Responsible Camping Strategy

We're leading a project to develop a Responsible Camping Strategy for the Queenstown Lakes District.  


What's the Responsible Camping Strategy 

QLDC is leading a project to develop a Responsible Camping Strategy for the Queenstown Lakes District.

Camping is the quintessential kiwi holiday enjoyed by families every summer.  It is also an increasingly popular way for many tourist to see our beautiful country.  Most campers are responsible and respectful however there is a small minority whose behaviour is causing a lot of concern to residents. 

Already, QLDC has responded to residents’ concerns by moving to ban Freedom Camping at Lake Hayes and Shotover Delta.  However, Freedom Camping is only part of the picture and the new Responsible Camping Strategy will consider all of the camping opportunities available within the district, taking a wide view of the challenges and exploring all possible solutions.


Who’s involved?

While QLDC is taking the lead, a multi-agency approach is vital to allow all of the agencies that administer public land in the district to take part in the process and have a united vision for the future of camping in the area.   We’re grateful for the support and input from Ministry of Business and Innovation, Department of Conservation, New Zealand Transport Association and Land Information New Zealand.

We are also working closely with our friends at Central Otago District Council and Southland District Council. This allows us to consider any impacts of tourists coming and going between the districts and how any proposed changes might influence the wider area.



A final strategy is expected to be recommended to Council on 25 October 2018 for adoption.  


Where to get more information

If you have any questions about the Responsible Camping Strategy project, please get in touch with