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dc.contributor.authorGrey, Merrilynen
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-27T19:54:18Z
dc.date.issued2012en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/5262
dc.description.abstractThe Craigieburn and Castle Hill (Kura Tawhiti) conservation areas, located 100 kilometres west of Christchurch, are situated in a region characterised by snow-capped mountains, shingle slides, beech forest and limestone rock formations. These conservation areas are protected by the Department of Conservation for their natural and cultural worth and as popular destinations for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. These conservation sites are subject to multiple and competing demands, some of which have the potential to undermine the future integrity of the natural resource and quality of the recreation experience. The overall aim of this research was to explore the recreational significance of these specific protected areas through investigating the values reported by users of these settings. A qualitative methods approach was employed, consisting of semi-structured interviews and analysis of key Department of Conservation policy documents. In total, 23 past and present recreational users were interviewed, and two Department of Conservation staff members acted as ‘key informants’ regarding the management of these conservation areas. Study participants emphasised the value of proximity of the conservation areas to Christchurch, and the importance of variety in both scenery and recreational opportunity. The majority of participants displayed a strong attachment to these places and perceived them as more accommodating of recreational diversity than nearby Arthur’s Pass National Park. Although many recreationists expressed an interest in the enhancement of specific recreational opportunities within the Craigieburn area, a clear desire to minimise development was apparent. In particular, concern was expressed by some regarding the expansion of the Porter Heights ski area and its possible impacts. This research highlights the importance of understanding how stakeholder groups use and value protected areas, and how this information could be used to inform future management of such areas.en
dc.format.extent1-122en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLincoln Universityen
dc.subjectCraigieburnen
dc.subjectNew Zealanden
dc.subjectpeople-park relationshipen
dc.subjectrecreational valuesen
dc.subjectparksen
dc.subjectprotected areasen
dc.subjectoutdoor recreationen
dc.subjectplace attachmenten
dc.subjectsense of placeen
dc.subjectplace meaningsen
dc.titleInterpreting the significance of protected areas: A case study of how recreationists value the Craigieburn and Castle Hill conservation areas, Canterbury, New Zealanden
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorLincoln Universityen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Managementen
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Environment, Society and Designen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Tourism, Sport and Societyen
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pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Environment, Society and Design/DTSS
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://catalogue.lincoln.ac.nz/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=710070en
dc.publisher.placeChristchurchen


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