Meeting Newz March / April 2021

SOMUCHMORE THANMEETS THE EYE of experiences ideal for conferences and events,” he says. Famil participants from across the country gathered at Wairakei Resort and started with a picnic themed outdoor lunch where they were introduced to operator partners that would be co-hosting the group. Operators included Eventrent, an event hire and design company specialising in corporate events; Chris Jolly Outdoors whose activities include boating, fly fishing, hiking and biking; and Group Lake Cruises and Huka Falls Jet which operate trips on the Waikato River to Huka Falls. A full tour of the hotel was given after lunch, including the ample conference facilities, tennis and squash courts, nine- hole golf course, gym, sauna and spa pools. A transfer to Huka Falls Jet was next up, with the power of the jet and 360 degree spins getting the hearts pumping and faces smiling. A short trip back to the hotel gave the buyers some free time to do some exploring of their own – the Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa just a short two minute walk across the road was a popular choice. Inclement weather in the evening didn’t allow for the group to experience one of the hotel’s newest venues, the Hidden L ee Watkins, director of sales and marketing, says the central plateau from Taupo to the Ruapehu districts offer an ideal central location for groups to meet and enjoy stunning open spaces in unique natural environments. “Whether it is on river, mountain, lake, or within the surrounding native bush areas, delegates will leave with lasting memories of our spectacular natural playground. Both properties are iconic New Zealand hotels offering a variety Wairakei Resort Taupo and Chateau Tongariro Hotel played host to a group of delegates in March, showcasing both properties and strategic partners over two and a half days. Chateau Tongariro Hotel Wairakei Resort Taupo Getting ready for a Huka Falls Jet experience Cruising with Chris Jolly Outdoors [ WA I RAKE I R E SORT & CHATEAU TONGAR I RO FAM I L By Paul Hailes [36] meeting newz [march april] 2021