Kaikōura tourism and business gets $10.88m PGF boost

Published: Feb 3, 2020 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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The design and build of Kaikōura’s Wakatu Quay, a new destination which will revitalise the wharves and celebrate the linkages of Kaikōura to its marine environment, is good to go with a $9.88 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

The new space will include dining, retail and local cultural elements and will begin the process of increasing tourism destinations available in Kaikōura. It will also be a great new development to support the region as it recovers from the devastating 2016 earthquake.

Tourism is one of Kaikōura’s largest employers and main industries. The Kaikōura Marina Development Programme is projected to create up to 50 new jobs and up to 100 indirect new jobs in the wider Kaikōura region.

Another $1 million will pay for research into the potential of South Bay Harbour and surrounding areas. This will provide the foundation for the future development of South Bay Harbour which is currently the launching site for the marine eco-tourism operators, commercial fishing sectors and recreational users.

Both projects will be managed by the Kaikōura District Council and align with the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy’s regional visitor aims, with a strong focus on sustainable growth in tourism.