A new timber boardwalk is the latest stage of a $6.1 million upgrade of the harbour to be carried out by the Milford Sound Development Authority.
Authority operations manager Andrew Welsh said the timber decking was extended by 80 metres, giving a total length of at least 160m and enabling easier access to tourist boats.
"The harbour redevelopment was to meet safety concerns about tree falls and rock falls from the Bowen Rock Face," he said.
The Conservation Department closed the walking track to Bowen Falls in 2003 because of concerns about rock falls endangering tourists, Mr Welsh said.
That led to a redevelopment of the harbour to the south, away from the dangers.
Moving the wharf and expanding the harbour had enlarged the space available for boat use.
This would have positive effects on tourism by making it easier for boats to operate, Mr Welsh said.
The overall upgrade is expected to be completed by October 15.
Gordon Kilkerr is an SIT journalism student.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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