Clubs want new national park
The Federated Mountain Clubs are calling for a new national park to be created in the Otago Southland high country near Queenstown.
Known as The Remarkables National Park, it would cover the watersheds of the Wye, Nevis, Waikaia and Pomahaka rivers, the Remarkables Mountain Range, along with the Hector/ Tapuae o Uenuku, Garvie, Old Man/Kopuwai and Old Woman ranges. Clubs president Peter Wilson said the proposed park was a long-held dream of conservationists and recreationalists.
They included Sir Alan Mark, who was one of the first to see the beauty and the botanical richness in our high-country tussock landscapes, Wilson said.
The new park would be symbolic of the path to forging a new consensus for conservation and outdoor opportunities in New Zealand, he said.
‘‘We see The Remarkables National Park as another step forward which would honour the past while providing for the future.’’
The announcement of the proposal on Friday was part of a broader Remarkable Outdoors campaign aimed at politicians in election year.
‘‘We would also like our 20,000 members and the wider outdoor community to think about these challenges and put them to politicians that are seeking their vote.’’
A weathered rock in the Garvie Mountains.