Map colour-codes towns' accessibility

disAbilities Resource Centre Southland finance officer Trudy Ophuis (left) with disAbilities...
disAbilities Resource Centre Southland finance officer Trudy Ophuis (left) with disAbilities Resource Centre Queenstown team manager Leah Farrell and information officer Tracey Allison, present the newly launched Queenstown Accessibility Map. Photo by James Beech.
Visitors of all abilities and ages will benefit from a free new map that illustrates the accessibility, gradient and terrain of Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown.

The Queenstown and Districts Accessibility Map was launched by disAbilities Resource Centre Queenstown late last month after four years of research and development.

Centre staff and supporters colour-categorised all the streets and roads of central Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown as a guide for new residents and visitors who have walking difficulties or use a wheelchair, mobility scooter or pram.

Duke St was coloured green, like other ''gently sloped streets'', Sydney St and other ''steeper streets'' like it were blue, while upper Ballarat St and other ''very steep streets'' were brown.

White, blue and brown dotted lines indicated the severity of footpaths and walking trails. Scenic viewpoints, picnic/rest areas, useful services, medical centres, accessible car parks and public toilets, as well as the 37 operators and businesses that sponsored the map, were all pinpointed.

Information officer Tracey Allison said the centre received many national and international inquiries about what and where was accessible in Wakatipu.

Asked what state Wakatipu was in for accessibility, Mrs Allison said there was ''room for improvement''.

About 10,000 copies of the accessibility map were produced and were being distributed around Wakatipu, including i-Site Visitor Centre Queenstown, Destination Queenstown and the council.

Bundles of maps would be sent to Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra and an online version was planned.

Requests for the map can be made by calling the centre on (03) 409-0900.

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