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The Department of Conservation,
Meridian Energy and Project
Crimson will celebrate the opening
of the upgraded Kepler Track
entrance, car park and amenity
area, near Te Anau on Friday (May
DOC has invited local people to
attend the opening celebrations and
be among the first to experience
the new amenities and view the
native restoration work, undertaken
by DOC and local schools, in
partnership with Project Crimson
and its principal sponsor, Meridian.
Meridian, Project Crimson and DOC
staff will also be joining forces to
complete the native flora restoration
planting after the official ceremony.
Te Anau DOC Area Manager Reg
Kemper said the three organisations
had a huge interest in the World
Heritage-listed Fiordland National
Park – Meridian, which operates
the Manapouri hydro power station
at West Arm, fed by Lake Te Anau;
Project Crimson (a key sponsorship
for Meridian), which aims to protect
native rata and pohutukawa
throughout New Zealand; and DOC.
Project Crimson’s executive director,
Bridget Abernethy said southern
rata was a vital part of the ecology
in the Fiordland region.
“Their protection, along with all
The historic Friendship Scenic Cruiser, one of the first tourist boats to operate on Doubtful Sound, is
returning there under new ownership.
Old friend makes return to Doubtful Sound
One of the original tourist boats used
for daily cruises on Doubtful Sound is
returning to its old stamping ground.
The Friendship Scenic Cruiser,
built in the 1950s to operate in the
Marlborough Sounds, was bought by
Fiordland Travel (now Real Journeys)
in 1970. It saw service on Doubtful
Sound as one of the first boats to
offer regular day cruises before being
moved to Milford Sound where it has
operated ever since.
However, at the end of this season
Real Journeys retired the boat and put
it up for sale.
At the same time Clint Tauri and John
Harris, who operate Fiordland Cruises,
were looking for a replacement for The
Waverley – an historic Fiordland boat
which, sadly, sank in November last
year. They considered the Friendship
to be the ideal successor.
With dormitory-style accommodation
for 12 passengers, the Friendship also
featured air-conditioning, a barbecue,
huge viewing deck, comfortable loung
areas and ample dining space, Mr
“It’s actually quite well decked out for
Fiordland Cruises took possession of
the Friendship on Tuesday and plans
to make it “more homely” by putting
in couches and improving the galley
to make it even better suited for
overnight cruising, however there was
little else to be improved on.
“The vessel has been kept in
immaculate condition by the previous
owners and is in current Safe Ship
Management,” Mr Tauri said. “It’s a
great little boat.”
Fiordland Cruises planned to
recommence its daily summer service
from October but in the meantime
the Friendship would be available for
family and group charters throughout
On water activities include 22 hours in
the Doubtful fiords, mammal and bird
viewing, fishing and kayaking.
the other species in this special
ecosystem is of great importance.
“It’s just great to be involved in this
planting and to know that this will
benefit so many visitors and local
people now and in generations to
come,” she said.
The upgraded Kepler Track entrance
also includes an educational ‘super
site’ for pupils to learn about
conservation issues from DOC.
Project Crimson is active throughout
New Zealand and has developed nine
regional Crimson Trails, including one
About Project Crimson
Project Crimson is a national conservation
trust that was established in 1990 to protect
pohutukawa and rata trees around New Zealand
by raising awareness of tree protection and
supporting restoration programmes.
Since then, with the help of principal sponsor
Meridian, enormous progress has been made
to arrest the decline and restore these precious
natives in their natural habitats and in the hearts
and minds of New Zealanders.
Three agencies celebrate Kepler Track entrance upgrade
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