Re: Article 14 February 2017 "Call for Freedom Camping Cleanup"
The article was written quoting in part Federated Farmers local government spokesperson from the West Coast, South Island.
Tourist/short stay freedom campers are not a problem in our area (Auckland and North Waikato) mainly because the provisions put in place by the former Franklin District Council; 23 public toilets, carparks and many seaside reserves, can adequately cope with the needs of both local and visitor users.
Five of the seven freedom camping sites available are in low density Awhitu Peninsula beach (2) or Waikato River reserves (3).
These five sites are usually underused, all have multi-toilet facilities kept in clean and healthy condition by council or local community groups.
We also have a number (5) of reasonably prices campervan/tentsite motorcamps at beaches on the peninsula and Waiuku Estuary, most with all camping facilities, e.g. cooking, laundry, showers etc., as well as numerous holiday baches, motel units and of course, Castaways Resort and the Kentish, New Zealand's oldest continuously licensed hotel. There is a variety of overnight accommodation for about 800 people on the peninsula.
Check out local website www.FranklinEcoAdventures.co.nz or call in to meet our volunteer staff at the Waiuku Information Centre, opposite the Kentish, to see what is available to visitors to the area.
Colin Harrington, Awhitu Peninsula.