How many is too many, or the tale of uncontrolled growth...
|Visitor arrivals by country of origin, Source from web|
Example One: The Tongariro Crossing
When I walked the crossing back in the 1990s the only people on the track were me and the 6 guys with me. We didn't see another party for the whole day. Now 1000 people typically walk the track on a fine summer day. Last year the total number of visitors was over 120 000.
|Tongariro Crossing: The image...|
|Tongariro Crossing: the Reality...!|
Example two: Milford Sound
Crowds mean waste, which means money- DOC spent over $250 000 emptying the toilets on the Milford Track in 2016. That is the cost of a new 12 bunk hut, or maintaining 10-20 existing huts..spent on moving excrement!
|Buses at Milford Sound, from twogotikitouring|
What I think about this...
Hey I have already had overseas trampers tell me they hate the crowds- and they are telling their friends, family etc not to come here.
Fancy a visit to New Zealand World anyone...?