New Zealand, like so many other countries, faces the problem of overtourism. And one of the most affected is the New Zealand freedom camping experience. Freedom camping, or free camping, lets travellers put up tents or campervans anywhere across the countryside, provided they clean up after themselves.
Many travellers go to New Zealand to experience the country’s beautiful natural environment and its wildlife. However, some of these people don’t follow the rules and etiquette of responsible camping, causing a strain on the local infrastructure.
In response to this, the New Zealand government has pledged NZ$8.5 million (US$5.62 million) to better manage responsible camping. The money will be used to support supporting local infrastructures like public toilets and car-parks. It will also provide better access to information, enforcement of rules.
New Zealand freedom camping faces issues of overtourism
The government also plans to create consistent areas for the extremely popular New Zealand freedom camping. According to Holiday Parks New Zealand president David Aflallo, “the holiday park sector has always supported free camping in the right place and in the right vehicles we need measures to ensure free camping sites aren’t established in areas where they directly compete with local holiday camping parks”.
The New Zealand Responsible Camping Forum has also participated. They have run a successful social media campaign to share information with national and international visitors. They also plan to target people travelling in privately-owned vehicles. While most people who opt to rent vehicles are given information about New Zealand freedom camping, private owners also need to be made aware.
If you’re planning to head to New Zealand, you can also get more information via these two apps – Camping NZ or Campermate. You can also visit the new New Zealand freedom camping website. In the meantime, why not check out the essentials you need to pack when going trekking or camping.