Itineraries and Programme Options
Sample incentive itineraries (parts of which can also be used for conference activities)
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Themes and off-site venues
With so many creative people involved in Rotorua's conference and incentive industry, the options for themes and off-site activities are only limited by imagination and budget.
If you are coaching delegates from Auckland consider these options:
On the way:
On the way down from Auckland there are various options for refreshment stops along the way. The NZ Horse Magic Show at Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge (with covered drop-off points for coaches) offers a lunch option whilst Lake Karapiro's Mighty River Domain offers adventure activities like high and low climbing courses, abseiling, kayaking or waka ama to invigorate your delegates. At Matamata drop in at Middle Earth aka Hobbiton, famed home of hobbits from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Take a movie set tour and/or partake of refreshments at The Green Dragon Inn. Alternatively arrange for a Rotorua event company like Action NZ or Activities Unlimited to organise anything from a simple pit stop with refreshments on the side of the road to team building events at some point on the coach journey to Rotorua.
Why not call into Off Road NZ or Agroventures as you arrive in the Rotorua district and get your delegates energised for the days ahead with some great fun-filled activities like 4WD bush safaris, monster trucks, kart racing, shweebing, body flying. bungy, swoop and jet sprint boating on offer there. You could even stay on for dinner at Off Road NZ's bush camp.
For something spine-tingling, arrange for an authentic Maori welcome (powhiri) for your group at one of Rotorua scenically splendid spots on entering the city - or at your accommodation venue if preferred.
If you are flying guests into Rotorua consider these options:
Surprise the CEO or special guests with a limousine on arrival. Maybe even go all out by adding a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight before landing in the city (either at Rotorua Lakefront in the CBD or Whakarewarewa Thermal reserve) and transferring to their accommodation by limousine.
Want to give your delegates a quick 'spin' before settling in? Guests may think they are boarding a coach to transfer to their accommodation; however they are actually heading to the Ohau Channel (lying between Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti) where a selection of water-craft await. Kayaks, canoes, jet boats, Maori waka etc can be utilised to transport the group back to Rotorua Lakefront where a coach will transfer them to their accommodation.
Getting close to a meal break on arrival? Arrange with your accommodation provider to supply off-site catering at one of Rotorua's stunning lakes. Delegates could be entertained further by being transported in amphibious WWII ducks. Perhaps choose an exclusive sail cruise, hot swim and meal package on a 38ft catamaran on Lake Rotoiti with Pure Cruise.
Rotorua has a whole host of unique venues from historic buildings to scenic gems, bush camps to geothermal hot spots.
Historic building options include:
Rotorua Museum, Blue Baths and Te Runanga Tea House
Natural phenomena options include:
The hot sands of Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach, Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia, The Squeeze at Orakei Korako, the Artist's Palette at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rainbow Springs' fresh-water springs, indigenous food on Mokoia Island, and the world's newest eco-system at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.
Breath-taking scenic gem options include:
The summit of Mt Tarawera, 18 lakes each with their own scenic splendour, spectacular views of lake, island and city from Mt Ngongotaha, and towering trees in a Redwood Grove, Whakarewarewa Forest.
Other options include:
Bush camps, heritage orchard, barbecues at natural hot pools, glow-worms, local maraes, conference centres, hotels, lodges, gardens, waterfalls, Maori cultural experiences and so much more.
Contact the Bureau and let Patrick Dault and the team assist with putting something together especially for your group.
With a unique location and lashings of Kiwi ingenuity, Rotorua is fast challenging other destinations for the title of adventure capital of New Zealand.
With everything from white-water rafting and sledging, bungy jumping, jet boating (jet-sprint course or on the lake), luging, stand up paddle boarding, zipline tours, 4WD driving, paintballing, kayaking, jet skiing, dirt biking, monster trucks, drift karting, mountain biking, scree running, rock climbing, abseiling, helicopter flights, swooping, floatplane flights, horse riding and sky swinging to the southern hemisphere’s only freefall simulator and locally invented activities like Sweebing and Zorbing.
Include one or more of these adventure activities in your programme or use a combination in an Amazing Race type event.
Want something slower paced? Choose from trout fishing, RailCruising, Lakeland Queen paddleboat, self-drive pontoons boats, soaking in mineral pools, walking heritage trails, spa therapies, mazes, golf and mini golf, beautiful walking tracks including the amazing Redwood Grove, art trails, Buried Village - New Zealand’s own Pompeii, nature parks, NZ raptor display at Wingspan, NZ Caterpillar Experience, Rotorua Museum, eco-thermal tours, Jelly Belly gourmet jellybean games at Skyline Rotorua, or perhaps a visit to a Maori village, Volcanic Hills Winery or Mamaku Blue Blueberry Experience.
If there is something that you specifically want to include in your programme that you don't see listed here, please let us know and we will endeavour to secure it for you. Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter to keep up with the new developments in the C&I market.
Touring and partner programme options
Spirit of a living culture
Spirit of the earth
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Nature at its best
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