Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
However, has Matakana reached peak tourism with clogged roads?
It’s a no for Penny Webster, the new Matakana Coast Tourism chairwoman and Snells Beach resident, who foresees a bright future.
In couple of weeks into the job, Webster is still settling in. Nevertheless she explains that tourism is crucial for businesses in the area and should be preserved and taken forward.
Residents at tourism hot spots like Mt Maunganui and the Coromandel simultaneously witness heavy traffic. However, this happens at certain times of the year and the local residents have become casual at handling the situation around those times, she said
“We don’t want to make such an issue over the traffic that it stops people coming here – then we really have got a problem,” she said.
Probable shutting down or limited access to the Sandspit wharf by Auckland Transport in the lead up to summer lately reasons the main concern for Kawau Is and Sandspit ventures, of which many are seasonal. The new proposed timing also welcomed a severe reprimand from Michael Barnett, the chief executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry,.
At the present, rescheduled till the time after the holiday period, one time Rodney Mayor and Rodney Councillor, Webster explained that she is interested to stay in touch with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to talk about the matters that has the possibility to impact tourism in the area in forthcoming days. “There is so much to do up here and people often don’t realise until they get here.”
“We get tourists heading north to the Bay of Islands who pop in to have a look around and find there’s much more here than they thought.”
“So that’s the message we have to get across is it’s not so much more day trippers we want but people who are going to stay a night or two,” she said.