Media Releases

Largest international conference to be hosted in Rotorua

Rotorua is hosting the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) conference on 7-11 April 2019, which is the largest international conference that the city has ever secured.

Rotorua to host first North Island GODZone event

In 2020, Rotorua will become the first North Island location to host the world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone.

DOC and i-SITE sharing our public spaces with visitors

A new Department of Conservation visitor information hub opens in Rotorua's central i-SITE.

Visitor industry celebrates Chinese New Year

Rotorua’s visitor industry celebrated the Chinese New Year in Auckland this week at Destination Rotorua’s China-New Zealand Year of Tourism event.

Helping Kai Rotorua create a sustainable social enterprise

Rotorua Economic Development (RED) is working with Kai Rotorua to help them develop a strategy to become a sustainable social enterprise.

Rotorua Koru symbol showcased on new street flags

A new Koru design created for Rotorua is now displayed on street flags around town. The distinctive symbol represents Rotorua’s geographical features and plays an important role in Destination Rotorua’s work to promote the city as a place to live, visit, study, do business and invest in.

OGO launches one-of-a-kind Towgo

OGO, a popular Rotorua tourist attraction has developed their own unique design to solve an operational issue, which has both business and environmental benefits - introducing the Towgo!

Christmas Day in Rotorua

Find out what activities & restaurants are open on Christmas day for your family & friends to enjoy!

Encouraging responsible camping

Rotorua’s central i-SITE is helping to promote responsible camping this summer by enticing visitors to use free Wi-Fi.

Bringing back the Pink and White Terraces

Waimangu Volcanic Valley has launched an augmented reality (AR) app that will allow visitors to experience the Pink and White Terraces for the first time since they were destroyed in the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera.

Unlocking the Chinese market

The story of Pic’s Peanut Butter’s success in China provided a useful lesson on Chinese market potential for members of Rotorua’s visitor industry at a recent workshop.

$27.4 Government Funding Announcement

Today’s announcement from the Government that Rotorua will receive $27.4 million dollars from the Provincial Growth Fund is another sign of the region’s thriving investment and business economies.

TE PUIA l NZMACI - NEW TĀ MOKO STUDIO OPENS

Tā moko (Māori tattoo) now sits proudly alongside other Māori art forms at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), at Te Puia, with the opening of a new studio dedicated to the traditional practice.

Agroventures changes name to Velocity Valley

After nearly 20 years Agroventures Adventure Park is changing its name to Velocity Valley.

Rotorua makes the NY Times best destination list

Rotorua has been named as one of the top places to see in 2018 in the prestigious The New York Times' Places to Visit list.

Volcanology conference predicted to inject millions into economy

One thousand delegates from around the globe will attend four days of workshops and lectures at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

Australian travel industry left charmed by largest ever Rotorua Roadshow

Destination Rotorua and the largest ever group of local tourism operators have the Australian travel industry buzzing.

Contemporary Māori culture promotes Rotorua to travel agents

Brisbane's travel industry treated to Rotorua's contemporary Māori culture.

Rotorua visitors warm up to winter

Rotorua’s tourism industry demonstrated steady performance in May as unseasonably moderate weather extended the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities.

Shared vision leads to MOU to inspire and engage

DR and DOC signed an MOU to share and collaborate for tourism, destination management and conservation.

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