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The Department of Conservation said in a report this week the track no longer had an off-season, and visitor numbers over the summer had increased 27% from the same time last year. More than 75,000 people climbed the peak this summer, resulting in queues of up to 40 minutes for people to get a photo opportunity overlooking Lake Wanaka.
Doc received a $181.62 million funding increase over the next four years in Budget 2018, including $5.5 million for managing the impacts of more visitors to public conservation land.