Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Otago Conservation Board Suggests Banning Campervans

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Freedom campers – tourists who explore New Zealand living out of their vans – have been in the spotlight lately, with complaints from locals at tourist spots that they are leaving a mess and destroying the natural beauty of popular sites.

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The Otago Conservation Board is seeking a national ban on campervans and intends to lobby the Government. Dick Waters, president of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, told TV3's Campbell Live programme that the problem is that freedom campers are parking up wherever they feel like it. Campers have been slammed by community leaders for leaving mess and human refuse on roadsides and at scenic parking spots around the Queenstown Lakes and Otago.

However, campers are underrepresented in this story -- a Canadian couple also appeared on Campbell Live, maintaining that most campers are very considerate and eager to preserve New Zealand’s beauty.

There's an interesting story online at -- it says that calls for a complete ban have also been labelled ridiculous, with Automobile Association tourism head Peter Blackwell suggesting that more could be done to make freedom campers aware of New Zealanders' expectations.

If we can learn anything from this, it's about keeping NZ clean to keep the locals onside. It's a beautiful country, leave it that way! And remember, for great deals on NZ campervan hire go to

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