Groundtruth have achieved a major milestone by completing the networking of Abel Tasman National Park to ensure its Virtual Visitor Centre is available to visitors on their mobile phone wherever they go.

Groundtruth has worked with Project Janszoon and DOC to provide the Virtual Visitor Centre, a free mobile phone app,  by developing and installing a remote Wi-Fi network which allows visitors to the park to access up-to-date information on weather, tides, points of interest, history, wildlife and plants. 

Visitors can also listen to a live link of birdsong from Adele Island and view webcam images of Adele Island and Anchorage through the Project Janszoon website.

Devon McLean, director of Project Janszoon, says the smartphone app is a key element of Project Janszoon’s plan to engage with the communities that visit and enjoy the park.

The phone app is designed for Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded wherever the phone has coverage, including the hotspots. It will also work offline and will update itself when in coverage or within range of a hotspot.