Ramada Resort Reia Taipa is gearing up for a high octane weekend of fun on the water, as the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series makes its highly anticipated return to Taipa Bay.
An established water sport with a wide following in New Zealand, offshore powerboating is sometimes described as the ultimate motorsport on water, where vessels can reach up to 200 kilometres per hour. The 2018 New Zealand Offshore Powerboating Series is a seven-race competition touring a range of North Island locations.
With an absolute beachfront position, Ramada Resort Reia Taipa has been chosen as race headquarters and will welcome a crowd of hundreds, including competitors, their families, broadcasters and spectators.
Resort Manager Jackie Thompson said the property was looking forward to hosting the powerboating event after the success of last year’s races.
“The inaugural event showcased the accessibility and beauty of our beach on a national stage and also provided an economic boost to the region through the crowds who attended.”
“This year, spectators can choose to watch from the beach and listen to local musician Jack Tane, or they can visit the resort restaurant and watch the race live on our big screen. They are welcome to come and see the boats close-up from 7.30am before they launch at 9.30am, with the official program to kick off from noon.”
President of the NZ Offshore Powerboat Association, John Shand, said the reception to last year’s event sealed its return to Taipa.
“Taipa Beach is a beautiful part of New Zealand and the prime location of Ramada Resort Reia Taipa enhances the event by putting the crowd close to the action, while also offering high-quality accommodation and excellent food and beverage options to competitors and spectators,” he said.
Ramada Resort Reia Taipa was recently named in the top 10 of TripAdvisor’s top 25 best hotels in New Zealand, based on the travel website’s reviews. Globally, Ramada offers more than 850 hotels across 64 countries, including 62 hotels currently open and operating in the South East Asia and Pacific Rim region.