Whangarei hotel gets Govt funding

Artist's impression of the Riverside Hotel.

The Provincial Growth Fund will give $2 million more funding towards two tourism initiatives in Whangarei. This brings the total PGF contribution to the Northland region up to more than $100 million.

This round of funding gives $1.3 million to a feasibility study and business case for the development of the Riverside Hotel and Entertainment Precinct and another $750,000 to the Whangarei Clapham National Clock Museum to build a Rolling Ball Clock.

If the Riverside Hotel project goes ahead, it’s estimated that it will create upwards of 100 jobs and inject $7.75 million into the Whangarei economy each year.

The Clock Museum funding will help build a full-scale rolling ball clock to promote Claphams National Clock Museum.

“Tourism is set to continue to grow in Whangarei and it’s crucial that we invest to improve the infrastructure and encourage initiatives that cater to tourists,” said Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis.

“Our regions are a big tourism drawcard and we want them to thrive as much as our cities.”