Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Holiday parks provide safe travel options as lockdown eases

Holiday parks provide safe travel options as lockdown eases
May 5, 2020

Holiday Parks New Zealand (HPNZ) has advised that having operated safely throughout Alert Levels 4 and 3 as essential services, holiday parks are well placed to provide safe options for domestic tourism at Level 2.

In anticipation of Level 2 guidelines, to be announced later this week, allowing for safe domestic travel, which he says the Government needs to prioritise, HPNZ Chief Executive, Fergus Brown advised “holiday parks around the country are exceptionally well prepared to begin hosting domestic travellers.

“Throughout lockdown they have proven their commitment to safety, ensuring social distancing and good hygiene, and there is no reason this can’t continue while allowing New Zealanders some well-earned freedom at Level 2.”

Emphasising that, to ensure the health and safety of New Zealanders, free camping sites should not be allowed to reopen at Level 2, Brown stated “travellers should instead be encouraged to support holiday parks and other commercial accommodation, helping protect Kiwi businesses and jobs.

“Going forward, the tourism industry is beginning work reimagining tourism ahead of a post-COVID-19 world, and there is a fantastic opportunity to reimagine freedom camping and how that should be managed in future.”

Responses to a recent member survey by Tourism Industry Aotearoa indicate that half of all tourism jobs could be lost in the short-term response to COVID-19. Up to 200,000 of the jobs currently supported by tourism may go. The impact on communities from losing tourism businesses and jobs is expected to be immense, especially in many smaller towns with a large reliance on the visitor economy. 

Brown added “many people will be in need of a break away from home following the strict lockdown period, and domestic travel at Level 2 provides an opportunity to safely support local businesses and Kiwi livelihoods while getting some normality back post-lockdown.” 

Brown hopes holiday parks will be given clear processes in good time from the New Zealand Government, so they can begin taking bookings as soon as possible and implement further safety measures, such as contact tracing.

Image: Himatangi Beach Holiday Park.

Related Articles

5th May 2020 - New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern says no open borders for ‘a long time’

21st April 2020 - New Zealand Government looks to ease Coronavirus restrictions

15th April 2020 - Nature key to New Zealand’s post Coronavirus recovery

7th April 2020 - New Zealand Events Association highlights dramatic deterioration of the sector

2nd April 2020 - Economist’s prediction anticipates no foreign visitors to New Zealand until late 2020

27th March 2020 - Go with Tourism to provide free support service for New Zealand tourism workers and businesses

24th March 2020 - Latest lockdown could be the end for many New Zealand hospitality businesses

21st March 2020 - One million jobs a day being lost due to Coronavirus pandemic

19th March 2020 - Tourism Industry Aotearoa shares concerns over business closures and job losses

18th March 2020 - Tourism Industry Aotearoa welcomes Government support but advises jobs still threatened

16th December 2019 - Holiday park hit with record fine for exploiting migrant workers

17th September 2019 - New Zealand holiday parks help drive local economic activity

11th April 2019 - Value of New Zealand holiday park sector hits $1.2 billion in past year

18th August 2018 - New Zealand holiday parks keen to be involved in camping decisions

27th July 2018 - Manawatu resort wins top holiday park award

23rd July 2018 - Holiday parks key to sustainable tourism growth across New Zealand’s regions

11th June 2018 - New Plymouth holiday park operator wins Emerging Star Award

31st August 2017 - Rotorua holiday park wins top New Zealand hospitality award

24th June 2017 - British and Irish Lions fan trade creates holiday park jobs

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks



Email for trade enquiries:  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness



SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues


Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology



Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation


Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues


Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport


APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business