Governor General's visit to Fiordland
Tourism, outstanding community work and conservation initiatives were the focus of the recent visit of the Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae to Fiordland.
Following a visit to Central Otago they flew to Milford Sound and enjoyed an overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner in iconic Milford Sound. The following day Their Excellencies met members of the Milford Emergency Rescue Team (MERT) before travelling to see the Avalanche Monitoring System Weather Station on Mount Bell. From there they flew to Rainbow Reach to meet Te Anau school students who are working on The Kids Restore project on the Kepler Track. Their Excellencies then hosted a lunch for local health and medical staff at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas on the lakefront in Te Anau. Following this they boarded a helicopter for their final engagement, a flight to Dusky Sound, where they took a trip on board the DoC launch Southern Winds to see DoC conservation projects, including kakapo conservation on Anchor Island. Their Excellencies then returned to Wellington from the Te Anau Airport Manapouri.