New Zealand tourism infrastructure to receive $178m boost

New Zealand's Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced a new $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund, launched alongside $76m in new funding for the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Mount Taranaki from the Pouakai Crossing

Speaking from TRENZ 2017, she said that over the next four years the fund would help provide infrastructure such as toilets, car parks, freedom camping facilities, sewerage and water systems.

“Tourism is hugely important to New Zealand. It creates jobs and brings in billions of dollars to the economy. That’s why it’s important that we keep investing so we continue to attract high-value tourists and give them an amazing visitor experience,” Mrs Bennett said.

 “The fund is about helping communities respond to demand and addressing capacity constraints. It will also facilitate future growth in some of our newer tourism regions as well as the main tourist hubs.”

The DOC funding will go towards the expansion of the Great Walks network, with the development of two new Great Walks (locations TBC) and the development of day and shorter walks.

There is also $3.4m allocated to upgrading the Pouakai Crossing, a major day walk in Taranaki (ranked number two in Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions earlier this year).

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