New Zealand’s newest i-SITE Visitor Centre opens in Foxton on Saturday 18 November.
Named Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, the Visitor Centre embraces the town’s unique Māori and Dutch heritage, and is situated on Wharf Street in view of the iconic De Molen (windmill).
“We’re very pleased to see the opening of the Foxton i-SITE – Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom. As well as it being a destination in its own right, Foxton is also a thoroughfare for traffic travelling down the golden route of the North Island. The visitor centre will play a key role for the local Foxton community and for international and domestic visitors to the region,” says i-SITE Executive Manager, Paul Yeo.
“Each year more than a million international visitors visit an i-SITE during their travels. Our friendly i-SITE teams across the country provide valuable information on attractions in their local communities and across the country. The i-SITE Visitor Centres benefit not only their local economies, but the wider tourism industry by inspiring visitors to stay longer and spend more while in New Zealand.”
Tourism in the Horowhenua region is on the rise, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Enterprise reporting $93 million in visitor spend for the year to June 2017 (up from $78 million the year prior).
“Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom offers museums and exhibitions dedicated to the stories of Te Awahou-Foxton, and the people who have connections there, so it makes sense for it to also be the place where visitors can connect and get information,” says Horowhenua District Mayor Michael Feyen.
“The i-SITE at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom will be the second in Horowhenua, highlighting that we are committed to providing excellent Visitor Information services across the District.”
The addition of the Foxton i-SITE Visitor Centre brings the total number of i-SITEs nationwide to 81.
i-SITE Foxton: Corner of Wharf Street and Main Street, Foxton