Media Releases

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.


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.

Rotorua hotels rate among the best in New Zealand on Tripadvisor

Rotorua accommodation providers - winners in 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards

Ultramarathon tips record for biggest international field

International competitors line up for the 2017 Tarawera Ultramarathon

World’s first Māori emoji app launched

The world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer

Forest markers a step forward for safety

Forest users in trouble can now be located more efficiently with a new emergency response system.

Agroventures launch NZ’s first dedicated bike Freestyle Airbag

Riders have been throwing down double backflips and serious air since the launch of Freestyle Airbag – the newest experience at Agroventures Adventure Park.

Reinventing RotoVegas

How a tourism mecca recovered its mojo.

There’s always room for more in Rotorua

Easter often marks the end of the summer season for the visitor industry, but Rotorua continued to demonstrate positive growth

Rotorua is the place to be, rain or shine!

Rotorua visitor statistics continue to trend upwards, ahead of national increases.

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