High-end tourists, not freeloaders, our best future [Stuff, 14/01/20]

OPINION: Hopscotching my way through the wide and lonely wilderness of the mighty Maniototo last week, I was swooning over this landscape of awe and saga.

The summer crowd crush synonymous with Queenstown, Wānaka and the Mackenzie was a world away.

Traversing State Highway 85, the Pig Route, which connects Palmerston with Alexandra, was a surprisingly blissful, clutter-free drive. I crossed paths with just three campervans, two caravans and one car hauling a boat, throughout the 165-kilometre route.

Increasing tourism numbers in Central Otago have to lead to debate around air travel in the region. (Video first published in October 2018)

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