourism Industry Association New Zealand early in the New Year, having headed TIA since 2008.Read the full post
Stage Two of the Rotorua runway extension has been completed on time and within budget. The airport, in its newsletter, says this extension enables it to handle the A320 and the B737 800 both domestically and internationally.Read the full post
The ‘Big Splash’ project at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua is on target to open to the public on 02JAN12. Construction of the multi-million dollar water ride is well underway with the Maori Pa site nearly completed. The two lift sections that will elevate riders are in place, leaving just the splash down and run-out section at the end of the 431m concrete flume still to be laid.Read the full post
Rotorua International Airport reports that this year, in conjunction with Destination Rotorua Marketing, Events and Venues and Ride Rotorua, it produced a DVD titled “Be Rude Not To”. Named after a popular Rotorua mountain bike track, the DVD
follows a group of lads from Australia who set out to enjoy nine days of wild riding through Central Park and its world class
trails around Rotorua, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay and the Whirinaki Forest.
Air New Zealand has announced capacity increases between Rotorua and Queenstown via Christchurch with the up-gauging of six services a week to a Boeing 737. The airline currently operates three jet-prop ATR services a day via Christchurch. The planned up-gauge to a 737 on one of the services provides a 27% increase in capacity between ROT and CHC, and a 14% increase between CHC and ZQN.Read the full post
Polynesian Spa and Rotorua Museum have developed a combined experience, Rotorua Spa Stories, where visitors can enjoy Polynesian Spa, one of the world’s top ten spas, as well as the world-class Rotorua Museum. When the Bath House, now home to Rotorua Museum, first opened in 1908 as a therapeutic spa facility, it drew thermal waters for its
range of treatments from both the Rachel and Priest Pools located in Government Gardens.
The Australian Society of Travel Writers are holding their AGM and annual convention in Rotorua 29-31OCT, where over 70 delegates will experience attractions and activities around Rotorua. Tourism New Zealand is partnering with Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing to leverage this opportunity which includes preand
post-conference tours that will showcase other highlights of New Zealand.