RECN 341

Recreation and Tourism in Protected Natural Areas

Course overview

You’ll examine how people and nature interact, where protected natural areas and tourism and recreation meet and how that is best managed.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 75 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 75 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course


  • restriction Parks and Reserves Planning, RECN-327
  • restriction Resource Based Recreation, RECN-302

Available semesters Semester 1 2023
Credits 15
Domestic fees $815.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe the main trends and developments in nature-based recreation and tourism, and how these affect relevant social and natural environments.
  2. Understand the legislative context influencing management of recreation and tourism in Aotearoa-New Zealand’s protected areas.
  3. Evaluate Aotearoa-New Zealand’s place in the global context of protected areas.
  4. Identify and analyse key issues in the trade-off between the protection of nature and the use of natural areas for recreation and tourism.
  5. Describe the range of social and biophysical impacts associated with recreation and tourism in protected areas, and have an understanding of visitor management frameworks used to address negative impacts.
  6. Analyse and discuss contemporary issues affecting the management of protected areas for recreation and tourism in Aotearoa-New Zealand and internationally.
  7. Discuss aspects of visitor behaviour in protected areas and recognise how an understanding of this contributes to effective management.
  8. Be familiar with key issues and challenges associated with managing recreation and tourism in protected areas, and achieve a competent understanding of the opportunities that exist to sustain both the quality of natural environments and the experiences that visitors seek.
  9. Recognise applied management and planning tools developed specifically within the recreation and tourism context.

Course examiners

Stephen Espiner

Stephen Espiner

Associate Professor

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design

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