Projects funded by the IVL

The projects funded by the IVL are examples of how visitors have directly contributed to the unique natural heritage they enjoy, and the infrastructure they use while they’re here.

The projects are funded as part of a long-term investment plan. Some of the projects are multi-year.

Projects funded by the IVL 2019/20

Milford Opportunities Project – stage 2

Funding received: $3 million

Milford Sound Piopiotahi is one of New Zealand’s most popular visitor attractions and iconic destinations in the world. The Milford Opportunities Project looks to develop a future plan to improve management and protection of this important destination.

In 2019/20, funding from the IVL went towards Stage 2 of the Milford Opportunities Project, to develop a master plan, including research, analysis, stakeholder engagement and communications and the governance cost of the project.

Promotion of Tourism Careers – Building the Tourism Workforce Programme

Funding received: $5.2 million

As New Zealand’s largest export earner, and directly employing 9 percent of the total workforce, a skilled workforce underpins the outcomes of the New Zealand-Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy.  MBIE has worked with the tourism industry and other stakeholders to co-develop a Building the Tourism Workforce programme.

2019/20 funding from the IVL supported the implementation of the ‘Promote’ workstream of this work. This included: improving awareness and perceptions of tourism and careers in tourism, and encouraging people into their first career-orientated experience in tourism, matching employers with perspective employees.

Westland Tourism Initiatives

Funding received: $3.9 million

Advanced the planning of a strategic long-term approach to destination management in Westland.

Arthur’s Pass Experience Design  – stage 1

Funding received: $0.3 million

Arthur’s Pass sits along one of the most popular tourist routes of the South Island. Pre-COVID-19 and border closures, more than 1 million people drove through it each year. Approximately 120,000 people used to stop at the former Arthur’s Pass National Park visitor centre.

2019/20 funding from the IVL was used to initiate planning for Arthur’s Pass to ensure that it provides a world class visitor experience, that is accessible, upholds the national park and conservation values and adds value to the South Island’s east and west coasts.

The report, ‘Destination & Investment Framework’ including recommendations for the village and wider area, is available on the Department of Conservation website.

Previous destination planning projects - Arthur's Pass(external link) — Department of Conservation

Kākāpō recovery – long-term expansion of habitat and recovery planning

Funding received: $1.5 million in 2019/20

Kākāpō are a taonga species to all Aotearoa. Previously abundant throughout the country, only 202 kākāpō are alive today. All live on predator-free islands and are managed by recovery programmes.

Funding from the IVL is being used to develop a long-term sustainable management approach for kākāpō, and establish three new habitat sites.

Maukahuka: Predator Free Auckland Islands

Funding received: $0.8 million in 2019/20

25 of the 38 native bird species that breed on the Auckland Islands are seabirds. Many of these range far and wide across the Southern Ocean and mainland New Zealand, but must return to land to breed. However, most can no longer breed on the main Auckland Island due to the presence of pigs, cats and mice, and are restricted to nearby smaller pest-free offshore islands.

The aim of Maukahuka Predator Free Auckland Island is to increase the current Sub-Antarctic predator free habitat from 30,000 ha to 76,000 ha. Funding from the IVL is being used to undertake preparatory activities to enable the successful eradication of pests from Maukahuka – Auckland Island, specifically, to create and test infrastructure systems and technology for the island.

Te Manahuna Aoraki

Funding received: $0.5 million in 2019/20

Te Manahuna Aoraki (TMA) is a conservation project focused on restoring the iconic natural landscapes and threatened species of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park. 

Following the rebuild of DOC’s Twizel kakī (black stilt) aviary, the NEXT Foundation, DOC and Ngāi Tahu are scoping a new collaborative landscape-scale project in the Te Manahuna (Mackenzie) Aoraki area. The work seeks to secure the area from further damage from pests, then undertake restoration activities to transform the area in the long term.

Funding from the IVL is being used to implement 11 projects to test methods and technology which could be scaled-up to a 310,000 ha pest management and restoration programme.

Ruapekapeka Pā – Tohu Whenua

Funding received: $1.2 million

Tohu Whenua is a cross-agency initiative led by Heritage New Zealand. Focused on domestic and international visitors, it develops linked heritage sites within regions.

Funding from the IVL is being used to make Ruapekaeka Pā, in Northland, a drawcard for visitors, functioning as a hub connecting other Land Wars sites in the region.

Trial to enhance visitor safety at Tongariro National Park

Funding received: $0.6 million

Visitors to New Zealand’s conservation lands and waters are exposed to a range of environmental risks.  Visitor safety and risk management is a significant priority for DOC.

To help manage those risks better, IVL funding is being used to trial the integration of risk management information for improved visitor safety decisions in Tongariro National Park.

Implementing a new system for preventing Trade in Endangered Species and enhancing tourism compliance

Funding received: $1.7 million in 2019/20

Increased activity to reduce and manage the risk of wildlife smuggling, and the importation of banned items.

Improved Tourism Concessionaires’ compliance and management of permit conditions.


Last updated: 22 July 2021