$18 million to support sustainable tourism growth

Published: 14 August 2019

The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) is investing $18 million in ten tourism and conservation projects across New Zealand.

This mix of tourism and conservation projects are the first to be funded by the IVL, which came into effect on 1 July 2010, and are tangible examples of how visitors can directly contribute to the unique natural heritage they enjoy, and the infrastructure they use while they’re here.

The mix of tourism and conservation projects are the first to be funded by the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), that came into effect on 1 July 2019.




Milford Opportunities Project – stage 2

$3 million

Funding will go towards developing, consulting on, and testing options for the future management of Milford Sound Piopiotahi

Promotion of Tourism Careers – Building the Tourism Workforce Programme

$5.2 million

Investment will support the implementation of the investment ready project Promotion of Tourism Careers of the Building the Tourism Workforce Programme, This includes: improving awareness and perceptions of tourism and careers in tourism, and encouraging people into their first career-orientated experience in tourism, matching employers and perspective employees.

Westland Tourism Initiatives

$3.9 million

Advance the planning of a resilient long-term approach to destination management in Westland.

Arthur’s Pass Experience Design  – stage 1

$0.3 million

Initiate planning for Arthur’s Pass to ensure that it provides a world class visitor experience, that is accessible, upholds the national park and conservation values and adds value to the South Island’s east and west coasts and New Zealand.

Kākāpō recovery – long-term expansion of habitat and recovery planning

$1.5 million in year one.

Develop a long-term sustainable management approach for kākāpō, and establish three new habitat sites.

Maukahuka: Predator Free Auckland Island

$0.8 million in year one.

Undertake preparatory activities to enable the successful eradication of pests from Maukahuka – Auckland Island. Specifically, to create and test infrastructure systems and technology for the Island.

Te Manahuna Aoraki

$0.5 million in year one.

Implement 11 projects to test methods and technology which could be scaled-up to a 310,000 ha pest management and restoration programme.

Ruapekapeka Pa – Tohu Whenua

$1.2 million

Make Ruapekaeka Pa a drawcard for visitors, functioning as a hub connecting other Land Wars sites in the region.

Trial to enhance visitor safety at Tonagariro National Park

$0.6 million

Trial the integration of risk management information for improved visitor safety decisions in Tongariro National Park

Implementing a new system for preventing Trade in Endangered Specifics and enhancing tourism compliance

$1.7 million in year one

Increased activity to reduce and manage the risk of wildlife smuggling, the importation of banned items.

The IVL is an important tool to make sure that New Zealander’s lives are enriched by sustainable tourism growth. It will do this by investing in projects that will substantively change the tourism system, helping to create productive, sustainable and inclusive tourism growth that protects and supports our environment. 

More information about the IVL can be found here.