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|Supporting sustainable freedom camping in Aotearoa New Zealand||2.67 MB|
In recent years the increasing number of freedom campers has raised concern from some communities around freedom campers’ cumulative impact on the environment, and the cost to host them. In particular, this concern has focused on the subset of freedom campers who stay in cars, or vans with sleeping platforms, that are not self-contained. This is impacting communities’ attitudes towards visitors and their willingness to host them – and impacting on the social licence for tourism.
Environmental concerns and low community support for this form of freedom camping puts at risk New Zealand’s reputation as a destination that delivers a sustainable, high quality visitor experience. Meanwhile, there are ongoing costs for communities and taxpayers to manage the immediate impacts of the inappropriate behaviour by some freedom campers, which include dealing with waste and litter, providing education and undertaking enforcement activities.
This document presents four proposals for consideration: