Meeting Newz September / October 2021

SURPRI SES IN STRATFORD Stratford in central Taranaki offers an intoxicating blend of art, culture, adventure and discovery – while also providing facilities ideal for meetings, conferences and business sessions. S tratford is known as a gateway to Taranaki Maunga and the Forgotten World Highway (State Highway 43), giving incentive and corporate retreat planners a myriad of outdoor options. The DOC Dawson Falls Visitor Centre provides in-depth information on conservation areas in the region, including 14,000 kilometres of track, a choice of Great Walks and an extensive network of huts and campsites. For groups seeking lodge comfort for a retreat or reward programme, options include Ngaruahine Dawson Falls Lodge and Ngati Ruanui Stratford Mountain House. Manganui Ski Field provides delegates with an extra recreational option during the season. Themes with a difference The district also has its quirky side – Whangamomona Hotel can accommodate about 40 people (utilising the nearby lodge) for groups keen to base a programme around the Republic of Whangamomona. Declaring itself a republic when the district was ‘split’ by local government (half into Manawatu district while the other half stayed in Taranaki), Whangamomona celebrates 35 years of independence in January 2023. The activities which traditionally mark Republic Day celebrations can be incorporated into a bespoke Taranaki incentive or team building day – with gumboot throwing, sheep races, whip cracking demonstrations and more. Another surprising ‘twist;’ that can be incorporated into a programme is around Stratford’s (or Stratford-upon-Patea’s) William Shakespeare ‘connection’. The supposed similarity of the Patea River to the River Avon in England led to the adoption of Host your next event in the heart of Taranaki Centennial Rest Rooms 2 function spaces 1 kitchen 120 person capacity Scenic location War Memorial Centre 3 versatile function spaces 1 commercial kitchen Large carpark 1,000 person capacity Engagements · Weddings · Sports Functions · Conferences Expos · Corporate Events · Team building · Retreats Christmas functions · Awards Dinners TET MultiSports Centre 3 versatile function spaces 1 bar and restaurant Squash, Netball, Tennis, Hockey 1,157 person capacity To book phone 06 765 6099 or visit stratford.govt.nz To book phone 06 765 6988 o r visit stadium-stfd.co.nz TARANAK I / STRATFORD ] Taranaki Pioneer Village HEART OF TARANAK I meeting newz [sept oct] 2021 [15]

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