The government tourism funds will help build new toilet and rubbish facilities in Raglan.

A variety of Waikato tourist spots 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. 


"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,"  Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said.


The amount visitors spend in the Waikato increased by eight per cent across to the year with $2.5 billion spent in the region for the year to October, Davis said. 


Other areas to benefit from the funding will be for the expansion of a carpark at Wairere Falls near Raglan.


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 carpark, path, and new visitor shelter. 


"Tourism offers real potential for creating sustainable jobs and economic growth in our regions but to do this we need to get the basics right."


A further $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. 


 - Stuff

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