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.

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