Te Arawa Group Holdings enters tourism industry

Te Arawa Group Holdings enters tourism industry


Te Arawa Group Holdings has bought its first
tourism business following its Treaty settlement. Now they can add
Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland to stakes they hold in forestry
and agri-business industries. This geothermal ground has been left in its natural
state for over 100 years, and now it’s returning to Te Arawa. Very pleased in the fact that this only started
at the beginning of the year. It’s a favourite tourist spot, but now Te Arawa will be
in charge of its management. Director of Te Arawa Group
Holdings Eru George says it was a big job getting
the asset back from its owners, especially because Ngai Tahu
were also bidding on Waiotapu. Te Arawa have been in the tourism industry since the eruption of Tarawera. And we’re still going today. Ngai Tahu aren’t strangers
to the industry. They’ve entered into other ventures
such as Rainbow Springs, Kiwi Wildlife Park, Agrodome and the paddle steamer
Lakeland Queen. With Te Arawa
living in a tourist mecca, everything has now fallen
into place. There are on-going discussions in
ways we can make more profit to increase and enhance
tourism in Te Arawa. It is estimated more than 1000
people visit the tourist attraction daily during its peak season. It’s hoped that this will
only be the start of Te Arawa’s many tourist ventures. Te Aturangi Stewart, Te Karere.

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