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Treading lightly on our part of the world

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Here at Rotorua Top 10 we are constantly made aware of the importance of looking after the environment around us. Rotorua is filled with amazing natural wonders, and these are the very reason that our part of New Zealand is so popular. The geothermal pools and geysers, the amazing warm streams, and pristine lakes as well as wonderful forests and fauna and flora.

Everywhere around us is the amazing beauty of nature. Our place formed over more centuries than we can count.

We all share this country and land, and we are all people of this planet. We share the same responsibility to ensure that our children and their children have not just the same, but better opportunity to experience nature and all it is wonders and experience an ever-increasing richness and fulfillment from immersion in our natural world.

So, in this blog we decided to outline 3 ways that you can help to tread lightly and leave less of a footprint when you come to stay with us and visit our place.

1.      When you come to the park try to cut down the amount of plastic that you bring with you. There are many alternatives available to you. Be it your own shopping bags, string vegetable bags, recyclable containers, keep-cups, and reusable water bottles. Sometimes it just takes a little thought before you travel on how you can consciously reduce the amount of waste that you create.

2.      Buy local – many of us just buy what we like and what we usually always get. Be it anything from peanut butter to body wash. Usually, it is that we are in a rush or just do not have the time to look. However, when you come here maybe take a little time to look locally, even in the supermarkets to find a great new version of what you like but that is made right here in New Zealand – the range available is growing month by month and many are sustainable with far better packaging solutions.

Big on this list would be when you go shopping, and you are in Rotorua have a look at what you are buying – is it really made in Aotearoa? Or was it produced across the other side of the globe and brought here at a huge cost to the environment and really, a huge cost to us in that excess energy and fossil fuels were used to get it here.

There as so many great local providers in Rotorua that we are sure you will find all sorts of perfect treasures that are local and tread lightly in our world. They also help to support local business owners.

3. Try a vegetarian meal option. Globally we consume far too much meat, it is not great for our health and it is also one of the contributing factors to Global Warming. If we change our habit and just try to eat veg each week then we not only find something new and interesting to eat that we may not have considered but we also then provide revenue to those out there that are working hard to offer other options that the traditional meat-based meals.

Of course, we are far from trying to tell you how to live your lives – we want you to come here, totally relax and spend time with those close to you.

We just wanted to put this out to help with ideas as, after all, it is all of us that makes the difference.

What is means when you stay with us

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What it means when you stay with us

Rotorua Top 10 is a NZ family owned and operated holiday park. In fact, it’s now in the second generation and were still going strong. Still getting a complete buzz from hosting families and people from all over New Zealand and all over the world.

The park is currently operated by my husband Jared and me (Jasmine) and like Jared’s parents with their two sons, we are also bringing up our two sons in this amazing place.

Dave and Carol Adams started the park nearly 30 years ago, buying what was then a small park and working every day and often all hours to keep the visitors happy and to create a place where anyone from any walk of life could come, rest, relax and enjoy all that Rotorua has to offer.

The years moved on and every moment was spent upgrading and improving the park. Dave and Carol put their heart and soul into this place and in 2012 Jared and I came on board as co-owners to help them and to grow and evolve the park even further.

Fast forward to 2021, the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park is a multi-award winning, Premium Graded holiday park. We have vastly upgraded the park and continue to deliver that same warm, welcoming, local spirit with each guest and every family that comes to stay with us.

Our park has acquired several awards for achievements over the years, most recently out the Supreme Awards 2016, People Choice 2016, runner up Best Web Profile 2016 and a finalist in the Top Service Award 2016 at the TOP 10 Holiday Parks Annual Gala. Rotorua TOP 10 has been recognised for its success with online marketing, ongoing developments within the park and contributions to the Tourism and Holiday Park industry, both nationally and within the local community.

We attribute much of the business success to our staff, who have a genuine passion for our holiday park and aspire to be a part of a positive 'family fun professional' team. Our contractors we use are also largely local and family/friends to the business. We employ 13-15 staff in total and all are fully part of our Rotorua Top 10 holiday park family.

In 2020 the Holiday Park went through further renovations and the reception has been totally redesigned to have a modern, wooden, simplistic, and maintainable aspect that further enhances the guests experience at our park.

So, what does it mean when you stay with us?

It means all the years our family has put into this park have been worth it, it means that the wonderful staff we have can continue to be part of our team, it means that the greater Rotorua community gets the benefit from your visit and that in turn keeps our town vibrant, happy, and alive – even through some of the hardest years we have ever faced.

It means the spirit of Rotorua Top 10 lives on in the laughter, enjoyment and thrill you all have when you come here for your holidays.

So, thank you to you all for being part of our journey – we can’t wait to have you back and look forward to looking after you and your family on your next holiday.

Jared, Jasmine and the entire team at Rotorua Top 10.


Tips for practicing sustainable tourism

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Tips for practicing sustainable tourism

Sustainability is very important to us here at Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park. We’re always thinking about the impacts of our actions now and in the future—and any new purchase, upgrade or refurbishment we make is done after careful consideration, a lot of research and plenty of advice from the experts! Rotorua is a special part of the world and we believe all residents and visitors have a duty to keep it that way—and the same rule applies no matter where in the world you are travelling. If you’ve been thinking about how you can help do your bit, here are some simple actions you can take on your Rotorua holiday and any other upcoming trips to look after the environment and support local communities.

Research your destination

Take the time to understand the unique environment you’ll be exploring before you set off. Familiarise yourself with designated conservation areas and heritage sites and take extra special care when visiting these areas. Find out how you can best support the local economy too, whether it’s by shopping at the local markets or utilising a small, family-owned tour company to complement your experience.

Minimise your carbon footprint – stay in one place and walk/cycle/use pub transport

Avoid flying to your holiday destination if possible. Instead, try escaping somewhere closer to home and staying for a while rather than taking a road trip across the country. Once you’ve arrived, you can reduce your carbon emissions and do your bit for climate change by walking and cycling instead of using your car, or taking public transport whenever possible. If you need to hire a car, try an electric vehicle or a hybrid.

Invest in reusables

There's a high chance there wont be a lot of home cooking going on while you’re on holiday, so prepare for eating on the go by investing in some reusable cutlery, a metal straw and a keep cup – and don’t forget to take them with you when heading out and about! If you plan to pick up some souvenirs, take a reusable shopping bag with you too.

Conserve energy and waste

Try to practice the same environmentally friendly habits you would at home. Switch off lights and other power sources when they’re not in use and stick to short showers whenever possible. If you’re planning on camping, use cooler bags and bins to keep perishables cold instead of a portable fridge that needs a power source. Think about camping at a time of year when the climate is mild too. This way, you won’t need to worry about heating or cooling your tent.

Choose the right accommodation

Do your research and choose accommodation providers that are accredited for their dedication to sustainability – and proud of it too! Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park is the only holiday park in Rotorua to wear the Qualmark EnviroSilver seal of approval, demonstrating our commitment to protecting people and the planet. We have an extensive list of actions we have taken to reduce waste, energy use and water use and we encourage you to seek out this type of information before you make your holiday accommodation booking.


Camping for beginners

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Camping for beginners

True to our five-star ‘premium’ grading, the facilities at Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park are second to none. Offering a communal kitchen, dining rooms and bathrooms, an internet lounge, a swimming pool, picnic tables and the option to book a powered site for all your electricity needs; we’re an excellent choice for less experienced campers. We’ve also put together a list of tips for camping novices… With these in mind and after a couple of stays at our Rotorua holiday park, you’ll be a camping pro before you know it!

1.       Arrive during the day

Our front desk operates around the clock, but if you’re planning on camping, we strongly recommend arriving at a time of day with plenty of daylight hours remaining. There’s nothing more stressful than attempting to put up a tent with only a torch and a couple of phone lights to guide you—especially if you’re unfamiliar with the process! Arriving in the middle of the day allows for a much more calm and pleasant setup experience, and when you’re done, you’ll be able to sit back and admire your handywork with a drink in hand as the sun goes down. Bliss!

2.      Check your gear before you leave

Make a checklist of everything you plan to take with you and give any equipment a test run before you pack your vehicle. A missing tent peg, a faulty cooker or a hole in your air mattress can put a real dampener on your camping experience—it’s not always easy to source replacements or get items repaired under short notice! If you have the space, you could even have a trial run in your backyard. Set up a pretend camp site and stay out there for the night, and you’ll soon realise if anything is amiss or there is anything else you need to source. Plus, it’ll help make you more confident when it’s time for the real thing!


3.      The weather channel is your friend

Camping is a lot of fun in any weather, but it’s helpful to know what to expect so that you can prioritise what to take along. Sunshine and warm temperatures require plenty of swimwear and sunscreen—while rain, wind and cold can see you packing more books, puzzles and warm bedding. Just remember: bad weather does not equal a bad time! With the right preparation it can be a fantastic opportunity to relax and spend time with loved ones—and Rotorua has plenty of rainy-day activities if you do need some breathing room. If ongoing, heavy rain is expected, there may be a risk of flooding—in which case you are best to reschedule!

4.      Pack an emergency kit

Sometimes we need to plan for the unplanned, and that’s when a well-stocked emergency kit comes in. Fill yours with essential first-aid supplies and if you take any important medications, make sure you have enough to see you through your holiday plus a few extra days.  You should also include any other useful items that could help to repair or replace important equipment. Think: a swiss army knife or multi-tool, batteries, heavy-duty tape, extra tent pegs, matches or a lighter, a back-up torch—you get the idea! We don’t want you to have to cut your trip short for any reason, so it pays to be prepared!

"Fabulous, friendly, clean. This park is great, An easy walk to town and restaurants. Bathrooms are clean and modern. Thermal pools are fun. Pretty much every site is quite close to facilities and bathrooms. We loved it!"

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