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Local MP Barbara Kuriger says Raglan’s tourism value and potential has been recognised by the Prime Minister’s tourism funding announcement in a local mountain bike project.

“The project is one of five new projects the Government is investing in to help grow the tourism sector in New Zealand,” Ms Kuriger said.

“Locals know well the appeal of Raglan, as do the thousands of international tourists who come to the surf beach every year, but Raglan is more than just a surf beach.

“This investment through the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund of $47,600 will help the Raglan Mountain Bike Club promote all year round adventure activities in Raglan.

“The funding will be used to build Ocean Trail Mountain Bike Park in the Wainui Reserve pine forest.

“It will have nearly seven kilometres of mountain bike trails for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced riders.

“By expanding products and services we can attract even more visitors.  And this will certainly appeal to domestic tourists as well.” 

“Tourism is New Zealand’s second largest export earner and is vital for our local economy.  We want to continue to support and grow it.”

The Ocean Trail Mountain Bike Park is a community enterprise supported by the Raglan Mountain Biking Club, Raglan Chamber of Commerce, Waikato District Council and Hamilton-Waikato Regional Tourism.

The Tourism Growth Partnership is a contestable co-investment fund that allows the Government to work in partnership with the tourism industry.  The Government has now invested $10.5 million in 20 projects.

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