Rotorua awards 3000th Facebook fan

Presenting our 3000th Facebook fan of Rotorua with her goodie bagAs part of my day job at Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing as Web Development Coordinator I setup and maintain the official Rotorua Facebook fanpage.

Along with Craig Hammond, rx the Domestic and Events Marketing Coordinator, discount we keep the posts and updates coming that automatically get posted to our official Rotorua Twitter account.

On March 22, impotent I posted “Counting the fans until we hit 3000, only 76 to go! Might have to round up a goodie bag for the 3000th fan!“, five days later Rotorua had their 3000th fan.

So the following week I contacted some local Rotorua operators who are actively using Social Media in their marketing plans and a few quickly came baring gifts that I could present to our 3000th fan, Amber Kedian.

Those fabulous Rotorua operators were:

Read the article online at the Rotorua Daily Post.

Caught in the act of bowls

Every Thursday this month, Craig Hammond and James Fitzgerald, two workmates from Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing and I are playing bowls at a local Rotorua bowling club taking being part of Mates in Bowls.

The first week there was a local photographer down there snapping away and took our names and phone numbers. I was surprised to get a call from our local newspaper agency just last week wanting to discuss Mates in Bowls and our involvement for an article.

Today the article was published in our local Weekender newspaper which gets delivered free to over 24,000 homes around Rotorua.

Click on the image below to view the article.

Mates in Bowls

It’s a good bit of fun and I’d recommend you get a team of three together and take part.
Visit to learn more and to find a club close to you.

Check out these latest photos from last night!

Great night for it last night, Nov 19, 2009

All my four bowls closest to the jack in the final end to tie the game 9-9

Pure Luxury Cruise on Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua

Ever wanted to board a 50+ foot luxury catamaran and sail around Rotorua’s third largest lake?

Well, now thanks to Pure Cruise in Rotorua you can.

This morning, half the staff from my office including myself were lucky enough to get a famil on the luxury 53 foot catamaran that cruises Lake Rotoiti.
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Rotorua information website widget

Today I finished a information widget for that allows people to have the following on their own website. It uses an iFrame to show a page from the site. It gives us some control over Rotorua content that people are putting on their websites. It uses the Mootools javascript library for the pop-out menu and fading image galleries. Continue reading Rotorua information website widget

Melbourne Cup at Agroventures, Rotorua

There’s plenty of fun to be had at Agroventures in Rotorua. With five different adventure activities all on the one property, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to enjoy Rotorua if you enjoy a little adrenaline pumping action.

Our office staff at Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing were invited out to Agroventures this evening to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. We were split into two teams and competed head to head in four of the heart pounding activities fighting for the best score. Continue reading Melbourne Cup at Agroventures, Rotorua

My 12,000ft Skydive

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Today I was lumped with the job of looking after six media delegates from around the world on a trip out to the Rotorua Airport for a complementary Skydive with N-Zone while they were in town for TRENZ ’08. A bit out of the usual job description for a humble Web Development Co-ordinator at Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing, but I was up for the challenge, and I thought it would be a good chance to spend a nice autumn day outside. Continue reading My 12,000ft Skydive