The downside of too many tourists loving New Zealand

Tourists don’t need a hardware store, or a shoe repair shop. When tourism takes over, the makeup of a local community changes rapidly.

Beyond a certain point, tourists metamorphose from an economic-life-giving force, to an economic and social predator, changing and swallowing up the very things that attracted them initially. Locals seemingly become an extra at a theme park.

Stuff Journalist Shamubeel Eaqub examines thi impact of overtourism on New Zealand, in this article.

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