Registration is open for Recreation Conference 2017!

Registrations for the 2017 Recreation Conference are now open!

The NZRA Recreation Conference is the premier event on the professional development and networking calendar for recreation professionals. The 2017 Recreation Conference will be held from 8–9 November at the TSB Showplace in New Plymouth, with optional field trips on Friday 10 November.

NZRA believes recreation creates great New Zealanders. Our vision is that New Zealanders are active, healthy, and connected through recreation. The NZRA Recreation Conference helps to realise this vision by looking to the horizon to understand future New Zealanders and their future recreation needs and wants. The Recreation Conference will provoke discussion on the global/local issues that will impact our future participants and our society.

We are especially proud of the fantastic line-up of field trips that our Regional Committee have put together for the 2017 Recreation Conference. Take a look below to help you decide which experience you will be part of.

Facilities Tour - Half Day

Fancy taking in the fantastic facilities that New Plymouth has to offer? This half day field trip will take you to some of the best, including TET, Taumata Park, the TSB Hub and Yarrows Stadium.


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Cycle Tour – Half Day

On a deadline? Maybe a half day field trip is for you. Including bicycle and helmet hire, this trip will take you along the amazing coastal walkway to Taranaki Cycle Park.

There you will hear from Wayne Silby, the Chairperson of the Taranaki Cycle Park Trust. The Park opened in 2012; it includes 1.75km or a closed road circuit and 2 separate 1km loops with a 333m velodrome. In 2015 a Junior Mini road Circuit was added plus a pump track and learners pad. Wayne will talk about creating the vision and the ongoing operation of the Cycle Park with the successful community support and engagement.


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Around the Mountain

This is a full day field trip, getting you back to New Plymouth by 5pm. Starting at 8am, Around the Mountain will take you to the Opunake Walkway, including morning tea at Headlands hotel half way through the walk.

We will take in the Denby Road Walkway and then to Dawson Falls Tourist Lodge for a walk and lunch.

We will spend the afternoon at Hollard Gardens and King Edward Park. Along the way, we will hear from some fantastic speakers.


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Splash and Play Facilities

This trip leaves at 8:15am, returning you to New Plymouth by 2:30pm with airport drop off options along the way.

We’ll be travelling to TEAC to hear about the 50's forward programme and from there to the TSB Stadium to hear more on the redevelopment plans.

We’ll also take in Yarrow Stadium and Clifton Park, hearing a talk by the Operations Manager about vision for community programming and what is happening already.


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Pukeiti Rainforest Experience – Dig This!

From treehouses to gardens to bike trails, Pukeiti Rainforest has it all and this trip is your chance to experience it!

Suitable clothing and footwear will be required on this trip. We leave CBD at 9am and make our way to Pukeiti Rainforest. Following a stroll and morning tea, Taranaki Regional Council will present new facilities and we’ll talk upgrade strategy & development plan discussion. There will then be a Garden Tour including history, plant collection, new visitor services, story panels, kids activities and plant information within the 360 ha property.

We will find out about recreational opportunities in the Rainforest with a walk to the proposed bike trail. Following lunch there will be a presentation from DoC and we’ll hear about the Maunga Project and Pouakai Crossing and its relevance to recreational activities. There will be an optional opportunity at the end of the day to visit the Pukekura Park Fernery and row boat.


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Look out for more information coming soon on the incredible programme for Recreation Conference 2017. Click below to register and make sure you are part of the premier recreation event in NZ.

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