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Is the proposed Fiordland monorail a good idea?

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Concept picture for a proposed monorail and combined transport project from the Infinity Investment Group linking Te Anau to Central Otago in the South Island. Image / Infinity Investment Group
Concept picture for a proposed monorail and combined transport project from the Infinity Investment Group linking Te Anau to Central Otago in the South Island. Image / Infinity Investment Group

Fiordland National Park is at risk of being turned into a theme park if a proposed monorail through the Snowdon Forest goes ahead, a hearing in Invercargill was told.

Riverstone Holding Ltd wants to build the $150 million, 43km monorail from the Kiwi Burn entrance near Mavora Lakes to Te Anau Downs.

The Department of Conservation has indicated it will approve the concession, subject to public submissions. All 19 submitters at the hearing, chaired by Graeme Ayres, opposed it.

Reasons for the opposition were destruction of ecological values, natural remoteness and solitude and the adverse effects on recreational use of the area.

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