Destination Rotorua is facilitating conceptual studies with the landowners, Golf Clubs and Greg Turner Golf to explore how Rotorua Golf Club Arikikapakapa can become an international class destination and strong catalyst for tourism growth in the district.
The Arikikapakapa Golf Course has the potential to be a significant destination asset. Ownership decisions, the vision of Destination Rotorua and the moves of Tourism NZ to develop New Zealand’s international golf tourism market are aligned.
Golf related international tourism contributes around $190 million per annum to the national economy and the potential is to double that impact over the next few years. 80% of this value falls outside the golf spending arena in tourism associated businesses such as airlines, accommodation, car rentals, food and beverage and other attractions. Golf visitors also tend to stay longer and deliver over twice the average tourist yield.
The process is well advanced in developing distinctive “NZ golf trails” and the significant private investments in the central North Island guarantee that the overall region will feature (most specifically around the likes of Kinloch, Waiariki Institute of Technology and Cape Kidnappers).
Arikikapakapa has the potential to feature alongside these marquee courses and therefore for Rotorua to significantly benefit from this upcoming initiative. The natural geothermal features of the site are its most distinctive attribute.
The journey around the property needs to link the sporting endeavour with the site’s distinctive physical attributes and its Maori history. The opportunity exists to create a New Zealand golf course that unites, harmonises and celebrates these values.
Māori golf and culture has been exported to the world by champions like Michael Campbell and Phillip Tataurangi. This course could bring the golfing world to the Māori culture.
- Fully engaged and involved landowners, club and wider community
- Concept designs and costing established
- Funding options explored
- Integration with wider tourism initiatives and strategic neighbours (such as Te Puia and Waiariki Institute of Technology).