Council confirmed it would invest an additional $3.6m over the next 10 years on our significant cultural and ecological sites – particularly our New Zealand Land Wars sites so they can become visitor attractions and boost our district’s economy.
We are home to many significant sites right across the district. These include ecological sites (for example Mt Pirongia, Maungatautari, Kakepuku, Lake Ngāroto, and Yarndley’s Bush), significant New Zealand Land Wars sites (for example Alexandra Redoubt, Rangioawhia, Te Tiki O Te Ihingarangi and Ōrākau) as well 10 category one heritage buildings and a further 52 category two heritage buildings. A lot of these sites are managed by Council and others are managed by community groups.
Over the next 10 years, we are increasing our investment in our significant cultural and ecological sites – particularly in our New Zealand Land Wars sites so they can become visitor attractions and boost our district’s economy.
The investment will go towards boardwalks, interpretative signage, creating better entranceways and improving public facilities such as toilets and changing areas. We will also focus on providing digital journeys for locals and visitors that enable people to really experience everything these sites have to offer.
Some of the key sites we will focus on over the next 10 years include:
These sites are our priority as they offer the most opportunity from a visitor and tourism perspective.
We are also proposing to build a new Waipā Discovery Centre that would act as a hub for all of these sites.