Duntroon in need of tourist accommodation

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The Duntroon & District Development Association (DDA) is holding a public meeting next Thursday night at 7pm in the Duntroon Hall to address the shortage of tourist accommodation in the area.

With the Alps 2 Ocean cycle track being a popular tourist venture and Duntroon having other attractions to offer, the meeting is being held to come up with ideas to address the accommodation issue.

DDDA secretary Mike Gray said it was a problem which needed to be sorted out.

“New Zealanders have traditionally gone to Central Otago to holiday but more and more of them are now making their way through to the Waitaki Valley, and with all the stuff available to people in the Duntroon area, we’d love to see more accommodation for the area.”

Mr Gray would love to see individual cabin-type rooms with their own en-suites.

“People doing the Alps 2 Ocean will want some privacy and these sorts of rooms will be good for people wanting to stay overnight. I’d love to see some businessmen or entrepreneurs come forward.”

Mr Gray said a long-term solution was needed.

“Despite our efforts, we have a few issues that are hindering the growth of tourism in the area. One is a lack of sufficient accommodation in the village and the lack of a convenience store. It is really sad to see riders on the A2O Cycle trail being bussed into Oamaru for the night then bussed back the next day to complete their journey.” Mr Gray said.

“Such issues are beyond the means of our local association to solve, hence we are calling a public meeting to see just what ideas are out there and who might be able to help us solve some of these challenges.”

Mr Gray said a convenience store would be another good addition to Duntroon, as there was nowhere in the area for people to buy ice creams.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY