No pot of gold at end of Rainbow Springs

No pot of gold at end of Rainbow Springs
Rainbow Springs needed international visitors to stay open. (Image: Getty)
Paul McBeth
Signals for an earlier reopening to foreign visitors have been welcomed by operators and investors, but haven’t come soon enough to save Rainbow Springs Natural Park.The 90-year-old attraction in Rotorua is being wound down by Ngāi Tahu Tourism and will close its doors and rehome wildlife by September. The company weighed up all options, such as changing prices, modifying the experience and catering to the domestic market but couldn’t get it to meet its goals of long-term sustainability and intergenerational investment.“The in...

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