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Waikato Business News September/October 2017

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Waikato Business News September/October

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 VOLUME 25: ISSUE 9 WWW.WBN.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/WAIKATOBUSINESSNEWS Waikato’s new tourism ‘gateway’ hailed The site of Perry Group’s Te Awa Lakes development. A billion dollar development in Horotiu featuring a water park, hotel complex and housing will inspire other tourism initiatives and create a whole new gateway to the city and region, according to Waikato’s tourism boss. By GEOFF TAYLOR Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson has hailed as “inspiring” Perry Group’s Te Awa Lakes development which took its first formal step last week when Perry Group lodged plans with Hamilton City Council. Perry Group plans to transform its former quarry site north of Hamilton into a mixed use development including a water theme park and residen- tial subdivision complete with other recreational, tourism and accommodation facilities. Mr Dawson said Te Awa Lakes will become the new gateway to the city and region, as well as a recreational hub connecting the new extension for the Te Awa Cycleway once the new river bridge opens next month. “You will be able to walk, run or cycle right up to the base of the Hakarimatas in Ngaruawahia. This development will inspire other tourism, transport and recreation experiences around the area, and create opportunities for Horotiu, Ngaruawahia and on the Waikato River.” Mr Dawson said Te Awa Lakes will be a welcome addition to the visitor attractions in Waikato. “As the bulk of our visitor expenditure comes from our domestic market - $1.08 billion for domestic compared to $366 million from international – creating more products and experiences for locals and our sub-regional market is vitally important.” Perry Group chairman Simon Perry also emphasised the opportunity to attract Aucklanders to the water park complex and the region, particularly with the Waikato Expressway nearing completion. “We have Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves but other than that a lot of tourists bypass Continued on page 4 A NEW WAY OF LIVING Hamilton's newest suburb STAGE 3 SELLING NOW J8876A

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