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Milford Opportunities Project

A strategic masterplan for Milford Sound Pioptiotahi and the journey to get there to sustain its importance as a premier destination

  • 7

    Pillars

  • 10

    Concepts

  • $15M

    Government Funding

  • Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

    Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Described as the eighth wonder of the world, discover how Milford Sound Piopiotahi can be protected for future generations

Milford Sound Piopiotahi is the jewel in the crown of New Zealand’s tourist attractions. This glacier-carved fiord is a national treasure. However, while visitors continue to flock to this iconic destination, the current management of recreation and tourism along the Milford Corridor and at Milford Sound Piopiotahi required new thinking to protect its World Heritage status, cultural and conservation values, and overall visitor experience.

We, along with a diverse sub-consultant group, developed a masterplan to ensure the Milford Sound Piopiotahi experience will be both sustained and protected. Existing and future issues were identified, such as stresses on the road corridor, overcrowded visitor experience, compromise of conservation values, and limited acknowledgement of Ngāi Tahu identity and its cultural heritage.

Using the vision statement of ‘Piopiotahi—New Zealand as it was, forever’ the masterplan focused around seven pillars that were used to create ten solutions for addressing the key issues identified.

The result? Government approval and funding has been received to implement the next phase, which includes forming an Establishment Board to assess the plan’s recommendations.

Meet Our Team

Russell Halliday, Senior Programme Manager

I distil what can often be a complex and confusing process into principles that empower.

Andrew Craig, Flood Risk Management Practice Leader

I help clients understand the risks and impacts of flooding and develop resilient solutions to manage uncertainty and climate change.
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Darren Davis, Practice Lead—Transport and Land Use Integration

I have dedicated my life to building better places.
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Shane Bishop, Principal Water Engineer

My contribution has a direct bearing on the direction of a community, providing the building blocks that set our clients up for success.

Russell Halliday

Senior Programme Manager

Andrew Craig

Flood Risk Management Practice Leader

Darren Davis

Practice Lead—Transport and Land Use Integration

Shane Bishop

Principal Water Engineer

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