Tender process for Routeburn

. Photo: Getty Images
. Photo: Getty Images
The Department of Conservation will run a ‘‘closed tender process’’ to determine which event organiser will take over a concession for the Routeburn Track.

Last month, Doc sought expressions of interest for on-foot events, to take place in April and have capacity for 350 entrants.

That came after the previous 10-year concession, held by Queenstown man Evan McWhirter’s company, Pace Contracting, expired.

Mr McWhirter had run the Routeburn Classic for the past 20 years. It is a 32km trail-running race along the Fiordland National Park track, held every April, weather permitting, with a maximum entry field of 350.

Last week Doc told the Otago Daily Times four expressions of interest were received in running an event on the track, one of those from Mr McWhirter.

Doc could either confirm a process to work with an individual, or invite the four interested parties to submit a more specific plan, via a tender process.

It has decided to go through the latter process, though no timelines have been provided yet.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

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