Date: 22 December 2009
Christmas came around a couple of weeks early for staff and visitors alike at the Department of Conservation’s Kauaeranga Visitor Centre with the completion of the information and interpretation displays.
The displays are the last stage in a two year project to replace the old centre, destroyed by fire in October 2009.
'We’re stoked to have everything complete just before our busy season' said Joy Mickleson, DOC’s Community Relations Manager for the Hauraki Area. The visitor centre is the often the first port of call for people holidaying in the area and the new displays feature huge wall maps, digital fly-overs of the peninsula and interpretation panels and brochures.
'We recognise that people don’t have time to see the whole of the Coromandel, so we’ve developed our displays to bring it to them' says Joy. 'But it’s not just maps and photographs - we have a 1:70 scale model of the Kauaeranga Main Dam, other relief models, a timeline, and the interpretation panels tell the story of people, the land and the animals and bird life in it.'
The visitor centre is open seven days a week until the end of April. Displays feature both inside and outside of the new building, making it worthwhile to see even after hours. Over the holiday season there’s a photographic exhibition by local photographer Richard Watters on display. Richard, a long time hunter and tramper in the Valley, has a range of framed images available for sale.