Mount Aspiring plan reduces access for kayakers

Existing access to the multi-day Waiatoto River is under threat by new access arrangements outlined in DoC's Mount Aspiring National Park Draft Management Plan (PDF, 760K). The plan intends to limit Waiatoto trips to maximum of 12 people and only the period 15 October to 31 December. Clubs such as Whitewater CC have taken 30-strong combined kayak and raft trips down the Waiatoto in recent years, often in later summer, so the current proposals will dramatically curtail kayaker access. The plan will direct the work of the department in the park for 10 years. Submissions are due by 4.30pm Tuesday 30 June 2009 to Mount Aspiring National Park Management Plan Review, PO Box 176, Alexandra 9340 or email to: bhunt@doc.govt.nz.