Discovering green and gold
The Coromandel played host to influential Australian guests here this week to promote the upper North Island to their compatriots.
The travel party from Newcastle spent Tuesday afternoon cycling between Waihi and Paeroa admiring the green vistas and mining relics of a bygone golden era. This is the second time Hunter Travel Group managing director Brett Dann has brought a party to experience the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Hunter Group Travel is a member of Helloworld Travel and one of the largest privately-owned travel agency groups in Australia. Dann believes the Hauraki Rail Trail is well suited to his market.
‘‘It’s a wonderful attraction, so easy to ride, fantastic scenery with great options to stop off and sample the local fare. I believe this tour will continue to grow in popularity as more Australians hear about it.’’
As part of the promotion, Dann organised Newcastle Radio station breakfast hosts from KOFM to join the tour. Breakfast show duo ‘Tayna and Steve’ continued to broadcast their weekday show while completing the ‘New Zealand Road Test’ on behalf of their Australian listeners. Destination Coromandel co-ordinated the visit locally, opting to capture highlights on film that has already had over 7000 views since being posted on the KOFM Facebook page.
After dining at Flat White Cafe´ in Waihi Beach the group cycled from Waikino to Paeroa, stopping off at Owharoa Falls and the Karangahake Gorge Window’s Walk. At Paeroa they enjoyed ale and dinner at the One3One Bar & Restaurant. The Australian travel trade and media familiarisation is the ninth official hosting coordinated by Destination Coromandel since July.
Steve and Tayna from KOFM Newcastle visit Owharoa Falls on the Hauraki Rail Trail.
Taylor Auld with integrated catchment management committee co-chair (north) Stu Husband.