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Trade, Media and Industry Information Section

Visit Ruapehu welcomes contact from trade and media and can assist faciliating visits to the region.  Please contact Jo Kennedy on email or phone +6421 374 766.

New Zealand Cycle Trail Product Directory

Check our Ruapehu's operators as featured the comprehensive cycleway directory which was completed in May 2012.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentNZCT Product Directory 2012
Adobe Acrobat Document, 10.7 MB

Agent Distribution Chain

Help unravel the sometimes complex nature of the distribution chain and the role of commissions in business derived from this channel.  Check out ITOC's explanation of the distribution chain.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentITOCDistribution Chain
Adobe Acrobat Document, 896 KB

Working with your RTO 

Read Robyn Bolton's insightful article about how, as a tourism business, you can make the most out of your RTO.   Robyn was General Manager of Destination Northland and is now principal of Activate Tourism Marketing.  This article has been reproduced with the permission of Robyn and the publisher of Tourism Business Magazine.


Adobe Acrobat DocumentGetting the best out of your RTO
Adobe Acrobat Document, 991 KB

Visit Ruapehu A4 Regional Introduction

Adobe Acrobat DocumentVisit Ruapehu Regional Introduction
Adobe Acrobat Document, 2.55 MB

GNZTR Trade Manual

Visit Ruapehu is part of the GNZTR alliance.  Download the 2011-12 edition now.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentGNZTR 2011-12 Product Manual
Adobe Acrobat Document, 16.2 MB

For online details please click here to visit the GNZTR website.

Te Kahui Tupua Trade Manual

Download your copy of this trade manual, featuring product in the Ruapehu, Wanganui and Rangitiki regions.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentTe Kahui Tupua Trade Manual 2010-11
Adobe Acrobat Document, 7.90 MB


Visit Ruapehu Trustees

The strategic direction and leadership for Visit Ruapehu is provided by a committed group of Trustees.

The Trustees all provide their time voluntarily to act on your behalf. They are guided by the sole purpose of growing tourism numbers into the Ruapehu region, for the region’s future prosperity and economic growth.

All are highly skilled individuals who bring to the role the benefit of their skills and experience in tourism, business and academic arenas.


Nikki Riley - Chairperson
Nikki has been the Director of Pinnacle Accountancy in Ohakune since 2001. She is a First Term Ruapehu District Councillor, Past President of Ohakune 2000 Inc and studied Commerce majoring in Accountancy at Auckland University.

Phone: 027 207 0844


Murray Wilson
Murray has been a tourism operator at Mount Hutt, Christchurch and Ruapehu for 36 years and has served in various capacities in the community and recently on the Ruapehu District Council.

Currently he is chair of the National Park Village Business Association and a proponent of the two major cycle trail developments.

Phone: 07 892 2774


Mike Wiggins – Founding Chair
Mike is the Managing Director of IBS Consulting Ltd and works with a range of companies to grow their businesses. 
He has owned 9 businesses, achieved Master Franchise and Business Development awards from the NZ Franchise Assn. Mike is in partnership with his son in TCB Ski, Board and Bike in Ohakune.

Mike and Wife Vicki live in Taupo and visit Ohakune most weekends.

Mobile: 021 546 702


Kathy Guy - Trustee
Kathy has been involved in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry since the mid 70’s and is Group General Manager of both Chateau Tongairiro and Wairakei Resort. Kathy is a Director of Mountain Air and the Central Regional Chair of the NZ Hotel Council and has held two terms on the Board of Tourism New Zealand.

Phone: 07 374 8021 
Mobile: 0274 494 090


Dan Steele – Trustee
Entrepreneur Dan Steele, owner of Blue Duck Station, is a passionate conservationist, hunter, farmer and tourism operator. He runs a major conservation project, lodges, a café and adventure activities all within a 5200 acre working sheep and beef farm. Dan has a Bachelor of Agriculture and believes New Zealand could be a financially independent, environmental global leader through tourism working in partnership with farming and conservation.

Phone: 07 895 6276


Jeanette Richardson ONZM - Trustee

Jeanette is a qualified librarian and her academic background relates to history, education and management studies.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Auckland University in which she specialised in the history of New Zealand and the Pacific.  In 2010 she was a finalist in the ACP Media Woman of the Year Award. In 2013 Jeanette was a semi-finalist in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.  She is now Director of the National Army Museum. 

Phone: 06 387 6911


Graeme Cosford - RDC Elected Trustee

Graeme is an elected member of the Ruapehu District Council and has supported district marketing from the appointment of the first marketing manager in 1991. He has served as a member of the marketing committee of council for various terms since and was also council appointee to the River Regions Tourism Board RTO set up by Horizons Regional Council. Graeme is a keen tramper and recreational cyclist.  

Phone: 07 895 7572