Milford tunnel a ‘PR disaster’ for Queenstown Hobbit tourism
02 Aug 2012
Okay so let me get this straight...
So... just to recap... Glenorchy doesn't want the tunnel to happen because it'll turn the place into a truck-stop (and only if someone needs to pee, otherwise they'll just roll straight on by) Te Anau doesn't want it because it'll cut off (or at least put a serious dent in) their visitor numbers... and from what I gather most of Queenstown doesn't want it because among other things it'll be further evidence that New Zealand isn't living up to the 100% Pure promise, misunderstood as it may be.
It's not really going to do the businesses in Milford Sound any favours as it gives a monopoly on access to the sounds to one company, who will presumably charge an extortionate fee. It'll pinch their time-poor, cash-rich customers away from the pilots, and the various bus companies that currently ply a trade on the Milford Road will be out of luck too.
So other than MDL employees and the "Drill baby, drill!" types who think all 'progress' is good progress... who thinks this thing's a good idea again?
10 Aug 2012 01:26PM outthere
Open your eyes
while i can understand that this tunnel will change things, accept that some people are scared of change and have mixed feelings about it all given it will be privately owned can everyone who is predicting an environmental disaster please open your eyes, engage brain and then shut up?
Last time i drove to milford i went through a tunnel, holy cow I even think the tunnel was in a national park and the last time i checked the world was still spinning and tourists were still coming to QT!!!!
I also remember a time not so long ago when someone built another tunnel that was about as long as currently proposed but probably twice as big! Whoa, now I think about it that was in a national park too and obviously that didn't stop the tourists either. Its amaxing what modern construction and careful environmental planning can achieve i guess
All this has got me a bit suspious really, could it be that these whinging naysayers really are just another bunch of nimby's??
03 Aug 2012 10:15AM kiwi2
Freethinker, I've been to Milford, and both times were by car. It actually works out cheaper than by car if there are two or more of you...
I'm neither a greenneck nor an eco-bully. And whilst I do occasionally ride a high horse, it's currently being re-shoed.
The tunnel will not make Milford any more accessible. The journey of the buses will still be the same experience, regardless of journey time, and if you think the tunnel will make the journey cheaper, then you really aren't much of a realist.
Come back when you have a solid argument.
02 Aug 2012 07:23PM kernow
While driving through Glenorchy recently we noticed two businesses for sale and apparently struggling. Some businesses, quitely are looking for increased visitor numbers. This town alone needs visitor growth to sustain some kind of infrastructure for not only the locals but for the various visitors that enjoy the wilderness that it provides.
If you dont want growth in tourism then perhapes the Queestown area and regional Otago/Southland is not the place to live if you expect it to stay the same for ever. It wont!
02 Aug 2012 07:00PM Brisbane 1
Freethinker - you missed out 'BY CAR' from your list of options, and stopping in Te Anau to break the journey.
02 Aug 2012 06:10PM tobybear
Bring on the Milford Tunnel
The latest outburst from the anti tunnel mob shows their desperation and the bankruptcy of their
position.It always interests me that the eco-bullies always believe that wilderness areas belong
solely to those who are young,fit enough or have the time to tramp into these areas.
As someone who has had considerable involvement in Queenstown tourism I have seen the choices available to visitors who wish to go to Milford.
If you have money you can go by helicopter or if you also have the time you can do the guided
walk of the track.For the rest there's the bus which, believe me, is an ordeal.
Along come 2 companies with proposals to make the place more accessible for more people and predictably the arrogant and selfish greennecks sanctimoniously mount their high horse and
dictate who can go and how without regard to the circumstances,comfort and needs of our visitors.I hope that a more balanced approach will prevail in this case.
02 Aug 2012 05:46PM freethinker
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