Develop new transport models to manage visitor flows.

The Milford Opportunities Project governance group is recommending controlling access into Milford Sound Piopiotahi.

The development of new transport options will help to manage visitor flows. Two general options being looked at are:

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Mixed access option A

This option is largely public transport focused with a mix of tour bus, hop-on hop-off and non-stop buses designed to support a more immersive visitor experience on both the Milford Corridor and in Milford Sound Piopiotahi. Low or zero carbon buses would be used.

However, under this model some pre-permitted self-drive visitor parking would still be retained at Milford Village (potentially 60% less than current levels) and along the Milford Road corridor. Access to parking at key visitor locations could be balloted and/or priced in advance of arrival to reduce congestion. Those camping or staying at accommodation would also be allowed private vehicle access.

Ngāi Tahu whānui, recreationists that require private vehicles (such those with boats, heavy equipment, or hunters, walkers and trampers) and commercial services for Piopiotahi would be provided permitted access.

New infrastructure improvements to the road corridor would be required to facilitate safer overtaking/stopping to accommodate larger visitor numbers to destinations along the corridor.

 
a. hop on bus

Mixed access option B

Under this option the vast majority of visitors would be required to access Piopiotahi and the Milford Road corridor via bus (with some limited exceptions where this is entirely impractical). This is a public transport model focused on a mix of tour bus, hop-on hop-off and non-stop buses designed to support a more immersive visitor experience on both the Milford Road and in Milford Sound Piopiotahi. Low or zero carbon buses would be utilised.

Under this model no self-drive visitor parking would be retained at Milford Village. Those camping or staying at accommodation would be allowed permitted private vehicle access only as far as their pre booked accommodation location.

Ngāi Tahu whānui, recreationists that require private vehicles (such those with boats, heavy equipment, or hunters, walkers and trampers) and commercial services for Piopiotahi would be provided access.

 

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