Tourism Infrastructure Fund Projects

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund is a Central Government Fund that provides up to $25 million per year for the development of tourism-related infrastructure such as carparks, freedom camping facilities, sewerage and water works and transport projects.The fund supports local communities facing pressure from tourism growth and in need of assistance - areas with high visitor numbers but small ratepayer bases - like our district.

Hahei beach

(Photo: Hahei beach)

We're no longer seeking public feedback on these projects - thanks to everyone who sent us their ideas. We're now incorporating them into more detailed plans that will be available soon.

December 2019 - TIF round four funding announcement

Two projects to improve toilet facilities in the upper reaches of the Coromandel have been chosen to receive just over $116,000 from the latest funding round of the central government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF).

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) awarded $65,247 to upgrade toilets at the busy tourism hotspot of Little Bay and $51,422 to introduce a toilet facility at Otautu Bay (pictured above), where there are growing numbers of visitors but currently either very basic or no public toilets available.

Our Council will co-fund these projects  with approximate amounts of $59,950 for the Little Bay toilet upgrade and $73,775 at Otautu Bay.

"This funding is great news as both projects are much-needed to cater for rapid tourism growth at these unspoilt, natural environments," says Thames-Coromandel District Council Mayor Sandra Goudie.

“Otautu Bay and Little Bay are becoming more and more popular as both domestic and international visitors discover this beautiful northern area of the Coromandel; and infrastructure such as toilets are central to the visitor experience,” Mayor Sandra says.

"Again, we are grateful for the support from central government in recognising that as a small council, with limited resources, it's a huge ask to manage growing visitor numbers," Mayor Sandra says.

“The TIF was set up to support communities facing pressure from tourism growth, with high visitor numbers, but relatively small ratepayer bases – like our district," she says. “With just 2,621 ratepayers in the Coromandel -Colville Community Board area, these isolated tourist hotspot projects are unaffordable without the support of the TIF.”

Find out more about these two projects in our December 2019 media release here

September 2019 - TIF round two funding announcement

The Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis announced in September 2018 that the Government was allocating $19.6 million for tourism infrastructure projects across the country through the second round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Our Council has received more than $2 million of that money, for the following three projects:

  • $1,426,841 for an upgrade of visitor infrastructure in Hahei to respond to growing tourist numbers visiting nearby Cathedral Cove.
  • $467,500 for an upgrade of existing toilet and wastewater facilities at Whangapoua Beach, which is the last stop before heading to New Chum Beach.
  • $108,352 for the provision of public toilet facilities at Onemana Beach.

Hahei Tourist Walkway

This project is aimed at promoting the walking village concept for Hahei. A pedestrian walkway is to be provided from the Hahei Visitor Car Park, through to Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove Walkway via Kotare Reserve and Hahei Beach Road. A map of  the proposed route can be downloaded on the right of this page.

The purpose of this path is to create an attractive alternative walking route for visitors and the community through the village that does not rely as much on streets, but takes walkers through Kotare Reserve. The intent is to help improve safety, encourage people to walk rather than drive and provide an attractive visitor experience.

The majority of the walkway will be hoggin path (hoggin is a mixture of clay, gravel and sand and was used on the Whitianga Buffalo Beach waterfront). Some wet and boggy areas will be traversed with coloured concrete and boardwalk.

Once on Hahei Beach Road, walkers will use the existing footpath, and cross the road at the existing zebra crossing. 

We would like your feedback specifically on how best to treat the walkway for the last 250m to the beach. Given the high numbers of vehicles parking on the berm, there is an opportunity to separate walkers from vehicles by a line of bollards.  Additional features could be added at both ends and around existing street trees with rock gardens. This would still provide parallel parking for vehicles, but also prioritise pedestrian safety.  The intent would be to keep this area grassed. 

A number of properties along Hahei Beach Road have informal, grassed driveways. We would like your help in identifying where bollards would be best placed to ensure continued access.  This may be best achieved by discussing this on site. If you would like to meet please e-mail or ring our project manager Ross Ashby so that we can arrange a date and time that is convenient.  Additionally, he will be at the Hahei Community Hall on Saturday 5 January 2019 from 10am-2pm.

Ross Ashby
027 510 9079

To provide feedback, please fill out the fillable PDF form available on the right of this page and send to by 1 February 2019. (If the "submit" button on the form doesn't open your email application, save the form and email it as an attachment.)



Pepe Reserve public toilets

On November 18, 2019 the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board approved the design (pictured below) of a new eight-toilet complex to replace the current facility at Pepe Reserve in Tairua, which needs upgrading. The design will be similar to the Hot Water Beach toilet block and local artists will be invited to provide some creative flair. Our Council has received $412,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund towards construction, which is scheduled for March 2020. Replacement of the Sailors Grave toilets will take place around the same time while contractors are in the area. 

Hahei Central Toilets

This project is to upgrade the existing toilet located by the Hahei Community Hall. This toilet has only two pans, and with Government funding, we are looking to bring forward a scheduled upgrade to the 2019 year.  The upgrade will provide for an additional pan (three pans in total) with a fully disabled accessible toilet. 

As part of the upgrade we are looking to relocate the toilet from its current position, and move it forward, closer to Hahei Beach Road, on the corner at the entrance to the car park, next to the fire brigade building.  The reasons for shifting the toilet location are:

  • Building a bigger toilet to meet tourist demand is difficult and costly in the current location due to existing underground pipes and limited space;
  • Shifting the toilet away from the playground will improve surveillance to the recently upgraded playground and improve safety for users;
  • The proposed toilet location is more visible to visitors, and could be a high quality asset to the town;
  • The new location will allow for new landscaping in this location

We currently have two toilet designs we are seeking your feedback on:

  1. A colonial design with a gable roof, matching the character of some of the existing buildings in the village;
  2. A more contemporary design using chunky, weathered wood and steel.

Download the toilet design on the right side of this page.

To provide feedback, please download the forms on the top right-hand side of this page and save them to your computer. Then fill out the sections, save again and email to by 1 February 2019.

Onemana Toilet

We'll be looking for feedback on the design of a new toilet proposed for the Onemana beach. We'll have details on that in April 2019.

Whangapoua Toilet Upgrade

A public open day was held on site on Saturday 30 March from 11am-2pm, followed by the start of formalconsultation with a Community Questionnaire which will run until 3 May 2019. A draft concept plan has beendeveloped to improve the park for users, upgrade some of the old facilities and refresh its appearance so that today’sand future generations can continue to enjoy the park. We want to know what you think of the draft plan. Following public meetings and feedback, a revised plan will be prepared by 30 June 2019.

Click on the image to see the full concept plan.