24 May 2018

Farmers: Too many tourists walking across our land

From Nine To Noon, 9:37 am on 24 May 2018

Randall Aspinall is owner and manager of Mount Aspiring Station. He tells Kathryn Ryan the increasing numbers of tourists walking on tracks which cross his land are costing him time and money. He's not closing off tracks to tourists, as some farmers are, but wants to see improvements in tourist infrastructure, including toilets and huts. This issue was discussed at Federated Farmers recent High Country conference, which the Walking Access Commission took part in. Eric Pyle heads the commission which has published a report concluding it's essential to resolve problems in the South Island caused by increasing numbers of tourists using high country footpaths.