A detailed network of bike trails spanning a large swathe of New Zealand has been given the thumbs up in the 2016 budget by the Prime Minister and Tourism Minister.
Initially totaling $26.3 million, the NZ Government is to inject $13 million into the scheme, with the Central Lakes Trust stumping up another $11.15 million. The remainder comes from the Otago Community Trust.
A further $25 million funding has been set aside for the next four years, which will ensure the trails is kept at a “world-class” level. The funding comes as part of a wider $45 million injection into the region’s tourism, something set to offer job growth in the region.
“The New Zealand Cycle Trail has already been extremely successful in attracting high-value visitors to the regions and getting them to stay longer, with regional economies experiencing positive spinoffs such as a growth in jobs,” says Mr Key.