Tram­pers at a ‘cross roads’ for park­ing

Ruapehu Press - - Puzzles - STEPH RANGI

Shane Ish­er­wood Cross­roads.

As news of the park­ing re­stric­tions at the Ton­gariro Cross­ing was made re­cently, Ish­er­wood knew he had the an­swer.

He lives on State High­way 47, 20 min­utes south of Tu­rangi and just five min­utes from the Kete­tahi car park.

He has seen how bad the park­ing can get but also how bad the lit­ter­ing and defe­ca­tion can be.

‘‘We’ve known about this prob­lem for some time now. It’s a sur­prise no one has been killed.

‘‘I also see the car park as a way to tidy up the area. Here, we’ll have all the tourists in one spot.’’

Ton­gariro hik­ers who park for longer than four hours at the start of the cross­ing will now have their wheels clamped. The new park­ing re­stric­tion came into ef­fect on Labour Week­end and will be in place un­til April 30, next year. Ish­er­wood was ready to open as well.

Ish­er­wood’s 20ha of land sits right in the World Her­itage Park.

Cross Roads car park is a 15 minute drive from the Man­gatepopo car park and an even shorter drive from the Kete­tahi car park. It will serve as a pick up and drop off point for cer­tain shut­tles but also as a overnight is at

apark­ing spot for freedom campers.

There are no im­me­di­ate neigh­bours to the land and dur­ing the sum­mer months, the ground be­comes rock hard.

Ish­er­wood said the car park is safe and se­cure and peo­ple who park there will come back and see their car still there.

Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cil’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and re­la­tion­ship man­ager, Peggy Veen said Cross Roads car park is an ideal so­lu­tion.

‘‘Defe­ca­tion and lit­ter­ing is a na­tion­wide prob­lem. Here we’ve got the op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally man­age it. Here’s some­body of­fer­ing a so­lu­tion,’’ she said.

While the car park is free to use, a shut­tle will still be needed to get to the Man­gatepopo car park, which is the start of the Ton­gariro Cross­ing.

Four lo­cal shut­tle com­pa­nies have joined forces with Ish­er­wood and are of­fer­ing a re­turn trip for $35.

Ish­er­wood has hired four porta-loos at $100 a week - a cost he is hop­ing to get some help with.

‘‘If any­one is will­ing to help with the toi­lets that would be awe­some ... oth­er­wise I’ll have to charge a do­na­tion fee.’’

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