Freedom camping facilities, Tekapo’s Church of the Good Shepherd and the country’s cycle trails are among the recipients of almost $15m in tourism-related government funding announced today.
Finance for thirty projects and four feasibility studies totalling $14.2m has come from the government’s first deployment of its $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).
Hurunui District Council received the largest allocation for a single project: $2.25m for the upgrade of the Hanmer Springs wastewater system to a land-disposal system.
Westland District Council received the most funds, $3.25m, for four separate schemes including almost $2m for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at Franz Josef.
“Increasing tourist numbers, while good for New Zealand, is putting pressure on infrastructure in many areas around the country,” said the minister of tourism, Kelvin Davis.
“The projects selected for funding are essential for some of the communities that really need help to develop infrastructure – those places with high numbers of visitors in comparison to ratepayers, for example.”
The government was co-funding carparks, toilets and other facilities in popular visitor spots from Kaimaumau, north of Kaitaia, to Lumsden in Southland. That included co-funding for a new carpark and toilets to support the growth of tourists at Mt Taranaki’s Pouakai Crossing trail; facilities at Blackball on the West Coast to support the planned Paparoa and Pike 29 Memorial tracks, and a new carpark and walkways at Lake Tekapo’s Church of the Good Shepherd.
“Other areas require more significant infrastructure,” said Davis.
“In Hanmer Springs the wastewater system will be upgraded, in Gisborne new carparks and walkways will be constructed in preparation for the 250th commemoration of the arrival of James Cook, and in Tauranga enhancements will be made to provide safe public access to the bottom of Omanawa Falls.”
The $100m Tourism Infrastructure Fund was created by the previous government earlier this year. A second $10.7m funding round is expected to be held in early 2018.
An additional $700,000 from the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund is going towards the upkeep of seven Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
“We know that Nga Haerenga is delivering significant economic benefit to communities around the country – $37.4m per year according to the latest estimate,” said Davis.
“These trails are becoming an important part of New Zealand’s tourism offering, drawing high-value visitors off the beaten track and helping provide employment and new business opportunities for our regions. We want to ensure that they are well looked after.”
Tourism Infrastructure Fund round one funding recipients
MBIE approved 34 applications for funding from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund. A total of $14,222,594 was awarded for round one.
Far North District Council
$147,905 of funding for the construction of new toilet facilities on a freedom camping site near Kaimaumau.
Gisborne District Council
$1,269,300 of funding for the construction of carparks and walkways at Inner Harbour and Titirangi Maunga, in preparation for the 250th commemoration of the arrival of James Cook.
Grey District Council
$601,039 of funding for the construction of public infrastructure (e.g. toilets, signage, carparks) in Blackball in anticipation of the opening of the Pike 29 Memorial Track.
Hauraki District Council
$215,830 of funding for the installation of low pressure pumps at the Karangahake toilets to pump wastewater to the Paeroa wastewater treatment network.
Hurunui District Council
$2,250,000 of funding for the upgrade of the Hanmer Springs wastewater system to a land-disposal system.
Mackenzie District Council
$294,000 of funding for the construction of a new carpark and walkways to redirect vehicle and pedestrian access around the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Masterton District Council
$111,470 of funding for the upgrade of existing toilet facilities at the Castlepoint Lighthouse.
Matamata-Piako District Council
$221,000 of funding for the expansion of the carpark located at the entrance to Wairere Falls.
Nelson City Council
$135,000 of funding for the construction of carparks, toilets, and bike wash-down facilities at Andrew’s Field.
New Plymouth District Council
$708,500 of funding for the construction of carparks and toilets at the entrance to the Egmont National Park and Pouakai Crossing Trail.
Opotiki District Council
$279,895 of funding for the upgrade of existing toilet and carpark facilities at Te Ahiaua.
Ruapehu District Council
$748,500 of funding for the construction of carparks, toilets, footpaths and a dump station in the National Park village.
$100,000 of funding for the construction of new toilet facilities and ablution block at Raetihi.
$155,000 of funding for a feasibility study to address wastewater management issues for Ohakune and Raetihi.
Selwyn District Council
$83,150 of funding for the construction of new toilet facilities next to the Castle Hill community centre carpark.
$72,500 of funding for the construction of enhanced wastewater treatment system and effluent bed to support existing toilets in Springfield.
Southland District Council
$220,565 of funding for the provision of freedom camping facilities in the Lumsden town centre.
$235,200 of funding for the construction of a land disposal system for wastewater at Knobs Flat.
South Wairarapa District Council
$112,000 of funding for the construction of toilet facilities at White Rock, Sandy Bay, and Ngawi.
Tasman District Council
$335,000 of funding for the provision of toilet/shower facilities and rubbish compactors at key tourist spots in the Tasman District.
Taupo District Council
$281,000 of funding for the construction of toilet facilities and improvements to accessibility around the Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Park.
$15,000 of funding for the feasibility study to address increased number of freedom campers at the Hippatua / Reids Farm reserve.
Tauranga City Council
$1,000,000 of funding for enhancements to the Omanawa Falls Power Station Reserve in order to provide safe public access to the bottom of Omanawa Falls.
Thames Coromandel District Council
$103,500 of funding for enhancements (carpark resealing, wharf path relocation, and new visitor shelter) to Hannaford’s Wharf.
Waikato District Council
$868,000 of funding for the construction of new toilet and rubbish facilities at Raglan.
Wairoa District Council
$56,250 of funding for freedom camping and traffic management enhancements at Oraka Beach.
Westland District Council
$1,985,800 of funding for the construction of wastewater treatment plant alongside existing oxidation ponds in Franz Josef.
$394,320 of funding for the construction of new toilet facilities, dump station, shelter, bus depot, and carpark at the Haast township.
$388,545 of funding for the upgrade of existing carparks and toilets at Hokitika Gorge.
$485,325 of funding for the construction of carpark, toilets and shelter at Sunset Point.
Whanganui District Council
$120,000 of funding for the construction of toilet and freedom camping facilities in Jerusalem (Hiruharama) and Anzac Parade.
Whangarei District Council
$204,000 of funding for the upgrade of the existing Bascule carpark, which caters for visitors to the nearby Hatea Loop Walkway.
$10,000 of funding for a feasibility study to address parking capacity issues at the Whangarei Quarry Gardens.
$15,000 of funding for a feasibility study to address parking and toilet capacity issues at Abbey Caves.