Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


TRENZ 2016 showcases the best of Rotorua to world’s media

TRENZ 2016 showcases the best of Rotorua to world’s media

Rotorua – 12 May 2016

TRENZ media delegates were served up some of the best Rotorua has to offer this afternoon, as they were treated to a couple of the region’s world class adventure experiences and a taste of the Maori culture, history and geothermal wonders that make Rotorua such a desirable visitor destination.

Specifically tailored activities saw tourism media delegates, including Instagram sensation Alan Dixon and representatives from major international publications like Lonely Planet, head out to the Whakarewarewa Forest mountain biking trail network, one of only six gold level ride centres in the world. Deputy Mayor and mountain bike enthusiast Dave Donaldson provided a history of Rotorua’s mountain biking as he accompanied the group into the forest.

“Rotorua is within three hours of half the population of New Zealand,” said Mr Donaldson, “just one hour from the country’s largest port, and an easy drive or flight away from an international airport – which means we are in a great place to do business nationally and overseas. A great climate, easy access to lakes, forests and other natural resources all make for an enviable lifestyle that is second to none, so it is easy to see why so many people are choosing to live, work and invest in Rotorua. We also remain firmly committed to tourism and to being New Zealand’s premier visitor destination, with a target of $1 billion in visitor expenditure by 2030.”

The adventure continued as the media were given a behind the scenes tour of OGO. One of the inventors of this activity Andrew Akers provided insight into the history of the product before they were given the opportunity to experience the thrill of rolling down a hill in a transparent orb.

While one group experienced the action and adventure of Rotorua’s trails and OGO, a second group consisting of media from North and South America, the UK, Asia and New Zealand immersed themselves in Rotorua’s rich Maori Culture and Geothermal landscape.

This began with a Kia Ora Guided Walk through Ohinemutu on the shores of Lake Rotorua, illustrating how maanakitanga (warmth and hospitality) and tourism has long been an integral part of Rotorua.

The group then headed south to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, proclaimed by Tripadvisor as one of the 20 most surreal places in the world. This stunning natural wonder has been thousands of years in the making and the group was in awe of the iconic Champagne Pool.

On their way back to the city, media had a brief stopover at the hidden gem Kerosone Creek. A local favourite, the secret was out after the New Zealand Herald declared Kerosone Creek one of the 15 things to do in NZ in 2015.

Destination Rotorua Communications Manager Ash Palmer said the chosen itineraries provided media with a glimpse into what makes Rotorua such a world-class visitor destination.

“These itineraries were designed to provide these media delegates the chance to take in the Maori culture and geothermal wonders that put Rotorua on the map as New Zealand’s original home of tourism, or the opportunity to experience some of the more recent additions to our visitor offering in our World Class trails and world first OGO," said Mr Palmer. “We knew that either of the itineraries would leave a lasting impression on why Rotorua is a must-visit for international or New Zealand visitors alike.”

TRENZ brings New Zealand tourism operators (exhibitors) together with targeted international travel and tourism buyers and media from New Zealand’s key established and emerging tourism markets. Hosted by Destination Rotorua, TRENZ 2016 is being held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, 10-13 May 2016.

The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) manages TRENZ on behalf of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust. TRENZ is supported by Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and other industry partners.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Science Media Centre: Funding For R&D In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced $401.3 million funding for research and development through Budget 2020 and the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The fund includes $150 million for an R&D loan scheme, ... More>>


Maritime NZ: NZ Joins Global Initiative Keeping Ports Open And Freight Moving

New Zealand has joined an international port authorities’ global initiative for safe and efficient movement of goods and shipping during the COVID-19 crisis. World-wide, 56 port authorities have agreed how they will work together facilitating maritime ... More>>


National: National Backs Businesses With $10k JobStart

National will provide a $10,000 cash payment to businesses that hire additional staff as part of our commitment to keeping New Zealanders in jobs, National Party Leader Todd Muller and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith have announced. Our JobStart ... More>>


DIY Law: Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector ... More>>


Media Awards: The New Zealand Herald Named Newspaper Of The Year, Website Of The Year At Voyager Media Awards

The New Zealand Herald has been labelled a “powerhouse news operation” as it claims the two biggest prizes – Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year – along with many individual awards at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards Website of the ... More>>


ASB Bank: ASB Takes The Lead Again With New Low Home Loan Interest Rate

ASB has moved again to support its customers, cutting a number of home loan rates, including the two-year special rate to a new low of 2.69% p.a. Craig Sims, ASB executive general manager Retail Banking says the reduced rate will be welcome news for many ... More>>


Nathan Hoturoa Gray: The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More>>


RNZ: Fletcher Building To Lay Off 1000 Staff In New Zealand

The construction company will cut around 10 percent of its workforce as it struggles with the fallout from Covid-19. More>>


Can Pay, Won't Pay: Cashflow Moves Urged

Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Legally Protect The Right To Work From Home

For understandable reasons, the media messaging around Level Two has been all about “freedom” and “celebration”, but this is not necessarily going to be a universal experience. When it comes to workplace relations, Level Two is just as likely to ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>


Science Media Centre: Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A

Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief.
While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health, public concerns about its impact have spread around the world, fueled in part by growing misinformation online. The SMC asked experts to comment... More>>


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>


Media Blues: Stuff Chief Executive Buys Company For $1

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1.
The chief executive was returning the company to New Zealand ownership, with the sale is expected to be completed by 31 May.
"Our plan is to transition the ownership of Stuff to give staff a direct stake in the business as shareholders," Boucher said in a statement.... More>>


RNZ: Bar Reopening Night 'much, Much Quieter'

Pubs and bars are reporting a sluggish first day back after the lockdown, with the fear of going out, or perhaps the joy of staying home, thought to be a reason for the low numbers. More>>


Stats NZ: New Zealand’s Population Passes 5 Million

New Zealand's resident population provisionally reached 5 million in March 2020, Stats NZ said today. More>>

NIWA: Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More>>


Government: Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small businesses. More>>