Information for Local Residents

Get the lowdown on the initiatives QLDC have planned to try and manage the influx of campers to the district this summer.  

Camping is the quintessential kiwi holiday, enjoyed by locals and visitors as a way to get together with family and friends in the summer months.   Most campers are responsible and treat our special environment with respect.  However the poor behaviour of a small minority of campers has left many locals feeling upset.

Last summer, QLDC responded to community concern by making a bold move to restrict overnight camping at Lake Hayes and the Shotover Delta.  This summer we plan to build on that by putting a strong focus on educating campers on how to enjoy a responsible camping holiday in our district. 

What to expect this summer

With the help of central government funding, QLDC will introduce a range of initiatives to encourage Responsible Camping in our district and surrounding region.  We can assure residents that a lot of resource is being made available to educate campers, work with the motor home industry, monitor behaviour and enforce where required. 

Here's what will be in place from mid-November until late-March: 

 

Queenstown Service Hub – Frankton, behind Pak’n’Save

  • Open from 10 November 2019 through to 25 April 2020
  • Hours: 8.00am-8.00pm
  • Space for 25 campervans to park for up to 2 hours
  • Responsible Camping Ambassadors onsite while open.
  • Onsite facilities will include: toilets, shower block, dump station, dishwash station, free WIFI (for up to 1 hour) and rubbish/recycling disposal stations.  

Upper Clutha Service Hub – 101 Ballantyne Road, Wanaka

  • Open from 10 November 2019 through to 25 April 2020
  • Hours: 8.00am-8.00pm
  • Space for 25 campervans to park for up to 2 hours
  • Responsible Camping Ambassadors onsite while open.
  • Onsite facilities will include: toilets, shower block, dump station, dishwash station, free WIFI (for up to 1 hour) and rubbish/recycling disposal stations.  

 

Responsible Camping Ambassadors

QLDC will be employing (at peak) 16 Responsible Camping Ambassadors from November 2019 through to April 2020. The ambassadors will be roaming the district acting as the friendly face of camping in our district.  There will be eight based in the Wakatipu area and eight in the Upper Clutha.  Their focus will be to educate campers, monitor the hubs and trouble spots and assisting the enforcement officers as required.    

  • Build and maintain links with the local community and visitors
  • Assist and provide information to visitors of camping zones
  • Provide friendly and helpful information to all visitors
  • Engage and educate campers about the do’s and don’ts around camping in our district
  • Promote local businesses that provide commercial camping grounds or holiday parks
  • Distribute leaflets and other sources of information to campers and commercial businesses
  • Conduct visitor surveys at key sites
  • Checking campers compliance around the district
  • Monitoring levels and report any unauthorised activity, including non self-contained vehicles
  • Providing updated written reports detailing your findings and experiences
  • Problem solving issues with campers in incorrect sites/locations
  • Maintaining the facilities of the hubs

More signage and education material

All of these initiatives are trials.  

QLDC would like to assure residents that the service hubs will be closely monitored daily by the Responsible Camping Ambassadors and Cougar Security (after hours).   

The plans are agile enough that if any issues arise that can not be managed, they will be changed.    

 

I'm still seeing illegal camping and poor behavior - what should I do about it? 

We're working hard to encourage Responsible Camping and we ask that local residents also behave responsibly.  Please report any illegal camping or poor behavior to the Council immediately, phone 03 441 0499 or 03 443 0024.

 

There are still people camping on my street.  What can I do about it? 

If you are in a residential area, please report it to the Council.   However, keep in mind that fully certified self-contained campers are allowed to camp on the side of the road outside of the signposted 'no camping zones'. 

Certified Self-Contained campers will have the below warrant card displayed on their front left windscreen:

camping warrant card

 

 

How much monitoring and enforcement will happen over Summer?

The Responsible Camping Ambassadors will be based at the hubs and roaming the district every day educating visitors on how to camp responsibly in our district.   Enforcement will also be increased over the summer period, where required.

The number of Enforcement Officers out across the district from November 2019 through to April 2020 has been doubled.

 

Any other questions? 

If you have any other questions about how we plan to manage camping this summer, please get in touch via services@qldc.govt.nz