Media Release

Tourism Resource Consultants and WSP-Opus have been awarded the contracts for a Feasibility Study and Business Case for the Arches. TRC will focus on the business case with WSP-Opus providing the road engineering input.

Tourism West Coast and Development West Coast reviewed a number of proposals and after a robust evaluation awarded the contracts. The Project is funded equally by MBIE and DWC as part of the West Coast Regional Growth Study.

Tourism West Coast CEO Jim Little says, “The Oparara Arches are a magnificent natural attraction that has been identified by TWC as one of the six iconic places for visitors to the Coast. The objective is to create visitor dispersal to the most Northern part of the region which will have an impact on Westport right through to Karamea, this is part of the Tourism Strategy to 2021 and beyond.”

Tourism West Coast’s appointed consultants will be working closely with the Department of Conservation, the Oparara Valley Trust, Iwi and all other identified stakeholders to ensure transparency and local input.

The Oparara Arches combined with the Heaphy Track, Old Ghost Road, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and Denniston Incline along with other visitor activities will help grow the Northern West Coast appeal to domestic and international visitors.

For further information contact Jim Little 03 768 6675 or Penny Bicknell 021 721 388

(16 March 2018)