Yesterday, an announcement was made by Hon Shane Jones that The Northern Adventure Experience (NAX) will receive a $5.59m funding boost to improve and enhance the visitor experience in the Bay of Islands.
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Posted by Tautoko FM on Thursday, 2 July 2020
NAX is an offshoot of the Bay of islands Vintage Railway (BOIVR) – formed to apply for and project manage this award.
BOIVR has been working to restore the original line since 2003 when it was formed to ensure that the railway was preserved. The first part of the construction plan is to replace 6.5km of the current cycleway that runs over old railway tracks. The popular vintage rail experience will be improved and extended to run from Kawakawa all the way to Opua.
In addition, the historic 109-year-old steamboat Minerva will be fully restored to operate from Opua into the Bay to join the piers and connect activities and history, thus enabling locals and visitors to travel as an alternative to using their cars.
NAX will provide extensive training opportunities for local residents to support the tourism ventures. Once the project is underway, 68 construction jobs and up to 25 permanent jobs in the tourism industry are expected to be created.