Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Bad Weather Doesn't Deter Tourists

Bad Weather Doesn't Deter Tourists

New Zealand's tourist destinations are reporting high visitor numbers throughout the Christmas period, despite the atrocious weather.

Rotorua's New Zealand Maori Arts And Crafts Institute, one of the largest tourist operators in the country, opened on Christmas Day for the first time in many years and was thrilled with a steady stream of visitors.

CEO Andrew Te Whaiti says while the visitors were predominately international tourists, some New Zealanders who didn't celebrate a traditional Christmas visited the Institute.

"The strong crowds on Christmas and Boxing Day are proof that people – particularly tourists - need something to do over the statutory holidays."

While forecasted bad weather was expected to decrease visitor numbers, Te Whaiti says the reverse happened, with summer visitor statistics already well ahead of predictions.

"The geothermal valley often presents a better experience on days when the weather isn't so attractive. The steam levels increase and our geyser Pohutu is even more impressive."

Te Whaiti says while the geothermal and cultural aspects of the Institute are popular, international tourists are always impressed with the Kiwi House.

"Our site is the only place in the world you can see kiwis in the heart of a geothermal valley. Together with the natural geothermal wonders of the valley, these icons of New Zealand tourism continue to amaze our international visitors. We are proud and privileged to offer both here," Te Whaiti says.

"Strong visitor numbers this summer stand us on good ground to launch our two year development plan, offering new products and services to interest both international and domestic visitors."

The Maori Arts And Crafts Institute will also launch a major rebranding project next month, including a new name, new look and major redevelopment plans.

Operated under an Act of Parliament, the Institute is an iconic tourist destination in New Zealand attracting 600,000 visitors annually. As a stand-alone organisation the Institute does not receive any funding but all profits are reinvested into Maori arts, crafts and culture.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news