Star sets things in Motion
A fire alarm and evacuation did little to dampen the spirits at the official opening of Rotorua’s Motion Entertainment on Saturday.
The all weather entertainment complex is the largest of its type in New Zealand and was opened by Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison and Rotorua Deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson.
An estimated 10,000 people attended the opening weekend with queues forming at 6.30am on the Saturday.
Speaking at the pre-launch event on Friday developer and Holmes Group managing director Ryan Holmes said the complex had created 50 new jobs; ’’a massive thing for Rotorua’’.
‘‘Our vision was to create something for families, an all weather facility that could support other tourist ventures in this town. We searched high and low for the best operators we could find, and the concept is to bring it all together under one roof.’’
Donaldson, who also leads Rotorua Lakes Council’s (RLC) economic growth portfolio, said the development was a vote of confidence in the Rotorua economy.
‘‘Full credit to Ryan and the Holmes Group for their entrepreneurship and persistence,’’ he said.
‘‘It doesn’t challenge the status quo on offer in Rotorua, it’s something you can do any time of year. This adds another product, fills a niche.’’
Holmes also said he was confident Motion Entertainment would attract 200,000 domestic and international visitors a year.
‘‘The projected numbers were carefully evaluated and calculated based on strong market research,’’ he said.
‘‘Some of our individual operators have franchises in other locations that easily attract over 1000 people a week, so when you combine eight popular attractions and a bistro under one roof then the numbers are very compelling. Events in our conference rooms are also expected to boost numbers through the door’’.
The attractions on offer at Motion Entertainment include XD Dark Ride, Dialled Indoor Tramp Park, Strike Zone Tenpin Bowling, Megazone Laser Tag, Timezone, Escape Masters, Lumberjax Mini Golf, Chipmunks Playland and Cafe and the licensed Revived Bistro.
Motion Entertainment is the first stage of the $13 million Lynmore Junction development. cover the frame and locally made wooden decorations.
‘‘Last year we also found that some of the decorations we had were either past their use-by date or damaged,’’ said RLC project manager Mandy Godo.
‘‘Commercial sized decorations come from overseas and needed to be ordered well in advance.
‘‘The best possible job was done in an extremely tight timeframe.
‘‘This year we have a wonderful mix of classic decorations as well as some locally made wooden ones, reflecting Rotorua’s culture which will hang on harakeke rope’’.
The new metal-framed tree was built by a local company.
The tradition of a Rotorua Christmas Tree goes back to the early 1980s when a sequoia outside the city iSite was decorated.