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University of Otago

1. Vieira Avendaño, Carla Catherine. Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park .

Degree: 2012, University of Otago

The New Zealand landmass encompasses a vast diversity of wilderness areas, including fourteen national parks and other conservation lands. These natural environments attract a large number of domestic and international visitors, who consult a many different sources of on-line and printed information before and during their visit. However, these resources are usually designed to suit a generic visitor, and take no account of the different needs and expectation of diverse individuals. In this thesis, I investigate the use of information resources by different users groups as categorized by the Wilderness Perception Scaling (WPS) method. I begin with a review of relevant studies and statistics relating to domestic and international visitors’ experiences of the New Zealand wilderness. I then report on the results of my direct observations of visitors to three destinations, and I discuss the findings that I gathered from surveys that I conducted in two of these locations. This work includes pilot studies of two sites — the Catlins Conservation Park and the Orokonui Ecosanctuary — and a more detailed study of Arthur’s Pass National Park. Following a discussion of my observations and findings, I argue for a redesign of the Department of Conservation (DOC) Website, and I present sketch ideas for a new site that is informed by mobile media interface designs. This work hints at future possibilities for smartphone applications. I conclude that current technologies allow us to address the needs and expectations of different visitors to wilderness areas. Furthermore, I argue that mobile media can enable individuals to create and share, as well as download and use, information resources that address their various and different requirements. I conclude that, if we want younger people to engage with wilderness environments, we should be using the technologies that they are using. Advisors/Committee Members: McGuire, Mark (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: WPS; Wilderness; Perceptions; Smartphone; application; DOC; website; domestic; international; visitors; statistics; tourism; carla; vieira; design; icons; iphone; mobile; socila; network; feedback; sharing; information; experiences; environments; conervation; backpack; iSite; Visitor; Centre; Trampers; Non-Purist; Moderate-Purist; Neutralist-Purist; Strong-Purist; Stankey; Kearsley; Lovelock; Highman; Wolch; Tinsley; Recreation; Orokonui-Ecosanctuary; Catlins; Outdoor-recreation; Klisley; Ho; Carr-Williams; Satisfaction; Arthur's Pass; New Zealand; National Park

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APA (6th Edition):

Vieira Avendaño, C. C. (2012). Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park . (Masters Thesis). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2548

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Vieira Avendaño, Carla Catherine. “Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park .” 2012. Masters Thesis, University of Otago. Accessed January 20, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2548.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Vieira Avendaño, Carla Catherine. “Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park .” 2012. Web. 20 Jan 2021.

Vancouver:

Vieira Avendaño CC. Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park . [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Otago; 2012. [cited 2021 Jan 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2548.

Council of Science Editors:

Vieira Avendaño CC. Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park . [Masters Thesis]. University of Otago; 2012. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2548

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