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Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:57 pm
by vansvilla
Well this is good news.
Rotorua is to be accorded M/h friendly status, the local council have also put aside an area for freedom camping.
The attached article explains--
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-p ... d=11480093

This will be good news also for Mark, be able to get into his garage again :D :-T :TU

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:09 pm
by Teardrop
Have just looked at the MHF website and unless there is more to it than meets the eye, not impressed at all. One freedom camping site does not make a town motorhome friendly in my book. I google earthed the spot (1029 Hinemoa Street) and it looks like a parking area that may not be suitable for caravans, fifth wheelers or larger vehicles - someone may be able to give more advice on that. Its certainly well placed but not sure if its where people would want to stay for long.

I would like to hear from James or someone at NZMCA before coming to conclusions, but right now I still don't think Rotorua is MHF at all. They have many parks and reserves that they could free up (e.g. Hamurana) and they still charge as far as I can tell for other places like Trout Pool parking area and Boyes Reserve at Okareka.

So waiting to hear that there is more to this.

Dene

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:42 pm
by Mark
I must admit that I was sceptical about the announcement too.
I had planned to go in to the iSite and the council today and enquire where one might freedom camp, but the weather was rubbish, so I flagged it. But I will do so within the week.

I have had this issue before. I do not believe that Hauraki DC is MH friendly either. Their website lists 3 (that's three) places in the entire district where one may freedom camp - and two of those, from memory, are weekends only (council staff carparks in Paeroa and Ngatea).
It is a closely guarded secret (certainly not volunteered, as you would expect of a "friendly" council) that you may also park overnight on roadside reserves.

The NZMCA and I continue to disagree about what constitutes "friendly".

I will report back.

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:28 pm
by GordonMac
Hi Guys ,
As far as I'm aware the parking being supplied by the Rotorua council is not for freedom camping. It's merely an area to park in while you are in town during business hours. I'm not sure that Rotorua offer any freedom camping in town.

Personally I found it strange that Rotorua is being praised for being Motorhome friendly just on the basis of supplying a parking area. I gather there will be a second area on the other side of town in the near future but that will be only daytime parking too.
I guess the NZMCA is happy because the parking compliments the property they have set up at Ngongotaha but for everyone else nothing much has changed.

Here is a link to the freedon camping page on the council website. http://tinyurl.com/ppohd9g

The only plus I have noticed in Rotorua is they don't seem to actively hassle parked up Motorhomes so long as they are out of the way and behaving but who knows that might change.

Cheers

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:04 am
by Roamnz
Having the allocated parking for day time use so close to the Rototrua city amenities, in a tourist town is a big step forward. For night time use as NZMCA members, we have the CT Club in one direction and the huge POP at Ngongotaha in the other direction. While many would 'like' the idea of being able to freedom camp overnight within the city confines this is not always practical in a tourist town or city.

In this instance if we accept what we have gained with good grace and all help to make that system work, as time goes by possibly more areas such as DOC and Conservation land in that general area may come under consideration for freedom camping by campers with CSC vehicles. Areas such as the land by Hamurana Springs would be a good starting point for future CSC overnight parking.

If we view steps already gained from a glass half full perspective rather than a glass half empty perspective, it will be in every ones best interests.

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:33 am
by Teardrop
The Motorhome Friendly scheme is not just about NZMCA members. Any NZMCA parks and commercial offerings should be kept out of the picture when thinking of places to stay, it needs to be what is offered by the LA that is seeking MHF status. Areas like Hamurana are apparently prohibited under the Reserves bylaw, which will also cover many of the areas controlled by the RDC. The whole purpose of the MH Friendly Scheme is surely to offer the carrot of people coming in to spend money in the district, in return for having places to stay - and not just one small place in the centre of town.

If you give MHF status away too easily, it devalues the entire scheme and that could make the LA's that are genuinely trying to be welcoming look at it twice. IMO the only way it will work is if each area applying for that status is required to offer a comprehensive list of places that people are welcome to freedom camp overnight before they are accorded MHF.

Dene

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:12 am
by wedgie
:TU

If we view steps already gained from a glass half full perspective rather than a glass half empty perspective, it will be in every ones best interests.[/quote]

Re: Rotorua freedom camping

PostPosted:Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:36 pm
by NeilV
Teardrop wrote:The whole purpose of the MH Friendly Scheme is surely to offer the carrot of people coming in to spend money in the district, in return for having places to stay - and not just one small place in the centre of town.

:TU
If you give MHF status away too easily, it devalues the entire scheme and that could make the LA's that are genuinely trying to be welcoming look at it twice.
:TU

IMO the only way it will work is if each area applying for that status is required to offer a comprehensive list of places that people are welcome to freedom camp overnight before they are accorded MHF.
Dene
:TU :TU