TOURIST VISITORS AND THEIR EXPERIENCES AT NEW ZEALAND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS
This survey of shipborne tourist visitors to New Zealands' subantarctic island nature reserves was carried out during the 1992/93 and 1993/94 cruise seasons. It reveals that visitors were from more affluent and older sectors of society, were often retired or from professional backgrounds, included a high proportion of women compared with participants in other outdoor recreation activities, and had a high degree of conservation group involvement. Visitor satisfaction was high and favoured
... s of their visits were experiences of natural environments and wildlife, and the enhanced opportunities for conservation learning. Some distinctions were found between passengers from large and small vessels, suggesting some differences in visitor experiences associated with the contrasting scales of the tour operations. While visitors acknowledged their presence could cause impacts, particularly from trampling of soils and vegetation, no problems were apparent at levels of major concern to island managers. Most visitors supported the restrictions and controls imposed on their visits. A series of recommendations is provided for improving management of tourism at the islands, and for assisting tour operators in planning and conducting island tours. 1.