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e plore Central North Island Thermal Explorer Highway / Pacific Coast Highway / Volcanic Loop

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n Introduction / Useful Information 02 - 06 09 - 017 n Suggested Itineraries 019 n The Coromandel 027 n Bay of Plenty n Eastland 039 047 n Hawke’s Bay n Ruapehu 059 069 n Great Lake Taupo n Rotorua 081 095 n Hamilton & Waikato n Map Inside Back Cover

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eXplore Central North Island Welcome to an adventure through the Central North Island of New Zealand. These easy to navigate touring routes were created after the 8 Regional Tourism Organisations of the Central North Island decided to work together to promote the area as one destination.

The Regional Tourism Organisations of the eXplore Central North Island regions start on the Pacific Coast Highway and include Destination Coromandel, Tourism Bay of Plenty, Tourism Eastland and Hawke’s Bay Tourism.

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Heading inland the regions of the Thermal Explorer Highway include Visit Ruapehu, Destination Great Lake Taupo, Destination Rotorua, and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism. The Volcanic Loop is an exciting add-on to the Thermal Explorer Highway and takes in the eastern shores of Lake Taupo and Ruapehu regions. These organisations are non-profit and are devoted to promoting the areas they represent and assisting you, the travel trade, in selling and obtaining information on the regions of the Pacific Coast Highway and Thermal Explorer Highway.


eXplore Central North Island

Unique scenery and adventure awaits all who travel the two diverse touring routes of the Pacific Coast Highway and the Thermal Explorer Highway with the Volcanic Loop extension that makes up one of the best recognized touring routes in the world – eXplore Central North Island.

Highway Information

The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Eastland and Hawke’s Bay. Glittering white sand, crystal clear rolling surf beaches and beautiful harbours, the Pacific Coast Highway traverses the spectacular east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The Pacific Coast Highway is well signposted along the entire route, giving a safe and easy way to navigate through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery New Zealand has to offer. Travellers will be among the first people to see the sun as it rises majestically over the Pacific, casting its first rays over the stunning white sandy beaches, distinctive landscapes and off-shore islands.. Experience pure escapism! Sample the world’s best seafood, innovative cuisine and award winning wines and indulge yourself in one of the many luxurious accommodation establishments along the way. Enjoy the diverse and unique heritage within the region. You’ll discover the treasures of another era including Art Deco and colonial buildings, ancient Maori pa sites, relics of New Zealand’s gold-mining heritage and the living stories and faces of the local people. Marvel at the talents of the local artists and share with them the environment that so inspires them - the slice of the Pacific paradise that is the Pacific Coast Highway.

Ruapehu, Lake Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton & Waikato. The Thermal Explorer Highway is well sign posted along the entire route through some of the most dramatic landscapes of the Central North Island. See a myriad of crystal clear lakes, the spiritual home of many key iwi (tribes) of Maori and experience nature’s awesome earth forces- bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and natural geothermal mineral pools alongside the life and pastimes of the Maori. Travellers will have the opportunity to experience just about every adrenalin adventure you could want on air, land and water. An ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos are a must do for those looking for natural wonders and unique adventure experiences. But if it’s the sedate life you are after, the Thermal Explorer Highway is also the perfect place to take it easy, with Middle-earth movie magic to discover, hot springs to relax in and local cafes to enjoy.

A must do extension of the Thermal Explorer Highway. Heading south, the eastern shores of Lake Taupo offer many opportunities to swim or picnic. Southwest of Turangi enter the Ruapehu region - home to a multitude of walks and hikes for all levels of fitness from a quick stroll to a full day. Visit the Tongariro National Park with its renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing (full day walk) and the Whanganui National Park with breathtaking native bush, diverse birdlife and the rich history of the Whanganui River and Bridge to Nowhere. The area also boasts two NZ Cycle Trail Great Rides with the Timber Trail and Mountains to Sea as well as two NZ Great Walks in the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Whanganui Journey. Spend a few days in National Park Village, Whakapapa Village or Ohakune, gateways to the Ruapehu region’s skiing, biking, walking and hiking, standup paddleboarding, river journeys, horse riding and much more. Complete the loop under the watchful eye of the region’s three volcanoes Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe through to Waiouru and visit the National Army Museum to learn about New Zealand’s proud military history as you rejoin State Highway 1 and head north back to Turangi.

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The eXplore Central North Island journey offers an accessible and truly enjoyable way for every traveller to enjoy a really ‘handson’ Zealand experience.

You can refer your clients to explore the Central North Island with great confidence. Your clients will be guided by the sign-posted highways (every 14 kilometres) that clearly indicate to travellers that they are on the right path. With the magnificent array of scenery to choose from on the route, the journey is bound to have an impressive impact on all travellers’ New Zealand experience whether they start on the Pacific Coast Highway or the Thermal Explorer Highway.

In the following pages are seven suggested itineraries to help you plan your clients’ adventure along the eXplore Central North Island Route. Choose from Coast, Lakes & Geothermal, Thermal Explorer Snapshot, Thermal Explorer Highway Experience, Pacific Coast Highway Experience, Northbound Thermal Explorer, Northbound Coastal Explorer and eXplore Central North Island - Ultimate Experience. Feel free to contact the eXplore Central North Island team for more information on the touring routes and highways.

From “off-the-beaten-track” experiences to planning for the discerning holidaymaker we happily customise itineraries for all markets. The following sample itineraries vary both in length and destinations. These are designed to be used in conjunction with the products listed in the eXplore Central North Island 2016/18 product manual. Use them in their entirety or pick and choose from each to map out the scenery and activities that your clients desire.


eXplore Central North Island Information

Auckland

472 123 113 200 413 324 275 230 190 290 293 76 70 124 259 201 170 143 118 180

Gisborne

385 410 298 216 425 332 286 437 202 7.10 239 255 185 134 264 206 177 271 126

Hamilton

108 105 241 203 150 105 70 190 1.32 4.45 89 86 152 126 94 69 49 119

Thames

116 345 293 206 164 185 212 1.30 7.05 1.30 72 214 182 128 102 115 132

Tauranga

Driving in New Zealand is different to driving in other countries. Exploring our beautiful landscapes by car, campervan or motorhome is a popular way to get around. Even if people are used to driving in other places, they need to be well aware of things like weather extremes, narrow, windy roads and different road rules before they begin their journey.

Whakatane

Waitomo

Rotorua

Taupo

NATIONAL PARK

Napier

Tauranga

Thames

Driving in New Zealand

Hamilton

Gisborne

KMS MILES

Auckland

Driving Distances and Times

Quick Facts

309 250 150 63 151 86 2.30 5.00 1.20 2.05 192 155 93 39 94 53

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Napier

234 143 223 306 308 5.10 3.00 3.35 5.45 4.30 145 86 138 190 190

NATIONAL PARK

100 181 143 271 3.45 5.00 2.30 3.30 3.00 2..45 62 112 89 168

Taupo

80 164 167 3.30 5.25 1.45 3.10 1.50 1.30 1.20 50 102 104

It’s easy to underestimate drive times when looking at a map.

Rotorua

166 85 2.52 4.50 1.20 2.40 .45 3.15 2.10 1.20 103 53

 eather-related hazards are W commonplace.

Waitomo

235 2.20 6.50 .50 2.30 2.15 4.45 1.40 2.00 2.00 146

Whakatane

 ur open road speed limit is 100km per O hour for cars.

For more information www.newzealand.com/int/driving-in new-zealand

4.00 3.20 2.25 3.25 1.10 4.30 3.15 2.45 1.25 3.30

Time is shown in approximate hours and minutes. Distance measured in kilometres / miles

Port Jackson

Hauraki Gulf

Please refer to the inside back cover for a large scale map

Coromandel Town

Whitianga Hot Water Beach

Auckland

The Coromandel Thames Tuakau

Whangamata Waihi

Paeroa

Ngaruawahia

Hamilton

Raglan

Waikato

Otorohanga

Te Kuiti

White Island

Tauranga

Bay of Plenty

Te Puke

Matamata

Whakatane

Ohope Beach

Tokomaru Bay Motu

Waiotapu Mangakino

Lake Taupo

Taumarunui

East Cape

Taupo

Turangi

Hawke’s Bay

Waikaremoana

New Plymouth

Taranaki

Wairoa

National Park

Ruapehu Raetihi

Ruatoria

Opotiki

Rotorua

Kinloch

Hicks Bay Te Kaha Tikitiki

Cambridge Tirau Putararu

Te Awamutu

Waitomo Caves

Waihi Beach

Mount Maunganui

Te Aroha

Huntly

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Hawke Bay

Ohakune 49 Waiouru

Napier Hastings

Cape Kidnappers Havelock North

Wanganui

Waipawa Waipukurau

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To Wellington Palmerston North

Porangahau

Tolaga Bay

Gisborne

Mahia

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Helpful eXplore Central North Island Information

Climate / The North Island has a temperate climate. Most of the regions enjoy an even spread of sunshine and rainfall throughout the year. The warmest months are from December through to March with an average temperature of 20-30ºC. During the winter months, June to August, temperatures sit around 10-15ºC with exception of the higher altitude regions such as Lake Taupo and Ruapehu which can be colder. eXplore Central North Island – International and Regional Gateways / New Zealand’s largest airport, Auckland, is the closest international gateway to

the Central North Island and the start of the Pacific Coast Highway and Thermal Explorer Highways. The Central North Island regions have never been more accessible than with the six domestic airports in Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Napier, Taupo, Whakatane and Gisborne. Linking with most other airports around NZ and serviced by multiple airlines, these locations are ideal gateways for travellers looking to fly in to the central North Island from around the country. Shopping / New Zealand offers a huge variety of shopping that is found in most modernised western countries. Shops

and businesses are open 9am-5pm. 7 days per week in the larger towns and cities. Currency / The $NZ dollar is the accepted currency. Most New Zealand businesses accept major credit cards and tourism attractions usually accept travellers cheques. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am-4.30pm with some banks now open on Saturdays and Sundays in major centres. Automatic Money Machines (ATMs) are located throughout most towns and cities offering 24 hour/ 7 days service.

New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality

Tourism businesses that display the Qualmark have been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence. The Qualmark can help you identify quality places to stay, things to do and ways to get around no matter where you are in New Zealand. Qualmark assured businesses can be found across the country.

Great places to stay Qualmark star graded properties Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel, a family motel, a budget backpacker, a unique holiday home, a homely B&B or a spacious holiday park, the Qualmark identifies quality assured accommodation suitable for any type of traveller.

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Things to do and ways to get around Qualmark endorsed visitor activities, transport and services

Every accommodation provider that has a Qualmark has undergone a rigorous assessment and licensing process to become part of the Qualmark licensing system.

If you’re after things to do and ways to get around, Qualmark endorsed visitor services, transport and visitor activities are the smartest choice, from abseiling to yachting, art galleries to wilderness walks, coaches to limousines.

They’ll meet your essential requirements of cleanliness, safety, security and comfort; and offer a range and quality of services appropriate to their star grade.

The growing number of tourism businesses have had the many features that make up a quality customer experience put to the official Qualmark test.

Visit the Qualmark website for more information

www.qualmark.co.nz


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ITINERARIES www.explorecentralnorthislandnz.com The following eXplore Central North Island itineraries offer you a snapshot of how The Pacific Coast Highway, Thermal Explorer Highway and Volcanic Loop can be travelled. There are a range of options from short break 3 night itineraries to longer stay itineraries taking in the entire Central North Island. The beauty of eXplore Central North Island is that it is so compact in geographical distance yet so diverse in the experiences on offer. The Thermal Explorer Highway takes you on a journey through the heart of the North Island passing underground caves, hobbit holes, geothermal wonders and enormous fresh water lakes while the Volcanic Loop adds a trio of mountains that will make you catch your breath. The Pacific Coast Highway is a coastal drive to savour – fantastic seafood, golden sandy beaches, lush rainforest, wine galore – chardonnay and big bold reds in abundance, and a rich architectural history. The eXplore Central North Island team are more than happy to share their knowledge with you in assisting to create fantastic itineraries within the area to suit your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@explorecentralnorthislandnz.com or visit the website for more information www.explorecentralnorthislandnz.com.

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Travel Distances / Times Auckland > Coromandel 187km / 2 hrs 20 mins Coromandel > Rotorua 237km / 3 hrs

Coast, Lakes & Geothermals

Auckland

Coromandel

Tauranga Rotorua

4 Days / 3 Nights - Auckland > Coromandel > Bay of Plenty > Rotorua Day 1: Depart Auckland on the Pacific Coast Highway and soon you will arrive on The Coromandel. Enjoy a scenic coastal drive, a walk in the scenic Coromandel Forest Park, or visit one of the iconic beaches and Cathedral Cove. Round out your first day with fresh local cuisine. Please see pages 19-27 for full information. Day 2: Overnight in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui with a great selection of accommodation to choose from. Take time to enjoy a wide selection of activities from a surf lesson, a kayak to view glow worms or a soak in the hot pools. Please see pages 27-37 for more information. Day 3: Head out by helicopter or boat to White Island the only active Marine Volcano in NZ for a real adventure or visit Moutohora home to a number of NZ’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles, before driving to Rotorua. Day 4: You have a full day in Rotorua today to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer from a lake cruise, immersing yourself in Maori culture, visit the geothermal areas and spas to adventure tourism – Rotorua has so much to choose from. From here you can opt to continue on the Thermal Explorer Highway to Taupo or head back to Auckland via the Hamilton & Waikato Region, time permitting stopping off at Waitomo Caves or Hobbiton Movie Set before returning to Auckland. The drive from Rotorua to Auckland takes approximately 3 hours.

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Travel Distances / Times Auckland > Waitomo 190km / 2 hrs 20 mins Waitomo > Hamilton 70km / 50 mins Hamilton > Rotorua 105km / 1 hr 20 mins Rotorua > Taupo 80km / 1 hr 10 mins

Thermal Explorer Snapshot

Auckland

Hamilton Rotorua

Waitomo Taupo

4 Days / 3 Nights - Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Taupo Day 1: Depart Auckland and follow the Thermal Explorer Highway. As you depart Auckland city you will notice the rolling green hills and pastureland that are synonymous with the Hamilton & Waikato region. Make your way to Waitomo Caves where you can enjoy a wide range of underground activities – from peaceful glow worm viewing tours to adrenalin-fuelled adventures. Following this, make your way to Hamilton City to overnight, where there are a number of accommodation and activity options to choose from. Please see pages 95-106 for full information. Day 2: Enjoy the morning in Hamilton City before making your way further along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. En-route you may wish to divert and visit Hobbiton Movie Set – where they filmed the Shire from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. On arrival in Rotorua, home to exciting geothermal activity, there are a wide range of accommodation and activity options to choose from. Please see pages 81-93 for full information. Day 3: You have most of the day in Rotorua today to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer from a lake cruise, immersing yourself in Maori Culture, visiting the geothermal areas and spas to adventure tourism – Rotorua has so much to choose from. In the afternoon make your way to the lakeside town of Taupo. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and dominates the views from this picturesque region. There are a range of accommodation options to choose from. Please see pages 69-79 for full information. Day 4: You have a full day in Taupo, visit the spectacular Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attractions, followed by a cruise on Lake Taupo, taking in the Maori Rock Carvings and views of the unique Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s only dual World Heritage Park. Enjoy a lakeside lunch before ending the day on a high – with a tandem skydive 15,000ft above Lake Taupo. From here you can either return to Auckland which is a 4 hour drive or continue on the Thermal Explorer Highway to the Hawke’s Bay region.

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Travel Distances / Times Auckland > Waitomo 190km / 2 hrs 20 mins Waitomo > Hamilton 70km / 50 mins Hamilton > Rotorua 105km / 1 hr 20 mins Rotorua > Taupo 80km / 1 hr 10 mins Taupo > Ruapehu 97km / 1 hr 25 mins

Thermal Explorer Highway Experience

Ruapehu > Hawke’s Bay 240km / 3 hr 25 mins Auckland

Hamilton Waitomo

Rotorua Taupo

Whakapapa Village Napier

6 Days / 5 Nights - Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Taupo > Ruapehu > Hawke’s Bay Day 1: Depart Auckland and follow the Thermal Explorer Highway. As you depart Auckland city you will notice the rolling green hills and pastureland that are synonymous with the Hamilton & Waikato region. Make your way to Waitomo Caves where you can enjoy a wide range of underground activities – from peaceful glow worm viewing tours to adrenalin-fuelled adventures - please see pages 95-106 for full information. Following this, make your way to Hamilton City to overnight, where there are a number of accommodation and activity options to choose from. Please see pages 95-106. Day 2: Enjoy the morning in Hamilton City before making your way further along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. En-route you may wish to divert and visit Hobbiton Movie Set – where they filmed the Shire from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. On arrival in Rotorua, home to exciting geothermal activity, there are a wide range of accommodation and activity options to choose from. Please see pages 81-93 for full information. Day 3: You have most of the day in Rotorua today to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer from a lake cruise, immersing yourself in Maori Culture, visiting the geothermal areas and spas to adventure tourism – Rotorua has so much to choose from. In the afternoon make your way to the Lakeside town of Taupo. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and dominates the views from this picturesque region. There are a range of accommodation options to choose from. Please see pages 81-93 for full information. Day 4: You have the day in Taupo to explore the varied activities on offer in this vibrant region. Begin the day with a thrill – either bungy jump or swing across the Waikato River, where the water is so clear you can see the trout swimming. Then head out to the Wairakei Tourist Park, and jet boat to the base of the Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. After working up an appetite, have lunch and explore the only Prawn Farm in New Zealand. In the afternoon head into the clouds with a scenic flight over Lake Taupo, either by floatplane or helicopter. End the day with a relaxing soak in a hot thermal mineral pool. Day 5: Make your way early this morning to the Ruapehu region, visit the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks with their breathtaking volcanoes and rivers. The region boasts NZ Cycle Trails and Great Walks, superb ski-fields in winter and offers a diverse array of outdoor activities year round. Home to the infamous 19km, one day Tongariro Alpine Crossing, there are many other walking/hiking options in the area and you can spend time exploring the historical Whanganui River. Please see pages59-69 for full information on accommodation and activities in the region. Overnight in Ruapehu. Day 6: Make your way to Hawke’s Bay today travelling along the Thermal Explorer Highway, enjoy this half day drive to arrive in the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand, Napier. This afternoon enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony.

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Travel Distances / Times Auckland > Coromandel 187km / 2 hrs 20 mins Coromandel > Tauranga 189km / 2 hr 20 mins Tauranga > Whakatane 97km / 1 hr 25 mins Whakatane > Gisborne 328km / 6 hr 30 mins

Pacific Coast Highway Experience

Gisborne > Napier 215km / 3 hr 5 mins Auckland

Coromandel

Tauranga Whakatane

Gisborne

Napier

6 Days / 5 Nights - Auckland > Coromandel > Bay of Plenty > Whakatane > Gisborne > Hawke’s Bay Day 1: Depart Auckland on the Pacific Coast Highway and the iconic beaches of The Coromandel are within easy reach. Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are “must do”, but there are many walks and other ways to discover the secrets of this peninsula. Home grown cuisine with seafood a specialty and lodging to suit all guests. Please see pages 19-26 for full information. Day 2: Make your way to the beautiful Bay of Plenty, the drive will take you along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway. Overnight in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui with a great selection of accommodation to choose from. Take time to enjoy a wide selection of activities from a surf lesson, a kayak to view glow worms at night. Walk the beautiful Mount Maunganui around the base or be guided to the top for the most spectacular view along the Pacific Coast before heading for a soak in the Hot Pools at the base of the Mount. Day 3: Enjoy the morning in Tauranga or Mount Maunganui before continuing along the Pacific Coast Highway stopping off to visit Kiwi 360 and Experience Comvita. Continue onto to Whakatane where you can enjoy a trip out to White Island New Zealand’s only active marine volcano by helicopter or boat. Alternatively enjoy a short boat trip out to Motouhora home to a number of NZ’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. Overnight in Whakatane or the beautiful settlement of Ohope Beach, take time to enjoy the activities and attractions this beautiful part of the Bay of Plenty has to offer. Please see pages 27-37 for more information. Day 4: Make your way from Whakatane around East Cape to Gisborne today. The drive around the coast will be breath-takingly rugged and beautiful. The Eastland region is the first region in the world to see the sunrise every day. Your journey today will be one of discovery, the first Maori explorers and Captain Cook arrived on these shores, which are also very popular surfing spots these days. This is a lengthy drive and there are some great places like Hick’s Bay where you can overnight to break the journey if you would like to take things at a slower pace. On arrival in Gisborne you will have the choice of a range of accommodation and spectacular local wines. Please see pages 39-45 for full information. Day 5: This morning enjoy some of the activities in and around Gisborne, then this afternoon make your way to Hawke’s Bay continuing your journey along the Pacific Coast Highway, arrive in the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand, Napier. There are a range of accommodation and activity options in the Hawke’s Bay. Please see pages 47-57 for full information. Day 6: Today, enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. Hop on a bike and cycle one of the flat and cruisy Hawke’s Bay cycle trails of the region. Please see pages 47-57 for full information.

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Travel Distances / Times Hawke’s Bay > Ruapehu 240km / 3 hrs 25 mins

Northbound Thermal Explorer

Ruapehu > Taupo 97km / 1 hr 25 mins

Taupo Whakapapa Village Napier

4 Days / 3 Nights - Hawke’s Bay > Ruapehu > Taupo Day 1: Begin your tour in the Hawke’s Bay city of Napier, the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand and partake in an Art Deco vintage car or walking tour. Enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony or cycle one of the flat and cruisy Hawke’s Bay cycle trails. This is an ideal itinerary for anyone heading North through the region from Wellington. Please see pages 47-57 for full information on accommodation and activity options. Day 2: Enjoy this half day drive along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the Ruapehu region, visit the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks with their breathtaking volcanoes and rivers. The region boasts NZ Cycle Trails and Great Walks, superb ski-fields in winter and offers a diverse array of outdoor activities year round. Home to the infamous 19km, one day Tongariro Alpine Crossing, there are many other walking/hiking options in the area and you can spend time exploring the historical Whanganui River. Please see pages 59-68 for full information on accommodation and activities in the region. Overnight in Ruapehu. Day 3: Enjoy the morning in this stunning region before making your way to Taupo. Experience the thrills of a jet boat ride spinning 360° and racing to the base of Huka Falls, or take a more leisurely cruise on Lake Taupo to see the famed Maori Rock Carvings. Overnight in one of the accommodation options available in Taupo. Please see pages 69-79 for full information. Day 4: This morning visit one of the most spectacular geothermal parks in New Zealand, with a landscape full of bubbling mud, boiling hot pools, gushing geysers and a spectacular silica terrace. From here you can either continue North on the Thermal Explorer Highway, head East to the Pacific Coast Highway, or conclude your tour and fly to your next destination.

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Travel Distances / Times Napier > Gisborne 215km / 3 hrs 5 mins

Northbound Coastal Explorer

Gisborne > Whakatane 328km / 6 hr 30 mins

Whakatane

Gisborne

Napier

4 Days / 3 Nights - Hawke’s Bay > Gisborne > Whakatane Day 1: Begin your tour in the Hawke’s Bay city of Napier, the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand. This is an ideal tour for anyone heading North through the region from Wellington. Enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. Please see pages 47-57 for full information on accommodation and activity options. Day 2: Make your way from Napier to Gisborne today. The drive along coast will be breathtakingly rugged and beautiful. The Eastland region is the first region in the world to see the sunrise every day. Your journey today will be one of discovery, the first Maori explorers and Captain Cook arrived on these shores, which are also very popular surfing spots these days. On arrival in Gisborne you will have the choice of a range of accommodation. Day 3: Enjoy the morning in Gisborne, before continuing along the Pacific Coast Highway to Whakatane, give yourself a little time to scratch beneath the surface out here to reveal some true Kiwi gold. This stretch of road is drivable in a day but we do suggest you give yourself much more time to explore and discover the unique places along the way and breaking the journey, Hick’s Bay is an ideal spot to do this. On arrival in Whakatane you may wish to enjoy a day trip to White Island an active offshore volcano. Overnight in Whakatane - head out by helicopter or boat to White Island the only active Marine Volcano in NZ for a real adventure or visit Moutohora home to a number of NZ’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. From here you can either opt to continue along the Pacific Coast Highway to the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, head to Rotorua on the Thermal Explorer Highway or conclude your tour.

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Travel Distances / Times Auckland > Waitomo 190km / 2 hrs 20 mins Waitomo > Hamilton 70km / 50 mins Hamilton > Rotorua 105km / 1 hr 20 mins Rotorua > Taupo 80km 1 hr 10 mins Taupo > Ruapehu 97km / 1 hr 25 mins Ruapehu > Napier 240km / 3 hrs 25 mins Napier > Gisborne 215km / 3 hrs 5 mins

eXplore Central North Island - Ultimate Experience!

Gisborne > Whakatane/Tauranga 328km/ 425km/ 6 hrs 30 mins/ 7 hours Tauranga > Coromandel 189km / 2 hrs 20 mins

Auckland

Coromandel

Tauranga Whakatane

Hamilton Waitomo

Rotorua Taupo

Gisborne

Whakapapa Village Napier

11 Days / 10 Nights - A  uckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Taupo > Ruapehu > Hawke’s Bay > Gisborne > Whakatane/ Tauranga > The Coromandel Day 1: Depart Auckland and follow the Thermal Explorer Highway. As you depart Auckland city you will notice the rolling green hills and pastureland that are synonymous with the Hamilton & Waikato region. Make your way to Waitomo Caves where you can enjoy a wide range of underground activities – from peaceful glow worm viewing tours to adrenalin-fuelled adventures - please see pages 97-108 for full information. Following this, make your way to Hamilton City to overnight, where there are a number of accommodation and activity options to choose from. Please see pages 95-106 for full information. Day 2: Enjoy the morning in Hamilton City before making your way further along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. En-route you may wish to divert and visit Matamata, home of the Hobbiton Movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. On arrival in Rotorua, home to exciting geothermal activity, there are a wide range of accommodation and activity options to choose from. Please see pages 81-93 for full information. Day 3: You have most of the day in Rotorua today to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer from a lake cruise, immersing yourself in Maori Culture, visiting the geothermal areas and spas to adventure tourism – Rotorua has so much to choose from. In the afternoon continue southward - halfway between Taupo and Rotorua is one of the most spectacular geothermal parks in New Zealand, with a landscape full of bubbling mud, boiling hot pools, gushing geysers and a spectacular silica terrace. What makes this park really unique is that to get to it you must cross a river by ferry. Continue on to Taupo, after dinner enjoy a soak in a relaxing hot thermal mineral pool. There are a range of accommodation options to choose from. Please see pages 69-79 for full information. Day 4: This morning head out to Kinloch and enjoy a guided hike or mountain bike ride on the Great Lake Trail, one of New Zealand’s national cycle trails, culminating in a water shuttle pick up and transfer back to Kinloch. After lunch in Taupo drive on to Turangi, where you will spend the evening. Please see page 59-69 for accommodation options. Enjoy a late afternoon stroll along the Tongariro River, spot the fly fishermen and native blue ducks in the river. Day 5: Make your way early this morning to the Ruapehu region, visit the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks with their breathtaking volcanoes and rivers. The region boasts NZ Cycle Trails and Great Walks, superb ski-fields in winter and offers a diverse array of outdoor activities year round. Home to the infamous 19km, one day Tongariro Alpine Crossing, there are many other walking/hiking options in the area and you can spend time exploring the historical Whanganui River. Please see pages 59-68 for full information on accommodation and activities in the region. Overnight in Ruapehu.

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Day 6: Make your way to Hawke’s Bay today travelling along the Thermal Explorer Highway, enjoy this half day drive to arrive in the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand, Napier. This afternoon enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. Hop on a bike and cycle one of the flat and cruisy Hawke’s Bay cycle trails of the region. Please see pages 46-57 for full information. Day 7: Enjoy a day in the Hawke’s Bay Region, please see pages 65-78 for full information on accommodation and activity options.


Day 8: Make your way from Napier to Gisborne today. The drive along the coast will be breathtakingly rugged and beautiful. The Eastland region is the first region in the world to see the sunrise every day. Your journey today will be one of discovery, the first Maori explorers and Captain Cook arrived on these shores, which are also very popular surfing spots these days. On arrival in Gisborne you will have the choice of a range of accommodation. Day 9: Enjoy the morning in Gisborne (perhaps visit Mt Hikurangi to see the sunrise), before continuing along the Pacific Coast Highway, around East Cape to Whakatane, here you can enjoy a trip out to White Island New Zealand’s only active marine volcano or visit Moutohora - home to a number of NZ’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. You may wish to visit Mataatua an authentic cultural experience and discover the story of the house that came home. You may choose to overnight in Whakatane or the beautiful settlement of Ohope Beach, or continue your trip onto Tauranga the region’s main centre. Visit a Kiwi fruit farm Kiwi 360 or learn all about the honey bee and the healing powers of nature at Experience Comvita. Take time to enjoy a wide selection of activities from a surf lesson, a kayak to view glow worms at night, walk beautiful Mount Maunganui around the base or be guided to the top for the most spectacular view along the Pacific Coast before heading for a soak in the Hot Pools at the base of the Mount. Day 10: Enjoy the morning in Tauranga or Whakatane before continuing along the Pacific Coast Highway to The Coromandel – enjoy the day exploring it’s iconic coastline, perhaps visiting Cathedral Cove or Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig a hole and enjoy a soak in the warm water. Enjoy a walk or boat trip along the volcanic shoreline or discover the gold mining heritage of this region in the rugged mountainous interior. Please see pages 19-26 for full information. Day 11: Enjoy the morning in The Coromandel before making your way to Auckland. Please see pages19-26 for many activity options.

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The Coromandel Facts and Figures

Winter 15ºC Spring 17ºC From Auckland 1.30 hours Above Sea Level 0 metres

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Total Region 43.131

The Coromandel – where Kiwis holiday. There are many attractive places in the world but only a few are truly special, regions of exquisite beauty and infinite variety, regions where you want to return. Friendly, warm, welcoming, special. The Coromandel www.thecoromandel.com

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Renowned for its natural beauty - misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, The Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind.

The Coromandel is where Kiwis go on holiday! It has long been New Zealand’s most popular coastal holiday destination and the relaxed region, located just over an hour from Auckland International Airport, is an ideal 3-4 day stop at the beginning or end of a New Zealand holiday. When you are on The Coromandel, you know you are on holiday! Hundreds of beaches, coves, islands and inlets are dotted around the 400kms of coastline, making it an ideal destination to slow down, discover and explore. A scenic boat trip exploring the islands and sea caves is definitely a must do as is wandering along one of the many coastal walkways like the popular walk into Cathedral Cove. Discovered by the two great navigators Kupe and Cook, The Coromandel has a rich and colourful past. The area was founded on gold-mining, but is now a protected and sustainable region which revolves around eco-tourism tourism and you can still enjoy the same star studded sky these early navigators used to find their way here. The inspiring landscapes have attracted many talented artists, whose colourful studios and potteries are dotted around the region. There is no better example of how the arts, tourism and the environment intertwine than at Driving Creek Railway, where visitors travel on a one hour train ride through a working pottery and conservation estate.

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The Coromandel is blessed with an abundance of seafood and fresh local cuisine. Autumn, winter and spring are ideal times to explore The Coromandel homegrown food trail and indulge in scallops, oysters, mussels, macadamias and plenty of other local produce. Award winning restaurants can be found in many of the seaside villages. Local shoulder season festivals like Beach Hop and the Scallop Festival are great times to visit to experience local culture at its best. Two unique thermal hot spring attractions are also highlights – Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own spa pool in the sand at low tide, and the thermal Lost Spring in the heart of Whitianga. The Coromandel is a walker’s paradise. Both guided and freedom walks explore the coastline and rainforests and feature the rich stories from The Coromandel’s Maori and pioneering heritage. The Coromandel Forest Park with its spectacular volcanic skyline, covers the backbone of the peninsula, and is crisscrossed with tracks allowing trampers to experience both the wildlife and the history of the area.

The Hauraki Rail Trail is one of the easiest riding trails in New Zealand. Perfect for those looking to enjoy our temperate climate and eager to indulge in The Coromandel’s homegrown cuisine. Cycle between heritage towns while sampling organic cheese and ice cream, wood fired pizza and boutique wine. Marvel at the wonder that is Karangahake Gorge, one of the “14 wonders of New Zealand” and the gold mining relics from yesteryear. The Hauraki Rail Trail, an experience that is good for your soul…

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Events

Dining

March

Bistro at The Falls Retreat / 25 Waitawheta Road, Waihi

Whangamata Beach Hop

Colenso Country Café & Shop / Main Road, Whenuakite

A nostalgic event celebrating the 50s-60s era with cars and music. www.beachhop.co.nz April Echo Walking Festival

Hot Waves Café / Hot Water Beach

Koru at Rapaura / Tapu, North of Thames Luke’s Kitchen / Kuaotunu, Whitianga

+64 7 868 4821

+64 7 866 4480

Mercury Bay Estate / 761A Purangi Road, Cooks Beach

Coromandel and Kaimai Ranges have to offer,

Miha Restaurant / Pauanui

June / July Illume - Coromandel Town Winter Festival of Light

+64 7 866 4066

+64 7 864 8088

Poivre et Sel / 2 Mill Road, Whitianga

+64 7 866 0053

Argo Restaurant and Wine Bar / 328 Ocean Rd, Whangamata Ohinemuri Estate Winery / Karangahake Gorge

+64 7 865 7157

+64 7 862 8874

Show casing the heritage and history of

Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar / Coromandel Town

Coromandel Town in an edgy modern way

Salt Restaurant / Whitianga

using a variety of static and interactive light

+64 7 866 3725

+64 7 866 3887

Experience the fantastic walks that The with experienced guides.

+64 7 863 8770

+64 7 866 8211

+64 7 866 5818

Waitete Orchard Restaurant / Waihi

+64 7 863 8980

displays as a backdrop to a schedule of events. September Whitianga Scallop Festival

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A collection of New Zealand’s finest seafood, scenery and sounds. www.scallopfestival.co.nz October

kuaotunu

Brits at the Beach

waikawau

A weekend celebration of all things British

colville papa aroha

www.britsatthebeach.co.nz

coromandel town

matarangi whitianga cooks beach

November

the aldermen islands

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K2 Cycle Race coromandel forest park

The toughest one day cycle race in the Southern Hemisphere. www.arcevents.co.nz

onetangi surfdale

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The Coromandel www.thecoromandel.com

Accommodation 970 Lonely Bay Lodge / Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort / Stargazers B&B and Astronomy Tours / The Coromandel Treehouse / Waihi Beach Lodge / YHA Opoutere / YHA Whitianga

970 Lonely Bay Lodge

Accommodation

www.970lonelybay.com Kym Trapski

+64 7 866 5688

+64 21 447 794

enquiries@970lonelybay.com

970 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach, Whitianga RD1 Lodge

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A stunning Lodge nestled into a private and spectacular landscape set amongst a treasured garden and native bush with wonderful views of the estuary and ocean. Two magnificent white sandy beaches are only moments walk away. Watch the sunrise from the beautifully appointed suites with truly magnificent private terraces, which bekon for romantic dining beside cozy outdoor fires, or simply be absorbed by the ambience of the rich and warm interior filled with fabulous eclectic design, artworks and literature. Enjoy the culinary delights of local produce that will both charm and nourish you, while allowing yourself to be spoiled by your hosts.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Accommodation

Mareile Jerosch-Hoehn

THE COROMANDEL

www.pukapark.co.nz +64 7 864 8088

reservations@pukapark.co.nz Mount Avenue, Pauanui Beach Hotel

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Nestled amongst 25 acres of native New Zealand bush and located only 2 hours from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, Grand Mercure Puka Park offers 48 private Apartments which accommodate guests in comfort and style, with a balance of modern convenience and the relaxed atmosphere of a mountain lodge. Apartments feature King and Queen beds, ensuite bathrooms and private verandas. The main lodge offers superb all day dining at Miha Restaurant which extends out onto a deck and hotel facilities include a pool, spa pool, sauna, tennis court and gymnasium. Activities available nearby include golf, fishing, diving, walks and wide sandy beaches.

Stargazers B&B and Astronomy Tours

Accommodation

www.stargazersbb.com Alastair & Harriette Brickell

+64 7 866 5343

info@stargazersbb.com 392 State Highway 25, Kuaotunu, Whitianga 3592 Bed & Breakfast

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Your choice of either the marble lined Observatory Lodge B&B set high in native bush, furnished with beautiful timbers grown by us on our 8 hectare property or the historic self-catering Miners Cottage. After relaxing on one of the many lovely beaches nearby explore your private underground gold mine behind the Miners Cottage. Then enjoy your complimentary stargazing tour in the rotating observatory dome discovering the delights of the southern night sky with our research grade telescope. You will handle meteorites older than the earth and walk through our scale model solar system and giant sundial. A rare, absolutely unique and unforgettable experience.

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The Coromandel Treehouse

Accommodation

www.coromandeladventures.co.nz/thecoromandeltreehouse +64 7 786 67014

Sarni Hart

+64 21 813 722

info@coromandeladventures.co.nz

500 Driving Creek Rd, Coromandel 3506 Holiday Home

2 bedrooms

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The Coromandel Treehouse is a self-contained bush retreat nestled in a 12 acre regenerating forest estate. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind, or use as your base while you explore the fabulous range of activities and scenery The Coromandel has to offer. This unique cottage is entirely secluded and private, yet only 3km to town and within 100m to Driving Creek Railway and a charming local café. Free Wifi. Activities on the estate include walks through the regenerating native bush and glow worms after dark. Coromandel Adventures is also onsite with a full range of tour and shuttle services.

Waihi Beach Lodge

Accommodation

www.waihibeachlodge.co.nz Greg Whyte & Ali Lawn +64 21 657 888

+64 7 863 5818

info@waihibeachlodge.co.nz

170 Seaforth Rd, Waihi Beach Bed and Breakfast

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Ali and Greg created this boutique bed and breakfast ‘beach getaway’, approximately half way along the beach. It is a perfect place to stay for anyone wishing to explore the eastern coastline of the North Island, or use it as a base to take day trips to the Coromandel, Rotorua, Hobbiton or Waitomo. Close by we have the Martha Goldmine in Waihi and the Karangahake gorge. The lodge has three rooms with ensuites, king/queen-size beds, DVDs, televisions, and tea/coffee making facilities. The studio apartment has a king-size bed, a dining table, fridge freezer, cook top, television and DVD player, small kitchenette, laundry and ensuite bathroom. All rooms have beach towels, bathrobes, hairdryers & toiletries, and private entrances.

YHA Opoutere

Accommodation

www.yha.co.nz Isabelle Gremminger

+64 3 353 9160

isabelle.gremminger@yha.co.nz 389 Opoutere Road, Opoutere, Whangamata Lodge

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An historic converted schoolhouse overlooking a sheltered estuary on the Coromandel Peninsula, two hours north of Tauranga. Set in bush and gardens with great views over the estuary, this homely hostel offers peaceful and tranquil accommodation in a relaxed Coromandel hideaway. The large kitchen is well-equipped with plenty of fridge space for all to share. Other YHA Opoutere hostel facilities include, free canoes, trampoline, badminton and volleyball. Our centralised reservations team can assist with trade enquiries, groups reservations and an agent login for retail trade bookings and live inventory from our website. Contact our Travel Services Manager for more information.

YHA Whitianga

Accommodation

www.yha.co.nz/hostels/north-island-hostels/yha-whitianga Margaret Davis

+64 7 866 5380

whitianga@yha.co.nz 46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga Lodge

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YHA Whitianga is situated on the Coromandel Peninsula directly opposite Buffalo Beach in the beautiful Mercury Bay. Our Hostel caters for both individual people, to families and group bookings. We have multiple dorm beds, 4 bed shares, twin and double rooms. Most are shared facilities but we do have a couple of self-contained units. Come and explore our wonderland. Hot water beach and cathedral Cove are half an hour drive south by car, and New Chums beach is half an hour north.


The Coromandel www.thecoromandel.com

Activities and Attractions Canyonz Ltd / Coromandel Adventures / Driving Creek Railway & Potteries / Kiwi Dundee Adventures / Waihi Gold Discovery Centre & Gold Mine Tours

Canyonz Ltd

Activities and Attractions

www.canyonz.co.nz Russell Hodgson

+64 21 456 682

info@canyonz.co.nz P.O.Box 16195, Urlich mail centre, Glenview 3245 Canyonz offers one of the most exciting and challenging adventure activities in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Spend an unforgettable day in the magical Sleeping God canyon (behind Thames). The trip is a vertical descent of over 300 metres down a steep set of waterfalls involving abseils/ rappels up to 75m, zip-lines, exhilarating waterslides, and big jumps into deep pools. Jumps optional, abseils are not. This tour is for people with a good fitness level (comparable to a full day of hiking). Pick ups available from Hamilton and Thames. Professional guides, all equipment, lunch, and sausage-sizzle are included along with FREE photos! Bookings essential. Ask us about our new developments/products for 2017.

Coromandel Adventures

Activities and Attractions

Sarni Hart

THE COROMANDEL

www.coromandeladventures.co.nz +64 7 866 7014

+64 21 813 722

info@coromandeladventures.co.nz

480 Driving Creek Rd, Coromandel 3506 Experience the real Coromandel with Coromandel Adventures, The Coromandel’s leading tour company and Destination Specialists. Our comprehensive range of tours, multiday packages and premium private tours are perfect for FIT travellers or groups connecting with “Must Do” activities & attractions throughout The Coromandel including: • Coromandel Coastal Walkway • Hot Water Beach • Cathedral Cove • 309 Kauri Forest • Driving Creek Railway We bring the stories of The Coromandel to life as we explore the spectacular landscape & coastlines so visitors leave with much more than spectacular photos and great memories. Premium Private guided walks & tours available in German, French, Spanish & Russian

Driving Creek Railway & Potteries

Activities and Attractions

www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz John Gurney - General Manager +64 21 936 090

+64 7 866 8703

gm@dcrail.nz / bookings@dcrail.nz

380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel Driving Creek Railway is a ride on New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway located 3 km north of Coromandel town. The 1 hour return trip on our uniquely designed trains takes you through replanted native kauri forest and includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up to the mountain top terminus, the EyeFull Tower. At the Base Station you have access to the pottery, art gallery, pottery shop and nature sanctuary. High Season: Trains operate for two or more adults at 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm over the summer period. We will operate additional trains at 9am and 5.45pm for 5 or more adults passengers. Low Season: Trains operate for two or more adults at 10.15am. 11.30am, 12.45pm and 2pm over the winter period. We will operate an additional train at 3.15pm for 5 or more adult passengers. We are closed Christmas Day and Anzac day morning.

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Kiwi Dundee Adventures

Activities and Attractions

www.kiwidundee.co.nz Doug Johansen & Jan Poole +64 274 746 219

+64 7 865 8809

kiwi.dundee@xtra.co.nz

PO Box 198, Whangamata 3643 Kiwi Dundee Adventures, internationally renowned guiding company, offer a variety of nature tours & walks in the Coromandel & New Zealand wide. One day Coromandel - spectacular nature, history, heritage & culture, rainforest, giant Kauri trees, flora & fauna, coastal scenery, glowworm caves • Hobbiton day tours from Coromandel • Coromandel Circuit • Doug & Jan’s Conservation Estate in mountains • 3 day Auckland/ Coromandel/Rotorua • 5 day North Island Highlights • 14 day Natural North/South Island • LUXURY NEW ZEALAND WIDE TOURS - Companion Guiding. Wine, food, water activities, gardens, cycling. Maori culture, arts, photography. Independent traveler, Incentive groups, honeymooners, families, and private tours to suit all. Small luxury coaches.

Waihi Gold Discovery Centre & Gold Mine Tours www.golddiscoverycentre.co.nz Eddie Morrow +64 272 714 044

+64 7 863 3427 eddiem@golddiscoverycentre.co.nz

126 Seddon Street, Waihi 3610 Discover the “Best NZ Visitor Experience – 2015” in Waihi, New Zealand’s Heart of Gold. Hold the shaking drill as it bores into a rock wall, and feel the power of explosives as the Discovery Centre transports you beyond the traditional, with thrilling hands-on experiences. From the explorers who discovered gold, the miners who mined it and the families who grew up in the boom-towns it created, you’ll experience their rich stories through the 3D hologramstyle theatre and interactive exhibitions that bring these characters to life. The centre also houses Waihi’s award-winning i-SITE, the visitor hub for Southern Coromandel.

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Bay of Plenty Facts and Figures Total Region 190,000 Summer 23.9ยบC Autumn 19.7ยบC Winter 14.7ยบC Spring 19.9ยบC From Auckland 2.30 hours

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Discover the holiday destination Kiwis have flocked to for years - the coastal Bay of Plenty. Come visit the best kept secret in New Zealand - a region full of amazing scenery and a wealth of activities to enjoy in the great outdoors thanks to a wonderfully mild climate. Bay of Plenty www.bayofplentynz.com

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Tourism Bay of Plenty +64 7 577 6234 trade@bayofplentynz.com


The Bay of Plenty known as one of New Zealand’s top holiday destinations, offers a great selection of activities, scenic attractions, culture and superb dining options including our own award wining winery for that casual lunch or something a bit more special.

Only 200km from Auckland and within easy striking distance to the Coromandel, Rotorua and Hamilton, the coastal Bay of Plenty region stretches from the beautiful Waihi Beach through to Whakatane. Tauranga is the region’s main centre, and the seaside suburbs of Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Ohope Beach are top destinations thanks to their safe, beautiful beaches, cafes, restaurants and bars. There is ‘plenty for everyone’. Whether you’re after an experience like no other visiting a real live volcano or a close encounter with dolphin or some fun flying high in a biplane, the Bay of Plenty has all the bases covered. Located along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, the region is home to a beautiful landscape in which to enjoy a full range of activities year-round. Visitors can experience activities such as glow-worm kayaking, dolphin encounters, paddle boarding, surfing and walking on New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. There’s also skydiving, scenic flights, eco- cultural visits to offshore island reserves, golf courses, a variety of gardens, museums and art galleries to peruse.

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Fishing Classic Flyers Water Slide Waimarino White Island NZ’s only active volcano Bay of Plenty Beaches Mount Maunganui Walk

Hot pools and spas are located throughout the region for visitors looking for a bit of pampering and relaxation in geothermally heated mineral pools. The region also features a growing artisan community with numerous farmers and gourmet food markets, festivals and events to suit. The Bay of Plenty’s renowned surf breaks attract surfers year round, while diving and fishing enthusiasts have a number of islands and reefs to visit to to try their luck at catching a variety of fish and seafood.

With plenty of fish and seafood in the region’s waters the local restaurants make sure it is put to great use for fantastic local flavours incorporated in their menus. The coastal Bay of Plenty, named by Captain Cook, is also home to abundant produce that grows all over the region, from the iconic kiwifruit to citrus fruits and avocados. From the beaches and harbours to thriving kiwifruit industry and Maori culture, the coastal Bay of Plenty is a great holiday destination.


Events

Dining

ENZED 2016 UIM Jetsprint World

Halo Dining and Lounge / Tauranga

+64 7 577 8704 / trinitywharf.co.nz

Harbourside Restaurant / Tauranga

+64 7 571 0520 / harboursidetauranga.co.nz

Championships / Tauranga 29 - 30 January 2016

Macau / Tauranga

www.bayofplentynz.com

+64 7 578 871 / dinemacau.co.nz

Mills Reef Winery and Restaurant / Tauranga

Classics of the Sky / Tauranga 23 January 2016

Takara Japanese Restaurant / Tauranga

Tauranga City Air Show a annual event.

The Phoenix / Tauranga

www.classicflyersnz.com

India Today / Tauranga

+ 64 7 576 8800 / millsreef.co.nz +64 7 579 4177

+ 64 7 578 8741 / thephonenixtauranga.co.nz +64 7 577 6518 / indiatoday.co.nz

One Love Festival / Tauranga 6 February 2016

Astrolabe / Mount Maunganui

New Zealand’s leading reggae festival.

+64 7 574 8155 / astrolabe.co.nz

Deckchair Café / Mount Maunganui

www.bayofplentynz.com Sunshine and a Plate Food Festival

Latitude 37 / Mount Maunganui

/ Whakatane

Mount Bistro / Mount Maunganui

21 - 28 February 2016

Slow Fish / Mount Maunganui

Delectable week long food festival in Whakatane.

+64 7 572 0942 / deckchaircafe.co.nz +64 7 572 3037 / latitude37restaurant.co.nz +64 7 575 3872 / mountbistro.nz

+64 7 574 2949 / slowfish.co.nz

Tay Street Beach Café / Mount Maunganui

www.whakatane.com

Bombay Brasserie / Mount Maunganui

National Jazz Festival / Tauranga

+64 7 572 0691 +64 7 575 2539 bombaybrasserie.co.nz

25 - 28 March 2016 The annual jazz festival takes over the city on

Spice Junction / Whakatane

Easter weekend as downtown Tauranga turns

Roquette Restaurant & Bar / Whakatane

into a celebration of food, wine and jazz for all

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Hui Bar and Grill / Ohope

www.jazz.org.nz waikawau

+64 7 307 2135 / spicejunction.co.nz + 64 7 307 0722

+64 7 312 5623 / huibarandgrill.com

colville and Divas / Tauranga Tarnishedpapa Frocks matarangi aroha

2017 Dates TBC / A biannual event

Location Map

An exhibition and parade of retro clothing which

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coromandel park and with a performance of singers,forest dancers onetangi musicians. hikuai surfdale

www.tarnishedfrocksanddivas.co.nz Tauranga Arts Festival / Tauranga

whitianga coromandel forest park

2017 Dates TBC hunua

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torere

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entertainment including music, theatre, dance and photography. bombay www.taurangafestival.co.nz

mangatarata kutarere

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For more event information visit www.bayofplentynz.com/events

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urewera national park waikareiti forest

waiotapu pirongia forest park

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golden springs

whirinaki forest park urewera


Bay of Plenty www.bayofplentynz.com

Accommodation ASURE Harbour View Motel / Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park / The French Country House / Trinity Wharf Tauranga / Tuscany Villas Boutique Hotel / Waihi Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort / White Island Rendevous

Asure Harbour View Motel

Accommodation

www.harbourviewmotel.co.nz Lorraine & Athol Potterill

+64 7 578 8621

Athol +64 21 022 40414

stay@harbourviewmotel.co.nz

7 Fifth Avenue East, Tauranga Central (access from Devonport Rd and 6th Avenue Motel

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Ohope Beach TOP10 Holiday Park

Accommodation

www.ohopebeach.co.nz Mark Inman

+64 274 940 816

mark@ohopebeach.co.nz 367 Harbour Rd, Ohope, 3121 Holiday Park & Motel

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This motel is in a quiet-cul-de-sac just 40 meters from the waters edge and a short walk to Tauranga’s City Centre, where you will find shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. We’re one block down from a park which has a children’s playground, public swimming pool and picnic areas with boardwalk along the inner harbour. We have free kayaks and bicycles for hire for guests. Our 8 units are self-contained and serviced. They have kitchen facilities and bathrooms. We have a sunny cobbled courtyard with BBQ facilities. We have 10 SKY channels and free WI-FI in all the rooms. All our upstairs units have harbour views.

127 & 650 camping sites

Our family orientated holiday park is located along Ohope Beach, with 11 kilometres of unbroken golden sand beach with spectacular views of White Island (Whakaari) and Whale Island (Moutohora- ). We offer accommodation options suitable for every budget. Choose from our one and two bedroom Beachfront Apartments, Garden and Pool Motels, Kitchen Cabins, Standard Cabins, Glamping or camp on one of our Powered or Non-Powered camp sites. Our facilities include swimming pool and playground area, jumping pillow, mini putt, free wifi, BBQ area and modern kitchen and laundry facilities for the campers. Voted NZ’s most loved beach.

The French Country House

Accommodation

www.thefrenchcountryhouse.co.nz Kay Pierson

+64 7 548 2339

info@thefrenchcountryhouse.co.nz 163 Esdaile Rd, Pahoia, Tauranga Luxury Boutique Lodge

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The French Country House is located in a blissful, romantic setting. Hosts three beautiful suites all with stunning chandeliers and ensuite bathrooms. Two have Spa baths and the third has an old fashioned claw foot bath. Views overlooking the Bay of Plenty to the sea and Mount Maunganui. The house can sleep six to eight guests as the Blue Room has an extra bedroom. Our living areas are spacious, pairing with luxury antique furnishings and comfortable modern facilities. The farmhouse is designed to offer individual privacy for romantic getaways or coporate retreats and small weddings. A beautiful dinning experience is offered with prior notice or lovely local restaurants can be recommended. Horse riding is available for guests and lots of chickens and horses to feed. Enjoy!

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Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Accommodation

www.trinitywharf.co.nz Michelle Morland

+64 7 577 8700

+64 27 7333 763

reservations@trinitywharf.co.nz

51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga Hotel

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Built on and over the water, this leading 4.5 star urban-resort is designed to capture the expansive harbour views and is perfectly positioned to explore all this region has to offer. Wake up in a spacious, well-appointed guestrooms or apartments that all feature luxurious bathrooms with heated flooring, separate bath & shower, sky TV channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, work-station desks, in-room safes. Then meander down to Halo where a fantastic array of quality cuisine and beverages are served overlooking the waterfront from 7am till late, daily. Free Wi-Fi for in-house guests, 176 free on-site car parks, outdoor pool, gym, 24 hour reception, 6 event facilities, and room service.

Tuscany Villas Boutique Hotel

Accommodation

www.tuscanyvillas.co.nz Peter Gasson

+64 7 308 2244

+64 27 308 2244

stay@tuscanyvillas.co.nz

57 The Strand East, Whakatane Boutique Hotel

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Tuscany Villas Boutique Hotel offers 28 luxury suites in the CBD of Whakatane. One Bedroom, Executive Spa and Deluxe Studios are all available, along with the best conference centre facilities in the Eastern bay. With our own Giordano’s Wine bar and Italian BBQ you can enjoy rustic Italian food and wine exclusively in-house. Catering for the discerning client, we offer white island boat & helicopter packages as well as golfing, romantic getaway and guided trout fishing packages. We also have bikes, surf boards and golf clubs for hire. Let us take care of you.

Waihi Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort

Accommodation

www.waihibeach.com Ian Smith

+64 7 863 5504

+64 21 635404

info@waihibeach.com

15 Beach Road, Waihi Beach Holiday Park

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An award winning beachfront resort styled Holiday Park. Offering Qualmark 4 star+ motels through to standard kitchen cabins and sites. Includes dining room, kitchen, gym, sauna, spa, all year round heated 25 metre swimming pool, games room and small meeting room. Enjoy beach, cafe, shops and bush. Great base for exploring the Coromandel, and wider Bay of Plenty.

White Island Rendezvous

Accommodation

www.whiteislandrendezvous.co.nz Patrick O’Sullivan +64 21 436 548

+64 7 308 9588 marketing@whiteisland.co.nz

15 The Strand East, Whakatane Motel

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Situated opposite the picturesque Whakatane Wharf, White Island Rendezvous provides a range of quality accommodation. There is a total of 37 rooms ranging from studios and apartments to the boutique Villa Bed and Breakfast. The 9 new Micro-village Cabins offer a relaxed coastal feel with the added luxury of Californian King beds, large walk-in showers and outdoor deck area. All guests have access to a newly developed BBQ area. The onsite café is open daily from 6.30am until 4pm with breakfast also available via room service. Departure point for tours to White Island and Moutohora Island Sanctuary.


Bay of Plenty www.bayofplentynz.com

Activities and Attractions Bay Explorer / Blokart Recreation Park / Dolphin Seafaris NZ Ltd / Experience Cornvita / Frontier Helicopters - White Island Volcano Adventure / Guided Footprints / KG Kayaks / Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi / Shore Trips and Tours / Taste of Plenty Tours / Waimarino Kayak Tours & Adventure Park / White Island Tours / White Island Tours - Moutohora: Island Sanctuary

Bay Explorer

Activities and Attractions

www.bayexplorer.co.nz Brandon Stone

+64 21 605 968

info@bayexplorer.co.nz Corner Strand & Wharf Street, Tauranga Our Island and Wildlife Tours - This is an all day cruise operating in Tauranga as a premium offshore wildlife and island adventure activity. Watch the aquatic world of dolphins and marine wildlife. Explore the islands with kayaks, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. Our tours include geographical, historical and cultural information about the islands, all wildlife, fish, birds and marine mammals. Our guides provide commentary about the species encountered and their ecology and biology.

Blokart Recreation Park

Activities and Attractions

www.blokartrecreationpark.co.nz. Kurt Ribeiro

+64 7 572 4256

kurt@blokart.com 176 Parton road, Papamoa, Bay of Plenty

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Departures - Departing from the Strand Tauranga daily at 8:00am returning 4:00pm.

Welcome to Blokart Recreation Park. Come and visit the home of Blokart and have a blast on the land sailing machine, which has taken the world by storm. Blokart land sailing was invented in New Zealand by Paul Becket. Blokart does not require any previous sailing experience, any person can enjoy the thrill. Another activity that is sure to impress is the all new electric powered Drift Karts, also produced on site. These three wheeled machines are perfect for windless days and just as exciting as Blokart. We are open seven days. Bookings essential.

Dolphin Seafaris NZ Ltd

Activities and Attractions

nzdolphin.com Cameron Fines +64 27 488 2246

+64 7 577 0105 bookings@nzdolphin.com

Box 15222, Tauranga 3144 Dolphin Seafaris is the Premiere eco tour operator of wild dolphin viewing and swimming in the Bay of Plenty. We have been awarded the Trip Advisor award of excellence for 3 years as well as Qualmark and Environmental awards. The Bay boasts huge numbers of dolphins, whales and orcas. Our tour prices include wetsuits, snorkel gear, free tea’s and coffees, fruit and muffins. Our trips are suitable from ages new born to the young at heart 90+. We have a 100% safety record. An abundance of marine life is just a short boat ride away. We want to share the dolphin swimming dream with you. Come with us for an experience of a lifetime.

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Experience Comvita

Activities and Attractions

www.experiencecomvita.com Drew Copestake

+64 7 533 1987

+64 27 520 2547

drew.copestake@comvita.com

23 Wilson Road South, Paengaroa, Te Puke 3189 Experience Comvita runs daily guided 60, 40 or 20 tours; where you‘ll discover the amazing world of the honey bee and the wonder of nature’s intelligence. See the world through the eyes of a honey bee and learn how they share the gifts of nature with us. Learn how Comvita creates health and wellbeing products of the highest purity to enhance your quality of life. Guests can complement their visit with the full range of Comvita natural health products, to purchase, taste and sample. In Cafe Restore, we offer the best of free-range, organic produce, gourmet coffees and ice-creams.

Frontier Helicopters - White Island Volcano Adventure

Activities and Attractions

www.whiteislandvolcano.co.nz Anna law

+64 7 308 4188

info@whiteislandvolcano.co.nz 216 Aerodrome Road, Whakatane Airport, Whakatane Frontier Helicopters White Island Volcano Adventure takes you to the edge and into a continuously active volcano, a living breathing geological giant where you will experience the power of nature in its untouched form. Your view from high above takes in towering steam columns, bold landforms and intricate textures make for an awesome spectacle. Flying over the volcano you can sense the energy of each billowing crater and steam vents. Land, and take our one hour guided walk and experience the raw energy and rich colours of White Island. Fly with us and experience the best two hours of your life!

Guided Footprints

Activities and Attractions

www.guidedfootprints.com Amanda Howard +64 21 811 779

+64 7 574 9622 amanda@guidedfootprints.com

20 Emmerdale Place, Ohauiti, Tauranga

Guided

Footpr nts .com forest to the sea

Guided Footprints offer a selection of easy, guided walks including the prized Legend of Mauao, guided coach tours of the Bay of Plenty or a combination of both! We can create bespoke itineraries for you from our wide range of products e.g. • We can modify (shorten or lengthen) our existing walks to enjoy a generous themed tasting plates of the Bay accompanied with refreshments to match your client’s palates. • We work with private gardens, wine tastings and gourmet lunches – half or full day options • Dining in the Park – experience themed (lunch or dinner) in tranquil park settings that includes a brilliant show of Glow Worms at night!

KG Kayaks

Activities and Attractions

www.kgkayaks.co.nz Kenny McCracken

+64 27 2724 073

kgkayaks@xtra.co.nz 93 Kutarere Wharf Rd, Ohiwa Harbour, RD 2, Opotiki

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Based on the shores of the enchanting Ohiwa Harbour close to the local Maori village of Kutarere, KG Kayaks offers a range of guided tours and freedom hires throughout the Whakatane/Ohope Beach area. From romantic moonlight kayaking to exploring the coast around picturesque Whale Island (via water taxi) and the beautiful coastline east of Whakatane, there are options for all ages and levels of experience. All tours include a sumptuous home baked picnic, fresh fruit from our own garden and of course a few salty yarns from our tour guides.


Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi

Activities and Attractions

www.mataatua.com +64 7 308 4271

Hinauri Mead +64 21 267 6709

hinauri@ngatiawa.iwi.nz

105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui, New Zealand’s only repatriated and most traveled Ma-ori meeting house, stands once again as the unifying soul of the Nga-ti Awa (one of the Ma-ori tribes of the Bay of Plenty) New Zealand. Built in 1875, it travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Victoria & Albert Museum and South Kensington Museum (London), Dunedin and Otago (South Island) before being rebuilt back in its place of origin, Whakatane, in 2011. Your journey at Mataatua will Ignite the Soul Within as you discover the story of a house that has travelled through time. Mataatua is a living and breathing being and our authentic experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Nga-ti Awa. The only meeting house in New Zealand to integrate history, architecture, and technology through the digital lightshow HIKO; Legends Carved in Light.

Shore Trips and Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.shoretripsandtours.com Ian Holroyd

+64 7 574 1779

+64 27 2977 685

info@shoretrips.co.nz

PO Box 4678, Mount Maunganui South Shore Trips and Tours is a division of Mount Classic Tours and specialises in providing land based tour excursions for cruise ship passengers at all the ports of call throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Taste of Plenty Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.tasteofplenty.co.nz Karen Conroy & Susanna Shelton +64 212 741 613

+64 7 571 2453

info@tasteofplenty.co.nz

6 Edgecumbe Road, Tauranga 3110

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We offer small group, friendly, professional and value for money tours for people who wish to see a region with a local guide who is passionate about their area. Whether it is a shared tour, a private tour or a customised tour we can put together the perfect package for your clients needs.

Taste of Plenty tours take you “off the eaten track” on half, full, evening and multi day gourmet and culinary adventures. Sample innovative food from restaurants, local fresh markets, farms, orchards, and hole in the wall production facilities. Taste of Plenty experiences are for anyone who loves food mixed with a little history, culture and insider tips on discovering the great bounty of the local region. We cater for small and large groups and FIT’s, corporate events, clubs and social groups. Food tours, Progressive “Tasting” Dinners, Craft Beer Crawls, Cooking classes with a local chef… just to name a few.

Waimarino Kayak Tours & Adventure Park

Activities and Attractions

www.waimarino.com or www.glowwormkayaking.com Blair Anderson - Director +64 274 210 435

+64 7 576 4233

info@waimarino.com

36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga Enter the park knowing that the day is yours to enjoy with our SUPREME PASS. The Blob, The UFO, rock climbing and unlimited kayak hire; the fun is just starting. Slide down NZ’s only kayak slide. Simply let the palm trees shelter you as you soak up the warm pool while a BBQ cooks nearby. Waimarino also offers premier Evening Glow Worm kayak tours, enjoy a cheese board with local award winning wine, after the sun has set you’ll get to experience kayaking at night by moon light to arrive at the canyon ready to see thousands of Glow Worms.

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White Island Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.whiteisland.co.nz Patrick O’Sullivan +64 21 436 548

+64 7 308 9588 info@whiteisland.co.nz

15 The Strand East, Whakatane Emerging from the sparkling waters of the Bay of Plenty is White Island – New Zealand’s most active volcano. Climb aboard “PeeJay” for a 6-hour adventure to this fascinating island and discover a vibrant landscape of hissing fumaroles, lava bombs, glittering yellow sulphur crystals, unusual rock formations and hot thermal streams. Venture to the crater’s edge and explore the skeletal remains of an old sulphur mining factory. This award-winning, fully guided eco-tour is unforgettable. A shuttle service is available from Rotorua or start your volcanic adventure with a stay at the White Island Rendezvous Motel, located across the road from the Whakatane Wharf.

White Island Tours - Moutohora: Island Sanctuary www.whiteisland.co.nz Patrick O’Sullivan +64 275 202 547

+64 7 308 9588 drew.copestake@comvita.com

15 The Strand East, Whakatane Just a short 15-minute boat ride from the Whakatane harbour sits Moutohora: Island Sanctuary. Know also by its English name, Whale Island, this is one of New Zealand’s most restricted wildlife sanctuaries. Visitors are transported via the modern catamaran ‘The Moutohora Cat’. The tour includes a visit to the NZ Fur Seal colony, a 2-hour guided nature walk with the opportunity to view endangered native bird species and time to swim at a natural hot water beach. Visitors will also learn about the kiwi population and observe as guides do a routine check on the kiwi chicks via tracking aerials.

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Bay of Plenty www.bayofplentynz.com

Transport Luxury Airport Shuttles / Royale Coachlines

Luxury Airport Shuttles

Transport

www.luxuryairportshuttles.co.nz George Oliver

+64 7 547 4444 or 0800 454 678 (within NZ)

info@luxuryairportshuttles.co.nz Tauranga Airport, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui Luxury Airport Shuttles operate a specialist fleet of 20 quality European minibuses and cars, offering the best in passenger comfort and safety. We are a Tauranga based company that specialises in private tours of any length, group size and destinations in New Zealand including Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Hobbiton or anywhere you would like to go!

Royale Coachlines

Transport

www.royalecoachlines.co.nz George Oliver +64 27 477 8984

0800 454678 (within NZ) info@royalecoachlines.co.nz

21 Jean Batten Drive, Mt Maunganui

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Luxury Airport Shuttles also operates a door to door shuttle service to and from Auckland airport and city to Rotorua, Hamilton, Taupo, Whakatane and Tauranga. We offer the most frequent service to and from Auckland to match your travel plans as closely as possible. Qualmark approved visitor transport. We have a range of corporate vehicles.

Royale Coachlines provide a quality bus hire and coach charter service anywhere in New Zealand. Based in Tauranga we are the only company which has a 5 star coach. We specialise in group transport with professional and friendly coach drivers who can give commentary. We operate a range of different sized coaches seating up to a maximum of 53 passengers, with climate air-conditioning, PA system and TV/DVD’s. Qualmark approved visitor Transport. Come join us for a journey and relax in the comfort of one of our luxury coaches!

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Eastland Facts and Figures Gisborne Region approx 60,000 Summer 24.0ยบC Autumn 19.0ยบC Winter 15.0ยบC Spring 19.0ยบC From Auckland 4 hours (to Opotiki)

EASTLAND

EASTLAND

Above Sea Level 6.5 metres

Eastland. Long hot summers, mild sunny winters and an array of activities make Eastland the perfect year round holiday destination.

Eastland www.outeast.co.nz

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Tourism Eastland +64 (0)6 867 2000 +64 (0)6 868 6138 marketing@gisbornenz.com


It’s A Journey Of Discovery – Out East. Throughout history this region has attracted those seeking to discover. Explorers willing to leave the safety of their homes and harbours, to go the extra mile and reap unseen rewards.

The first Maori, great pacific seafarers, in their ocean going waka landed and colonised here. Then, hundreds of years later, Captain Cook (on a journey of discovery) first set foot on NZ soil in Turanganui a Kiwa (Gisborne), in October 1769. A journey Out East requires a similar commitment. It’s not the easiest route and that’s what makes it a great journey. Rewards of unique people, space, freedom and some interesting ‘Coastal oddities’ await those who are keen enough to look around the next corner. State Highway 35 is one of the great coastal road journeys. Sometimes you will feel out of your comfort zone, other times right at home. Be sure to give yourself enough time and never be shy to say “kia ora!” to the locals, the magic of discovery will reward.

Out East has world class surf beaches, safe family fun

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Eastland 1 / Kaiaua Beach Horse Races 2 / Gisborne, Wine Country 3 / Eastwoodhill - National Arboretum

of New Zealand 4 / Surf Lesson 5 / Wainui Beach

EASTLAND

6 / Captain Cook Statue

All roads lead to Gisborne – Out East. The coastal city of Gisborne is like a beacon. Sitting proudly on the edge of the Poverty Bay flats and the Pacific Ocean, often glistening in the morning sun. Gisborne’s history, location and people make for a great destination to discover. There is definitely something in the fertile soil - Out East. It leads to quality vineyards, fresh produce, groves of citrus and fields of dancing people at outdoor concerts, grassroots rugby, coastal communities, marae, smiley faces and quirky boutiques, a slower pace, rural farms and rural folk, magnificent trees, wilderness streams, rivers that turn and meander towards empty waves crashing on isolated beaches.

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Events

Dining

East Coast Vibes

Bushmere Estate and The Bond Room / Gisborne

January

Marina Restaurant / Gisborne

Gisborne’s own Soul, Roots, Reggae music

+64 6 868 5919

Peppers Beachfront Bar & Café / Gisborne

festival. www.eastcoastvibes.co.nz

Soho Restaurant / Gisborne

Sunsplash Summer Festival

+64 6 867 7696

+64 6 868 3888

January / February

Tamarind Indian Restaurant / Gisborne

The Sunsplash Summer Festival promotes the

The Works / Gisborne

many outdoor, summer sports and activities

USSCo Bar and Bistro / Gisborne

+64 6 863 3232

+64 6 868 9699 +64 6 868 3246

that we have in Gisborne to share, participate in and celebrate. Enjoy the summer and get out and give it a go! www.outeast.co.nz Gisborne City Vintage Rail – WA165 Excursions / Gisborne A two hour excursion which departs Gisborne at the Train Station and heads south over the Gisborne Airport and into the fertile Poverty Bay countryside, stopping at Muriwai for a photo opportunity and picnic. Tickets are available at the Gisborne i-SITE. For pricing and dates of the excursions please visit the website. www.gcvr.org.nz Weekend of Wine & Food Labour Weekend / Gisborne Come spend the weekend savouring the finest of our region’s fabulous wine and food at our Location Map

own Gisborne winery cellar doors which will be open for all to visit at your own pace, in your own time. www.gisbornewineandfoodfestival.co.nz Rhythm & Vines

rautoria forest

December / Waiohika Estate / Gisborne Rhythm and Vines is a 3 day international music festival held in Gisborne, NZ on

whitianga

tokomaru forest

December 29-31 each year. It is the first tirohanga

sunrise of the new year. www.rhythmandvines.co.nz Tolaga Bay Beach Races Kaiaua Beach / Tolaga Bay

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Tolaga Bay Beach Races, annual horse racing held on the beach at Kaiaua Beach, East Coast. An event that is a highlight of the

kutarere awakeri spings

kanakanaia

wairata

waimana

puha whakara pa

hexton

waioeka forest

makaraka matawhero

urewera national park wharerata forest

waikareiti forest

Details on www.outeast.co.nz www.outeast.co.nz

mangatu forest

waioeka gorge scenic reserve

district every summer.

For more event information visit

raukumara forest park

torere

festival in the world to welcome in the first

aniwaniwa whirinaki forest park urewera national park mohaka forest

+64 6 868 9317

morere


Eastland www.outeast.co.nz

Accommodation Hicks Bay Motel Lodge / YHA Gisborne

Hicks Bay Motel Lodge

Accommodation

www.hicksbaymotel.co.nz Jody Anderson

+64 6 864 4880

+64 21 042 0813

stay@hicksbaymotel.co.nz

5198 Te Araroa Road, Hicks Bay, 4054 Hotel/Motel

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Coach tour accommodation set on a bluff among historic and botanically protected, unspoilt Maori Reserved Land. Forty rooms, 60 seat restaurant, shop and bottlestore. Tangata Whenua Art Exhibit collection commissioned in 1990 to commemorate 150 years signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The works have travelled to many Maraes and are regarded as National Taonga. Travel The Pacific Coast Highway to Hicks Bay.

YHA Gisborne

Accommodation

EASTLAND

Home of the First Sunrise on the Planet! We support the return Inbound visitor who is not content staying in the city and looking for a classic authentic experience of New Zealand. Modern Maori culture and staff, Hongi can still be witnessed on a daily basis!

www.yha.co.nz/hostels/north-island-hostels/yha-gisborne/ Panmuk Szillat

+64 6 867 3269

gisborne@yha.co.nz 32 Harris Street, Kaiti, Gisborne Lodge

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YHA Gisborne, a cosy and charming backpackers hostel, is set in spacious grounds within New Zealand’s sunniest city. Guests love to relax or take in the many sights and activities that Gisborne has to offer. The hostel offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and is a very easy place to just chill out and unwind or take a walk to the surfing beaches at Wainui and Waikanae. YHA Gisborne is located in central Gisborne, only 15 minutes from the i-site and bus depot. It comprises a variety of accommodation to suit any individual or group, available with 24-hour access.

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Activities and Attractions Dive Tatapouri / Gisborne Cycling Tours

Dive Tatapouri

Activities and Attractions

www.divetatapouri.com Chris Savage

+64 6 868 5153

+64 274 571 876

divetatapouri@xtra.co.nz

532 Whangara Road, SH35, Tatapouri, Gisborne A truly original New Zealand Eco-experience! Come to Tatapouri Bay and meet the children of the Maori Sea God Tangaroa. Explore the reef environment to interact with stingrays, eagle rays, kingfish and other reef dwellers. Ecology Tour with Stingrays - walk the reef with our guides and hand feed wild stingrays and other reef dwellers. Snorkel and Swim with Stingrays. Bookings essential, all activities weather dependent.

Gisborne Cycling Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.cyclegisborne.com Katrina Duncan or Anelia Evans +64 272 034 387

+64 6 927 7021

info@cyclegisborne.com

124 Ormond Road, Ballance Street, Village, Gisborne 4010 Take your pick from a variety of multi-day or day cycle tours catering to all riding abilities. Visit the vineyards, explore Eastwoodhill, the Rere rockslide (AA 101 top things to do in NZ) or learn about the settlement of Gisborne on our half day city tour. Pack a lunch or take one of our gourmet picnics and explore Gisborne and the East Coast. Friendly informative guides and great accommodation options available.

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Hawke’s Bay Facts and Figures Total Region 154,800 Summer 23.8ºC Autumn 19.9ºC (average) Winter 14.5ºC Spring 19.0ºC From Auckland 5.30 hours (drive)

HAWKE’S BAY

HAWKE’S BAY

Above Sea Level 50 metres

Hawke’s Bay is the perfect year-round holiday destination, with a Mediterranean climate of long hot summers and mild sunny winters.

The region boasts an

outstanding natural environment and some of New Zealand’s best fresh seasonal food and award winning wine. Hawke’s Bay www.hawkesbaynz.com

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Hawke’s Bay Tourism +64 6 834 1918 +64 6 280 5469 enquire@hawkesbaytourism.co.nz


Hawke’s Bay at a Glance Award Winning Wineries

Mediterranean Climate

Fresh local produce, traditional

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony

Farmers’ Markets 200+km Hawke’s Bay Cycle Trails

Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region so it’s no surprise to find over 100 vineyards and 70 wineries many with cellar doors ready to tempt visitors with wine tastings and delicious dining. Great food continues at the regions many cafes, restaurants and traditional Farmers Markets. Art Deco Architecture: Hawke’s Bay’s place in history was cemented with a devastating 7.8 earthquake in 1931 that reduced the cities of Napier and Hastings to rubble. Both were rebuilt in the styles of the time: Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical. Today, a tour of Napier’s city streets is a must do for any visitor to see some of the finest examples of 1930’s architecture in the world. Explore the city by foot with a local Art Deco guide, ride around the city on vintage bicycles or explore further afield with a luxury Vintage car tour.

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Art Deco Luxury Lodges and world class golf


Hawkes Bay 1 / Nga Pou o Heretaunga 2 / Craggy Range Winery 3 / Art Deco Festival 4 / Cycling on the Hawke’s Bay Trails 5 / Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

6 / Gannets at Cape Kidnappers

Cycling: Hawke’s Bay is home to over 200+km of dedicated cycle trails, on and off-road, aptly named the Hawke’s Bay Trails. Incorporating three of the official New Zealand Cycle Trails – the Landscape, Water and Wineries Rides. The terrain is flat and riders will see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke’s Bay coastline. There are plenty of cafes, wineries and scenic lookouts to stop on all three trails.

Easy Access: Hawke’s Bay is an easy drive through some of New Zealand’s most picturesque countryside. Visitors travelling by road from the north can choose either The Thermal Explorer Highway or Pacific Coast Highway. The road from the south is part of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail which stretches more than 300 kilometres from Hawke’s Bay through Wairarapa, Wellington and over Cook Strait to Marlborough in the South Island. Hawke’s Bay is well serviced by daily direct Air New Zealand flights from the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Jetstar operates daily from Auckland and growing number of summer visitors arrive by cruise ship at the Port of Napier.

Wildlife: Visit the world’s largest accessible mainland Gannet Colony at the dramatic Cape Kidnappers between October and April where there are over 22,000 gannets nesting there. Options for getting there include travelling overland by 4WD through a working farm or along the beach on a family fun tractor and trailer ride.


Events

Dining

Hawke’s Bay has a full calendar of events

Bistronomy / Napier

throughout the year. Art Deco, food and wine

rangi

Black Barn Bistro / Havelock North

and open air concerts are just some of what’s coroglen

puriri

Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Ben Harper

Mister D / Napier

Tremains Art Deco Festival

Terróir @ Craggy Range Winery / Havelock North

15th - 19th February 2017

www.craggyrange.com

14th - 18th February 2018 athenree

Mangapapa Restaurant tirohanga / Havelock North

A celebration like no other, Art Deco Weekend mangatarata

whitianga

kutarere

awakeri spings

extravaganzas and free outdoor concerts.

whakara pa

Join the thousands that dress in 1930’s attire

tarawera forest

kaimai-mamaku forest park

and dance in the streets to Big Band swing.

+64 6mangatu 878 3234 forest

pourewa island

+64 6 870 6440 / www.tentwentyfour.org kanakanaia

Mission Estate Winery / Taradale

picnic, dinner dance

hikuwai

waioeka gerge scenic reserve wairata

waimana

tokomaru

forest 0143 +64 6 873

raukumara forest park

torere

Ten Twenty Four / Hastings

Cars, aerobatic flying displays, steam train kaimai-mamaku rides, a great forest park Gatsby

6 872 6060

+64 6 835 5022 www.misterd.co.nz

www.mangapapa.co.nz

includes over 200 events, hundreds of Vintage

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www.elephanthill.co.nz

Sunday 28th February 2016 - Simply Red

coromandel forest park

+64 6 833 8284 www.churchroad.co.nz

Elephant Hill Winery Restaurant / Te Awanga

The Mission Concert Weekend hikuai

+64 6 877 7985 / www.blackbarn.com

Church Road Winery / Taradale, Napier

on offer.

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+64 6 834 4309 www.bistronomy.co.nz

+64 845 9350 / www.missionestate.co.nz puha

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waioeka forest

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urewera national park

F.A.W.C! Food & Wine Classic

Location Map

Summer F.A.W,C! 4th - 13th November 2016

wharerata forest

waikareiti forest

waiotapu

Winter F.A.W.C! 3rd - 13th November 2016 pirongia forest park

F.A.W.C! is a delicious series of out of the box

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seasonal food and wine events, set in stunning atiamuri

golden springs

locations throughout Hawke’s Bay. Held twice pureora

a year throughout forest park Hawke’s Bay to celebrate

urewera national park

kaingaroa forest

seasonal goodness that winter and summer bring.

whirinaki forest park

mohaka forest rangitaiki

pureora

Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon

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pureora forest park

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the impressive Sileni Estates Winery where you

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moki forest

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whakapapa village

tongariro national park

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waitaanga forest ahititi

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Hawke’s Bay www.hawkesbaynz.com

Accommodation Art Deco Masonic Hotel / Cobden Garden Homestay / Glen Aros Country Estate / Mangapapa Hotel / Marineland Motel / Scenic Hotel Te Pania / The Crown Hotel Napier / The Dome Luxury Accommodation / The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Accommodation

www.masonic.co.nz Neil Barber

+64 6 835 8689 or 0800 MASONIC (NZ only)

+64 274 725834

stay@masonic.co.nz

2 Tennyson Street, Napier Hotel

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Napier’s best located Boutique Hotel, on the waterfront with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean – Masonic Hotel is an Art Deco jewel.

With a choice of stylish and individual Rooms, Studios, Suites, Apartments your stay at Art Deco Masonic Hotel is guaranteed to add fond memories to your Napier experience. The Hotel has a variety of unique spaces for conferences, functions and celebrations. 2015/2016 Hospitality NZ’s “Supreme Champion” and “Best Accommodation”.

Cobden Garden Homestay

Accommodation

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Right in the heart of 1930’s Napier and opposite Hawke’s Bay’s MTG (museum), The Art Deco Centre and i-SITE, Masonic Hotel’s location is perfect for exploring Art Deco Napier.

www.cobden.co.nz Rayma & Phillip Jenkins +64 27 695 1240

+64 6 8342090

info@cobden.co.nz

1 Cobden Crescent, Bluff Hill, Napier 4110 Bed and Breakfast

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Enjoy warm hospitality, personal attention and peace and quiet at award winning Cobden Garden, a character colonial villa situated high on Bluff Hill. Traditionally decorated with modern facilities and three spacious bedrooms with ensuites to provide an indulged and pampered stay. Extensive views across the Bay to Westshore and the distant mountains. Just a twelve minute walk or three minute drive to Napier City, famous for its: Art Deco Architecture, Marine Parade, National Aquarium, fine shopping, restaurants and cafes and the MTG and ideally situated to visit the attractions of Hawke’s Bay Awarded Hawke’s Bay Tourism Accommodation Award 2015.

Glen Aros Country Estate

Accommodation

www.glenaros.com Meg Bremner +64 21 688 548

+64 6 874 8885 stay@glenaros.com

1549 Raukawa Road, RD4 Hastings, 4174 Self Contained & Serviced Exclusive

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This classic New Zealand country estate, set in an idyllic secluded location, is the perfect escape for complete relaxation, and the ideal base for exploring Hawke’s Bay. Glen Aros offers a luxurious environment with casual sophistication and is located close to award winning wineries, Art Deco Napier and a selection of premier golf courses. Wide open spaces and pristine countryside surround the lodge and guests can also enjoy the heated swimming pool and spa, the panelled billiard room, and beautiful garden setting. There are 6 spacious suites and the guest lounges open to verandas overlooking the lawns and gardens. A private chef is available on request.

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Mangapapa Hotel

Accommodation

www.mangapapa.co.nz David Thompson

+64 6 878 3234

+64 21 45 45 85

luxury@mangapapa.co.nz

466 Napier Road, Havelock North Boutique Hotel

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Luxury, seclusion, elegance & romance – four words which describe this stunning boutique homestead. Mangapapa Hotel has just undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment expanding their accommodation to a total of 12 rooms. The rooms have been designed with the guest’s comfort in mind; including in-room TV entertainment and climate control. Complimentary spa facilities and outdoor pool with several different day or afternoon packages are available. Our Mangapapa Restaurant offers a scrumptious breakfast, divine High Tea or a delicious five course dinner, designed by Executive Chef, Paul Condron. He maintains a ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy by using produce from the estate to inspire his menus. The Mangapapa hotel makes for a perfect luxury getaway. Bookings essential.

Marineland Motel

Accommodation

www.marinelandmotels.com Evan & Carol Jennings

+64 6 835 2147

info@marinelandmotels.com 19 Meeanee Quay, Westshore, Napier Motel

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Accommodation

Scenic Hotel Te Pania www.scenicgroup.co.nz Kerryann Gibbs

+64 6 833 7733

+64 27 274 5708

kerryann.gibbs@scenichotels.co.nz

45 Marine Parade, Napier 4110 Hotel

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Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawkes Bay. Scenic Hotel Te Pania boasts design awards for its style and offers an unmatched level of service to travellers. Qualmark rated 4 star hotel with silver enviro award rating Te Pania is renowned for its attention to detail and high level of customer service.

The Crown Hotel Napier

Accommodation

www.thecrownnapier.co.nz Michele Cole

+64 6 833 8300

+64 27 446 4124

michelec@thecrownnapier.co.nz

Cnr Bridge Street & Hardinge Road, Ahuriri, Napier 4144 Hotel

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Overlooking the waterfront, set in the picturesque seaside village of Ahuriri with restaurants/ cafes and boutique shops at your doorstep. Offering 42 guestrooms and suites, choose from the elegant heritage suites in the original 1932 Crown Hotel, modern contemporary rooms overlooking the ocean or our 2-3 bedroom suites. Offering complimentary carparking, daily newspaper and laundry facilities, fitness centre, wifi and internet lounge, conference and function facilities, house bar with outdoor courtyard and fireplace and Milk & Honey Restaurant, relax and indulge at a boutique hotel with timeless charm and genuine personalised service.


Accommodation

The Dome Luxury Accommodation www.thedome.co.nz Ailne Bradley

+64 6 835 0707

bookings@thedome.co.nz 101 Marine Parade, Cnr Marine Parade & Emerson St, Napier Self Contained Exclusive

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Relax & indulge in the epitome of “Art Deco Chic” at The Dome in the heart of Napier on Marine Parade. Encompassing the 2 top floors of the iconic 1937 T&G Building, “The Dome” sleeps up to 20 people. 3 Luxury penthouse apartments, plus 2 large studio apartments with stunning interior design. Enjoy these studios or apartments combined or individually, your choice! Outstanding ocean views, outdoor plunge pool, Spa. Media room equipped with dropdown screen & projector to relax in. 2 lavish dining rooms, Deco, seating 10 guests opening onto a private rooftop balcony, and the Grand Room seating 18. Spa facilities available.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Accommodation

www.capekidnappers.com Kris Shepherd

+64 6 875 1900

reservations@capekidnappers.com 446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Havelock North 4157 26

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Set high on a 6000 acre sheep and cattle station offering panoramic views of Hawke’s Bay, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers resembles a cluster of traditional rural farm buildings with all of the luxuries one could wish for inside the 22 guest suites and four bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Critics and golf devotees have already fallen in love with Cape Kidnappers’ linksstyle golf course - it has been ranked 16th best golf course in the World. The Lodge offers gourmet dining, full service spa, infinity pool, jacuzzi, cabana, gymnasium and a variety of activities like Kiwi Discovery Walks, Wine Tours, Art Tours or Can-Am Tours.

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Hawke’s Bay www.hawkesbaynz.com

Activities and Attractions

Art Deco Trust, Walks and Tours / Church Road Winery / Gannet Beach Adventures Ltd / Gannet Safaris Overland / Mohaka Rafting / MTG Hawke’s Bay - Museum Theatre Gallery / Prinsy’s Tours / Takaro Trails Cycling Tours / The National Aquarium of New Zealand / The Silky Oak Chocolate Company

Art Deco Trust, Walks and Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.artdeconapier.com Sally Jackson

+64 6 835 0022

+64 274 439 067

trust@artdeconapier.com

7 Tennyson Street, Napier The Art Deco capital of Napier, celebrates its stunning heritage buildings with guided tours running daily throughout the year. Guided tours explore Napier’s fascinating townscape which was destroyed after the country’s largest earthquake in 1931 and now has one of the most concentrated collections of Art Deco style buildings of any city in the world. Nowhere else can you hear stories of a city’s rebirth and capture a feeling of what it must have been like to live in the 1930s Jazz Age. Tours can be taken by coach, on foot, or by vintage cars at times that suit your clients.

Church Road Winery

Activities and Attractions

www.churchroad.co.nz Brent Pilcher

+64 6 833 8234

+64 027 281 6549

info@churchroad.co.nz

150 Church Road, Taradale, Napier Welcome to Church Road with over 115 years of winemaking. One of Hawke’s Bay’s most awarded wineries, Church Road offers the complete winery experience with Cellar Door wine tasting and sales, daily tours and delicious wine matched lunches. Our stunning park-like grounds play host to international concert artists and are the perfect setting to relax with a glass of Church Road wine. Open 7 days: 10.30am - 4.30pm (Closed most public holidays). 2013 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year - Winestate Magazine. 2011 Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year - A&P Wine Awards.

Gannet Beach Adventures Ltd www.gannets.com Colin & Kim Lindsay +64 27 742 1997

+64 6 875 0898 info@gannets.com

475 Clifton Road, Clifton, Te Awanga

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“Where else in the world can you jump on the back of a trailer and get towed along the beach by a 1949 Minneapolis-Moline tractor to a bird colony?” Established in 1952, Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawke’s Bay coastline, from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. Our unique, fun and informative tour involves travel with vintage tractors and trailers on a comfortable four-hour adventure to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.

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Gannet Safaris Overland

Activities and Attractions

www.gannetsafaris.co.nz John Worley

+64 6 875 0888

info@gannetsafaris.co.nz 396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga Cape Kidnappers is the largest most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. In the air above your heads these amazing birds with their six foot wing span (2 metres) the birds swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, just a few feet away, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual. Be driven to the Cape in your air conditioned 4 x 4 vehicle there’s absolutely no walking required. You are taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds.

Mohaka Rafting

Activities and Attractions

www.mohakarafting.co.nz Norm Brown

+64 6 839 1808

+64 27 825 8539

norm@mohakarafting.co.nz

3408 State Highway 5, RD2, Napier 4182 Offering: The Grade 2 float trip 1/2 day. 2 hrs on the water of adventure for young families (5 yrs min).

The Grade 5 Serious rafting full day adventure. 4 hours on the water on a world class river, thrilling rapids, house-sized boulders, geological oddities, and stunning scenery. (16 yrs min). 3 or 4 day expedition through the Kaweka Forest Park. Visit thermal pools, fish, or sit back and relax.

MTG Hawke’s Bay – Museum Theatre Gallery

Activities and Attractions

HAWKE’S BAY

The Grade 3 “fun run” full day adventure. 4 hrs on the water for beginners or experienced visitors; Great rapids, rapid swims, cliff jumps, gorges, canyons, and visit a gold mine (12 yrs min).

www.mtghawkesbay.com Rachel Dossor

+64 6 833 9923

rdossor@mtghawkesbay.com 1 Tennyson Street, Napier 4110 Beautifully placed on Napier’s iconic Marine Parade and at the cultural heart of this stylish city for over 150 years, Hawke’s Bay’s award-winning museum is home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects. Permanent exhibits on the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake and the region’s stunning Taonga Ma- ori are supported by changing exhibitions in seven additional gallery spaces. Admission includes all day entry to all galleries, the must-see earthquake documentary film ‘Survivor Stories’ and an activity trail for children.The museum shop sells a beautiful range of New Zealand gifts, cards, jewellery, art and souvenirs. Located two minutes walk (150m) from the Napier i-Site on the Marine Parade. Group and package tour options available. Open every day, 10am to 5pm.

Prinsy’s Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.prinsystours.co.nz Hamish & Diane Prins +64 27 224 0696

+64 6 845 3703

info@prinsystours.co.nz

85 Omarunui Settlement Road, Napier 4183 One of Hawkes Bay’s leading Wine Tours or unique Rural Experience. Prinsy’s Tours offer a variety of tours; • Exclusive or Full (winery lunch optional extra) or Half Day wine tours (includes cheese platter) • Exclusive Hawkes Bay in a day tour experiencing the very best our region offers. • Fully guided Shore Excursions for cruise ship clients. • Fully guided Trout Fishing tours in Hawkes Bay rivers. • Magnificent panoramic scenery throughout, especially from Te Mata Peak (399m) We cater for FIT, small or large groups. Come and enjoy a unique authentic experience. Operating hours: 8am-9pm 7 days/week, all year round. Except closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Christmas Day.

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Takaro Trails Cycling Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.takarotrails.co.nz Jenny Ryan

+64 6 835 9030

+64 21 670 553

info@takarotrails.co.nz

9 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier Takaro Trails Cycle Tours offers a range of self-guided and guided cycling itineraries in Hawke’s Bay. Tours range in duration from 1 day up to 5 days and include bike hire, accommodation, detailed instructions, route maps and support such as luggage transfer, purchases pick up etc. Tours are based around the Hawke’s Bay Trails, a dedicated cycle trails network which meanders 200km around the region forming part of the N.Z. Cycle Trail. Also provided are customised cycling activities for cruise ships and corporates including team challenge activities. For mountain biking enthusiasts, packages to the local Mountain Bike Park are available.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand

Activities and Attractions

www.nationalaquarium.co.nz Chris Pocock

+64 6 834 1404

+64 027 511 8092

info@nationalaquarium.co.nz

546 Marine Parade, Napier 4110 The National Aquarium of New Zealand is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world. See our alligators and piranha, as well as exotic reef and deep-sea fish. See the kiwi, tuatara and penguin enclosures which provide an insight into New Zealand’s most precious species. Try a swim with the sharks, or a close encounter. Open every day (except Christmas Day), 9am to 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm. Daily feeding times are 10am for the reef fish and 2pm for the sharks. The penguins are fed at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The Silky Oak Chocolate Company www.silkyoakchocs.co.nz Jeanette Darwen +64 21 684 420

+64 6 845 0908 info@silkyoakchocs.co.nz

1131 Links Road, RD3, Taradale, Napier 4183 For lovers of exquisite chocolate nothing compares to experiencing handmade treats from Silky Oak Chocolates. When FITs or groups enter the chocolate shop they are enveloped by the aroma of chocolate. They watch the chocolates being made, and/or make their way to the Chocolate ‘Thru the Ages’ Museum, which tells the story of a food whose past is as rich as its flavour. There is a café onsite. Set and customized tours are available: ‘Triple Chocolate Temptation’ is a hit with small groups; all groups enjoy our ‘Chocolate Trio’ and FITs overload on chocolate indulging in our ‘Triple Chocolate Dipper’.

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Hawke’s Bay www.hawkesbaynz.com

Transport

Hooters Vintage & Classic Vehicle Hire / Nimon and Sons Bus & Coach

Hooters Vintage & Classic Vehicle Hire

Transport

www.hooters-hire.co.nz Ana Brock-Jest

+64 6 835 1722

+64 21 0227 5635

info@hooters-hire.co.nz

68 Thames Street, Pandora, Napier 4110 Hawke’s Bay, Art Deco and Vintage Cars are the perfect combination, where else in the world can you get a fleet of beautifully maintained vintage and classic vehicles in convoy to add that spark of ambiance to any event.

We specialise in bespoke tours and events where we can cater for all group sizes with access to over 30 vintage and classic vehicles.

Nimon and Sons Bus & Coach

Transport

HAWKE’S BAY

Whether it is a simple transfer between locations, teambuilding adventures or self drive experiences, the team at Hooters can tailor make any package to your requirements and even offer a selection of ideas to suit your theme.

www.nimons.co.nz Ian Hughes

+64 6 877 8133

ian@nimons.co.nz PO Box 8145, Havelock North 4157 Nimon & Sons have been connecting people and places since 1905. Based out of Napier, Hastings, and Taupo, Nimon & Sons provide safe and comfortable travel regionally, and nationwide. With over 110 vehicles, from Luxury air-conditioned cars and coaches with leather seating, to Day Charter buses and wheelchair accessible vehicles, we can meet the transport needs for groups of any size. Nimon & Sons are an accredited Qualmark Visitor Transport Provider, and Green Operator after receiving a Qualmark Enviro Silver award. We look forward to working with you, to create the perfect itinerary for your conference and incentive delegates. We want you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

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Ruapehu Facts and Figures Total Region 12,450 Summer 22ºC Autumn 18.3ºC Winter 13ºC Spring 16.7ºC From Auckland or Wellington 3.45hrs

RUAPEHU

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Above Sea Level 2797 metres

Ruapehu – home to both the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks – is a breathtaking mix of volcanic landscapes, pristine alpine lakes and dense native forest. A true year round experience, it is New Zealand’s outdoor destination of choice.

Ruapehu www.visitruapehu.com

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Ruapehu at a Glance Home to both the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks A year round destination with biking and hiking, skiing and more The volcanoes of Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Tongariro & Mt Ruapehu

The Ruapehu region is proudly home to both the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park, making the area New Zealand’s natural outdoor destination of choice. Located less than 4 hours from either Auckland or Wellington, the Ruapehu region is the perfect location as part of your North Island experience. It doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit the Ruapehu region - there is always plenty to do. With an abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, scenic volcanic flights, skiing, snowboarding and stand up paddleboarding – the Ruapehu region has something for everyone.

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Ruapehu 1 / Jetboat transfer on the Whanganui

River Summertime: Hiking Mt Ruapehu Canoeing on the Whanganui River Mountain biking on the Timber Trail Snowboarding on Mt Ruapehu Crossing Emerald Lakes

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Come and share the region’s beauty and world renowned hiking experiences such as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mt Ruapehu’s sacred Crater Lake, or the historical Bridge to Nowhere. Ride one of two New Zealand Great Rides in the Timber Trail and Mountains to Sea journeys. Paddle or jet boat down the beautiful Whanganui River or view the volcanoes from a different angle atop a paddleboard in the Tongariro National Park. Boasting the North Island’s premier ski and snowboard locations of Whakapapa and Turoa skifields, experience snow in dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Ski, snowboard or just play in New Zealand’s true alpine environment. With a collection of different towns, all with their own uniqueness Ruapehu has accommodation to suit all. Relax and let nature take good care of you away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Events

Dining

January

Lauren’s Lavender Farm / Taumarunui

DOC Summer Nature Programme

Jasmines Cafe & Thai Restaurant / Taumarunui

www.doc.govt.nz waikawau

Cafe 39 South / Owhango

Tussock Traverse Alpine Run colville papa aroha

matarangi

+64 7 896 8705 +64 7 895 5822

+64 7 895 4888 +64 7 895 6276

www.tussocktraverse.co.nz

Blue Duck Café / Whakahoro

February

Pihanga Cafe at The Chateau Tongariro / Whakapapa Village coroglen

The Timber Trail Trailblazer onetangi March

Powderkeg Restaurant & Bar at The Powderhorn Chateau / Ohakune

www.mtruapehu.com coromandel forest park

April

hunua regional Raetihi Gutbuster manukau kaiaua park www.raetihi.commiranda

puriri

patetonga

May Desert Storm

+64 6 385 8857

The Cyprus Tree / Ohakune

OCR / Ohakune

tirohanga

+64 6 385 4976

+64 274 431 426

kaimai-mamaku forest park

waioeka gerge scenic reserve

kutarere

+64 6 385 8322

The Chocolate Éclair Shop / Ohakune

www.epicevents.co.nz

torere

+64 6 385 8295

The Mountain Rocks Cafe & Bar / Ohakune

Eat / Ohakune

mangatarata

bombay

whitianga

+64 7 385 8888

athenree Angel Louise Cafe / Raetihi

Mountains to Sea Multi-sport Event www.m2c.kiwi.nz

+64 7 892 2881

The Station Cafe / National Park hikuai

surfdale Gravity Festival

+64 7 892 4000

Knoll Ridge Cafe / Whakapapa

www.dynamoevents.co.nzcoromandel forest park

+64 7 892 3809

awakeri +64 6 385 8152 [open May-Oct] spings

wairata

waimana

T42 Mountain Bike / Trail Run / Walk

whakara pa

www.t42.co.nz tarawera forest

kaimai-mamaku forest park

June Ohakune Mardi Gras

urewera national park

www.ohakune-mardigras.co.nz Ohakune Winter Fashion Show www.ohakune.info July

waioeka forest

waikareiti forest

waiotapu pirongia

forest park Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Areas

aniwa

Winter Season Opening

golden springs

atiamuri

Giro Mini X Games / Whakapapa Rail Jam / Turoa

pureora forest park

www.mtruapehu.com Tukino Ski Area Winter Season Opening

whirinaki forest park urewera national park

kaingaroa forest

mohaka forest

Location Map

www.tukino.co.nz

rangitaiki

pureora

August Slopestyle / Turoa

hatepe

pureora forest park

Big Air / Turoa

tarawera

www.mtruapehu.com September Cold Kiwi Motorcycle Rally www.coldkiwi.co.nz Boarder/SkierX / Turoa

www.mtruapehu.com

waitaanga forest ahititi

national park

moki forest

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www.peaktopowderkeg.co.nz

makino forest

December ahititi The Goat www.thegoat.co.nz

matirangi forest

Country Market Days are held every month in Taumarunui, Owhango and Raetihi For more event information visit www.visitruapehu.com

whanganui forest park

whakapapa village

tongariro national park

te pohue eskdale puketitiri

waiwhare

October Bikini Downhill

rangipo

waitotara forest

www.mtruapehu.com

kaimanawa forest park

kaweka forest park

ruahine forest park


Ruapehu www.visitruapehu.com

Accommodation Chateau Tongariro Hotel / Ruapehu Country Lodge / Skotel Alpine Resort / The Park Hotel / The Powderhorn Chateau / YHA National Park / YHA Ohakune Station Lodge / Mellonsfolly Ranch - Old West Town

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Accommodation

www.chateau.co.nz James Yu

+64 7 374 9004

+64 27 244 1493

marketing@chateau.co.nz

State Highway 48, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park Hotel

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Chateau Tongariro Hotel believe in providing visitors with a timeless elegance and in preserving history and tradition. The elegant Chateau Tongariro is located within Whakapapa Village - in the heart of Tongariro National Park and was constructed during the ‘roaring twenties’, 1929. Today, the hotel provides accommodation, restaurants, bars, conference facilities and is a popular wedding destination throughout the year. The Chateau Tongariro Hotel is surrounded by a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes for visitors to the Tongariro National Park to discover.

Accommodation

ww.ruapehucountrylodge.co.nz Heather Ellis

+64 6 385 9594

+64 21 707 850

enquiries@ruapehucountrylodge.co.nz

630 Raetihi Ohakune Road, Ohakune 4691 Boutique and Lodge

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Nestled close to Tongariro National Park is Ruapehu Country Lodge - the perfect base for your stay. Heather and Peter invite you to stay in their quality boutique bed and breakfast accommodation, and enjoy their hospitality. Located just 5km out of Ohakune and 10 minutes from Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Country Lodge also backs onto the Waimarino Golf Course. Experience a tranquil atmosphere, enjoy the expansive gardens, relax in the comfort of your private courtyard or soak in the wood fired cedar hot tub. Whether you wish to break your journey or stay to explore the area, this is the perfect countryside bed and breakfast retreat.

Skotel Alpine Resort

Accommodation

www.skotel.co.nz Wayne Sheard

+64 7 892 3719

+64 27 450 5058

manager@skotel.co.nz

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From the Skotel Alpine Resort in Whakapapa Village on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, the scenic attractions and exciting activities of the Ruapehu Region are within easy reach. For the Tongariro Alpine Crossing we have bus transport to and from our door with boots and clothing to hire on site. Swap experiences when you return in our friendly bar and restaurant. Informative guides for the Crossing can be arranged if desired. For other local activities such as cycling, kayaking, canoeing and fishing we can put you in touch with experienced local operators.

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The Park Hotel

Accommodation

www.the-park.co.nz +64 7 892 2748

JJ Gilbert

+64 21 231 0226

operations@the-park.co.nz

6 Millar Stret, Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu 3948 Hotel

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The Park Hotel Ruapehu - An ideal base for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Park Hotel is the ideal base for exploring New Zealand’s most popular one-day walk - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We offer fantastic Tongariro Crossing packages including breakfast, guided walks, packed lunches and transport to and from the Tongariro Crossing track. There is an accommodation style to suit every travellers needs and budget. Enjoy picturesque alpine views of MT Ruapehu, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe from the hotel. The on-site Spiral Restaurant & Bar is full of character and is open daily. Outdoor hot tubs, courtyard hammocks & open fireplaces. Transport Available

The Powderhorn Chateau

Accommodation

www.powderhorn.co.nz Reservations

+64 6 385 8888

+64 6 385 8925

info@powderhorn.co.nz

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Combining all the facilities of a 4 star Qualmark rated hotel with the ambience of a European alpine lodge The Powderhorn Chateau features 30 well appointed, individually decorated suites and a private luxury apartment. The timbered interiors, welcoming beds and generous bathrooms create a homely feel with quality fabrics and furnishings featured throughout. For the fit and adventurous The Powderhorn Chateau is well positioned within an easy driving distance from Turoa Ski field, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, The Whanganui River, The Bridge to Nowhere Tour and the Old Coach Road Cycle and Walkway is on our door step.

YHA National Park

Accommodation

www.npbp.co.nz +64 7 892 2870

Anna Whitehead

nationalpark@yha.co.nz 4 Findlay Street, National Park Lodge

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Lodge with magnificent view of volcanoes right from doorstep. Accommodation in dorm rooms, 4-6 share, triple and double rooms. Most rooms with ensuite shower/toilet. Fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, tent sites in summer, internet/wifi, off street parking. Challenging indoor climbing hall, 8 m high, 55 top rope climbs, beginners to advanced. In house bus to Tongariro Alpine Crossing (daily, weather permitting), Northern Circuit, Whakapapa ski field, 42 Traverse and other mountain bike trails. Whanganui River trips. Free pick up from Intercity bus and train. Bar/restaurant next door.

YHA Ohakune Station Lodge www.stationlodge.co.nz Jane Gamble

+64 6 385 8797

ohakune@yha.co.nz 60 Thames Street, Ohakune Lodge

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YHA Ohakune-Station Lodge, is located adjacent to the world renowned Tongariro National Park. A place for all seasons; its close proximity to spectacular walks including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, ski fields, (Turoa 20 minutes and Whakapapa 40 minutes) home of the Ohakune Old Coach Road, and the start of the Mountains to Sea Cycleway, makes it the perfect base for all your Ruapehu Adventures. Offering a variety of accommodation for all budgets from shared, private room in the Hostel, to 1 & 2 bedroom apartments (2 bedroom apartments have their own private spa pool).

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Mellonsfolly Ranch - Old West Town

Accommodation / Activities and Attractions

www.oldwesttown.co.nz +64 638 53346 +64 277 023 158

reservations@oldwesttown.co.nz

440 Crotons Road, Ruatiti Valley, New Zealand Hotel

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Mellonsfolly Ranch is home to the Old West Town, an authentic western town located 1 hour drive from the township of Ohakune. Deliberately remote and surrounded by acres of unspoiled native bush. You step back in time, relax and enjoy the charm of the Old West with luxuriously appointed facilities, elegantly furnished guest rooms and lip smackin cowboy cuisine. Packages: Rent the Ranch exclusive occupancy - Share the Town with other guests - Day Tripper experience for corporates and individuals.

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Activities available: horse trekking, pistol shooting, archery, cannon firing, horse shoe pitching, clay-bird shooting, team building, hiking and classic western movies.

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Ruapehu www.visitruapehu.com

Activities and Attractions Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures / Canoe Safaris / Dempsey Buses Ltd / Forgotten World Adventures / Mountain Air / Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas / My Kiwi Adventure / National Army Museum / Whanganui River Adventrues

Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures

Activities and Attractions

www.adriftnz.co.nz Stewart Barclay

+64 7 892 2751

+64 27446 2374

stewart@adriftnz.co.nz

PO Box 19, National Park Village, New Zealand 3948 Offering fully guided Tongariro Crossing one day adventures as well as guided multiday Tongariro treks, Adrift Outdoors is a great option for all Tongariro National Park guided walks and trekking. Adrift offer a one day fully guided canoe tour of the Whanganui River as well as a 3 day guided adventure on the river and freedom canoe hire. Half and full day Tongariro walks are also available as is a sunset walk and LOTR tours. Mountain Biking is also available. Adrift are a very experienced adventure company offering guided trips tailored to suit your clients. We’re based in the heart of the Central Plateau of the North Island, between the Tongariro National Park & Whanganui National Park.

Canoe Safaris

Activities and Attractions

www.canoesafaris.co.nz Simon Dixon +64 27 297 1343

+64 6 385 9237 info@canoesafaris.co.nz

6 Tay Street (PO BOx 89), Ohakune Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au - I am the river, the river is me. Looking for a New Zealand Holiday with a difference? How about a 1-5 day paddle through the Whanganui National Park with Canoe Safaris? The 3-5 day trip covers 87km (more if you choose a 5 day trip), and can only accessed by river. The Whanganui River was, until recent times, the main route into New Zealand’s North Island interior. Used initially by the Maori and subsequently by European settlers, it has a fascinating and exciting history. Canoe Safaris have been running multi-day Canoe holidays on the Whanganui for over twenty five years and take great pride in the standard of their canoeing and camping equipment, and on their guides who will get you safely down the river, and then cook up a three course meal (with wine) in the evening.

Dempsey Buses Ltd

Transport

www.dempseybuses.co.nz John Dempsey +64 27 212 5464

+64 6 385 4022 info@dempseybuses.co.nz

25 Seddon Street, PO Box 39, Raetihi

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Dempsey Buses supply the most comprehensive passenger transport service in the Ruapehu District our knowledge of the area is extensive and we can solve most of your transport needs. During the warmer months we provide a daily transport service to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing,Mountain Bike transport to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere ride and the ever popular Ohakune Old Coach Road during the winter we operate a Mountain shuttle service from Ohakune to theTuroa Skifield.


Forgotten World Adventures

Activities and Attractions

www.fwa.co.nz +64 7 895 7181

Paul Chaplow +64 21 192 4620

booking@fwa.co.nz

9 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920 Forgotten World Motel

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The ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand. Travel along a decommissioned railway line in a self-driven Rail Cart or on Rail Bikes, through tunnels and over bridges to townships that have faded into the past. This line travels through some of the most scenic rural, native bush, rugged hills and isolated areas of the Central North Island. 142km rail, 24 tunnels and 98 bridges. Enjoy one, two or four day guided tours exploring the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World. A great soft adventure you will remember for a long time and it’s suitable for almost everyone.

Mountain Air

Activities and Attractions

www.mountainair.co.nz Bhrent Guy

+64 7 892 2812

+64 21 908 565

mountain.air@xtra.co.nz

Box 71028, Whakapapa Village, SH48, Mount Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas

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We specialise in scenic flights around the breathtaking volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park. We have a passionate team who enjoy explaining the historic cultural heritage and awesome geology of this Dual World Heritage Site. We provide a range of flights that showcase the colourful alpine lakes, active steaming craters, impressive lava flows and massive glaciers on Mt Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Based at Chateau Airfield, Mt Ruapehu, Mountain Air has flown people around this superb location for a quarter century. We operate two ‘high winged’ aeroplanes that provide unobstructed views and all seats have a window.

Activities and Attractions

mtruapehu.com Bianca Lam

+64 7 8924000

blam@mtruapehu.com Whakapapa Ski Area,Bruce Road, Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas offer the most awesome natural skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country: huge snow filled basins, lift-accessed backcountry, steep chutes, drop-offs and secret powder stashes. Mt Ruapehu offers something for everyone: Fantastic learners’ facilities, terrain parks for all abilities and exceptional spring skiing and riding. For your little ones in tow, there’s a free tobogganing area. On a good day the hike to Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake is well worth it for the 1,000m vertical ride back down. Otherwise relax in our cafés and take a chairlift ride for elevated views across the Central North Island and beyond.

My Kiwi Adventure

Activities and Attractions

www.mykiwiadventure.co.nz Richard Faire

+64 21 784 202

+64 0800 784 202

info@mykiwiadventure.co.nz

15 Findlay St, National Park Village, Tongariro National Park Located in National Park Village, the gateway to New Zealand’s Tongariro World Heritage National Park, My Kiwi Adventure aims to ensure customers receive exceptional service and make the most of their visit to the region. They pride themselves on offering a variety of adventure based activities with flexibility to fit in with itinerary and time constraints. Their key products include mountain biking on the Ohakune Old Coach Road, which is one of New Zealand’s top 10 most scenic cycle trails. They also offer New Zealand’s highest guided stand up paddle board experience, which provides some of the best views the country has to offer. Stand up paddle boarding is an ideal follow up to a day’s hiking or a great lower intensity alternative and the Old Coach Road is a must see while visiting Tongariro World Heritage National Park.

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National Army Museum

Activities and Attractions

www.armymuseum.co.nz Nicola Bennett +64 021 495 178

+64 6 387 6911 nicola.bennett@nzdf.mil.nz

SH 1, PO Box 45, Waiouru 4861 Discover our history. Stories of courage, comradeship and honour. Remember the legends, pay tribute to the sacrifices. Facilities include: Guided tours, Home Fires Cafe, Gift Shop, Research Library, Kids Headquarters, Greenstone Memorial, Behind the Scenes group visits of military vehicle collection. An ideal stop as centrally located on SH1 south of Taupo, with plenty of coach and vehicle parking. Tours and refreshments available and suitable for group and FIT travellers. Open daily 9am to 4.30pm (except Christmas Day).

Whanganui River Adventures

Activities and Attractions

www.whanganuiriveradventures.co.nz Josephine & Ken Haworth 0800 862 743 (NZ only)

+64 6 385 3246

info@whanganuiriveradventures.co.nz

2522 Pipiriki Raetihi Rd, R.D.6, Pipiriki, Whanganui River 4576 Personalised & Scenic Jet Boat Tours on the Whanganui River involving our Local History & Stories of the River - Mountain Biking, Unguided Canoeing & Kayaking, The “Bridge to Nowhere� & Charter Tours. Camping, Cabins & Pipiriki Cottage.

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Great Lake Taupo Facts and Figures Total Region 35,000 Summer 23ºC Autumn 16ºC Winter 7ºC Spring 15ºC From Auckland 3.45 hours

GREAT LAKE TAUPO

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Above Sea Level 370 metres

Great Lake Taupo is nature’s ultimate playground, a diverse landscape featuring volcanic mountains, thermal valleys, lakes and rivers. The range of outdoor activities on offer will appeal to everyone, across all seasons. Great Lake Taupo www.GreatLakeTaupo.com

069 Destination Great Lake Taupo +64 7 376 0400 +64 7 376 0410 info@GreatLakeTaupo.com


Great Lake Taupo at a Glance Largest freshwater lake in Australasia

 orld class golf courses and W luxury lodges

Dual World Heritage Park

 uka Falls, the most visited H natural attraction in New Zealand

 aupo Volcanic Zone, features T include volcanoes, geothermal areas and thermal mineral pools World famous trout fishing

Situated right in the heart of the North Island on State Highway One, the Great Lake Taupo region boasts New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake, the mighty Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, world famous wild trout fisheries, a host of dual hiking and mountain biking tracks including The Great Lake Trail. The region also features international golf courses, volcanic and geothermal wonderlands, cultural diversity, accessible ski areas, an extensive range of outdoor and adventure activities, and accommodation options to suit all tastes. All of these factors combine

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to give Great Lake Taupo the edge as nature’s ultimate playground. Well known as a popular holiday destination for Kiwis and a favourite of international visitors, the region is dominated by the enormous lake formed by one of the world’s largest ever volcanic eruptions, and by the majestic and sacred mountains of the dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park to the South. Taupo is the largest town in the Great Lake Taupo region, and is an active and cosmopolitan lakeside community with a vibrant hospitality scene and quality experiences.

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Mountain Biking on the Great Lake Trail Fly Fishing on Tongariro River Maori Rock Carving on Lake Taupo Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary The mighty Huka Falls W  hite Water Rafting on the Tongariro River

The Great Lake Trail, one of New Zealand’s National Cycle Trails, undulates around the shoreline on the western side of Great Lake Taupo. Widely regarded as one of the best grade 3 tracks in the country, if offers spectacular views across the lake and outstanding natural features. There are a further two National Cycle Trails within close proximity - The Timber Trail in The Pureora Forest Park, and the Waikato River Trail, running

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The southern end of the lake features a collection of lakeside communities with a focus on water activities, and Turangi, a short 40 minute drive from Taupo, is located beside the Tongariro River, which is widely regarded as the premier trout fishing river in New Zealand, if not the world. Southern Lake Taupo is also famous for white water rafting, walking and mountain biking, and is a handy accommodation base for accessing the Tongariro National Park, where in summer hikers can trek the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and in winter can ski on the ski fields of Mt Ruapehu, the largest ski area in New Zealand, and an active volcano as well.

along the banks of Waikato River and Lake Maraetai. All three trails are suitable for walking and mountain biking. The closest town to the Timber Trail and Waikato River Trail is Mangakino, one of the North Island’s best kept secrets. The focus here is on outdoor activities - water sports including trout fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, mountain biking and hiking. Mangakino is a relaxed, laid back Kiwi holiday spot.

Did you know: You cannot buy Great Lake Taupo’s legendary trout. This region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries in the world. You won’t find trout in the menu in any local restaurants, as trout is neither farmed nor harvested. If you want one you have to catch one yourself. Fortunately, with the expertise of local guides, this is not too difficult. If you’d like it cooked to perfection, many of our local restaurants will prepare your catch for you!

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Events

Dining

Taupo Summer Concert

Vine Eatery / Taupo

February 2017 / 2018

Huka Prawn Park / Taupo

Annual summer concert featuring three of the waikawauworld’s leading classic 70’s bands and solo

The Storehouse / Taupo

Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo

Pavilion Restaurant / Taupo

February 2017 / 2018

The Crafty Trout / Taupo

coroglen

coromandel

anukau

you. Experience an outstanding line up of hikuai

+64 7 378 5110

+64 7 378 8820 +64 7 377 8647 +64 7 929 8570

Plateau Restaurant & Bar / Taupo The Brantry Restaurant / Taupo

leading yoga and meditation instructors, motivational speakers, artists, chefs and

The Bistro / Taupo

musicians, all in an area of outstanding coromandel

Hydro Eatery / Taurangi

forest park

hunua natural beauty. regional kaiaua parkwww.wanderlust.com miranda

+64 7 374 8474

+64 7 377 1400

www.greenstoneentertainment.co.nz

Escape from thepark ordinary - adventure awaits forest surfdale

Bistro Lago / Taupo

Edgewater Restaurant / Taupo

colville performers. matarangi papa aroha

onetangi

+64 7 378 5704

+64 7 377 2425 +64 7 378 0484

+64 7 386 6612

The Oreti Restaurant / Pukawa, Turangi

puriri

Tongariro athenree Lodge / Turangi

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand

+64 7 386 7070

torere tirohanga

+64 7 386 7946

Hui Hut Bar & Eatery / Mangakino

4 March 2017 / 3 March 2017 / Taupo

whitianga

+64 7 377 3111

+64 7 882 8866

waioeka gerge scenic reserve

mangatarata

bombay

The ultimate in triathlon, andpatetonga one of the most

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popular Ironman circuits, very picturesque and spectator friendly.

awakeri spings

kaimai-mamaku forest park

www.ironman.co.nz

wairata

waimana

whakara pa

Taupo Winter Festival 15 - 17 July 2016 / 14 - 16 July 2017

tarawera forest

kaimai-mamaku forest park

Taupo comes alive with a three day winter

waioeka forest

urewera national park

festival that will leave visitors entertained and insipred. www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz

waikareiti forest

waiotapu

Location Map

Sika Show 24 – 25 Sept 2016 / 23 – 24 Sept 2017 pirongia forest park

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The must see exhibition for hunting and golden springs

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fishing enthusiasts, with around 100 exhibitors. www.sika-show.co.nz

pureora forest park

Graffiato Street Art Festival

whirinaki forest park urewera national park

kaingaroa forest

mohaka forest

29 - 31 October 2016 / 28 - 30 October 2017 Graffiato is a collection of New Zealand’s

rangitaiki

pureora

best and most well-known street artists who gather together in Taupo to create vibrant

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pureora forest park

street art.

tarawera

www.GreatLakeTaupo.com Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

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26 November 2016 / 25 November 2017 Largest road cycle race in New Zealand, 160 km around Lake Taupo in one glorious

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waitotara

forest day! Solo, relay and mountain bike options

www.GreatLakeTaupo.com ahititi

waitaanga forest

makino forest ahititi

national park

moki forest

matirangi forest

whanganui forest park

whakapapa village

tongariro national park

te pohue eskdale puketitiri

waiwhare

www.cyclechallenge.com For more event information visit

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kaweka forest park

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Great Lake Taupo www.GreatLakeTaupo.com

Accommodation Acacia Cliffs Lodge / Hilton Lake Taupo / Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo / The Kinlock Club / Tongariro Lodge / Wairakei Resort Taupo / YHA Taupo Finlay Jacks

Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Accommodation

www.acaciacliffslodge.co.nz Linda & Rick Whitlock +64 21 821 338

+64 7 378 1551

info@acaciacliffslodge.co.nz

1/133 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385 4

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Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, Guest and Hosted Cliff top luxury with a contemporary twist!

With stunning lake and mountain views and a simply spectacular Lake Taupo location, Acacia Cliffs Lodge offers stylish architecturally designed accommodation, relaxed luxury and a very special New Zealand experience. Set in a secluded 2 hectare property, yet only minutes from lake and town, this boutique lodge accommodates eight guests in four purpose built luxury suites and can be booked per suite or on an exclusive use basis. Chef prepared sumptuous breakfasts, superb cuisine and local hosts who offer genuine NZ hospitality make this unique lodge the perfect luxury escape.

Hilton Lake Taupo

Accommodation

www.lakeTaupo.hilton.com Di Christie - Sales Manager +64 21 444 693

+64 7 378 7080

laketaupo_sales@hilton.com

80-100 Napier Road, Taupo 3330 Hotel

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The regions only 5 Star International Hotel • Location: 5 minutes to the lake and the town centre • A combination of Heritage Wing, one of the most historical buildings of New Zealand from 1889, and the modern Mountain Wing • Wide array of facilities: Outdoor thermally heated pool, kids pool, spa-pool, fitness centre, tennis courts • Bistro Lago Bar and Restaurant by New Zealand Gareth Stewart • 4 Meeting and Event spaces • Business centre • Close to majority of North Island’s activities and golf courses: Wairakei, Kinloch, Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, helicopter tours and bungy jump.

Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo

Accommodation

www.manuels.co.nz Diane Kerins

+64 7 378 5110

+64 27 22 33 612

info@manuels.co.nz

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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo boasts absolute lake edge location presenting guests uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains from accommodation rooms, restaurants and bar areas. The hotel is luxuriously furnished with an ambience and art collection to delight all visitors. Restaurants offer superb award-winning cuisine, while three conference venues can cater for meetings, events and weddings. The hotel is only minutes away from the many Taupo attractions, activities and four wonderful golf courses, two of which are high International standard. Relax, unwind or exhilarate - it is all on our doorstep.

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The Kinloch Club

Accommodation

www.thekinlochclub.com Gillian Smith & Peter White

+64 21 556 968

sales@thekinlochclub.com 261 Kinloch Road, Taupo Lodge

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The Kinloch Club is situated on a hilltop estate overlooking Lake Taupo. Designed to evoke the historic architecture of a Scottish castle, ten villas surround the main lodge building whose commanding entrance leads to stylish bar, lounge and dining areas with stunning lake views. Staying in luxurious one and two bedroom villas, guests have the choice of tennis, fishing, hiking and cycling and The Kinloch Club is home to New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. The team at the Kinloch Club welcome guests for holidays, weddings and business meetings with a variety of options available to suit individuals, couples, families and groups.

Tongariro Lodge

Accommodation

www.tongarirolodge.co.nz +64 7 3867946

Jill Murphy

+64 027 386 2427

trout@tongarirolodge.co.nz

83 Grace Road, PO Box 278, Turangi 3353 Lodge

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Tongariro Lodge is New Zealand’s most iconic troutfishing lodge. The lodge provides a unique fishing lodge atmosphere and an excellent international reputation for providing guests with intimate friendly service, the best of food and wine and private exclusive accommodation. Set on 22 acres of park like grounds, guests are accommodated in private and exclusive 1 to 3 bedroom Villas and an all weather tennis court, spa pool and heli-pad are on site. Tongariro Lodge is at the foot of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park and specialises in designing guests a personally guided world class outdoor experience, including fly fishing, heli hiking, NZ’s most popular one day walk the Tongariro Crossing, white water rafting and numerous other activities.

Wairakei Resort Taupo

Accommodation

www.wairakei.co.nz +64 7 374 9004

James Yu

+64 27 244 1493

marketing@wairakei.co.nz

640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei, Taupo 3370 Self Contained and Serviced Exclusive

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Wairakei Resort Taupo believe in providing visitors with a one of kind geothermal experience and providing visitors to Taupo with modern hotel room and villa accommodation, abundant indoor & outdoor leisure facilities and exquisite New Zealand focused dining options. Since the late 1800’s, people have come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Lake Taupo, the Waikato River and to stay within the geothermal grounds of Wairakei Resort. Wairakei Resort Taupo is the largest international 4-star resort in the North Island and the resort still enjoys a wonderful historic & relaxing atmosphere.Wairakei Resort is located in the beautiful Wairakei Tourist Park, on the northern fringe of Taupo, New Zealand.

YHA Taupo Finlay Jacks www.yha.co.nz/hostels/north-island-hostels/taupo/ Finlay Smith

+64 7 378 9292

taupo@yha.co.nz 20 Taniwha Street, Taupo Lodge

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YHA Taupo is centrally located near the Taupo town centre and the lakefront. New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo is situated in the adventurous Central North Island region. Rafting, skydiving and the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing are just a few reasons to stay at YHA Taupo. The hostel offers a range of comfortable, refurbished accommodation including multi-share, female only, double and twin rooms, and most with ensuites. YHA Taupo also accommodates families and groups. Mountain and lake views from the balcony, large garden with bean bags, BBQ and picnic area.

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Great Lake Taupo www.GreatLakeTaupo.com

Activities and Attractions Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures / Chris Jolly Outdoors / Hukafalls Jet / Huka Prawn Park / INFLIGHT Charters Ltd / Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge / Nimon and Sons Bus & Coach / Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park / Skydive Taupo / Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger / Taupo’s Floatplane / Taupo Tandem Skydiving / The Kai Waho Experience / Tongariro Expeditions / Tongariro River Rafting & Mountain Biking / Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa / Wairakei Terraces Geothermal Walkway & Maori Cultural Experience

Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures

Activities and Attractions

www.adriftnz.co.nz Stewart Barclay

+64 7 892 2751

+64 27446 2374

stewart@adriftnz.co.nz

PO Box 19, National Park Village, New Zealand 3948

Chris Jolly Outdoors

GREAT LAKE TAUPO

Offering fully guided Tongariro Crossing one day adventures as well as guided multiday Tongariro treks, Adrift Outdoors is a great option for all Tongariro National Park guided walks and trekking. Adrift offer a one day fully guided canoe tour of the Whanganui River as well as a 3 day guided adventure on the river. Half and full day Tongariro walks are also available as is a sunset walk and LOTR tours. Mountain Biking is also available. Adrift are a very experienced adventure company offering guided trips tailored to suit your clients. We’re based in the heart of the Central Plateau of the North Island, between the Tongariro National Park & Whanganui National Park and have a base in Taupo and offer accommodation pick up service.

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www.chrisjolly.co.nz Anna Willis

+64 7 378 0623

bookings@chrisjolly.co.nz Taupo Boat Harbour, Ferry Road, Taupo Chris Jolly Outdoors is Taupos most experienced outdoor company, 36 years in operation. They specialize in daily scenic cruises to the Maori rock carvings, private trout fishing charters, guided fly fishing and hunting and have DOC concessions for many walks including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Guided mountain biking is also part of the business along with a water shuttle that transfers bikers and walkers doing the Great Lake Trail. The scenic cruises run twice daily in winter and three times in summer. Complimentary coffee and muffin on the day cruises along with live, informative commentary of the Maori mythology and geology of the region. Experience the best in the outdoors with Chris Jolly Outdoors.

Hukafalls Jet

Activities and Attractions

www.hukafallsjet.com Andrew Aitken +64 21 715 473

+64 7 374 8572 andrew.aitken@nttourism.co.nz

200 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park, Taupo Hukafalls Jet in Taupo is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls. Operating for over 25 years, we have an outstanding record of professionalism and safety. Offering a unique combination of excitement and natural beauty. A 30-minute thrilling jet boat ride in the hands of a down-to-earth, funny professional jet boat driver who can make a jet boat do things you would never believe possible. The half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and natural hot springs. Combine 360° spins and passing nature by incredibly close at disorientating speeds for an amazing must-do visitor experience, before even reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls.

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Huka Prawn Park

Activities and Attractions

www.hukaprawnpark.co.nz Lisa Forrest

+64 7 374 8474

+64 27 500 9044

info@hukaprawnpark.co.nz

Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park, Taupo Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages. An activity pass gives you all day access to the park which is packed with fun attractions. Feel the excitement of catching a feisty prawn. You can fish all day, all equipment provided, and anything you catch is yours to keep. Tour through the nursery where more than a million baby prawns are raised each year. If you’re brave enough, hand feed the baby prawns. Our Riverside Restaurant offers relaxed dining, treat yourself to a mouth-watering selection of prawn (or non-prawn) dishes.

INFLITE Charters Limited

Activities and Attractions

www.infliteexperiences.co.nz Toby Clark

+64 7 377 8805

+64 027 442 7451

taupo@inflitecharters.com

33 Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport, Taupo Lift off with INFLITE Charters to enjoy stunning views of Lake Taupo and the Central Plateau. With a diverse fleet of helicopters, experienced pilots and exciting exclusive land concessions, INFLITE offer a comprehensive range of scenic flights and experiences. It is not hard to impress clients when surrounded by iconic scenery including; Huka Falls, geothermal reserves, Maori Rock Carvings and the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Our many combination tours include; boats, fishing, golf and vineyards. Our flights are designed to suit every budget, group size, taste and timeframe. We like to exceed client expectations and we prioritise safety.

Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge

Activities and Attractions

www.holein1.co.nz Peter Battell

+64 7 378 8117

+64 27 448 0050

info@holein1.co.nz

61 Lake Terrace, Taupo Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge located at Taupo’s lakefront. Rated as one of the TOP 100 things to do in New Zealand, it is truly a unique experience and challenge for professional and amateur golfers alike. We average a hole in one every two weeks and if you’re skillful enough, you can win NZD10,000 if you get a hole-in-one at the red flag. It’s heaps of fun for everyone - spectators and golfers alike.

Nimon and Sons Bus & Coach www.nimons.co.nz Ian Hughes

+64 6 877 8133

ian@nimons.co.nz PO Box 8145, Havelock North 4157

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Nimon & Sons have been connecting people and places since 1905. Based out of Napier, Hastings, and Taupo, Nimon & Sons provide safe and comfortable travel regionally, and nationwide. With over 110 vehicles, from Luxury air-conditioned cars and coaches with leather seating, to Day Charter buses and wheelchair accessible vehicles, we can meet the transport needs for groups of any size. Nimon & Sons are an accredited Qualmark Visitor Transport Provider, and Green Operator after receiving a Qualmark Enviro Silver award. We look forward to working with you, to create the perfect itinerary for your conference and incentive delegates. We want you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Activities and Attractions

www.orakeikorako.co.nz Craig Gibson

+64 7 378 3131

+64 272 899 238

admin@orakeikorako.co.nz

494 Orakei Korako Road, Taupo / Private Bag 3019, Rotorua Situated just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua lies “The Hidden Valley” of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Wander through a valley of unbelievable colour, of bubbling hot springs, gushing geysers and unimaginable natural beauty. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes… “Orakei Korako is arguably best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world”.

Skydive Taupo

Activities and Attractions

www.skydivetaupo.co.nz Gemma McDavitt

+64 7 3784662

+64 21 475 934

marketing@skydivetaupo.co.nz

Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport, Taupo

GREAT LAKE TAUPO

With our expert tandem skydive instructors; you’ll jump out of our aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of Lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing. This is sure to be one of your most memorable experiences! If you’re looking for the ultimate heart-pounding thrill ride, you definitely need to book this amazing Skydive Taupo experience! From our unique pink plane to our FREE limo pick-up within Taupo, we guarantee you ‘The experience of a lifetime’.

Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger

Activities and Attractions

www.taupobungy.co.nz Sonya Warne

+64 7 376 7979

+64 27 277 8835

sonya@taupobungy.co.nz

202 Spa Rd, PO Box 919, Taupo Specialising in exhilaration, inspiration and immersion since 1991, Taupo Bungy is NZ’s highest water touch bungy and has encouraged over 350,000 jumpers to take the plunge, either into the crystal clear river below or high and dry above it. The Taupo Cliffhanger is NZ’s extreme cliff-face swing, a feet-first adrenalin rush certain to take your breath away. Whether jumping, swinging or watching, we welcome everyone, to check out the action in our stunningly, scenic location. Situated only 5 mins from Taupo CBD, complimentary pick-ups are available. Solo and tandem bungy jumps and swings offered. Open 364 days a year.

Taupo’s Floatplane

Activities and Attractions

www.Tauposfloatplane.co.nz Neil Kemp

+64 7 378 7500

+64 27 472 8072

info@tauposfloatplane.co.nz

Taupo Boat Harbour, Ferry Rd, Taupo Taupo’s Floatplane offers a range of Floatplane tours over New Zealand’s World Heritage Tongariro National Park (including Mount Ruapehu), Volcanic Plateau, Lake Taupo, the many sparkling lakes of Rotorua and White Island - with vistas so breathtaking they will never be forgotten. Enjoy spectacular scenic flights in a high wing Cessna 206 Floatplane and enjoy unrestricted views looking down on beautiful Lake Taupo and the snow-capped mountains (volcanoes!) of Tongariro National Park. Floatplane scenic flights are a magical way to experience and gain a true perspective of the stunning Lake Taupo Region, and the sensation of taking off from and landing on the water is a memory you will never forget. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy this unique flying experience!

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Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Activities and Attractions

www.taupotandemskydiving.com Holly Bowen

+64 7 377 0428

+64 21 322 367

holly@tts.net.nz

Yellow Hangar, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport Journey high above spectacular Lake Taupo with views of snow-capped volcanoes. Skydive from 15,000 feet with over one minute in freefall, reaching speeds in excess of 200kph! With the largest range of camera options and multi-lingual staff, your skydive will be unforgettable. We offer both freefall and handycam, ground footage and an exit photo. You can receive all of your footage in HD on one of our free USBs. We even offer free pick-ups from Rotorua, and free local pick-ups in our brand new stretch Hummer! Experience the adventure with NZ’s original tandem skydiving company. As a Qualmark endorsed activity, your safety is our number one priority.

The Kai Waho Experience

Activities and Attractions

www.kaiwaho.co.nz Tom Loughlin

+64 27 290 6581

tom@kaiwaho.co.nz 30kms east of Taupo, off of SH 5, Tamau Pa The Kai Waho Experience. A boutique Maori experience of discovery. Traditional and contemporary foods. Traditional and contemporary cooking methods. Small personal groups of up to 6 guests share a day of traditional flavours, stories and most importantly ceremony. All this takes place at the very remotely located Tamau Pa 60km south east of the Taupo CBD. Visit us for ‘Ko tahi te ra’ our full day experience, or indulge yourself with’ Te mata aho’ overnight or multiday visits. Educational day for the family as well. A guaranteed experience.

Tongariro Expeditions

Activities and Attractions

www.tongariroexpeditions.com Mandy & Jared Thomas +64 27 248 3716

+64 7 377 0435

info@tongariroexpeditions.com

PO Box 1169, Taupo Tongariro Expeditions is New Zealand’s leading shuttle service and guiding operator for the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We are based out of Taupo, Turangi, Tongariro Base Camp and Ketetahi car park. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a one day hike taking 6-8 hours over stunning volcanic terrain. The famous sites such as the Red Crater, Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom), the Emerald and Blue Lakes and the new active Te Maari crater promise a memorable experience unique to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We offer transport only options during the summer months with hire gear available as needed. We offer a comprehensive guiding package during Winter months, while snow and ice cover the track.

Tongariro River Rafting & Mountain Biking www.trr.co.nz Garth Oakden +64 7 386 6445

+64 7 386 6409 info@trr.co.nz

The Rafting Centre, Atirau Road, P.O. Box 28l, Turangi

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The Tongariro River’s most experienced rafting operator - Tongariro Rafting knows these pristine waters like no other operator; company owner Garth Oakden has been rafting the Tongariro since 1987. All our guides are fully trained rafting professionals, our equipment is top quality and the company is 100% compliant with all safe rafting requirements. Welcome to mountain bike heaven - Southern Lake Taupo has some of the best, uncrowded mountain bike country in New Zealand. Tongariro Mountain Biking has been operating in this beautiful region since 1987. We can take you to some of the best rides in New Zealand including exclusive access to 3,800 hectares of back country trails.

Activities and Attractions


Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

Activities and Attractions

www.wairakeiterraces.co.nz Raewyn Hill

+64 7 378 0254

+64 21 056 6515

info@wairakeiterraces.co.nz

671 Wairakei Drive, Wairakei, Taupo ‘Take the waters’, bathe below silica terraces in a series of hot thermal pools and mineral enriched water with a long history of healing and soothing mind, body and soul, a perfect natural setting for a ‘feel back in time’ sensation. Massage conveys a sense of caring and a loving touch of the heart expressed through the hands, helping the body’s own natural healing abilities to play a role in keeping the physical, spiritual and mental elements in balance and harmony. Inspired by the natural world and all its power, we also provide traditional healing, steeped in culture and custom.

Wairakei Terraces Geothermal Walkway & Maori Cultural Experience

Activities and Attractions

www.wairakeiterraces.co.nz Raewyn Hill

+64 7 378 0254

+64 21 056 6515

info@wairakeiterraces.co.nz

Take a ‘look back in time’ and experience the very cornerstone of Maori custom and culture, this experience is intense, powerful and emotional, and will leave you with lasting memories of a culture that is alive and growing. View the only man-made silica terraces in the world and take a leisurely walk through an array of geothermal and Maori cultural features. Wairakei Terraces will entertain and educate, you will be in awe of nature’s capacity to be fashioned yet still retaining a naturalness that is pleasing to the eye as well as the senses.

GREAT LAKE TAUPO

761 Wairakei Drive, Wairakei, Taupo

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ROTORUA

ROTORUA

From Auckland 2.5 hours

Rotorua’s unique experiences will capture your heart and elevate your soul. Dramatic landscapes,

geothermal

wonderlands,

authentic Maori cultural experiences, raw encounters with nature and a heap of adventure activities, will leave you thrilled and inspired. Rotorua is the birthplace of New Zealand tourism with the famed pink and white terraces considered one of the eight natural wonders of the world. Rotorua www.rotoruanz.com

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Destination Rotorua +64 7 348 4133 marketing@rotoruanz.com


Just 2.5 hours drive from Auckland is Rotorua, a hot spot with so much on offer that you’ll never want to leave. Perfect for a 3 night stay, Rotorua has 18 lakes, miles of native forest, geothermal mystique and rich cultural history. Rotorua is a great spot for families and couples to soak up the best of New Zealand’s fascinating Maori culture; to satisfy your inner adrenalin junkie, lose yourself in the great outdoors, visit wildlife attractions, geothermal wonderlands, spas, museums, parks and much more. Sparkling lakes and magnificent forests also make Rotorua ideal for fishing, sailing, mountain biking, hiking or stargazing... You name it. What better way to spend a few days? 18 Sparkling Lakes: The 18 lakes dotted around Rotorua are all an easy drive from the city centre. These havens of serenity are fringed with native bush and surrounded by soft golden sand, perfect for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and watersports, or otherwise to relax in seclusion. These lakes, combined with nearby rivers and streams, also make Rotorua a fisherman’s dream with trophy trout to be caught year round.

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New Zealand’s Top Adventure Playground: Rotorua has a myriad of world first adventure activities such as rolling downhill in a plastic globe known as a Zorb or OGO, hurtling down Mt Ngongotaha on a Luge and racing in a Shweeb (human powered monorail). Get the adrenalin pumping by raceline karting at Off Road NZ, tackle the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (7m high) on the Kaituna River and something you can’t miss is the world renowned mountain biking in the Redwood Forest - voted the top 10 trails in the world or the Skyline Gravity Park.


1 / Sparkling Lakes 2 / Rafting the Kaituna River 3 / Mountain Biking in

Whakarewarewa Forest 4 / Luge riding on Mt Ngongotaha 5 / Tamaki Maori Village Welcome 6/ S  oaking in natural mineral pools

at Polynesian Spa

ROTORUA

7 / Te Puia Pohutu Geyser

Maori Culture: Rotorua is the heartland of Maori culture in New Zealand. The locals delight in sharing their legends, music and arts with visitors. Sample indigenous flavours, participate in authentic cultural performances and see master artists at work in the carving and weaving schools at Te Puia. You’ll be spellbound by this dynamic culture.

Geothermal Wonderland: Billowing steam and a faint scent of sulphur linger over Rotorua, turning the city into a dramatic geothermal wonderland. Bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers that erupt into the sky make the area an exciting place to be. This volcanic activity has attracted visitors since the 1800s and remains a huge draw card. Visitors can head to the many thermal reserves meandering around crater lakes, soaking in mud and mineral pools, as well as checking out fumeroles and colourful silica terraces sure to impress.

Spa: Rotorua is nature’s spa of the South Pacific with rejuvenating therapies springing from thermal activity unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere in the world. Indulge in a decadent soak in the thermal waters which have curative and invigorating properties while overlooking Lake Rotorua. Slide into a glorious mud bath and be pampered with therapies which cleanse and purify the skin.

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Events

Dining

Crankworx Rotorua

Eat STREAT - a collection of alfresco dining options, lake end Tutanekai St

9-13th March, 2016

Rotorua Night Market - a collection for street food and market stalls - Every

The worlds largest Mountain Biking Festival

Thursday night from 5.00pm

returns in 2016. Crankworx Rotorua brings the best pro athletes for competitions, concerts and culture. Held at famous Skyline Rotorua Gravity

Abracadabra Café & Bar / Rotorua

Park, this event is a spectators dream.

Be Rude Not to Café / Rotorua

www.crankworx/rotorua

Ciabatta Bakery / Rotorua

Walking Festival

Fat Dog Café / Rotorua

19-20th March, 2016

+64 7 348 3332 +64 7 347 7586

Okere Falls Store / Rotorua

Now in its 23rd year, come celebrate the Rotorua Walking Festival. With walks ranging

+64 7 348 3883 +64 7 3477611

+64 7 362 4944

Stratosfare Restaurant ( Skyline Rotorua) / Rotorua

from 10km to 42km, spectacular views are

Market Kitchen ( Skyline Rotorua) / Rotorua

guaranteed

Volcanic Hills Winery / Rotorua

www.rotoruawalkingfestival.org.nz

Bistro 1284 / Rotorua

Paymark Xterra Come and join NZ’s most beautiful off –road

+64 7 347 0027

+64 7 282 2018

+64 7 346 1284

Brew Craft Beer Pub / Rotorua

16th April, 2016

+64 7 347 0027

+64 7 346 0976

Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant / Rotorua

+64 7 343 6222

multisport event - the Paymark XTERRA. This

Mokoia Restaurant at Waiora Resort / Rotorua

annual event includes swimming in the Blue

Pig and Whistle / Rotorua

Lake and off -road running, as well as mountain

The Regent of Rotorua Restaurant & Cocktail Bar / Rotorua

biking in the Whakarewarewa Forest with both individual and team races.

Urbano Bistro / Rotorua

+64 7 343 5100

+64 7 347 3025 +64 7 348 4032

+64 7 349 3770

www.xterra.co.nz

Zippy’s Central Café / Rotorua

The 52nd Rotorua Marathon

Third Place Café / Rotorua

+64 7 348 8288 +64 7 349 4852

30th April, 2016 If there was ever a year to commit to doing a marathon – this is it! Take on the lake and waikawau celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rotorua colville matarangi papa aroha Marathon – a milestone as one of the oldest marathons in the world. www.rotoruamarathon.co.nz

coroglen

Okere Falls Beercoromandel Festival forest park 22-24th October, 2016 onetangi

hikuai surfdale A fantastic line-up of live music & German

festivities set on the shore of stunning Lake Rotoiti this event is one not to be missed. coromandel

whitianga

Location Map

forest park www.okerefallsstore.co.nz/beer-fest/ hunua manukau

regional

miranda

tirohanga

athenree

(Ultra Trail World Tour) February, 2017

torere

puriri

kaiaua

park Tarawera Ultra Marathon

mangatarata

bombay Share the trails with international endurance

kutarere

patetonga

athletes. Choose between three distances: a

100km run (Rotorua to Kawerau via Tarawera), an 85km run, or a 60km run.

awakeri spings

kaimai-mamaku forest park

www.taraweraultra.co.nz

waimana

whakara pa

Rotorua Bike Festival

tarawera forest

kaimai-mamaku forest park

February, 2017 Between street criterions, fun rides, bike skills

wairata

waioeka forest

urewera national park

clinics, Frocks on Bikes, Bike Polo, endurance racing and much more, the Rotorua Bike Festival

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waioeka gerge scenic reserve

has something for everyone and is a celebration

waikareiti forest

waiotapu

of all things cycling. pirongia www.rotoruabikefestival.com forest park

an atiamuri

golden springs

For more event information visit www.rotoruanz.co.nz

pureora forest park

whirinaki forest park

kaingaroa forest

urewera national park mohaka forest

rangitaiki

pureora

pureora

hatepe


Rotorua www.rotoruanz.com

Accommodation Koura Lodge / Millennium Hotel Rotorua / Peppers on the Point - Lake Rotorua / Sudima Lake Rotorua / YHA Rotorua

Koura Lodge

Accommodation

www.kouralodge.co.nz Gina Wells

+64 7 348 5868

ROTORUA

stay@kouralodge.co.nz 209 Kawaha Point Road, PO Box 1600, Rotorua Lodge

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Koura Lodge offers boutique lakeside accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand. Enjoying an unrivalled lakefront location, Koura Lodge is at the centre of it all. Just five minutes’ drive to the city centre and even closer to many of Rotorua’s famous attractions. Accommodating up to 20 guests, our hosts are able to provide individual attention while ensuring a restful stay, in our tranquil surrounds. The Lodge offers a variety of accommodation, with all 10 rooms featuring magnificent lake views. A five star breakfast, lakeside spa & sauna, canoeing, fishing and tennis are all part of Koura Lodge’s real New Zealand experience. Boutique Bed & Breakfast property.

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Accommodation

www.millenniumrotorua.co.nz Michele Weston

+64 7 347 1234

+64 275 190 319

Millennium.rotorua@millenniumhotels.com Corner Eruera & Hinemaru Streets, Rotorua Hotel

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Deluxe hotel centrally located adjacent to Polynesian Spa and overlooking mystical Lake Rotorua. Walk to the Energy Events Centre and City Centre, and only minutes from Rotorua’s key tourist, adventure activities and mountain bike trails. 227 air-conditioned rooms offer a range of accommodation choices including childfree Club Floor and hosted Club Lounge, lakeview with balcony, garden or city-view rooms and Spa rooms with private outdoor spa. Fabulous Day Spa for beauty and massage, Restaurants and Bars, heated swimming pool, saunas, spa pools and gymnasium. 6 conference rooms and a dedicated conference team. WIFI throughout hotel.

Peppers on the Point - Lake Rotorua

Accommodation

www.onthepoint.co.nz Andrew Martin

+64 7 348 4868

+64 27 280 5198

andrew.martin@peppers.co.nz

214 Kawaha Point Road, Rotorua 3010 Lodge

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Peppers on the Point is an intimate luxury retreat featuring spectacular views over Lake Rotorua to the historic Mokoia Island. This stunning New Zealand Luxury lodge offers the perfect base for experiencing New Zealand’s rich culture or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this stunning location.

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Sudima Lake Rotorua

Accommodation

www.sudimahotels.com/lake-rotorua Daniel Zhang

+64 9 304 2718

danielz@sudimahotels.com 1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua Hotel

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Sudima Lake Rotorua is ideally located on the lakes edge, adjacent to Polynesian Spa and within a short stroll to the CBD, restaurants and bars. The largest hotel in Rotorua, offering a variety of accommodation options, from the elegant superior rooms to the comfort of the family rooms catering for up to 4 adults. Room facilities include wireless internet, tea/coffee, safety deposit boxes and pay TV. Other hotel facilities include Lakes Restaurant and Bar affording views over the lake, indoor heated pool and three private spas, complimentary parking and daily Hangi and concert show on site.

YHA Rotorua

Accommodation

www.yha.co.nz Isabelle Gremminger

+64 3 353 9160

isabelle.gremminger@yha.co.nz 1278 Haupapa Street, Rotorua Lodge

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A purpose built backpacker hostel in the central city for your complete Rotorua experience. YHA Rotorua offers budget backpacker accommodation right beside Kuirau Park. This Rotorua hostel has a choice of indoor or outdoor dining with a spacious modern kitchen and large outdoor deck and BBQ. Communal facilities include a comfortable separate lounge and TV room with lots of DVDs to watch and a coin operated laundry. Our centralised reservations team can assist with trade enquiries, groups reservations and an agent login for retail trade bookings and live inventory from our website. Contact our Travel Services Manager for more information.

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Rotorua www.rotoruanz.com

Activities and Attractions Agrodome / Agroventures Adventure Park / Mitai Moari Village / Off Road NZ / OGO Rotorua / Paradise Valley Springs / Polynesian Spa / Rainbow Springs / River Rats Raft & Kayak / Rotorua Duck Tours / Rotorua Museum / Skyline Rotorua / Stay and Play - New Zealand Tourism Connections / Te Po - Indigenous Evening Experience / Te Puia / Totally Tarawera / Waimangu Volcanic Valley & Rotomahana Boat Cruise / Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland / Walking Legends Guided Walks / Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours / Volcanci Air

Agrodome

Activities and Attractions

www.agrodome.co.nz Andrew Aitken +64 21 715 473

+64 7 357 1050 andrew.aitken@nttourism.co.nz

ROTORUA

Western Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre, you’ll find New Zealand’s Agrodome. For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to see our world-famous Farm Show - starring a cast of talented animals. Plus, join the Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand-feed loads of friendly animals, and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land. There’s also the Nursery, with baby animals, and our Woollen Mill and Shearing Museum, where you’ll learn the remarkable story of NZ pioneers the Bowen brothers, and discover the full process of wool from the Sheep’s back to yours!

Agroventures Adventure Park

Activities and Attractions

www.agroventures.co.nz Debbie Guptill +64 21 782 777

+64 7 357 4747 debbie@agroventures.co.nz

1335 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua Agroventures Adventure Park is New Zealand’s one and only ultimate adventure playground. Boasting five unique NZ adventures all in one location, we really do have something everyone - from families, friends, couples, speed demons and adrenaline junkies to choose from. What makes us unique? Agroventures Adventure Park is home to the worlds ONLY Shweeb a human powered monorail racetrack, Agrojet - the fastest and only jet sprint experience in NZ. Swoop - Swing from 40m towards the earth at 130kmph, Rotorua Bungy - a 43m leap of faith and last but not least the Southern Hemispheres’ only outdoor wind tunnel Freefall Xtreme.

Mitai Maori Village

Activities and Attractions

www.mitai.co.nz Tania Charteris +64 274 200 004

+64 7 343 9132 marketing@mitai.co.nz

196 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to the Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting; see warriors in traditional attire paddle in an ancient canoe. Marvel at crystal clear water flowing directly from earth, view glow worms in their natural habitat. See traditional cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. A sacred and spiritual place that offers an indigenous cultural experience like no other.

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Off Road NZ

Activities and Attractions

www.offroadnz.co.nz Ian Tew

+64 7 332 5748

+64 21 409 741

drive@offroadnz.co.nz

193 Amoore Road, R.D.2 Rotorua Set amongst a stunning backdrop of NZ forest wilderness, Off Road NZ offers experiences for all ages and abilities. Our adventure activities include Raceline Karting – 1.2 kilometres of kart racing excitement and the only product of its type in NZ. Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride – hang on tight while being driven through our twisting and turning native forest trails in a purpose built Monster Truck. 4WD Bush Safari, our premier 4WD experience that puts the driver in control like never before with challenges and obstacles along the way. Every activity is fully guided by our highly trained and entertaining guides.

OGO Rotorua

Activities and Attractions

www.ogo.co.nz Melissa Craig

+64 7 343 7676 info@ogo.co.nz

+64 21 590 585

525 Ngongotaha Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015 Rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers developed their first operation in Rotorua in 1997. At OGO Rotorua, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice. Slip and slide with 50 litres of water down the world’s longest 350m H2OGO sidewinder track, or race one another down the two double straight 250m H2OGO tracks or glide smoothly & stay dry in our DRYGO OGO ride!

Paradise Valley Springs

Activities and Attractions

www.paradisevalleysprings.co.nz Stuart Hamlett

+64 7 348 9667 or +64 7 349 3359

trade@paradisev.co.nz 467 Paradise Valley Road, RD2, Rotorua 3072 At Paradise Valley Springs, Rotorua’s Interactive Wildlife Park visitors can get up close and personal with a wide variety of New Zealand’s wild animals, native birds, farm animals and trout. See Native Eels, our Waterbird Wetland and walk through Kea aviary. Taste pure water straight from our Spring, and take our elevated Treetops Walk through mature New Zealand bush. Get close to the “Pride of Paradise” - our large pride of Lions and watch Lion Feeding at 2.30pm daily followed by Kea Feeding at 3pm. Open everyday of the year including all public holidays from 8am to dark with last entry at 5pm.

Polynesian Spa

Activities and Attractions

www.polynesianspa.co.nz Francisca Gabrielli +64 21 616 038

+64 7 348 1328 trade@polynesianspa.co.nz

1000 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua 3010 Overlooking Lake Rotorua, Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading international spa.

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Experience hot mineral spring bathing, spa therapies and lake views at this world top ten spa (medical & thermal) as voted by Conde Nast Traveller 2004-2007, 2009 & 2011. Choose one of the four thermal bathing areas - deluxe Lake Spa, Adult Pools & Priest Spa, Private Pools, or Family Spa. Or indulge in a spa therapy at the inviting Lake Spa Retreat haven. With a lakeside location in central Rotorua, this all-weather attraction also offers a spa gift store and a café. Open daily 8am-11pm.


Rainbow Springs

Activities and Attractions

www.rainbowsprings.co.nz Andrew Aitken

+64 7 350 0440

+64 21 715 473

andrew.aitken@nttourism.co.nz

192 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua Rainbow Springs Nature Park is an icon of New Zealand tourism, and has been open since 1932. Set in acres of Rotorua forest and parkland, Rainbow Springs has a strong conservation drive and is a breeding centre for endangered native species like the kiwi and tuatara. Features of the award-winning tourist attraction include New Zealand’s only “open to view” kiwi hatchery, Kiwi Encounter, night time kiwi viewing, the Big Splash water ride, free-flight bird show and a range of wildlife including trout, tuatara and native birds. Guided tours available on request, in a number of languages.

River Rats Raft & Kayak

Activities and Attractions

www.riverrats.co.nz Justin Hutton

+64 7 345 6543

+64 27 294 2867

info@riverrats.co.nz

ROTORUA

Hangar 14S, Rotorua Airport, 837 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua 3074 River Rats Raft & Kayak have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years and are Qualmark endorsed. There is an adventure for everyone, from a grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall, the 7 metre Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River. Sledging is also available on this awesome river. Freedom hire or guided kayaking trips are available to - paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot swim only accessible by boat! We have a new evening kayak option featuring, hot pools, glow worms and a BBQ.

Rotorua Duck Tours

Activities and Attractions

www.rotoruaducktours.co.nz Trevor Weir

+64 7 345 6522

+64 21 448 261

info@ducktours.co.nz

Tours depart from the Duck Store at 1241 Fenton St, Rotorua Experience the thrill of riding on a converted WWII Amphibious Landing Craft (Duck). Our fully guided sightseeing and informational tours are an absolute blast. Awesome scenery, spectacular lakes and a commentary that make our tours a Rotorua must do. Our tours are perfect for all ages and provide a great introduction to Rotorua and its attractions. Rotorua Duck Tours has scheduled tours available daily departing from a central city location. Our two daily tours are our popular Rotorua City and Lakes Tour (90mins) and our Tarawera and Lakes Tour (120mins).

Rotorua Museum

Activities and Attractions

www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz Joanna Doherty +64 27 272 5768

+64 7 351 7831 rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz

Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua Discover Rotorua’s rich culture, volatile landscape and dramatic history in this world-class museum. Stunning multi-media exhibitions, innovative displays, changing art galleries, fascinating cinema experiences and informative guided tours bring to life the amazing stories of this unique region. The museum shop has a fantastic range of local arts, crafts and books, and the café, which overlooks Government Gardens, serves delicious coffee and a fresh range of tasty snacks and lunch options. Centrally located in the iconic Bath House building, Rotorua Museum can be explored from basement to rooftop, with fantastic views over the lake and city. Open from 9am daily except Christmas Day.

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Skyline Rotorua

Activities and Attractions

www.skyline.co.nz David Blackmore

+64 7 347 0027

+64 27 430 4011

david.blackmore@skyline.co.nz

185 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua The Quintessential Rotorua Experience Famous for a reason, Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday. Home to the ultimate Gondola and Luge experiences, there’s a raft of activities to keep you entertained. From the thrilling Zoom Zipline, Sky Swing and Mountain Bike Gravity Park to tranquil nature trails, night stargazing tours, wine tasting, dining and shopping experiences. The Skyline Rotorua complex is just minutes from central Rotorua, sitting atop Mt Ngongotaha providing unsurpassed views of New Zealand’s coolest hot spot. This is an all-weather must do attraction suitable for all ages year round. Open from 9am to late.

Stay and Play - New Zealand Tourism Connections

Activities and Attractions

www.stayandplaynz.com Sophie Rainford +64 21 478 969 sophie@stayandplaynz.com Stay and Play New Zealand represent a wide variety of trade ready Central North Island product. These include activities, attractions, tours, accommodation, and dining and shopping options. While most are Rotorua based we also represent product from Cambridge, Bay of Plenty, Waitomo and Taupo. Stay and Play can assist with product updates, in-house frontliner training, current rates, logistics, itinerary planning, imagery and familiarisation visits.

Te Po-: Indigenous Evening Experience

Activities and Attractions

www.tepuia.com Sean Marsh +64 21 741 231

+64 7 348 9047 sean@tepuia.com

Hemo Road, Rotorua Te Po- is Te Puia’s award winning indigenous evening experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine. Gain an insight into Maori culture through explanation of traditional customs, weaponry and song. Enjoy the unique taste of meats and vegetables cooked in a wood fired hangi as well as the sumptuous seafood, salad and dessert buffets. Complete the evening with a hot chocolate under the stars alongside the world famous Pohutu geyser. Te Po- combo: 4.30pm - 9.00pm. (Includes a guided tour of Te Puia) Te Po-: 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Open 365 days of the year.

Te Puia

Activities and Attractions

www.tepuia.com Sean Marsh +64 21 741 231

+64 7 348 9047 sean@tepuia.com

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Te Puia is the home of the world famous Pohutu geyser and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Te Puia offers your clients so much of what makes New Zealand unique in the world, in one location. Guided tours of boiling mud pools, native bush, kiwi bird and a rich cultural history are our speciality. Open from 8:00am daily, 365 days a year.


Totally Tarawera

Activities and Attractions

www.totallytarawera.com David Walmsley

+64 7 362 8080

info@totallytarawera.com Mariners House, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua We are Rotorua’s leading provider of personal, in-depth Maori cultural, geothermal and eco experiences for individual and smaller groups. Based at magnificent Lake Tarawera, 20 minutes from city centre, we offer discerning travellers the opportunity to savour a superb blend of beauty, history and culture in an authentic way. Guests are consistently delighted by our culturally and geothermally-infused lake cruises with Hot Water Beach and natural hot pool bathing, personally guided ‘Ancestral Footprints’ Maori guided tours, Tarawera Trail drop off/pick up service and water taxi rides. Add to these truly memorable experiences by glamping (glamorous camping) at stunning Hot Water Beach.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley & Rotomahana Boat Cruises

Activities and Attractions

www.waimangu.com Harvey James

+64 7 366 6137

nature@waimangu.co.nz

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587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua Amazing geothermal features in the World’s newest geothermal system. See awesome Frying Pan Lake which is the world’s largest hot spring. Mysterious blue Inferno Crater Lake which rises and falls. Walk through beautiful native forests. Relax on the Rotomahana boat cruise and see beautiful hot springs that can only be seen from the boat. This is an unspoilt scenic reserve and wildlife refuge and multi Eco Tourism award winner.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Activities and Attractions

www.waiotapu.co.nz +64 7 366 6333 info@waiotapu.co.nz 201 Waiotapu Loop Road, RD3, Rotorua 3073 Named ‘One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World’ by Trip Advisor, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area. Located approximately 20 minutes south of Rotorua, and 35 minutes north of Taupo, on State Highway 5, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is perfectly located for a half-day experience from either centre. This stunning landscape is nestled within a natural bush setting offering a range of self-guided walks, between 30 and 75 minutes in length. The range of geothermal activity is extensive and includes volcanic craters, steaming vents, sinter terrace formations, coloured hot and cold water springs, as well as the world famous Champagne Pool. The Lady Knox Geyser is presented daily at 10.15am, and the nearby ‘Mud Pool’ is New Zealand’s largest. First class facilities include a large café, retail centre, picnic areas, parking for buses and 200+ vehicles.

Walking Legends Guided Walks

Activities and Attractions

www.walkinglegends.co.nz Hilary Sheaff +64 21 545 068

+64 7 312 5297 info@walkinglegends.co.nz

PO Box 267, Whakatane We specialise in small-group, multi-day hiking tours on the North Island’s best tracks, including: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake, Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, Coromandel Peninsula, and Whirinaki Forest. From one-day walks to twelve-day expeditions, our range of hikes cater for most fitness levels. Choose from boutique lodge or backcountry hut accommodation. Professionally organised; all-inclusive; small backpacks; and exceptional customer service. Multi-day walks depart Rotorua several times a week from October to May. Experienced guides provide an unforgettable experience amidst some of NZ’s most spectacular wilderness regions.

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Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours www.whakarewarewa.com Renee Raimona +64 21 741 210

+64 7 3493 463 renee@whakarewarewa.com

17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua Steeped in history, traditions and a legacy that spans over 150 years, Whakarewarewa The Living Maori Village offers visitors a unique Cultural Experience and insight into the lives of the people who occupy this authentic village. Guided tours are available from 9am to 4pm with interactive Cultural Performances at 11.15am and 2pm daily which include the world famous Haka. Join us for lunch as you experience a Geothermal Hangi Meal of foods that have been cooked in the steaming vents and hot pools situated throughout the village. Open daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm (Closed Christmas Day).

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Hamilton & Waikato Facts and Figures

Total Region 322,020 Summer 23.7ºC Autumn 19.1ºC Winter 12.2ºC Spring 17.6ºC From Auckland 1 ½ hours

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Well-known for its nature-based tourism, under-ground adventure, middle-earth movie magic and mighty Waikato River, the Hamilton & Waikato region offers something for everyone, from stunning black sand surf beaches, rolling hills and ancient blush-clad mountains to a vibrant café scene and iconic events.

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The Hamilton & Waikato region is a unique one, blessed with natural wonders that evoke an ancient New Zealand.

Well-known for its nature-based tourism, underground wonders and Middle-earth movie magic, the Hamilton & Waikato region offers something for every visitor – from Hamilton’s urban attractions to the stunning black sand surf beaches of Raglan and the rolling green hills and majestic bush-clad mountains that shape the landscape.

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Waitomo: An hour south of Hamilton, the mystical world of Waitomo awaits. Millions of years in the making, Waitomo Caves provides an underground playground like no other – below the surface visitors can get up close to stunning limestone formations and enjoy magical boat rides under thousands of twinkling glowworms. The more adventurous at heart can try their hand at abseiling, black water rafting, ziplining and climbing through the cave systems on one of the many adventure tours in this subterranean wonderland.


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Culture & Heritage: Home to the Maori King, the Hamilton & Waikato region has been a significant area for Maori for centuries, ever since the great voyaging Tainui waka (canoe) made landfall. Along with its proud Maori heritage, the region is also one of the country’s richest agricultural areas and is well-known as a centre for innovation and creativity across a wide range of industry and business sectors. Middle-earth Movie Magic: A slice of the ‘real Middle-earth’, as seen in the epic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies, can be found amongst the lush countryside near Matamata and south of Waitomo. Visitors can walk in Peter Jackson’s footsteps and hear how movie magic was made on a guided tour through Hobbiton Movie Set.

Outdoor Exploits: The Hamilton & Waikato region boasts a wealth of forest reserves and ancient volcanic ranges that provide great opportunities for short walks, longer treks and cycle trails including three of New Zealand’s ‘Great Rides’. There is something for every traveller – from relaxing and rejuvenating in one of the region’s natural mineral spas to surfing on one of the world’s longest left hand surf breaks at Raglan. Visitors can take a scenic cruise on the Waikato River, or discover native wildlife and ancient forest at New Zealand’s most ambitious conservation project, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari or head to Ocean Beach in Kawhia to dig yourself a natural hot water spa right in the sand.

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World Masters Games

Victoria Street Bistro / Hamilton

April 2017 / Cambridge

Good George Brewing / Hamilton

The world’s largest multi-sport event with 25,000 athletes from 100 countries. See Rowing and Cycling events up close in Cambridge.

HUHU / Waitomo

+64 7 839 4444 +64 7 847 3223

+64 7 878 6674

Bosco / Te Kuiti

+64 7 878 3633

www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz

Onyx / Cambridge

Balloons Over Waikato

Reboubt Bar & Eatery / Matamata

16- 20th March 2016 / Hamilton

The Thirsty Weta / Otorohonga

The hot air balloon festival provides glorious displays of coloured balloons drifting gracefully over the city’s rooftops. www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz

Orca / Raglan

+64 7 827 7740

+64 7 834 2280

The Verandahwaikawau / Hamilton colville papa aroha

+64 7 838 0692 matarangi

Palate Restaurant / Hamilton

6th February 2016

Ironique Café & Bar / Te Aroha

activities and a delectable array of traditional and

Zealong Tea Estate / onetangi

Chim Choo Ree / Hamilton surfdale

www.kawhiakaifestival.co.nz

Gothenburg / Hamilton manukau

9-10th September 2016 / Hamilton World-class international university rowing teams compete in a gruelling upstream course on the

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The Gallagher Great Race

+64 7 873 6699

+64 7 825 6543

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Kawhia Kai Festival Annual Maori food festival including cultural

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Showcasing all aspects of the equine industry with exhibitions, demonstrations and training sessions.

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Accommodation ibis Tainui Hamilton / Novotel Tainui Hamilton / Sudima Hamilton / Tuakau Hotel / Woodlyn Park World Unique Waitomo Motel Discover Waitomo - Waitomo Caves Homestead Helicorp NZ Hobbiton Movie Set

ibis Tainui Hamilton

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www.accorhotels.com/6690 +64 7 859 9200

+64 27 470 0046

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Abby Camp

abby.camp@accor.com

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Ibis Tainui Hamilton is your gateway to the Waikato region commanding a unique location on the banks of the Waikato River. Offering well appointed rooms with city or river views, modern conference facilities and restaurant with balcony and views perfect for al fresco dining. Minutes from Hamilton’s Claudelands Events Centre and superbly located in the heart of the CBD allows easy access to shops, night life and major events. Ibis Tainui provides the perfect combinations for business or leisure.

Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Accommodation

www.accorhotels.com/2159 Abby Camp

+64 7 838 1366

+64 27 470 0046

abby.camp@accor.com

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Make yourself at home in 4-star comfort at Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel in the city centre. Start your day fresh with breakfast from the buffet in the light-filled restaurant or on the terrace adjacent to the Waikato River. Contemporary decor and natural light make your room a haven whether you’re working or holidaying at Novotel.

Sudima Hamilton

Accommodation

www.sudimahotels.com/hamilton/ Daniel Zhang

+64 9 304 2718

danielz@sudimahotels.com 287 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204 Hotel and Apartment Style Accommodation 47 Hotel Rooms / 22 Apartments Sudima Hamilton is ideally located in the CBD adjacent to Sky City Casino. Only a fiveminute drive to Claudelands Events Cetre and within walking distance of many restaurants, cafes and shops. This hotel is housed in an iconic 1876 historic building offering a variety of accommodation options from Economy rooms to apartment-style accommodation with full kitchen facilities in one and two bedroom configurations. Other facilities include parking, internet, laundry facilities and 24-hour reception.

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Tuakau Hotel

Accommodation

www.tuakauhotel.co.nz Tasha van Heerden

+64 9 236 8084

info@tuakauhotel.co.nz 1-3 George St, Tuakau 2121, PO Box 742, Pukekohe 2340 Hotel

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Historic boutique Tuakau Hotel providing 4-star accommodation in a rural township just 35mins drive south of Auckland Airport, makes this the perfect first or last night for a stay in the region. Choose between traditional hotel rooms, or studio and 1brm apartments with cooking facilities. The hotel also features Elsie’s Restaurant & Bar, TAB & gaming facilities, and an Off-Licence for out-catering. Located between the west coast’s Awhitu Peninsula and the Coromandel Peninsula provides weekend tourers with a central overnight location, locally sourced and seasonal fare for dining, and entertainment including 50 channels SkyGuestSelect. We cater for family functions and conferences up to 50 delegates.

Woodlyn Park World Unique Waitomo Motel

Accommodation

www.woodlynpark.co.nz Barry Woods +64 21 405 494

+64 7 878 6666 billy@woodlynpark.co.nz

1177 Waitomo Valley Road, R.D.7, Otorohanga Self Contained

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Voted into the Top 10 of the World’s Most Unique Motels and winner of the World Innovation award. Stay in a Train, a Plane, a Ship or Hobbit dwellings. All are beautifully furbished and selfcontained. We are the closest motel to the Waitomo Caves. This property is ideal for weddings, conferences, team building events and special occasions. There is a bar/restaurant complex that can be hired for such catered functions. For groups of 10 or more adults, you can book the world famous Kiwi Culture Show, presented on our own stage, where our pioneer history is brought alive during an hour of fun with audience participation. Be entertained by a live explosion, a dancing pig, log sawing, tree climbing, sheep shearing, dogs working and a Kiwi Bear. It is an entertaining must see attraction, as Lonely Planet says it’s “one helluva show.”

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Hamilton / Waikato www.hamiltonwaikato.com

Activities and Attractions Coromandel Adventures - Northern Hotspot Tour / Discover Waitomo - Aranui Cave / Discover Waitomo - Ruakuri Cave / Discover Waitomo - The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. / Discover Waitomo - Waitomo Caves Homestead / Discover Waitomo - Waitomo Glowworm Caves / Hamilton Gardens / Helipcorp NZ / Hobbiton Movie Set / Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park / Raglan Boat Charters / Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari / SKYCITY Hamilton / Waitomo Adventures Ltd / Zealong Tea Estate / Waitomo.com

Coromandel Adventures - Northern Hotspot Tour

Activities and Attractions

www.coromandeladventures.co.nz +64 7 866 7014

HAMILTON & WAIKATO

Sarni Hart

info@coromandeladventures.co.nz 480 Driving Creek Rd, Coromandel Town, Coromandel Join Coromandel Adventures for the ultimate 4 day Central North Island Experience combining the best of The Coromandel with the Middle-earthTM Trilogy package. From the scenic beauty of the Hauraki Gulf and stunning landmarks of The Coromandel, through to the Hobbiton Movie set nestled in the heartland of rural NZ, geothermal wonders of Rotorua, traditional Maori culture and the mystical underground world of the Waitomo Caves. Includes: • 360 Discovery Ferry Auckland - Coromandel 2hr Cruise • Cathedral Cove • Hot Water Beach • Hobbiton Movie Set Tours • Te Puia; Te Ra Day Pass & Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience • Discover Waitomo Glowworm & Ruakuri Caves

Discover Waitomo - Aranui Cave

Activities and Attractions

www.waitomo.com Keshleen Barnett +64 21 222 1316

+64 9 336 4248 keshleen.barnett@thlonline.com

39 Waitomo Caves Road, State Hwy 37, Waitomo Caves Experience magnificent Aranui Cave, set within a natural forest reserve. Explore ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites. Get off the beaten track and discover one of Waitomo’s best-kept secrets! • See stunning cave formations with magnificent white, pink and brown stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones • Learn about New Zealand trees and plants on the easy and enchanting forest walk • Catch a glimpse of the cave dwelling weta

Discover Waitomo - Ruakuri Cave

Activities and Attractions

www.waitomo.com Keshleen Barnett +64 21 222 1316

+64 9 336 4248 keshleen.barnett@thlonline.com

585 Waitomo Caves Road, SH 37, Waitomo Caves Discover spectacular Ruakuri Cave, full of legends and tales. Your two hour trip will include an intimate and educational experience with small tour groups. • See breath-taking cave formations and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries created over millions of years • See glowworms up-close and learn about their fascinating life • Experience the dramatic spiral entrance, built to safeguard a Wahi Tapu (sacred area) • Easy access for everyone, Ruakuri Cave is one of the few wheelchair and pushchair accessible caves in the world

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Discover Waitomo - The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

Activities and Attractions

www.waitomo.com Keshleen Barnett +64 21 222 1316

+64 9 336 4248 keshleen.barnett@thlonline.com

585 Waitomo Caves Road, State Hwy 37, Waitomo Caves The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand’s first black water rafting adventure operator. We have been sharing thrills and excitement for over 27 years and have experienced guides who will take you safely through the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave. Experience the original Waitomo black water rafting adventure, Black Labyrinth, that will have you exploring and tubing. Descend into the seemingly bottomless depths of the Black Abyss, our ultimate, 5 hour big caving adventure. Or challenge yourself our this amazing dry caving and high rope adventure, Black Odyssey, that will seriously stretch your limits. Become part of the legend with an unforgettable subterranean journey.

Discover Waitomo - Waitomo Caves Homestead

Activities and Attractions

www.waitomo.com Keshleen Barnett +64 21 222 1316

+64 9 336 4248 keshleen.barnett@thlonline.com

584 State Highway 3, Otorohanga An exciting venue providing visitors with a gateway to the Waitomo area. The Waitomo Caves Homestead serves a range of delicious food and beverages with a refurbished restaurant offering both open air and inside dining options. The menu accommodates the diverse range of guests who visit the area with a range of buffet and a la carte options available. The restaurant caters for individuals, families and large groups. Guests can learn about the region and its experiences including the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A perfect place for guests to relax before or after their Waitomo experience.

Discover Waitomo - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Activities and Attractions

www.waitomo.com Keshleen Barnett +64 21 222 1316

+64 9 336 4248 keshleen.barnett@thlonline.com

39 Waitomo Caves Road, State Hwy 37, Waitomo Caves Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Many of our current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. • Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms • Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its acoustics • Enjoy listening to stories about Maori culture from our local guides • Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction

Hamilton Gardens

Activities and Attractions

www.hamiltongardens.co.nz Malcolm Hazelton +64 21 775 601

+64 7 838 6560 malcolm.hazelton@hcc.govt.nz

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Discover the rather mysterious world of Hamilton Gardens. Book a daily guided tour and explore different civilisations and historically important garden styles from the farthest reaches of the world. Step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s Garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh Garden. Hamilton Gardens has themed gardens and is a five minute drive from the city centre. Free entry to Gardens. Car and bus parking is free. Onsite café available. In 2014 Hamilton Gardens was awarded International Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Council.


Helicorp NZ

Activities and Attractions

www.helicorp.co.nz Vicki Annison

+64 7 843 3447

+64 21 435 426

info@helicorp.co.nz

PO Box 6055, Hamilton 3245 Plan an unforgettable New Zealand activity with Helicorp; specialists in exceptional helicopter experiences. Our bespoke flights and tours are built to suit individual requirements and itineraries, and our executive class helicopters ensure that travelling is just as breathtaking as arriving. Helicorp operates throughout the North Island providing exhilarating transportation to your chosen accommodation, activities or adventure locations. More than just a helicopter ride; a flight with Helicorp can incorporate gourmet picnics, fishing, boating, caving, golfing, wine tours, luxury spas and more. Talk to us today about arranging the helicopter flight of your dreams. Your choice. Your destination. Your adventure.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Activities and Attractions

www.hobbitontours.com +64 7 888 1505 or 0508 4 HOBBITON

+64 27 478 4962

HAMILTON & WAIKATO

Henry Horne

henry@hobbitontours.com

501 Buckland Road, Matamata 3472 If the Shire™ is at the heart of The Lord of the Rings, then the Hamilton and Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire. When scouting around for settings for his epic three movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Kiwi Director Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green paddocks of the Waikato just outside Matamata. The bucolic setting for the Shire, home of the hobbits, including Bag End, was right there, and just waiting for his magical director’s touch. Whilst the cast and crew have gone, the visitor today can easily imagine hobbits going about their business. Visiting Matamata and the Hobbiton™ Movie Set is not just all about hobbits though. Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a working farm and allows visitors not only to ‘walk in the footsteps of the hobbits’ but to also discover the true rural diversity of the area.

Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park

Activities and Attractions

www.kiwihouse.org.nz Jo Russell

+64 7 873 7391

+64 21 0720 367

manager@kiwihouse.org.nz

20 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga Since 1971 the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park has been dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand’s native wildlife, especially kiwi. We offer: • Close-up viewing of kiwi birds. We have the rare Great Spotted Kiwi and Brown Kiwi on display, active and feeding throughout the day. • New Zealand’s most personal wildlife experience with keeper talks and feeding displays through each day. • A large range of native NZ birds and reptiles, including the unique tuatara, which predated the dinosaurs. Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.

Raglan Boat Charters

Activities and Attractions

www.raglanboatcharters.co.nz Charlie Young +64 21 1758 644

+64 7 825 7873 info@raglanboatcharters.co.nz

5b Whaanga Road, Whale Bay, Raglan 3297 Discover Raglan… Discover the Wahine Moe. Raglan’s “Lady of the Harbour” Scenic Cruise Vessel. Join our crew for a fun fi lled adventure touring the back reaches and historical areas of the Whaingaroa Harbour… while enjoying the many modern amenities aboard our custom built Leisure Cat. Ideal for tours, educational and corporate groups for up to 70 persons. Close proximity to Auckland, Hamilton and Waitomo making for a convenient yet memorable interactive experience. • Catering, BBQ and Licensed Bar • 24 speaker Fusion Sound System • Spa Bath • Wheel Chair Access • Flexible Tour Times • Magical Sunset Cruises • Complete Customised Services.

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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Activities and Attractions

www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz +64 7 870 5180

Natalie Rutene

marketing@maungatrust.org 99 Tari Rd, Pukeatua 3880 Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is New Zealand’s most ambitious conservation project. Our ancient forest is surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence and is located between Rotorua and Waitomo. This makes the perfect place for visitors to experience what an ancient NZ forest looks like, and see many of our flourishing endangered species including kiwi, tuatara, takahe, hihi (stitchbird), tieke (saddleback) and Mahoenui (giant weta). Tours operate Tues – Sun. 1.5 hours. • Guided Tours in the Forest of the Southern enclosure. • Tuatara Wetland Tour. Get up close to the endangered tuatara and takahe. • Specialised and exclusive tours on request.

SKYCITY Hamilton

Activities and Attractions

www.skycityhamilton.co.nz +64 7 834 4900 info@skycityhamilton.co.nz 346 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204 Situated in the Heart of the vibrant CBD, SKYCITY Hamilton is Hamilton’s Premier Entertainment Destination. Nestled on the banks of the historic Waikato River and boasting one of the best views in town, SKYCITY Hamilton is home to a world-class Casino, a bowling alley, a large function centre and nine food and beverage outlets, including City Co-Op, Hamilton’s newest and freshest dining precinct. With live entertainment throughout the week, SKYCITY Hamilton truly offers an entertainment experience for everyone. SKYCITY Hamilton has a multi-storied car park onsite and coach parking is available.

Waitomo Adventures Ltd

Activities and Attractions

www.waitomo.co.nz Nick Andreef

+64 7 878 7788

+64 21 924 866

nick@waitomo.co.nz

Waitomo Adventure Centre, 654 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo This is Real Waitomo. Seven Amazing Options! Include Lost World (3,4 & 7 Hour Options) TumuTumu ToObing; Haggas Honking Holes; St Benedict’s Caverns. Starting Aug 2016 Trollcave – an amazing fantasy cave for kids. Choose Wet or Dry activities with or without abseiling. 29 Years of boutique operation. Family Owned & Operated. Outdoorsmark and Qualmark Endorsed.

Zealong Tea Estate

Activities and Attractions

www.zealong.co.nz Dyson Xiao

+64 7 853 3018

events@zealong.co.nz 495 Gordonton Road, HAMILTON (5min north of Hamilton, 1h30 drive south of Auckland)

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Nestled in the heartland of the Waikato is a unique treasure that even the locals know little about. New Zealand’s one and only tea plantation. In near-perfect conditions, row upon row of Camellia plants thrive, producing leaves that make some of the purist tea in the world. At Zealong Tea Estate, guests will not only experience the refreshing taste of our teas and a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies, they will also enjoy a scenic journey through our estate and hear the unlikely story of how tea came to grow just outside of Hamilton. Zealong Tea Estate opens daily, 10am-5pm. Shop 9am-5pm. TEA TOURS depart daily 9.30am and 2.30pm. Groups by arrangement. Bookings are essential.


Visit the world famous

HAMILTON & WAIKATO

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Three of the best caves in New Zealand. Discover magical glowworms by boat in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave, see glowworms up close and its spectacular spiral entrance and be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations in Aranui Cave.

Challenge yourself with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company adventure tours. Experience the original black water rafting tour, Black Labyrinth, that will have you exploring and tubing through mysterious Ruakuri Cave. Descend into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of the Black Abyss, our 5 hour ultimate big caving adventure. Or stay dry on our high rope adventure, Black Odyssey.

BOOK NOW www.waitomo.com 0800 456 922

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Thermal Explorer Highway

Art Deco

WHA

TPO

WAI

RUA

278

ROT

HKB

346

Whakatane

BOP

421

Waitomo

COR

205

Rotorua

HTN

114

Taupo

GIS

Whakapapa

Kayaking

126

Napier

State Highway

449

Tauranga

Gold

Thames

Cultural

Hamilton

Pacific Coast Highway Volcanic Loop Highway

Gisborne

AUK

Driving Distances and Times

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Auckland

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GIS

8.20

Gisborne

Te Urewera Rainforest Route

Diving

i-Site

Geothermal

Airport

Mountain Biking

Surf

Adventure

Fishing

Arts/Crafts

Beaches

Mountains

410

298

216

429

332

202

286

437

245

219

152

108

075

192

345

303

206

164

185

212

309

236

156

086

151

096

1.55

6.30

1.30

7.05

1.30

BOP

2.30

5.00

1.55

HKB Napier

5.30

3.00

4.00

5.45

4.30

4.30

6.00

3.00

4.15

3.15

3.15

TPO

3.45

5.25

2.10

3.10

2.55

1.30

1.15

ROT

1.40

2.40

1.30

3.15

2.30

Thames

Tauranga

Whakapapa

Taupo

108

106 116

2.05

240

143

223

306

308

097

177

159

262

080

164

167

166

085

3.00

4.50

WAI

2.30

6.50

1.00

2.30

2.15

4.45

2.15

2.00

2.00

WHA

5.00

3.20

3.05

3.25

1.20

4.30

3.45

2.45

1.25

Rotorua

1.20

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A6

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C8

Waitomo

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HTN COR

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302

RUA

Hamilton

Tramping / Walks

B7

200

Auckland

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B7

233

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C8

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B7

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B6

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mohaka forest

morere

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rangipo kaimanawa forest park

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kaweka forest park te pohue

tongariro national park

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waiwhare

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C6

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C6

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waikareiti forest

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B6

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Bay of PleNTy

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