Origins and Issues
By 2010, access issues connected with the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds had been gathering momentum since about 2004. On 24 March 2010 the Department of Conservation (DOC) confirmed that the owners of private land crossed by the Queen Charlotte Track were proposing a user access fee for the track over their land. DOC was discussing this proposal with the landowners and other interested parties. In total, just over fourteen kilometres of the seventy-one-kilometre trail (about 20 per cent) crossed private land. Ten private landowners were involved, on properties between Camp Bay and Anakiwa. The charge would come into effect on 1 July 2010.
'Queen Charlotte Track: Origins
and Issues' looked briefly at the origins of the Queen Charlotte Track
but not as far back as Maori trails and Pakeha bridle tracks
and it described the developments that had led to the proposal to impose a
Queen Charlotte Track: Origins and Issues (144 KB, ten A4 pages).
'Tourism Minister John Key says having to pay to use an internationally renowned walking track "certainly isn't ideal", but it is better than the track being closed altogether.'