A recent study said people who ride in Whakarewarewa forest contribute between $30m and $50m in spending annually to the local economy. There are some awesome local businesses capitalising on this sector and spring-boarding into other markets from Rotorua. Three speakers are parking their bikes up to give us rare, behind the scenes insights of their businesses.
The three Directors of Peak Safety have evolved from patrolling the ski fields to keeping a watchful eye on their multi-layered business crewed by 10 core, and 25 casual, highly experienced experts in outdoor emergency care. With a reputation for making the serious subject of safety and emergency management entertaining, these guys are sure to bring a smile and a laugh to how they grew their business beyond the two founding directors to the thriving company it is today.
A career on the international downhill mountain biking circuit has launched Craig into the global track building scene securing the Australasian license to Switzerland’s Claudio Calouri’s Velosolutions pump track and trail building brand. Behind these big personalities, lies product design so well-crafted Red Bull insist their Pump Track World Championship events are run on Velosolutions pump tracks. Learn what IP Craig has secured and why he thinks there should be more than one pump track in every Australasian town.
From the hub-bub of the Southern Hemisphere’s first Super-Mill employing 300 staff to the tranquil setting of Whakarewarewa forest, landowner, Red Stag has the resources to leverage a diverse portfolio of investments. Generating a return from new industries is built into the investment arm’s master plan to custom build a mountain biking centre incorporating its ‘wood first’ philosophy. Paul will share what insights informed the master plan, what the future holds and answer everyone’s burning question…when’s it going to open?
Any one of the 500,000 visitors expected to visit Whakarewarewa Forest in 2018 could come a cropper on the off-road terrain and be grateful for the professional bike patrol now cruising the forest. Overseen by the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club, the First Response Unit relies on funding to save lives, mitigate further serious injury and position Rotorua as a safe, well managed biking destination of international standard.