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Since our article a few weeks ago
on the number of cruise ships due
to visit Milford Sound this season,
several readers have inquiried
about when they might catch
a glimpse of the huge, floating
In response to that, here is a list of
the vessels and the dates they are
due to be in Fiordland.
December 17: Diamond Princess
December 26: Silver Whisper
December 27: Diamond Princess
The shipping news
The new Deep Cove
Bridge at Doubtful Sound
was officially opened on
the Deep Cove Outdoor
Education Trust (DCOET),
and Oraka Aparima
Runaka, as well as
Arrowtown School joined
with other members of the Deep
Cove community to officially open
the suspension bridge.
The bridge was built over two
months from June to August this
winter to re-open access to the
Helena Falls and the far side of
the Deep Cove Tailrace. Previously
access had been via a track over
the Tailrace outlet, however since
the 2003 earthquake this track
has been plagued by spasmodic
rockfall. With rain, wind and
continual geological movement it
has never been possible to predict
rockfall events, which has meant
that the track has been closed
off and on for many years. The
new bridge offers safe access
to the Helena Falls, a significant
attraction at Deep Cove, and
allows schools and other visitors
to study the regeneration process
taking place following the
restoration of the Deep Cove area
at the conclusion of the Second
Deep Cove Tailrace Project.
Ross Kerr, Programme Manager
Visitor Assets for DOC Te Anau,
said the bridge offered a way
for DOC, Meridian and DCOET
to reinvest in recreation at Deep
Cove, and re-opened access to the
Helena Falls, while working in a
very successful partnership.
The partnership came about after
DOC realised it they could not
afford to do it alone. Meridian
Energy agreed to contribute to
the project, with the DCOET also
contributing to the final cost.
The 62m long bridge came in on
budget at $120,000. It also gave
DOC staff a chance to “up-skill” in
using ropes and working at height.
Harry Atkins, structures manager
for visitor assets, led the
construction process, assisted
by Al Weir. Parts of the project
required the use of contractors,
with Mc Gregor’s helping out with
the concreting for the foundations
and Southern Lakes helicopters
flying cables, concrete and even
a digger to the far side of the
Tailrace. Mr Kerr said the staff did
a great job.
“Working in consistent rain, wind
and snow, with hundreds of
sandflies keeping them company;
completing the job on time, in
budget, and without a single
accident; the bridge is a credit to
all involved,” he said.
Stewart Bull from the Oraka
Aparima Runaka offered a karakia
whakanoa at the official opening.
Arrowtown School pupils, who
were at camp at Deep Cove at the
time, joined in the celebrations,
treating those present to a waiata
and kapa haka performance.
Suspension bridge open at Deep Cove
ABOVE: The new Deep Cove Tailrace Suspension Bridge at Doubtful Sound.
INSET: Construction of the new bridge gave Department of Conservation
workers the chance to hone their rope skills.
The Otautau Christmas Street
Party last Saturday proved to be
a big success with many already
talking about what they will be
doing next year.
Although the weather was not
accommodating, the 200 people
who took part in the day did not let
it dampen their spirits.
Otautau Promotions committee
member Thelma Froude said the
town hall proved to be a great
respite from the elements. Inside
everyone was kept busy with
hands-on crafts, face painting and,
for the more energetic, a bouncy
Artist Carl Scott donated one of
his paintings of Lake Wakatipu for
a raffle with all proceeds going to
local cancer patient Tessa Cowie.
Six trees on the town’s main
street were decorated and the St
Andrew’s Venturers really got into
the dunking booth.
“Next year, by the sounds of it,
it will be bigger and better,” Mrs
The street party was held
in conjunction with Otautau
Playcentre’s Christmas Gala
and vice president Melanie Smith
was pleased with the turnout.
Although she was unsure
exactly how much money had
been raised she said the day
also provided an occasion for
team-building for the centre’s
Mrs Froude said preparations
were now well under way for the
Otautau All Ford and Classic Car
Show day which would be held on
the last Sunday in February.
Street party success
Offer runs 1st to 31st of December
inclusive. Voucher valid in all Outside
Sports stores - Queenstown, Wanaka,
Te Anau, Queenstown Airport, or shop
online www.outsidesports.co.nz. Up to
a max of $300. Terms and conditions apply.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS *The kids Bike Sale is on until 31 December 2009 or until stock is sold.
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