Tūwharetoa partnership Acquires Iconic Huka Prawn Park in Taupō

**Tūwharetoa partnership Acquires Iconic Huka Prawn Park in Taupō**

E Tūwharetoa e!
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Te Kapua Whakapīpī

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Te Kiri o Moehau Partnership proudly announces the acquisition of the renowned Huka Prawn Park in Taupō, with the ownership transfer set to take place on 19 June 2024. This marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for this unique local attraction, well known for its innovation with the introduction of `Prawn Growing and Prawn Fishing,’ and its blend of family leisure, riverside dining, and adventure.

The partnership is a collaboration between Tupu Angitu, the commercial arm of the Lake Taupō Forest Trust, and NETCOR 2, an arm of Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa.

Te Kiri o Moehau was the name given to the land encompassing the current Prawn Farm operation and historically, was bordered by the Wairakei Stream, still flowing at the northern end, and Te Kiri o Hinekai stream which once flowed at the southern end.

A high priority for the partnership will be the reinstatement of Te Kiri o Hinekai stream to its original mouth as closely as possible given the significant changes to the wider landscape since the days the steam was free flowing into the Waikato River. Restoring the Mana and returning the Mauri to Te Kiri o Hinekai has been a driving force.

The new partnerships aspiration is to revitalise Huka Prawn Park into a premier destination that combines tourism, education, health &wellbeing, with downstream opportunities in employment, and family-friendly activities with a deep appreciation for the Taiao (natural world).

“Our vision is to create an environmentally sensitive and culturally engaging tourism experience that honours the site’s rich history,” said Jim Hill, one of the directors of the partnership. “We are dedicated to preserving the unique charm of this iconic attraction while introducing culture and exciting new offerings that will give our visitors and manuhiri an unforgettable experience.”

Upcoming plans will include a large family hot pool and a toddler’s pool, which will incorporate a relaxing and recreational setting, suitable for all age groups. As part of the phased redevelopment, certain areas of the park will be temporarily closed, but the riverside restaurant and hatchery tours will continue to operate as normal.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of the redevelopment and the grand reopening of the Huka Prawn Park. For more information and future announcements, please visit hukaprawnpark.co.nz or follow us on social media.

Media Contact:

Olivia Poulsen (Tupu Angitu) – Olivia@tupuangitu.co.nz

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