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New Zealand holiday parks keen to be involved in camping decisions

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

Plans by the New Zealand Government to improve the management of free camping are being supported by the holiday park sector.

Advising that a national solution is overdue, Holiday Parks New Zealand (HPNZ) President David Aflallo stated “it’s great that Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has decided to put resources into finding both short and long term solutions for this problem. We are looking forward to being part of the process.”

HPNZ supports the Government’s Responsible Camping Working Group longer-term recommendations, and the immediate funding to be allocated to support infrastructure, enforcement and education this summer.

Aflallo adds “the holiday park sector has always supported free camping in the right place and in the right vehicles. But we need measures to ensure free camping sites aren’t established in areas where they directly compete with local holiday parks.”

HPNZ is delighted that the Working Group’s report recognises the important contribution that commercial camping and holiday accommodation providers make to the camping network, and that this will be taken into account in any changes to free camping.

Aflallo feels that strong leadership from Government will be needed to develop and implement long term solutions, advising that long term solutions will be the key, particularly the Working Group’s recommendations for reviews of the Freedom Camping Act and the Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985.

Aflallo concluded “we need a national solution that ensures that visitors know where they can and can’t free camp. Important considerations will be the impact on the environment; the health and safety of free campers, other visitors and residents; and the quality of the visitor experience for both the free campers and other visitors.”

Image: Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

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