$19.6 million for essential tourism infrastructure

The Government has allocated $19.6 million in funding for tourism infrastructure projects around the country, so local communities can feel the benefits of a healthy tourism sector, rather than the pressure it can create, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

The funding has been granted through the second round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund and will be spread across 31 councils and community organisations.

“The extraordinary growth in visitor numbers we’ve seen over the past few years will likely continue for the foreseeable future, and these investments are essential to improving the quality of our tourism infrastructure to help manage that growth,” Kelvin Davis said.

“Successful applications include boardwalks and walkways, car parks, ramps, toilet and wastewater facilities, and dump stations.

“This funding is in addition to the $8.5 million the Government committed on 15 August to help communities manage freedom camping in their areas during the upcoming summer season.

“Managed well, tourism growth can significantly boost our economy, bring wealth to the regions and improve New Zealanders’ quality of life by creating more vibrant communities.

“I am also looking at ways the Government can step up to its stewardship role in bringing the industry together to create a more productive and sustainable sector.

“For example, we’re considering responsible camping legislation and how that might need to change for everyone’s benefit. We’re also implementing an international visitor levy to provide sustainable funding for infrastructure and conservation and we’re funding attractions through the Provincial Growth Fund that will help provide year-round jobs in our regions.

“We’ve made our first steps towards a better tourism experience – for Kiwis and for visitors – and you can expect to see more,” Kelvin Davis said.

For information on funding recipients for round two, visit http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-infrastructure-fund.
Notes to editors:

  • The Tourism Infrastructure Fund provides $100 million over four years in co-funding for the development of visitor-related public infrastructure such as toilets, carparks, freedom camping facilities and sewerage and water works.
  • The largest investments include:
    • $5.71 million to the Southland District Council for the construction of a new land-based wastewater disposal system at Te Anau, infrastructure along the Southern Scenic Route and the upgrading of a carpark at Lake Manapouri Visitor Centre
    • $2.39 million to Queenstown Lakes District Council for the provision of toilet facilities across key locations throughout the district
    • $2.00 million to Thames-Coromandel District Council for an upgrade of visitor infrastructure in Hahei to respond to growth at nearby Cathedral Cove, as well as upgrades and new toilet facilities at Whangapoua and Onemana beaches
    • $1.34 million to the Far North District Council for three Bay of Islands sewerage and wastewater feasibility studies, toilet facilities across the district and the upgrade of carpark at Kawakawa to support the Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga project
    • $980,000 to the Westland District Council for the provision of toilet and freedom camping facilities at Ross, Whataroa, Kumara and Hokitika.