Meeting Newz March / April 2021

can incorporate not only food, beverage and entertainment with views across the city and lake, but also additional activities such as luge (with hospitality stops along the way), Zoom Zipline and Skyswing. Events can also include a Skyline Rotorua Stargazing experience – ideal for rounding the night off. Andrew Aitken, sales and marketing manager at Skyline Rotorua, points out there are three main venue facilities on the site – [ ROTORUA Sratosfare Restaurant & Bar, which can cater for 450 banquet style and 1000 for cocktails or the more intimate options of Skyline Forest Venue and Volcanic Hills wine tasting Room. “Stratosfare can be treated as a blank canvas – themed to the organiser’s choice or left as is with the spectacular views.” The forest venue is half way down Skyline’s scenic luge track and is surrounded by redwoods and native birdlife – making it something completely different for conferences, team building occasions and special events. The wine tasting room is ideal for small executive dinners, upmarket cocktail parties and other private events. HIGHER IN THE REDWOODS A new higher adrenalin option has been added to the Redwoods Treewalk about five minutes drive from the city. Co-founder and managing director Bruce Thomasen says the Altitude product, while being niche, is definitely adding appeal for the team building, bonding and adventure side of corporate business. “It means that people can have the option – some members of the group may do the ground walk and the treewalk, while others will be keen to go higher for the guided Altitude experience. Three flying foxes, 25 bridges, two spirals and a jump at the end are all part of the adventure, which reaches heights of 25 metres.” Thomasen says an attraction of Altitude for organisers is that participants are connected to the continuous safety line on the ground and cannot disconnect until the end of the experience. “It completely eliminates the human error element.” Thomasen says another popular aspect of Redwoods Treewalk’s business events offering is the ability to cater (perhaps breakfast amongst the trees) before people head off for their chosen experience. Sratosfare Restaurant & Bar Altitude Bridge [14] meeting newz [march april] 2021

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