Marlborough Sounds campground to receive multi-million dollar upgrade from Government

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
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A Department of Conservation (DOC) camp site in Momorangi Bay will receive $2.2 million from the Government towards an upgrade, according to Conservation Minister Nick Smith. 
The upgrade process has already begun with progress being made on the campground cafe, toilets and water storage and treatment facilities. A new single-lane road bridge has also made access to the site safer for visitors.
Smith recognised the importance of camping in New Zealand and said that the Government is committed to improving 'the Kiwi camping experience.'
'We are building more campgrounds and enhancing facilities at existing campgrounds like Momorangi to ensure families for generations to come can enjoy the great outdoors.'
The grounds, located in Queen Charlotte Sound, have become a favourite for campers with around 24 000 people staying there annually. 
The project is set to be complete by March 2015. The next stage of developments will begin at the end of the Summer season, with power to the site being put underground and major improvements being made to the roads. New facilities such as showers and a swimming platform are also in the works. 
A Conservation project in the Bay,  run by DOC and the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust with sponsorship from Kathmandu Ltd, coincides with these developments. The goal is to promote conservation activities to visiting campers by improving the local nature and landscapes that surround the area.
Smith said that this project showed a 'new direction' for DOC.
'We are putting as greater emphasis on recreation and ensuring New Zealanders can get out and enjoy the great outdoors at an affordable cost .'

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