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Rotorua Shows Sydney’s Travel Industry Why It’s the Best Place to Visit This Spring

August 25, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Sydney’s travel industry were treated to a night of fun and fashion last night at Doltone House on Jones Bay Wharf learning why spring is the perfect time to experience the wonders of Rotorua in New Zealand. 

Known as ‘New Zealand’s coolest hot spot’, Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity and spa facilities, pristine natural surroundings, countless adventure tourism experiences and as a heartland of Maori culture. As the birthplace of New Zealand tourism the city has greeted visitors for over 150 years, but there is a lot more to experience now than ever before.

Destination Rotorua Trade Manager Patrick Dault says that every year they bring a group of local Rotorua tourism operators to Australia to get face to face with the influential people selling offshore travel.

“Australians are still our largest international visitor group so we like to remind the key travel decision influencers that Rotorua is one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet,” says Mr Dault.

“Rotorua is gearing up for an incredible spring and summer with a number of new experiences and festivals like Mudtopia and Crankworx. Off the back of Tourism New Zealand being declared ‘Best Tourism Office’ and Air New Zealand taking the title of the most reputable company in Australia, there has never been a better time to come and visit.”

While traditional Maori culture has always been a big drawcard for the region, this year’s event included a pop-up fashion show by local Rotorua designers Mereana Ngatai and Kharl WiRepa to showcase some of the more contemporary elements.

“This year we wanted to give the crowd a taste of fashion and flair and showcase some of the local designers that are putting Rotorua on the map for the contemporary art and fashion that our visitors can take home with them,” says Dault.

The crowd of two hundred in attendance were treated to true glamour with an indigenous Maori flair.  The models walked the catwalk in a variety of designs influenced by Te Arawa culture (local Rotorua tribal group) and the natural beauty of the region.

Rotorua designer Mearana Ngatai says that she absolutely loves watching people fall in love with and take her work back home with them.

“I come from a haka and performance art background, so everything that I do and create is a reflection of that performance. I’m here to share the love and the spirit of our people and our land, expressing those concepts through the movement of fabric, texture and creation.”

The event included a prize-draw for a $5,000 trip to Rotorua, including airfares, accommodation and activities, all courtesy of Air New Zealand and Roadshow participants. Runner‑up prizes included a myriad of goodies from across the Tasman.

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