Dis­cov­er­ing green and gold

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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Tay­lor Auld with in­te­grated catch­ment man­age­ment com­mit­tee co-chair (north) Stu Hus­band.

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