Locals get say on plan


Catlins residents will get to have their say on the future of one of the area’s key tourist hot spots later this year.

Regional tourism organisation (RTO) Clutha Development has commissioned an ‘‘integrated master plan’’ for managing and developing Kaka Point township and the neighbouring Nugget Point tourist attraction, owned by the Department of Conservation (Doc).

Clutha Development chief executive Linda Moore said the process had arisen as part of the RTO’s Clutha Destination Strategy implementation plan.

‘‘This is an iconic site for visitors, and we want to ensure future growth is managed by balancing different stakeholder interests.

‘‘We received good interest from third party consultants to our request for proposal, which closed recently.

‘‘We expect community consultation to occur during the coming months, and to be completed by the end of August,’’ Ms Moore said.

The area was a key tourist draw and gateway for the Catlins, and it was vital to ensure the quality of visitor experience remained high, Ms Moore said.

Kaka Point has a population of about 230, boosted significantly by summer tourists.

Pre-Covid visitor estimates for Nugget Point ranged as high as 150,000 a year.