Like most hot tourist destinations in New Zealand, visitor and traffic in Hahei has become a huge challenge. More and more visitors have discovered Cathedral Cove (320,000 in 2017/18) and our beautiful beach. To manage this growing influx we must
- Look after our visitors. Provide vehicle parking facilities and management systems to enable our visitors to enjoy all that Hahei has to offer
- Take care of our local residents and non-resident property owners.
- Provide an environment that allows all our businesses to thrive.
Given that Hahei is an end destination i.e one road in, has limited space, and a rapidly growing visitor numbers, finding a solution that works for everyone is a huge challenge.
Over the last few years, the Hahei Residents and Ratepayers Association has done its best to focus TCDC’s attention on the problem. TCDC has taken up the challenge and is working with all interested parties to find solutions. We are very grateful to elected members and staff of TCDC for their thoughtful responses.
We are committed to a consensus driven democratic approach to the development of better tourist management, We provide updates in numerous newsletters and have facilitated local discussions to ensure that residents, business owners and our non-resident property owners are informed of developments. We depend on your active participation to help us find the best solution. Please feel free to volunteer to join our Traffic Management Committee.
Our goal is quite simple – work with everyone to develop a consensus that works for everyone. A huge challenge!
One of the key challenges is to determine how we respond to the seasonal nature of visitor and traffic numbers in Hahei. Historically, people came to Hahei in summer for a week or so when the weather was good. But the seasons are extending. For instance, the busiest days in 2018 so far at the Visitor Car Park, were over Easter. Should we ignore traffic congestion over the busy periods and only invest in infrastructure to cope with the average volume of traffic? Should we invest to future proof Hahei or simply wait until traffic is so bad we must act? How do we respond to the needs of our bach owners who only come to Hahei during the busy periods – is it reasonable for them to just accept traffic congestion?
On this page and the links below we provide a little history, and all the data we have been able to assemble.