Site sought for Taupo ten-pin bowling alley

A Taupo developer is hoping to get a strike with his plans to bring ten-pin bowling back to the town.

Murray Jones is looking for a site in the Taupo central business district to build a $3 million bowling alley featuring 14 lanes, a restaurant and a games room - a venture which he said would create 14 new jobs.

Mr Jones, whose previous ten-pin bowling business in Tamamutu St closed 10 years ago when he redeveloped the site, said he had been working on the idea for six months.

"Last time we had 40-year-old lanes that were held together by rubber bands in the end.

"Although we were still successful, you can't make a Holden into an Aston Martin, which was basically what we tried to do," he said.

"This time I really want to do it right. People like new and there is some magical stuff you can do these days with lighting, so that the day-time bowl will be different from the night-time one.

"We're going to have a full restaurant and bar with a glass wall so people can see what's happening, a pro shop and a time out-type games room with pool tables and some cool games for people waiting or wanting something else to do."

He believed ten-pin bowling appealed to all ages and was a family activity which Taupo needed.

"It could be used for team building, birthday parties and as a wet-weather attraction."

He said it was important to find the right site to make the business work and his venture could be up and running within five months.

One of the main manufacturers of ten-pin bowling in the world had visited Taupo and would oversee the facility's development, he said. 

The Dominion Post