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dc.contributor.advisorMcGuire, Mark
dc.contributor.advisorAbbott, Mick
dc.contributor.authorVieira Avendaño, Carla Catherine
dc.date.available2012-11-05T01:47:26Z
dc.date.copyright2012
dc.identifier.citationVieira Avendaño, C. C. (2012). Addressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park (Thesis, Master of Design). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2548en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/2548
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectWPS
dc.subjectWilderness
dc.subjectPerceptions
dc.subjectSmartphone
dc.subjectapplication
dc.subjectDOC
dc.subjectwebsite
dc.subjectdomestic
dc.subjectinternational
dc.subjectvisitors
dc.subjectstatistics
dc.subjecttourism
dc.subjectcarla
dc.subjectvieira
dc.subjectdesign
dc.subjecticons
dc.subjectiphone
dc.subjectmobile
dc.subjectsocila
dc.subjectnetwork
dc.subjectfeedback
dc.subjectsharing
dc.subjectinformation
dc.subjectexperiences
dc.subjectenvironments
dc.subjectconervation
dc.subjectbackpack
dc.subjectiSite
dc.subjectVisitor
dc.subjectCentre
dc.subjectTrampers
dc.subjectNon-Purist
dc.subjectModerate-Purist
dc.subjectNeutralist-Purist
dc.subjectStrong-Purist
dc.subjectStankey
dc.subjectKearsley
dc.subjectLovelock
dc.subjectHighman
dc.subjectWolch
dc.subjectTinsley
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectOrokonui-Ecosanctuary
dc.subjectCatlins
dc.subjectOutdoor-recreation
dc.subjectKlisley
dc.subjectHo
dc.subjectCarr-Williams
dc.subjectSatisfaction
dc.subjectArthur's Pass
dc.subjectNew Zealand
dc.subjectNational Park
dc.titleAddressing the different information needs of diverse visitors to Arthur’s Pass National Park
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2012-11-04T22:39:36Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineDesign Department
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Design
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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