Thousands are expected to attend today's opening of New Zealand's largest indoor entertainment centre in Rotorua, with Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison cutting the ribbon.
Motion Entertainment will offer the country's biggest range of attractions under one roof, and is the first stage of the $13 million Lynmore Junction development on the city's eastern arterial route.
The complex is expected to draw 200,000 domestic and international visitors a year.
Developer Ryan Holmes says it will fill a gap in the market for an all-weather attraction that caters to all age groups.
"Rotorua is a very, very busy tourist town, and there is not a lot to do late at nights, and there's not a lot to do when it rains. We thought this would be a great asset to support the other tourist attractions."
The line-up includes the award-winning XD Dark Ride, Dialled Indoor tramp park, Strike Zone tenpin bowling, Megazone laser tag, Timezone featuring more than 50 of the latest interactive video games, Escape Masters, Lumberjax mini golf, Chipmunks Playland and Cafe, and Revived Bistro.
Ryan Holmes says the centre is already bringing economic benefits to Rotorua, employing about 50 new staff, as well as contractors for the fit-out.
"It's been a long time in the planning, and has taken almost a year to build and fit-out, so we're thrilled to be opening the doors."
Motion Entertainment will be open for business 365 days a year from 10.00am to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10:00am to 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday.