NZ tourism ideas for Katy Perry

BENN BATHGATE
Last updated 18:00 19/06/2014
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POP PRINCESS: Can Rotorua lure Katy Perry in with a promise of a hangi?

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Hopefully Katy Perry won't be the one who got away from New Zealand's tourism industry.

The California Gurl has asked Kiwis for some suggestions on what to do when she visits here in December - and has been getting them in droves. Many seem to be from people with a bit of a stake in the matter - tourism operators and and their publicity agents.

Perhaps it's not surprising, as Perry would likely give wherever she visits a giant tourism boost. She has 71 million followers on Facebook, 53.6 million followers on Twitter, and 5.5 million on Instagram.

It all started when the pop princess told TVNZ's Breakfast program on May 29 that she wasn't sure what  she should take in when her Prismatic World Tour takes her to Auckland on December 19 and 20.

"I don't really know what I'm missing, so I would like to take maybe some cues from the New Zealanders? What should I go out and do?

"I know there's this thing where you bury food and then you can cook it and then you eat it? I kinda want to do that? I know that sounds strange, maybe that's not what it is."

She said that she "warmly welcomed" suggestions and invited fans to tweet at her. 

So far under the hashtag #katyperrynz she's gotten suggestions ranging from tandem skydiving in Taupo, seeing the sheep at the Agrodome in Rotorua, hiking to the top of Rangitoto Island near Auckland and jumping off the Auckland Sky Tower.

Te Puia marketing manager Eruera West says Perry needs to stop in Rotorua. 

''Where else would Katy Perry be able to see all three of New Zealand's iconic attractions in one place, geothermal activity, Maori culture and of course our national bird, the Kiwi?'' she said.

''We can offer Katy Perry the hangi experience or something even more exclusive, kai [food] cooked in a ngawha [natural steam vent] or in a natural cooking pool known as Ngararatuatara. A visit here would offer Katy Perry the opportunity to not only experience but to also taste our culture.''

It's not clear just how long Perry will be in New Zealand, but there's a chance it could be more than a whirlwind visit. The December 20 show is her last one scheduled for 2014; after that her tour isn't currently scheduled to resume until February 16 in Barcelona.

Do you have any kiwi experience suggestions for Perry? Leave a comment.

- Waikato Times

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