Tourism Bay of Plenty is launching a satellite i-SITE in Mount Maunganui to aid in directing the flow of visitors over the summer period.
The Mount Maunganui satellite i-SITE will be located in Phoenix Carpark, 123 Maunganui Road and open daily from December 4 until April 3, 10.30am – 4.00pm (but closed Christmas Day).
This satellite i-SITE is prominently located in central Mount Maunganui so will draw in a lot of foot traffic from visitors.
The satellite i-SITE will provide information to visitors, bookings for accommodation providers, attractions and activities, and some branded retail and service items.
The Mount Maunganui satellite i-SITE will be resourced with permanent qualified Tauranga i-SITE staff, casual staff and volunteers, says Kristin Dunne, CEO of Tourism Bay of Plenty.
“During the period in which the satellite i-SITE will be operational the city will be welcoming a number of cruise ships, Bryan Adams, Bay Dreams, One Love, the Blackcaps, the Under 19 Cricket World Cup, ENZED V8 Jetsprints Stadium Cup, and other significant events that will attract large numbers.
"As the busiest time of the year for Mount Maunganui and the region, tourism operators have sought support in the form of a centrally based facility and we are thrilled to be able to provide this temporary option while we attempt to secure an additional $1m funding which will allow a permanent i-SITE build in Coronation Park."
The installation of the temporary i-SITE will take up two mobility car parks at Phoenix Car Park, leaving one mobility car park available.
Tauranga City Council will install alternative accessible car park spaces by Monday December 4.
In the meantime, mobility car park users can use any available car park at Phoenix Car Park by displaying their disabled parking permit.
Tourism Bay of Plenty has worked with local business Pod Life to create the portable, flexible building to be converted into an i-SITE.