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National MP for Coromandel, Scott Simpson, is pleased the Hauraki Rail Trails are receiving almost $80,000 in funding from the sixth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

The funding allocation of $77,757, announced by Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner today, will be used by the Hauraki Rail Trail Trust for the upkeep of the trail, which starts from Waihi or Te Aroha - depending on the cyclist’s preference – and passes through Paeroa before finishing on the coast at Thames.

‘’This is a great result for the Coromandel electorate,’’ Mr Simpson says.

“An impressive 81,888 people used the trails in 2015, taking in the historic Karangahake Gorge and working their way towards Thames on one of the gentlest trails in the country.’’

“Domestic and international tourists using the trail spent a combined $3.2 million as a result of using the trails in 2015, adding a healthy boost to our Coromandel tourism industry and the associated service industries.’’

A total of 12 projects across New Zealand have been successful with their funding applications, with $528,000 being distributed across the projects. Over a million people use the Great Rides annually.

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