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A $2.7m upgrade has been mooted to transform Omanawa Falls from a known hazard to a tourism drawcard.
The 5.6 hectare Omanawa Falls Power Station Reserve in the Kaimai Range is owned by the Tauranga City Council and includes the picturesque falls, track and a historic power station, all set in lush native bush.
Yesterday afternoon the council's Economic Development and Investment Committee unanimously agreed to put the funding into the draft Long Term Plan for 2018-28. Once the final draft has been confirmed it will go out for community consultation early next year.
The centrepiece of the proposed upgrade was a 28-flight staircase cantilevered off the cliff face taking visitors down to the base of the falls, according to a council report.