By GUY WILLIAMS
The Remarkables ski area owner NZSki has applied to Queenstown’s council for permission to add 227 more carpark spaces at the bottom of the access road.
In its consent application, the company says the new parking area, covering 6270 square metres, would be cleared of vegetation and levelled.
It now consists mainly of grass, lupins, broom and matagouri, and hasn’t been used for livestock grazing for about 15 years.
Strong growth in visitor numbers in the past six years has led to restrictions on vehicle access to the skifield on days when guest demand is particularly high.
The addition of more carparking on the upper mountain is constrained by the topography and environmental aspects, ‘‘preventing continued development at a practical cost’’, the
Enlarging the carpark at the bottom of the mountain would ensure safe access off the
highway on busy days, and allow more visitors to leave their vehicles there and either rideshare or take a bus up the road.
An area of matagouri in one corner of the site would be retained, and native trees and
golden tussocks planted around the new parking area.