Feedback from May engagement sessions

In early May, we held engagement sessions on the Milford Road corridor and Deepwater Basin. We also hosted the Fiordland Business Association at the Te Anau Hub

The feedback from these sessions was extremely informative and is generally positive regarding our work and approach. General themes from each session include:

Deepwater Basin

  • Separation is needed between commercial and recreational operators.
  • Current set up has health and safety issues with risk of liability.
  • Boat trailers are an issue, need a long term solution.
  • Any new management approach needs to be adaptable, including flexibility to cater for both peak season and off
  • A sustainable approach is needed with greater protection of fishery.
  • New infrastructure needs to be world-class, high quality, designed to last and be robust against the elements.

Read a full summary of feedback and discussion at the Deepwater Basin May 2023 engagement session.

Milford Road corridor

  • Operators need clarity and timeframe.
  • The only thing that looks natural is nature itself, it’s the reason people visit the area.
  • Consolidate infrastructure and pare it back to sensitively integrate into the landscape.
  • Solutions need to be flexible and future proofed.
  • Get on with the stuff we all agree on.
  • Access – too many vehicles travelling on the road – was the main concern that needs to be addressed now, majority of problems are caused by rental cars and international drivers.
  • Park and ride can’t happen too soon for many.

Read a full summary of feedback and discussion at the Milford Road corridor May 2023 engagement session.