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RIGHT: Geotechnical experts work
around the unstable area that will
be drilled and blasted. The work is
currently scheduled to be carried out
in three stages as indicated on the
“New Zealand does suffer very
quickly when tourists are injured
doing tourist activities,” Mr Lauder
said. “We fully support a cautious
It was paramount that the road
was reopened as soon as possible
and the approach being taken
was the best way to achieve that.
However, the important thing was
that tourists were made aware
that there were still plenty of
options for them in Fiordland in
the meantime, he said.
During the road closure period,
Real Journeys would be promoting
Doubtful Sound cruise options.
The Fiordland Navigator was
currently away for its annual
survey but its sister vessel
the Milford Mariner was being
relocated to Doubtful Sound to
cater for additional numbers, Mr
Lauder said. One vessel would
continue to operate in Milford
Sound to service visitors who
arrived by air.
Visitor numbers to Milford usually
drop back to about 600 per day
at this time of year with reduced
sailings, seasonal staff finishing
up and overnight cruises ending.
Southern Discoveries sales and
marketing manager Anita Golden
also praised NZTA’s handling
of the situation. Southern
Discoveries would be promoting
upgraded fly-in options for Milford
during the closure period or
alternative products, she said.
Trips ‘n’ Tramps operator Steve
Norris said their tours would
still go as far as Gunn’s Camp
in the Hollyford Valley. Milford
Helicopters would be operating
from the western side of the
tunnel so passengers would have
the option of taking a helicopter
flight to Milford and a cruise if they
Mail and other deliveries which
the company is contracted to
carry out would be taken as far
as possible and passed on to air
Destination Fiordland manager
Kate Hebblethwaite said an
extended road closure of this
nature was a big blow to local
operators but everyone agreed
that safety was paramount. It
was a “ride it out” situation and
everyone was just hoping now that
the weather held long enough for
the work to be completed.
Rock risk closes road(Continued from Page 1)
TALENTED KIDS: Piano student Damian Pang performs Lift Me Up during
the Fiordland Arts Society’s annual Te Anau Talent Showcase held at the Te
Anau Club on Sunday where a host of youngsters delighted with a mixture
of music, song and dance. Hosted annually by the Arts Society, this was the
seventh year the concert has been held.
Organiser Mary Hartz said the idea behind the concert was to highlight
the variety of performing arts skills being learned in the area and give
youngsters the chance to perform on stage, before an audience.
A performer herself at the very first talent concert and most others since,
Te Anau Dance School principal Jess Henwood now has her own students
taking part. This year she was back performing alongside her pupils with a
jazz routine. Other disciplines on show were piano, keyboard, guitar, ballet
and highland dancing. Compere for the afternoon was Ray Willett.
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