Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
Many tourist spots in Waikato will be given a share of a $2 million funding boost for visitor-related infrastructure. The funding is part of $14.2 million that will be shared nationwide.
Over $800,000 will go to the construction of new toilet and rubbish facilities at Raglan while $281,000 has been allocated to building toilet facilities and accessibility around the Otumuheke stream in Taupō’s Spa Park.
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said, “The projects selected for funding are essential for some of the communities around the country that really need help to develop infrastructure – those places with high numbers of visitors in comparison to ratepayers, for example.”
Expansion of a car park at Wairere Falls near Raglan will also be among other areas to benefit from the funding. There will be $215,830 provided for the installation of low-pressure pumps at the Karangahake toilets to pump wastewater to the Paeroa wastewater treatment network. Thames-Coromandel’s Hannaford’s Wharf will get $103,500 to enhance their car park, path, and new visitor shelter.
Also, $123,680 will be awarded for the upkeep of the Hauraki Rail Trail and $202,500 for the Waikato River Trail, both part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. The funding comes from the first round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund. A second round will be held in early 2018.