Business growing due to trails

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YVONNE O’HARA

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The Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold cycle trails have encouraged more people to visit Millers Flat, Teviot Valley business owners say.

Faigan’s Cafe and Store co-owner Mike Tan said since his business started in 2017 he had seen tourist numbers, including cyclists, increase, as well as more people moving to the area.

“We can see year-to-year business growing,” he said.

Several parcels of land were either being surveyed or going through the consent process for subdivisions, and new houses were being built in Millers Flat, as people moved to the valley from outside the area, Mr Tan said.

Shelley and Shanon Garden moved from Rotorua to establish their new business, Voyager Cabins, in Millers Flat.

Mrs Garden said they would import and sell modular housing units made from 20-foot shipping containers, which had been designed to their specifications and manufactured in China.

The first two prototype units arrived in Dunedin on Tuesday and would be transported to their Millers Flat site.

The prototypes would be used for tourist accommodation and they also intended to sell further units as housing.

New Millers Flat Holiday Camp managers Donna and Tony Williamson have been in the job for only three months but are already considering opening a small shop on site to sell home-made soaps and candles.

Mrs Williamson said their Dunedin-based owners intended to build three additional self-contained units on site to cater for the increased demand from cyclists and other visitors next year.

“We have not been here very long but people have said it is getting busier and busier because we are in the middle of the two cycle trails.”