Glo’ Zone Station: An Entrepreneurial Spirit Fuels a New FEC in New Zealand

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The road from Henderson to Albany is only 15 miles, but for Stephen and Darya, this journey was so much more than that. This New Zealand couple already owned and operated a mini-golf facility in Henderson (just west of Auckland), and they were researching the possibility of opening a new entertainment center. Their original site, called Transylvania, was doing very well as a stand-alone indoor golf course – themed with the dark and mysterious lore and stories behind this famous city in Romania. But Stephen and Darya’s entrepreneurial spirit was driving the idea of opening an all-in-one multi-attraction FEC.
They began researching buildings and spaces in their local region of New Zealand. They wanted to find a place that offered substantial parking, good visibility from the street, and at least 10,000 square feet. They eventually found a building they thought would be suitable, just north of Auckland in a place called Albany. It provided plenty of windows, was visible from the street, and was located just two miles from the Hauraki Gulf. Although they had experience within the entertainment industry, they needed the helping hand of experts to continue their dream of opening this new site. Upon exploring the internet, they discovered several attraction companies across the globe, including Creative Works of the USA.
Stephen and Darya needed a company with a vast background and a keen sense of design. After comparing everyone “apples to apples,” Creative Works provided more value and experience for the project. The staff members of Creative Works, also known as the “Theme Team,” put together a proposal to develop their new fun center design and take care of everything from start to finish.
This plan included a laser tag arena, the award-winning Lazer Frenzy laser maze, a 12-hole miniature golf course, and the brand new Mirror Amaze attraction. Arcade games and a party area were also included in the layout to bring everything together and provide an all-in-one experience for guests. The Theme Team began coordinating the architecture of the space to ensure every light fixture, smoke alarm, air duct, receptacle and door were properly placed for a safe and operationally efficient business. Creative Works even assisted with the branding and marketing by providing tried-and-true ideas. With the assistance and inspiration from Creative Works, Stephen and Darya selected Glo’Zone Station as the name of their new center. The facility was themed to be a “space station,” and each attraction had a custom 12-foot portal archway that transported guests to a different realm, from the depths of the ocean to the greenery of unknown forests.
Creative Works fabricated all of the pieces and props for this state-of-the-art facility in their 33,000-square-foot Theme Factory in Indiana before shipping all of the goods to New Zealand. When the installation team arrived in New Zealand, it only took them two weeks to complete the job.


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.


Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.


Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.


Laser maze challenge

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics


Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.


Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.


Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Extreme Engineering