FROM THE ED­I­TOR

North Waikato News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

As Te Ahua re­ports on P4, a small North Waikato town is punch­ing above its weight in its quest to be­come the district’s new tourist stop.

Mercer wants to be on the tourism map and a de­ter­mined bunch of in­trepid lo­cals are do­ing their bit to make the vil­lage a goto place for trav­ellers head­ing to Hamil­ton or Auck­land.

They reckon it’s the per­fect lo­ca­tion, and I agree.

There’s the mighty Waikato River lap­ping at its doorstep, bou­tique winer­ies and stun­ning scenery in its back­yard, and high­oc­tane and high adren­a­line at­trac­tions such as sky-div­ing and Hamp­ton Downs mo­tor­sport park tempt­ing ad­ven­ture trav­ellers to make the pit stop in Waikato’s north.

Hat’s off to the lo­cal busi­nesses en­cour­ag­ing tourism growth in Mercer. Their for­ward-think­ing needs to be ap­plauded - and sup­ported. Next time you’re pass­ing through, be sure to make the stop to see what this ex­cit­ing pocket of the North Waikato has to of­fer.

Julie Kaio News Di­rec­tor

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