Still no applicants for $150k adventure park job

A job at an adventure park in King Country with a $150k salary is still yet to be filled.

Forgotten World Adventures, based in Taumarunui, has advertised for a general manager since at least July. 

Owner Ian Balme has been forced to take over the role in the meantime, sharing responsibilities with operations manager Maria McKenzie.

He says he thought he'd found the perfect candidate, but the man's wife refused to move to the small town with a population of 4500.

"We are not sure why we haven't had the sort of uptake that we wanted, but the reality is that when we did advertise the position four months ago we did get a big number of replies and it came down to a couple," Mr Balme told RadioLIVE.

"Then the guy that we did place decided - or his wife decided - that they didn't want to move to Taumarunui."

Despite a lack of interest in the management position, Forgotten World Adventures is enjoying excellent business, thanks partly to the warmer-than-average spring weather.

The adventure park showcases the King Country region through custom-built rail carts and rail bikes, as well as jet boat and helicopter tours. The job listing on the company's website states Forgotten World Adventures' ambition to become "one of the top five attractions in New Zealand".

Applicants for the position of general manager don't need experience in the tourism industry, but will need to be "a true leader".

"We are looking for someone who is excited about doubling our revenue over the next three years, passionate about securing our position as a 'bucket list' experience for our target market, and focused on developing our reputation as an industry leader," reads the job listing.

Despite the job's offer of an "Auckland salary", Taumarunui is a far more affordable place to live than the big cities - four-bedroom houses can be as cheap as $259,000, with lifestyle blocks from around $350,000.