Raglan’s Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park is one of five projects across New Zealand to receive funding from the latest round of the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership Fund. The $8 million per annum fund, administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment aims to boost innovation and productivity within the tourism sector.
The project has been driven by Raglan Mountain Bike Club and is supported by Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, Raglan Chamber of Commerce and Waikato District Council. It will provide nearly seven kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails, with options for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders.
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism CEO Kiri Goulter says the government funding, which is earmarked to create new opportunities and help overcome barriers to growth in New Zealand’s tourism sector such as seasonality, recognises the bike park’s potential to provide year round visitor activity in Raglan.
“Raglan already draws thousands of international visitors to its world class surf beaches each year. The Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park will capitalise on the increasing popularity of cycling and mountain biking worldwide, to give people even more reason to spend longer in Raglan, and discover more of what the area and the wider region has to offer.
“Together with other Waikato cycling attractions, such as the Avantidrome in Cambridge, Te Awa – the great New Zealand river ride, Waikato River Trails, the Hauraki Rail Trail, and Cougar Mountain Bike Park in Tokoroa, Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park will help ensure Waikato continues to build on its reputation as an internationally competitive destination for cycle tourism,” she says.
Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park representative Charlie Young believes the park will strengthen and widen the destination’s tourism proposition as well as provide greater social and economic benefit for the whole community.
“We are really proud to show how a small community can come together collectively to achieve such a great result for all stakeholders in the project. We are grateful to receive the funding from the TGP Fund. It’s a win for our community enterprise approach and for the continued vibrancy of our economy and wellbeing of our residents,” he says.
The park will be built in the Wainui Reserve pine forest, overlooking Raglan’s famous surf beaches and construction is due to begin in December. It is expected to deliver economic benefits to New Zealand of more than $1 million a year by 2025.
For more information contact:
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism
+64 7 843 0056
Ocean Trails Mountain Bike Park representative
+64 7 825 7873