Tourism Waitaki has opened a satellite office in Palmerston, which will allow the organisation to play a more active role in the region.
The office opened late last week, and is already attracting a good number of visitors.
Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill said the office would offer similar services to those available at Tourism Waitaki’s Oamaru office.
“We will have full information display and booking services, as well as provide access to Tourism Waitaki management. We will also retain a small amount of branded retail items as well.”
He said places south of Oamaru were becoming more popular with international tourists.
“It allows us to play a more active role in the region.”
He expected many visitors would take advantage of the Palmerston office, given the many activities and attractions on offer in the area.
“Interest in the area is growing … [there is] the gold mine in Macraes, historic pub in Dunback, seals at Shag Point, the beach at Hampden, Moeraki Boulders, fishing at Moeraki and the wildlife at Katiki Point.
“There’s Trotter’s Gorge, countless walks and cycle trails, as well as the Pig Root through to Central, not to mention all the cool shops and cafes in Palmerston and the other towns.
“You could easily spend a couple of days discovering treasure after treasure in the region.”
By Daniel Birchfield