Overcrowding at church
Increasing pressure from tourists on infrastructure at Tekapo’s Church of the Good Shepherd has led to a pitch for nearly $300,000 in government funding.
Issues with parking, overcrowding and vehicle noise are damaging the tourism hot spot, as well as presenting safety risks, says community facilities manager Garth Nixon in Mackenzie District Council’s funding application.
Visitors are now complaining that it is too crowded, Nixon said.
The council is hoping to tap into $294,000 in funding to improve pedestrian access, reduce the impact of vehicle traffic, improve the quality of visitor experiences, and protect the character and natural environment surrounding the world famous church.
The application to the Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Enterprise, says the project was expected to cost $420,000, with the council hoping $294,000 of that would come from government funding.
Data suggested that more than 3000 people visited the Church, per day over the summer tourist period, amounting to 606,000 people during that time.