Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has requested an urgent briefing from the New Zealand Transport Agency in regards to Milford Road.
“About 130,000 people visit Milford Sound in the month of February, one of the busiest months of the year for the tourism destination, so we need to do all we can to get this road up and running as soon as possible,” Mr Walker says.
“Each day the road is closed is a loss of around $1.5 million which is a huge loss for our economy and the local tourism providers.”
“While there is no confirmed date for when the road will open, people can still access Milford via flying in the interim.”
“It’s important to note Te Anau, Manapouri and Doubtful Sound are all still operating as normal and open for business which are also beautiful parts of Southland, and those visiting will not be left disappointed.”
“I’m working hard to assist in getting Milford Road open as soon as possible, so our tourism providers can return to normal in showing visitors one of our pieces of paradise in the south.”