10 Jan 2014

$2.2m upgrade for campground

2:37 pm on 10 January 2014

A popular campground in the Marlborough Sounds is getting a $2.2 million upgrade.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith on Friday announced the improvements to the Department of Conservation campsite at Momorangi Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound.

More than 23,000 people stay at the campground each year and work has started on upgrading the cafe, toilets and water treatment facilities.

A second phase of upgrades will include installing new amenities such as showers and a swimming platform, while the camp roads will be tarsealed, the sea wall upgraded and power for the site put underground.

The work is expected to be completed by March 2015.

Dr Smith said it is an example of DoC's efforts to put a greater emphasis on recreation and ensuring that New Zealanders can enjoy outdoors at an affordable cost.