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Published on 01 September 2023
The Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) is set to boost Waitaki’s tourist destinations, after a successful bid for $435,000 was included in an announcement by the Minister of Tourism today. The Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) provides up to $25 million annually to develop tourism-related infrastructure that supports regions facing pressure from tourism growth.
At Ōamaru’s historic harbour, the TIF will be contributing to a significant upgrade of the existing car park. The current parking area around Scott’s Brewery will be reformed, with new carpark markings for cars, bikes and buses creating a safer environment for visitors to the area. The carpark markings will also ensure there will be more efficient parking, especially for events and other gatherings in the area.
The Ōamaru Farmer’s Market will also benefit from the funding, with a new entrance, a performance area and the installation of power-points at the site.
Waitaki District Mayor Gary Kircher was pleased with the successful bid, saying:
“Waitaki is a growing tourist destination, and this funding will help improve and further develop the historic Ōamaru harbour in accordance with the Harbour Masterplan. I am especially looking forward to seeing our Farmers’ Market improvements that will make it an even more attractive destination for visitors and locals alike.”
Funding was also approved for facility upgrades in the Moeraki Boulders area (Kaihinaki), providing a much-needed toilet for the very popular attraction.