Feedback on the masterplan: tracks and huts
In the March newsletter we reported back on an engagement session looking at the masterplan’s recommendations regarding recreation facilities, tracks and huts, along the Milford Road Corridor and at Piopiotahi Milford Sound.
At a high level, the masterplan talks of creating more recreation choices through a range of experiences and accommodation options at a series of key nodes. The intention is to spread visitation out, to provide options for travel at a slower pace, for people to stay longer and take time to get to know the area’s communities, cultural heritage and nature.
Recommendations include enabling a shared cycling and walking trail within the Eglinton Valley via the nodes, enhancing accommodation within the corridor (such as camping, cabins and campervans).
The masterplan also contains a wide range of specific recommendations such as:
- changes to Mistake Creek overnight walking track including a new 80 bunk bookable hut,
- a Lake Marian loop walk,
- an extended Hollyford Track
In our first round of engagement with local groups and individuals, on the tracks and huts elements of the Masterplan recommendations, we heard from:
- local operators and tourism providers
- Fiordland Tramping and Outdoor Recreation Club
- Fiordland Trails Trust
- Bike Fiordland
- New Zealand Alpine Club – Southland
- New Zealand Deer Association, Southland
- Fiordland Outdoors
- Department of Conservation