Milford Opportunities Project introduction

The Milford Opportunities Project was established in 2017 following discussions between the Southland District Council and the Department of Conservation. Both parties had identified issues of congestion at Milford Sound Piopiotahi and along the Milford corridor by tour buses and other vehicles at particular times.

The project will create an ambitious and innovative masterplan for the region, focusing on what needs to be done to offer a unique and authentic experience, as well as how visitors will be managed into the future.

Stage one of the project was completed in late 2018 and consisted of research and gap analysis, along with some preliminary engagement. The team then worked with Government for further funding for stage two, which began late last year.

Stage two has seen the team defining and choosing options to be included in the masterplan, and ensuring these options/recommendations are backed up by data and research. Stage two will be completed when the masterplan is made public in mid 2021.