Tourism Infrastructure Fund

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) provides up to $25 million annually to develop tourism-related infrastructure that supports regions facing pressure from tourism growth.

About the fund

Tourism is hugely important to the New Zealand economy, and quality infrastructure and facilities help to ensure New Zealanders can continue to enjoy their own spaces — whether they are at home or visiting other parts of the country.

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund supports local communities facing pressure from tourism growth and in need of assistance — areas with high visitor numbers but small ratepayer bases, for example.

The fund aims to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation both domestically and internationally. Supporting robust infrastructure contributes to quality experiences for visitors, and maintains the social licence for the sector to operate.

New Zealand's regions and the tourism industry have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, particularly Kaikōura, Mackenzie, Queenstown Lakes, Fiordland, and South Westland districts.

Round Five of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will ensure central Government support and investment in local government infrastructure can continue over this uncertain time, to help improve the visitor experience for New Zealanders, and international visitors when they return.

When to apply

Applications for Round 5 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund have now closed.

In this section

Eligibility and co-funding criteria

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund is open to councils, although some community organisations with council backing can apply.

Application and assessment process

We assess all applications to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund for eligibility and put through an independent financial assessment before being considered by a funding panel.

Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel

Applications to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund are reviewed by a panel of independent advisors, government and tourism sector representatives.

Round 4 funding recipients

Round 4 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund awarded funding to 36 applications with a total of $13,309,101 awarded in November 2019.

Round 3 funding recipients

Round 3 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund awarded funding to 40 applications with a total of $11,770,707 awarded in June 2019.

Round 2 funding recipients

Round 2 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund awarded funding to 45 applications with a total of $19,221,675 awarded in August 2018.

Round 1 funding recipients

Round 1 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund awarded funding to 33 applications with a total of $14,161,964 awarded in December 2017.

Evaluation of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund

Evaluation of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund undertaken in September 2019 by SageBush.

Review of the Tourist Infrastructure Fund [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Allocation of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund

Tourism Infrastructure Fund

Rounds 1-4 (funding allocation by region)

Region Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Grand Total
Bay of Plenty $1,279,895 $1,666,484 $777,016 $285,669 $4,009,064
Canterbury $2,699,650 $623,450 $2,125,943 $1,129,150 $6,578,193
Chatham Islands       $168,061 $168,061
Gisborne $1,269,300 $572,300 $189,600   $2,031,200
Hawke's Bay $56,250 $145,000 $898,396 $580,300 $1,679,946
Manawatu-Whanganui $1,505,900 $102,404 $183,708 $4,700,758 $6,492,770
Marlborough   $668,000 $553,068 $34,045 $1,255,113
Nelson $135,000 $500,000   $498,550 $1,133,550
Northland $229,000 $2,235,484 $1,653,000 $4,278,398 $8,395,882
Otago   $2,778,278 $1,993,423 $558,250 $5,329,951
Southland $455,765 $5,906,145     $6,361,910
Taranaki $708,500 $125,187     $833,687
Tasman $335,000 $10,000   $320,000 $665,000
Waikato $1,704,330 $3,027,393 $2,596,553 $583,134 $7,911,410
Wellington-Wairarapa $223,470 $100,000     $323,470
West Coast $3,942,304 $1,156,800 $821,000 $230,000 $6,150,104
Grand Total $14,544,364 $19,616,925 $11,791,707 $13,366,315 $59,319,311

Tourism Infrastructure Fund (Rounds 1-4) and Responsible Camping Funding (Rounds 1-3)

Total funding allocation by region

Sum of MBIE Contribution (contract level)

Region TIF Freedom camping Grand total
Auckland $0 $453,840 $453,840
Bay of Plenty $4,009,064 $1,850,740 $5,859,804
Canterbury $6,578,193 $3,085,995 $9,664,188
Chatham Islands $168,061 $0 $168,061
Gisborne $2,031,200 $625,905 $2,657,105
Hawkes Bay $1,679,946 $804,138 $2,484,084
Manawatu-Whanganui $6,492,770 $353,539 $6,846,309
Marlborough $1,255,113 $607,210 $1,862,323
Nationwide $0 $1,268,550 $1,268,550
Nelson $1,133,550 $378,378 $1,511,928
Northland $8,395,882 $1,730,500 $10,126,382
Otago $5,329,951 $3,918,585 $9,248,536
Southland $6,361,910 $192,000 $6,553,910
Taranaki $833,687 $287,953 $1,121,640
Tasman $665,000 $722,267 $1,387,267
Waikato $7,911,410 $3,791,964 $11,703,374
Wellington $323,470 $411,757 $735,227
West Coast $6,150,104 $3,860,372 $10,010,476
Grand total $59,319,311 $24,343,693 $83,663,004

Last updated: 08 April 2021