Benefits

Fiordland Link Experience will bring significant environmental and economic benefits to the Southern Lakes Area and New Zealand, while operating in a way that is sustainable for both the environment and the tourism industry.

The proposal will result in a quality tourism experience and an increased appreciation of this local environment by a large number of people. This will support the achievement of the objectives outlined in the Tourism Strategy for New Zealand to 2010.

The project will contribute to a smoothing of the peak inflows into Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. This will reduce the need for new infrastructure in the area and improve the utilisation of the plant operated by concessionaries in Milford Sound. The smoothing of peak inflows into Milford Sound/Piopiotahi provides DOC with a wider range of management options for this destination.

The creation of a quality journey from Queenstown to Lake Te Anau supports the development of new destinations within Fiordland. The additional infrastructure also increases the options for travellers to Southland and provides a link to the Southern Scenic Route.

Economic benefits will potentially accrue through reduced COČ emissions and reduced accidents through improved road safety.

The Department of Conservation will receive significant concession fees that can be reinvested in the conservation estate.

The project will also provide economic benefits to the regional and local economies through the significant investment and new employment opportunities during the construction and ongoing operation of Fiordland Link Experience.