Exciting times ahead for the Hauraki Rail Trail and region, as visitors will soon be able to cruise into Paeroa by riverboat. This is thanks to a $1.1 million development aimed at boosting tourism in the town.
The Paeroa Historical Maritime Park has received a whopping $730,000 Government Provincial Growth Fund grant, and $400,000 in funding from Hauraki District Council for stage one of the project.
Stage one includes an upgrade of Wharf St in Paeroa, which will link to a purpose-built community jetty on the Ohinemuri River. There will also be pontoons, a boardwalk and a new riverboat to ferry people and bikes between the Maritime Park and Wharf St.
The new development is expected to create a multi-purpose tourist and historical attraction which will boost the tourism sector with inter-regional benefits, providing jobs and business opportunities.
The success of the Hauraki Rail Trail has been a driving force behind the project, and this is only stage one of the development at the park. Stage two will include a multi-centre with an educational focus, conference facilities and cafe.
The Park will be an incredible addition to the Paeroa community, returning an original mode of transport to Paeroa. The river was historically a huge network, and once again will connect the river back to the CBD in Paeroa, bringing abundant opportunities for both the Park and Town.
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