05 October 2018
Close to $1.6 million is being invested in a much-anticipated tourism project that will benefit locals and visitors alike.
We start construction next week on the car park and toilet at the top of Mangorei Road. The car park is a key piece of tourism infrastructure at the Mangorei Track entrance to the increasingly popular Pouakai Crossing and part of Tapuae Roa – Taranaki’s regional economic strategy.
The toilet and car park, which will take both private vehicles and buses, have been funded with $709,000 from the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund and $849,000 from NPDC. This is on top of a $3.4 million Government investment in the iconic Pouakai Crossing.
A further $750,000 will be spent on widening Mangorei Road in a 50:50 joint venture between NPDC and the NZ Transport Agency.
“We’re getting the right infrastructure in place so that visitors and locals alike can continue to enjoy our great outdoors and stunning Mounga; one of the reasons why we’re the lifestyle capital of New Zealand,” says Mayor Neil Holdom.“This project is an exciting one and combined with the $156,000 recently announced funding from Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis for upgraded facilities at Waiwhakaiho and a new portable toilet and shower facility, there are really positive signs of central and local government partnering for the benefit of our people and to grow our tourism economy,” says the Mayor.
The Mangorei Track will still be open, although Mangorei Road will be closed from the Westown Golf Course to the Pouakai Crossing entrance from Mondays to Fridays, from Monday 8 October until near Christmas.
The closures will be from 7am to 7pm each day but Mangorei Road residents will continue to have access.
We will be running free shuttle buses from the golf club’s car park on weekdays and the road will be open to all vehicles on weekends.
We have consulted with residents and tourism groups, and thanks the public in advance for its support.
For more info visit our Mangorei Car Park and Road Safety Improvements page.