MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Te Hiku tourism gets boost from infrastructure funding
The Far North District Council will build new public toilets at Kaimaumau on Rangaunu Harbour after securing nearly $150,000 in funding from the government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
The $147,905 will come from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which is investing in core tourism infrastructure to help local authorities better cater to increasing domestic and international visitors.
The new, three-cubicle facility will replace an ageing toilet block on a Council reserve off Lake Road near the beachfront.
The Council estimates that the new toilet facility will allow 20 or more vehicles to park overnight at the reserve, considerably boosting the district’s capacity to accommodate freedom travellers in Te Hiku over the peak summer season.
Mayor John Carter says the Council welcomes the extra government funding, which will help it improve the experience that local and overseas visitors have in the Far North.
“Industry research shows that increasing numbers of high-value freedom campers head to Cape Reinga from the Bay of Islands. We also know that a lack of basic facilities, such as public toilets, is seen as a barrier for some of these visitors.
“New toilets at Kaimaumau will not only increase options in Te Hiku for independent travellers and other tourists, it will also improve the experience of residents wanting to enjoy this beautiful harbour,” he says.
The Council selected Kaimaumaufor a funding bid because it is close to retailers and a camper van wastewater dump station in Kaitaia. This will open up options for independent travellers who can then continue their journey down the district’s west coast.
The new facility will also complement plans the Council is discussing with the New Zealand Transport Agency to create more rest stops as part of the Twin Coast Highways Project.
It is hoped the new facility will open in time for the 2018/19 summer season.