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Mokoia spa to enhance Maaori tourism experience

Mokoia spa to enhance Maaori tourism experience

Tourists are set to be the winners with the launch of the new Wai Ora Spa - Mokoia Island Experience in Lake Rotorua.

The venture, launched by Associate Tourism Minister Nanaia Mahuta is set to offer a unique cultural and ecological tourism experience.

"The Wai Ora Spa - Mokoia Island Experience is ideally placed to offer both Kiwis and international visitors a quality Maaori tourism experience," said Nanaia Mahuta.

"With recent Ministry of Tourism figures indicating more than half a million tourists have had a taste of the Maaori experience, the Wai Ora Mokoia Island Experience is going to offer an opportunity for visitors to gain an even greater knowledge of indigenous Aotearoa/New Zealand."

Nanaia Mahuta said the new spa is in line with the Labour-led government's key goals in the recently released New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015.

"The two key principles of the Strategy are kaitiakitanga - of our environment and culture, and manaakitanga toward our visitors," said Nanaia Mahuta.

"The Strategy aims for New Zealand to deliver a world class visitor experience, and identifies Maaori culture as offering a uniqueness that sets Aotearoa/New Zealand apart from the rest of the world.

"The Wai Ora Spa- Mokoia Island Experience reflects the huge potential offered by an 'authentic' Maaori experience and is sure to provide a quality product that combines local history and culture, ecology and a premier spa facility all in one.

ENDS

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