The Department of Conservation’s Queenstown Visitor Centre is moving. From late November the visitor centre will be leaving Shotover Street to new ground floor premises at 50 Stanley Street right by the Ballarat Street/Stanley Street roundabout, a short walk from the town centre.
Lou Sanson, Director-General for the Department of Conservation, announced the new location during his visit today. He says, “This prominent site at the entrance to the heart of town will showcase New Zealand’s public conservation land to the 1.9 million visitors Queenstown receives every year.”
Queenstown is either the 'first stop' or 'must-do' for many visitors to New Zealand. The town is also a destination for many kiwi holiday makers. Lou Sanson explains, “Public conservation land is where people enjoy the outdoor recreation and adventure activities that make Queenstown popular. Many of the district’s tourism businesses operate on conservation land. The contribution of this DOC visitor centre in connecting people with our special natural places cannot be underestimated.”
Lou Sanson says, “Our visitor centre strategy recognises the importance of this district for promoting New Zealand conservation and showing people where they can see conservation in action. I am really pleased with this new location.”
The new visitor centre will continue to provide information on well known places such as the Routeburn Track, Mount Aspiring National Park and The Remarkables. The friendly staff will also show people how to explore lesser known walks, bike tracks, camping grounds, huts and hunting areas.
Many of Queenstown’s visitors travel further afield to places such as Milford Sound, the Milford Track, Doubtful Sound, Stewart Island/Rakiura, Aoraki/Mount Cook and the West Coast Glaciers. The new visitor centre will provide a broad range of information for these and many other natural attractions across New Zealand.
The new visitor centre will be open all year, informing trampers about track conditions and selling hut tickets. The centre will retail maps, brochures, books and gifts. The centre will feature educational information about DOC’s efforts to protect New Zealand’s flora and fauna, and how people can help.