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Just enough room to swing a cat at Visitor Guide Launch

Posted on Monday, 18 February 2013

Thought provoking, witty and inspiring is how Gareth Morgan was described following his guest appearance at the launch of the new Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River Visitor Guide.

A stellar turn out of nearly 180 representatives from the tourism industry, DOC, iwi, local business associations, Ruapehu District Council and the farming community filled the conference room at the Chateau Tongariro on Tuesday the 12th of February.

Mr Morgan used a recent trip to China as an example of why New Zealanders should take ownership of our environment if, as a country, we are to prosper economically in the future. In Morgans view, all industries should support the 100% PURE brand, not just in principal but also in practice. He used water quality as an indicator of how much care we take protecting lakes, river and streams, and alluded to the South Islands Million Dollar Mouse project as an example of how communities can work together for the benefit of their local economy.

The Ruapehu District is home to New Zealand’s youngest and oldest National Parks; Whanganui and Tongariro, the latter of which has UNESCO dual world heritage status. “We know that visitors are drawn to this area by the landscape, nature and environment, the new Visitor Guide will now help showcase the the activities and accommodation available to keep them here longer” says Visit Ruapehu General Manager Mike Smith.

The Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River Visitor Guide features two National Cycle Trails; the Timber Trail and Mountains to Sea, two Great Walks; the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Whanganui Journey, as well as three ski areas and New Zealand’s largest private/public biodiversity project.

Visit Ruapehu engaged with representatives from each of the geographically widespread Ruapehu communities and industries to ensure the content within the new Visitor Guide characterized the unique qualities of the entire district.

Copies are available through Jasons Distribution, i-SITE Visitor Information Centres and www.visitruapehu.com

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