This report, commissioned by the Department of Conservation (DOC), demonstrates how significant Abel Tasman National Park and Queen Charlotte Track are to the Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough regional economies.
Economic activities in relation to Abel Tasman National Park contribute $45 million annually to total spending in the Nelson-Tasman region. The Queen Charlotte Track contributes $9.4 million to total spending in Marlborough.
Abel Tasman National Park has led to the creation of 370 full-time job equivalents in the Nelson-Tasman region earning the region an additional household income of $11 million a year. In 2004 Abel Tasman National Park attracted around 150,000 visitors.
The Queen Charlotte Track’s contribution to Marlborough is 98 full-time job equivalents, earning household income of $2.5 million a year. Around 35,000 people visit part or all of the track each year.
The Department of Conservation administers large areas of land in New Zealand, and expends significant sums of money on providing visitor facilities in various parks and reserves.
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