Centre a nucleus for adventure tourism
Building on the community initiatives and developments Red Stag Investments has undertaken in recent years is the establishment of a new and unique tourism precinct in the Waipa Valley in Rotorua, which expands from adventure tourism into health and wellbeing.
Red Stag Group has supported the joint Waikato and Bay of Plenty bid to become New Zealand’s Home of Cycling, helping to enable the velodrome to be constructed in Cambridge, and cement Rotorua’s Waipa Valley and associated Whakarewarewa forest as the National Home of Mountain Biking.
Red Stag Investments, which has interests in forestry and wood processing, has actively supported the National Cycle Way as it progresses south out of Rotorua on the way to Taupo.
It is also involved with the construction of a custom-built cycle bridge that connects the pathway from the Hemo Gorge to the Waipa Valley, providing users with both access to the forest, and safe off-road access prior to connecting with the southern arterial cycle way.
Red Stag Investments is now developing a custom built mountain biking centre which will accommodate event management and community space, mountain biking promotion, hire and ancillary retail, and a cafe and bar area.
Red Stag managing director Jason Cordes says the design of the centre incorporates the group’s “wood ﬁrst” philosophy – using natural, sustainable materials to establish a
“beautiful, functional structure that will interface seamlessly with the forest backdrop”.
All of the structural components have been created by Red Stag Timber and Red Stag Wood Solutions. Jason says adventure tourism is already attracting more people to the area.
“We want to see Rotorua as the Home of Cycling and the Home of Mountain Biking, and the development of this centre really supports that, with a nucleus as a centre for other adventure tourism activities,” he says.
Red Stag Investments envisions a cluster of symbiotic tourism ventures which can provide patrons with a mix of outdoor and indoor experiences, to ensure visitors can enjoy themselves throughout all seasons and weather conditions.
The group is also looking at establishing more “tourism-focused” enterprises over the next three years on 11ha of space at the front of the Waipa Valley Also under construction at the centre is a spa complex, and Red Stag Investments is working with Secret Spot to co-develop a spa complex adjacent to the forest, to complement and support its mountain biking and tourism activities “Our complex will utilise the beneﬁts of the natural Hemo Springs water, one of the cleanest and most natural springs in the region, to provide a tranquil and relaxing destination to decompress after a hard day mountain biking or participating in the numerous activities the Rotorua region has available,” Jason says.
Red Stag Investments’ master plan for the centre includes the development of accommodation and service amenities to cater for adrenaline seekers and families.
“We’re talking with a number of hotel operators who are interested in the opportunity to bring accommodation to the valley,” Jason says.
“One of the options we have discussed is a hybrid format which can cater to people who want traditional hotel rooms, and also service the families and the mountain bikers.
“With lockable storage, right through to open form, larger style accommodation which is more cost-effective and caters for those groups and teams who want to come to Rotorua and focus their time in the forest.”