After a loud public outcry, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) have decided to keep a free sledding area near Happy Valley free of charge. RAL were proposing $59 entry for adults and $35 for children, but have since scrapped the idea saying,
“the additional area within Happy Valley, came about after engagement with concerned locals over the past few weeks. We listened to the issues raised and have worked with our team to find a solution.”
“Our reputation as a community focused organisation is very important to us,” he said on Monday,
“everyone will continue to enjoy free snow play and sledding in designated areas at both Whakapapa and Turoa.”
Salmonella Dub, legends of the NZ music scene are celebrating their 25th anniversary with three very special shows this summer, featuring the return of Tiki Taane!
These shows mark 25 years for the multiple platinum selling and award winning Salmonella Dub and will be especially memorable with the featured return of Tiki Taane who worked with the band from 1996 until 2006.
Founding member Andrew Penman says “We are preparing an iconic, audio-visual, bass heavy, back catalogue mash up with a treasure chest of guests”. Tiki Taane says of his welcome return “To be able to help my old bandmates celebrate 25 years of Salmonella Dub is a glorious prospect and probably a once in a lifetime occurrence – no one will want to miss this”.
Salmonella Dub and Tiki Taane will be joined onstage by Fat Freddy’s Drop and Ladi6 when they perform at Christchurch’s Hagley Park, and Ladi6 and TrinityRoots at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, for their not to be missed 25th-anniversary shows.
Taupo’s tour date!
Sat – 3rd February – Taupo – Owen Delany Park Featuring Ladi6 and TrinityRoots More acts to be announced for all shows
Queens birthday weekend was the date to save, and many people did!
More than 2700 people visited Whakapapa’s Happy Valley opening on the Saturday and Sunday, a huge jump from the 578 people in 2016. The previous record for visitor numbers was in 2014 with 1904.
“Our new snow machine is in full swing and thanks to the snow it’s pumping out we were able to open Happy Valley a whole month earlier than last year,” Ross Copland, CEO of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) said. “The early season opening is great news not only for Mt Ruapehu, but also the entire district as accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and ski hire shops are all already busy.”
The new look was well received in the opening weekend and as well as the new snow machines, three new carpet lifts are being installed – two will be covered by see-through gallery tunnels.
Both Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Areas are scheduled to open on 1 July.
For daily snow reports listen to Ski FM from 7am every morning for hourly updates.
FIVE THINGS you need to know ready for Fieldays starting tomorrow!
1. GET THE PARKING APP – Whether you have been before or are going for the first time, get the parking app. The parking wardens park around 20,000 cars a day so as you can imagine there are a few utes about. If you get the Fieldays app you can pin where your car is parked and then find it when your on your way back out! (The map also shows you which stalls are where and who all the exhibitors are). Download the app here.
2. OR TAKE A BUS – If you don’t want the hassle of finding your car at the end of the day, take the bus! There are free services for ticket holders from Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Hamilton. Park your car at the bus station and ride care-free.The bus timetable is here.
3. LADIES THERE’S A RURAL BACHELOR COMPETITION – Maybe you are going willingly to fieldays, then fair enough, alongside the livestock you should check out these fellas. But if you are being dragged against your will, you DEFINITELY should go check out the bachelor competition. If you are going with your partner, hey, you can always look right? One event for you… one event for meeee.
4. VISIT THE NEW HEALTH HUB AREA – There will be 30 exhibitors dedicated to health and well being, focusing on people who live in Rural areas. Your health and well being is just as important for you as it is for your livestock, worth a look we reckon!
5. PLAN YOUR DAY – Make sure you know where and what you want to go to… there are over 1000 exhibitors around the place + displays so it can get a little overwhelming (especially if you see the Rural bachelors first off). Plan what you want to go to by checking out the activities list here. Trust us, it’ll be worth it in the end.
If you are unlucky and can’t make this years Fieldays, plan ahead!